Earning His Trust by Alicia Nordwell
Following the death of his husband, Evin is living in Portland and raising the infant son they had through a surrogate. Six-month-old Micah is his life, and if it means no time for activities or friendships beyond his minuscule support network, that’s a sacrifice Evin is willing to make. When he suffers a burn baking teething biscuits, the last person Evin expects to encounter in the ER is Ben, his lover from college—and the man who left him without a word of explanation.
Ben knows it won’t be easy to earn Evin’s trust and prove he’s not the same man Evin once knew, but he can’t bear to watch Evin struggle to care for Micah, hurting and alone. He wants back in Evin’s life, as a friend and hopefully more, but Evin’s heart is fragile, and the years have changed him too.
A sweet, second chance love story
Evin is in his early thirties. He's recently widowed and has a six month old son who is his sole responsibility. Grieving for his lost partner, Evin is grateful to his beautiful little boy for giving him a reason to get up each day, for providing joy in his life and a reason to move forward. His life centres around Micah's needs, however, and since it's only been almost a year since his husband died, Evin is not yet willing, or able, to start dating again. A nasty cooking accident, causing a burn sufficient to require a trip to ER, brings someone from his past back into Evin's life, however, along with a slew of emotions that threaten to ruffle his well ordered existence.
Ben is an ER Doctor, new to Portland, and with plenty of baggage of his own. Moving from college to medical school forced Ben to make some harsh choices. Choices he's regretted since the day he walked away from the love of his life. The last thing Ben expects to find when he enters the treatment room, is the very man he left behind. Knowing he's never stopped loving Evin, Ben sets out to prove that he's a changed man who can be trusted to never walk away again. It won't be an easy task, particularly with all that has happened in the interim years.
Earning His Trust is a delightful novella that is a perfect weekend read. There are lots of feels and sweet interactions between the two men and Micah, that'll have you willing them on to the HEA they deserve.
A thoroughly enjoyable read that I recommend to lovers of low angst love stories with MC's who'll touch your heart.