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Truth by His Hand

Narrated by: Michael Fell
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

I never thought I’d have a sexual awakening at 34, but, well…here I am: River Burke, novice deviant and master class neurotic mess. With my laundry list of control issues, submission doesn’t exactly come naturally, but I figure if I can find the right person—someone big, buff, and crazy intimidating—maybe I can learn to let go.

And then in walks Ellison Fitch.

He’s not at all what I thought I was looking for, but with his piercing eyes, his too-personal questions, and his brilliant mind, he’s under my skin from the moment we meet. He makes me squirm in all the best ways with nothing but a look and a word, and I can see he loves that as much as I do. I thought I wanted someone to push me around, but it turns out I want someone to take me apart.

While Ellison systematically dismantles every one of my barriers, I can’t help but wonder if he’ll ever drop his for me. Does he even want to let me in, or am I too lost, too broken to fill his needs the way he fills mine? I have to know, because now that I’ve had a taste of submission at his hand, I can’t stop thinking about how good it felt to be on my knees for him.

Let’s be honest here: I’m going to let this man break me into pieces. I only hope he’ll be there to put me back together again.

Truth by His Hand is a 120,000 word contemporary gay romance with strong BDSM themes and many explicit scenes. It’s a standalone novel with a guaranteed happy ending.

©2017 Casey Cameron (P)2017 Casey Cameron

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  • VHB
  • 19-01-18

WOW!

This is so sexy and that voice is hot as sin.
The theme of this book is smart,
sexy, very very hot.
the Short Dom situation is very well done . The OCD character perfect.
It all works to perfection on this audible. Highly recommend it.

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  • t
  • 05-06-19

Great concept, lousy characters

I heard such fantastic ravings about this book that I purchased it. And regretted it. River is a neurotic mess which can be a good thing. In this case? It quickly became annoying. I liked Ellison and had high hopes for them. HOWEVER, it tanked when things went downhill at the scene starting with the sex-positive culture. River's reaction to Ellison scening with someone else felt over the top because one moment he's entranced and the next? Storming into the scene and damaging the current sub's experience. Can you say sub drop?

Not only did River take control in their relationship - talk about topping from the bottom - but he convinced Ellison to do something that horrified me. Ellison had every right to ask for medical tests and River going all 'wah wah wah, don't you trust me" on him? Angered me. Ellison giving in? I lost respect for him.

But also... Mariah. Seriously? I've met people like her in the scene, but very rarely. Most people accept that you don't talk about certain things where others can hear. She doesn't just talk about them, she talks about them loudly. And she pushes River. While he does want what Ellison gives him, she wasn't so much a friend as one of those scene puppies who smiles and thinks "I like it, so so will you." I can't stand dommes like that. They think they're above decent human behavior. And while she pushed River, she never really explained the rules to him, which is how he got into trouble in the first place.

Did not like the characters. Did not like the book. Go spend your credit on a BDSM book that's worth it - The Master Will Appear by L.A. Witt.

And for the narrator? He had no inflection. I couldn't tell the difference between River talking and Ellison talking. That's a big no.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-19

Delightful

Lovely narrator, delightful story! This was like a breath of fresh air. The story was hot as hell, laugh out loud funny and heartwarming. Quite a rare combo.

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  • AAHickman
  • 22-11-19

Gorgeous in almost all respects

4.5 stars that would have been five if not for a single scene of emotional manipulation that was so out of place that I can't understand what it is doing in an otherwise sensitive book.

This book is really gorgeous, it's so respectful of basically everything which is why I'm so upset by the one time that it wasn't. There are a lot of issues and different identities in this book, and they are all treated with respect which is so nice to see.

River has a lot of things he deals with, including realizing his desire for kink. Ellison, who would probably drive me around the bend with all his questions too, is the perfect fit for River. Watching them both grow together and fall in love is beautiful. I love all the friends in this story as well, I love reading about community like this.

My one problem is when River basically shames Ellison into agreeing to go without condoms without further testing. I don't care about condom use, but if one person says they want to be tested again first, the other should never basically whine that they "don't trust them". There's never a reason not to be tested, and there's never a situation where one partner should use emotional manipulation to get their way about not being tested. But the biggest disappointment is that the story handles literally everything else nearly perfectly so why? Where did this come from and how was it missed? *sad face*

Still this is a really beautiful story, full of wonderful characters, and a believable love story. It's absolutely worth reading, and I will re-read it.

Audio: This may be the first book I've listened to by Michael Fell, I enjoyed him a lot, and will seek out more of his narration. He wasn't perfect, I'm still not sure about his Mariah voice, but overall he is very good.

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  • Katty
  • 12-08-19

so whiny!!!!

So whiny and wishy-washy! Just man up and ask him if he interested only in play or if real relationship on the table, then go from there. grr...10 chapters in and its been this the whole time

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 29-06-19

go for it

This has a pretty sane approach to BDSM but the line about “you can kale him” made me laugh so hard I decided 5 stars was the only reasonable rating.

The audio is mostly fine but there are some odd mispronunciations that seem like correctable/editable fumbles.

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  • B
  • 02-05-19

one of my favorites

I don't often read a book and then listen to it, but this one is one of the few that really worked for me in both media.

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  • peacock pal
  • 29-04-19

a delightful sexy surprise

A gay BDSM love story with humor and heart. The 1st person narration gave it extra personality. The narrator was great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-19

Listen to this book!

I have never done any serious BDSM myself, but this book felt so much more real than most BDSM books I have listened to. Less Harlequin and more real life.

My one complaint, which is not just this book but a big chunk of most M/M books, not all gay men have crazy quirky female best friends. I feel pretty sure there are thousands of gay men out there that don't even have a female best friend, but if you listen to enough M/M books, you start thinking every gay man must have a fun loving and slightly left of center female bestie.

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  • Robert Jackson
  • 09-03-19

This book is a must read!

I know very little about the world of BDSM. I was extremely judgemental but this book was tremendously enlightening. I chose to read it by chance and was pulled in at the very first chapter and could not stop reading/listening. This book has really opened my eyes into the BDSM community and at the same time told a wonderful HEA story. I love the two main characters (Ellison and River) and wish their story would continue.

I purchased both kindle and audible versions. The narration of the story was by Michael Fell and I think he truly captured the essence of both characters with his voice. Kudos to him. The story is carefully thought out and very well done. I particularly loved the development of the protagonists. This book is a must read.