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Foundation of Trust (Cost of Repairs Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

A.M. Arthur
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Not everyone gets a second chance with their first love.

Cost of Repairs, Book 5

David Weller thought he had it all—a loving partner who gave him a ring, a steady job he didn’t hate, and so much hope for the future. But in the wake of a devastating diagnosis, everything he thought was solid and real lay in pieces at his feet.

Four years later, he’s still sifting through the rubble of his life. His catering partnership occupies his days, while his nights are filled with dangerous sexual hookups and very bad decisions. Then the last person he ever expected to see again walks back into his life.

Owen Hart’s single biggest regret is the way he was forced to leave David behind—no explanations, no chance to make it right. Until now. Finally free of eight years of lies, Owen’s back for the only man he’s ever loved.

An incendiary encounter in a club proves that time hasn’t weakened their physical connection, but David’s wounds run deeper than Owen’s deception. And if David can’t first forgive, Owen doesn’t have a second chance in hell.

Warning: This book contains an Australian transplant with a head full of secrets, a party planner with enough baggage to sink a battleship, and a surly teenager who just wants them both to get over themselves.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (21 Oct 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KT23WJU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Roroblu's Mum TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
AM Arthur is a sure bet for me, and this book did not let me down. I liked that both leads had vulnerabilities, I liked that there was a proper storyline that was believable and plausible, and that everything was not just fixed with mindless sex and a snap of the fingers. The leads needed to find each other again, one had to forgive the other and accept the belated truth that he was being shown, and the other had to accept his guilt - and there was a lot of it, both relationship-related and not - and earn forgiveness.

I can't go into details of Owen's reveal, but I totally believed it and his back-story, and that he'd done everything he had in order to protect his son, and would again. I also loved that for him, David's devastating diagnosis - which is not discussed in detail here, so we don't know how affected he will be - was not an issue. For Owen, it was a case of 'in sickness and in health'. I liked that both guys learned to heal - Owen from his past actions that had affected him, his son and David, and David from a loss when he was younger, when he felt that someone took the easy way out. The tale ends with them starting to live their HEA, but I would have liked a bit more of a glimpse into their future. These guys deserved it, but as previous lead characters tend to pop into AMA tales, as did Rey and Samuel in this one, no doubt there will be more of these guys in future books.

This is a 5* Keeper and one of the best, non-cliché'd books I've read this year.

Ebook courtesy of Samhain Publishing in return for an honest review
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A. M. Arthur wrote a great story about second chances in love and in life. The characters were David, Owen and Michael, Owen's son. Despite having created a beautiful life together, David and Owen's relationship is left in shambles when Michael and Owen must pick up and leave David behind.

The story really begins when Owen returns with Michael, in search of David, once again. I enjoyed where the story began, because the reader was given a glimpse in to how David's life was going at the time. Despite having some recent success in his party planning/catering business, David is still missing something in his life. He had past hurts that cut him deep and dealing with those feelings was not going so well for him.

Owen has dragged poor Michael all around in his attempt to keep his child safe from past mistakes. Michael is a typical teenager, who has been moved around quite a bit. His attitude towards his father is what you would expect of a normal teenager, but his overwhelming love and protectiveness of his father is heart warming too. Michael stands up for his family in a way that most teenagers would cower at. I really enjoyed reading Michael's character and watching his development.

The story has a somewhat strange spin off of a less than important side story. I am unsure if this was to create some angst within the story that does not involve David and Owen's feelings, but rather to show protectiveness within the relationship. I don't quite know how I feel about this story twist - it kind of adds to the story - it allows for the author to show the protective streak in both Owen and Michael, on behalf of David, but otherwise, I am not sure it really adds to the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy. 25 Oct 2014
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I gave this story 5 stars because it's good but emotionally heavy going.Owen and David.really lovely but a lot of emotional agro.I wasn't sure about a hea at first but we do get one,thank goodness!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written M/M story with unforgettable characters and a plot worthy of a made for television movie 21 Oct 2014
By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I've enjoyed all the books in A.M. Arthur's Cost of Repairs series and yet Foundation of Trust really took me by surprise. Two men with a volatile history are reunited but four years haven't lessened the hurt or the need they feel for one another. A story of trust broken, of sacrifice, of second chances, of hope, and of love; this book will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride you won't soon forget.

When Owen Hart walks back into David Weller's life he's in shock and even after hearing the story of why he left, David still isn't sure of his feelings. An illicit encounter in a club leaves Owen feeling worse than ever and David trying to sort out his feelings. The one bright spot in Owen's return is his son Michael who still worships David and very much wants to see him back together with his father.

