Perilous TrustBarbara Freethy

Perilous Trust

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"PERILOUS TRUST is a non-stop thriller that seamlessly melds jaw-dropping suspense with sizzling romance, and I was riveted from the first page to the last." USA Today HEA Blog

It was one dark night that brought Damon Wolfe and Sophie Parker together. They were two tortured souls, looking for escape, and they weren't supposed to see each other ever again…

Four years later, Sophie's FBI father, who is also Damon's mentor, is killed in a suspicious car crash after leaving Sophie a cryptic message to trust no one from the agency. When Damon shows up looking for her, she isn't sure if he's friend or enemy, but she knows he could easily rip apart what is left of her heart.

The last thing Damon wants is to get involved with Sophie again. It was hard enough to walk away the first time. But she's in trouble, her father's reputation is under attack, and the lives of his fellow agents are at stake if there's a traitor in their midst. 

When someone starts shooting at them, they have no choice but to go on the run and off the grid. Everyone in their world becomes a suspect. They want to uncover the truth, but will it turn out to be the last thing they expect? Proving her father's innocence might just cost them their hearts…and their lives…

In PERILOUS TRUST, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy brings you the first book in a new romantic suspense series! These breath-stealing books are filled with action-packed plot, heart-stopping romance, and page-turning suspense.

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What the reviewers are saying…

"Barbara Freethy's first book PERILOUS TRUST in her OFF THE GRID series is an emotional, action packed, crime drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat…I'm exhausted after reading this but in a good way. 5 Stars!" — Booklovers Anonymous

"It’s been a while since I have had the fun of reading a brilliant romantic suspense book – PERILOUS TRUST gets me back into this genre with a bang!" — For the Love of Fictional Worlds

"I loved this story from start to finish. Right from the start the tension sets in, goodness, my heart was starting to beat a little fast by the end of the prologue! I found myself staying up late finishing this book, and that is something I don't normally do." — My Book Filled Life Blog

"PERILOUS TRUST was a well-written story with lots of twists and turns. Who’s bad? Who’s good? Who killed Sophie’s father? 5 Sexy Stars! —

Perilous Trust (Barbara Freethy) Book Reviews

PERLIOUS TRUSTPERILOUS TRUST. by Barbara Freethy. New series OFF THE GRID FBI Cryptic messages being left for Sophia, would she know what they meant. The apologies, of what he had done, telling her to trust no one, hope she would understand he did it for her. When told he was gone, and how, "she replied FBI guys don't run their cars off the road". Listening to the voicemails, as she walked away from her life. Damon,new to New York, gets a cryptic message; someone in bureau is a traitor, was it his mentor Allan. Finally, someone at Allan office answers, telling him he is dead, and what happened. The questions begin, how was his daughter Sophia doing, did she believe how or was she questioning it also. A great plot, one can feel the tension, and wondering what happened. The characters are well defined. A definite winner for Barbara and this new series. Hopefully the second book will be out soon. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion..Score: 5/5

Loved it!This book kept my interest from the first page! Great read!.Score: 5/5

Another hitFirst book in a new romantic suspense series. This book is about Sophie Parker and Damon Wolfe. What I love about Barbara's books is that she brings the story to life. You are not just reading the book, you feel as if you are part of it. She brings you into the story. You care about the characters and feel like you know them, they feel like relatives or really good friends. This book had a lot of suspense and of course the romance. The romance is enough to keep you interested without being smutty, which I personally like. Follow Sophie and Damon as they try to find out what happened to Sophie's dad. I do not give away anything in my reviews cause I hate spoilers and I won't give you the blurb that is already given as you can read it yourself. I just give my opinions and feelings. I will admit Barbara is my go to author. I have never been disappointed in any of her books and this one did not disappoint. It was just long enough to keep you interested, but not repetitive or too long to get you bored. Looking forward to the rest of the series. I can honestly recommend this book if you love mystery, suspense and romance. Enjoy, you won't be sorry. Now to wait for book two..Score: 5/5

