Title : Defined by Deceit Word Count : 104,200
Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance
Blurb :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.
My Review : One of the hardest thing to live through is the betrayal of a loved one. Llewellyn experiences this first hand when his boyfriend cries rape after they are discovered in flagrante delicto by the boy’s father. Llewellyn ends up doing 8 years for aggravated sexual assault, due to the love taps and love bites that have left sinister marks on his boyfriend Moss’ body. Moss takes the cowards way out, rather than admitting to his father that he is gay. He sends an innocent man to prison and ruins his life. Llew survives 8 yrs of hell with the help of unexpected friends.
Llew’s trials and tribulations are far from over even after he gets out. He trades one small town for another, but that doesn’t stop the gossiping and the judgements by small minded people who sees him as a child molester,because Moss was 17 and he was 18 at the time he was accused. With the help of a few nice people Llew is able to secure a room and access gainful employment with a construction crew ran by the sexy Shane Smith Jr. Shane gives Llew the benefit of the doubt and judges him off his own merits. It also helps that he finds the big sexy Llew attractive.
Shane truly gives Llew a fighting chance. He gives him all the support and love that Llew has only ever gotten from his brother. Shane believes in Llew and his actions prove it. They have an unbelievable love connection and their sexual chemistry is off the chain. Shane shows Llew what it is like to love a real man and how when that love is returned, how it fixes the fissures in our soul. Llew feels safe enough with Shane to unleash his dominant sexual side. They are a match made in heaven, because as submissive as Shane can be to Llew’s dominance, he can also switch it up and take the lead. Their love is forged on their support and belief in each other. It takes strength to stand up for someone who everyone has all but turned their backs on. This was a truly wonderful love story that’s shows us how love can conquer adversity. I give this my ratings of 5 – bring out the vibrators.