The Truth Beyond the Bitterness (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: The Truth Beyond the Bitterness (Dreamspinner Press World of Love series)
Author: Emory Schneider
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 72
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Can love erase a lifetime of fear and bitterness?

Kuba flees the oppressive influence of his strict Catholic family as soon as he graduates high school. In the big city of Pilsen, Czech Republic, he can get a fresh start. Although he is fairly content sharing a flat with his coworker and filling it with books, he knows he’s destined to be alone unless he can come out of the closet. But he just isn’t ready to bare his soul to the world.

When he meets his roommate’s friend Emil, he begins to reconsider. Is a chance at romance with the gorgeous man—and fellow bibliophile—incentive enough for Kuba to face his demons?

The nice thing about “The Trust Beyond the Bitterness” is the lack of manufactured angst and miscommunication. We get two young men who meet and fall in love and begin their lives together. We learn a bit about their background and get a good sense of the Czech Republic setting.

But on the flip side, the plot is very …. sedate, and lacking the spark of that undefined something that gives a book that “can’t put in down” quality. I liked the plot, felt the two young MCs worked well together, thought the book had a nice flow and a had a deserved happy ending. But … did I adore this book? No. BUT if you are looking for a nice short read that gives you two young students who find each other and realize that they fit together and their lives will be better being together, plus a setting that fits well into Dreamspinner Press’ “World of Love” series, I’d definitely give “The Truth Beyond Bitterness” a read! 3.5 stars.

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Galley copy of The Truth Beyond the Bitterness provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader
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