A fairy-tale vacation—if he can get the ending right.
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.
Two for Trust by Elle Brownlee is a contemporary M/M romance. Finch Mason is an American on a vacation to England. Originally planned as a romantic getaway, he ends up going alone after his recent break-up. What he thinks is a mistake – buying a pass for two instead of a two week pass – turns out to be a stroke of luck when he runs into a man at first known only to him as Benedict. Benedict has secrets, but he ends up saving Finch in more ways than one.
Two for Trust had a great concept for a vacation romance. There was a secret millionaire, danger, and my favorite of all, a rescue puppy. But perhaps it’s a problem for the best element in a romance book to be a rescued dog. Try as I might, I could not connect to Finch or Benedict, and I really didn’t buy into them as a couple. Finch came off as needy while Benedict was cold.
Brownlee’s book is well-written and I’m sure others will disagree about the characters’ relatability. But no one can find fault with rescuing puppies.