Have you ever hit a point in your life where everything looks good from the outside but there’s this feeling deep in your gut that tells you something is wrong?
Dane Roberts was just an ordinary guy—so he thought. Best friend to MMA fight sensation Xander Todd, and all round decent guy. But now a restlessness surrounds him. Dare he reach for more? Could he too emulate his best friend’s results in the cage?
Arianne Le Flegg was a woman starting over, with her son. Running from a past littered with broken promises, manipulation and violent abuse at the hands of family. Violence terrified her on every level. She longed for an “ordinary life”—safety for herself and her son.
Can there ever be a future for two people who view violence so differently? One embraces it, the other dispels it. One is seeking the extraordinary, the other ordinary. She longs for the type of man he’s trying to leave behind.
For there to ever be a future together, they’ll need to dig deep and decide what really is important to each of them.
To do this, they must first accept—The hardest demons to defeat are the ones inside.
They’ll have to Believe
I loved Brave and based on the fact that I had a difficult time putting it down I should have waited to start Believe this weekend, but seeing as how I have a bit of an instant gratification problem when it comes to books I didn’t heed my own counsel and pretty much devoured the book when I should’ve been working (Oops?) But it was well worth it because Believe sucked me and hit all the feels in me and in the end left me with a happy sigh and dopey grin on my face.
At the end of Brave I thought Xander was all that and a bag of chips and didn’t know if he could be topped, but Dane found a way to maybe not topple him from the top, but definitely made his own spot right next to him. Dane is sweet, charming and damn sexy (talk about needing to take a cold shower) and is that guy who just steps up to do things because it’s the right thing to do, not because it’s expected of him. If he doesn’t think it’s right, whether it’s for himself or others, he doesn’t bother. He’s had a really good life, a loving family and great friends, and things have come relatively easy for him but he doesn’t take any of it for granted. His appreciation for it all shows in how he lives his life and treats those he comes into contact with.
Arianne is a character that I absolutely admired while at the same time frustrated me to no end. Her life has been anything but normal from the time she was a child to where we meet her in the book. Affection has come with a price and unfortunately that price is a psychotic ex husband. But she has one bright spot in her life and that’s Isaac, her son (who I absolutely adored.) Her only goal in life is to make his better and while I didn’t necessarily agree with some of her choices, I couldn’t deny that her heart was in the right place. But seeing how much love she lavished on him, even when she was at the end of her patience, showed what a great mother and person, she truly was.
I loved how Dane and Arianne’s relationship grew from being strangers to friends and then lovers and how each bump in the road, of which there were quite a few as well as a few potholes, ended up bringing them closer together. There were many times when they agreed to disagree but at least they communicated and tried worked through each issue instead of letting it fester and become . Then there was Isaac, whom I absolutely adored, and who had a special way of moving their relationship forward without even knowing it.
It’s pretty damn obvious that everything about this book worked for me from how Dane and Arianne’s relationship progressed as well as the two storylines that continued to intersect throughout the book everything just made sense from the twists and turns to the resolution of the various issues they created and kept me reading, even when I should’ve been working. Then there are the characters, both the MC’s and the supporting cast, that are so well written that they jump off the page and feel real. I wanted to spend more time with all of them, not just Dane and Arianne. I must note that a good portion of the book, maybe runs concurrent with Brave, so if you haven’t read Brave (though I must insist that you do) you won’t be lost. I actually liked revisiting the various moments and experiencing them through Dane’s eyes.
The Bottom Line: Believe is a beautifully written love story that will grab hold of you from the beginning and not let you go even after you’ve read the last line.
I recently discovered those school vocational assessments are really interesting and probably correct! Who would have thought, hey? You see, I clearly remember taking one of those in Year 11 (for my US friends, I think that equates to junior year in high school). Anyway, semantics. Well, the results came back indicating that I should pursue a career in writing and something else. What that something else was I can’t remember but the writing thing stuck in my mind.
Sure, I’d always liked English and had already developed a ravenous appetite for romance novels by the age of sixteen—but who becomes a writer straight out of school? So to cut a long story short, I went to Uni and studied Business and ended up managing large-scale IT projects shortly after.
I can’t complain: it’s been a great career. I’ve done some awesome projects and met some incredible people and I won’t be giving it up anytime soon. Anyway, I’ve messed around with a couple of “secret” novels over the years and I finally decided to get serious and finish one. Hence “Finding Trust” came about. And about twenty years later, I’ve finally proved a vocational assessment correct, because I love writing!
As to some other stuff about me: I live on the Gold Coast, Australia. I love spending time with my family and friends. When I’m not sitting behind a screen playing with IT or writing, you might find me down the beach playing in the waves on a Jet Ski or a bogey board (both are uber cool). When the weather turns a bit cooler (doesn’t really happen on the Gold Coast), we like to head for the snow. I’ve discovered I have two kids who are kamikaze skiers—they must take after their father. He’s always at me to “release the handbrake.” Apparently I’d ski so much better. I call it a healthy understanding of self-preservation and gravity!
I like to think I can fit in a few workouts and martial arts classes each week. This tends to be a figment of my imagination more than reality, unfortunately. I am trying to remedy this, but those damn characters just keep demanding to have their stories told and, well, there’s always another good book to read!
I hope you enjoy mine.
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