Just What the Truth Is (Home #5) by Cardeno C. (5 Stars)

Is spending the rest of your life with your true love worth changing everything you thought you knew about yourself?

Ben Forman has been told his entire life that being gay is wrong. Ben’s parents refused to accept that their other son, Noah, was gay and behaved horribly toward him. After meeting Micah Trains, Ben is starting to seriously consider admitting that he is gay in order to be with Micah. Ben must work through this life-altering event while developing a romantic partnership with Micah, rebuilding his relationship with his brother, and trying to prevent the destruction of his relationship with his parents.

The entire story is told from Ben’s point of view as a narrative of his life. This worked really well in this story since Ben is not only an extremely interesting person, but also has a lot of emotional issues. He actually knows he has these issues and makes a point of telling the reader, adding a touch of humor to the story. Micah was a brilliant lawyer, handsome, mature, and also very loving.

The romance between Ben and Micah was very sweet, extremely steamy, and believable. There were quite a few excellent conversations between not only Ben and Micah, but also with Ben and his brother and brother’s friends. It was hard on Micah watching Ben struggle to come out, but he was extremely understanding, especially when Ben groveled appropriately. I loved the extended epilogue that takes us almost 2 years out into their relationship.

The narrative of this story was wonderfully engaging, providing the reader with the sense that they are living the story. I loved this book and highly recommend it to those who enjoy character-driven romances.


Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.


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

Still, life isn’t all rainbows and happily-ever-afters. Ben loves his family, but his parents have been estranged from his brother, Noah, since he came out of the closet. Ben doesn’t want to lose them, but Micah won’t be his dirty little secret forever. Suddenly Ben’s hold on his happiness and his sense of self seems to be slipping. If he’s going to survive with his heart intact, he’ll have to own up to the truth of what he wants and who he is. The trouble is figuring out just what that truth is.

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