Book Title: Why I Trust You
Author: Colette Davison
Publisher: Smudged Ink Press
Genre/s: Gay contemporary romance
Length: 76,000 words/363 pages
Release Date: April 23, 2018
It’s a standalone story but part of a loosely linked series (Why I Left You and Why I Need You)
Martin is the larger than life funny guy, the one who’s quick to soothe other’s pain, whilst hiding his own. He wants nothing more than to find ‘the one’, but his love life consists of a string of break-ups. He’s close to giving up on love, until he meets Ryan online, the artist whose work speaks to his soul. There are just two problems: Ryan already has a boyfriend and he lives in California, which is one hell of a long way from England.
Working with Martin to develop a game is supposed to be purely business; a way for Ryan to earn the money to leave his abusive boyfriend. Except, he finds himself falling for the enigmatic Englishman. Wondering what kind of spark there might be if they were in the same country is one thing, escaping his boyfriend is another.
Wounded by their past relationships, Martin and Ryan have to learn to trust each other in order to have a chance at building a future together.
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Reviewed by Felices
Cover Art: Set against a blue abstract oil on canvas, appears a ‘photograph’ of two men – upper bodies only – staring fondly into each other’s eyes. The white male is lying down whereas the black male is leaning over him. Both men are shirtless. It fits the story very well.
Synopsis: Outlines the story very well and sets the scene. There is no mention of adult only scenes. We know that one of the characters is in an abusive relationship however there is no warning that some scenes may be upsetting due to their violent nature.
Plot: Ryan is terrified by Zane his abusive boyfriend who he has been with since school.
Main Characters: Ryan is a young man who has been in an abusive relationship since school and can see no escape until he starts working for Martin. He is terrified that Zane will find him or Martin will think he is only after his money.
Martin is a rich self-confident man who is a computer game developer. He sees the artistic talent within Ryan and once he learns of his position wants to do everything he can to help Ryan escape.
Secondary Characters: Zane, the sadistic b****rd who keeps a very tight hold on Ryan, controlling everything he does and all the purse strings making it very hard to find the means to escape.
Ryan’s mother, did not know what happened between Ryan and Zane in private. She had always liked Zane as he always showed her his nice side.
Noah and Fin are Martin’s close friends and also make a contribution to the story.
Flow/Continuity: Flows easily from scene to scene, from one drama to a crisis until the end.
Conflict & Climax: The conflict between Ryan and Zane leaps off the page as we follow Ryan’s attempts to escape his abusive partner. The climaxes are whether Zane will get what he deserves and also how the relationship will pan out between Ryan and Martin.
Writing Style: Written in the third person past tense.
Editing/Formatting: Very neat. Tidy margins, Each chapter begins on a new page with no superfluous white space.
Price: Very reasonably priced for the length of book.
Conclusion: This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Would Ryan escape? Would Zane find him? Will Ryan ever be able to function as a self-confident adult after being subservient for all those years? This was a real page turner. Definitely one not to be put down until we knew all the ends were neatly woven together.
I have to deduct half a point for the lack of warnings as mentioned above so am giving this 9.5* out of a possible 10.
“So, I’ve been meaning to ask, do you surf?”
Ryan blinked at Martin’s question, which had seemingly come out of the blue just as they were wrapping up their latest call.
He adjusted his position; the laundry room floor wasn’t exactly comfortable. “Uh, no, I can’t surf.”
Martin chuckled softly down the phone. “Isn’t that what all you guys do in California? You surf, have bleached-blond hair and golden skin, and say, ‘Totally rad, dude’ a lot.”
Ryan couldn’t stop himself laughing, which actually felt really good, though he did smother the sound with his hand. Not that anyone in the apartment block was likely to be awake at three in the morning, let alone wanting to do laundry.
“You don’t?” Martin’s voice was full of fake shock.
Ryan laughed even harder. He squeezed his eyes shut and pressed a hand against his ribs, taking deep breaths to try to calm himself. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d laughed like that.
“No,” he gasped.
“Really? Because I keep expecting you to say, ‘Cowabunga, dude.’ So, I guess pizza isn’t your favourite food, either?”
“Umm… I think you’re confusing the ‘surfer dude’ stereotype with the Ninja Turtles.” Ryan wiped his eyes. He leaned back against the washing machine he was sat in front of, careful to keep his bruised lower back from making contact with the unforgiving metal. “If that’s what you think I’m like, does that mean you wear a three-piece suit, carry an umbrella and drink tea constantly?”
“Oh, yeah,” Martin said. “That’s an absolutely spot-on description of everyone in Britain. Even the women wear tweed suits all the time.”
Ryan tried to hold the fresh burst of laughter inside him, but his ribs hurt too much to manage it. “And you’re all soccer mad.”
“Football,” Martin corrected. “And we all dunk biscuits in our tea.”
“What? Yuck. Seriously?”
“Yes,” Martin said in a very serious tone. “Trust me, you haven’t lived until you’ve dunked a chocolate digestive in your tea.”
Ryan grimaced. He wasn’t sure what a chocolate digestive was, but the thought of dunking a biscuit in a hot drink turned his stomach. Surely, it would just make a horrible mess? When he was a kid, his mom had given him milk and cookies, which he’d happily dunked, but cookies were way more solid than biscuits.
“I’ll take your word for it,” he said, not eager to ever try it out.
“You don’t have to. I’ll make you tea and biscuits if you come visit.”
About the Author
Colette’s personal love story began at university, where she met her future husband. An evening of flirting, in the shadow of Lancaster castle, eventually led to a fairytale wedding. She’s enjoying her own ‘happy ever after’ in the north of England with her husband, two beautiful children and her writing.
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