Absolute MUST ReadWow! What an awesome read! This story was so well written. I loved Sophie Parker and Damon Wolfe. I loved the suspense of when they were off grid, it was so captivating. I wanted to jump into the story and be on the run with them. I highly suggest this book. I captures your attention on page one and keeps it all the way to the end. This fast paced page turner will be one of your favorites. It is a must read. I can't wait for book 2. Thanks Ms. Freethy for the awesome entertainment..Score: 5/5

Perilous Trust by Barbara FreethyARC for honest review with no compensation Perilous Trust is the 1st book in the Off the Grid FBI Trilogy and what a way to start the series! This page turner will keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you saying just one more page….Barbara Freethy you have written another fantastic book! ! ! ! Sophie Parker is a professor at NYU who teaches archaeology, takes her students on digs and is the daughter of Alan Parker and FBI senior agent. Her world is turned on its axis when two of her father’s FBI friends come to her job to tell her that her father has been killed. They want to follow her home to talk more about her dad, but she needs time alone to process all this….when she leaves work she checks her phone and sees she has messages from her dad that are very cryptic and not to trust anyone including the police or the FBI…so she does what her father says and leaves….when she goes to the safe house following her father’s instructions…..who shows up but Damon Wolfe another FBI agent her father trained and recruited… Damon Wolfe has been asked by his mentor Alan Parker to come to the NY FBI office and work for him but he is concerned that he might run in to Sophie again after their one night stand 4 years ago. When word gets out about Alan’s death and Sophie has disappeared….he goes with his gut and heads to a place he thinks she might be and finds her but she doesn’t trust him because of what her father said in the voice messages….gun fire erupts while they are talking and now Sophie needs to trust him and they both end up on the run trying to keep one step ahead of whoever is out to kill them… Suspense, twists, turns, mystery, action, who can you trust and lots of chemistry…will they end up getting caught before they can find out the truth of how and why he is killed and who is after them or will they figure out the puzzle that is her dad and find a love that has grown unexpectedly deeper after all this time…. Looking forward to Book 2! !.Score: 5/5

Great start to the trilogy!Love! Love! Love! Sophie is a university professor whose life gets thrown upside down after the death of her father, even more concerning are the voicemails from her father right before his death. . Sophie doesn't know who to trust but ends up finding Damon to help her. This is a thriller story with a bit of romance but all amazing. I cannot wait for the next books in the trilogy, we are all incredibly lucky to get two more novels in this series. I wasn't able to put this page turner down and neither will you!.Score: 5/5

Definite Must Read!Barbara Freethy just kicked it up a notch with Perilous Trust. The first of a new series, this story revolves around Sophie Parker and Damon Wolfe. Sophie teaches archaeology at NYU and takes students on digs in the summer. Her world is turned upside down when two of her father's FBI friends and co-workers show up one day after class to let her know that her father had been killed. After they leave, Sophie looks at her phone and sees that her father had left several voicemails for her before he died leaving her very cryptic instructions on what to do, but was very clear that she shouldn't trust the police or anyone at the FBI and she needs to get away. Sophie goes to her fathers safe house at the lake following his first clue. Damon had met Sophie four years earlier at the lake house at the wake of their mutual friend Jamie who was killed while on a mission with the FBI. They had one night together, but never saw each other again. On a whim, Damon takes a trip to the lake house upon hearing that Sophie went missing after receiving the message of her father's death. Damon finds Sophie at the lake house. While Sophie isn't sure if she should trust Damon, after being shot at she realizes she's going to need help and decides to take the chance. There are so many twists and turns to this story that you can't put it down once you start! I've always enjoyed the suspense and mystery in Barbara's stories, but this story grabs you from the very first words and keeps you hanging on the edge until the very end! There is an intense underlying chemistry between Sophie and Damon too that they try to fight, but they realize quickly that it's something they can't ignore. What develops between them throughout the story is a love we all hope to find. I would highly recommend this book to anyone! I received an advance copy of this book for an honest review..Score: 5/5

