Author: TA McKay
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Kari March Designs
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/20/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Gay Romance
When the spotlight shines, sometimes it brings you something you don’t expect.
Trey Colby has spent his life falling in love only to lose his heart to people who don’t deserve it. Time after time he’s been left broken when his boyfriends have thrown him aside for someone else.
But no more….
This time he is determined to harden his heart. If he doesn’t allow himself to trust then nobody can hurt him. This is the easiest way, the only way, to live. And it works…
Until he meets the man who would test every limit he has.
Dancing has always been one of Roman Knox’s biggest loves, although he never imagined it would be on a pole in front of a club full of men; men who see his body, but not him. He spends his days being overlooked, and that’s the way he likes it. He has no desire to be noticed… until one fateful night.
Now he has the one man he’s always fantasized about, the one man he shouldn’t want, watching him as he dances, and first the first time he craves to be seen.
When two worlds collide can secrets be kept? When the truth comes out can you convince the one person who refuses to trust, that you are there for them? Roman just wants to show Trey that he belongs to him, that he can give him everything he needs…
But when tragedy strikes can Trey depend on him for the support he needs? Can he give up the control he’s barely managing to hold on to? Can he keep the past from destroying his future?
All Trey needs in his life is that one person to who he can finally say…
Make Me Trust.
I LOVED this book so much!
Once again stalking my friend’s shelves pays off as I found this gem by a new to me author. Make Me Trust is actually the second book in the Hard To Love series but reads fine as a standalone.
The prologue opens with a flashback to how Trey was dumped by his last lover. Trey has been cheated on before and this fact is really doing a number on him. Outwardly and especially at work he is super confident, almost cocky, and always in charge. Underneath all that is a fragile heart, a man desperately searching for his HEA who has got to the stage where he’d rather cut everyone out of his life rather than get hurt again. For almost the entire story Trey is both worried and convinced he can never be enough for anybody so there is no chance of him being able to trust someone with his heart again.
Roman is delightful in his own nerdy and stuttering way. He is painfully shy to the point where he can’t even speak – the complete opposite of Trey, one of his bosses, who he has admired from afar for almost a year. He is happy to just sit in the background, remaining invisible but always watching. Roman is a paralegal in a law firm where Trey is a partner, the man seems almost untouchable to Roman and seems doomed to just star in his fantasies rather than anything more substantial.
At a dance club drowning his sorrows Trey is enchanted by Romeo, a dancer who leaves his clothes on and is all about fluidity and grace, and from the moment he sees him is determined to have him. This is where you have to suspend belief just a little – Romeo is Romans much more confidant alter ego yet Trey doesn’t realise that the two men are actually the same person. Whilst Roman yearns for Trey’s attentions Romeo spends his time trying to avoid the man – you can quickly see how this is going to get complicated!
Romeo and Trey are hot together. The side order of kink was totally unexpected and absolutely delicious. They are completely uninhibited with each other but they are also not entirely honest which adds to Trey’s fear of trust and leaves Roman in a pickle with his job. It takes Trey a while to cotton on to who Romeo really is which surprised me given that he’s such a clever lawyer – maybe love truly is blind!
I felt the story stalled a bit in the middle but the ending more than made up for it. Roman and Romeo merge their characters and finally make Trey trust and it was definitely worth the wait! I thought I had book 3 worked out but from the ending I’m pretty sure I was wrong. I think we will see more of Grey but perhaps not with our missing soldier – obviously I made that one up all by myself!
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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