Author: Liberty Lace
Publisher: Wilde City
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/09/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay, M/M Romance, Romance, Taboo
Tristan Rose has never seen eye-to-eye with his twin brother Thaddeus. Growing up together, the pair thrived on being the bane of each other’s existence. Estranged for the past ten years, Tristan and Thad both knew that only a tragedy would reunite them. And so, when news comes of their parents’ deaths in a light plane crash in Bermuda, destiny forces the twins back into each other’s lives.
However, what was supposed to be a brief reunion to bury their parents, becomes a trial that will test their tolerance and willingness to compromise when the twins discover their parents’ last wish is for Tristan and Thad to make peace with each other and live together for the duration of one year in the guesthouse of Forbidden Glades, the family’s plantation mansion deep in the heart of Louisiana.
And while Tristan is initially willing to live in the same house as his twin… discovering Thad’s secrets and long-hidden desires is something that will unravel everything Tristan has ever known, not only about Thad… but about himself.
As the long, hot year begins to unfold, the breeze of the bayous will blow back the Spanish moss like curtains to reveal a love so dangerous, so scandalous, so taboo, it could only belong in Forbidden Glades.
Forbidden Secrets is the second Liberty Lace book I’ve read. I’m always on the lookout for new twincest erotica, so this short story was right up my alley! However, while I enjoyed it, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the last Liberty Lace story I read, When a Twin Peeks, now titled The Hush-Hush Crush.
Unlike in When a Twin Peeks, I just didn’t connect with these characters. They felt very juvenile and needed a good slap upside the head. Why? They needed to grow up and start acting like adults and talk to each other, instead of just pretending the other didn’t exist.
I wanted to smack the parents upside the head as well. They knew there was a problem with their sons and yet did nothing. It wasn’t until after the parents died that they forced the two to work out their differences by denying them their inheritance unless they lived together for a year. What kind of parenting is that? Instead of jetting off on vacation, they should’ve been smacking some sense into their kids.
However, the book wasn’t a complete wash. It was decently written. There were some typos and sentences that could’ve been tightened up, but nothing major. There was room for improvement but nothing that really pulled me out of the book or anything.
The one thing I did like was some of the characterization on Tristan. The author managed to create a fairly feminine character without making him a stereotype or caricature. I’d have liked to see more of him to see just who he really is.
We’re not given enough time with Thad for him to be fleshed out. There’s a few little hints dropped, but nothing that truly gives us insight into the character. With a bit more time, and a bit longer word count, she could’ve really fleshed out two good characters.
Not my favorite book, but I’ll still be keeping an eye on Liberty Lace. If you like twincest, I’d suggest giving this one a shot. I doubt you’ll be too disappointed!
Note: This book was originally released under the title The Secrets of a Twin.
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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