Secrets and Lies…
Everyone has them. Big ones. Little ones.
For Trevor Mayne and Jamie Vaughn, secrets and lies are how they’ve made their fourteen year friendship work. Don’t talk about it. Ignore it and it won’t be real. Pretend like everything’s fine between the two of them.
Jamie can’t live like this anymore. He’s in love with Trevor, his best friend who just happens to be straight. Tired of hiding his feelings, he decides to walk away. From their friendship. From his hometown. From his business.
But before Jamie gets a chance to leave, a freak accident leaves Trevor with amnesia. A new blank perspective leaves him confused about the inconsistencies of what he’s told his life should be vs. the feelings that he knows he has. Now those secrets and lies, that should be safer than ever, are suddenly front and center and changing everything between them.
Their world is at risk because their secrets and lies aren’t the only ones at play here. There’s a bigger lie out there and it could just destroy everything as they get closer and closer to the secret hidden in depths of the Snowcroft forest.
This was NOT my kind of book.
I had so many issues with this one it is hard to know where to start. First of all, this is an pseudo-GFY/OFY story with a repressed sexuality brought out by amnesia. Following me? It involves a lot of action, a lot of people who are secretly gay, and a surprising amount of angst/abuse content. Now, while I think there was a lot of potential there, this story was waaaayy too soap opera-ish for me.
Let's talk about my problems, shall we?
1) Miscommunications: One of my number one pet peeves rears its ugly head! Jamie and Trevor have one miscommunication after another. The moment one of them is going to say something significant, something happens to interrupt them or they decide to keep it to themselves. I was SO frustrated with the lack of communication between ALL of the characters in this book, including the side characters!! It was difficult for me to read.
2) Boner-ville: You know those books where the guys have permanent hard-ons and can have sex and orgasm, like, 100 times in a day? This is one of those stories. These guys get hard from EVERYTHING! A glance? Insta-boner. A suggestive word? Rock hard. These guys... it's like jizz-central up in here! I don't know about the kinds of men that you've met, but after the teenage years, I think coming more than 3 times in an hour isn't really happening for most guys.
3) The mystery: While not bad (I didn't know who the bad guy was until the end), the whole way the plot is organized is sort of crazy. It is the type of book where you are shouting at your e-reader, "Open that F-ing box, you moron!" and the MC just puts it down. These guys were their own worst enemies. The mystery is also sort of... frenetic. It reminded me of a Cut & Run plot. Kind of implausible and silly, but sort of made sense. It was just too outlandish for my tastes.
I think that readers who enjoy lots of drama and some action will like this book. I, however, found it a little hard to finish. Oh, it was also clear that this was a spin-off book, and while you don't need the other stories to figure this one out, it would have been nice to know ahead of time.
**Copy provided by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review**
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