Forged in Trust by Mickie B. Ashling ~ Audiobook Review by Teresa

Forged-in-TrustAUDLGTitle: Forged in Trust

Author: Mickie B. Ashling

Narrator: John Solo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 01/18/2016

Length: 06 hours 51 minutes

Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, 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.

Story Review:

It is always tricky reading a series out of order. I had looked into this and was told it could be read as a standalone, and while I didn’t need to read the first three in order to know what was happening in this book, there were a lot of pages, including sex scenes, dedicated to Robin and Scott, a couple from those books. If I had known more about them, it would have made me more connected. The main couple for this book, Rino and Ethan, worked well and are completely new to the series it seems.

There is a lot of preaching in this book. Rino is deeply religious and was training to be a priest so it comes up a lot. We also get quite the primer in BDSM, which being 4th in a BDSM series seems unnecessary.

The dynamic between Rino and Ethan is good, though everyone keeps saying what a submissive vibe they get from Rino upon meeting him even though his attitude was anything but. However, when he and Ethan get together things do work and the scenes were hot. Their relationship moves extremely fast, but there is a previous friendship that they are building on.

There were a few things that worked well for me in this book but overall it was only ok. Part of it was the narration, see my comments below.

Narration Review:

You know how they say it’s not what you say but how you say it? I think it would have been better had Rino been read differently. He often came off petulant and aggressive when I don’t think he was meant to be. I didn’t really like him with that voice. I would like to re-read the series in ebook format and see if my opinion changes. I did like the narrators voice overall, just not his characterization of Rino.


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

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