Truthful Change by Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow
Publisher: Loose Id
Length: Full Length (200 pgs)
Other: M/M, BDSM, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by: Cactus
Karl Blake's good at a lot of things: killing bad guys, rescuing hostages...and looting priceless diamonds, but when a bullet ends his career as a mercenary he discovers that he's really bad at living in a huge house with nothing to do. A shy, oddly sexy gardener with an unexpected liking for rough sex seems just what the doctor ordered for his boredom. But Adam's got secrets that make Karl's seem mundane, and if the two of them are going to find a future together, there's a lot more to deal with than dandelions in the lawn.
With the past and the present combining to push them apart, betrayal, hurt, and mistrust around every corner, the two of them need to focus less on labels and more on what they are to each other.
Because a rose by any other name...
An ex-mercenary and a gardener get caught in the tool shack. Karl is retired from the mercenary business but the FBI is not so convinced. Determined to find the truth, they send an undercover agent in as the gardener meant to seduce Karl for information. Although Aiden has a happy, if not exciting home life with his partner, he can’t help being seduced by the chemistry with Karl. When the seducer turns into the seduced and feelings start to get involved, the complicated cat and mouse game starts to unravel.
This fun and entertaining read is delightful and absorbing. It deals with a lot of issues and packs a ton of action into the space but it’s all dealt with in a light, even manner so this remains a perfect summer afternoon gem. The characters are well developed but Aiden and Karl simply steal the entire book, as they’re meant to. They have incredibly hot, sexy, and every adjective I can think of sex. It’s rough, raw, manly, and even when tender and quiet it has an edge of D/s, but nothing too wild. It’s mostly rough sex that you’ll love and the story is generous to give a lot of it. Thankfully while not only being delicious, the sex scenes help advance the characters and their relationship so you actually learn about the men while enjoying their explosive passion.
While the sex makes the book worth reading, because it’s that great, there are a few caveats that may turn some readers away. The biggest is infidelity, which some romance readers stay away from. Here Aiden cheats on his long time boyfriend, Scott, by getting involved with Karl. It’s initially Aiden’s job to seduce Karl but it becomes more emotional and meaningful. The infidelity is the weakest part of the story and not handled very well. There is a quick resolution about halfway through that kicks Scott out of the story but the prior infidelity may or may not bother you. It bothered me initially but frankly Karl and Aiden are so good together, you can’t help but want them to be together so I forgave this issue, even if I didn’t like it. Another is that the FBI plot feels too last-minute and unimportant when the real eye catching aspects of the book are watching Aiden and Karl fight then fall in love.
Despite the few hiccups, I think Truthful Change is going to score big with readers looking for something easy and hot for summer. If you like your men arrogant but lovable and don’t mind just a taste of kink in their rough sex, this will be a sure hit.