Secrets & Lies, Nicky James
Rating: 4 Stars
Publisher: Self Published
Tags: Gay Taboo Romance, Warning tag spelt out below
Length: 259 Pages
Purchase At: amazon
I didn’t want him there, and a small part of me loathed his very existence.
But then something changed.
Overnight, he became everything to me.
I loved him. I cherished him. He was mine. But they took him from me. They tore him from my life with such cruelty, my heart wept.
My soul cried.
For years I went without him.
Until… He was back. And everything had changed. Our bond was deeper. Our needs greater. He was my addiction.
But it was dangerous. Too dangerous to hold on to. Too dangerous to keep. Loving him like this wasn’t safe.
Loving him… was wrong.
Down to brass tin tacks, this book is made up of some clear parts. The younger years of the main characters, Rhyker at first, then Creed – and when I say young I don’t mean they’re both YA or NA characters at the same time. Then, when appropriate, both POV are on page. There is what I can only describe as the equivalent section of “Teen Mom” land, not my favourite… until it isn’t. The romance, lust, sex is a slow but incendiary burn. That was what I came for the, uh, taboo which is a favourite subgenre or trope of mine. It’s named below, so avert thine eyes if you want to be appropriately surprised and possibly shocked. Depends on your idea of romance and its limits.
I’ve given Secrets & Lies 4 stars because it’s a pretty good damn read. The author can write and gives some oomph to this particular story. Overall, she made the MCs likeable and the story readable. I can’t ask for much more as a reader, if I see another of her books with an interesting blurb I’ll likely be grabbing a copy.
Karen December 5, 2019 at 2:04 pm
Funny you should mention Beyond Complicated, I’m currently rereading it right now 🙂 I know, I blame me too, you used to be innocent once, snort… and lol.
I’d certainly read another book by this author if the blurb grabbed me, so I recommend her for your TBR.
Yeah, definitely, I’m not so fond of teens in my reading, like the whole Teen Mom thing.
If you get a chance, and you’re in the mood, check this out.
Your Pervy Friend 😀
Without giving spoilers in my comment… In my early days of gay romance/erotica I shied away from this particular ‘taboo’ subject. Thankfully, I’ve evolved and have read some pretty damn good ones over the years. I blame you (snort) because of the Mercy Celeste book you had me read forever ago. 😉
The grandmother irked me. She reminded me of my mother in a lot of ways I won’t go into here.
This looks like a really good book, one that would touch on a bunch of emotions. It also sounds hot as hell in a few places. I’m not a fan of the ‘teen mom’ type thing but it sounds like once the story got beyond that it was a good story.
I’ll have to add this to my TBR. I’ve seen the author’s name a few times but I don’t think I’ve read anything by them.
Great review, Karen.