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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
"Trust: Betrayed" is the second book in the 'Trust series' written by Cristiane Serruya. In the first book, the three protagonists were introduced. They are Sophia Leibowitz, the rich and beautiful 25 year old widow, Ethan Ashford, a rich tycoon, and Alistair Connor McCraig, a banker who has a reputation as a playboy. All of them seem to have everything anyone can ever want in life but they are unable to find happiness and love. We learned from the first book that the three of them are haunted by their dark pasts. In this narrative, Sophia tries to escape from Alistair and finds out that she cannot escape from his love as well as from his domineering ways. Ethan, on the other hand, uses his influence to stay in Sophia's life. What makes the second book very interesting is the revelation why Sophia, Ethan and Alistair behave the way they do. This is a very compelling love triangle because there is so much love and passion involved and it involves rich and powerful people who have all the resources at their disposal. In the end, Sophia can only belong to one man and in the process, she is bound to break another man's heart.
Love is a powerful emotion but is it stronger than guilt, fear and pain? This is one of the questions that came to my mind when I finished reading the novel "Trust:Betrayed". The story also reminds me that love is more important than money and power. When I started reading the book, I was immediately drawn to Christiane Serruya's writing style, which is dialogue-driven and fast-paced. This makes her story a compelling read, one that is hard to put down. I am also enamored by the strength and passion of her protagonists. With characters like Sophia, Ethan, and Alistair, one should expect the tension and conflict that arise when you put them together in a love triangle. This is a testament to the author's fertile imagination. As their pasts were revealed, it is difficult not to find in my heart the understanding for each of these scarred individuals. This is a story of finding and losing love. It is also a lesson on how the past can catch up with anyone, even the powerful and the rich. And I guess one of the lessons we can learn from "Trust: Betrayed" is the art of loving and moving on, by letting go of the past. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who wants to learn the art of loving and letting go.