Saturday, June 28, 2014

Review ~ Forsaking Truth by Lydia Michaels

Forsaking Truth (McCullough Mountain Book 5)

by Lydia Michaels

When Luke McCullough’s athletic potential is diminished by a field injury, his pride pays the price. Returned to Center County a broken man, the long road to recovery seems dreary and overshadowed by opportunities lost, until he meets Tristan Hughes.

Tristan came to Center County to escape his past and start anew, but nothing prepared him for Luke. Intrigued, Tristan cautiously gets to know this powerful man, only to fall head over heels for the vulnerable soul hiding behind all that intensity and drive.

Luke has never been interested in men, so when he can’t get Tristan out of his head he doubles his efforts to fight the inevitable. Stolen glances lead to heated encounters, followed by punishing regret, but Luke’s inability to face the truth of who he really is may cost him the only happiness he’s ever known.

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My Review:
5 kisses for Forsaking Truth

Forsaking Truth made my heart ache and the tears run down my face. It was both beautifully written and heartbreaking. Forsaking Truth is an ugly look at the injustice and fear faced by those that find love outside the mainstream of societal norm. Even those that are in the relationship can face punishing regret and fear of being outed. Love is a private thing, yet a joy you want to share, something that not everyone will find. How heartbreaking to find love when it shames you and you need to hide it.

Forsaking Truth hits so close to home. My best friend in high school was unashamedly, flamingly out there. I loved him to pieces and still do. Years later we are still friends though now separated by the span of our country. I remember being there, holding him as he cried or recovered from being beaten up just for being who he is. Forsaking Truth brought back those days to mind.

Forsaking Truth shows love, whether between a man and woman or a man and a man, love is the core. It is not bound by gender or beliefs and comes when you do not expect it or look for it. In Luke's case it came with something he considered taboo and shameful. For Tristan and Luke it eventually brings regret and heartache.

Love, somehow, will find a way. 

Forsaking Truth is not to be missed. Lydia Michaels once again pulls at my heart strings, wringing out emotions as I read. I have yet to read one of her books that doesn't make me smile and make me cry. A gifted story teller she brings her characters to life by digging your emotions out and exposing them for everyone to see.

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