Shawn Graham and Bobby Wilder couldn't be more different. Shawn is a devout Christian fundamentalist from northern Michigan; Bobby is a street-smart latchkey kid from southern Ohio. From an early age, they are both confused and troubled by their attraction to the same sex. Shawn believes that homosexuality is sinful, and a traumatic incident of childhood sexual abuse adds to his guilt and shame. Bobby has an image to maintain and flatly denies the possibility that his same-sex attractions even exist. He's just too cool to be gay. When they finally connect, their preconceptions are suddenly dwarfed by what they feel for each other. They become inseparable and fall deeply in love; however, love doesn't make life easy. Plans are in motion that will surely devastate the young couple. Painful experiences of the past overshadow happy memories, and heartbreaking obstacles loom over the possibility of a future. If Shawn and Bobby want to stay together, they will have to fight with everything they have..
Praise for Trust Me
“Trust Me is a poignant, heartrending tale of the conflict between love and religious dogma. It examines the juxtaposition between what the heart feels and what the discipline of faith demands. It is candid; it is sensitive, and it is unapologetic in its statement that there is nothing misguided or unnatural about the passion felt between kindred souls, regardless of gender. Through the pain, joy, hardship, and turmoil, Jeff Erno speaks so eloquently to his readers, giving them the gift of a fully realized story, told by two wonderful protagonists with whom I laughed, cried, and eventually cheered toward their happy ending.” MORE... Lisa, Goodreads
“Trust Me by Jeff Erno is possibly one of the best stories I have read this year. It was most definitely one of the toughest. This is an author who knows how to pull everything from his characters, giving the readers an intensely written story that will keep you reading till the final page.” MORE... Critter Nymph, Literary Nymphs Reviews
“Trust Me is one of those books that popped up on my radar, refused to leave and delivered an unexpected mind blowing reading experience. I never thought I would be so drawn in to the lives of Shawn and Bobby but right from the bat, Jeff Erno managed to give these two boys a compelling voice.” MORE...Leontine, Leontine's Book Realm
“This story of young love, self-acceptance, and the complications that can go along with organized religion is well-executed and original... Mr. Erno’s writing style is very readable, almost conversational, and his third-person omniscient narrator adds a unique perspective to the story.” MORE...Bobby D. Whitney, Bookwenches
“Trust Me is a touching and poignant story...it draws you into [the characters'] lives so that you almost feel like a voyeur. The characters have surprising depth and it is truly amazing how the author makes them seem so realistic.” MORE...Ana, The Romance Studio
“Trust Me is an incredible look into the emotional struggles of two very special young men who have to overcome abuse and prejudice.” MORE...Teresa, Fallen Angel Reviews
It was during the spring of his freshman year that Bobby finally decided to end things with Marci. He liked her enough, but he knew that once school was out there would be a lot more opportunity for the two of them to be together. This would mean that he’d again have to do more than just kiss her. He tried to rationalize it all, telling himself that maybe she just wasn’t the right girl for him. She just didn’t do it for him, probably because she was so inexperienced herself. She also was a religious kid, and he was really over that whole scene. He was sick of the youth group and the roller skating. It all was so lame, and really not his style. MORE...