Author: Brigham Vaughn
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Brigham Vaughn
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/28/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Evan Harris thinks his relationship with Jeremy Lewis is going well. But when Jeremy bolts, Evan is left nursing a broken heart. Jeremy loves Evan, but his inability to trust holds him back from facing his past head on and building the future he desperately wants. Evan’s patience is at the breaking point, and he struggles to decide if Jeremy deserves another chance.
Scarred by his own parents’ treatment of him, Jeremy doesn’t trust Evan’s mother’s motives when she reappears in Evan’s life after his father lands in jail. The ensuing disagreement about his concerns puts further pressure on their developing relationship.
Unless Jeremy can learn to trust and Evan can let go of past hurts, they’ll miss out on the relationship they’ve both been searching for.
I have been following Jeremy’s story from the beginning. I first knew of him while enjoying a little May-December romance novella that was supposed to stand alone by the name of Equals. Here we are six books later and maybe just maybe Jeremy will be able to get a happily ever after.
The main characters in Trust are not perfect. They aren’t blond Adonises with rippling muscles who know exactly what to say and do in every situation. They are very real people working through very real issues and making very real (and common) mistakes. When last we left Jeremy and Evan they were in bed together. They had kind of fallen into it together, but they seemed to be starting something real together.
Trust picks up right where we left our couple in Connection. As with Connection, there are a few scenes from Husbands repeated from a new perspective. We also go much further in the timeline than Husbands does. We get to catch up on the first few months of Russ and Stephen’s marriage actually. However, that is not the focus of this installment.
Connection was about that moment when two people come together and start something. Trust is about taking that moment and figuring out how to make it work for the long term. The issues haunting Jeremy and Evan don’t magically disappear because they found their way into bed together. As with real life, intimacy actually magnifies those issues.
These two have to decide when to stay and fight and when to run. They don’t always make the most responsible decision. They don’t always make the right decision. They love hard, but they hurt hard as well. There are times in the book you have to wonder if they really are right for each other. You have to wonder if Evan shouldn’t cut and run. Vaughn, however, makes sure Jeremy and Evan’s love for each other, their connection, shows through on every page. When they are fighting, you just want them to kiss and make up. When they are kissing and making up, you just want them to hold each other and reassure each other. They deliver on each page.
I am sad to see this series come to an end, but I think we left all our friends in a good place. Things aren’t perfect, but they are getting there.
You know Chris and Tod could have a story… just saying.
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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