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Risking Trust

(Private Protectors #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  458 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Roxann Thorgesson's world is out of control. After her father suffers a fatal heart attack, she must take over as publisher of Chicago's second-largest newspaper. Then her ex-boyfriend Michael Taylor, CEO of his own security company, shows up needing a favor. The last thing Roxann needs is Michael around causing trouble--and potential heartbreak--but he's involved in a sca ...more
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Published November 1st 2011 by Carina Press
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Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jonetta by: Hesperia Loves Books
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It's been 12 years since Michael Taylor walked away from Roxann Thorgesson, leaving her without explanation. He's now head of a highly successful private security company and she's the publisher of a Chicago newspaper. But, his soon to be ex-wife's been murdered and Michael's now the prime suspect. It's a long shot but he reaches out to Roxann for help in investigating the case to clear his name.

The romance
Roxann's turned the devastating loss of Michael into an outstanding professi
Rating 4.5

Risking Law takes us right back to the start I guess as far as the time line goes, we get Michael's story, before he got together with Roxann.

To be honest the Private Protector series has gotten better for me with each book, I thought I loved A Just Deception but this one even changed that. I love a good mix of romance and suspense and this one has that and combine it with a fiery reunion story.

Roxann's life is kind of a mess right now, she just lost her father and on top of dealing wi
Another one to my LOVVIT shelf!!!

The plots, characters and dialogues were gloriously awesome. This was my first read by anything AG and I liked her writing styles.

I just lurved how Michael was portrayed as humanely possible and not too alpha-ish. His POVs showed his regret for marrying the wrong woman, his dread for asking the long lost love of his life for help and his fear of losing her again if he was convicted of murdering his ex-wife were all very heart wrenching. I just lurve a down-to-ea
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an ok read for me, not bad, but not wonderful. Every time I find myself reading about rich people, I find it hard to relate. And that she falls back into bed with him without even asking him why he left her many years ago ? Couldn't believe it. And the banter that was supposed to sound like foreplay ? I've read better in other books.
Believe it or not Risking Trust by Adrienne Giordanno is actually the book that started Adrienne’s writing journey and acts as the beginning of the the Private Protector’s series. Though this is the third book published in the series, this story actually takes place before Man Law, the first book of the series which made me sit up and take notice of Adrienne’s writing style.

39 year old Michael Taylor, CEO of one of the nation’s most private and elite security companies finds himself the number o
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Rating: 4 out of 5

I’ve really been enjoying Adrienne Giordano’s Private Protectors series. I’m not usually a fan of romantic suspense, but her books are a lot of fun and full-o-the-smexy! Risking Trust is the third novel published in the series, but it’s set before the first novel, Man Law. I absolutely loved the hero of Man Law (see my review), Vic Andrews, and he makes a few appearances to comedic effect in this prequel. I think M
Hope Frost
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Private Protectors series. And before I begin with my thoughts on the book, this book was released 3rd in the series, but is the actual start. If I would have read the other two first, I can't say my thoughts on the book would be all that good. Key players were introduced in this book, and it would be weird to read out of order and not know the story of the leader of the private protection agency.

That being said...I really liked this book. The banter between Roxann
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Michael Taylor made the biggest mistake of his life twelve years ago when he broke up with the only woman he’s ever loved. He left Roxann in order to protect her, but now he’s paying the price—in more ways than one. Not only did he end up marrying the wrong woman in an effort to get over Roxann, he’s now accused of killing her.

Roxann Thorgesson can’t get over the fact Michael left her without any explanation. Now he’s accused of murdering his estranged wife and wants her help to prove he’s innoc
Cynthia D'Alba
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Although this is the third book released by this author in the Private Protectors series, I would recommend that new readers to the series start with this book. As I understand it, Risking Trust was originally written to be the first book in the series but was delayed for editing and the other two books were released first. While you can read the books out of order (each book will stand alone), I think having this book set the background and tone for the others is advantageous to grasping the un ...more
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
A complicated and compelling novel that is multi-layered and with enough twists and turns to resemble and English maze. The characters are strong and pronounced and the reader is drawn into the mess of people's lives, the griefs, disappointments, unrealized dreams, old loves, and even the murder of a soon-to-be ex-wife. While it is the third in this series, it is a flashback novel of sorts by the author's own admission. It fills in facts about Michael Taylor's life--the CEO of a security firm th ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Crime Drama, romance lacking

## LOVED the crime drama aspect of this book. It was intriguing and kept me interested throughout. Ergo 4 stars.

For me the romance was off. If a man ditches you with no explanation after planning to spend your life together and marries someone else, he doesn't get to waltz in 12 years later and not only ask for help but another chance! Pffft. Not bloody likely. Especially after the heroine keeps asking why he left (I deserve to know) and he flat out refuses
Michelle Fayard
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Roxann and Michael were involved in a serious relationship 12 years ago. Then Michael walked away without an explanation. Now this former Special Forces/PTSD victim runs a security company. And he’s just become the lead person of interest in his soon-to-be ex-wife’s murder.

Roxann is the one Michael approaches for help.

Roxann’s father has just suffered a fatal heart attack, filling her with grief and leaving her with the top spot at Chicago’s No. 2 daily newspaper. Her management team doesn’t lik
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved these series of books. My only recommendation would be to read this book 1st, then the next two. This really is book 1, the author stated she had originally intended this to be book 1, but things happened and she ended up finishing this book afterwards. Can't wait for book 4 of this series to come out.
Wendy Soliman
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A really gripping tale that kept me guessing almost to the last page. Tightly written with lots of surprises along the way and a highly believable plot. Corrupt politicians, what's not to believe!

