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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 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…


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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 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…

30 review for Perilous Trust

  1. 4 out of 5

    KAS

    I can hardly believe how fast I flew through this romantic suspense! Must have been the ‘hottie’ FBI agent involved ;) Book five of this series “Dangerous Choice,” just recently released. It sounds like a very interesting read, but has over lapping characters, so figured I would start from the beginning, seeing as I am a series junkie!! I was definitely hooked right into the storyline and drawn to the past history between the mc’s. Just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. It has been years since I can hardly believe how fast I flew through this romantic suspense! Must have been the ‘hottie’ FBI agent involved ;) Book five of this series “Dangerous Choice,” just recently released. It sounds like a very interesting read, but has over lapping characters, so figured I would start from the beginning, seeing as I am a series junkie!! I was definitely hooked right into the storyline and drawn to the past history between the mc’s. Just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. It has been years since I read Barbara Freethy, but have always enjoyed her writing style. I am happy to report she did not disappoint! Just enough suspense, just enough romance. I am excited to continue on, as this has the potential to be a great series. So will catch back up with you after reading book two!

  2. 5 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at: http://www.avonnalovesgenres.com 4.5 Stars PERILOUS TRUST (Off the Grid: FBI Trilogy #1) by Barbara Freethy is an exciting start to a new romantic suspense series. This is a fast paced story loaded with action, suspense and romance. Each book features one of five friends who formed a secret group while in Quantico with the promise to always help the others. Sophie Parker is an archeology instructor at NYU, who receives the devastating news that her father was killed Check out all of my reviews at: http://www.avonnalovesgenres.com 4.5 Stars PERILOUS TRUST (Off the Grid: FBI Trilogy #1) by Barbara Freethy is an exciting start to a new romantic suspense series. This is a fast paced story loaded with action, suspense and romance. Each book features one of five friends who formed a secret group while in Quantico with the promise to always help the others. Sophie Parker is an archeology instructor at NYU, who receives the devastating news that her father was killed in a car crash. Her father was the head of the Organized Crime Unit in the NY FBI field office. When she gets a chance to check her phone, she listens to her father’s last frantic and cryptic messages with instructions she must follow and to not trust anyone including his fellow FBI agents. FBI agent Damon Wolfe cannot believe what he is hearing. His mentor and reason for being in the NY FBI office is dead and his daughter is missing. Four years ago, Damon and Sophie came together for one night of solace and life-affirming passion over the death of a mutual friend. They never contacted each other again, but now Damon knows he has to find Sophie and help her. Sophie does not know if she can trust Damon, but as the bullets start flying, they flee together to follow Sophie’s father’s clues and hopefully solve his murder and eliminate the threat to Sophie’s life. The plot is an intricate puzzle and has a lot of players that need to be kept straight. Besides Damon and Sophie, you are introduced to Bree and Wyatt, who are members of the five from Quantico. Sophie’s father had a lifetime group of friends from Yale that may be involved in his death and his job as head of the Organized Crime Unit also brought in several players. Keeping everyone straight was my only problem while reading this book. Other than that, it was a surprise for me when all the pieces where discovered. Damon and Sophie’s chemistry was intense and pretty much instantaneous from their one-night-stand four years ago. While on the run, they get to know more about each other’s pasts and families. It brings them closer and their relationship builds from there. The sex is hot, but not explicit and well balanced with the feelings of loss and fear during other parts of the story. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series and getting to know more about the other friends from Quantico.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    Excellent start for a new series! Can't wait for the others.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dísir

    I get excited each time I see a new RS series and ‘Perilous Trust’ for a moment there, did get me going with a great opening, a death amidst suspicious circumstances and several parties implicated when that actually happens. Throw in an awkward ‘second-chance’ so to speak and ‘Perilous Trust’ does seem like a good mix to get into when the daughter of a dead FBI agent has her life upended and another upcoming agent who pops back into it just as things start to get messy.  But I thought that was al I get excited each time I see a new RS series and ‘Perilous Trust’ for a moment there, did get me going with a great opening, a death amidst suspicious circumstances and several parties implicated when that actually happens. Throw in an awkward ‘second-chance’ so to speak and ‘Perilous Trust’ does seem like a good mix to get into when the daughter of a dead FBI agent has her life upended and another upcoming agent who pops back into it just as things start to get messy.  But I thought that was also where storytelling faltered as well. Apart from some dialogues where characters’ speech patterns don’t seem to mirror how people actually talk, Sophie and Damon find themselves cleaning up a mess that's caused by a peripheral (and dead) character that actually drew in quite a large cast of secondary characters and villains. There’s also some back history of their friends and their hookup 4 years ago that felt randomly inserted into the mix, which as a result, made me feel more and more like a shipwreck survivor bobbing alone at sea than an invested party in the story clutching at anything and everything to see how it plays out. In other words, the action had 'spiralled' outwards so far from where we first started that it was not just difficult to get the connections down, but that I found myself becoming indifferent to them. That for me, did take the shine off Sophie/Damon’s developing relationship and consequently, I couldn’t exactly buy into them as a couple, let alone believe that what they felt for each other could really go beyond the constructed closeness that sudden danger can bring.  This isn’t to say they aren’t likeable characters on their own though, because they are—for most part. There aren’t TSTL moments, nor random outbursts of hysterics or out-of-character childish behaviour that can tank a story for me, but I didn’t find myself on the edge of my seat or entirely anxious for Sophie/Damon to get their HEA. Perhaps it would have been easier to relate to their relationship had Barbara Freethy spent more time exploring the consequences of what they did 4 years ago but the balance of romance and suspense as always, is a difficult one to master—and please every reader as well.  ‘Perilous Trust’ isn’t a bad start though and as said earlier, every new take in RS is something that gets me moist with excitement. I just wished I’d stayed moist the whole time. 

