Author: Jack Byrne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/12/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Brent 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 bartending. 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 is my first Jack Byrne penned story. I can see why I have heard such good things about his writing in the past. While <em>White Lies</em> was not my favorite story I have read recently, I appreciated the approach Byrne took toward a potentially sensitive situation.
Brent is just trying to make ends meet and give his little brother everything in life he wants/needs. To that end he spends his nights on his back from semi-random men (and regulars). Of course he doesn’t want anyone in his real life to know what he does on his night shifts at the bar. Enter Dimitri, who knows what Brent does and understands why. He also refuses to judge Brent. He is determined, however, to keep Brent safe. Thiers is a tentative relationship because of the lies they are keeping from Brent’s little brother.
As much as I love the novella format, I think that this story would have been better served in a longer format. Brent and Dimitri both have demons to overcome. However, other than passing mentions, those demons are pretty much glossed over in favor of getting Brent and Dimitri in bed together. While I like them together, I think their relationship needed to be fleshed out a little more to give me a warm fuzzy of a HEA for this odd couple.
I will certainly be giving Mr. Byrne another chance in the near future.
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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