Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Giveaway & Review ~*~ Trust: A New Beginning by Cristiane Serruya

GenreContemporary erotic romance
Title: Trust: A New Beginning

Series: TRUST #1

Author: Cristiane Serruya

Publisher: self-published
Format: Ebook, Paperback, Hardcover
Length: 393 pages

Buy Links ~*~ Amazon | B&N |

Book Description ~*~ 

They are beautiful. They are rich. They are strong willed and successful. They have everything, but love. And each one of them has a dark secret looming in their past.

Sophia is a 25 year old Brazilian widow. Intelligent and ravishing, she flees from her own country after a tragic incident. Hiding from everyone and everything, she remains alone, torn between the love for a dead man, the torment of living without part of her memory and the fear of moving on. 

Ethan is one of the most important tycoons in the steel industry. As the memory of an awful evening in his adolescence haunts him night and day, he keeps looking for an elusive woman whom he could love - and who would love him - as he never has in all his 35 years... Until he finds Sophia. 

Alistair is a 34 year old powerful banker, searching for one–night stands with women who will warm his bed. And that he can punish physically to abate his anger for his late wife's black deeds and his own guilt for being such a debauched man for so many years. Any woman will do, and he has many to choose from, as they all fall instantly for his manly, devilish charming ways.
In Europe, in the months after October 2009, their paths will cross and clash. 

This is the first book of the trilogy TRUST, this is an adult contemporary romance lavishly set in a billionaire's Europe, deriving its strength from realistic and dramatic character interactions in their hunt for trust and love. 
Contains strong language and graphic sex scenes.

Review ~*~

  Trust: A New Beginning is a long novel which is a nice change of pace from the shorter ones I seem to read lately.  Although I will admit that the writing style and material took a little while to get into, once I got into the story it was difficult to put down.  There is a lot of everything going on with the characters in this story and it was nice to really get to know them and their plights. 

There are three main characters with a nice side cast of characters who are woven in wonderfully. Our main character is the heroine, Sophia.  Sophia is a widow who is highly intelligent and successful.  Yet at the same time she is woefully naive and innocent.  Sophia has a past that she wishes to remain hidden ~ some of it even from herself.  She has a lot of emotional baggage to deal with. Ethan is a man not to be trifled with, he is very jealous and arrogant.  He comes off as cocky and sometimes sweet but is very controlling and manipulative. Alistair is surprisingly a lot like Ethan, as both men are powerful and controlling.  But Alistair tends to steal your heart a little more than Ethan.  Both men have a lot of emotional baggage as well and they relationships between these three characters is tricky and intense.  

I will honestly say, that while it took me a little while to get into the storyline, I was hooked by about 30% in and really didn't want it to end. It does end on a cliffhanger but don't despair because the second book in the series has already been released, Betrayed is available at Amazon for sure and probably other major retailers as well ~ and I have already read and loved it as well. Cristiane Serruya's writing style and story are unique and that made reading A New Beginning even more interesting because her characters are not really like any other that I have read before.  She is fantastic at giving you vivid details to make you feel like you are right there with all of her characters.  I highly recommend picking up  Trust: A New Beginning  and giving this new author a shot at becoming one of your new favorites. 

Illustrious Illusions received a copy of  Trust: A New Beginning for free for an honest review

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About the Author ~*~

I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with my husband and two daughters. I'm a lawyer, who specializes in cases of sexual abuse and violence against children and women. I also have a Masters in Business Law and a BA in Fine Arts. 
I've always loved to read, write and listen to music. I lived and studied in England, France, Italy and Switzerland. Traveling is one of my passions - as is keeping fit and healthy. 
After twenty-two years of practicing law, I decided to give writing a go. And - amazingly - it was just the piece that was missing in my life.

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1 comment:

  1. Good morning from Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro!
    Hi, Illustrious,
    I'm so glad you like the story of Sophia, Ethan and Alistair. Thanks for your time reading and reviewing my book and for your lovely words.
    Warm regards,