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Truth & Betrayal

Narrated by: John Solo
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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All the light went out of Jake’s life when his older brother Caleb died in a traffic accident. Getting through the aftermath was always going to be the hardest thing he’d ever done, but finding out that the tall stranger at the graveside was the one driving the car? At least Jake now has a target for all the rage inside him. Because the man responsible for stealing Caleb’s light from the world has no right to intrude on their grief.

Liam had known deep down that it was a mistake to go to Tennessee, but he’d hoped saying good-bye to Caleb would ease the pain inside him. The hostile reception from Caleb’s family and friends comes as no surprise, and Liam flees before things get ugly. They obviously know nothing of Caleb’s life in Atlanta, and maybe it’s better that way. Caleb’s secrets can die with him.

When Jake turns up at Caleb’s apartment to collect his brother’s possessions, what he discovers is the first shock in what is to be a series of revelations, turning Jake’s world upside down. New knowledge brings fresh pain and anguish.

Jake isn’t the only one who’s hurting....

©2018 K.C. Wells (P)2018 K.C. Wells

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Jake and Liam

Jake works on his parents farm, he finds out his brother has been killed in a car accident, and is grief stricken. When a black man turns up at the funeral he realises he was driving his brothers car at the time of the accident and asks him to leave. When he goes to pick up his brother's belongings he finds out Liam was his flatmate until he opens his computer to find out they were lovers. Jake and Liam strike up a friendship which turns into a relationship. Loved the book and John Solo did an exceptional job at narrating

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as good as the ebook

The story is always 4 or 5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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So good

While I've read and listened to other books by KC Wells. I hadn't listened to John Solo yet. What a mistake that turned out to be. His narration was spot on and he brought Liam and Jake to life perfectly. This is such an emotional story with all the feels and more. This is going to be a book I'll listen to over and over again. Well done KC and John.

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  • wild_orchid
  • 24-01-19

Such a powerful story.

The gut wrenching feels in this book were delivered straight to my heart. I’d previously read this book, but John Solo brought it to life. The loss, the exploration, the love. This book makes me feel like “I’ve lived a thousand lives”. It was just so REAL, and felt so important. It has given me audio hangover for sure.

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  • hussfan
  • 12-01-19

I really enjoyed this beautiful story

Truth and Betrayal is a beautiful story of love, secrets, bravery and bigotry. I admit I cried few times while listening to this story. Throughout the book there are some very heart-wrenching scenes written so well and narrated so beautifully that I was feeling Jake's pain and couldn't help it. I loved Jake and Liam, they are both strong and amazing characters, and I enjoyed following their relationship growing from strangers to falling in love. Narrator did a great job, I loved his voice for Jake and for Liam as well as for every other character in the book. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy love stories with hardship, some angst and HEA.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 12-01-19

Beautiful!!

This book is definitely one if my favorite book from K.C. Wells. So to have John Solo doing the narration if this story was just perfection! This is a long audio but I loved every minute of it. John just brings these characters to life that makes me fall in love with all over again!

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  • gruvermom
  • 12-01-19

Fabulous story! Audible 4.25 stars

Audible review...
This was kind of a hard one to review. While I liked the narrator’s voice, occasionally I would get frustrated when Mr Solo would enunciate his words (in this case, he’d pronounce some words “properly” instead of casually as the average person would). I got used to it though.


Book review as posted on Amazon/Goodreads...
4.25-4.5 stars

This book was sooo beautiful! The feels... OH THE FEELS!!! While I love a good fluffy romance, I also love the stories that show heartache, anger, shock, desire, and yes, even some of the hate that still exists in the world.

I am a huge fan of KC's work. I think she has a way with words and a flair for storytelling. Her stories are well thought out and most of them are thought provoking and open my eyes and mind to real issues that still need to be addressed in today's society. This beautiful story reminded me that there are still small-minded people out there who think that the color of a person's skin or their sexual orientation should matter when it comes to someone else's relationship.

I was very glad that Ms Wells didn’t just gloss over the feelings and actions of the side characters. While some of them I did not like, others surprised me. This book has quickly become a favorite of mine. Thank you KC

*****

POV... third person

Did it give you a hangover... slight

Standalone or series... standalone

Would you recommend it... YES

Would you read it again... YES

MCs: Jake Greenwood & Liam Miller

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  • Cat
  • 30-05-20

beautiful Story of loss and love

Jake is stuck in a town that has lots of prejudice. the only person he can talk t is miles away and hasn't been coming around. then one day he receives the devastating news that his brother was killed in a bad car wreck. He is sent to collect his rother's things to find his brother had more than one secret he was hiding.
Jake has to deal with his feelings and then meets Liam and finds out he is part of a deeper secret of his brother.
This was such a beautifully written heart-wrenching story. A lot is going on as we watch Jake grow up and grow into his sexuality. It is a story of love, hurt/comfort, firsts, and interracial romance
John Solo takes this story to an another level with his soft voice and the way he inflicts all the excitement. I highly recommend the audio if you can get it.

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  • Domanasha
  • 26-12-19

Not my cup of tea but I really enjoyed it

it's an out-of-the-box relationship me personally I find it cringy to date someone or be with someone that someone in my family has been with my direct family at that.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 24-06-19

Why did I wait so long to listen to this?

