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Re-Release Review! RISKING TRUST by Adrienne Giordano (Private Protectors #1)

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Roxann Thorgesson’s world is out of control. After her father suffers a fatal heart attack, she must take over as publisher of Chicago’s second-largest newspaper. Then her ex-boyfriend Michael Taylor, CEO of his own security company, shows up needing a favor. The last thing Roxann needs is Michael around causing trouble–and potential heartbreak–but he’s involved in a scandalous story she can’t pass up.

Twelve years ago, Michael walked out on Roxann without explanation. Now he needs her help. Michael’s estranged wife has been murdered and he is the prime suspect. He offers something no newspaperwoman could refuse: exclusive access to his headline-making murder accusation, in exchange for her help in uncovering the true killer. When their investigation leads them to a city hall conspiracy, both their lives and their newly reignited flame could be permanently extinguished…

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Roxann and Michael’s story kept me guessing until the end–who really killed Michael’s wife? Are all the odd things happening to Roxann related to Michael’s troubles, or something else?–and kept me turning pages to make sure that they finally got to their HEA, of course! 12 years later than it should have been, but better later than never, right?

Ms Girodano did a great job of blending the romance with suspense here. It’s not always easy to show how a second chance romance could really work out the second time–but she managed to show us how that could work, too–without making it a forgone conclusion from the first page (well, except for the fact that it’s a romance, so there better be an HEA ;))

Vic was hands-down my favorite secondary character here, with Gina a close second–so I was beyond excited to see that their book is next. I can’t wait to read it!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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