Hidden Pasts – The Hidden Series Book 2 by Nicole Colville ~ Book Review by Caroline

18078436 Title: Hidden Pasts – The Hidden Series Book 2

Author: Nicole Colville

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

When the Truth and the Past are no longer hidden their Passion is freed

Jamie, Valerio and Scot continue their story in the second book in the Hidden Series, Hidden Pasts. Read the story from the beginning in Hidden Truths.

Nineteen year old Valerio Capelli has succeeded in his childhood dream of achieving the highest level he can in Moto GP, he is the current world champion and now it seems the whole world is interested in his life. He lives under a microscope and his new relationship with the very beautiful, very openly gay Jamie Burton is beginning to draw attention. Valerio can’t even come out to his childhood friends, so sharing his sexuality with the world makes him hide his love and who he truly is.

To be denied and hidden hurts Jamie in a way he never voices to Valerio, but inside the dream of Valerio accepting him is becoming nothing but a dream. If only they had just his closeted homosexuality to deal with perhaps things would be easier.

Jamie has never had to consider anyone else’s feelings; he’s never shared his life or emotions with anyone. Understanding the temperamental, melodramatic ways of his new Italian boyfriend is a work in progress. There’s so much for them both to learn, their relationship is still tenderly hanging on by a thread but both are willing to fight to keep it alive.

Valerio’s past experiences with sex have held them both back and despite the frustration Jamie feels he’s willing to wait until Valerio is ready to take the next step. Holding back is difficult especially when his hot ex Scot is still so willing to give Jamie the sex he’s not able to have with Valerio.

Scot, Jamie and Valerio’s lives become more entwined than ever when Scot falls for Valerio’s beautiful friend and ex, Rafael. The two couples are forced together when all they need is space. When the nightmare of Valerio’s past comes back to haunt him and only Scot can help him become free, all four find themselves in a close knit group, where emotions run high and hidden pasts become seen more clearly.

The past is mixing with the present, all three men have to struggle to cope with their own problems and live through each other’s in a way that breaks all three of them apart. The fog is lifting and the blackness is brightening but what’s waits for them on the other side?

Caroline’s View:

This book sees Valerio, Scott and Jamie in the same mess as book 1. I found it really difficult to put down, too eager to find out the secrets that you know are just hovering.

Valerio and Jamie are still together but are both plagued by the secrets from their past. Scott is always in the background and the pull between him and Jamie is just as strong. There is real mystery around Scott’s and Jamie’s relationship but the author is not quick to divulge!

It is difficult to imagine three men and their families having such constant drama but it works well and it is all entwined for reasons we have yet to find out. None of the relationships seem healthy with too much dependency involved but again it nearly all comes down to the secrets from the past which in particular affect Jamie.

I found myself really regretting having read Victor and Alex’s book out of order as it allowed me to see Victor in a different light and although he was a complete monster I found myself saddened by him in this book and heartbroken for Alex. Scott’s terror at becoming like his father just makes you like him more even though he is still trying to portray the heartless bastard image.

You hear Scott’s voice more in this book showing a completely different side to the story. He suffers through a wedding; the evening being hilarious even for him, and then Rafael appears and catches his eye. This adds to the confusion as Rafael is Valerio’s first love and it raises the uncomfortable factor a few notches. It’s interesting to see how quickly Scott falls for him but still can’t keep himself away from Jamie.

There is a massive shock for Valerio at a party and the implications for all of them are huge and I admit I didn’t really see it coming but when it did it tugged me in all sorts of directions. Nicole Colville didn’t pull any punches with how the story played out!

There is a lot, and I mean a LOT, of sex in this book but there is also a good story line and a lot of drama to keep you interested and turning the pages. Towards the end I thought we were finally going to see Jamie get some peace from his ever wandering mind but we are teased with a breakthrough and left with more questions….onto the next book I go!

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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