Saturday, May 26, 2012

Truth and Beauty

Title: Truth and Beauty
Author: Cassidy Ryan
Publisher: Total E Bound Books
Publisher’s URL:
ISBN/BIN:  9780857159489
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Alex hoped that helping people in Africa would help him getting over the feelings he has for his best friend.  The only thing Alex ended up doing, however, was becoming a hostage for a group of rebels.  After being freed, Alex heads home, where he once again runs into Damian. 

Truth and Beauty by Cassidy Ryan is a very interesting story that is sure to hold your interest.  The characters are interesting and total opposites.   Alex comes from a loving family.  While not exactly poor, his family has always worked hard for what they have.  Damian, on the other hand, comes from a very rich family and while they have more money than they can ever spend, the family lacks the closeness that Alex’s family has.  Not only do the men come from different backgrounds, but their personalities are polar opposites.  As I read this story, I wondered how the author planned on bringing the two men together.  While Alex has had feelings for Damian from the beginning, Damian has always been straight and a bit of a player.  Watching as Damian starts to realize that the feelings he has for Alex are changing, or to be more precise, becoming clearer to him for the first time was great.  While I thought there should have been more uncertainty between the two men as their relationship evolved, I also liked that the author did not drag it out forever.   

Truth and Beauty also has some wonderful secondary characters that play strong roles in the men’s story.  There are some surprising turns in Truth and Beauty and while I was not surprised by Damian’s father’s behavior, I wish he could have been dealt with more strongly. 

This will not be the last story I read by this author and think fans of M/M stories should give this story a look-see.

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