TRUTHFUL CHANGE by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow
Truthful Change by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow
Erotic M/M Contemporary
Reviewed by Nannette
Karl Blake’s new gardener Adam Marshall is a temptation Karl can’t resist. Adam’s interest in him is obvious as well. But Adam has a job to do and weeding the garden isn’t the only one. Adam is really Aiden, working undercover. Aiden was willing to do whatever it took to get the job done, but he had no idea how tangled up his feelings would get. When Karl and Aiden are forced to team up, things get dangerous. Will they survive to see what’s between them?
It’s hard for me to like a character who cheats, so the fact that I was able to not just get over it, but end up loving Aiden is a testimony to how good the story and characterization in Truthful Change are. Aiden deceives Scott, Karl, and himself. At first, I wanted to hate him for it, except his actions have merit, and Karl is not just a hook up. Plus, Scott has secrets of his own. The story is less about Aiden cheating and more about him finding himself, though. The process he has to go through to find the perfect man for him is very erotic and meaningful. Karl’s personality, Aiden’s plight, the hot rough sex, and the mission they have to accomplish, intensify with every page. Karl says what he means, and he means what he says. There are no pretences with him. It’s his best and worst quality, and it’s that hard-edged bluntness that I found so endearing. Aiden takes responsibility for his actions – good, bad, or indifferent, and I respect him for that. He’s a good guy who got stuck between the occasional rock and hard place. The sex in Truthful Change is an integral part of the story and not just because it’s plentiful and hot. It helps express the complicated dynamics of who Karl and Aiden are and what makes them tick. It’s very well written plus packed with emotion. Truthful Change is an excellent and expertly penned story.