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.