Building Trust by Dee J. Adams
First, I want to thank Shelf Pleasure for helping me celebrate the release of Against The Wall! I’m so happy to be here for the first time!
I thought I’d bring up a subject that every person deals with. Trust. How do you come to trust someone and what happens when they destroy that trust once you’ve given it to them?
Are any of you like me… you might forgive someone something, but you never forget it? Is that just a girl gene or do you think that can apply to anyone who’s been done wrong? Let me clarify… I can forgive someone almost anything once. Usually. (I guess it depends on the transgression.) But if the same person burns me twice, chances are, I’m done. Keep in mind I’m talking about the kind of lie that entails doing something you know is going to hurt someone. (I don’t mean misunderstandings or miscommunications.) Frankly one of the first things that comes to mind is fidelity.
I remember a co-worker over 20 years ago – when she found out I was getting married – shook her head and warned me not to do it. She said, “Men can’t ever be trusted. Ever. Not one of them.” I thought…that poor lady must have been hurt so badly so often by one man or maybe more, that she was scarred for life. I was so sad for her. I have put all my trust and faith into my husband and 27years later, he hasn’t let me down.
Let’s take it a step farther and say you’re building trust in someone you’ve just met. You take baby steps, right? You go slowly to see if that person holds up basic standards. Do they follow through with things they tell you? Do they show trust in you and treat you as an equal? There are so many things that go into building a trusting relationship and an intense beginning to any relationship can forge an unexpected bond.
The main characters in Against The Wall begin their relationship with no trust whatsoever, but the more time they spend together and the deeper they get into trouble, the more they rely on each other. Actions often speak louder than words and even though Tanner, the hero, talks and walks tough, it’s the things he does that prove to Jess, the heroine, what kind of man he really he is. Tanner’s sense of justice and fair play are qualities that draw Jess and make her trust him. So is his innate gentleness under the bad boy exterior.
How about you? Are you quick to trust people or does it take a lot to earn it? Are you good with second chances or is it one mistake and out? I’d love to know your thoughts. One random commenter will win an advance reading copy of Against The Wall (US entries only for this contest please).
Dee J. Adams is published by Carina Press, and you can find all the books in her Adrenaline Highs series: Dangerous Race, Danger Zone, Dangerously Close, and Living Dangerously at CarinaPress.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Audible and many other online booksellers. Against The Wall can be found at Amazon, B&N, Apple, SmashWords, Kobo, OmniLit and ARe. Like her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @DeeJAdams.
For your reading pleasure, a bonus excerpt from Against The Wall:
Jessie St. John didn’t open her eyes. She wanted to, but something was very wrong and she needed to piece together what had happened first. Street noise drifted to her ears; cars, trucks and occasional pedestrians talking loudly. Where was she? Time to backtrack. Where had she been before this? Talking to her boss, Maurice, where he’d blown her off. She’d been his assistant for three years and he still treated her like dirt. He took credit for her good ideas and blamed her for his bad ones. Things had certainly gone bad tonight. She concentrated, tried to focus on the last thing she remembered. Wow, she had a headache. Her shoulder hurt too. That was because…she’d been shot?
Oh, God, she’d been shot! Everything came back with a flood of memory, but Jess kept her eyes shut. Where was she? Then she remembered… He’d taken her. The shooter had picked her up as if she’d been a rag doll—which she’d turned into when her legs had given out—and carried her out the door like a caveman. Her heart pounded furiously in her chest. God, please don’t let him be watching her. She strained to hear anything, but unlike outside, the silent room gave no sign of life. She was on something soft. Probably a bed. Maybe a sofa. The air smelled stale. Definitely not a hospital. No, he wouldn’t have snatched her just to deposit her in a hospital. He could’ve left her behind if he wanted her to get medical attention. He took her because she’d seen him. Oh, boy, had she seen him.
Tall, about six feet four inches of long, lean man. More muscle than she’d seen since glimpsing the cover-boy model calendar her brother had bought her last year, and short dark hair so thick she doubted he’d ever lose any of it. His face had mesmerized her. Scared her. Hard, dark eyes glittered as he’d moved toward her. Lines lightly creased his eyes and mouth and a prominent nose, that might have been big on another man, fit his face fine.
She’d tried to speak, tried to run. The gun in his hand had terrified her, made her realize that she had indeed been shot. God, that stuff only happened in the movies. But he’d scooped her up and wimp that she was, Jess had simply lost consciousness. She’d been known to pass out when something scared her. Her body would shut down as it had tonight. What a wuss. Her little brothers still teased her about it mercilessly.
Thinking about her brothers brought the urgency back. She had to get out of here.
Jess’s shoulder throbbed as she listened harder for noises, but the street sounds still dominated the room. She must be above it somehow, on a second or third floor. Deciding she couldn’t play possum the rest of her life, Jess opened her eyes to a dimly lit room. A naked bulb cast the only light. A battered television rested on a scarred dresser against the wall and mini fridge sat under a counter with a sink. She turned her head a fraction to the side.
He was there.
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