Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Jane Reviews: The Truth Between Us by Tammy L. Gray (plus Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

About the Book:

Series: Bentwood # 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: July 12, 2018
252 pages
Nine years to win her. Three years to love her. And one decision that destroyed it all.

April Duncan was raised with three clear truths: the family name is absolute, ambition and success rule over every emotion, and love always comes with strings attached. Image was everything in her carefully crafted world... until the mirror cracked.

Sean Taylor was April's best friend, the one man who taught her it was okay to let her guard down and to rely on someone. She trusted him. She loved him. Which made his deception the darkest kind of cruelty.

Now, nearly a year later, she’s ready to leave her failed engagement in the past and get back her life and her estranged family, even if it means dating a man solely for his connections. She’ll never again choose love over loyalty.

Sean has spent his entire life breaking barriers, facing challenges, and never giving up. Until one impossible choice destroyed his future and left him no option but to flee from the woman who annihilated his heart.

Now he’s back in Bentwood and determined to make her hear the truth and rebuild the trust he shattered. But April has become a mere shell of the woman who claimed his heart long ago.

Winning her back is more than just seizing a victory, because if he fails… the girl he’s loved for a lifetime will disappear forever.

The Truth Between Us is the second book in the Bentwood series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but it is recommended that you begin with book one to get the full experience among this tight group of family and friends.
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My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟    (4 stars)

I highly recommend reading book 1 first. I have not read it and found myself lost for the first quarter of the book until I was able to distinguish between all the different characters and understand a bit of the back story. I think if I had read the first book I would not have struggled so much with this.

This story features a group of friends (known as the Bentwood brats) and one relatively new addition to the group. The closeness between the group has become a bit fractured over the last year. The fracture seemed to have been caused with breakup of Sean and April. How do you choose sides between friends? Sean had left town for a while but now he is back and is determined to fix things with April.

While I liked Sean, I struggled with April and couldn’t understand why Sean was so determined to win her back. The further I got into the story my opinion of April began to shift and rather than not liking her I became furious with the attitude of her parents and Adrian. I then began to understand the unconditional love Sean had for April and why he was determined to fix things with her. I loved that he never gave up on her; he not only wanted to be with her but truly wanted her to be happy. The more time I spent with them the more I became engaged in their story and loved seeing redemption and forgiveness come about.

My favourite character was Caroline, she may be hiding her own secrets but that doesn’t stop her from providing shelter to April when she is needs it. She challenges April at times and tries to share her faith without being too direct that would push April away. I couldn’t help but laugh at the food fight scene between these two, it definitely cut the tension.

Once I connected with the characters I couldn’t put the story down. This is an emotional story filled with a powerful message of discovering yourself, a wonderful example of unconditional love and what trust really means.

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(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author; opinions expressed
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)


Tammy L. Gray Bio
Other Books in the Series:
RITA Award-winning author Tammy L. Gray delivers an unforgettable new series following five struggling friends in search of the true meaning of family through secrets, betrayal and the unexpected influence of an outsider…

Tyler Mitchell grew up an orphan, taken in by his best friend’s family when he was only sixteen. Even though ten years have passed, and he’s been given everything he should ever want—a loving home, an adoring girlfriend, a successful career, and lifelong friendships—Tyler has always felt a foreigner in his own life.

When a surprising phone call reveals the death of his biological grandfather, Tyler’s seemingly perfect life starts to unravel. The people he loves most in world have kept from him the greatest secret of all—knowledge of his father’s family.

Now hunting for more information about his past, Tyler discovers nothing is quite as it seems. And the definition of family is far more complicated than choosing between blood and loyalty.

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