Just What the Truth Is by Cardeno C. ~ Book Review by Paisley

The “Home” Collection by Cardeno C. has been re-released with new cover art. I have to say I miss the illustrations on the original covers, and even though the new covers look quite fabulous they also look like so many other books out there, and that’s a shame because the stories inside are unique and very fun.  I am a fan of Cardeno, and I love most all of her books. I have re-read the books in this series at different times over the years. For my Retro Reads reviews I read the collection again, and enjoyed spending time with my old friends.

Just What the Truth Is Title: Just What the Truth Is

Author: Cardeno C.

Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars


People-pleaser Ben Forman has been in the closet so long he has almost convinced himself he is straight, but his denial train gets derailed when hotshot lawyer Micah Trains walks into his life. Micah is brilliant, funny, driven…and he assumes Ben is gay and starts dating him. Finding himself truly happy for the first time, Ben doesn’t have the willpower to resist Micah’s affection.

When his relationship with Micah heats up, Ben realizes has a problem: his parents won’t tolerate a gay son and self-confident Micah isn’t the type to hide. If Ben wants to maintain his hold on his happiness, he’ll have to decide what’s important and own up to the truth of who he is. The trouble is figuring out just what that truth is.


I want to start off by saying that I absolutely adore this story. It is a shining star in Cardeno C.’s  Home collection. When I first met Ben Forman in Home Again I thought he was a real piece of work. I did not see how I could possibly enjoy reading a story about a giant jerk like him.

Boy was I wrong, reading a book from Ben’s point of view was very enjoyable. Cardeno makes Ben come alive, and getting to join him on his journey of self-realization is quite a trip. One of my favorite book quotes comes from the scene when he decides to stop pretending to be someone he’s not, “Hey, I may show up a little late to the party, but once I get there, I’ve got the lampshade on my head and I’m dancin’ on the table.”  Ben is funny, self-deprecating and actually turns into quite a decent guy.

Micah is just the sort of man that Ben needs, and thankfully Ben wakes up and realizes that love is worth the risks he has to take. They make a dynamic couple because they are both interesting guys with a lot of love to give. Another bonus is getting to spend more time with Noah and Clark and the rest of the gang in Emile City. Many of the other Home Collection men are featured in the story, and it makes it all that much better to read. Personally I think this book goes well after already reading Home Again, He Completes Me, and Love at First Sight, but it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy the story.

This book has all of the sweetness and romance and hot sex scenes that I love in the Home Collection, and it also has a story with a backbone. It’s lovely and thoughtful, and it still rains fluffy kittens from the sky of sweetness like the rest of the collection. But most of all it’s very romantic – and that’s exactly why I read romance in the first place.

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This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

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