As I picked myself up off the floor, I was shaken. I didn’t even know how I had gotten there. Lying between my bed and my nightstand? Then I looked at the open closet door and it all came back to me.
I had been in bed, sick. And I noticed something in my closet that I wanted to grab (okay, it was a stuffed animal my dad had gotten for me when I was younger. Seeking comfort as a teenage girl will do from stuffed animals, I had gotten up to grab it but apparently the movement was too much too soon and I passed out. Fainted. Completely lost control of my body and my environment. In the process, only the grace of God that kept me from hitting my head on something and doing some real damage.
I won’t tell you how many decades have passed since then, yet this memory stands out in my mind. That loss of control scared me. A lot.
The Truth Between Us
by Tammy L. Gray
Series: Bentwood #2
Publication Date July 12, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Texas Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Nine years to win her. Three years to love her. And one decision that destroyed it all.
April Duncan was raised with three clear truths: the family name is absolute, ambition and success rule over every emotion, and love always comes with strings attached. Image was everything in her carefully crafted world... until the mirror cracked.
Sean Taylor was April's best friend, the one man who taught her it was okay to let her guard down and to rely on someone. She trusted him. She loved him. Which made his deception the darkest kind of cruelty.
Now, nearly a year later, she’s ready to leave her failed engagement in the past and get back her life and her estranged family, even if it means dating a man solely for his connections. She’ll never again choose love over loyalty.
Sean has spent his entire life breaking barriers, facing challenges, and never giving up. Until one impossible choice destroyed his future and left him no option but to flee from the woman who annihilated his heart.
Now he’s back in Bentwood and determined to make her hear the truth and rebuild the trust he shattered. But April has become a mere shell of the woman who claimed his heart long ago.
Winning her back is more than just seizing a victory, because if he fails… the girl he’s loved for a lifetime will disappear forever.
The Truth Between Us is the second book in the Bentwood series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but it is recommended that you begin with book one to get the full experience among this tight group of family and friends.
I would like to thank Prism Book Tours, Tammy L. Gray for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.Also in this series: Until I Knew Myself
April needed to be in control. That’s what Duncans do. It’s who they are. She never felt that she was able to relax, be herself and have fun, except when she was with Sean. Though being with him was frightening, it was freeing.
I can’t even imagine what April’s life was like. Not because of the affluence she was surrounded with but because of the constant expectation that she live up to an image. To her parents, life had nothing to do with enjoyment, it was all about the perception of others and living up to their ideals. They were manipulative and distant. My heart was torn with hers as she was faced with the choice of Sean or her family. Either or. No compromise.
Forgive me a minute while I wipe my eyes. Reading this book was quite an emotional journey!
Though Sean had been pushed aside by April over a year earlier – kicked out of her life, actually – he was now determined to get her back. He knew that she had felt betrayed by him in the worst kind of way.
I really loved Sean. He was so alive. His love for April was so incredible it almost hurt to see. He’d loved her ever since they were kids. Waiting patiently. It was the kind of love every girl dreams of. A sacrificing, forever kind of love. Sigh.
Oh, and I can’t neglect to mention that I adore his nickname for April. He turned a childhood taunt from her brother into an endearment. Another sigh.
This book chews you up, spits you out and then puts you back together again. It leaves you with tears in your eyes and yet a satisfied kind of warmth in your chest at the end. It challenges you to look at your life to see if you are compromising. Trying to please everyone but yourself. Desperately trying to control your circumstances to only find out this very behavior is controlling you.
The Truth Between Us is a hard-hitting novel, a continuation of the saga of the “Bentwood Brats” that picks up where Until I Knew Myself left off. There are details in this story that assume you know the events and secrets that were revealed in that book, though if you really wanted, this one could stand on its own.
There are still a few more of the Bentwood Brats who need their happy endings. Hurry, Tammy L. Gray! Write faster!! And don’t forget about Andrew. He needs to have his story told, too.
Content warning: This book does have some mild swearing. Not a lot and nothing offensive, even to me, which is saying something. 🙂
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