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A Man You Can Trust

(Gallant Lake Stories)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  25 reviews
She doesn't need a man

But she could use a friend

When the new director of security, Nick West, arrives at Gallant Lake Resort, Cassie Smith's carefully protected life is turned upside down. The handsome ex-cop insists on teaching her self-defense, and as Cassie learns she can indeed make it on her own, she starts wondering if she wants to! But when Cassie's safety is threat
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Harlequin Special Edition
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Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A heartfelt story of the consequences of domestic violence, the ripple effects it can have in the community, and how learning to live again is possible if a long and difficult journey for all involved.
There is this wholesome, solid vibe in the tale, the small community it is located in, and the people in the center of it. I loved the meddling friends and family, their support and loyalty, their curiosity and cheerful spirits.
Cassie Smith is a capable, smart, and sassy as she comes out of her p
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found the Hero too much of a bully to get invested in their story. I have no patience for characters, especially Heroes, who are not sympathetic & protective of the heroines. Unfortunately this was not an enjoyable read for me. ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Man You Can Trust is the first book of Jo McNally I read, but it certainly shall not be my last. Jo McNally is a talented writer who writes emotional, uplifting and poignant contemporary romances that will touch your heart and warm your soul.

Cassie Smith does not trust easily. After the acrimonious end of her relationship which had left her broken and terrified, it had taken all of her strength and courage to stop living in the past and to forge forward and build a new life for herself. Althou
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
A MAN YOU CAN TRUST follows Cassie and Nick on their path to a relationship. Cassie escaped her past and is now a highly successful administrative assistant at a resort where she excels at her work. She has a history with men, and one in particular, that has led her to constantly look over her shoulder and never trust men.

Nick has left his job as a police officer after a traumatic event and is now running security at the resort with Cassie. He notices that she is a little jumpy and offers to hel
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This for me was an almost perfect book and that’s the reason for the four-star review. You’ve got a great story line, wonderful characters, and a beautiful setting. Cassie has fled her life and gone into hiding. She left her husband, finally, after he tried to push her down the stairs. This wasn’t her first domestic assault by him, but she was going to make sure it was the last. Normally, one would be able to go to the police and the courts with this kind of problem, but her husband happens to b ...more
Kari Hansen
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cassie has escaped her past and created a new life for herself in Gallant Lake Resort. She lives under the stress that her past may find her, and she tries to not allow anyone close but neither her co-workers or the residents in town are willing to let that happens and that includes Nick, the newest employee where she works.

After a tragedy Nick left his career as a police officer behind and is the new Director of Security at Gallant Lake Resort. He is drawn to Cassie but when he experiences firs
Jessica Figueroa
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, arc, contemporary
Nick is the new security at Gallant Lake Resort and Cassie is a timid little thing who is supposed to help him out to make him feel welcome. They never expected to meet each other quite the way they did but things seems to work out for the better as he helps teach her how to defend herself to the point where shes gained the confidence to get out of her shell. But there is a past that seems to make her want to pack up and go and things are starting to get comfortable and she doesn't want to prepa ...more
Kristina | A Christian Reads
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, romance
I recently learned about the many category romance lines published by Harlequin and received this title free from them for singing up for their email list. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this story! Cassie is timid, fearful and on the run due to a past abusive relationship. She is currently settled in a small town in New York state working as an executive assistant at a hotel company. Nick, an ex-cop with his own devastating past with domestic violence, is the company's new h ...more
Beverly S
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I great read. Cassie and Nick are wonderful together. Cassie is recovering from an abusive relationship. Nick is a free spirit or aleast that is what he wants everyone else to believe. He likes to spring surprises on people. His an Cassie's first meeting almost gets him hit with a flying object she throws.
This story touches on the subject of abusive relationships and the victim and survior guilt.
Both Nick and Cassie have some truths to face .....Can she overcome her issues to trust a man who wo
Becky Tatar
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Cassie Smith has found a refuge with her aunt, and a position at Gallant Lake Resort as coordinator for events. The new director of security, Nick West, is changing jobs, leaving his position with the police department in California after his partner was killed in a domestic dispute call. After Cassie accidentally sprays him with pepper spray, Nick offers to teach her self defense. With their lessons, Cassie becomes more confident, and they play office games with each other - Nick is always hidi ...more
Dana Busenbark
Where is Gallant Lake? Who is Cassie Smith? Who is Cassidy Zettecci or Nick West? Nick happens to be one of my favorite male heroes I think. How and why does he get an idea of what is going on with Cassie? Who are Blake, Amanda, Nora, Mel, Cathy, and Don? How do they all know one another? What does Nick do to help Cassie? What happens when he finds out exactly what is going on? What happens that causes her to run? Where does she go? Read and see!

