Release Date: April 16, 2014
TRUST: PANDORA'S BOX, the last installment of the TRUST TRILOGY, follows Ethan, Alistair and Sophia as each one of them strives to live happily ever after. But a greedy man, who has uncovered the many secrets and wrong deeds committed by Ethan, Alistair and Sophia, realizes they could be worth millions. Many are invited to join his team. Each one has an agenda. Each one has a target. Things get out of control when Pandora's Box is opened and the demons are let loose. With so many enemies out for revenge, what will the future bring to Ethan, Alistair and Sophia? Eventually, wishes and nightmares come true... Will hope survive? This book is the last installment of the TRUST TRILOGY and contains graphic sex scenes and mild violence. Indicated for mature audiences.
PANDORA'S BOX, a very apt title to end a passionate and captivating series. Lots of things happened in this conclusion and though I hate saying goodbye to series' I follow, this one left me very satisfied. Supposedly endings provide closure and Cristiane Serruya did more than that by adding a lot of spice that quickly turned this into romantic suspense! Oh I love the intrigue, the blackmail, stalking, and abduction which unfortunately led to death but martyrs are always welcome in my stories so I didn't really mind it all that much. At the center of it all is Sophia Liebowitz, the Brazilian femme fatale widow that everybody loves to hate and would hate to love. She's Fire and either you get warm or get burned when you get too close. I can go on about the details of PANDORA'S BOX but as this was almost 700 pages, that will be a long-a$$ review. I'll focus on the characters instead.
Alistair MacCraig: The brooding Scottish Duke who is as enigmatic as he is broken. He crucial to the story but took a backseat here. Alistair's redemption already happened in the previous book and PANDORA'S BOX is more of a post-HEA story for him. He got the girl so what happens next? That's his storyline and it's sweet and very touching, nothing like family and love to heal a very broken man.
Ethan Ashford: Ethan stole the show here. He lost The Girl and it took him a long time to finally get over it. PANDORA'S BOX is Ethan's story as much as it's Sophia's. Ethan made a lot of pretty effed up choices in the past and he finally got his redemption but the cost was too high. I never really warmed up to him but after knowing more about his past (his parents are sexual deviants of the most evil level) I can't help but feel sorry for the dude. That doesn't excuse his previous actions towards Sophia and Alistair but it helps to know WHERE all that anger and bitterness came from and I promise you, it wasn't a pretty picture.
Sophia Leibowitz: Though she got another chance at love, Sophia's past is far from done with her. Remember I said you'll hate to love her? Well there are a handful of people that got burned by her fiery spirit. Not in a bad way but out of jealousy and spite. There are ex-lovers, ex-lovers of ex-lovers, former in-laws, and predators that just can't stop hating! What I love most about this young woman is she's a fighter, she might be all feminine on the outside but morphs into a warrior when threatened. Sophia doesn't need a man to complete or save her, she can do that for herself, and who doesn't love strong heroines like that?! Females who doesn't balk at life's curve balls nor shy away from love being a man's rib. Anyway, Sophia is definitely a memorable heroine, her life is what soaps are made of (the good kind) and though she was off-putting at first, she surely won me over in the end.
Now I feel that there are a few scenes that could've been scrapped just to make PANDORA'S BOX shorter and packed. Said scenes demonstrate sweet nothings and trivial conversations and there was an abundance of those that it felt unnecessary to stress what the characters are feeling for each other. Also the characters' "thoughts" were redundant in the sense that it's over explaining things and at times it also feels passive-aggressive and I am not the biggest fan of passive-aggressiveness.
Overall, I approve (not that it matters, but I feel like using that word today) of PANDORA'S BOX and how it concluded the series. It might be long-drawn but I can see that every big event and confrontation was necessary to close off the threads CSerruya started a couple of years ago with A New Beginning. This series deserves more readership but as it's self-published, it's not getting as much buzz. So I hope this review will get some of you curious enough to try the first one, just remember, this is unlike any contemporary romance you've read, it's just DIFFERENT so try to keep an open mind.
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