Earning His Trust by Alicia Nordwell

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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


I love manny stories, so a single dad and a second chance at love is right up my street. But to be honest there is something missing. I found it hard empathise with Evin and
a lot of times I found myself asking questions, that were addressed later in the book, like the circumstances and details around Daniel’s (Evin’s husband) death and what about a family network. Evin said his family was still in Georgia but what about Daniel’s family? I would have liked that kind of background earlier on in the story. Just to understand why he was struggling alone as a single parent. How Evin earned a living was also left unexplained until halfway through. Because I had these unanswered questions rattling around my head I found it hard to concentrate on the storyline.

I understand that this story is about Ben rebuilding his relationship with Evin after he walked away from him when they graduated college but it’s 3/4 of the book before Ben even explains himself and asked for a second chance. There is more focus on the friendship rather than the romance. Which would be fine in a slow burn where you know it’s going to happen but in this case I could see them just being friends and nothing else. I’m not really sure how much use bringing a homophobic incident was to moving the relationship along, seemed to just be another cause of misunderstanding between them. The cutest character is baby Micha. At least in this story he was not the perfect angel I seem to read in other books with babies.

I’m in two minds about this book. It’s not terrible but it’s less than I was expecting after reading the blurb. Overall I’m giving this book a generous three stars.


3 of 5 stars


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