  5. 4 out of 5

    Donna ~ The Romance Cover

    Perilous Trust (Off the Grid: FBI Trilogy #1) by Barbara Freethy 4.5 stars!!! “…I might be exactly what you want in the night, but I will never be what you want in the morning.” This seems to be the week of new to me authors…totally not planned but loving the way that this week has panned out. I love taking that chance but it normally takes something to make me notice and for this one it was the word FBI. I love my crime books and add romance into the mix and I’m totally sold. This was Perilous Trust (Off the Grid: FBI Trilogy #1) by Barbara Freethy 4.5 stars!!! “…I might be exactly what you want in the night, but I will never be what you want in the morning.” This seems to be the week of new to me authors…totally not planned but loving the way that this week has panned out. I love taking that chance but it normally takes something to make me notice and for this one it was the word FBI. I love my crime books and add romance into the mix and I’m totally sold. This was a fantastic romantic suspense, that underlying current of attraction all the while enveloped in the suspense and intrigue of a fast-moving, well thought out plot. I totally loved it. Barbara Freethy starts this series with a bang, and if this is a sign of things to come then this series cannot come quick enough. The majority of the characters that are going to appear were introduced in this book and as each agent gets their story told I am sure there will be some crossover. This book though concentrates on the story of Damon Wolfe and Sophie Parker and wow what a tangled web Barbara Freethy weaved. “But in all honesty, my life has never really been normal. It has its moments, sometimes years, where things seem like they're going along smoothly, and then bam—everything changes. The floor drops out from under me. You'd think I'd be used to it by now, but it always takes me by surprise. I wonder when it won't.” Sophie Parker is a teacher and archaeologist and her father is a prominent figure in the FBI. From field work to training recruits at Quantico her father has done it all, all the while keeping the horrors and stress of his work away from his daughter. When Sophie’s father is seemingly murdered and her life becomes in danger, Sophie doesn’t know where to go and who to trust. There is a mole in the mix and no-one from law enforcement or the FBI can be trusted. Damon Wolfe is one of Sophie’s fathers most trusted recruits, when he becomes aware of the situation that Sophie finds herself in he goes above and beyond to find the woman he once had a one-night-stand with, not only because he cares, but also, he would do anything for the man that had been more than a mentor. Perilous Trust was packed full of mystery, suspense, intrigue, betrayal and was full of action. This book had my mind running a mile a minute trying to fathom out who was bad and who was good all the while totally captivated by the chemistry and obvious attraction between Sophie and Damon. Damon was a hero, he puts his career and his life on the line all the while keeping Sophie safe and stable. For those that love a fast-paced, action filled, brain muddler of a book then this is a perfect read. I cannot wait to see how this series progresses, I loved the secondary characters and am intrigued to know their story too, especially Wyatt. Bring it on!! www.theromancecover.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anne OK

    It’s been quite some time since I’ve read a book by Barbara Freethy. Even before I noticed who the author was, the cover caught my eye – do you even need to ask why? And add words FBI and Agent and I’m your guinea pig. I love a good crime drama – almost as much as I love those hunky agents in suits and ties.* Add in an inside job, along with foreign mafia family-related business and Perilous Trust was an unexpected find and a terrific romantic suspense book. The intriguing Prologue gets things r It’s been quite some time since I’ve read a book by Barbara Freethy. Even before I noticed who the author was, the cover caught my eye – do you even need to ask why? And add words FBI and Agent and I’m your guinea pig. I love a good crime drama – almost as much as I love those hunky agents in suits and ties.* Add in an inside job, along with foreign mafia family-related business and Perilous Trust was an unexpected find and a terrific romantic suspense book. The intriguing Prologue gets things rolling fast in setting readers up with a big question: What kind of trouble has daddy dear gotten himself involved in??? From there, we meet Sophie Parker, the distraught and broken-hearted daughter, who received a rather mysterious and strange phone message from dear old dad to follow the yellow brick road of directions he has left for her. Along said brick road, she meets up with a former one-night stand, who stole her heart and then left her before she opened her eyes the next morning. That was four years ago. Oh, and her dear old dad just happens to be lover boy’s mentor at the Bureau – that’s the Federal Bureau of Investigation a/k/a FBI! Together Sophie and Special Agent Damon Wolfe create sparks and mayhem as they set out to find who is responsible for Alan Parker’s (dear old dad’s real name) death and the ruination of his reputation with the FBI. Toto and Dorothy had their own version of a wild ride, but I don’t remember that it included any guns blazing and head-shots, and millions of dollars in silver metal suitcases or stolen vehicles – or mountain cabins and 5-star hotel suites where the heat outside has nothing on the temperature rising inside. I admit that I certainly wouldn’t mind a trip off the grid with Agent Big Bad Wolfe! The chemistry between Damon and Sophie was amazing. The witty banter and their sexy foreplay provided some steamy fun. And the “grand finale” was what I would describe as under cover seduction. Cleverly plotted and highly suspenseful, this one had just the right amounts of both romance and suspense. It may have been a little top heavy with extras vying for spots on the Most Wanted List. However, this overload of characters was a definite contributing factor to this being one of the best of late in keeping the big reveal until the very end. A total surprise even then – not what I had concluded in my mind. Never would have figured the whole shebang out to solve the case -- making it all the more exciting and intense. I must admit that this was a real surprise package. I absolutely had the best time reading the introduction and first book in Freethy’s brand new five-book Off the Grid FBI Series. Now I’m in it for the long haul. There were too many interesting characters remaining with stories to be told, and especially one undercover agent, who has piqued my interest and I must know more. *I didn't mean to leave out the more-than-capable female agents that were a part of the team. They were very intelligent, well-qualified and lovely agents working right alongside the hunks, as well. The FBI does not discriminate -- but I guess I do by putting the hunks before the beauties.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    My first book by Barbara Freethy. And, I liked it - a lot! Onto the next one in the series. ;)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Colleen's Conclusions

