I cried, cringed, melted and on a few occasions, laughed through this book and highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys romance that is not easily achieved, some angst and a lead character that is delightfully flawed that he seems perfect!
Themeatticly, this is a story about coming out, which is kind of tired and over used, but I loved this version. Ben is very introspective throughout the story, but his self-depreciating humor makes it very entertaining. He often speaks to you, the reader, in a most endearing way. Micah was such a wonderful character. Strong and steady. And what made him so wonderful was that he melted into such a lover at just the right times. There is plenty of erotic sex in the book, but it never seemed gratuitous. It always just seemed fit the flow of the story as both men learned to love and feel comfortable with themselves and with each other. Perhaps the funniest character was Micah's mom. What a hoot! Micah's depiction of talking on the phone was hysterical. And then when you meet her, she's just as funny. The perfect Jewish mother!
I am head over heels for the Home series and have been since I first read it nearly two years ago. I've also stated in the past that is near impossible to pick a favorite of the series, but there is one that I love marginally better than all the rest. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to Just What the Truth Is, my very favorite book in Cardeno C's Home series. Why do I love this book so much? Well, let me tell you. I'll start with the characters. If I've said it once, I've said it a billion times. Cardeno C is a master of characterization, and this story proves that. ... And the plot is engrossing. Ben's journey from momma's boy to his own man is something to behold. It is a bumpy, hard, and ugly road, but the outcome is beautiful. ... So, yes, I absolutely, hands down love Ben and Micah's story. It's emotional and lovely. In such a character-driven series, these characters are perfect. I love the story and absolutely love this series. If you haven't read any of the books in this series, don't worry. This series is written so that each story is a standalone and can be read in any order. My advice? Read them all. You won't regret it. And start wherever you want, but definitely read this book. I highly, highly recommend Just What the Truth Is by Cardeno C.
It's incredibly sad what parents do to their children with their phobias, bigotry and attitudes be they good or bad. It almost destroyed Ben trying to be everything to everyone. When he admitted it to himself and owned it that he was gay, that was when his life started to come together and he could live and breathe. I would recommend this book to all m/m romance story lovers.
An incredible story that is charming, loving, witty, humorous, touching and moving. I would recommend this to… everyone who wants a story that leaves you with a happy warm heart, a smile on your face and a sheen of tears in your eyes. Get this book, a bottle of wine and curl up on your sofa and enjoy a brilliant story.