Trust Me by Sydney Somers (Lassiter Group #1)
November 16, 2010
Reviewed by Mandi
Cara Beckett is dead, and now Maxine (Max) is on the run. Set-up for her death, she has been hiding in Canada at a store one of her friends own. But she won’t be alone for long. Lucas McAllister is looking for Max – Cara was his partner. Working for The Lassiter Group, “a private paramilitary unit outsourced by the U.S. Government for covert operations and intelligence gathering,” Lucas wants to find Max under any circumstance. While many feel Samuel Blackwater, a drug and arms dealer has probably taken out Max (since she screwed up his last deal), Lucas is still hunting her. And can’t believe his fortune when he finds her. But his good luck doesn’t last long.
Blackwater’s men also discover her, and Lucas knows what they would do to her if they got her. Lucas just wants answers from her, so he decides to “help her out.” Of course, Max wants nothing to do with any of them – but she soon finds herself on the run with Lucas. She doesn’t want to trust him, but they soon discover secrets and a building attraction that can’t be ignored.
I have really enjoyed Sydney Somer’s books in the past. But I have to say I am disappointed in Trust Me. My frustration first starts after Lucas and Max go on the run together. Lucas spent six years in Special Forces and three years in the Lassiter Group. He has hunted down the worst of the worst. And yet – he gets outwitted by Max more than once. He doesn’t handcuff her until she escapes. She steals his gun. Based on his experience and what we are told of him, he doesn’t come across as a man who has been up against the scary drug lords and murderers. At one point he scolds himself for having his judgment clouded “by a sexy, determined woman.” Really? He never acts professional. And I actually love his demeanor and the way he acts – I just wish he had been presented with a more believable background.
I had a hard time warming up to Max as well. She is extremely smart mouthed and stubborn and I think it was too much. And for that reason I had a hard time believing in Lucas’ lust and eventual love for her. They just didn’t seem to go together.
Like I said, I really have enjoyed Sydney Somer’s work in the past, and I will definitely be reading her in the future. This one just didn’t work for me.