    I recieved this book as an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publishers for giving me the chance to read it! Barbara Freethy is one of my favorite author's. I normally can't get enough of her books, especially her Bridesmaids and Callaway books. I even liked the Lightening series and have doubles of her books in ebooks and paperbacks. (I almost have a whole shelf full of her books in paperback!) This one was a bit harder for me to get into though. I actually liked the beginning par I recieved this book as an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publishers for giving me the chance to read it! Barbara Freethy is one of my favorite author's. I normally can't get enough of her books, especially her Bridesmaids and Callaway books. I even liked the Lightening series and have doubles of her books in ebooks and paperbacks. (I almost have a whole shelf full of her books in paperback!) This one was a bit harder for me to get into though. I actually liked the beginning part of the story. It was enough to hold my interest through about half the story and I liked the two characters Sophie and Damon by themselves. (I did actually really like Damon!) But for some reason their connection had me lost after about a halfway and I felt like their connection was missing in the romance part. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with this book, the connection just felt missing for me this time. I even think this book series will definitely be great for people who liked the mystery part of the story best since it seemed more suspenseful then romantic to me. (Again, there's nothing wrong with that! Barbara Freethy still has a great writing style!) I finished the book though it was just a three to me this time since I felt like the connection was lost to me this time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The first book in the Off The Grid series by Barbara Freethy. Sophie Parker learns of her father's death and then finds out he left her voice mails to tell her to trust no one. So she follows her father's instructions to run. Damon Wolfe was recently brought to the NYC FBI office by Sophie's father, Alan. But he had not been given any assignments yet. He and Sophie shared a night four years ago and he thinks he might know where she is. Interesting twists and turns to finally get to the finale. I The first book in the Off The Grid series by Barbara Freethy. Sophie Parker learns of her father's death and then finds out he left her voice mails to tell her to trust no one. So she follows her father's instructions to run. Damon Wolfe was recently brought to the NYC FBI office by Sophie's father, Alan. But he had not been given any assignments yet. He and Sophie shared a night four years ago and he thinks he might know where she is. Interesting twists and turns to finally get to the finale. I liked it and it wasn't totally predictable. I will continue the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paula Radell

    Perilous 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, Perilous 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Judi Easley

    My Disclaimer: I purchased a copy of this book at the current price. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way. ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review What it’s about… Sophie Parker’s Dad works for the FBI. His voice message told her to run and not trust anyone. It gave her some instructions in a riddle and then it ended abruptly. Now they are telling her he’s dead. Her Dad? Dead? Run! So Sophie is running just like he said My Disclaimer: I purchased a copy of this book at the current price. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way. ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review What it’s about… Sophie Parker’s Dad works for the FBI. His voice message told her to run and not trust anyone. It gave her some instructions in a riddle and then it ended abruptly. Now they are telling her he’s dead. Her Dad? Dead? Run! So Sophie is running just like he said… Damon Wolfe is FBI. Alan Parker just had him transferred from Quantico for a special project. No one knows what it is. But Alan Parker is dead now. And now Sophie is missing. Damon goes out for coffee and doesn’t come back to the office. He takes a ride to see if his hunch about Sophie is correct, since he and Sophie have shared history. Sophie is shocked when Damon shows up at the summer cottage. Can she trust him? With her life? Technical Tidbits… The cover is very eye-catching and does relate to the book. Is this the face of the only man you can trust when your life is on the line? The storyline is excellent. This one was hard to tell if it was more romance or more thriller/mystery. It was so tightly wrapped I couldn’t separate the two. It was totally engaging the whole time. This one was really hard to set down. The characters are pretty awesome. Under this kind of stress, you get to know people. And these people already knew each other and had been out of touch but still connected through other people for several years. So their relationship was a getting-to-know-you again sort. The pace was flat out. No breaks. These two people are on the run from the FBI, so that means they’re on the run from the world! The tension? It starts out on a serious moment that is so full of stress you could wring it out and fill a coffee cup and it goes from that to more events of the same high caffeine content. Writing quality is a foregone conclusion when you are talking about Barbara Freethy. She has a talent for writing books that suck you in on the first line and then spit you out on the last one needing the next book big time! She writes dialogue the way people really speak. She writes action scenes the way people really move. And she gives you enough scene so you know where you are. And don’t forget the heat, because she sure doesn’t. And this is where you STOP if you don’t want to see any SPOILERS… The good, the bad, and the ugly…and how much it lit up my life… ✰✰✰✰✰ This was an awesome book to read. It really does suck you in at the very beginning. Here you are with Alan Parker in his car and he suddenly realizes the FBI has caught up with him. You’re with him that last few minutes before his car goes over the cliff. While he is making that message to Sophie. She’s the last person to hear from him. They are really close and the author sets you up right there at the beginning for the emotion side of this all. This is a guy that everyone liked and respected. They are having a really hard time believing that he was dirty. The feeling of disbelief and betrayal were tough for people to accept and handle. Everyone was off balance and having a difficult time making decisions. Everyone except the bad guys, of course. But in case, it’s really hard to tell the bad from the good unless you just go with your feelings. I had a feeling almost at the beginning and it proved to be correct, which was really weird. Part way through the book, I decided I had been wrong, but it ended up being correct. Sophie had done exactly what her Dad had told her to do. She ran. She stopped at the ATM very close to her apartment and took out as much cash as it allowed for the day and then she got as far away as she could. She went where her father’s riddle told her to go. This escape had been set up years ago because the family had vacationed there under another name. The cottage was bought under this other name so that there were no ties to them. So Sophie went there and then got the key that was there and went from there with the clues. But before she left the cottage, she picked up a friend. She was ready when Damon walked in. She had her gun out and was ready for whoever it was that was walking in. She was shocked that it was Damon, but he was probably the only one she could have trusted at that point. The fact that they’d had a relationship before and hadn’t seen each other in several years and yet had been connected through her father meant that they still knew what was going on in each other’s life. Their relationship was still alive in a very subtle sort of way like an ember in a fireplace. It was just waiting for something to give it some fuel and fan it to life. Once fanned, the feelings went deep and strong. Neither one of them could ignore those feelings. This was not a fun book to read. The feelings were too intense in it for that. But it is a really great read that I hope you will try. Highly Recommended

