1.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Anna Book Christmas class difference Contemporary Dreamspinner Fade to black/No Steam Friends to lovers Gay Heat Index m/m Medical Mild level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series

Two for Trust by Elle Brownlee

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents


A fairy-tale vacation—if he can get the ending right.

American nurse Finch Mason steps beyond the comfort of his orderly life and takes a dream trip to England, complete with a National Trust Pass so he can visit numerous historical sites. At the first one on his list, he’s warmly welcomed—and told he bought a pass good for two.

Finch doesn’t hesitate to offer the pass to Benedict, a handsome Brit also there on an outing. They spend a magical week touring the countryside, and while it’s too soon to get attached, Finch wishes their time together would never end.

Then Finch finds himself stuck abroad with no money, and he has no one to turn to but Benedict. Benedict is happy to help, but he also owes Finch some answers—such as who he really is and why he was at the estate where they first met.

Another Dreamspun story for me. I love the concept behind this series, but so far the books I have read have been a mixed bunch. This one unfortunately falls somewhere between ‘meh’ and ‘bad’ in the mix.

The trope of commoner meets lord of the manor (but doesn’t know it), is taken up in this MM story. However, the fact that the two MCs are the same sex is completely irrelevant to the story and they are both so incredibly bland, that I think the only thing hinting at their gender was their names.

I will be the first to admit, that I like my sexy times on page, but I can live with off page or fade to black scenes, as long as I get chemistry between the characters and the tension leading up to the bedroom door closing in my face. That was completely missing in this book. There was no chemistry, no tension and absolutely no bedroom doors. In fact, this book is so completely devoid of intimacy, that I am hard pressed to even call it romance. There are the exact number of 4 kisses in this book, none of them passionate, and absolutely none of them sexually charged. You could publish this as an inspirational romance and no one would bat an eyelid, well you might have had to throw in some prayer now and again, or the mention of God, but other than that, you’d be set.

The two wander around the countryside together, they visit heritage sites together, they look after ailing grandmothers, pet the dogs together and they deliver handwritten correspondence together. And that’s it, folks! For 252 pages! And somehow this leads to a proposal and them being in love! How? I couldn’t tell you. I wasn’t in love, I was in tears, from boredom.

This was not for me. But if you enjoy your romance 100% steam free, very sweet and with a healthy dose of insta-love and English Heritage sites, this will be right up your alley.

1.5 of 5 stars


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