Title: Telling the Truth ( Truth Or Dare #2 )
Author: Lee Brazil
Publisher: Lime Time Press
Buy Link: Buy Link Telling the Truth (Truth or Dare)
Genre: Contemporary M/M/M Romance
Length: 20,515 words
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 rating stars
A Guest Review by Raine
Summary Review: Marshmallow threesome and twincest romance.
Blurb: Terry has lived his life according to the guidelines, by studying accounting, getting an MBA, and working for the family business. And while his work has its own rewards, something has been missing, and his eyes have only just been opened to what–or rather who–that could be.
Terry’s brothers have upped the ante in their weekly poker game. A Truth or Dare challenge. Terry can handle any dare his brothers dish out, but the demand for Truth is a different matter. Terry is honor-bound to divulge secrets he’s been ashamed to admit even to himself in the privacy of his own bedroom.
Twins Dex and Trick have finally found acceptance for their relationship in the homes of their friends. They’d never do anything to jeopardize that newfound sense of belonging. Fooling around with their friend Mischa Blake’s prissy, domineering, oh-so-sexy older brother is risky. A one-night stand might be okay, but they close ranks afterward, pushing Terry aside.
Terry isn’t going to back down without a fight. Dex and Trick are meant to be his, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make them realize all the safety and protection they need can be found in his arms.
This is a sweet and silly confection; a light sexy romp that clearly stretches belief and the second in the Truth and Dare series. I reviewed the first, Keeping House, here. Some writers create their own versions of contemporary life, and in Mary Calme’s world her heroes are always outstandingly desirable. This series’ scene set seems to be evolving into a formula that requires similar suspension of disbelief. Here is a small wealthy circle of trust fund nonconformist individuals and it is interaction with various Blake brothers that provokes all the fun and games.
Terry is the straight, steady brother who is so fascinated by the fey, sexy twins Trick and Dex that he realises he has fallen in lust — with them both — clearly a life changing event. Lee Brazil tries to add some checks and balances to this remarkable transformation, acknowledging that, jumping from mild- mannered straight accountant to gay threesome in seconds made for too drastic a change. Consequently in the guise of reality Terry spends six months tiptoeing around the twins and the gay scene…well he visits a gay club. He comes out to his brothers at the weekly card game and under the pressure of the Truth or Dare bet confesses his threesome gay fantasy.
As the objects of his fantasy the twins are I feel the most interesting characters (aside from Mischa) in this series so far. They are beautifully fragile, vulnerably in love with each other but also very interested in Terry’s strong and dominant personality. The eventual threesome is delightfully loving and hot. As always it is one of the other brothers who stirs things up and causes the necessary misunderstandings. The twins’ back story was sad and dramatic, their sexual relationship very nicely presented and Trick’s cyclical personality particularly well developed.
Unfortunately I also found Telling the Truth had similar problems to the ones I had with the first in the series. Not only does everything happen far too quickly, but once the guys have got over the obligatory misunderstandings there is this whole leap from fun and loving sex to instant paternity. Call me a puritan but I just find it an incongruous and crazy manifestation of instant gratification!
I preferred Keeping House to this book as I feel it managed a better balance between the enjoyable frivolous escapades and a semblance of reality. However I did enjoy seeing the twins evolve from being babes in the wood and find their very own kind of prince charming.