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Without Trust This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Re Without Trust PJ dips her toe into innocent h s hauled up on the dock for this one The 22 yr old h stands accused of blackmailing her male cousin with her sensuous charms into embezzling a ton of money by computer from his work place and the H is the prosecuting barrister who takes one look at her standing in the dock and falls instantly in love.The book opens with the h on trial, for what exactly isn t stated but something vaguely to do with incitement to embezzle The h is an orphan and Re Without Trust PJ dips her toe into innocent h s hauled up on the dock for this one The 22 yr old h stands accused of blackmailing her male cousin with her sensuous charms into embezzling a ton of money by computer from his work place and the H is the prosecuting barrister who takes one look at her standing in the dock and falls instantly in love.The book opens with the h on trial, for what exactly isn t stated but something vaguely to do with incitement to embezzle The h is an orphan and was raised by her dubious Aunt and Uncle alongside her rotten cousin The cousin is the one who embezzled lots of money and then committed suicide by taking a bunch of acetaminophen causing his liver to fail Since he did not kick it right away, he had plenty of time to accuse the h as the instigator of his crimes The h is totally innocent , but somehow in PJ s province of HPlandia, the police fail to do a real investigation and big corporations can just haul ladies into court and accuse them whenever they want they can even hire soon to be Queen s Councils to prosecute the case.There is a lot about how the h is horrified and frightened and bitter and angry that such a thing has come to pass She is terrified of the H and upon his questioning of her, she has a total meltdown in the dock After her testimony is done, she goes off to await the trial s outcome and is joyously relieved when her solicitor comes back and says the charges have been dropped Since the solicitor did not seem to believe she was innocent, just like the rest of the tabloid reading world, the h has no idear how her dismissal happened, but she will take whatever little grace she can get.She leaves the court a free lady, but now she has bigger problems She lost her beginner PR person job when the allegations were made about her, she has little money and lives in the requisite grotty flat She has been hounded by paparazzi and men are making extremely suggestive propositons and her aunt and uncle have refused to acknowledge her She has some savings but that won t last long if she can t find employment There is some interesting backstory where the h ponders her aunt and uncle just abandoning her The h recalls that their son, her cousin, was always trying to get out of any trouble he had started by blaming her while they were growing up, he also broke her toys and threatened her with being put into a home The h also recalls and speculates that maybe her parents did not leave her as financially impoverished as her aunt an uncle always claimed because her parents owned a nice Chelsea house with a ton of antiques Supposedly the money was spent on her education, and the h did go to uni, but PJ leaves the deep impression that her aunt and uncle basically stole her inheritance and then dumped her when their son got involved with the wife of a local big business tycoon and blamed her for his theft and died Unfortunately these hints remain just that for the entire story and the h really never does get her name cleared, nor do we find out what really happened However the best guess is that the cousin got involved with a greedy married mistress, tried to keep up with the monetary demands she expected, got caught and died and her aunt and uncle were unscrupulous guardians and took money meant for the h Suddenly the h gets a job offer via her skeptical solicitor, she is to work as a live in assistant to a nice older wealthy lady who runs a charity for a special genetic defect in both the US and GB The h goes along to the interview and gets the job The big shocker is that the woman s son is the same barrister who was prosecuting her in court He shows up at her grotty flat before she knows who he really is and tho she is afraid of him, his roofie kiss is awesome and the h doesn t know how to handle it So the h moves in with the H s mum and starts her new job There is a lot of misunderstanding cause the H is dying of love for the h, but she thinks he still believes she is the Jezebel of Soho and inciting men to commit crimes There is charity work and computers to be organized and then we all go to Boston The h is relieved, cause not only does she have to put up with the H s lustful loathing glances she can t tell which they are, there is an OW goddaughter who is a total society witch and making claims on the H while totally dissing the h In Boston she can escape them and her painful feelings While in Boston the h meets some of the other board members of the H s mum s charity and one of them is close to her age and really nice but very shy They have a dinner date and the h is sad that she can t fall in love with such a nice and really wealthy man, but her heart is taken up by the H and he is apparently the property of the OW goddaughter The h is on the beach below her employer s Marble Head house after her dinner date and the stars are out and a naked man comes up out the surf It is the H and the h is eyeballing him in licentious ways, tho she denies this when he asks This leads to a passionate kissing