Karen Hackett
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jo McNally’s A Man You Can Trust is a heartwarming story about two people wanting a new life in Gallant Lakes. Nick West, an ex-cop, realizes that someone had hurt Cassie and teaches her self-defense. Cassie Smith just wants to be left alone, but at Nick’s insistence, she grudgingly accepts his offer. The lessons give her back her self-confidence. She learns to trust a man again. As their friendship turns into love, Nick must let go of his painful past to move forward or lose Cassie. Cassie must ...more
Marcie Robinson
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
“A Man You Can Trust” by Jo McNally is book one of the Gallant Lake Stories.

Cassie Smith is in Gallant Lake hiding from a tumultuous past, while Nick West is there for a new beginning.

Unfortunately, I could not connect to this story. In my opinion, the focus seems to be more on Cassie than Nick. I prefer a balance between both the hero and heroine and would have liked to have seen more depth in Nick’s character.

However, Ms. McNally does tackle a serious topic in her first book for the Special Ed
Lovely Loveday
A Man You Can Trust is a sweet, heart-warming romance that is sure to pull at your heartstrings. The characters are well-written and develop nicely as the story progresses. I found this to be a fast=paced read and wished that it was a longer book because I did not want the story to end. I really enjoyed reading A Man You Can Trust, 
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Angela Carter
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nick West comes to Gallant Lake as the head of security at the resort. Cassie is the executive assistant to the owner at the resort. Both have come to Gallant Lake for a fresh start. Nick helps Cassie learn not all men are like her ex. The characters are relatable and the story flows effortlessly. You have moments that will melt your heart and make you laugh out loud.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first Jo McNally book and I’m a fan. This book had emotion, drama, great story, great characters and felt so real. Cassie went through so much. I love how Nick had his issues too but he helped her become a stronger person. This book had a great group of additional characters and a creepy ex.
Crystal Gray
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed this book, but at times I didn't care for either main character. They were different in so many ways and pushed each other. They both have their baggage that they need to work through, some pretty heavy baggage! Can they overcome it?
Jacqueline Francis
This was a cute book about a man who teaches a woman how to stand up for herself. It was sweet and a quick read. It had a bit of scare factor with talk of domestic abuse, so if that bothers you, please do not read.

I received a copy from Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.
Traci Westling
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great story about important trust to be earned so that Cassie & Nick Can Funday their HEA while working together in a beautiful picturesque town. A serious subject manner is addressed very eloquently by Jo McNally . Worth the read . I love Jo’s writing ...more
Ash Luna
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A Man You Can Trust is was a quick read for me. It was cute and comfy, and Nick and Cassie grew on me just a tad, just wish for a little bit more.
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Gallant Lake Stories
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
A Man You Can Trust is a decent contemporary romance. The hero and heroine both moved into town to escape their past. She was physically abused by her ex-husband. He lost his (police officer) partner during a domestic violence well check. When he joins the resort company where the heroine is an executive admin, she is very weary to trust a man and he’s not really looking for any entanglements. She’s twitchy, understandably so, and he’s a jokester, albeit with a kind heart. Their relationship is ...more
Therese Beharrie
I enjoyed this book. The setting was a beautiful small town built around a resort where both the main characters work. The characters, main and secondary, were appealing, and I loved their relationships. When it came to the domestic abuse storyline, however, I struggled. I would have loved a bit more nuance, particularly on the part of the hero, who comes across as harsh and unsympathetic at times. I'd recommend this book with that caveat. I also intend on reading more of Jo McNally's books.
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