Monday, February 23, 2015

Star Dust Award: Just What the Truth Is by Cardeno C

Title: Just What the Truth Is

Series title: Home, Book 5

Author: Cardeno C

Publisher: The Romance authors, LLC

Genre: GLBT, Contemporary

 (M/M, anal play/sex, oral sex, public sex, masturbation)

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Reviewer: Cassiopeia

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Publisher Blurb:

People-pleaser Ben Forman has been in the closet so long he has almost convinced himself he is straight, but his denial train gets derailed when hotshot lawyer Micah Trains walks into his life. Micah is brilliant, funny, driven…and he assumes Ben is gay and starts dating him. Finding himself truly happy for the first time, Ben doesn't have the willpower to resist Micah's affection.

When his relationship with Micah heats up, Ben realizes has a problem: his parents won't tolerate a gay son and self-confident Micah isn't the type to hide. If Ben wants to maintain his hold on his happiness, he'll have to decide what's important and own up to the truth of who he is. The trouble is figuring out just what that truth is.

Review of book:

Yes! This was the book I've been waiting for in the Home series by Cardeno C.  One that would put me on the edge of my seat, and force me to be so deeply invested in the characters that I'd be instantly caught up in the story.  Just What The Truth Is absolutely did that for me.  While all of the books in the series were good, there seemed to be an element of conflict missing in many of the previous installments.  Not so with this book – there was plenty of it here, and it was rewarding to watch both Ben and Micah grow (separately and together) along the way.

Micah was sexy in a cocky way, but somehow I never found him to be conceited.  He just had a ton of self-confidence, which of course served him well as a successful litigator. He sees what he wants and goes for it. Which in this case, is Ben. Micah is also has the patience of a saint, evidenced by not instantly kicking pretty boy Ben out of his bed and to the curb the instant the fool did something stupid.

Believe me, Ben Forman cornered the market on stupid, but not without having a good reason. 

Let's face it – Ben was royally messed up.  His family was not gay friendly by any stretch of the imagination, and he felt like he'd be letting his family down if both of their sons came out as gay. He'd been witness to his brother, Noah’s trials growing up, and certainly didn't want to have sever the relationship with his parents over his sexuality.  Ben was most definitely in the closet; and struggled kicking and screaming each step of the way until he fully came out. His inability to be honest with himself, really put a crimp in his relationship with Micah, and at one point derailed them completely.  I can't imagine what it would be like to potentially lose the love and acceptance of my parents, friends, and colleagues.  I admire Ben for facing his fears one by one, and doing his best to overcome them.

If you only read one book in the Home series, then let it be Just What The Truth Is.  It has a solid plot with well written characters and enough angst to keep you turning pages feverishly until the end. 

                                     Five Shooting Stars  and Star Dust Award

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