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Foundation of Trust by A.M. Arthur
Series: Cost of Repairs #5
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Cassie
David Weller has spent years trying to rebuild his life after his partner left him with no explanation. He deals with his heartbreak by going home with strangers for risky one-night stands and never allowing himself to get close to anyone. The new catering business he and Rey King have started keeps him busy during the day and on some nights, allowing him to pretend his life is fine. Then his ex comes back into town, and suddenly David’s life is thrown into a tailspin all over again.
Owen Hart has never gotten over leaving David four years earlier, but he didn’t have a choice. Now that he’s finally able to come back for David—and come clean about why he left so abruptly—Owen is hopeful that they will be able to start over. Unfortunately, he’s underestimated how much he hurt David. The attraction between them is still as hot as ever, but getting David to forgive him may not be possible.
Foundation of Trust is an emotional tale of second chances. I liked David the first time he was introduced, earlier in the Cost of Repairs series. He’s self-destructive and makes bad choices, but he’s also vulnerable. He may treat himself badly, but he’s good to his friends. The loss of Owen, and Owen’s son, who he adored, was a terrible blow he never really recovered from. When Owen shows up unexpectedly, David is shocked at first, then he gets angry. His anger leads him to lash out, hurting Owen. Instead of feeling vindicated, however, he feels terrible, which makes him wonder if he should give the man a chance after all.
Owen is a man who spent many years paying for the terrible choices he made as a young man. He didn’t want to leave David, but there was no other option. He’s determined to show David that he still loves him, and that he can be trusted again. That turns out to be easier said than done.
Overall, I enjoyed Foundation of Trust. It’s a sweet story that hit the angst note I was in the mood for. Owen’s reason for having to leave David is a bit far-fetched, in my opinion, but I was able to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the ride. Anyone looking for a second chance story with a lot of one-step-forward-two-steps-back will probably like Foundation of Trust as much as I did.