  12. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This book has a great premise and a solid start--it had me hooked from the very first page, and I was on the edge of my seat to see what would happen next for Damon and Sophie and to a lesser degree, Bree and Wyatt. Damon and Sophie had a (brief) history as well, which also piqued my interest, and kept me turning pages, wanting to see what they would do with it. The suspense part of the story was solid, I honestly didn't know who did what and exactly why until the end, when all was revealed. (Qu This book has a great premise and a solid start--it had me hooked from the very first page, and I was on the edge of my seat to see what would happen next for Damon and Sophie and to a lesser degree, Bree and Wyatt. Damon and Sophie had a (brief) history as well, which also piqued my interest, and kept me turning pages, wanting to see what they would do with it. The suspense part of the story was solid, I honestly didn't know who did what and exactly why until the end, when all was revealed. (Quick question--do real-life antagonists really tell all in the end to the heroes, even if they think they've already won? It really seems more like convenient fictional exposition than realism...still, at least we get to know the truth.) Somewhere in the second half of the story, though, the suspense became more real than the romance. It felt like Sophie and Damon went from "let's try and forget about that awkwardly-ending night four years ago" to love a little too fast, skipping some crucial steps in between along the way. Don't get me wrong, I wanted to believe in their relationship, but it didn't feel like there was enough foundation laid down for what it was supposed to be becoming. Still, I did like them together and their epilogue was darn cute. The next two books will be Bree and Wyatt's, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for them. Even though this story wasn't perfect, Ms. Freethy definitely grabbed my interest with her characters and I'm looking forward to more gotta-find-out-the-truth suspense. Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    Perilous Trust (Off the Grid: FBI Trilogy) by Barbara Freethy     Getting tangled up with Perilous Trust is a rush. Barbara Freethy set the adrenaline level so high that it takes a while to come back down to solid ground. A tortured love affair sets off a chain of events that are explosive and deadly. It will take some fancy footwork, complete trust and admitting some hard truths to save them from the danger on their trail and in their hearts. The suspense is killer, the danger is intense and the Perilous Trust (Off the Grid: FBI Trilogy) by Barbara Freethy     Getting tangled up with Perilous Trust is a rush. Barbara Freethy set the adrenaline level so high that it takes a while to come back down to solid ground. A tortured love affair sets off a chain of events that are explosive and deadly. It will take some fancy footwork, complete trust and admitting some hard truths to save them from the danger on their trail and in their hearts. The suspense is killer, the danger is intense and the electricity generated between Sophie and Damon is off the charts. All come together to create a lethally seductive thriller.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

    I am new to Barbara's writing ... this was a great read and my go to genre ... loved it!! one critique I might give would be to hear or know more about Sophie and Damon's relationship ... I love knowing lots and a love story you need lots of info and I found that the mysterious info was more. I would have preferred more of the mushy gushy side. That is just me. I love that!! Such a great read ... I won it in a Goodreads giveaway ... such a must read. LOVED IT!! took it on a camping trip and it w I am new to Barbara's writing ... this was a great read and my go to genre ... loved it!! one critique I might give would be to hear or know more about Sophie and Damon's relationship ... I love knowing lots and a love story you need lots of info and I found that the mysterious info was more. I would have preferred more of the mushy gushy side. That is just me. I love that!! Such a great read ... I won it in a Goodreads giveaway ... such a must read. LOVED IT!! took it on a camping trip and it was one of seven I did read and it was not enough ... I love reading should have taken even more. Go check this read out!! ( ;

  15. 5 out of 5

    Polly

    Review coming soon!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris Brandstatter

    Great Book!!! I really enjoyed this new book!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Coral

    Plot: 4/5 Characterisation: 4/5 Prose: 3.5/5 How much I enjoyed it: 4/5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kait Nolan

    I really enjoyed this kick off to the Off The Grid series! It's a solid 50/50 romance/suspense blend, which is hard to find these days.

  19. 5 out of 5

    meghann

    This was the Barnes and Noble Nook serial read for the month of December. This was a super quick read, which was nice as I did not get to start it until the end of the month. I definitely prefer a short thriller, as 500 pages of suspenseful chase can get a bit old. The characters grew on me as the story progressed, and I liked the way it wrapped up. It looks like each book in the series focuses on a different character, and I can see myself continuing the series at some point.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cruth

    Author: Barbara Freethy First published: 2017 Length: 280 pages, 4427 kindle locations Setting: Contemporary. Sex: Infrequent. Hero: FBI Agent Heroine: Archaeology lecturer Includes: Excerpts from Silent Run and On a Night Like This by Barbara Freethy A good romantic-mystery. Characters who are imperfect, and make poor decisions. Red herrings. A little sex. Some suspense. Good pacing and comfortably unpredictable. Only real nitpick is the fact that Sophie is an archaeologist was heavily emphasised but ne Author: Barbara Freethy First published: 2017 Length: 280 pages, 4427 kindle locations Setting: Contemporary. Sex: Infrequent. Hero: FBI Agent Heroine: Archaeology lecturer Includes: Excerpts from Silent Run and On a Night Like This by Barbara Freethy A good romantic-mystery. Characters who are imperfect, and make poor decisions. Red herrings. A little sex. Some suspense. Good pacing and comfortably unpredictable. Only real nitpick is the fact that Sophie is an archaeologist was heavily emphasised but never used. I liked it. And am looking forward to the next in the series. Off the Grid: Book 1 Perilous Trust - Damon Wolfe and Sophie Parker Book 2 Reckless Whisper - Bree Adams Book 3 Desperate Play - Nathan Bishop Spin off from Lightning Strikes: Book 1 Beautiful Storm - Alicia Monroe and Michael Cordero Book 2 Lightning Lingers - Katherine Barrett and Jake Monroe Book 3 Summer Rain - Danielle Monroe and Patrick Kane References: Author's website: http://www.barbarafreethy.com/perilou... (ISBN 9781943781621) -CR-

