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Essence of Trust

The Eternal Trust Trilogy – Book 3

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Breathtaking sequel in THE ETERNAL TRUST saga

Across time and dimension, soul mates bound by an ETERNAL TRUST battle to possess the vast power embodied within an ancient samurai sword … or choose love and live.

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Rian Farsante couldn’t keep her soul mate from being consumed by the dark side and left him before her heart died, too. But Jonathan Spencer can’t leave her alone. He needs her more than ever when their godson is kidnapped and his parents murdered. Only Rian can give Spence what he needs–the unlimited magical power of a pair of legendary ancient swords that will defeat the man they both used to work for, psychic spymaster, Ian Stoddard.

Ian believes the boy is the prophesied Essence or avatar and intends to use the boy’s vast psychic skills to take over the world. He wants the swords, and Rian, too. She learned long ago that power begets abuse of power and realizes the only way to conquer their enemies and save the boy is by awakening Spence’s heart.


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Rian Farsante, a former psychic spy, now devotes her abilities to help people realize their spiritual potential. Rian has a vision where she sees her godson Marty and his parents Michael and Dorel in danger. She does not want to contact her former fiancé and godfather to Marty, Jonathan Spencer, about Marty but feels she has no choice.

Jonathan Spencer wants to recreate the Swords of Balance. Spence has delved into the darkness of the sexual ritual but has had no success in recreating the swords. He thinks he will be able to defeat their enemies once and for all with the swords. But Rian refuses to help him thinking it will be their deaths, even though she originally created the swords in a past life for Spence. Spence grows farther apart from his friends as he tries to recreate the swords.

When Rian contacts Spence about Marty being in danger, he thinks she is playing with his mind. Spence realizes that Rian is correct when Marty is kidnapped by their old enemy, Ian Stoddard. Ian is convinced that Marty is the One, the Essence, and he wants control of that power. Spence will do whatever it takes to get the swords and Marty back. Can Rian pull Spence back to the light and show him he is going down the path of destruction before it is too late?

Essence of Trust has everything from reincarnation, Egyptian gods, Native American spirit warriors, tantric sex, and ancient samurai swords creating a complex story that will leave you spellbound. The six characters development is important to the plot. This book is the third book in the Eternal Trust saga. Not having read the other two books, I was able to follow along with the storyline. Ms. Haynes has created a romance that lingers long after you close the book. You will not be disappointed with this non- conventional romance.

★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 – Reviewed by Kelley Hartsell

Melinda Rucker Haynes’ highly acclaimed Trust saga concludes with Essence of Trust, the final book in the trilogy.

This book picks up some years after Breach of Trust, after two legendary Samurai swords have disappeared and changed the lives of five incredible people, among others. Mike and Dorel Gabrielli’s son Marty is now at the cusp of manhood, and only beginning to come into the powers he has inherited through multiple lifetimes, one of which was Dorel’s beloved grandfather. Rian Farsante and Jonathan "Spence" Spencer, soulmates who are loyal friends to the Gabriellis have been torn apart by Spence’s lust for power which has led him to use his abilities for the dark side. All of them have been affected by the power infused in any wielder of the swords, their lives irreparably changed.

Ancient legend, dating far back in Egyptian history, if not farther, speaks of the coming of the One, a powerful Essence that will control the world. Whether that control is used to destroy or to heal the world as we know it remains to be determined. Ian Stoddard, an extremely strong psychic spy for whom Mike, Spence, and Rian all worked with at one time, believes Marty to be the One, and seeks to use Marty’s powers to take over the world. Time is running out as all players, good or bad, race to defeat an evil stronger than any of them can imagine; that is at the beginning, the very heart of the mystery of the swords. Can all of them find their destiny and use their powers for what they are meant to before this evil consumes them, possibly even costing some their current life?

As with the previous two books in the saga, the story line is very complex due to the very nature of its reincarnation plotline. However, in this book, less focus is placed on past lives, though they do have an integral role, with the focus this time being on the here and now … and what is to come. One will find this book is not one to be rushed through, but is meant to be savored and read slowly so as to grasp the true meaning of the story and the symbolic nature of so many things, or people, found within. Many questions will be answered, and yet a few are left hanging, perhaps for effect, or something more? Readers must pick up this book for themselves to make that determination. Also be forewarned, there are multiple, totally shocking, plot twists that will make readers gasp aloud in disbelief and shout "that can’t happen that way!"

