Telling the Truth

Lee Brazil
Telling the Truth
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Breathless Press
Release Date
June 2011
Book 2 of Truth or Dare
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

Terry has lived his life according to the guidelines, by studying accounting, getting an MBA, and working for the family business. And while his work has its own rewards, something has been missing, and his eyes have only just been opened to what--or rather who--that could be.

Terry's brothers have upped the ante in their weekly poker game. A Truth or Dare challenge. Terry can handle any dare his brothers dish out, but the demand for Truth is a different matter. Terry is honor-bound to divulge secrets he's been ashamed to admit even to himself in the privacy of his own bedroom.

Twins Dex and Trick have finally found acceptance for their relationship in the homes of their friends. They'd never do anything to jeopardize that newfound sense of belonging. Fooling around with their friend Mischa Blake's prissy, domineering, oh-so-sexy older brother is risky. A one-night stand might be okay, but they close ranks afterward, pushing Terry aside.

Terry isn't going to back down without a fight. Dex and Trick are meant to be his, and he'll do whatever it takes to make them realize all the safety and protection they need can be found in his arms.

Book Review by DH Starr (author)
Sep 19, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
166 people found the following review helpful
TELLING THE TRUTH by Lee Brazil is the second book I have read by this talented author. I have had the pleasure of getting to know her on Facebook and find her humor and personality to be both winning and dirty…a lovely combination. But her writing is equally admirable. Before I continue, I would like to provide a brief caveat that this book addresses the issue of incest. It's not explicit or overdone, but if the topic is offensive to you, this book may not be for you.

In this story, the second in the series called Truth or Dare, we follow another of the Blake brothers as he comes to terms with himself and with those he loves. Terry is the most conservative of the 4 brothers. He lives life by a more rigid set of rules, always trying to do the right thing and walk the right path. When he spots Trick and Dex, twins who are more than just brothers, he falls hard and fast. What transpires is a series of heartfelt events which challenge this trio as they try to find their own happiness despite the efforts of others to thwart them.

What I loved about this story was how genuine and real the characters were. I'm not one for incest/twincest, but this book doesn't glorify that aspect of the ménage. Instead, it focuses on the need for love and acceptance…something we all want and often can't find. Terry, Trick, and Dex are unique people, characters in their own right, and they develop, grow, and change in believable and emotional ways over the course of the story.

Most stories have a villain or some sort of antagonist that pits themselves against the love interest. In a way, this story didn't have any. Terry's bother, Brandon, the eldest and most controlling, was the one to throw the wrench into the relationship, creating the tension and conflict, but the sensitivity with which Ms. Brazil handled Brandon's guilt once he realized his error, was touching and spoke volumes about the importance of family and acceptance.

The sexual encounters were tempered in comparison to the first book, Keeping House, but I think that was in part to avoid the ick-factor of twincest. Nonetheless, there are several steamy scenes and it is clear that the brothers are as much in love with each other as they are with Terry. That should be a consideration for readers who are offended by such themes.

In finishing the story, I found myself immediately searching out the third in the series. The flow of Ms. Brazil's narrative, the natural way her characters interact, and the authenticity of the emotions makes TELLING THE TRUTH a wonderful read, one I highly recommend.
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