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    This book had so much suspense, it gave me a headache, but of the best kind. This was the first book I have read by Barbara Freethy, but it will not be the last. Damon, our hero, is dark and twisty and very closed off from any type of commitment to anything other than his job and his friends. But in a moment of pure weakness, he comes across our heroine, Sophie and together these two get lost in each other. Fast forward 4 years and these two thought they would never see each other again but Soph This book had so much suspense, it gave me a headache, but of the best kind. This was the first book I have read by Barbara Freethy, but it will not be the last. Damon, our hero, is dark and twisty and very closed off from any type of commitment to anything other than his job and his friends. But in a moment of pure weakness, he comes across our heroine, Sophie and together these two get lost in each other. Fast forward 4 years and these two thought they would never see each other again but Sophie’s father is Damon’s boss and mentor and their lives are thrown together once more. I really enjoyed the character of Damon, although he’s in a little bit more in denial about his feelings towards Sophie than I normally like in my heroes. I was a little apprehensive about him, honestly, but he quickly grew on me, especially given his commitment to keep Sophie safe. However, I fell head-over-heels in love with him when he made a choice I did not see coming. Sophie is reeling after the death of her father. But this girl is made of some pretty stern stuff. I love smart and determined heroines and Sophie was one of kind….brilliant and completely real. She had no idea of her strength and honestly, as the hits kept coming, I myself would have just sat down and cried. But not Sophie. She just keeps on going. There was not as much chemistry between our characters at the very beginning but it quickly went from a low smolder to an out of control blaze….especially when they are running for their lives. I loved seeing their relationship progress from one-night-stand-long-ago to can’t-live-without-you-must-have-you-now. It was truly raw and honest. This book had a great plot, full of action and suspense. There are some great secondary characters who I can’t wait to have their stories told. The plot twists were pretty awesome and even better, I couldn’t figure out who the actual bad guy was (something suspense books frequently give away before the end and a wonderful surprise when they don’t) and the ending was satisfying and happy. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series! 4.5 stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. She isn’t stupid. Yes. Yes you seriously are stupid. Every time it’s the h POV i would always want to strangle and throat punch her for being stupid. Your father has just died whether it being an accident or someone killed him and you can’t helped yourself but think of how hot your one-night stand is? Seriously? I know you can’t helped being in-denial about your father’s death but really? You have to always think how hot and how you want to bed the guy? I just wonder why you don’t think yourself She isn’t stupid. Yes. Yes you seriously are stupid. Every time it’s the h POV i would always want to strangle and throat punch her for being stupid. Your father has just died whether it being an accident or someone killed him and you can’t helped yourself but think of how hot your one-night stand is? Seriously? I know you can’t helped being in-denial about your father’s death but really? You have to always think how hot and how you want to bed the guy? I just wonder why you don’t think yourself as stupid and kinda shallow in that kind of moments.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Malissa

    Perilous Trust gets us started off the right way on a great new series. This is an action packed, suspenseful, unbelievably sweet romance. What do you do when your entire world is shaken and turned upside down, when you have no where to run to and no one to trust. What do you do when all the signs are pointing to the fact that the only person you had in your life, the only person who truly held you heart, may have been the bad guy? What do you do when this man, your father turns up dead after le Perilous Trust gets us started off the right way on a great new series. This is an action packed, suspenseful, unbelievably sweet romance. What do you do when your entire world is shaken and turned upside down, when you have no where to run to and no one to trust. What do you do when all the signs are pointing to the fact that the only person you had in your life, the only person who truly held you heart, may have been the bad guy? What do you do when this man, your father turns up dead after leaving you a cryptic message? What do you do when your past, a past that broke you, walks back into your life and you have to place that life in his hands? Perilous Trust is the story of Sophie Parker, a young NYU College professor just doing what she loves and spending time with her favorite man, her father, an FBI agent, when she can. Her simple world comes crashing down when two FBI agents walk into her class room peppering her with questions and telling her that her father is dead. If that news isn't bad enough when she pulls out her phone to start calling family she notices multiple calls from her father, calls telling her he's sorry and to trust no one and the final call that finishes with the sounds of a horrific crash and the end of her father's life. Fearing for her life, Sophie does the only thing she can, she trusts that her father is trying to save her and heads out to follow the cryptic directions he left in his voicemail messages. Damon Wolfe, an FBI agent brought up to NYC by his mentor finds himself in a precarious situation after the death of that mentor, Allan Parker, Sophie's father. He and Sophie have a history, one night that he's never been able to forget, and he may just know where she's disappeared to, but can he trust the FBI to save her or is someone inside the bureau out to make sure that she like her father never speaks again? I really enjoyed the story of these two characters, their development through the book and most importantly to me that they stay true to themselves. This isn't a story about the heroine suddenly becoming some badarse super spy when until now she's been a meek college professor or a hero doing miraculous things to save the women he loves. This is a story about two people attempting to stay alive and find the truth. I loved that Sophie was scared, that she panicked, that she got anxious. I also love that she kept it together. That with Damon beside her she recognized that her time to breakdown would come, it just couldn't be until everything was over. I loved that Damon relied on his friends, that they have this network to help and protect each other, that they know they aren't on their own and that they always have people they can trust when it feels like they have no one. There is true character development. These two grow as you would expect any one to under these circumstances. I also really loved that the romance while powerful and honest wasn't the sole purpose of this story. This is a romantic suspense and the suspense and action were all there. There weren't these unbelievable romantic trysts in the 'middle of a gun fight' we so often see these days. Don't get me wrong, I love the romance as much as the next reader, but there is a time and a place and I so appreciate that Barbara Freethy realized that. She gave us true and honest moments between these two characters so nothing feels out of place or contrived. The tension is there and it meshes wonderfully with the suspense and when the time comes for the couple to well...couple, it isn't rushed or unrealistic. It is an enhancement to the story instead of a distraction. I am really excited about the possibilities for the secondary characters in the series, in particular our undercover agent who I won't tell you anything about, haha. Just know he has got a load of baggage and his book is going to be pretty darn intense I think. I hope that Barbara is able to give him the story and the companion that he needs because that person, I think, is going to have to be pretty darn strong. This is a great start to a new series. I have never been a huge suspense fan but I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for more! I'll definitely be going back and checking out this new to me authors past work. If you are looking for an action packed, suspenseful story with a wonderful romance in the mix grab up this book, the ride has only just begun and I think it is going to just get better and better! ~ HAPPY READING ~ http://www.readsallthebooks.com/2017/...

