Blog Tour (Book Review & Excerpt): A Matter of Trust by Q.T. Ruby

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Book Title: A Matter of Trust
Author: Q.T. Ruby
Genre: Romanctic Comedy
Length: 330 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis-round

She’s stuck in a rut, stuck in life and stuck in an elevator with Hollywood’s hottest actor. And of course she’s just come from the gym.

Claire Parelli just can’t seem to catch a break, well, except for heartbreak, that is. After a lifetime of following the rules, she winds up heartbroken, unfulfilled, and hiding from life. But she can’t hide for long.

After getting stuck aboard a broken elevator with Hollywood It-Boy, Daniel Chase, they begin a secret romance that pries Claire out of her element, out of her shell, and out of her sweatpants. But when their romance accidentally goes public, Claire’s life implodes, leaving her to choose to hunker down in the safety of her sweatpants, or risk her fragile heart on a chance at life, love, and the pursuit of better clothing.

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Michelle's Review

Claire Parelli, extreme shy private school teacher, gets stuck in an elevator with British actor Daniel Chase.  And here comes the panic attack, not because she’s awe struck, nope, she doesn’t like being in confined spaces.  So sweet Dan does everything in his power to distract Claire from hyperventilating.  Their getting to know one another conversation help distract Claire from being stuck in an elevator.  After finally getting out, Dan asked Claire for her number.  What a lucky girl, right?

 

As the story progresses, you will learn a lot about Claire insecurities, which I can understand to an extent.  She was really getting annoying at certain times.  Her roommates a/k/a “Fair Slutmothers”, were none the wiser that Claire was sneaking off with Dan.  Dan is BBF material for sure.  He loved hanging out with Claire and him being himself and away from the fans and paparazzi.

 

Ah but dating an actor does come at a price.  After letting Dan into her heart, certain situations happened that would cause many problems for Claire at work and she also must deal with her parents regarding a scandal.  Wow Claire’s mom is a piece of work and her dad was no help at all.  Instead of Claire going for her real passion, which was music, she always listened to what “mommy” had to say.  Thankfully, Dan saw the gift Claire had.

 

The story flowed seamlessly well, and the flirty banter back and forth was really cute.  The sexy times was subdued, but that is to be expected in a Rom/Com.  As I mentioned earlier in my review, my issue was with Claire’s insecurities and how she dealt with her mother (up until she finally got a back bone that is).  There is an HEA, but the author left me hanging at the end of the story.  I guess you need to read the book to understand what I mean.  I have a feeling it may have been intentional because I have a feeling there may be a second book.  The ending was left to open ended and I hope there is another book to tie up that loose end.  This is my first time ready Ms. Ruby’s work and it will not be the last.

-Michelle

 

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.

Excper-round

He nods. “Fair enough. So . . . when might I see you again?”

See me again? With a cautiously optimistic smile, I say, “You’re the one flying across the country. You tell me.”

“Well, I leave for L.A. after some meetings tomorrow, and my schedule is insane this week, but I believe I have a couple of days off at some point coming up in the next couple of weeks. I forget the exact dates. Anyway, maybe we’ll see each other then?”

“But you’ll be in L.A.”

“It’s not that far by plane.”

I shake my head. “I can’t call out of work.” I won’t blow off work to take a trip. Not for a guy. I’m smarter than that.

He nods. “Maybe I’ll fly back, then.”

My heart launches into my throat. “You’d fly back to see me? You must have a million girls at your disposal on the West Coast.” I’m teasing—sort of.

“True . . . but I’m running out.”

I laugh, enjoying how quickly he can make me laugh. “Oh, so I guess it’s time to move on to the East Coast women?”

He peers down at me through his long lashes, his full lips tugged up on one side. “Or woman.”

My heart flips and flops in my throat, but I won’t let myself buy it. “ ‘Woman,’ huh?”

He rolls his eyes. “Claire, really, how many women’s bedrooms do you think I just hang around in?”

I raise a “do you really want an answer?” eyebrow.

He shakes his head and chuckles. “For your information, if I was merely here for one thing, I’d have had you undressed long ago.”

I raise my eyebrows, smiling. “You think so, huh?”

“Yes, I do. I’m just . . . too polite.”

“Too polite?” I nearly bust out laughing.

“Or maybe I’m just an idiot.”

We both burst into laughter, releasing the tension in the room, and that’s when our eyes lock, speaking the same language, craving the same thing. The atmosphere shifts once again, this time instantly growing tight and thick with heat.

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Daydream believer and homecoming queen, Q.T. Ruby, can now add writer to her resume, which includes thinking in song lyrics. She began her writing career as a child, channeling her ideas into songs she wrote and performed for a bedroom full of Barbies and stuffed animals. She now serenades her children with her songs, like “Just Eat What’s On Your Plate” and “You Are the Cutest, but Pick Up Your Stuff.” Q.T. Ruby loves her mom’s homemade rice pudding, pizza and movie night at home with her family, and is lucky enough to teach middle school in Connecticut where she was born and raised.

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