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Trust Me (TAT: A Rocker Romance #1) by Melanie Walker

Carrie Beckett knew what fear was. Pain, Anger, Terror…she also knew Trust. Of all the things her father taught her and her brother, it was her brother Noah who taught her to trust.

At fourteen and awakened in the middle of the night by her eighteen year old brother Noah, they run and escape a fate that is worse than death. Years of abuse so severe has left them both strong, wounded and careful. They know to trust one another above all things and promise then and there they will never look back.

The summer before her final year at UW Carrie agrees to a date with her long time crush who happens to be her brother Noah’s best friend Chad Blake. The tattooed and sexy as sin front-man for rock band Thick as Thieves and the crowned King of Gig Harbor’s bad boys, Chad is a known for a good time, great music, killer tats and a sweet goodbye the morning after as long as the girl knows the score. Everything he is, is everything Noah wants her safe from. 

Chad has wanted his best friends sister since she was eighteen but stayed away after Noah warned him that Carrie was off limits. Having been burned in the past, Chad focused on his day job as a tattoo artist and his dream of making it big with his band Thick as Thieves; keeping his bed warm until he had the chance to get Carrie Beckett there and never let her leave.
Noah sheltered Carrie as best he could, keeping her as far from his personal life and Chad Blake as he could. He wanted nothing but happiness and freedom for the sister he watched suffer day in and day out.
But Carrie is innocent and smart, strong willed with a sassy mouth, all the things Chad loves about her and refuses to deny himself of anymore.
Risking it all on a whim, he shows up and asks Carrie to go “All In” and betray her brother for a chance to be together.
Carrie is brought into the world of parties, concerts, fangirls and sex- that force her to face the memories of her past in order to move on with Chad as her future.
Knowing that love is a reward, trust, a gift, Carrie and Chad fall with a passion so strong, it threatens to break them both. They will battle back all the bad things in life for just a second of good and all the insecurities will come to an explosive head that may just destroy them both.
3.5 Stars

I kissed him because he finds beauty in my ugly, happy in my sad and doesn’t make me say why… I kissed him because he is a tattooed, pierced, foul mouthed, horny, drop dead sexy, guitar playing rockstar with a tattoo gun. 

I kissed him because he is mine. 

Surprise, surprise: I picked up yet another Rock Star romance, featuring a sexy tattooed Hero. Is it really that surprising? If you know me, then the answer is immediately Fuck no! I own up to my obsession to these types of books. Now whether or not I’ll actually like them, well, that’s a whole other story. 

I don’t know why I do this to myself, then again, I do. I can’t say no to these books, though I have been becoming pickier. Though some parts of the story were typical, other parts…weren’t. 

The beginning of the story will immediately grab you and pull you in. However, be warned: It will disgust you. If you have issues reading stories that contain abuse, particularly both of the physical and sexual nature, then this is NOT the story for you. Though it didn’t overpower the story, it did further enhance the relationships between main characters; for that alone, it made the story a worthwhile read. 

Trust me. 

Trust Me is the game Noah and Carrie invented since they were little. It was a way for them to talk truths with one another, no matter how awful the truth might be. The two have been fighting their father’s abuse most of their lives. 

Carrie isn’t really experienced in having relationships. Two reasons: One – her horrible past & two – her brother Noah. He is severely overprotective of Carrie. By some miracle, he found a their way out from that life. He’s made a life for himself and Carrie. A life that included a career in tattooing as well as playing in a band with his best friend, Chad. He’s also made it pretty clear to Chad that Carrie was off limits. 

He is my exception but he is also the rule. 

for the most part has adored Chad from afar. He’s the lead singer for Thick As Thieves (TAT), an up and coming rock band. He’s sexy, tattooed, pierced and has his pick of women. Chad’s reputation as a man-whore is no secret. How can Carrie compete with that? She has no real experience with this sort of thing. But what comes as shock to Carrie is that Chad has always had feelings for her. So many things stand in their way: Noah, her past and her insecurities. Can they have a future?

“You’re giving me a piece of yourself here, Carrie. It’s only fair I do the same and all I have that is innocent and untouched is my love and though it’s soon for you it’s not for me. I’ve loved you for so long that I can’t pinpoint a time knowing you that I didn’t love you.” 

Though I thoroughly enjoyed most of this story, there were a couple things that bugged me. The biggest problem I found was the editing, or lack thereof. Though the author owned up to herlack of editing mistakes in the beginning of the book, it was still hard to really get into the groove with the intermittent flow of mistakes. Luckily it didn’t annoy me to the point of actually completely giving up the book all together. Another issue I ran into is the heroine herself. I admired her for most of the story, but when it came towards the last 25% of the book, I wanted to shake some sense into her. I get why she was mad, I do, but to automatically jump to conclusions without discussing it with Chad angered me like no tomorrow. To me, the whole thing was too drawn out and then felt rushed to conclude it. Go figure, right? 

Anyway, I did enjoy this and I am looking forward to Shamus and Cassa’s book next, though I am surprised it isn’t going to be Noah and Candy’s story. Well either way, I’ll be on the lookout.

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