Title: DEFINED BY DECEIT
M/M GAY ROMANCE CONTEMPORARY
Edited by: Tina Adamski
Cover Art by: Jay Aheer
Release Date: March 27, 2015
GMR 5 STAR REVIEW
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.
Shane Smith who owns Smith Construction saw the emotional state his newest employee was in and this was why he was hired as he saw through Llew's pain. Shane saw the beautiful heart in his new hire and wanted to save him and help him avoid living a GMR 5 STAR REVIEW!!!
Llewellyn Gardner knows all to well that life isn't always fair. His life was going great until one fateful night of passion halted his future. After 8 years he's still dealing with what happened that night and everywhere he turns has huge reminders.
Shane Smith who owns Smith Construction saw the emotional state his newest employee was in and this was why he was hired as he saw through Llew's pain. Shane saw the beautiful heart in his new hire and wanted to save him and help him avoid living a lonely life due to his past. Can Llew take a chance on love and trust Shane or will the past repeat itself?
Wow A.E. Via did it again, she completely blew my mind with her latest novel and this one left me emotionally raw. It starts off with Llew being arrested and sent to prison for the rape of his underage closeted boyfriend after being caught together in a very compromising scene by his boyfriends parents. Then in prison for 8 years and being labelled a child molester even though his boyfriend was 17 and he was 18 was something he never thought he would make it through. If it wasn't for a gang leader named Ace who took care of Llew, he possibly wouldn't have made it through this horrible ordeal without his help. After his release he moves away for a new start and that's when he meets the beautiful and compassionate Shane. Their hot and steamy connection is so undeniably beautifully written and it will draw you in big time.
I can't describe enough how much this story affected me and the character of Llew and what he endured, just made me want to protect him. He's a beautiful man with a beautiful heart and soul and is so damaged from his past that it will completely break your heart. I loved that Ace came back into the story as I loved that guy and he's a great addition to the book. Moss does come back to create some drama for Llew as he's trying to start over with Shane and to leave his past behind him if that's at all possible.
The way A.E. Via brings her characters to life is just simply brilliant and how she comes up with these emotionally charged characters is quite amazing. There are some heavy emotional moments in this story that will move you beyond the tears. The hot and I mean hot sex scenes were some of the best I have ever read. Llew is the beautiful alpha and he blends so well with Shane. I just loved the writing from A.E. and I think she has even topped herself with her latest work. The way she creates such emotional characters is so beautifully done. I highly and mean highly recommend...Defined By Deceit by A.E. Via to EVERYONE!!!!!
“Jessie, did anyone come by today applying for a job?” Shane asked, bursting through the trailer door. He had one ear trained on her response while the other was tilted towards his hand-held radio, listening to his foreman’s directions to where he’d stashed the architect’s blueprints.
“Yes. Three people actually. One man and two women. I know you were hoping for more, but give it some time. We’ve only had the ad up for a couple days.” Jessie swiveled around in her chair and dug out three manila files from one of her many file cabinets. The woman was a stickler about leaving items in their assigned place. She was meticulous, and her organization skills bordered on OCD. No one dared mess with her side of the trailer. Shane’s
desk; however, had a nonexistent system. His motto was to ask someone else where something was.
“What was the guy’s name who applied?” Shane tried to sound nonchalant as he pushed aside numerous papers on his drafting table.
“Um. Llewellyn Garden… no… Gardner,” Jessie said, flipping through the application. “I flagged this one.”
“Hire him,” Shane said, hurrying back to the door, trying to hide his excitement at the possibility of seeing Llewellyn in worn jeans riding low from the weight of a tool belt hanging on his strong hips.
“Shane Jr. there’s something you should know about that applicant. I had him flagged for no hire. I mean, he has good experience and references checked out but—”
“Sounds good. Call him today before he accepts a job someplace else,” Shane said, cutting off whatever else his office manager was going to say. He was half out the door, his arms weighed down with rolls of paper. Jack was radioing him; barking about the hold up on the blue prints. “I gotta go Jess. Just call him, now.”
“Shane, there’s something you don’t know about Mr. Gard—”
Shane let the trailer door slam behind him. Jessie could go on and on about the smallest things sometimes. Not everyone was so attentive to detail. Llewellyn probably had bad handwriting and Jessie deemed him as a no hire. As long as the man worked hard and showed up every day, Shane could use him.
A.E. Via is still a fairly new author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.
While this is only her seventh novel, she has plenty more to come. So stalk her – she loves that - because the male on male action is just heating up!
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