The previous two stories were more of an action tale, with an underlying love story. Though the undercurrent of a love story is evident here, it is not as strong as in the previous two stories, in this reviewer’s opinion, but it is most definitely there. There are actually several different kinds of love, to include romance, experienced by the characters, which makes this an even more powerful story then the previous two. Readers will feel Rian’s pain as she watches her beloved Spence fall deeper into the dark arts, knowing there is not much she can do to help him. A familial kind of love is evident here as well, between the Gabriellis and Rian and Spence. Marty, though showing the typical behavior of a young boy his age, also has an underlying wisdom of the ages, that will amaze and captivate readers, making them wonder how he knows so much for one so young. How everyone comes together in the paths Destiny has chosen for them will engross the reader right through to the very last page of the book.

Essence of Trust indeed ends this chapter in a strong saga, but ends it in such a way to give one hope that maybe, just maybe, if destiny is kind, we may at some future date get to cross our paths with those friends … and enemies … found between these pages. Only the fates know for certain.

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Dorel and Michael Gabrielli have more to worry about than the average parent. Their eleven-year-old son, Marty, is a psychic adept. He has displayed astonishing talents throughout his young life. Dorel and Michael are more understanding of this than most parents, since they had been involved with the world of psychic spying (called remote viewing) for years. Wanting to give Marty a normal life, however, they have turned their back on that world. But the past is about to come calling.

Dr. Ian Stoddard runs Datascape Systems, a company devoted to the development and acquisition of psychic intelligence. Through this research, Ian knows that soon, the One will be incarnated on earth. This individual will be virtually all-powerful. Ian wants to be the one to control that power, for his own gain. Two former employees, Jonathan Spencer (Spence) and Rian Farsante, oppose Ian, each for their own reasons. Rian and Spence have a long history together. In fact, all of the players who assemble for this momentous occasion have a long history; untold intertwined lifetimes, lived out over millennia. Now is the time for the actions of all of their lifetimes to come to fruition. Will it be for good, or for evil?

Although this is the third book in a series, it works well on its own. The author takes care to fill in the characters’ backgrounds for new readers. The only potential drawback for new readers is the irresistible desire to read the previous books, THE ETERNAL TRUST and BREACH OF TRUST. Since this is part of a series, the characters and their various relationships are all very deep and layered. The narrative, combining paranormal, romance, action, and adventure, moves along at a brisk pace that will keep readers turning the pages. ESSENCE OF TRUST is an original, intelligent, and complex novel; dealing with reincarnation, the interconnection of souls, and the possible future of mankind. While this is a complete story, there is clearly more to come. I’m looking forward to the continuation of this mesmerizing tale.

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Sedona, Arizona – Present Day

Six souls are united in the ever after, destined to live many lives with and through each other until they learn the lessons fate has in store for them. Mother, brother, lover, friend, and enemy are just a few of the shifting relationships Rian, Spence, Dorel, Michael, Marty and Ian will experience through several lifetimes, with the hands of the gods occasionally stirring the pot. But the time has come for a new breakthrough. For the One, or the Essence, is coming, and each of these individuals has a role to play to determine the fate of the world.

Since her split with her fiancé, Jonathan Spencer, Rian Farsante has stayed far away from her old friends, Michael and Dorel, and their son Marty. As psychic assassins for Datascape Inc., Rian and Spence were asked to do many things that blackened their souls. Determined to save themselves, they got out before it was too late, but Spence was still drawn to the darker arts. Not wanting to be dragged down that pathway, Rian left Spence and the friends who seemed too willing to support him. Instead, Rian seeks to use her gifts to heal others, to help them achieve a higher state of spirituality. But strange visions have started to plague her, indicating something new, and possibly dangerous, in the wind. When her ex-boss, Ian Stoddard, the head of Datascape as well as her old boyfriend, threatens her, Rian realizes she’s going to have to call Spencer, for only together can they defeat Ian.

Jonathan Spencer has never forgotten, nor stopped loving, Rian. Since the era of the Egyptian pharaohs, they have been reincarnated as lovers in every lifetime. But they’ve never figured out how to live peacefully and lovingly together. Spence believes that if they regenerate the Swords of Balance, two powerful psychic weapons, they could defeat their enemies once and for all. Too bad Rian thinks bringing the swords back will only drown them in more death and destruction. When Marty is kidnapped and Dorel and Michael left for dead, Spence and Rian come to their rescue. But can they find a way to work through the strong physical attraction pulling them together and all the water under the bridge that’s tugging them apart?

