Edited by Tina Adamski
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
300 pages. Release date: March 27
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.
“You know the sheriff was talking about me right?” Llew’s voice was so deep and gruff, probably due in part to the nervousness that had overtaken him, but most of it was just the man’s timbre. It made Shane pause.
Shane had to clear his own throat. “Yes, Llewellyn.”
Finally, Llew looked in his eyes. “You can call me Llew.”
“Is that what everyone else calls you?” Shane smiled.
“Well I have to do something that sets me apart from the rest.” Shane shrugged. “So, where you staying, Llewell?”
He thought he saw a faint smile on Llew’s face, but the alley was dark. He hoped he could get Llewellyn to trust him; he was going to need a friend.
“I’m staying at Ms. Pat’s. I rent a room there. At least I did,” Llew said sadly.
“Come on, let’s go.” Shane nodded his head towards the entrance of the alley, and Llew fell in step with him. He loved how tall Llew was beside him. Shane was just a little over six feet but Llew had to be six four or six five. He could climb this man like the strong oak tree that he was. “So, you like the room?”
“Um. Yeah. It’s real nice. Why?” Llew looked down at him, and Shane’s stomach did that fluttering thing that happened whenever that intense gaze was on him.
“Well, I built it so I was just wondering,” Shane said, teasingly.
“You do good work, Shane.”
Shane wanted to stop right where they were and breakdance on the sidewalk. He loved the way his name sounded in that deep tone. He could listen to Llew talk all day and night… especially at night. “Thank you,” he whispered.
5 stars: by Lily
A.E. Via is one of those writers who knows how to weave an intense tale and that is exactly what she did with her story “Defined By Deceit.” I was gutted by what happened to Llew in his teen years and how he quickly had to learn to survive through what life had thrown at him.
Ms Via created some unforgettable characters in her story with some being just plain awful to each other, some weak and of course, some beautiful people entering into Llew’s life. Because of these diverse characters, as well as a gripping plot, her story remained engaging and very emotional all the way through… I must say, chapter 2 left me sobbing quietly.
The story feels very realistic and Llew’s responses to his life events is painfully real to the point I felt like I was beside Llew, going through his traumas, hopes, dreams and hurt. This is not a depressing story as such because as a reader I was in Llew’s journey of recovery and then, my goodness….the sizzling scenes are pure sensuality and emotion.
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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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