"PERILOUS TRUST is a non-stop thriller that seamlessly melds jaw-dropping suspense with sizzling romance, and I was riveted from the first page to the last." USA Today HEA Blog
It was one dark night that brought Damon Wolfe and Sophie Parker together. They were two tortured souls, looking for escape, and they weren't supposed to see each other ever again…
Four years later, Sophie's FBI father, who is also Damon's mentor, is killed in a suspicious car crash after leaving Sophie a cryptic message to trust no one from the agency. When Damon shows up looking for her, she isn't sure if he's friend or enemy, but she knows he could easily rip apart what is left of her heart.
The last thing Damon wants is to get involved with Sophie again. It was hard enough to walk away the first time. But she's in trouble, her father's reputation is under attack, and the lives of his fellow agents are at stake if there's a traitor in their midst.
When someone starts shooting at them, they have no choice but to go on the run and off the grid. Everyone in their world becomes a suspect. They want to uncover the truth, but will it turn out to be the last thing they expect? Proving her father's innocence might just cost them their hearts…and their lives…
In PERILOUS TRUST, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy brings you the first book in a new romantic suspense series! These breath-stealing books are filled with action-packed plot, heart-stopping romance, and page-turning suspense.
Perilous Trust #1
Reckless Whisper #2
Desperate Play #3
Elusive Promise #4
Dangerous Choice #5
Ruthless Cross #6
Critical Doubt #7
What the reviewers are saying…
"Barbara Freethy's first book PERILOUS TRUST in her OFF THE GRID series is an emotional, action packed, crime drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat…I'm exhausted after reading this but in a good way. 5 Stars!" — Booklovers Anonymous
"It’s been a while since I have had the fun of reading a brilliant romantic suspense book – PERILOUS TRUST gets me back into this genre with a bang!" — For the Love of Fictional Worlds
"I loved this story from start to finish. Right from the start the tension sets in, goodness, my heart was starting to beat a little fast by the end of the prologue! I found myself staying up late finishing this book, and that is something I don't normally do." — My Book Filled Life Blog
"PERILOUS TRUST was a well-written story with lots of twists and turns. Who’s bad? Who’s good? Who killed Sophie’s father? 5 Sexy Stars! — Knottygirlreview.com
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first installment in a planned trilogy, Perilous Trust immediately immerses you into the world of FBI intrigue, where nobody can be trusted outright. Archaeology professor Sophie Parker—the daughter of agent Alan Parker—is thrown into a stressful situation thanks to her father’s final actions. Things get even more complicated after she reencounters Damon Wolfe, an old one-night stand, whom she’ll have to rely on to survive. Barbara Freethy creates great romantic suspense with terse prose, punchy dialogue, and nonstop cat-and-mouse action.
Really enjoyed this book, it was full of suspense & action with a little bit of inner thoughts, highly recommend it👍🏻
I read so much that I am usually able to predict the ending. Not the case with this book which was amazing ! Great read.
A New Author, A New Series, A Satisfying Read
Perilous Trust was my first introduction to NYT Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy, and it didn't disappoint. It's a tightly written, well-structured, suspenseful second-chance romance, with well-developed characters, an undercurrent of sadness with a touch of regret, and intense sexual chemistry. It hooked me from the climactic first scene and kept me turning the pages from beginning to end. I read it in less than a day, and the tight pacing had everything to do with that. It was an easy read, suspenseful enough to keep me guessing but not so anxiety-producing that I had to stop to take a breath (or dread turning the page).
Both principal characters--Damon Wolfe, an ex-military FBI agent, and Sophie Parker, the daughter of Damon's mentor--are smart, strong, and resourceful, willing to risk everything to expose the mole (or moles) in the FBI that led to her father's tragic death. Their shared history, forged through a common bond with a now-deceased friend, ended too soon, leaving them with some serious unfinished business. Their unanswered questions hang in the air between them, but exploring them is essential to developing the level of intimacy and the trust they will need to survive their race against a ruthless team of unknown assailants.
The secondary characters, primarily two trusted FBI colleagues from Damon's days in Quantico, are introduced here to support the discovery of the conspiracy that could bring them all down; but they also pave the way for development as principal characters in future installments of the series. They are nuanced and prime for further development as the series continues.
The only drawback for me was the delayed introduction of the primary villain. I found it a bit "too convenient," and consequently, the end came together a bit too quickly (and felt a little too easy). It seems rushed, especially after the build-up of other evidence in the case. And, while the sexual attraction between Damon and Sophie was steamy, when they finally gave into temptation, their sensual encounters felt a little flat for me.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed this story and felt deeply for all of its characters. I love crime dramas, so romantic suspense is my favorite go-to genre. I gravitate to darker, breath-taking, heart-pounding romantic thrillers; but to be honest, this well-crafted story was a respite for me. It was suspenseful without being terrifying, which made it a perfect, relatively light weekend read and a perfect start to a series I'm eager to read and certain to enjoy.