Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Foundation of Trust by A.M. Arthur

Title: Foundation of Trust
Author: A.M. Arthur
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m) 
Series: Cost of Repairs #5
Main Characters: David and Owen
Release Date: October 2014
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Not everyone gets a second chance with their first love.
Cost of Repairs, Book 5
David Weller thought he had it all—a loving partner who gave him a ring, a steady job he didn’t hate, and so much hope for the future. But in the wake of a devastating diagnosis, everything he thought was solid and real lay in pieces at his feet.
Four years later, he’s still sifting through the rubble of his life. His catering partnership occupies his days, while his nights are filled with dangerous sexual hookups and very bad decisions. Then the last person he ever expected to see again walks back into his life.
Owen Hart’s single biggest regret is the way he was forced to leave David behind—no explanations, no chance to make it right. Until now. Finally free of eight years of lies, Owen’s back for the only man he’s ever loved.
An incendiary encounter in a club proves that time hasn’t weakened their physical connection, but David’s wounds run deeper than Owen’s deception. And if David can’t first forgive, Owen doesn’t have a second chance in hell.
Warning: This book contains an Australian transplant with a head full of secrets, a party planner with enough baggage to sink a battleship, and a surly teenager who just wants them both to get over themselves.
My Review:
I can't imagine how devastating it would be to be abandoned by your partner and his son after four years without a word as to why. That's where David's been for the last four years since Owen left with his son Michael only two days after a devastating medical diagnosis for David. He always assumed he was abandoned because of the diagnosis, but he was wrong. But regardless of why he was abandoned, he was...and that left him horribly scarred mentally. He hasn't dealt with it well. Now he has no desire for anything resembling a relationship and instead has a very masochistic attitude toward sex. It has to hurt for him to get any feeling out of it at all. Yeah, David's more than a bit messed up because of what Owen did. 

So when Owen comes back, things are certainly not smooth. But it's hard to hate Owen because he had no choice in the matter. But four years of devastating hurt is so difficult to overcome. This is an easy book to see and feel from both sides...and my heart hurt for both guys...and Michael who got caught up in the middle and lost a dad in all of this too. 

It's definitely an emotion-filled book and I do love those. And it's not just the emotions from the break-up. As the guys get to know each other, they both find that the other has done unspeakable things. How do you get past that? 

There were moments when I wasn't sure if love was going to be enough for these two. So much pain and hurt between them, but that did make it a great read for me. I love that kind of angst when the heart is pulled toward the other person, but the head says 'hell no!' 

It was definitely a good book. I've eyed this series for a while now. I think I need to go back and read some of the first four books from it. BTW, this is number 5 in the series, but it absolutely stands-alone easily. Not once was I ever confused or wishing that I read one of the other books before this one. It's a strong story all on its own.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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