  24. 4 out of 5

    NicoleLynn (PopCrunchBoom)

    This review originally appeared on my blog PopCrunchBoom Books ***I was given an eBook ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*** This novel was definitely action packed! Right away we're thrown into the fray of action with Sophie's dad and then Sophie on the run. The suspense and action continued throughout the whole novel really keeping the pacing going strong and the reader engaged. I flew through this story as Sophie and Damon went from escaping one danger This review originally appeared on my blog PopCrunchBoom Books ***I was given an eBook ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*** This novel was definitely action packed! Right away we're thrown into the fray of action with Sophie's dad and then Sophie on the run. The suspense and action continued throughout the whole novel really keeping the pacing going strong and the reader engaged. I flew through this story as Sophie and Damon went from escaping one danger into having to fend off another. The mystery behind what happened to Sophie's dad and why she was in danger really pulled me in as a reader. I wanted to know what happened and unravel her dad's secrets just as much as Sophie did. I really felt like Freethy captured the 'I don't know who to trust' atmosphere throughout the novel. Just like Sophie, I wasn't sure who to trust in the story--who was friend and who was foe? Luckily through the multiple POVs the story is told through, it was easy to see early on that Damon was someone both Sophie and I as the reader could trust. Sophie and Damon definitely had a lot of chemistry between the two of them and their past together definitely lent to that chemistry. I also enjoyed how while their relationship was 'heating up', it was also getting stronger on a personal level. Both Sophie and Damon learned to trust each other and mend old pain through the strengthening of their relationship. I really enjoyed seeing how both of them grew closer in an emotional way alongside the physical. Sophie was a pretty strong female character. She was smart and didn't completely lose her cool while on the run. She questioned Damon for a day or two before really trusting him and her actions & reactions seemed realistic throughout the novel. She had some 'life sucks' moments, but she wasn't fully bitter like some other characters can get. She trusted her dad and later Damon and did her best. Damon never seemed to let Sophie go from his mind after their chance encounter four years earlier. His first instinct was to try and find her once news hit of her dad and I like that while he remained aloof, the reader could tell he was already half in love with her from their first meeting. I'm not a big fan of instant love, so knowing that these two characters had feelings from before really made their relationship progression realistic to me. I also enjoyed how Damon included Sophie on his plans and thought process. The key to their success on the run was the trust they had for each other. While Sophie took a little longer in trusting Damon, Damon offered his trust from the beginning and I really enjoyed seeing that from a male character. Damon also did his best to keep Sophie safe and calm throughout their ordeal and I like seeing him open up to her and him grow just as much as Sophie. The romance and relationship development between the two main characters was really strong in this novel. Freethy also did a great job utilizing her secondary characters and setting the scene. I really felt engrossed in the storyline and the action/suspense kept me turning the pages. What I felt was a little off with the story was the ending of 'who done it'. It seemed a little bit out of left field. It was definitely a plausible 'who done it,' but I felt there weren't a whole lot of clues (outside of one main one) that really lead to that ending. I don't want to get too much into it (we're spoiler free here ;) ), so if you've read this one let's discuss!!! ;). Any way, that was the only real draw back for the novel. I was satisfied with the ending, just a little thrown for a bit on how we got to that person so late in the game without much pointing in their direction. Overall this was a fun, fast read! It was my first Freethy novel, so I'll definitely be looking up some of her other works as well as looking forward to the next installment in this series! I'm excited to see who will be getting stories from this one ;) I'd definitely recommend this novel to anyone who like suspense romance or even contemporary romance. Its fast paced, entertaining and filled with sexually tense moments that would appeal to any romance lover!

  25. 5 out of 5

    MammieBabbie

    An uniquely seductive, gripping and exhilarating romantic suspense that is fast paced and action packed... Man I love starting a new series that holds so much promise, especially when it's also an introduction to an author I haven't read yet. Barbara Freethy is definitely one of those. She's been on my TBR list for so long and somehow I just never got around to picking up one of her books. Shame on me because I am hooked on her adrenaline high. I'm sensing that fast paced, action filled plots are An uniquely seductive, gripping and exhilarating romantic suspense that is fast paced and action packed... Man I love starting a new series that holds so much promise, especially when it's also an introduction to an author I haven't read yet. Barbara Freethy is definitely one of those. She's been on my TBR list for so long and somehow I just never got around to picking up one of her books. Shame on me because I am hooked on her adrenaline high. I'm sensing that fast paced, action filled plots are her forte considering how sensational Perilous Trust is. As I mentioned before this is the debut novel in the Off Grid: FBI Trilogy, from what I can gather the trilogy will be made up of standalones. I'm a mahoosive fan of standalone series, however, I'd be lying if said that the thought of not having anymore Sophie and Damon didn't make me sad.  Perilous Trust is a romantic suspense and in all honesty it ticks all the right boxes within that sub-genre. The adrenaline highs are phenomenal and the romantic chemistry is scorching. I could not put this book down it is so well balanced and exceptionally mapped out and followed through. If you're a lover of Special Ops/ Military romances this will appeal to you. It has that fast pace and frenzy that you get from that genre, but with the mystery and anticipation of romantic suspense. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through— I had to glue my hands to my kindle so that my nails didn't get mauled. Nasty habit, I know! Freethy's plot development is exceptionally flawless and she has the right amount of withhold to keep you intrigued 100% of the way through. I found that the plot had originality and purpose. Quite simply, I cannot fault neither the writing nor the development or even the ingenuity of this plot. It is bang on the money! Character wise, again I loved the characters. They were grounded, bold and very much real. At times they read like narrators of a biography. I had a really hard time keeping in mind that they were fictional. I absolutely adored that although they were independently strong and beguiling on their own, together they became a force to be reckoned with. I liked that Damon supported Sophie and had belief in her capability and admiration for her fortitude and tenacity. However, it was also great that he was always ready to step in and take over when needed as well as having her back. This is a second chance romance of sorts as Damon and Sophie had been previously casually involved, so I guess that that aspect and the act that he was close to Sophie's dad gives you enough of that past history to make their bond logical. Again, for me it really helped ground the ins and outs of their involvement with each other and the plot. It also made the romance legit and conceivable. I loved these two together, Their chemistry was off the charts and burning hot. All in all, I cannot fault a single thing about this book. Barbara Freethy has done an outstanding job of building aa multifaceted plot with intrigue, romance, action and uniquely bold and alluring characters. She's the ultimate seducer. She hooked me and slowly and keenly reeled me in. I was left in a trance. I'm so bummed that Perilous Trust wasn't a longer novel. I could've read it for days and days on end. It really captivated me and left yearning for more. I just cannot wait for the next book in the trilogy. Fingers crossed there's more of Damon and Sophie in Reckless Whisper!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patti Lucas

