Life isn't always fair, and that’s something that Llewellyn Gardner knows about first hand
- Defined by Deceit by A.E. Via
Defined by Deceit by A.E. Via
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About the Author
A.E. Via is still a fairly new author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths. When she's not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family--a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris. While she has just released her fifth novel, she has plenty more to come. So stalk her - she loves that - because the male on male action is just heating up! Go to A.E. Via's official website http://authoraevia.com for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, and where she'll appear next
April 26, 2015
Betrayal and redemption
(Updated: April 27, 2015)
This is my first book by Adrienne Via, but she creates some very strong characters, who speak for themselves as you quickly get to know them. This is a well-written tale of ultimate betrayal and surviving the consequences by a young gay man who just wants to be with a man who loves him...
We first meet Llew as he is finishing high school and planning his future with his then boyfriend, Moss, who is the wealthy son of two high society pillars of the community and only heir to the family company. Moss is gay, but hiding deeply in the closet, so when his parents come home early one evening and catch the boys at it, having rough, bondage sex, it appears that Llew has taken advantage of, and is forcing himself on his so-called best friend. The repercussions are devastating as Llew is arrested and Moss refuses to come out to his parents, stating that Llew had come over and attacked him when Moss claims he was telling his friend that he could no longer see him. Moss stand up in court and repeats his lies, condemning his friend, who had been a top student and gifted athlete with a scholarship and a promising future ahead.
Sentenced to ten years, but serving only eight for good behaviour, Llew does what he has to survive inside, joining Ace’s crew as a lookout. I was quite amused to find out what Llew was protecting as eyes and ears to the well-connected crew leader…
On his release, Llew tries to re-build his life with his older brother’s help and the gardening/lanscaping company that the both co-own since the death of their father some years earlier. A chance encounter with Moss results in Llew leaving town to prevent his brother from losing their business completely.
Arriving in Henderson, Llew meets two key people on his first day in town: Ms. Pat, who becomes his new landlady, after the kind young man helps her with her groceries, and Shane Smith Jr., who becomes Llewel’s new boss, seeing the potential in the shy, handsome, talented young man. Shane lusts after his new employee, but Llewel is determined to get ahead on his merits alone, not because he’s sleeping with the boss, who he finds undeniably attractive.
Then, the town is informed of his presence as a convicted sex offender at the town meeting - will Llew have to move on yet again, or will he finally find the acceptance he has been looking for, and maybe also a man who loves him? I recommend you read this for yourself and find out!
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