Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Not everyone gets a second chance with their first love.
David Weller had it all and then it was gone. Once day David had a loving partner and soon to be stepson, a business he enjoyed and his health. In one day’s time, everything David thought he knew and had in his life shattered and was gone. A devastating diagnosis,and a partner who disappeared along with his son. All gone.
Now four years later, David is still trying to cope with the past and not doing a very good job of it. He has started a catering business with a friend that’s thriving but his private life is a mess. Afraid to trust, filled with anger, David spends his nights in one night stands and increasingly dangerous hookups, using pain to assuage his memories and fear. And then the impossible happens when his ex partner reappears, son in tow and everything changes.
Owen Hart has a life filled with poor life choices and bad decisions. But Owen thought he left everything behind him when he met David Weller. Knowing and loving David meant accepting his own homosexuality, loving David meant having a home not only for himself but for his son. Then Owen was forced to leave David and the life they had built together. No warnings, Owen and his son just disappeared. Now years later, Owen is back to make things right and hopefully make David love and forgive him once more.
A chance encounter proves to David and Owen that the feelings they had for each other remain as explosive as ever, but the wounds inflicted on David by Owen’s disappearance are deep. Can David ever forgive Owen for his deception and the pain he caused David? Both men have changed in the years gone by but when a second chance at love and a future together opens up, can the past be forgiven in order for them to have a future together?
Foundation of Trust is the fifth story in the Cost of Repairs series by A.M. Arthur. As it is also the only story I have read from that series, I approached with carefully wondering how it would work as a stand alone tale. I shouldn’t have wondered, Foundation of Trust is a beautifully written and well structured story that works on its own. A tale of poor life choices and second chances, it’s enduring theme and characters pulled me into their story completely, keeping me happily committed from the beginning to end.
I love the reunited lovers trope. In Foundation of Trust, A.M. Arthur works her magic to give us two wounded men who are truly incomplete without the other, no matter how hard one of them tries to deny it. In bits and pieces, the author slowly unravels the steps and bad choices that destroyed their partnership and drove Owen to disappear, taking his son who David loved like his own with him. The devastation that action had upon David and the emotions and pain that followed come across as utterly deep, and long lasting. The betrayal and disappearance shattering David just when he needed Owen’s support the most.
A thread that runs throughout this story is the impact a heartrending medical diagnosis can have upon a person’s life and mental outlook. Without support and with a disasterous back history, learning that one has a serious medical condition is shattering and Arthur is able to bring that situation to life with David’s character. It was a realistic and moving choice and it works here beautifully.
Owen too has had a troubled past, one that refuses to let him go. Without giving away any spoilers, I thought that Owen, his strained relationship with his son, and the tough fight ahead of him to make amends and be forgiven are all realistically portrayed. Owen is as full of pain over the damage he caused, not only to David but his son as well. Arthur makes sure that there is no instant forgiveness or easy solutions to these mens issues and problems of the past.
I enjoyed this story so throughly that it will send me back to the rest of the series to see what else A. M. Arthur has in store for the characters involved here. If you love a story of lovers reunited, of past hurts and betrayals overcome and redemption earned, then Foundation of Trust by A. M. Arthur is the story for you. I highly recommend it and am now off to search out her other stories and series to date.
Cover artist Lyn Taylor did a wonderful job of bringing the characters and tone of the story to the design and tone of the cover.
Sales Links: Samhain Publishing All Romance eBook (ARe) Amazon Foundation of Trust
Kindle Edition, 239 pages
Expected publication: October 21st 2014 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
original titleFoundation of Trust
seriesCost of Repairs #5
Books in the Series Include:
Cost of Repairs (Cost of Repairs, #1)
Color of Grace (Cost of Repairs, #2)
Weight of Silence (Cost of Repairs, #3)
Acts of Faith (Cost of Repairs #4)
Foundation of Trust (Cost of Repairs, #5)