    I absolutely loved Perilous Trust by Barbara Freethy, the first book in her Off the Grid series. I really love romantic thrillers and Barbara Freethy truly delivered an incredible story in Perilous Trust. I have read some of Barbara Freethy's other books, both her romances and other romantic thrillers and have thoroughly enjoyed them. The cover of Perilous Trust intrigued me as well as the book write up. I could not put it down. I loved the characters and the way she describes the locations in a I absolutely loved Perilous Trust by Barbara Freethy, the first book in her Off the Grid series. I really love romantic thrillers and Barbara Freethy truly delivered an incredible story in Perilous Trust. I have read some of Barbara Freethy's other books, both her romances and other romantic thrillers and have thoroughly enjoyed them. The cover of Perilous Trust intrigued me as well as the book write up. I could not put it down. I loved the characters and the way she describes the locations in and around New York City. I really enjoyed how the book was told from the perspective of the main characters. I love getting the insight and feelings from the different characters. Barbara Freethy has shown that she is a master storyteller regardless of the genre. Perilous Trust is the story of Sophie Parker, and archaeologist and professor at NYU and Damon Wolfe, an FBI agent recently assigned to the NY Field Office. Sophie and Damon had met four years prior to the events in Perilous Trust at the wake for a mutual friend, and end up having a one-night stand with Damon leaving before Sophie woke up. Damon moves to NY at the request of Sophie's father, Alan who is the Special Agent in Charge of the Organized Crime Division. Before Damon can get the details about his new assignment, Alan is involved in a fatal car accident. As Sophie approaches her apartment following the devastating news of her father's death, she notices two men outside and decides not to approach her apartment. She listens to the four voicemails from her father that he recorded moments before his death. Alan tells Sophie to trust no one and gives her clues to something he wants her to retrieve and have a good life. Damon learning that Sophie is missing and her apartment has been ransacked, decides to see if Sophie is in the place where they first met. Shortly after arriving to the cabin the windows are shot out and Sophie and Damon go on the run searching for clues behind Alan's death. It was an incredible story, it had me wondering who should they trust. Damon seeks the assistance of two of his Quantico classmates, Bree Adams and Wyatt Tanner who were also trained by Alan Parker. Wyatt thinks that Alan set him up to be murdered. I love how the story unfolded and all the details about the other life that Alan led. I really enjoy the plot twists and the surprises in Perilous Trust. One of my favorite parts of the story are the poignant moments that Sophie and Damon share. I loved that Sophie was able to break through the metal cage around Damon's heart because of his past and that she learned that she could trust Damon not to leave her. I loved how the facts behind Alan's life and death were resolved and that Sophie was able to get closure. Never would have guessed who was behind all the actions in the story, that was truly a surprise plot twist. I love how all the lose ends got tied up. It was an incredible story and I loved every page. So looking forward to reading Bree Adams story in Reckless Whisper.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vagabonda Reads

    “I didn’t expect you’d be happy to see me again, Sophie, but I didn’t think you’d want to shoot me.” Damon Wolfe to Sophie Parker Perilous Trust Kindle Loc 674 of 4015 There is some serious unfinished business between FBI agent Damon Wolfe and archeologist Sophie Parker. Sophie had a very memorable one-night stand with Damon four years ago, but she woke up in an empty bed. She hadn’t seen Damon since that night, but he resurfaces within hours during the most tragic day of her life. Sophie receives a “I didn’t expect you’d be happy to see me again, Sophie, but I didn’t think you’d want to shoot me.” Damon Wolfe to Sophie Parker Perilous Trust Kindle Loc 674 of 4015 There is some serious unfinished business between FBI agent Damon Wolfe and archeologist Sophie Parker. Sophie had a very memorable one-night stand with Damon four years ago, but she woke up in an empty bed. She hadn’t seen Damon since that night, but he resurfaces within hours during the most tragic day of her life. Sophie receives a series of voicemail messages from her father, Alan Parker, who heads up the Organized Crimes Unit of the New York FBI field office. The frantic messages are the last words Sophie’s father says to his beloved daughter before his suspicious death. Following his instructions, a fearful Sophie goes off the grid, guided only by the cryptic clues left in her father’s haunting messages. As the shock of Alan Parker’s death resonates throughout the FBI community, those who knew him best struggle with the circumstances surrounding his death and the mounting evidence that this was more than foul play. One of those who struggle with Parker’s death is Agent Damon Wolfe. Only recently brought to the New York office by Parker, Damon immediately seeks out Sophie upon hearing of his mentor’s death. Once he finds her, Damon joins Sophie on the run as they assemble the clues of Alan Parker’s life while desperately trying to save their own. Perilous Trust is the first novel of author Barbara Freethy’s new Off the Grid: FBI series, and it’s a most worthy introduction into the fascinating and dangerous life of an FBI agent. Told from several POV’s Freethy starts the novel off with an absolutely gripping prologue that will have the reader whipping through pages of this story. Both Sophie and Damon are well-written, sympathetic characters. Even Freethy’s ancillary characters are well-constructed and interesting. The plot pace tended to be a bit uneven toward the middle of the book, but it regained its frantic pace again in the latter chapters. Make no mistake: this author is a master at crafting suspense. Perilous Trust is primarily a suspense novel. At times, the romance is more a point of discussion than actual action (i.e., this is not an explicitly sexual romance novel), and this may be a deterrent for some readers. Again, Freethy is an excellent writer, and it’s apparent she knows her subject matter. Full of plot twists, intrigue and with an undercurrent of romance, Barbara Freethy’s Perilous Trust delivers potent adrenaline rush for all suspense lovers. Four stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Movies, Shows,