moment that turns into love on the beach and somehow no gets icky sand in intimate places, but the h is chaste no longer There is some confusion the next day when the H admits he was jealous of the h s totally platonic dinner date and the h is busy running away from the H cause she thinks he was using her for a fling The H finally comes right out with his big love confession and the h wants to believe, but she has so much mistrust and thoughts of the OW keep running through her mind She also is concerned about the differences in her and the H s social class Which she was right to worry about, cause the H s mum was definitely a bit of an unconscious snob tho I don t think PJ meant it that way There was definitive exclusions of the wrong sort of people in the story, tho there were servants doing the tugging of the forelock bit The lifestyle the H s mum has is really not very inclusive to the lower classes and when the h and H and OW and his mother were all dining together, the H and his mother did nothing to stop the OW s social put downs toward the h, in fact the H was taking the OW out after dinner, so the h had valid reasons to worry The H brushes all that aside tho and he and the h are lurvin it up every chance they get Then the H returns to England and the h is left in Boston to finish up the US side of the charity work before returning to England to organize the big charity ball at the H s grand Estate.Eventually after some doubting mopey moments, the h returns to England and the H is ready to lurve her up, but he has to take the OW out first The H is a gentleman and this was a long standing prior engagement The h is not pleased by that at all and when the OW shows up the next day and claims to be engaged to the H, the h is just flat out horrified When the H shows up that night at his mum s to hook up with the h, she tells him off and is saved from the H s wrath when the nice man she had dinner with from Boston shows up and she claims she has a dinner date with him The H decides this means war, and he demands that his mum get the h and herself down to his Estate right away We all get to the Estate, and the h is feeling horribly used, tho she did apologize to the nice man for backing her story up, he was very understanding and did not take it personally Finally the H s mum decides to step in and see what all the drama is about She is very angry that everyone has just decided to run amok and she wants it sorted The h explains about the OW and the engagement, the H s mum tells her that the OW is total liar The H made the mum take the on as an assistant cause he took one look at the h in court and knew that she was innocent, and that he was instantly in love The H made the company drop the charges and the h realizes that she has been had She runs off to find the H and they declare mutual love and a big HEA since now she knows the H never thought she was guilty tho he does say that if he had thought she really had done the crime, he would have prosecuted her and put her in prison So now that the h is sure the H doesn t think she is a tart and we are assured that the H wouldn t break the law for love, we can all bask in a really sweet HEA and another innocent h gets her just rewards.This one is okay, but it was really, really long and the H and h never really connect until almost three quarters of the way through the book When the do connect tho, the lurvin is intense and the OW drama was pretty well done There was just too much unfilled back story to really make this one excellent and the h never really gets a public clearing of her name, so while the love story is sweet cause the H was totally nice and lost in love, it wasn t as good as Carole Mortimer s Love s Duel and just amounts to an okay read if you can t find CM s take on the innocent but accused h trope Heroine is being accused of a crime she didn t do The prosecutor is James Wolfe a ruthless well known lawyer Suddenly the case is dropped and Lark returns back to her life but now she is jobless and as poor as a church mouse Luckily she is offered an ideal job by a rich widow She accepts and she is happy until she realizes that her prosecutor James Wolfe is her employer s son.Penny Jordan is definitely my favorite Harlequin author her books are full of passion, angst and romance However Ja Heroine is being accused of a crime she didn t do The prosecutor is James Wolfe a ruthless well known lawyer Suddenly the case is dropped and Lark returns back to her life but now she is jobless and as poor as a church mouse Luckily she is offered an ideal job by a rich widow She accepts and she is happy until she realizes that her prosecutor James Wolfe is her employer s son.Penny Jordan is definitely my favorite Harlequin author her books are full of passion, angst and romance However James is not your usual Penny Jordan hero He is beta and caring and kind He loves Lark and pursues her He is jealous and possessive and sexy In other words Lark is one lucky heroine cause James is totally my dream man I do love a falsely accused heroine and the hero who has to change his mind about her Unfortunately for angst levels in this story, the hero changes his mind about her in an instant and it s off page This isn t the story of the heroine being falsely accused it s the story of the hero making it up to the heroine and trying to win her trust Title is accurate Since heroine is a wounded doe and just as skittish he has his work cut out for him Heroine is a great PJ heroine she s sensiti I do love a falsely accused heroine and the hero who has to change his mind about her Unfortunately for angst levels in this