Title: Defined by Deceit
Author: A.E. Via
Publisher: Via Star Wings
Release Date: June 1st 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Erotic Romance
Page Count: 333 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.3 stars out of 5
He tried to drown his demons, only to find they could swim.
Life isn’t always fair. Llewellyn Gardner knows that first hand. He was on the fast track—college dreams, a boyfriend—until one night of extreme passion changed everything. Eight years later and out of prison, he still lives with the aftershocks of that night. Everywhere he turns there’s another reminder of the crime people insist he committed, so he runs away to a new town to start over.
For Shane Smith, Jr., owner of Smith Construction, there’s something about the gorgeous, misunderstood man with the overly expressive eyes and dark past. Shane sees the good in Llewellyn— it’s why he hired him—and he isn’t going to let the man cut himself off from the world.
Llewellyn isn’t sure what to think about Shane. After years of protecting himself from being tricked twice, he’s worried. What will happen if Shane doesn’t believe the truth about his past?
When I first read this story it wrung me out (click here for that review), but it got to me. I loved Llew. I felt for him, I rooted for him, and, ultimately, I just wanted so much happiness for him.
This is one of those stories that stayed with me. Reading it again, I loved it more the second time around. My emotions ran the gamut from fear for Llew, to sad, to angry, to hopeful, and ultimately to happy.