Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: Finding Trust
SERIES: Finding #2
AUTHOR: Sloane Kennedy
LENGTH: 134 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2015
He wanted a new beginning. What he got was a glimpse of a life he could never have…
Widower Dane Winters just wanted a new beginning for himself and his six month old daughter after his estranged husband’s cold-blooded murder and moving to a small town in Southwest Montana seemed like a good place to start. But he never expected a favor for a friend to turn into a deadly encounter that puts him on a collision course with a mysterious stranger passing through town.
Former FBI agent Jaxon Reid stopped in Dare, Montana to right a wrong, not get caught up in the life of an uptight, country vet with a holier-than-thou attitude. But he soon finds himself drawn to the quiet, insecure single father who’s trying to leave behind a life of pain and heartbreak.
Dane can’t deny his attraction to Jax, but he knows that pursuing a relationship with the gorgeous, younger man will only end in heartbreak and turn him into someone he swore he would never be again. But when danger looms, he’s forced to accept Jax into his life and home, along with the emotional vulnerability that being around Jax brings to the surface.
As their connection deepens, can Dane find the trust Jax needs from him in order to build a life together or will he let his past destroy his one chance at a real future?
I dove head first into this story after being blown away by book 1, Finding Home. In hindsight, I’m unsure if that was a good thing or not as this story fell way short of the mark for me. Perhaps I set the bar too high?
Dane was my favorite side-character in the first book. I loved how he made a stand against the towns folk, supporting the three men and helping to dispel any homophobia. Give him his own story and he turns into a whiny, annoying, not particularly likeable character.
Jax had the patience of a saint. Lucky for Dane the man couldn’t be kept down no matter how many times he pushed him away. Even though the sex was off the charts, and there’s plenty of it, I never felt a love connection between these two men.
There’s a backstory of someone following Dane, breaking into his home and stealing his phone records, to add suspense to this story. However, it wasn’t very suspenseful as it got pushed to the backseat while Dane had a meltdown over his non-acceptance as a child. Where did the strong man who made a stand in book 1 go?
Baby Emma added a nice touch to the first story, but not so much in this story. Dane’s parenting was questionable, as in a few minor facts I overlooked for the sake of fiction, but when he made noise of giving her up, I lost all respect for the man!
Toward the end a few new, or were they old? characters are introduced. From what I could gather they are from other series by this author, so long time readers of Sloane’s might garner more from the plot than I did.
On reflection, this story was far from terrible, I think I just failed to comprehend the point. I am but one reviewer with my own opinion so take this review with a grain of salt. There are numerous good reviews for Jax and Dane’s story, go check them out, or better yet grab a copy of this story and draw your own conclusion.