Title: Just What the Truth Is
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Alexander Collins
Series: Home #5
Heroes: Ben Forman/Micah Trains
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 19 Minutes
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: October 23, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Audible
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 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.
Review – Book: We met Ben earlier. He’s Noah’s big brother and Clark’s ex-roommate. He was always giving Noah a hard time for ruining Clark’s life by “seducing him to the gay side”. Now we see why. Ben has been harboring “gay” feelings for most of his life, including a crush on Clark. He hides it though, trying to be the best son he can be and denying that aspect of himself by dating women. He can’t make a relationship with a woman work (for obvious reasons) so he’s lonely and frustrated and constantly stressed.
When Micah comes to the office where Ben works, he’s immediately caught off guard by how attracted he is to Micah. Micah’s gaydar works great and he assumes not only that Ben is gay, but that he’s out and available.
Seemingly without his control, Ben begins to date Micah! When his brain catches up to his body, Ben says the wrong things and hurts Micah. It’s only by being honest with himself and his family that Ben can have what he wants: Micah in his life for good.
God. Ya gotta love Ben. He’s tried so hard to be “good” and deny himself, but Micah is just too much temptation. He hits all Ben’s buttons in a good way and luckily Ben is smart enough to act on it.
I loved how tender Micah was with Ben. He was such a bad ass lawyer but so sweet and caring with Ben. It was a lovely juxtaposition.
Seeing Noah and all the others again was great, and I especially loved brunch! Eli is a hoot! Micah’s family cracked me up and I enjoyed meeting them.
The smexy times are off the charts hot and the feels are too.
I have loved every book in this series and though it’s better to read them all and in order, you don’t need to.
Review – Audio: Though I enjoyed the original audiobook as narrated by Paul Morey, in this narration, Alexander Collins (who you’ll recognize from the narrations of Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series) adds some wonderful elements. He does great things for adding depth and distance – so when someone talks in a hallway it sounds like that, or on the phone, or muffled or in another room – all those things that make you feel like you are “living” the story rather than just listening to it. He’s really great with the emotions and though he doesn’t do much to differentiate the MCs voices, I had no trouble knowing who was speaking.
(We get the added bonus scene (after the supreme court ruling) narrated here too for the first time and it’s awesome!)
I highly recommend this book, the series and this narration.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*