Forged in Trust by Mickie B Ashling ~ Book Review by Caroline

26055941Title: Forged in Trust

Author: Mickie B Ashling

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/04/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance


Dr. Ethan Marshall is the young medical student on call the night Tessa Duran murders her husband for abusing her twelve-year-old-son, Rino. Ethan stays in the cubicle while the rape kit is performed and is surprised when the boy resorts to prayers instead of tears.

Despite compelling evidence, Tessa is sent to jail for life. To avoid placing Rino in foster care, their parish priest agrees to raise him. Ethan is touched by Rino’s plight and visits whenever possible, but the connection is broken when the priest and young boy leave the area months later.

Raised by the Dominicans in California, Rino considers joining the order until a romance blossoms with a fellow student. After much soul-searching, he turns his back on everything familiar, and chooses his orientation over his perceived vocation. Upon graduating dental hygiene school, Rino takes a job at the office of Scott Gregory and Robin Kennedy.

Seventeen years have passed since that horrible night in the emergency room. Forty-three-year-old Ethan is now a Dominant in search of a full-time submissive. Twenty-nine-year-old Rino is adrift, longing for someone or something to help him find the serenity he’s lost along the way. As they rekindle their friendship, they realize they might be perfect for each other.

My View:

I really liked this latest addition to the Bay Area Professionals Series and I will be interested to see what other people think about it.

Rino is just a young boy when he and his mother Tessa flee one terror in exchange for another. Tessa is aware of how her new husband looks at her young son though it is years before the man makes a move but Tessa is ready for him and her husband arrives at the hospital dead.

Dr Ethan Marshall is a medical student the night Tessa and her son end up in A&E with her dead husband. The young boy has been abused and Ethan holds his hand during an invasive examination. He is stunned to hear the young boy pray instead of cry and the two keep in contact for a short while when Rino goes off to live with the local priest and his mother is sentenced to life in prison.

Roll forward a few years and Ethan is ahead in the medical field he has chosen and well respected by his peers. Life has been good to him where his work is concerned but he has failed to find a permanent partner who ‘gets’ him in his private life. Ethan is a dominant man who has a stake in a local high class BDSM club, most subs are willing to fall at his feet but he rarely goes back to any of them a second time.

Rino has not had such an easy life. He is a thoughtful young man who cares deeply about his religion but has found the Catholic Church is not open to a gay priest. He took the decision to be honest with himself and left his religious studies and has been unsettled ever since. His latest job is as a dental hygienist and his employers are none other than Robin and Scott from book 1.

The back story to Rino and Ethan was well thought out and explained and when they meet under strange circumstances for the first time in over a decade they quickly start to rebuild their friendship and fill in the gaps of all the missing years. The jump to romance and Rino’s introduction to BDSM seemed a little quick but it worked well as the BDSM is light and they are equally attracted to each other.

There is also the chance to catch up on the lives of the other characters from the series and I now find myself wanting to go back and revisit how it all began.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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