Title: White Lies
Author: Jack Byrne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Publishing
Release Date: August 12, 2015
Page Count: 89
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Brent Winton is doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons. Since the death of their parents years ago, Brent is helping his younger brother Zach through law school in sunny Queensland, Australia. The boys share a cheap flat, and Brent works two jobs to support them, but Zach thinks the second job is merely bar tending. In reality Brent has turned to gay prostitution to ensure that Zach has all the best textbooks and the up-to-date laptop he needs so he can focus on his studies. When hot Russian refugee Dimitri moves in next door, Brent finds him mesmerizing, but fears that if he gets involved, Dimitri will expose Brent’s white lies. But Dimitri has a dark secret of his own, and the question becomes how either of them can learn to trust the other without blowing their cover.
This book made me really, really uncomfortable. I mean, Brent’s boyfriend was playing bodyguard while Brent took his Johns upstairs to fuck. Yikes! And the big “secret” Dimitri was carrying around wasn’t a big enough revelation to intrigue me. And then? The book just… Ended.
I’ve read some great, very romantic rent-boy fiction before, but this was just… Wrong. I can’t explain it, but I didn’t like it.