My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: March 26th, 2015
Publisher: Via Star Wings Publishing
Point of View: Third Person ( Llewellyn and Shane)
Genres & Themes: MM Romance, Contemporary, Healing/Comfort, LGBTQ,
Life isn’t always fair, and that’s something that Llewellyn Gardner knows about first hand. His life was on the fast track until one night of extreme passion changed everything. Now eight years later, he’s still living with the aftershocks of that night. Everywhere he turns or runs, there’s another reminder. What the hell do you do when you try to drown your demons only to find out they can swim?
Shane Smith, Jr. owner of Smith Construction, could see the emotional turmoil within his new employee — it’s why he hired him. There was something about the gorgeous, misunderstood man with the overly expressive eyes that came to their small town with a past no one was willing to overlook. Shane could see the good in Llewellyn, and those eyes of his were a clear window to his soul. Shane wasn’t going to let the man live a future of solitude because his past had been plagued with deceit.
Llewellyn wasn’t sure what to think about Shane. After years of protecting himself from being tricked twice, he was now faced with worry again. What would happen to him if Shane didn’t believe his truth, and walked away? Llewellyn wasn’t sure he’d be able to survive being left alone. Again.
Blurb Written by: Crystal Marie of Crystal’s Many Reviewers
Deceit: the action or deceiving of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth.
A dishonest act or statement.
Deceitful disposition or character.
Ouch. That’s the split second reaction from the first portion of the book, and then it was rage. Not a mild rage, but a crackling fire, a fire that takes everything in its path. The more I read, the more time passed, the more I grew angry and I was just wrecked. Completely devastated.
Llewellyn’s life is defined by deceit, changing his life and him forever. A person can’t go through what he did and come out unscathed, but there’s a possibility that it won’t break you. And it didn’t break Llewellyn, alongside his brother, Leslie, a great landlady, and an equally marvelous man, Shane, he fought for his life.
When something happens, be it good or bad, you hope that there will be people on the sidelines that will support you. Llewellyn didn’t have that, excluding his brother, there wasn’t one person who defended him. Not his friends, classmates, teachers, people who knew him and that does a great deal to a person. Emotionally, psychologically. The beginning of Defined by deceit isn’t an easy read, you get to read the psychological aspects of being called something so much that, although you know isn’t true, you start to believe it.
The town turns against him, and I can’t fault them for that because given the circumstances it doesn’t bode well for Llewellyn, but the fact that not one person believed him is horrible. There’s only one option at that point for Llewel, and Serena words it perfectly:
Despite everything that happens to him, he struggles to keep going, to not let it keep him down and beaten. He doesn’t want hate to consume him, to define who he is, but he accepts that you can be angry and rage because it’s a part of healing.
Now you’re probably wondering if there’s such a thing as a happy ending right? Read to find out, then. Just kidding! I’m not that evil. So, I’ll introduce you to rainbows and sunshine Shane, lovelies. I’m happy that he came into Llewel’s life, that he could make him laugh and smile, and live again. That he showed him that dreams can and do come true.
I also have to think lovely man Ace, who seriously intrigued me, and I’m hoping for his story. For Ms. Pat who could recognize him for the amazing man Llewellyn was, and for loving his beautiful name. For Leslie, who got traumatize that one time when Llewel and Shane forgot he was there, and for anyone who loved Llewel.
Final words: Read it! Also, I want Ace’s story!
And Moss, I hate you. Will never forgive you.
I’m going to go cry one last time.