Book Reviews

Inches of Trust by A.R. Moler at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 29-June-2017

Book Blurb

When architect Brian Townsend meets a man dressed as Zorro at a Halloween party, it seems like a chance hookup. There’s no denying Brian’s immediate attraction, but it takes more effort than he thought it would just to find out the man's name.

NYPD homicide detective Tristan Blake comes from old money, which he loathes. An idealistic streak burns within him to do a job that serves a purpose. A former lover scorned him at a time he was most vulnerable, after the death of a friend, and now Tristan is slow to trust what appears to be a developing relationship between him and Brian.

Beer tasting, a broken window, a fall down a flight of stairs, a grenade, and a violent attack... what do these all have in common? Each one brings Tristan an inch closer to trusting Brian with his heart.

Contains the stories: Crimson Regret, A Taste of Darkness, A Glimpse Inside, Windows and Walls, Head Over Heels, Police Navidad, Auld Acquaintance, Tabled Discussions, Pulling the Pin, and Vulnerability.

First edition published by Torquere Press in January 2014.

Book Review

Have you ever had a relationship that began very slowly and hesitantly? I have and there's a sweetness to it when both people are stumbling around trying to feel their way through each other's personalities and characteristics. I'm very glad that I received the full volume of 'Inches of Trust' by A.R. Moler versus ten individual stories as, frankly, that would've made me nuts. Instead I got a very sweet love story with a little drama and a happy ever after.

Brian and Tristan meet at a Halloween party and things are progressing nicely until Tristan gets called away by a dead body. No pun intended. Tristan is a homicide detective while Brian is an architect. What ensues is a very careful dating relationship and it is a while before Tristan reveals his difficulty with trust and why. Discovering that Tristan comes from a very wealthy family is the beginning peek at some of Tristan's issues as Brian works at understanding this man he's very interested in.

It was such a slow and gentle progression watching Tristan let go of some of his barriers. From meeting Brian at a beer tasting, to showing up outside his apartment after being released from the hospital and needing someone to watch over him for twenty-four hours due to his concussion, Tristan very slowly begins to understand that Brian might really care about him and that Brian is worthy of being trusted. Now Tristan just needs to put his fears to rest and learn to trust again.

I very much enjoyed this story. Brian and Tristan are both strong characters, the writing was good, and the romance was slow, soft, and sweet. I can easily recommend it if you enjoy those types of stories.





DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been provided by the publisher for the purpose of a review.

Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Collection, 10 short stories/42033 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-April-2017
Price $4.99 ebook
Buy Link