    I received a complementary copy from the author / publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Note: This review contains NO spoilers Let's see... First, I would like to note that I don't read many crime/drama romance novels; however, the synopsis for this book got me all curious and interested. Well, I would have to say that I liked the "implied" plot stated in the synopsis. Plus, I have not read any books written by Barbara Freethy, so I was going in blind"... hahaha!!! S I received a complementary copy from the author / publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Note: This review contains NO spoilers Let's see... First, I would like to note that I don't read many crime/drama romance novels; however, the synopsis for this book got me all curious and interested. Well, I would have to say that I liked the "implied" plot stated in the synopsis. Plus, I have not read any books written by Barbara Freethy, so I was going in blind"... hahaha!!! So... Let's begin. Perilous Trust is the first in a new romantic suspense series, Off The Grid: FBI Trilogy. As stated in the synopsis, a tragic events brings two main characters, namely Sophie and Damon, together. But, nothing is what is seems: a cryptic message, coded chat, secrets on top of secrets, AND plenty of government agents. So, Sophie and Damon are on run, not just from those shooting at them, but also from a past that they shared together. The character development and world building was fantastic and detailed. With each turn of the page, I was with them as they evaded mysterious shooters and law enforcement while searching for the truth. From beginning to end, there was an ample amount of mystery, action, plot-twists that kept me guessing as to who to trust...haha!!! All the while, the romance/chemistry between Sophie and Damon was reignited and slowly developed as they got closer to the truth; moreover, the romance was subtle, not overwhelming which did not take away from the suspense and mystery. There was a lot of memory flashbacks in which helped glue the story/plot together and pieced the puzzle together. I was definitely at "the edge of my seat" with the mystery and secrets being revealed. However, I found that some chapters throughout the book tended to drag. It definitely deterred from the fast-pace of the story. But then again, much of the history of these characters had to be told in order to set up this first book, and to introduce readers to all these other characters that the following books will center on. Moreover, it did not deter from the flow and consistency of the story in which it worked to set up this series. So... I guess, the slow down in parts of the book really wasn't a bad thing...haha! So, after reading this first book in the Off The Grid: FBI Trilogy, I am a fan! Therefore, Perilous Trust is a romantic suspense filled with action, mystery, and twists that will keep readers guessing all the way to the end! I am definitely looking forward to the next books in this series!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Arys

    ** 4.5 out of 5 stars ** Perilous Trust by Barbara Freethy is book one in her new romantic suspense series, Off the Grid: FBI Series. As the title suggests, the beginning of the novel sets the stage of mystery, unsure of who can be trusted, and completely filled with action and suspense. Ms. Freethy immediately pulls you into the story from the start of the prologue. Sophie Parker, an archaeologist and professor at NYU, has her life changed in an instant the moment she learns her father has just d ** 4.5 out of 5 stars ** Perilous Trust by Barbara Freethy is book one in her new romantic suspense series, Off the Grid: FBI Series. As the title suggests, the beginning of the novel sets the stage of mystery, unsure of who can be trusted, and completely filled with action and suspense. Ms. Freethy immediately pulls you into the story from the start of the prologue. Sophie Parker, an archaeologist and professor at NYU, has her life changed in an instant the moment she learns her father has just died in a suspicious car crush. With only her father's cryptic messages and a warning to not trust anyone: law enforcement, FBI, or anyone he worked with at the Bureau, Sophie is off to find out what really happened to him. Luckily, she'll not have to do it alone. Damon Wolfe, an FBI agent mentored by Sophie's father and whom Sophie had a one-night stand with four years ago, comes to New York to work on a special assignment for Alan Parker. However, before he kind find out what the special assignment is Alan is killed. So Damon goes in search for answers to find out what happened to his mentor and help the girl he couldn't help but remember. Perilous Trust is all about the suspense and the mystery. Ms. Freethy gives us a second-chance romance between Sophie and Damon whom come together under unfortunate circumstances and as they try to stay ahead of those who are after them, as well as trying to solve the mystery of who is behind the murder of Sophie's father, the couple begin to fall in love with each other along the way. I liked the a romance in the novel and how it was well-balanced with the suspense/mystery plot of the story. Solving the case of who could be behind Alan Parker's death and following the clues he left for Sophie to find was interesting and kept me riveted. I'm not always a big fan of mysteries, but I enjoyed the pacing and how Ms. Freethy laid out each new revelation to the readers and the characters within the story. I hope Ms. Freethy gives us stories for Bree and Wyatt as well. I'd love to know more about them. Overall, Perilous Trust was a well-written romantic suspense novel with vivid characters, an action-filled plot, and a villain that had me guessing on who they were until the end. I happily recommend. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Oliphant

    I was excited to have an opportunity to read and review the first installment of the new FBI Trilogy, Off the Grid, Perilous Trust. FBI agent, Damon Wolfe, had an appearance in the Lightning Strikes series, and he kicks off the series. The story comes out of the gate with the prologue. Alan Parker is a special agent of the FBI and a mentor to Damon. Damon was working in DC but his mentor called him to move to NY and be a part of his team and assist with a case he was working on. However, the pro I was excited to have an opportunity to read and review the first installment of the new FBI Trilogy, Off the Grid, Perilous Trust. FBI agent, Damon Wolfe, had an appearance in the Lightning Strikes series, and he kicks off the series. The story comes out of the gate with the prologue. Alan Parker is a special agent of the FBI and a mentor to Damon. Damon was working in DC but his mentor called him to move to NY and be a part of his team and assist with a case he was working on. However, the prologue begins with Alan's desperate attempt to reach his daughter, Sophie, as he is being pursued and he believes he won't survive the chase. He leaves several voicemail messages which is highlighted with the a message not to trust anyone in the FBI. Sophie learns through a visit from two special agents, that her father is dead and they have a lot of questions for her. She is in shock and also not wanting to cooperate. She manages to leave and discovers she is being followed. She also discovers the messages from her dad and understands what needs to be done. Damon arrives at the bureau and learns his mentor is dead. He is overcome with loss and is also concerned for Alan's daughter who he knows from a one night stand four years ago. He has to find her as he believes there is more to the story and thinks Sophie may be in danger. I'm a hunch, he takes a chance on the place where they met and his hunch pays off but trouble follows. Sophie is surprised to see Damon and unsure if she can trust him. She has never forgotten Damon as she felt they had a connection but also leary to be near him because he left her. Damon cannot deny his attraction to Sophie. He too, felt they had a connection but was too scared to make any commitments. Now trouble has found them and they are forced to trust each other as they try to figure out who the good and bad guys are. This story has additional characters who had a vital role with the storyline and while I was able to read this book in o e sitting, I was so disappointed by the end because I wanted more. This is a great start to a new series and I am so happy with this author's decision to add two additional installed to this series. The ending was surprisingly suspenseful and I look forward to the next in the series.

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