TITLE: Earning His Trust
AUTHOR: Alicia Nordwell
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Maria Fanning
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 112 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 6, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
Evin lost the only two men he ever loved. But he might get a second chance with one of them—if he’s willing to take the risk.
Following the death of his husband, Evin is living in Portland and raising the infant son they had through a surrogate. Six-month-old Micah is his life, and if it means no time for activities or friendships beyond his minuscule support network, that’s a sacrifice Evin is willing to make. When he suffers a burn baking teething biscuits, the last person Evin expects to encounter in the ER is Ben, his lover from college—and the man who left him without a word of explanation.
Ben knows it won’t be easy to earn Evin’s trust and prove he’s not the same man Evin once knew, but he can’t bear to watch Evin struggle to care for Micah, hurting and alone. He wants back in Evin’s life, as a friend and hopefully more, but Evin’s heart is fragile, and the years have changed him too.
One day, he burns his own hand and goes to the ER. When he meets his doctor, Ben Perez, his ex-boyfriend who ruined his heart at college.
Ben is shocked to meet Evin, the love of his life, after all these years. Even if he’s responsible for their break up, he can’t let him go like that, not after seeing the exhausted, alone father that Evin is now.
So Ben does what he can to be with Evin, even if its only as a friend, this time he refuses to walk away from him.
I loved this book.
Ben and Evin are adorable. Evin is completely broken when he meets Ben at the ER. He’s a single dad, his son Micah is only 6 months old, he’s exhausted, mourning his husband and trying to deal with his baby. I wanted to babysit his son for him, really, it was so well written that I could see him with dark circles and pain in his eyes.
I loved Ben, even if he was the one breaking up their relationship, I loved how matured he was when he meets Evin after all these years. I loved how he decided to be there for them, and how he tried to help Evin. But I loved it more when he spills his heart out, when he tells the truth to Evin, that he still loves him, never stopped, and he’ll wait for him to be ready.
I loved that, I loved the fact he took responsibility for ending their relationship and breaking their hearts. I love how simply and easily he came back in Evin and Micah lives.
Besides, the author did something really good with his character’s psyche. Evin struggled with so many fears and trouble that he couldn’t be all right or fine without help. And Ben is this help, the shoulder and the arms that Evin needs.
And you know what, my big romantic heart sighed for them, and smiles happily too (and I may or may not have fallen hard for Micah and his chubby cheeks)
So it’s 4 OptimuMM’s for Micah and his 2 daddies.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***