story, the hero changes his mind about her in an instant and it s off page This isn t the story of the heroine being falsely accused it s the story of the hero making it up to the heroine and trying to win her trust Title is accurate Since heroine is a wounded doe and just as skittish he has his work cut out for him Heroine is a great PJ heroine she s sensitive and sweet Hero is honorable and unable unwilling to explain himself at crucial moments in order to keep the tension simmering along Hero s mother is a sweetheart There is an unconvincing OM and OW to muddy the waters as well The detour to Boston seemed really random, so I hope PJ got a free trip out of it All in all I enjoyed this and I think it will improve for me on a second reading since I would know this is a story of healing from a false accusation rather than the nightmare itself Maybe there s something in my water or perhaps I bumped my head somewhere because my PJ shades aren t working This is the second in a long string of PJ books with good ratings which did absolutely nothing for me.Two stars only because Hero was one of PJ s best ever and the sex scenes were steamy without being raunchy Difficult to pull off for 1989 So heroine is a complete imbecile All PJ had to do was make her seventeen and maybe this book could have been fixed But at twenty two, to believe Maybe there s something in my water or perhaps I bumped my head somewhere because my PJ shades aren t working This is the second in a long string of PJ books with good ratings which did absolutely nothing for me.Two stars only because Hero was one of PJ s best ever and the sex scenes were steamy without being raunchy Difficult to pull off for 1989 So heroine is a complete imbecile All PJ had to do was make her seventeen and maybe this book could have been fixed But at twenty two, to believe that the Hero must be the devil personified just because he had a job to do as a prosecutor and grill her on her role in the embezzling of funds by her cousin, was just too much.And she uses this throughout the book as the main reason for assuming the worst of him and not trusting him Stupido.So this ninny hired the dumbest possible lawyer to defend her didn t rat on the cousin who killed himself but not before instigating that she was the evil mind behind the embezzlement withheld information that she caught her cousin cheating with a rich, married woman in essence, protected the cheating woman who should have been dragged into court to explain about the cousin chose to be victim to tabloids that claimed she slept with her own cousin and blackmailed him incessantlyIt didn t help that PJ never explained exactly why the cousin lied and implicated her, justmartyr introspections that he was a douchebag and she felt responsible not to hurt her aunt and uncle who took her in as a child when her parents died even though she realised they, like their offspring, were not exactly models of exemplary behavior.Hero sees immediately that view spoiler she s innocent when she breaks down under his questioning and unknown to her, convinces the company to drop all chargers of embezzelment Months later, knowing she is without job or money, he sets her up as his mother s assistant again without her knowledge He had fallen in love with her at first sight hide spoiler PJ makes it clear very early on that H is besotted, reasonable, tender and patient so when this ninny continues with her painfully idiotic judgements and introspections, it didn t make for pleasant reading And worst of all, Hero view spoiler confesses his love after some sexy deflowering by the beach But she continues withinsecurities for the next 40 pages, listening to a one dimensional OW about them getting married when he s made it crystal clear by his actions that he adores only her And she though she doesn t lead the OM on, she uses him to run circles around H which was irritating.Guess the clincher came when H said he was going to miss her when he was travelling for work and she replied that she was going to be too busy and wouldn t notice he wasn t around Bitch, he told you he loved you hide spoiler I guess I m not a fan of travelogues, of how h was helping H s mum with the admin work for her charity and raising funds, how mum hated computers, blah blah blah why would I give a shit It ate into quality H and h time.Mum was as lovely as H Neither deserved this nincampoop Sorry, PJ, it was very well written but I hated your heroine She had been hurt too many timesAccused by a malicious cousin of committing a scandalous crime, Lark Cummings was devastated And, in the British courts, the prosecutor, ruthless James Wolfe, showed her no mercyThen, incredibly, the case was dropped And out of the blue impoverished Lark was offered an ideal job by a rich widow She gladly accepted unaware that disconcerting James Wolfe was her employer s enigmatic sonWith James s reappearance in her life, Lark feared the powerful currents pulsing between them She couldn t bear to risk her trust Not to the man who d once treated her so callously [Download] ➾ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) By Ellen A. Easton – Kleankitchen.co.uk Lark Cummings was devastated And ✅ The Light Over London PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Julia Kelly – Kleankitchen.co.uk in the British courts ➞ Cell free download ➣ Author Robin Cook – Kleankitchen.co.uk the prosecutor [PDF / Epub] ☁ Braving the Wilderness By Brené Brown – Kleankitchen.co.uk ruthless James Wolfe ➨ [Ebook] ➣ Lightning / Midnight / The Bad Place By Dean Koontz ➳ – Kleankitchen.co.uk showed her no mercyThen ➸ [Read] ➳ A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, By Dean Koontz ➽ – Kleankitchen.co.uk incredibly ➭ Iron Council (New Crobuzon, Read ➵ Author China Miéville – Kleankitchen.co.uk the case was dropped And out of the blue impoverished Lark was offered an ideal job by a rich widow She gladly accepted unaware that disconcerting James Wolfe was her employer s enigmatic sonWith James s reappearance in her life [Reading] ➬ Big Magic ➳ Elizabeth Gilbert – Kleankitchen.co.uk Lark feared the powerful currents pulsing between them She couldn t bear to risk her trust Not to the man who d once treated her so callously Lark, the heroine, could give some Greek, Italian, fill in the blank Mediterranean country tycoons a lesson on jumping to stupid conclusions and inner monologuing There will hardly be any need for the H and h to converse in the future as she always knows exactly what he s thinking and how he feels Ugh Plot The heroine was set up by her lying and now dead cousin in some kind of scheme He blames her for his larceny as he commits suicide Why he committed suicide, who knows, as it is just one d Lark, the heroine, could give some Greek, Italian, fill in the blank Mediterranean country tycoons a lesson on jumping to stupid conclusions and inner monologuing There will hardly be any need for the H and h to converse in the future as she always knows exactly what he s thinking and how he feels Ugh Plot The heroine was set up by her lying and now dead cousin in some kind of scheme He blames her for his larceny as he commits suicide Why he committed suicide, who knows, as it is just one dropped plot line among many So is the evil OW he supposedly stole for in the first place The h is grilled by the H as he is the prosecuting barrister Lark has decided to focus all her anger and hate on him, the guy who is simply doing his job, rather than focus on Gary the lying, dying cousin crook or the aunt and uncle who may or may not have stolen some of her parents furniture and or money Charges are dropped and she just knows how angry the H must be A miraculous opportunity with a sweet older woman in charge of a small charity pops up for the now unemployable Lark Turns out her son is the prosecuting attorney view spoiler He s also the man who set up the job as well as forced the prosecuting company to drop the charges Oh yeah, worthy of her contempt hide spoiler Lark inner monologues ad nauseam about how the H wants her fired, how he despises her, how he Who cares.For some ungodly reason, the H is in love with Miss Cranky Pants Toss in a lying vapid OW and you have a standard Harlequin It s the rarely seen Harley where the H is thedeserving of happiness 4.5 starsI d looked forward to reading this based on the plot and Kindle excerpt, and am happy to say that neither the romance nor the hero, James, disappointed view spoiler James fell in love at first sight with Lark in the courtroom in which he was cross examining her Lark was initially clueless to James assistance in helping her rebuild her life and could not help being drawn to him despite her reservations hide spoiler James s romantic machinations were endearing I could totally se 4.5 starsI d looked forward to reading this based on the plot and Kindle excerpt, and am happy to say that neither the romance nor the hero, James, disappointed view spoiler James fell in love at first sight with Lark in the courtroom in which he was cross examining her Lark was initially clueless to James assistance in helping her rebuild her life and could not help being drawn to him despite her reservations hide spoiler James s romantic machinations were endearing I could totally see why Lark had fallen in love with him He was compassionate, caring, successful and unafraid to show how passionately in love he was Lark, meanwhile, was a sympathetic and brave heroine worthy of James She d been abandoned by everyone important to her, but never seemed to wallow in self pity So I was very happy when she finally found happiness with the delicious James I haven t read any of the author s historical romances under her other pseudonyms, but this category romance seemed inspired by the Regency romances written by Georgette Heyer The plot, atmosphere and characterization of the protagonists reinforced that impression, with the major differences being the sex and contemporary setting of course.With Without Trust, Jordan proves once again why I love her romances In my humble opinion, no other Harlequin Presents author wrotepassionate, sexy, and romantic category romances than the late, great Penny Jordan Sometimes she could be off with over 180 Harlequin romances to her credit it was bound to happen but when she was on, be prepared to be entertained Without Trust is the story of Lark and James Our heroine is an innocent dove, who is falsely framed by her relatives and undergoes a long ordeal in court where her confidence, career and happiness all take a beating The biggest hurdle she faces is the vicious prosecutor, our hero, who scares the heroine so much that he haunts her nightmares She finally has an outburst of denial, and miraculously finds her charges dropped.The heroine is then suddenly offered a job to be a widow s assistant Without Trust is the story of Lark and James Our heroine is an innocent dove, who is falsely framed by her relatives and undergoes a long ordeal in court where her confidence, career and happiness all take a beating The biggest hurdle she faces is the vicious prosecutor, our hero, who scares the heroine so much that he haunts her nightmares She finally has an outburst of denial, and miraculously finds her charges