ESSENCE OF TRUST, like Melinda Rucker Haynes’s other Trust novels, has, at its core, the theme of the transformational power of love. Although the protagonists have worked through several lifetimes together, it is the current one in which the stars are aligned to enable them to achieve a higher state of being, nirvana, if you will. But only if they make the right choices. Up to now, Rian and Spence seem to have only made the wrong choices, neither able to take the high road in their personal conflicts. With each hurtful remark, they sting each other’s souls, decreasing their spiritual alignment with a higher power and opening themselves up to the temptations of the dark arts. Through her spirit guide, Rian learns patience and that her love is what will help Spencer deal with his issues.

Although this story is about Rian and Spence’s reconnection with each other, it’s hard to denote the other characters as secondary since they all have huge parts to play and to follow their own plot lines. I would say that this is an ensemble cast and their adventures do not end with this book. . . . they are characters you can relate to, demonstrating what people do to each other when their trust in the relationship is shaky. . . . I would highly recommend reading the previous books . . . this one throws a lot of things at you — ninjas, Egyptian gods, Native American spirit warriors, tantric sex, mystical swords . . . One of the good things I got from ESSENCE OF TRUST is it piqued my interest to pick up the first two books to see where these characters came from.

If you’re looking for angst, psychics, gods and demons, pick up a copy of ESSENCE OF TRUST. It’s not your average romance.

Rian starts to have visions of Ian, her old boss, calling her back into the fold. Dreading the sense of foreboding that envelops her she calls her ex-fiancé, Spence to warn him about her vision. All she asks is that he contacts Mike and Dorel, friends that they had helped not long ago in freeing them and their son from Ian’s crazy plans. Now with the visions starting she senses Ian is closer to completing his plans than she thought.

Jonathan Spencer, Spence, wants Rian to come back to him but still believes all the things she did in the past when they worked for Ian. Not wanting to believe anything has changed, he fights against his feelings for her. When he finds Mike and Dorel at their cabin in the mountains but Marty is missing, he starts to believe Rian’s visions and the fight is on to get Marty back from Ian and stop his plans before something worse happens.

This book is a nonstop thrill ride of intrigue and the paranormal. Ms. Rucker Haynes produces a fascinating story filled with the fight against good and evil with fantastic characters and overwhelming tension. A truly great read for someone who adores the paranormal and suspense gripping stories. Great job Ms. Rucker Haynes. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.

Amazon Book Review

Psychologist Rian Farsante begins having visions that her godson eleven year old Marty and his parents Michael and Dorel Gabrielli are in danger form her former employee, mentor, and lover Ian Stoddard of Datascape Systems. She calls her former partner and her last lover Jonathan Spencer to ask if Marty is okay, but instead of concern he demands she come back to him to create the Sword of Balance that he swears he will only use for good. Rian refuses having left her beloved because he is turning to the dark and the Swords of Balance that he and Ian covet will destroy his soul.

Rian’s vision turns out truer than she even dreamed as Michael and Dorel are murdered and Marty is abducted. Deciding rescuing Marty is top priority; Rian agrees to partner with her soulmate risking her life and soul by doing so. As the danger mounts with Ian having the support of the evil God Anubis, Jonathan pressures her to create a new Swords of Balance, but she remains reluctant as she does not trust her beloved even as Ian psychically tries to coerce her to return to him.

ESSENCE OF TRUST is an exciting paranormal fantasy that grips readers once the triangular relationships between Rian, Jonathan, and Ian and their abilities surface. Rian is the key to the story line as the two men from her past demand she join their side of the dispute, but she distrusts both of them. Though complex and overloaded with otherworldly elements, fans of modern day fantasy thrillers can trust Melinda Rucker Haynes for providing an enchanting tale.

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To the literal mind, Essence of Trust is the story of Rian Farsante and Jonathan Spencer who, together with Mike and Dorel Gabrielli, rush to save the Gabriellis’ son, Marty, from kidnappers who are led by Dr. Ian Stoddard.

But to the literary mind, this is a story of good and evil and the psychic forces at work around us all. It speaks of soul mates and reincarnation and chakras and shamans and, yes, the energy vortex located in Sedona, Arizona.

It will matter not if you believe but merely that you keep an open mind. This book is for anyone who wishes to learn more than they know now. It will, due to our upbringing, mean different things to different people. To any religious belief, this novel can become a powerful parable.

Strong intense characterizations and a mesmerizing story will keep you entertained as well as enlightened. Melinda Rucker Haynes tells a good story. Sit down and enjoy it.