Reviewed by Ami
Title: Earning His Trust
Author: Alicia Nordwell
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 112 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 6, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Review: I love reading men with babies in books (not so much of a baby fan in real life) and I was salivating at the idea of second-chance romance. Unfortunately, the romance ended up a MEH for me.
The biggest issue for me is that I missed that “intense tension and connection” between Evin and Ben as an ex-couple that only now meet again under other circumstances. It was said that they broke up after graduation because Ben did not want to do a long-distance relationship. It was said that Evin and Ben were good together before that, even if they fought every now and then. It was said that Evin fell in love with Daniel (his ex-husband) and life was comfortable enough that they planned to have a baby before Daniel passed away.
I never *felt* any of that! Ben’s reason for leaving felt flimsy IF they were really GOOD together.
Daniel’s death seemed to be swept under the rug. What the hell happened to him? He was shot – and that was it? Was it murder? Was it robbery homicide? Was it wrong place at wrong time? I had so many questions regarding Daniel’s death. Considering that if this man really meant something to Evin, it didn’t feel like he was *there*, you now?
With second chance romance, what I love the most usually is the passion. Again, I didn’t feel any of that here. Plus that ‘conflict’ that appeared after halfway through? It felt like it came out of nowhere and added nothing to the passion and romance.
In conclusion, this wasn’t a second chance romance that worked for me.
The extra star is because I really liked the baby *grin* (and the female best friend!).
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*