New romantic suspense seriesPerilous Trust is the first book in a new FBI series OFF THE GRID by Barbara Freethy. Usually, I can figure out who the “bad guy” is or could be in a suspense novel. I couldn’t figure it out in this one which added to the tension and intrigue. Sophie Parker receives a voicemail from her father just before he is killed in a car accident. Using the hints from this phone call, she begins to decipher her father’s last message to her. Damon Wolfe an FBI agent on Sophie’s father’s team, goes out on his own to find Sophie against F.B.I. instructions. Damon and Sophie crossed paths four years previously. Damon and other agents from their class at Quantico continue to access a secret communication protocol. The use of baseball metaphors in the secret chat room was creative. The main characters in Perilous Trust are interesting and well-developed. The fear of knowing who to trust was ever-present. Parts of the story were filled with terror and fright. If you like romantic suspense, Perilous Trust is a wonderful choice. Looking forward to other additions in the OFF THE GRID series..Score: 4/5

Great new series!!Barbara has done it again! This first book in a new series had me hooked from page one. Many twists and turns with wonderful new characters. Looking forward to more!!.Score: 5/5

Intrigue and romance!The title of this book is so appropriate. Barbara Freethy is a master of her craft in writing romantic suspense. Sophie Parker is the daughter of an FBI agent and a professor at NYU. She receives multiple cryptic messages from her father before he dies. He tells her to trust no one. She goes on the run and is found by FBI agent Damon Wolfe. Damon was a one night stand four years prior. Should Sophie trust him? Should she trust his cohort agents he went to Quantico with? They all have links to Sophie's father. This book is full of suspense and drama. Five stars for Perilous Trust. Looking forward to the next Off the Grid book..Score: 5/5

Fabulous Start to a New Series!Fabulous start to a new series! This book kept me riveted, I hated to put it down. Full of suspense, twists and turns, and great chemistry between Damon and Sophie. I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series!.Score: 5/5

Great readI read so much that I am usually able to predict the ending. Not the case with this book which was amazing ! Great read..Score: 5/5

Exciting ReadAn exciting first book in the Off the Grid series. Damon works for the FBI and Sophie's father, who sends her phone messages to trust no one in the FBI, is found murdered. She escapes to a safe house where Damon finds her. Someone else finds her also and gun shots ring out. Damon and Sophie must go into hiding while finding out who murdered her father and why. More mystery and intrigue than romance, this is a good first book in the series. Am looking forward to reading the rest of the stories in this series..Score: 5/5

My thoughtsThis is an awesome book to read… I hope the next series is as good.Score: 5/5

Perilous TrustLoved the story line. Fun, exciting to get into!.Score: 5/5

Enjoyable readThis book was a harder one for me to read than most of Barbara's books. I think if you go into this book knowing what to have your expectations at then you should enjoy it. I unfortunately struggled reading this book. I think my biggest problem with this one is it's much more mystery based vs anything else. You will find some romance but it's very little that even with it I consider this to be just mystery. Now, if I read this a few yrs ago I would have instantly loved it. Since I rarely read plain mystery books these days it took effort. I did end up enjoying this book but had to set it aside for a few days and be in the right mindset to enjoy this book. I have loved most of Barbara's other books so I do know my issue with this book is completely on me. I am still looking forward to the other books in this series. I received an Arc in exchange for an honest review..Score: 3/5

Perilous TrustWOW! Now this is what I call a great read! An action packed, suspenseful romance that I could not put down. Read. This. Book!.Score: 5/5

