On the scene of a multiple murder that’s grisly even for a veteran homicide detective, Brian Clifton is stunned when one of the victims bears an uncanny resemblance to his boyfriend, James. As the similarities keep piling up, so do the bodies…and the evidence pointing to James as the killer.
Since long before the shooting, James has been dishonest. He’s been evasive. Oh, and there’s that minor little detail he withheld from Brian about being a gambling-addicted drug dealer. He may not be the best boyfriend in the world, but he begs Brian to believe he’s no murderer. In fact, whoever did pull the trigger undoubtedly wants to finish what they started, and Brian is the only one James trusts to keep him safe.
But how much is Brian willing to risk to protect a man he may not even know?
I found Trust Me to be an interesting read. I didn’t know until I came here on Goodreads and added it to my list that it was technically the sequel to Cover Me, which I’ve not read. Being a sequel, though, it still reads very well as a stand-alone. I didn’t know the characters going in to this, but Witt wrote them with enough depth and detail that a newbie to the story like me could easily pick up enough to keep going.
In this plot, all of the evidence points to James, but Brian holds off on believing the evidence as long as possible… unsure if it’s because he simply is too in love with James to believe what he’s seeing, or if it’s because there’s some nagging sense in the back of his mind that something isn’t adding up. The plot plays out quite well and makes for an entertaining read.
The sex scenes were hot, but they were very few and far between. And, really, I can see why. Given all that’s going on, sometimes a good hot fuck is needed to get through life, but to fill the book with more sex might give the reader the impression that the characters aren’t reacting properly. So, given the few sex scenes, this erotic romance reads a little more like a mystery with erotic elements — which is completely fine, but wasn’t quite what I was expecting.
My only real quibble with this book is the rather dues ex machina solution to the crisis. It sort of came out of nowhere — Brian is about to be killed and all is about to be lost, and then the whole situation flips around the day is saved. I don’t want to give away too many details…
Potential dues ex machina aside, I thought the relationship between Brian and James, and how it evolves after the culmination of the plot, was very well and very effectively done.