by Kathryn Shay

February 2003
ISBN: 0-425-18884-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Who says you can't go home again? Kathryn Shay explores that and much more in her newest novel Trust In Me.

Best friends Margo, Linc, Beth, Danny, Annie, and Joe called themselves The Outlaws. As teenagers, they kept the police Of Glen Oak on their toes. Although all have given up their bad ways, time has not been kind to the members of the gang. Beth is raising her teenage son alone, Linc and Margo have grown somewhat estranged from one other despite the love they share, and Joe has hurt Annie as bad any man could possibly hurt a woman.

Things somewhat escalate when the man blamed for Beth`s husband`s death comes back to town to breathe new life into the racing scene. Tucker Quaid stirs up hurt and angry feelings in Beth`s troubled son Ronny. As The Outlaws band together in Beth`s time of need, they are unable to predict what the future holds for them.

This is a very heartwarming tale of true friendship and love. There are three main couples who have to come to terms with some of their issuses in order to be happy:

Beth and Tucker: both have a instant attraction to one another, but they do not act on it at first out of respect for Beth`s teenage son Ronny. I thought that was very honorable of both of them putting her son`s feelings before their own. But fear not readers, after a near fatal accident, Beth and Tucker realize how much they really love each other and their passions ignite in a very steamy scene.

Joe and Annie were once married but Joe's emotional and physical abuse forced Annie to end their marriage in divorce. After six years, Joe has returned asking for Annie`s forgiveness and the chance to get to know his children. Annie doesn't like this idea at first and is very wary of Joe. However, time will tell if Joe has changed and Annie will have to make some tough decisions.

Linc and Margo were my favorite couple. Margo pretends to be this tough person but on the inside she is just a softy at heart, and along with Linc's love and support we see her do a complete 180 and do things she vowed she would never do. I enjoyed reading about Margo; she was spunky and vivacious. Linc is not your typical hero; for one thing, he is a minister and he works way too hard trying to solve everyone`s problems that darken the church doorstep. He is the hero that women dream about and I was very happy when to the two ended up together and shared the second steamiest scene in this novel.

This is a definite keeper and I look forward to future work from Ms.Shay.

Reviewed in March 2003 by Ronica.

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