A New Author, A New Series, A Satisfying ReadPerilous Trust was my first introduction to NYT Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy, and it didn't disappoint. It's a tightly written, well-structured, suspenseful second-chance romance, with well-developed characters, an undercurrent of sadness with a touch of regret, and intense sexual chemistry. It hooked me from the climactic first scene and kept me turning the pages from beginning to end. I read it in less than a day, and the tight pacing had everything to do with that. It was an easy read, suspenseful enough to keep me guessing but not so anxiety-producing that I had to stop to take a breath (or dread turning the page). Both principal characters--Damon Wolfe, an ex-military FBI agent, and Sophie Parker, the daughter of Damon's mentor--are smart, strong, and resourceful, willing to risk everything to expose the mole (or moles) in the FBI that led to her father's tragic death. Their shared history, forged through a common bond with a now-deceased friend, ended too soon, leaving them with some serious unfinished business. Their unanswered questions hang in the air between them, but exploring them is essential to developing the level of intimacy and the trust they will need to survive their race against a ruthless team of unknown assailants. The secondary characters, primarily two trusted FBI colleagues from Damon's days in Quantico, are introduced here to support the discovery of the conspiracy that could bring them all down; but they also pave the way for development as principal characters in future installments of the series. They are nuanced and prime for further development as the series continues. The only drawback for me was the delayed introduction of the primary villain. I found it a bit "too convenient," and consequently, the end came together a bit too quickly (and felt a little too easy). It seems rushed, especially after the build-up of other evidence in the case. And, while the sexual attraction between Damon and Sophie was steamy, when they finally gave into temptation, their sensual encounters felt a little flat for me. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this story and felt deeply for all of its characters. I love crime dramas, so romantic suspense is my favorite go-to genre. I gravitate to darker, breath-taking, heart-pounding romantic thrillers; but to be honest, this well-crafted story was a respite for me. It was suspenseful without being terrifying, which made it a perfect, relatively light weekend read and a perfect start to a series I'm eager to read and certain to enjoy..Score: 4/5

Perilous TrustReally enjoyed this book, it was full of suspense & action with a little bit of inner thoughts, highly recommend it👍🏻.Score: 4/5

Boring and PredictableI skipped a lot because it was boring and way too predictable. I found the chemistry lacking and so stupid that Sophie decided she loved Damon despite only meeting him once four years earlier and not seeing him again until this whole mess started. This book turns me off the author. It was not good. I definitely won’t continue reading this series..Score: 2/5

Outstanding Book!An outstanding book! I was hooked from the first page. I enjoyed the characters, the intrigue, and the fast pace of the book. The action was constant; many times I wanted to peek at the end of the book. I definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading the next book in the series..Score: 5/5

Barbara never disappoints!I loved this book! Sophie is someone I really related to, and I was really rooting for her and Damon! A very fast paced and interesting book - totally worth a second read!.Score: 5/5

PerilousI enjoyed this book very much! The storyline hooked me from the beginning and never let go..Score: 5/5

Good readFirst in this new series. Very good read. Intrigue, romance a little steam. The story flowed and held my interest. I figured the bad agent out but had a problem picking out the "friend" angle. Good read, well worth the time spent..Score: 4/5

Must read!I was pulled into the story from the first page. It is an intriguing, suspenseful, romantic mystery that kept me turning the page. It is fast paced, yet the characters and story are well developed. Damon and Sophie are both strong individuals, who only make each other better. Can't wait to learn more about the other characters in the upcoming books. Great start to this series..Score: 5/5

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Perilous TrustLoved mystery and secrets, became addictive, hard to put down. Highly recommended..Score: 5/5

Perilous TrustAnother brilliant book by Barbara Freethy. I can't wait for book 2 and 3. If you like to read suspense with romance mixed then this is a series for you..Score: 5/5

Loved it!Couldn't put this book down. Really enjoyed it..Score: 5/5

Perilous trustAMAZING BOOK!!! Barbra never disappoints, I’ve read many of her titles but this was a fav!!! Highly recommend if u enjoy a thrilling “who done it”, mixed in with action and a splash of steamy toe curling romance!.Score: 5/5

TrustingThis is the first book from this author. Really nice little read- good intrigue and just a smattering of romance..Score: 5/5

Perilous TrustAnother amazingly exciting suspense by Barbara Freethy. Before his untimely death, Sophie's father sends her a message to trust nobody including the FBI where he worked. Damon worked for Sophie's father and goes to find her. When they are both shot at they are on their own to sort out the clues left by Sophie's dad. Not only do they have to tend to shots being fired they have to contend with the sparks that are flying between them. A intense mystery with the right amount of romance. Highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story..Score: 5/5

Perilous trustGreat book Barbara. I really enjoyed it. When are the next ones being released?.Score: 4/5

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