Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Two for Trust
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires #34
AUTHOR: Elle Brownlee
NARRATOR: Andrew McFerrin
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 6 hours, 40 minutes
RELEASE DATE: September 14, 2017
American nurse Finch Mason steps beyond the comfort of his orderly life and takes a dream trip to England, complete with a National Trust Pass so he can visit numerous historical sites. At the first one on his list, he’s warmly welcomed — and told he bought a pass good for two.
Finch doesn’t hesitate to offer the pass to Benedict, a handsome Brit also there on an outing. They spend a magical week touring the countryside, and while it’s too soon to get attached, Finch wishes their time together would never end.
Then Finch finds himself stuck abroad with no money, and he has no one to turn to but Benedict. Benedict is happy to help, but he also owes Finch some answers — such as who he really is and why he was at the estate where they first met.
For me, Two for Trust was a very comfortable and romantic read. I loved the atmosphere and the low angst way the story built to its conclusion. I enjoyed the slower pace and ended the story feeling cozy and warm.
I loved both Finch and Benedict. They were not hugely broken characters, but they had depth and emotion. I did struggle a bit with Finch’s mood swings. They seemed to come out of nowhere and his reactions were often not appropriate for the situation. I don’t think I ever got a handle on why he was so quick to react and that left me feeling a bit more confused than I would have like. But overall, this was minor.
I have to say that the big secret was very obvious to the reader, but it worked for this type of story especially since it gave this otherwise steady story something to give it forward motion. Without the issues the Benedict’s identity brings to the table, this story could have been boring, but it had just enough meat to make it pleasant instead.
I would have liked a bit more of the romance to have been on the page. I was given everything I needed to connect with both men and their relationship, but I would have rather been shown than told.
I ended up feeling like this was a very worthwhile and peaceful read. The audio version only enhanced my experience.
Andrew mcFerrin did a good job with this story. The narration really reflected the comfortable feel of the story for me. It was cozy and steady and brought out the romantic nature. I really enjoyed listening.