Earning His Trust (Belen’s Review)

Title: Earning His Trust
Author: Alicia Nordwell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 6th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 112 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5


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.

Dual third person POV with a lot of focus on the baby, but not a lot of tangible attraction between characters.

For those that care about passion or high steam in their stories this is quite the low steam story – Ben and Evin have a very long build up to hand holding, a couple of kisses, and (at the very end) a semi-steamy sex scene.

I’m fine with low steam stories. I can honestly take sexy times or leave them (and would much rather leave the bad ones). But I do expect and crave romance in my romances.

I was looking forward to this second chance romance, but it just fell flat for me. The story had too many time jumps and not enough sensual or romantic interaction between the characters.

I don’t care that the steam level in this is low and I don’t have any problem with a well drawn out slow burn romance…but this wasn’t well drawn out and I missed the romance in this.

I wanted to know more about Daniel (Evin’s husband) and the circumstances surrounding his shooting. I wanted to see more of a connection between Evin and Ben and get a better sense of their bond than it just being about the one that got away.

Also, I was frustrated toward the end. Trigger warning: Hate Crime Evin is hit by a rock gets a concussion and requires stiches. This event not only spurs a slight misunderstanding between Evin and Ben, but is also never satisfactorily addressed.

Ultimately I was disappointed and, frankly, bored. There’s a lot of minutiae, which would have worked if it had been interwoven with some more romance.

Of course this is my opinion only. Your mileage may vary. If you are looking for a low angst, low steam, kid friendly story – you should definitely check it out for yourself.

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Galley copy of Earning His Trust provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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