Title: Private Truths
Author: C.B. Lewis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Page Count: 292
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
For two role models with their reputations on the line, privacy might be a luxury they can’t afford, and love might be impossible.
After returning from service, Army veteran Jack McCall fought his way back from addiction and joined a charity supporting homeless veterans in London, where he became an inspiration to others. He approaches Edward Marsden, Viscount Routhsley, a known playboy and philanthropist, about sponsorship for his charity. To his surprise, Edward isn’t the shallow pleasure-seeker everyone assumes, and he and Edward share many interests. Little by little, they are drawn together in spite of the different worlds they come from.
But for two men in the public eye, happiness won’t be so easily achieved. Edward fears coming out as gay will shift attention from his charity work, and Jack worries his relationship with the aristocrat will undermine the integrity of his foundation. They come under intense scrutiny, leading to an inevitable clash between Jack and the press who won’t stop harassing them. As what they’ve built comes crashing down, Jack and Edward must make a choice: continue presenting the facade the public expects, or expose the private truths in their hearts so they can be together.
I really, really enjoyed this! Edward and Jack are dreamy together (the first part of the book reminded me of the movie Notting Hill with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts) but a few things threw me off just enough to drop a half star.
The honeymoon period was so short it made my head spin. One minute they were having an emotion-filled sexual encounter and the next an angst-wall hit them full force. For the healing/comfort during the PTSD symptoms, I really needed a stronger connection for these boys. Because of this, Edward taking Jack into his home to help him heal seemed wrong and too quick. This part could have benefited from a few more dates between the two while they were happy.
Another small peeve was that the author avoided the words or slang for cock and asshole but did describe what these two were doing. “He gave him a few long strokes.” “He pushed in gently.” etc. It was distracting during the sex. I felt like I was watching them through a veil. If that makes sense. Kinda weird, but the sex was very emotional.
But once the two men got to know each other better, things picked up and I was a happy camper. These boys were delightful together. Warm and loving and funny and intimate. They made the whole story a win for me.
I also loved the diverse secondary characters. They really loved Jack and Edward and were kind and loving and 100% supportive of their relationship, which was being kept secret during 90% of the book.
I absolutely recommended this for folks looking for a sweet love story. Prepare for some pretty serious angst for a bit, but the healing/comfort makes it bearable if you aren’t a fan.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! (And this whole review should be read in a posh British accent. That’s what is currently in my head!)