It was very hard to watch these two go through everything they needed to in order to be able to work towards being together again. There was no denying the heat was still there between them, there was no denying they still have feelings for one another but they had some huge hurdles to overcome before they were ready to go back to being partners once again. I appreciated that it took time for them to reach their happy place again; that they spent time learning each other again, sharing some really ugly things about themselves, and building back the trust they once shared.

While I loved the relationship building between Owen and David, I have to say that Owen's son Michael played a huge role in this book and an important one. I really admired the way Michael accepted his father's sexuality, the close bond he had with David even after 4 years apart, and how he did his best to help his father and David reach their happily ever after.

For anyone who enjoys a well written M/M story with unforgettable characters and a plot worthy of a made for television movie, Foundation of Trust is everything you can hope for and more.

Review copy provided for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars B+ rating... 21 Oct 2014
By Smitten with Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
My Review:
I can't imagine how devastating it would be to be abandoned by your partner and his son after four years without a word as to why. That's where David's been for the last four years since Owen left with his son Michael only two days after a devastating medical diagnosis for David. He always assumed he was abandoned because of the diagnosis, but he was wrong. But regardless of why he was abandoned, he was...and that left him horribly scarred mentally. He hasn't dealt with it well. Now he has no desire for anything resembling a relationship and instead has a very masochistic attitude toward sex. It has to hurt for him to get any feeling out of it at all. Yeah, David's more than a bit messed up because of what Owen did.

So when Owen comes back, things are certainly not smooth. But it's hard to hate Owen because he had no choice in the matter. But four years of devastating hurt is so difficult to overcome. This is an easy book to see and feel from both sides...and my heart hurt for both guys...and Michael who got caught up in the middle and lost a dad in all of this too.

It's definitely an emotion-filled book and I do love those. And it's not just the emotions from the break-up. As the guys get to know each other, they both find that the other has done unspeakable things. How do you get past that?

There were moments when I wasn't sure if love was going to be enough for these two. So much pain and hurt between them, but that did make it a great read for me. I love that kind of angst when the heart is pulled toward the other person, but the head says 'hell no!'

It was definitely a good book. I've eyed this series for a while now. I think I need to go back and read some of the first four books from it. BTW, this is number 5 in the series, but it absolutely stands-alone easily. Not once was I ever confused or wishing that I read one of the other books before this one. It's a strong story all on its own.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arthur wrote a great story about second chances in love and in life 2 Nov 2014
By InkedRainbowReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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A. M. Arthur wrote a great story about second chances in love and in life. The characters were David, Owen and Michael, Owen's son. Despite having created a beautiful life together, David and Owen's relationship is left in shambles when Michael and Owen must pick up and leave David behind.

The story really begins when Owen returns with Michael, in search of David, once again. I enjoyed where the story began, because the reader was given a glimpse in to how David's life was going at the time. Despite having some recent success in his party planning/catering business, David is still missing something in his life. He had past hurts that cut him deep and dealing with those feelings was not going so well for him.

Owen has dragged poor Michael all around in his attempt to keep his child safe from past mistakes. Michael is a typical teenager, who has been moved around quite a bit. His attitude towards his father is what you would expect of a normal teenager, but his overwhelming love and protectiveness of his father is heart warming too. Michael stands up for his family in a way that most teenagers would cower at. I really enjoyed reading Michael's character and watching his development.

The story has a somewhat strange spin off of a less than important side story. I am unsure if this was to create some angst within the story that does not involve David and Owen's feelings, but rather to show protectiveness within the relationship. I don't quite know how I feel about this story twist - it kind of adds to the story - it allows for the author to show the protective streak in both Owen and Michael, on behalf of David, but otherwise, I am not sure it really adds to the story. I believe the author was already bringing the characters back together in a much more cohesive manner and then, it seems like they decided to throw this twist in, in the hope that it would end the story quickly rather than continue on the started path of bringing David and Owen together based on love, forgiveness and family.

