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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Blind Trust by Jody Klaire

Blind Trust (The Above and Beyond Series Book 2) by Jody Klaire
Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (June 6, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939562384
ISBN-13: 978-1939562388
Amazon: Blind Trust (The Above and Beyond Series Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Blind Trust (The Above and Beyond Series Book 2)

After six grueling months in CIG's boot camp, Aeron Lorelei is looking forward to spending some vacation time with her friend Commander Renee Black in Colorado. When mother nature puts an avalanche in their path, they're stranded in a small mountain town. While walking downtown, Renee shoots a man for no apparent reason, and Aeron has until the roads are cleared to prove that Renee had justification for the shooting. During her investigation, Aeron is forced to use the burdens she loathes and hopes they're strong enough to vindicate Renee before the authorities arrive.


Though I've never read the first book in the Above and Beyond series, after reading Blind Trust, I dearly want to. This story was a wonderful mixture of heartwarming, chilling, spiritual, and relatable. Heroine Aeron Lorelei is the kind of "aw, shucks" down home woman it can grow tiring to read about in less skilled hands, but in Klaire's care, she's a paragon of many virtues, none of them cloying or unbelievable. I fell in love with her over the course of the novel, and when I finished, I wished I had my own Aeron. 

This story pleasantly surprised me. I'm glad that I took the time to read it twice. The story started off rather confusing and I was a bit lost, but this was probably due to the fact that it was the second book in a series, but the author does a rather good job clearing up a few of the plot holes throughout the course of the book, but in order to completely understand everything, one is going to have to read the books in order, I'm sure. While there were a few editing mistakes, there weren't enough to throw me out of the story. The story was exciting and thrilling, the characters were both sympathetic, strong, intelligent, passionate, with just the right about of angst to make you feel compassion for them without making you want to pull out a gun and want to shoot them at the same time. I cheered for Aeron when she proved so many people wrong at the end, I had been hoping for that throughout much of the book. The setting was was brilliantly described, to the point that I was so thoroughly engaged around 87% that I had to reheat my cup of coffee three times. Jody Klaire did an exceptional job writing this mystery/thriller, up until almost the very end I still wasn't sure if the good guys had been successful.


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