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Defined by Deceit
by A.E. Via
Length: 300 Pages
Genres: Gay (M/M), Contemporary, Romance
Life isn't always fair, and that’s something that Llewellyn Gardner knows about first hand. His life was on the fast track until one night of extreme passion changed everything.
Now eight years later, he’s still living with the aftershocks of that night. Everywhere he turns or runs, there’s another reminder. What the hell do you do when you try to drown your demons only to find out they can swim?
Shane Smith, Jr. owner of Smith Construction, could see the emotional turmoil within his new employee — it’s why he hired him. There was something about the gorgeous, misunderstood man with the overly expressive eyes that came to their small town with a past no one was willing to overlook. Shane could see the good in Llewellyn, and those eyes of his were a clear window to his soul. Shane wasn't going to let the man live a future of solitude because his past had been plagued with deceit.
Llewellyn wasn’t sure what to think about Shane. After years of protecting himself from being tricked twice, he was now faced with worry again. What would happen to him if Shane didn’t believe his truth, and walked away? Llewellyn wasn’t sure he’d be able to survive being left alone. Again.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved how much I hated this book. I know that may sound strange, but let me explain why. DEFINED BY DECEIT had such a dramatically emotional impact on me that I reacted to it on a purely visceral level. I ached when Llew was hurting, I felt wept over the soul deep pull that Shane experienced. My heart glowed along with Ms. Pat's mothering and cheered as Leslie stood by his brother when no one else did.
A.E. Via brings to the foreground questions that have been debated for years. How deep is the impact individuals have upon their human nature? Are we a product of our experiences, both good and bad? Is who we become inevitable or is individual humanity consciously developed, based upon how we choose to respond to the things that are out of our control?
Llew's story doesn't answer these questions, but it made me think about the tough topics that are easy to gloss over and avoid. What is the impact that I have on others? My choices, actions and reactions are only a small ripple in the great pond of life. When I do nothing or look the other way, who am I hurting? When I offer a smile and a helping had to a stranger, is it a catalyst for their future responses?
DEFINED BY DECEIT is a beautifully written and captivating story. An absolute a must read for fans of passion, drama, hurt, healing and romance. Maybe I'm over thinking things. In fact, the majority of readers are unlikely to contemplate any of the questions I asked myself, but I wonder.... what kind of an impact will it have on you?
A.E. Via is still a fairly new author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.
While this is only her seventh novel, she has plenty more to come. So stalk her – she loves that - because the male on male action is just heating up!
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