dropped.The heroine is then suddenly offered a job to be a widow s assistant, which proves to be a lifesaver for her How she realized the hero s role who turns out to be the widows son and feelings forms the story A very sad, naive and sweet heroine, who had a terrible background hence craved love and wore her heart on her sleeve This belle is captured by our totally smitten hero The drama was just their insecurities as the confession for love happened much earlier than the ending Some OM OW jealousy that were baseless, a matchmaking mamma and a lovely ending Thoroughly enjoyed it Safe4.5 5 The poor h criminally charged with something she has no hand in, the ruthless judgmental lawyer prosecutor H out to nail her innocent behind and then we are told that the strong hostile vibe in the court was actually passion and not hate Sounds familiar One of my favorite tropes, but not my favorite book of that trope The book took it s own sweet time to find it s groove, and when it did it blew me at least on the hotness scale I am not a big PJ fan a minority, I know but even I know for The poor h criminally charged with something she has no hand in, the ruthless judgmental lawyer prosecutor H out to nail her innocent behind and then we are told that the strong hostile vibe in the court was actually passion and not hate Sounds familiar One of my favorite tropes, but not my favorite book of that trope The book took it s own sweet time to find it s groove, and when it did it blew me at least on the hotness scale I am not a big PJ fan a minority, I know but even I know for a vintage writer she could do passion like none of her contemporaries could Coming back to the book, the h was at her irritating prickly best for most of the book, butso in the first half Why do these 80s hs have to so hateful only to the H Okay, we are given to understand it is a sublimated feelings thing but still, it makes for a highly disagreeable read The H was basically a sweet nice guy a rarity in PJland He goes behind scenes to get her case dismissed and then enlists his mother to employ her as a PA companion All this is unknown to the h who goes on alternating between her bitchy and poor me moods I almost did a dnf with this one as the H was almost absent for the first half and the all the talk about charities and arranging benefits and balls and whatevers was a big snore.But then the mother and the h fly off to Boston to my despair but happily the fun begins here with the H following them view spoiler The sex scene on the beach was amazingly hot and the book catches fire with it But the h continues with her daft ways Imagine the H confessing his love to her and still she is not convinced hide spoiler So she misses out on the famous local clam chowder, but gets to experience other things An ow is suitably recruited to do the venomous bit e And like countless other hs before her, she falls prey to the by now weared thin machinations Aarghh But the ending is sweet and the H even sweeter Definitely a keeper the H Other shelves betta hero, hero in his 30 s, hero is not meanReview to come


About the Author: Penny Jordan

Penelope Jones Halsallaka Caroline Courtney, Annie Groves, Lydia Hitchcock, Melinda WrightPenelope Penny Jones was born on November 24, 1946 at about seven pounds in a nursing home in Preston, Lancashire, England She was the first child of Anthony Winn Jones, an engineer, who died at 85, and his wife Margaret Louise Groves Jones She has a brother, Anthony, and a sister, Prudence Pru.She had been a keen reader from the childhood her mother used to leave her in the children s section of their local library whilst she changed her father s library books She was a storyteller long before she began to write romantic fiction At the age of eight, she was creating serialized bedtime stories, featuring make believe adventures, for her younger sister Prue, who was always the heroine At eleven, she fell in love with Mills Boon, and with their heroes In those days the books could only be obtained via private lending libraries, and she quickly became a devoted fan she was thrilled to bits when the books went on full sale in shops and she could have them for keeps.Penny left grammar school in Rochdale with O Levels in English Language, English Literature and Geography She first discovered Mills Boon books, via a girl she worked with She married Steve Halsall, an accountant and a lovely man , who smoked and drank too heavily, and suffered oral cancer with bravery and dignity Her husband bought her the small electric typewriter on which she typed her first novels, at a time when he could ill afford it He died at the beginning of 21st century.She earned a living as a writer since the 1970s when, as a shorthand typist, she entered a competition run by the Romantic Novelists Association Although she didn t win, Penny found an agent who was looking for a new Georgette Heyer She published four regency novels as Caroline Courtney, before changing her nom de plume to Melinda Wright for three air hostess romps and then she wrote two thrillers as Lydia Hitchcock Soon after that, Mills and Boon accepted her first novel for them, Falcon s Prey as Penny Jordan However, for herhistorical romance novels, she adopted her mother s maiden name to become Annie Groves Almost 70 of her 167 Mills and Boon novels have been sold worldwide.Penny Halsall lived in a neo Georgian house in Nantwich, Cheshire, with her Alsatian Sheba and cat Posh She worked from home, in her kitchen, surrounded by her pets, and welcomed interruptions from her friends and family.


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