Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Private Truths
AUTHOR: C.B. Lewis
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 264 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 2nd, 2016
For two role models with their reputations on the line, privacy might be a luxury they can’t afford, and love might be impossible.
After returning from service, Army veteran Jack McCall fought his way back from addiction and joined a charity supporting homeless veterans in London, where he became an inspiration to others. He approaches Edward Marsden, Viscount Routhsley, a known playboy and philanthropist, about sponsorship for his charity. To his surprise, Edward isn’t the shallow pleasure-seeker everyone assumes, and he and Edward share many interests. Little by little, they are drawn together in spite of the different worlds they come from.
But for two men in the public eye, happiness won’t be so easily achieved. Edward fears coming out as gay will shift attention from his charity work, and Jack worries his relationship with the aristocrat will undermine the integrity of his foundation. They come under intense scrutiny, leading to an inevitable clash between Jack and the press who won’t stop harassing them. As what they’ve built comes crashing down, Jack and Edward must make a choice: continue presenting the facade the public expects, or expose the private truths in their hearts so they can be together.
This story was way more emotional than I initially thought. My first book by this author and it was a definite success. I really liked this one. Very British, wonderful and sweet but this story is not all fluff. It gets deep rather quick but it really just helped the character development and my attachment to the story. Definite win.
After a successful military career Jack has spent his time helping veterans try to get back on their feet after their service. Knowing what it’s like being a civilian again Jack knows how difficult the road can be. In order to ensure the success of a charity he’s worked at for years Jack knows they need help with funding.
Edward Marsden, an affluent philanthropist lives his life in the spotlight. And while he enjoys it he doesn’t like the aggressive paparazzi and their scheming ways, but knows it comes with the territory.
Jack and Edward meet at a charity event and the attraction is almost immediate and they find themselves working together to build Jack’s charity.
Both men are not officially out and they work to keep their rocky relationship just between them. Circumstances arise that thrust Jack in the spotlight which causes Jack and Edward to cling to each other.
Like I mentioned this story was a lot deeper than I thought it would be. There are underlining issues with depression and PTSD that are touched upon.
Jack and Edward are quite beautiful together. Things move fast between them but it really didn’t seem rushed to me. You could tell there were pretty strong emotions at play and it just cemented their feelings.
I also really enjoyed the side characters. Edward and Jack’s support system was amazing and it just gave you that warm gooey feeling knowing how many people supported them.
Really enjoyed this story and the writing style, fantastic book…RECOMMEND!