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Posted August 16, 2014
5 stars = I freaking LOVED this book
Although this is book 5 in the McCullough Mountain series, Forsaking Truth can be read as a stand-alone without any confusion. That said, as someone who has read it as a stand-alone, I plan to add the previous books in the series to my reading list as the McCulloughs are a rather entertaining and delightful family and I would like to read each of the siblings’ story. In this installment in the series, we are treated to Luke’s story and his adjustment to major life changes.
Destined to be a professional athlete, Luke suffered an injury during his junior year in college that rendered his career path and dream an impossibility. As such, it is no surprise that Luke is a sullen and withdrawn man, even with those closest to him – his family. This is what makes his reaction when meeting Tristan so surprising to him. Luke doesn’t understand the effect that Tristan has on him until he and Tristan are working together on his house and Tristan kisses him. Luke has never been attracted to a man and Tristan’s kiss freaks him out, not because he didn’t enjoy it, but rather that he did. Because of his painful history, Tristan is just as distraught over the kiss because Luke’s reaction leads Tristan to believe he misread the situation and made a terrible mistake because he enjoyed hanging out with Luke as friends. The tension that mounts as the two deal with their reactions to the kiss come to head and makes for one seriously hot sex scene when Luke admits to himself and Tristan that he enjoyed the kiss and wants more. Unfortunately, Center County is not a liberal area, so the two are forced to keep their relationship a secret, which works for Luke as he is still struggling to accept that he isn’t straight; but Tristan has accepted himself for who he is and as time passes the secrets wear on him, especially when Luke feels he has to “play it straight” to keep their secret. I liked that the author addressed the trials and tribulations that Luke and Tristan endure as their relationship develops and progresses over six years. Ms. Michaels lets the reader enjoy the highs and endure the lows without getting bogged down in the monotony of day-to-day activities that I’ve experienced with some books.
Forsaking Truth is a well-crafted romance between two men, one who accepted his sexuality as a teenager and one who had never realized that he may have been destined to love a man. The fact that Luke accepted some parts of his attraction to Tristan easily, while other parts were problematic for him is what made their story feel so real. The fact that the sex scenes were scorching was an added bonus. I enjoyed reading Luke and Tristan’s story and it is a definite re-read for me. I look forward to reading more of the books in the McCullough Mountain series.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
Posted June 28, 2014
Forsaking Truth made my heart ache and the tears run down my face. It was both beautifully written and heartbreaking. Forsaking Truth is an ugly look at the injustice and fear faced by those that find love outside the mainstream of societal norm. Even those that are in the relationship can face punishing regret and fear of being outed. Love is a private thing, yet a joy you want to share, something that not everyone will find. How heartbreaking to find love when it shames you and you need to hide it.
Forsaking Truth hits so close to home. My best friend in high school was unashamedly, flamingly out there. I loved him to pieces and still do. Years later we are still friends though now separated by the span of our country. I remember being there, holding him as he cried or recovered from being beaten up just for being who he is. Forsaking Truth brought back those days to mind.
Forsaking Truth shows love, whether between a man and woman or a man and a man, love is the core. It is not bound by gender or beliefs and comes when you do not expect it or look for it. In Luke's case it came with something he considered taboo and shameful. For Tristan and Luke it eventually brings regret and heartache.
Love, somehow, will find a way.
Forsaking Truth is not to be missed. Lydia Michaels once again pulls at my heart strings, wringing out emotions as I read. I have yet to read one of her books that doesn't make me smile and make me cry. A gifted story teller she brings her characters to life by digging your emotions out and exposing them for everyone to see.