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Learning to Trust by [Connolly, Lynne]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 394 KB
  • Publisher: Carina Press (21 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UPRUCG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,337,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have really struggled with this review, there are aspects of the book that I quite liked and then other aspects that didn't quite sit right. On the whole the book was readable and I did enjoy it but there were a number of aspects which I thought could have been done better or differently but in detailing them I don't want to give an overly negative impression of the book.

I did really like the premise that you can turn your life around after you've come off drugs and that Lina was studying in order to make something more of her life. I found it realistic that she hadn't progressed too far up the food chain. She'd managed to get a job as a waitress in a small café that served good food but had dodgy clientele. I thought this was far better than if Connolly had given her a better job.

I did struggle a little with the relationship between Jon and Lina, although it was made obvious that Jon had always had feelings for Lina (before she started a relationship with his brother Byron) I did find it difficult to believe that they would jump into bed together so quickly. I think this is just a more general problem that I have with Romances in general, the main characters always seem to develop sexual relationships very quickly which isn't something I'm an advocate of.

The storyline of this book moves along quickly and there are a number of twists and turns, a couple of them weren't too believable and I didn't like the mafia involvement as it didn't ring true but there was enough action to keep me interested and you definitely couldn't predict what was going to happen and how the novel was going to end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Who can you trust? 22 Nov. 2011
By akb--bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Bellina Mazzanti Forde was the ultimate socialite party girl and every paparazzi dream with all the drama that filled her life until she disappeared 5 years ago with Byron Brantley. She's reinvented herself in Italy where Bryon's brother, Jonathan, tracks her down to a café in Naples and demands answers. Positive Lina isn't one to be trusted, I mean she's an addict after all, he refuses to leave until she helps him find his brother. Happy in her new life, Lina doesn't want to be found and most definitely doesn't want to return to the society life in New York City. Once Lina and Jon track down Byron, it seems they will part ways until her apartment is bombed and she is kicked out of Italy and back into the arms of her estranged mother. Just who can Lina trust? And how can Jon trust a recovering addict who watched his brother waste away?

LEARNING TO TRUST was a very entertaining read, which had me glued to my reader. Lina is 2 years clean and has grown a lot since her younger partying and drug-using ways. She understands she is responsible for her own life and wants to make it on her own. She's afraid to replace her old heroin addiction with a relationship and will allow Jon only so far into her life. The relationship between Lina and Jon grew and changed and morphed so much it was great to watch.

Even though the relationship was fun to watch, the entire story didn't really flow all that well. Jon shows up in a café where Lina is waitressing on the first page. They have a very flimsy truce going where you can feel the tension and mistrust between them. Then, a few hours later at 11% they are getting busy. Then at 22% they find Byron. Then this whole thing with the mob came out of left field. And moments that were supposed to be dangerous never felt that way; I only knew it was dangerous because a character said so.

Jon? I think I liked him, but truth is I really don't feel like I know him. I really couldn't tell you what he looked like, what his likes were, what he did with his day or any of that. He did want Lina naked all the time. He would repeat over and over again how he wanted to make Lina feel safe and keep her safe, which just made him seem creepy and possessive instead of interested and protective. He did have a great sense of humor, which shined through in some great moments, especially with the debutante that determined to get Jon for herself.

There are a LOT of sex scenes. A lot. I skimmed a lot.

All in all, this was a good story just not one I think I will read again and again. It just seemed like a sex story between a recovering addict and a business tycoon both of whom have trust issues because of their past and how they learn to trust each other. The whole thing with the mob, even though it did play out in the story and was the whole reason Lina was finally found, just didn't really flow with the rest of the story.

As an aside--I had to snicker about the snide remarks about how the name "Bella" is just creepy.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 15 Jan. 2012
By avid reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved it!

I finished it in one day, and not because it is short. (73000 words) Wonderful book of Carina Press.

Bellina Mazzanti Forde disappeared with Byron Brantley five years ago. Now his brother Jonathan has tracked her to Naples and asks for her help in finding his brother, in fact he decided not to let her out of his sight until he can do it.

Lina doesn't want to be found and never thought of returning to her life as a socialite in New York city. She had a new identity and is happy in her new and thrifty life, as a waitress of a small Cafe in Naples. They cannot avoid the incredible pull of desire and they start an affair. There are lots of sex scenes. Someone shots at them . Why?

I liked the characters very much. Lina is a recovering drug addict, she is independent, she studies and works. Jon is lovable, sexy and possive, in a nice way...
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