Sunday, June 13, 2010

Truthful Change


Title: Truthful Change
Authors: Jane Davitt & Alexa Snow
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60737-597-5
Genre: [M/M] Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Mercenary Karl Blake’s world changed a few months ago when he took a bullet to the thigh. He’s gone from a life filled with rescuing kidnapped diplomats, killing bad guys, absconding with stolen treasures to fund his bank account and doing dirty jobs for the government to spending his time lounging around his new in-ground pool. If there’s one thing he’s discovered, it’s overtaxing his leg hurts more than he likes to let on and he’s really bored sitting around without anything constructive to do. He finds himself unexpectedly attracted to Adam, the shy young man recently hired to do the landscape maintenance on his property. What Karl doesn’t know is that Adam has secrets of his own and when the truth comes to light, the betrayal and mistrust could destroy what they’re trying to build together. The question is whether they can see past the hurt to the future ahead of them.

Truthful Change is the latest release by authors Jane Davitt & Alexa Snow. It’s a well written and plotted tale of what happens when an FBI investigation becomes personal and a dedicated agent loses himself in a world that fits his sexual preference better than the one he’s involved in.

I was truly puzzled at the beginning of this story due to the prologue and the first chapter not having a readily-seen connection to each other. Yes, the Aiden of the first chapter had to be the Adam of the second, but there wasn’t anything happening to tie them together, which distracted me. After reading further, I realized what the authors were trying to do but for me, their plot device only caused confusion.

The authors did a good job with the characterizations of both men but as far as I’m concerned, Karl is the gem of this story. He’s rough, proud, bossy, determined, confident and straightforward, all rolled into one sexy package and despite being a paid killer, I liked him from the start. I can’t say the same for Aiden and I guess it stems from his inability to keep his pants on when Karl’s around. This wouldn’t be a problem except for the little fact that he already has a partner he lives with and he’s cheating, without giving the reader any sense of what’s wrong with the relationships he’s in. Yes, I know I’m revealing a big spoiler, but some readers might find this aspect of the story bothersome and distasteful and they deserve to know this particular feature.

Don’t let what I said above dissuade you from reading this suspense, because I did enjoy it. It’s a good FBI undercover story with a little BDSM kink thrown in. Yes, Adam and Karl start a sexual relationship immediately, but neither can deny that their attraction goes deeper than physical, either. After an injury that lands Adam in the ER where Karl learns his true identity, the action and tension picks up speed bringing the lovers into greater conflict. Davitt & Snow did an equally nice job interjecting secondary characters at just the right point to move the plot along, instead of bogging it down. I particularly enjoyed Karl’s right-hand woman, Sophie. She was dedicated, determined, smart and gutsy and unfailingly loyal—and a woman you didn’t want to cross.

If you’re not put off by Adam’s cheating, take a chance on this one, I think you’ll be glad you did.

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