Book Review: Just What the Truth Is by Cardeno C.

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

1Title: Just What the Truth Is
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Home #5
Heroes: Ben Forman and Micah Trains
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 248 Pages
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: February 7, 2015 (2nd Ed.)
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  People-pleaser Ben Forman has been in the closet so long he has almost convinced himself he is straight, but his denial train gets derailed when hotshot lawyer Micah Trains walks into his life. Micah is brilliant, funny, driven…and he assumes Ben is gay and starts dating him. Finding himself truly happy for the first time, Ben doesn’t have the willpower to resist Micah’s affection.

When his relationship with Micah heats up, Ben realizes he has a problem: his parents won’t tolerate a gay son and self-confident Micah isn’t the type to hide. If Ben wants to maintain his hold on his happiness, he’ll have to decide what’s important and own up to the truth of who he is. The trouble is figuring out just what that truth is.

Just What the Truth Is is set in the Home series where the books are linked by theme or world. They are independent and can be read in any order.


Review: We met Ben, Noah’s homo-phobic brother and friend of Clark, in Home Again. From that story, we learned that Ben may not be as straight as he claims to be.

Today, Ben is working as a lawyer and has the hots for a new, out-and-proud lawyer in his firm, Micah Trains.

Micah’s gaydar pings right away with Ben, and he asks him out to a date right away. Torn between his intense attraction to Micah and his unwillingness to accept his sexuality, Ben accepts the date and a kiss only to rebuff Micah when he wants to take things further.

With a series of “I want him, I can’t be gay, but I want him, no way am I gay, but I want him”, Ben manages to both attract and almost destroy Micah’s interest in him. Finally, after admitting to himself that he is gay, Ben crawls back to Micah to beg his forgiveness for stringing him along and actually comes out to his own homophobic family.

From here out it is mostly smooth sailing. Ben meets Micah’s family, moves in and eventually builds a life with Micah that is forever.


Ben drove me crazy for about half of this book. He was so far in denial and unable to see how much he hurt the people around him with this denial. He was difficult to like as a result. But… he really did manage to turn things around and when he does commit to Micah it’s real and permanent and so very sweet.

I loved the Jewish holiday scenes and the talks with Micah’s Rabbi, Seth. Micah’s family is totally hilarious, and I loved how welcoming they were (even though they were a bit pushy in terms of religion!)

This is ended up being one of my favorite books in the series because of the amazing ending and the way that it felt so complete.

Overall Impression: It was amazing

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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