Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Defined by Deceit by A.E. Via

Title: Defined by Deceit
Author: A.E. Via
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books
Genre: MM, contemporary
Pages: 435
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Life isn't always fair, and that’s something that Llewellyn Gardner knows about first hand. His life was on the fast track until one night of extreme passion changed everything. Now eight years later, he’s still living with the aftershocks of that night. Everywhere he turns or runs, there’s another reminder. What the hell do you do when you try to drown your demons only to find out they can swim?

Shane Smith, Jr. owner of Smith Construction, could see the emotional turmoil within his new employee — it’s why he hired him. There was something about the gorgeous, misunderstood man with the overly expressive eyes that came to their small town with a past no one was willing to overlook. Shane could see the good in Llewellyn, and those eyes of his were a clear window to his soul. Shane wasn't going to let the man live a future of solitude because his past had been plagued with deceit.

Llewellyn wasn’t sure what to think about Shane. After years of protecting himself from being tricked twice, he was now faced with worry again. What would happen to him if Shane didn’t believe his truth, and walked away? Llewellyn wasn’t sure he'd be able to survive being left alone. Again.

Defined by Deceit by author A.E. Via is a very emotionally powerful read. Llewellyn or Llew goes through some real horrors in this book.  It does not turn around fully for him till the middle of the book.
Llew is a teen he gets caught messing around with his then boyfriend.  The boyfriend accuses him of rape.  Llew ends up serving 8 years in prison. What happens to him in there turns him from the sweet , smart, athletic boy into the sullen, tough as nails man.
I did like Llew still keeps his heart.  He is a good person despite all that keeps happening to him. When he gets out he is a registered sex offender, because his boyfriend was seventeen at the time. So no one in his home town will hire him.   His brother tries to help him but Llew feels he is just dragging him down with him.  I loved Llew’s brother. He is a good person with a sweet heart.
This is how Llew ends up in a new town and meets Shane.  Shane is the owner of a construction company. He hires Llew.  He is the only person who really sticks up for Llew and really gives him the second chance he deserves.
I really love Shane he makes up his own mind about things; he is sweet, loyal, and really kind.  This book is a really good read, especially on those days when you want to remember someone believing in you can really turn your life around for the better.  I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Via in the future.

                                           Five Shooting Stars

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