Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Will he risk it all to be in safe arms?
When a damaged man stumbles on a second chance, it’s all too easy to turn and run. It takes a determined photographer to convince him risk is worth it all.
People deserve a second chance, right? How about a third or fourth?
But what if I can’t even admit to myself who I am? I was truthful once before. I came out to one other person, and he left me broken and scarred. He destroyed the boy I was. I don’t even use the same name anymore; I go by Trent now. But I survived the streets. I got lucky and I made something of myself. I’m happy, sort of.
It’s Angelo who lights up my life. He’s my world. My rock and my family. He’s always there for me. But I keep hurting him. I say stupid things, and I always keep him at a distance. Still, he knows me better than anyone.
And I want him. But I can’t let myself go there. Not again.
I’ve lived in denial for so long and it’s killing me. In my weakest moments, I reach for Angelo and when he slips into my arms, I can breathe. He’s my solace. Selflessly, he’s there and he never expects anything in return. No judgment, not even an explanation. Having him in my arms is everything, and it’s getting harder to push him away. I’m not sure I want to anymore.
He doesn’t date, but he deserves to be loved. Cherished. Then he drops a bombshell—he’s found The One. I wish he’d fallen for me. I need that second chance to tell him. I need to risk it all because in his arms, I’m safe. I’m me.
I want to start off my review with a warning **this book contains scenes and talk of rape**, I didn’t expect it and I know that it can be a no-go for some readers.
This was such a good story and it really spanned a long time which really gave a sense of how Trent and Angelo came to be because there was so much missing in small glimpses we saw of them in the first book. Trent can’t let himself be who he always wanted to be and has tried to convince himself that he’s straight even if he needs a little help in that department at times. Angelo is such a sweet man and even as he had previously called himself asexual he goes through a bit of an awakening with his feelings for Trent.
Now okay, Trent acted like an ass at times and while as a reader I knew why he reacted that way it caused him to hurt some of his closest friends. He was lucky that Angelo stayed by him through it all (but that’s love for you). I loved seeing the journey these two went through together to reach their HEA and the soul searching that Trent had to go through.
I liked both of these characters though at times Trent made it hard but I knew he was struggling with himself just as much. I was glad that we go to see both characters points of view as it really helped with understanding what they were feeling. I wish Trent had never had to be violated by a man he trusted but, even as he puts it, he never would have met Angelo if he hadn’t left home and with Angelo’s support he even gains his family back in his life. Angelo is such a great guy and I love that he knew who Trent was deep down and stood by him for years until he got his act together, I think it was his unwavering friendship and support that eventually helped Trent to let go of his past and embrace their future.
I like the cover art by Soxsational Cover Art and the glimpse of Tent and Angelo together.
ebook, 303 pages
Published: September 21, 2019
Edition Language: English
Series: My Truth #2