A Stella Review: White Lies by Jack Byrne

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

White Lies coverBrent Winton is doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons. Since the death of their parents years ago, Brent is helping his younger brother Zach through law school in sunny Queensland, Australia. The boys share a cheap flat, and Brent works two jobs to support them, but Zach thinks the second job is merely bar tending. In reality Brent has turned to gay prostitution to ensure that Zach has all the best textbooks and the up-to-date laptop he needs so he can focus on his studies. When hot Russian refugee Dimitri moves in next door, Brent finds him mesmerizing, but fears that if he gets involved, Dimitri will expose Brent’s white lies. But Dimitri has a dark secret of his own, and the question becomes how either of them can learn to trust the other without blowing their cover.

 

White Lies by Jack Byrne is a simple story, there is nothing twisted in the plot, just a common guy, Brent, who chose to be a rent boy to support his brother Zach in his dream to become a lawyer. He meets Dimitri, a Russian refugee who just moved in the flat next to Brent and soon they are attracted to each other. It’s a story of sacrifices, abuses, friendship and courage. It’s sweet and full of lovely characters; I liked each one of them.

I found White Lies to be what I call a “family’s book” because it’s not just Brent and Dimitri story, but Zack’s one too and it’s the story of Dimitri and his chance to have his own family in a better place. Everything is set around the family and the related feelings, first of all the love no matter what.

My issue with this book was its length. It was too short for the various themes the author decided to talk about. Especially in dealing with Dimitri’s past. It seemed to me a little shallow in some parts just cause it felt rushed. I liked the blurb but I was expecting something different and I would have preferred a longer and with more depth story. I hope the author will give us a sequel cause I’m really curious about how the MCs’ story developed. They need more.

At the end White Lies was a light and sweet short story, well written and easy to read. I like Jack Byrne’s style, in this book too, even if it’s not my favorite so far, but the characters made it an enjoyable reading.

Cover art by Bree Archer . I love the cover so much, especially in the light use of the violet color. It’s well done and the models reflect exactly how I imagined Brent and Dimitri in my mind. Well done!

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | All Romance (ARe) | Amazon | Buy It Here

BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition, 89 pages
Published August 12th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ASIN B0139STSQ6
Edition Language English
AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/White-Lies-Jack-Byrne-ebook/dp/B0139STSQ6
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It’s Back To Market Garden with Aleksandr Voinov and L. A. Witt’s On The Clock! (tour and giveaway)

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On the Clock (A Market Garden Novel) by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt
Published by Riptide Publishing

Cover Artist: L. C. Chase
Sales Link:  Riptide Publishing

 

 

Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Aleksandr Voinov/L. A. Witt blog tour for the latest installment in the Market Garden series,On The Clock!

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Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of one eBook off each of our backlists (excluding On The Clock) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 18th, and winners will be announced on July 19th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Please include your email so we can contact you if you win! Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Blurb:

When Blake Raleigh’s favorite rentboys retire from Market Garden, they’re sure their friend Jason will be a perfect replacement. Though Tristan and Jared are a tough act to follow, Blake returns to London to test out their recommendation.

Jason is right on the money. Negotiations turn him on. Getting paid turns him on. The higher the stakes, the hotter things get. Each trip to London is more expensive than the last, and the webcam sessions don’t run cheap, but Jason is well worth the sticker shock.

The more time they spend together, the more Blake wants, and not just sex and transactions. But Jason’s been burned before by men who thought they were in love with him, and he’s not making that mistake again. When the lines between personal and professional start to blur, it’s going to take more than money, jewelry, and sports cars to keep Jason from clocking out and walking away.

Author Bios:

Aleksandr Voinov

EPIC Award winner and Lambda Award finalist Aleksandr Voinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where he works as a financial editor. His genres range from science fiction and fantasy to thriller, historical, contemporary, thriller, and erotica. His books were/are published by Random House Germany, Samhain Publishing, Riptide Publishing and others.

If he isn’t writing, he studies hypnotherapy, explores historical sites, and meets other writers. He single-handedly sustains three London bookstores with his ever-changing research projects. His current interests include special forces operations during World War II, the history of chess, european magical traditions, and how to destroy the world and plunge it into a nuclear winter without having the benefit of nuclear weapons.

Connect with Aleks:

Website: aleksandrvoinov.com
Blog:   “http://www.aleksandrvoinov.blogspot.com/
Twitter: “http://www.twitter.com/aleksandrvoinov”
Goodreads:   “http://http//www.goodreads.com/Vashtan”

L. A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell  Lori A. Witt orAnn Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

Connect with L.A.:

Website:   “http://www.loriawitt.com/”
Author Blog:   “http://gallagherwitt.blogspot.com/”
Personal Blog:   “http://navywifeadventures.blogspot/”
Twitter:   “https://twitter.com/GallagherWitt”
Facebook:   “http://www.facebook.com/pages/L-A-Witt-MM-Fiction/187063289526”
Goodreads:   “http://http//www.goodreads.com/GallagherWitt”

 

About the Market Garden Universe

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For love or money . . .

Welcome to Market Garden, a London club that caters to the better-off. Businessmen and bankers come here to relax and indulge in their every whim and fantasy, and Market Garden offers it all in top-shelf quality: threesomes, voyeuristic pleasures, domination, ropes and camo and leather. Men of every stripe, colour, and nationality deliver these high-end services—everyone has their reasons to sell sex. And it’s the hottest sex in town.

And sometimes, its even served with a side of true love.

  • If It Flies (A Market Garden Tale by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt
  • Quid Pro Quo by Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt
  • If It Drives (A Market Garden Tale) by Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt
  • Capture & Surrender (A Market Garden Tale) by L.A. Witt, Aleksandr Voinov
  • On the Clock (A Market Garden Novel) by Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt
    – See more at Riptide’s Market Garden Universe page.