Finding Trust (Centre Games #1)
by Natalie Gayle
He’s hot, sexy, and leads a double life. Sometimes in the limelight, mostly in the shadows. Brayden James holds fast to a secret that’s more than his to share.
She’s a singularly focused veterinarian out for a rare night of fun with friends, at a New Year’s Eve rock concert. Going home with the lead guitarist was furthest thing from Rihanna Mason’s mind when the night began.
When Rihanna inadvertently becomes the target of a deadly terrorist plot using the Hendra virus as a biological weapon, Brayden is forced to reveal his other life. His job is to keep her safe and together they must stop the terrorists before it’s too late. But what happens when she becomes more to him than just the assignment?
Will the secret he cannot disclose ultimately prove too much for Rihanna’s fragile trust in relationships? Or will he finally break through the double brick walls around her heart, where every other man has failed?
After reading several reviews for Finding Trust on Goodreads I figured it'd be right up my alley. Romantic Suspense with a bit of a Paranormal twist... What's not to love?! Unfortunately it just didn't live up to my expectations.
The story starts off great with Rihanna and Brayden locking eyes across a crowded beach while he's rocking out on stage. Next thing Rihanna knows, she's being abducted and Brayden is saving the day.
Unfortunately, not soon after their first meeting Rihanna started working on my nerves and it lasted throughout the entire book. For someone who's supposedly so intelligent she came across as immature and whiny to me. Sure, she had a lot on her plate but it seemed like every other second she had to ask her friend Jazz for advice... I'm sorry but you're thirty years old, act like it!
Which brings me to my next issue... Jazz. She's supposed to be there as the supportive best friend but she came off as more of a bitch than a bestie in most cases, and she was just as immature as Rihanna which again, worked on my nerves.
Luckily, Brayden and the boys from the Centre made this a tolerable read. Brayden and his friends are all hiding a huge secret... One that they're not at liberty to share with anyone outside of the Centre, which obviously creates an issue with his relationship with Rihanna.
I loved that Brayden tried to be as honest as possible with Rihanna and I absolutely loved his over-protectiveness when it came to her safety. I'm a huge fan of bodyguard romances for that reason and this one hit that head on in my opinion.
While I enjoyed the suspense aspect of this one, I think if Rihanna would have grown on me I would have enjoyed Finding Trust a lot more. Unfortunately it took the entire book for me to like her even a smidge and in the end it just wasn't enough. That being said, I'm definitely excited to head into Finding Judgement so I can read Rory's story.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Finding Trust in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.