I've read all three of the books in this series but enjoyed this one the most. Highly recommended.

More of the same, please.
Wendy Marcus
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved Adrienne's first two books and I think I loved this one even more. As with the other two, this book grabbed me and I could not put it down. Fast-paced action. Catchy dialogue. A hot hero and strong, spunky heroine. Loved, loved, loved this book and I highly recommend it!
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Risks in Enjoying This One
Once upon a time Roxann Thorgesson trusted Michael Taylor with her heart, until he left her without warning or explanation. It had devastated her. Then he married another woman and she was utterly annihilated. But that was twelve years ago.

Now Roxann is reeling from the sudden death of her father and struggling under the weight of the responsibility that comes from taking control of the second largest newspaper in Chicago. She's over Michael Taylor. Mostly. Now she j
Jordana Bastos
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
S. R. Lewis
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I totally enjoyed this book. It has lots of suspense, great characters, a very engaging story, and a layered romance. Very enjoyable!
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
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I’ll admit, I’d never heard of Adrienne Giordano when I saw a blurb about her latest release from Carina Press on Facebook. The book intrigued me, but it was the fourth in the series and although both the author and Carina insist they can be read as a stand alone, my little OCD brain doesn’t work that way. So, I asked to review all four and Risking Trust is the first in the Private Protectors series.

Out of the thousands of romance novels I’ve read, never
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Risking Trust is the third book in the Private Protector series by Adrienne Giordano and was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Carina Press.

Michael Taylor has been framed for the murder of his estranged wife and has sought the help of his ex-girlfriend and owner of one of the most popular newspapers in Chicago, Roxann Thorgesson.

Michael left Roxann 12 years earlier without an explanation and went on to marry socialite Ali
Christi Snow
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
Wow! So many twists and turns that I did NOT see coming. This was simply a fantastic novel. Great romance! Great suspense! A mystery that I could NOT figure out! Wow!

The history between Michael and Roxann was so heart-breaking, but it just added to the suspense because it wasn't until almost the very end before you find out why their relationship fell apart 12 years ago and they both ended up in this awful place.

And this awful place is really, truly horrible. Michael is being accused
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it
When I was younger, I read a lot of crime and mystery novels, so when there are crime/mystery/romance novels to be read, I tend to have a very high standard. This one is no exception.

It's a pretty good read if you're not into the mystery/crime part and is reading for the romance but the writing in some parts of this novel is so awkward. In one part the author uses "he hauled ass" yet in another part she uses "she fell on her butt", and yet in another part she uses "freakin'" and her characters g
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Risking Trust is a strong romantic suspense that kept me fascinated from beginning to end. I loved the characters of Michael and Roxanne. In the beginning, I was unsure of Michael since he left Roxanne without explanation years earlier and hurt her very badly. He was such a charasmatic and likeable character that I quickly began hoping for an explanation to his past behavior. I felt very sympathetic toward Roxanne from the beginning of the book, and liked her throughout. I very much enjoyed the ...more
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Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book of the series so far. I really enjoyd the dynamics between Roxann and Michael. I usually base my opinion on a book on whether or not I want to purchase it (rather than go through the library) and this was one that I bought so I could read it multiple times and have read it twice in 2011.

I liked how strong of a person Roxann was and she did not just fall back into Michael's arms and pick up where they left off. She made him work for her trust again and really wanted him
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
RISKING TRUST by Adrienne Giordano is an exciting romantic suspense set in Chicago, Illinois.This is book 1 in the "Private Protectors" series. See book 2 " Man Law" and book 3 " A Just Deception".It is fast paced and action paced with danger,forgiveness,betrayal,secrets,romance,sweet sensuality,sensual tension,passion,suspense,mystery,murder,and love."Risking Trust" is the story of Roxann Thorgesson,a control freak and the new publisher of the largest newspaper in Chicago,the Banner,and was lef ...more
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book grabbed me from the start and was a great introduction to Adrienne Giordano as an author, and to the series, Private Protectors.

It's been 12 years since Michael left Roxanne, with no explanation, and subsequently married a woman who is her polar opposite. Rox has gone on to a successful career in the family-owned newspaper, but is coping with her father's recent death and her increased responsibilities. Now, Michael has been accused of his ex-wife's murder and needs Roxanne's help to p
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of romantic mystery, contemporary romance
Recommended to AMythicalBeast by: netgalley
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I must admit I haven't read the two books before this one, but that's not really a problem since these books seem to be stand-alones.

I really liked Roxann. I thought she was strong, smart, capable and honest. The perfect heroine in a romance where lost love was regained and misunderstandings finally laid to rest.

I liked how real she was and how well suited Michael was to challenge the certainty in her character.

The mystery is not overly complex. It did take me two thirds of the book to become r
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Twelve Years ago, Michael Taylor, left the only woman he ever loved because he hasn't good enough and way out of Roxanne's upper crust league. He barely made enough in his construction job and since his returned from the service he had nightmares about body parts flying into the air. He discovered that she had moved away from Chicago and figured she had moved on once he hauled tail and left her without any explanation. Then he married his ex-wife but two years into the marriage he knew he made a ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've never read this author before, but the price of the book was quite good so I thought I'd give it a try. This is the story of Roxann and Michael. 12 years ago Michael walked out on Roxann's life without an explanation. Now Michael's soon-to-be ex-wife has been murdered and Michael is a suspect. He turns to Roxann (who owns the second largest newspaper in the city) for help. He needs her resources to track down the real murderer, and in return, he'll provide her paper with the exclusive. She ...more
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Adrienne Giordano is a USA Today bestselling author of over twenty romantic suspense and mystery novels. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports-obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a cofounder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction. For more inform ...more

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