Title: DEFINED BY DECEIT
M/M GAY ROMANCE CONTEMPORARY
Edited by: Tina Adamski
Cover Art by: Jay Aheer
Release Date: March 27, 2015
Life isn't always fair, and that’s something that Llewellyn Gardner knows about first hand. His life was on the fast track until one night of extreme passion changed everything.
Now eight years later, he’s still living with the aftershocks of that night. Everywhere he turns or runs, there’s another reminder. What the hell do you do when you try to drown your demons only to find out they can swim?
Shane Smith, Jr. owner of Smith Construction, could see the emotional turmoil within his new employee — it’s why he hired him. There was something about the gorgeous, misunderstood man with the overly expressive eyes that came to their small town with a past no one was willing to overlook. Shane could see the good in Llewellyn, and those eyes of his were a clear window to his soul. Shane wasn't going to let the man live a future of solitude because his past had been plagued with deceit.
Llewellyn wasn’t sure what to think about Shane. After years of protecting himself from being tricked twice, he was now faced with worry again. What would happen to him if Shane didn’t believe his truth, and walked away? Llewellyn wasn’t sure he’d be able to survive being left alone. Again.
“Jessie, did anyone come by today applying for a job?” Shane asked, bursting through the trailer door. He had one ear trained on her response while the other was tilted towards his hand-held radio, listening to his foreman’s directions to where he’d stashed the architect’s blueprints.
“Yes. Three people actually. One man and two women. I know you were hoping for more, but give it some time. We’ve only had the ad up for a couple days.” Jessie swiveled around in her chair and dug out three manila files from one of her many file cabinets. The woman was a stickler about leaving items in their assigned place. She was meticulous, and her organization skills bordered on OCD. No one dared mess with her side of the trailer. Shane’s desk; however, had a nonexistent system. His motto was to ask someone else where something was.
“What was the guy’s name who applied?” Shane tried to sound nonchalant as he pushed aside numerous papers on his drafting table.
“Um. Llewellyn Garden… no… Gardner,” Jessie said, flipping through the application. “I flagged this one.”
“Hire him,” Shane said, hurrying back to the door, trying to hide his excitement at the possibility of seeing Llewellyn in worn jeans riding low from the weight of a tool belt hanging on his strong hips.
“Shane Jr. there’s something you should know about that applicant. I had him flagged for no hire. I mean, he has good experience and references checked out but—”
“Sounds good. Call him today before he accepts a job someplace else,” Shane said, cutting off whatever else his office manager was going to say. He was half out the door, his arms weighed down with rolls of paper. Jack was radioing him; barking about the hold up on the blue prints. “I gotta go Jess. Just call him, now.”
“Shane, there’s something you don’t know about Mr. Gard—”
Shane let the trailer door slam behind him. Jessie could go on and on about the smallest things sometimes. Not everyone was so attentive to detail. Llewellyn probably had bad handwriting and Jessie deemed him as a no hire. As long as the man worked hard and showed up every day, Shane could use him.
AE Via's Defined by Deceit is a story of love, betrayal, loss and ultimately, redemption. Llew is an 18 year old high school student at the top of his game both academically and scholastically. An orphan, living in a trailer home with only his brother Leslie to support him, Llew is counting down the days until he can join his lover Moss 17, at university and finally be in an open gay relationship. Moss is the only son of the wealthy town Mayor, a vicious homophobe. There's nothing Lllew wouldn't do to keep Moss happy, including tying him up and indulging his passion for rough sex. When Moss' father walks in at the worst possible moment, Moss takes the cowards way out, crying rape and changing his gentle boyfriends life forever. Llew's journey to redemption and ultimately absolution is heart breaking but also incredibly uplifting. In AE Via's capable hands we explore a life forever changed by the label "sexual offender". It is a moving story of young love, lost innocence and finding those special people in the world who ignore labels and see the beautiful soul within. I can not recommend this book highly enough.
A.E. Via is still a fairly new author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.
While this is only her seventh novel, she has plenty more to come. So stalk her – she loves that - because the male on male action is just heating up!
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