It's been awhile since I've read a book by K.C. Wells (shame on me) and I've only recently discovered audiobooks by John Solo (love them) so when I got the opportunity for a complimentary copy of their recently released audiobook, Pride & Protection, I jumped at the chance. What you say? this is a review for Truth & Betrayal! Why yes, yes it is. 😊

Since Pride & Protection is the second book in the Southern Boys series, I really wanted to read book one first. I already had a copy of the ebook but decided to add the audiobook to my collection, too and I'm so glad I did.

Once again, John Solo has given a fantastic performance. I know I would have liked the story if I just read it but hearing John perform it really brought it to life for me. The audio book is nearly 13 hours long and I listened to it almost in just one session. I had to stop for a few hours to attend a previous commitment but I jumped right back in as soon as I could.

The blurb for the book tells you the basics of the story so I'm going to tell you why I loved it so much. You can guess from the blurb what is going to happen so it's not a spoiler to tell you that Liam and Jake end up in a relationship. How they get to that point is the guts of this book.

The things they go through would make you think there is no chance they will end up together. From Jake being resentful that Liam dares to show up at his brother's funeral, to his surprise at finding out his brother hadn't confided in him – it all points to there being no way for them to ever get together.

The story takes place primarily in Tennessee and North Carolina – not exactly known for being gay friendly – and the small town where Jake lives isn't exactly welcoming to people of color either. Jake's parents are old school and getting them to accept that Jake and Liam are together is no small task.

This is really getting to be too long so I'm just going to close with this: If you love a good angsty story, with one very accepting family (the other not so much), lots of hot, sweaty, sexy time and a nice HEA, you should love Truth & Betrayal. OK, one more thing… there are great secondary characters and one, in particular, is the MC in the next book, Pride & Protection. I can't wait to listen to another great performance by John Solo.

***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 10-02-19

A tough but worthy listen

When I heard about this book, I was intrigued. There has been a lot of debate whether covers with People of Color can sell as well as covers with Caucasians or just a generic design. Since KC Wells’ covers all have men on them, I was thrilled she took the risk to bring both Jake and Liam to life on the cover. I have no idea about sales, but I know a great book when I read one. I had hoped it would come out on audio so I was thrilled when that happened. I was even more pleased when I saw it was John Solo who would be narrating. This is a very long audio for the genre and at times it felt like the pace slowed but that worked given the subject material.

And that material was deep. Losing a family member is tough, but losing a beloved brother while you’re even younger is beyond rough. Jake still can’t get over the fact his brother Caleb is dead, let alone the horrific manner of the death. The police have assured him it was an accident, but his desire for revenge is strong. His manner of coping is difficult to watch as it takes a really long time for the family to finally bury Caleb. The strange man showing up at the burial snaps Jake out of his grief for a moment and into the realm of rage. In the weeks that follow, that rage simmers down and a bleakness settles in.

Finally deciding they’ve kept their heads in the sand long enough, Jake’s parents send him to Atlanta to retrieve Caleb’s belongings and then Jake really gets a shock. It turns out that Jake never really knew Caleb at all and his discovery of his brother’s secret life brings fresh waves of pain.

I don’t want to give too much away because I went into the book not even having read the cover. I knew race would play an issue and suspected homophobia would as well. I wasn’t wrong but that didn’t make it any easier to watch the story unfold.

I consider myself progressive and liberal-minded. I’ve been accused of being intolerant of people with other views. In other words, I don’t have much patience for racists, bigots, and homophobes. Is this a bad thing? To be accused of not being patient with people who aren’t open and understanding? I didn’t think so, but I’ve come to see that the way to change the hearts and minds of the intolerant is to talk to them. If they can’t see the error of their ways, that’s fine. But to write them off so summarily without giving them a chance? Well, that’s a path that is often taken but perhaps is just a bit too easy.

I recommend this book because, aside from the deep emotions of the surface issues, there is a level of pain that is only felt when someone so young is lost so violently. Jake has to deal with his grief, his family’s beliefs, and his growing feelings for the man he believes responsible for his beloved brother’s death.

The story is very much a slow burn. The first twelve chapters are all in Jake’s point of view and I wondered if the entire story was going to be that way. Once Liam’s voice came in, though, I was thrilled. Because his story is just as compelling, his grief just as raw.

Which leads me back to the question – do we ever truly know a person? Can we know what’s in their hearts, their minds, and their souls? We often, with some hubris, believe we do. This brilliantly written book reminds us that even the tightest of relationships have to let in some light, some space between the lovers. It is also a story of redemption on so many levels. Can we atone for things in our pasts and move forward with only love in our hearts? It’s a question this book attempts to answer and does a fine job.

John Solo handles the southern accents quite well. Deep enough to get the timbre but not so deep as to make the words incomprehensible. A challenge for most narrators, he walked the balance and brought this wonderful story to life. I highly recommend the book. Be prepared to be challenged in the best way possible.

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  • Neta_BER
  • 20-01-19

Emotion filled book

This story has a lot of deep emotions running through it, and I felt like for it's length some of them could have been more developed or handled better.
I really enjoyed the plot line, Jake coming into his own sexuality while discovering his late brother's secrets and helped by his brother's friends. And I also like the time the author took to let him come to these discoveries, and develop the connection he has with Liam. Yet, once they get together it feels a bit like the emotions take a back seat, for heat an romance, and it was slightly unbalanced for me.

The narration was good, and the HEA satisfying.