Book Reviews

Just What the Truth Is (Home 5) by Cardeno C. at The Romance Authors

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 28-February-2015

Book 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.

NOTE: This book was previously published by Dreamspinner Press in Octobr 2011.

Book Review

The description for this story interested me the most mainly because I'd had quite a glimpse of Ben when I read his brother, Noah's, story, which incidentally, was the first book in the 'Home' series. 'Just What the Truth Is' is book five and I'm still just as big of a fan of the series as I was when I finished the first book. Needless to say, I had a feeling this book would be pretty entertaining since I figured Ben would be completely clueless and terrified about being gay. I certainly wasn't concerned about whether the writing and plot would hold my interest, since, hello? It's a Cardeno C. and I'm pretty hooked on that author. So glad I was right about it all.

"I preferred somebody older than me, not younger. Somebody with a lot of confidence and a big presence. Somebody a little rough around the edges. Somebody like.....women. I preferred women.
Yeah, right. Are you buying that? Because it was getting harder and harder to convince myself that it could ever be true."

My reaction to Ben, this time around, was sorrow. I felt bad for him trying to uphold the "perfect" life, something he'd been doing since he was a child. It wasn't making him happy, that's for sure. He tries to be the perfect son, especially since his parents have no contact with Noah, and he knows that if he admits to being gay it would just kill them. Ben worries that if he comes out as gay will his clients leave him? And his friends? He'd been able to keep his needs under control until he meets Micah. I guess nobody else had ever tempted Ben to make the changes in his life he so desperately needed. Being around, Micah, and with him, gives Ben the happiness and peace he's been longing for his whole life.

Micah is amazing. He's confident, self-assured, successful, smart, sexy, and he scares the living hell out of Ben. Ben can't even tell him he's not gay and they end up dating, except Micah has no clue about the turmoil rocketing around inside Ben. Not a great way to start a relationship, Ben. And I gotta say, there were some times I just really wanted to smack Ben around for his stupid thinking. I understood his fears and the horrible guilt trips his parents placed on him throughout his life, but come on. He is not responsible for the lack of relationship between his parents and Noah. That is on them. And Ben needs to realize that at some point he has to put his own happiness and well-being first, because his parents won't be around forever, and the way he's been living his life has left him miserable.

This was, truly, one of the best coming out journeys I've read and I loved taking it with Ben. I adored him and Micah, with the added benefit of seeing Ben grow closer to Noah and Clark. This was an excellent addition to the series and I'm so very glad the author wrote a story for Ben. Thank you, Cardeno, I loved it.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 68000
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-February-2015
Price $4.99 ebook
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