Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Just What the Truth Is by Cardeno C.

Summary courtesy of Goodreads:

Ben Forman has been in the closet so long he’s convinced himself he’s actually straight. But his denial train gets derailed when hotshot lawyer Micah Trains walks into his life. Micah is brilliant, funny, and determined... and he just assumes Ben’s gay and starts dating him. Finding himself truly happy for the first time he can remember, Ben doesn’t have the willpower to resist.

Still, life isn’t all rainbows and happily-ever-afters. Ben loves his family, but his parents have been estranged from his brother, Noah, since he came out of the closet. Ben doesn’t want to lose them, but Micah won’t be his dirty little secret forever. Suddenly Ben’s hold on his happiness and his sense of self seems to be slipping. If he’s going to survive with his heart intact, he’ll have to own up to the truth of what he wants and who he is. The trouble is figuring out just what that truth is.

Ben could easily have fallen into the type of characterization that is so caught up in navel gazing that they don't actually DO anything or even worse takes himself too seriously.  Ben is funny, crazy, stupid, and so in denial that he could have been a parody of himself.  The fact that he doesn't even in a book written in first person POV is almost a miracle.  Watching Ben fight through all his conflicted feelings could have been an exercise in extreme frustration, but somehow isn't.  That's the mark of a great story.  When it could have been and maybe should have been crazy making but totally wasn't.

Definitely an author that I will be looking for in the future.

ARC provided by Dreamspinner Press via NetGalley

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