Today I have author Heather Long doing a special guest post during the book tour of her new release The Taming of the Thief.
Who Do You Trust?
Trust is an issue that’s very difficult to explain—particularly to another person. We all judge each other based on our experiences and expectations. Since we are all different people with different experiences, our baseline for trust varies. How you learn to trust a person or why you trust them will be different from how your friend does or I do—or the lady that lives down the street.
So how do you know you can trust someone? How can you explain trust—which is both a concept and an emotion?
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines trust as assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something. The keywords in this definition: "assured reliance" indicate that in order to have trust, you must have proof that you can trust. You cannot find something to be reliant or to have reliance on anything that hasn’t been proven. Assured promises that not only have you found reliance, but that reliance is an accurate definition of your trust.
Confused yet? I apologize.
Trust is an important issue to me. In part, because trust – like so many other things in our world – does not exist in a vacuum, yet to trust someone requires a leap of faith. You have to choose to trust someone and hope that they provide you with the assured reliance they were worthy of that trust. Now I’ve said that word a lot-but it’s a word that we use when we love another person, when we live with them, when we rely on them and when we need them to be there for us. We "trust," and most often we tell ourselves it’s because they have proven trustworthy.
But a person really can’t prove that until we trust them. They can’t be accountable or reliable for any of their character, dependability, strength or truth until we actually trust them.
A Leap of Faith
Faith is the act of believing in something in absence of hard facts. To trust someone requires that leap of faith that you will trust them and hope they prove to be trustworthy. But what makes us decide to take that leap of faith? In The Taming of the Thief, Sophie chooses to trust Pietr—even when she has doubts and questions. Why does she choose this?
At the time of their first encounter, Sophie just witnessed a murder and spent hours answering questions for the NYPD. They don’t believe her—not because she isn’t trustworthy but because they have no ‘evidence’ that her account is reliable. When she finds Pietr in her apartment, she doesn’t trust him—but he intrigues her and she follows her instincts. In the end, choosing to trust Pietr was the right choice and although she chose to trust him, she didn’t have to.
So why do you trust someone? What drives you to make that leap of faith?
Some would kill to know what Sophie Kingston knows. Rich and powerful people will do anything to possess the secret, but not even Sophie realizes how much danger she is in—or how far they will go to hunt her down and take it from her. But when she sees a murder no one can prove, the threats to her life keep coming.
Pietr Sauvage is neck deep in the hunt for The Fortunate Buddha when a lead draws him to New York and thrusts him into the life of art history specialist Sophie. What began as a favor turns into a desperate need to protect the sexy curator from the dark web of deception threatening to pull her under.
Too Many Thieves…
Lost in the shadow of intrigue and danger, Sophie must learn to trust Pietr, a man with an agenda, a man she can’t help but desire, before the ruthless thieves steal their only chance.
Raising the stakes heightens the attraction…
Heather Long lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.