David and Owen meet again, but must overcome some monumental hurdles in order to have their second chance at love. Forgiving both themselves and each other is probably the most difficult things they must deal with. I really enjoyed the story, despite the strange twist.
I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

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ThreeStar
I have to admit, I didn't particularly enjoy this book. I thought it started off strong, and I was interested to see why the relationship between David and Owen ended and how they would rebuild it. I thought it was an interesting and fresh take on the subject, and I did like that it wasn't easily resolved as a misunderstanding. Unfortunately, for me, it was all downhill from there.
The first problem I had was that Owen kept reminding us--at least once per chapter--that he's gay. It annoyed me for two reasons. One, everyone he told already knew, and it wasn't necessary to rehash it. Second, the author established his being gay in a way that puts me off. She set him up as potentially bisexual, but then had him "discover" that he's really gay. The problem is, it never actually appeared that way. He referenced being attracted to women; never showed any interest in any men other than David; David was his "catalyst" to being gay; and Owen even seemed somewhat repulsed by the idea of being with any other men. Yet he keeps talking about how gay he is. It came across as Owen trying to convince the readers while not really being convinced himself, and it made it look like the author was trying to avoid the "messiness" of a bisexual character. I see that as lazy writing, used for the sake of having a "coming out" story rather than one about a relationship.

My second problem was all the women in the story. With one exception (David's friend Lindy), the women were either dead or shrews or both. It upsets me greatly that a woman would write a story with such poor examples of womanhood. I would rather have seen no women at all than have all of them be horrible people with largely no redeeming qualities.

Third, I felt that a lot of the plot was contrived and some of the events just didn't make sense other than as filler. There was a subplot towards the end that didn't have any bearing on the rest of the story. There were a couple of prior things that occurred in the story, and I thought this subplot might be connected. As it turned out, it wasn't at all, and it seemed almost silly. It looked more like just a way to say, "Hey, how can we screw up an important day for these guys?"

The one thing I did like was the relationship between Owen and David. If that could have carried the whole book, it would have been much better. The way they resolved things and the discovery of David's demons were fantastic and very strong writing. However, the tropes in the rest of the narrative were not necessary to the relationship at all. The same story could have been written with Owen as bisexual or as established gay; the coming out part was so minimal it was unnecessary. The women could have been more varied and nuanced; the two women who were "bad" but also instrumental to the plot were sufficient.

I have no doubt someone will love this book, but that someone was not me.

I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

~Amy
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read! 4 Nov 2014
By Shirley Frances (LeAnn's Book Reviews) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
David Weller first came into the scene as Rey's business partner in Acts of Faith. He has given up on love and sends his time trying to forget the family he loved and lost with meaningless hook-ups to numb to the pain of loss. But when the very man he's trying to forget comes back to plead for forgiveness, all the pain he kept at bay comes back with double the force. Battling confusion, past insecurities and feelings that haven't lessen since Owen left 4 years ago David struggles to make sense of his life, his emotions and his future.

A.M. Arthur certainly didn't pull any punches in bringing David and Owen's story to the page. *sniff* I cried like a baby, that's how emotion-driven this story was. I loved how I got both sides of the story--present and past. Which helped me tremendously in connecting to both characters and understanding where they were coming from. I loved David, but I also wanted to smack him upside the head a few times. He was a mess of massive proportions, but I didn't appreciate the way he purposely hurt Owen when he was trying so hard to make amends. Mind you, I understood David's pain, but that was no excuse for some of the things he did.

Thankfully, A.M. Arthur made every effort to show how deeply conflicted David truly was which in turn calmed my urge to throttle the man into submission. That is why I've come to enjoy A.M. Arthur's writing. Be it emotions, sex scenes, candid moments or thoughts and musings, she always goes the extra mile to show the reader, which I appreciate since it helps me to understand these characters and their circumstances better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best in the series yet. A great read. 23 Oct 2014
By Roroblu's Mum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
AM Arthur is a sure bet for me, and this book did not let me down. I liked that both leads had vulnerabilities, I liked that there was a proper storyline that was believable and plausible, and that everything was not just fixed with mindless sex and a snap of the fingers. The leads needed to find each other again, one had to forgive the other and accept the belated truth that he was being shown, and the other had to accept his guilt - and there was a lot of it, both relationship-related and not - and earn forgiveness.

I can't go into details of Owen's reveal, but I totally believed it and his back-story, and that he'd done everything he had in order to protect his son, and would again. I also loved that for him, David's devastating diagnosis - which is not discussed in detail here, so we don't know how affected he will be - was not an issue. For Owen, it was a case of 'in sickness and in health'. I liked that both guys learned to heal - Owen from his past actions that had affected him, his son and David, and David from a loss when he was younger, when he felt that someone took the easy way out. The tale ends with them starting to live their HEA, but I would have liked a bit more of a glimpse into their future. These guys deserved it, but as previous lead characters tend to pop into AMA tales, as did Rey and Samuel in this one, no doubt there will be more of these guys in future books.

This is a 5* Keeper and one of the best, non-cliché'd books I've read this year.

Ebook courtesy of Samhain Publishing in return for an honest review.
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