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This was my first MaleMale romance I have never been interested in reading same sex romances despite the fact that I am very liberal when it comes to same sex relationships As a heterosexual female I just didn t think I would be able to identify with the characters Boy was I wrong I t think I would be able to identify with the characters Boy was I wrong I loved this book It s my favorite out of the series so far Both Tristen and Luke characters intrigued me whenever they were mentioned in books two and four of this series the only books I ve read in this series so far After reading book 4 I couldn t resist giving their story a try and decided to take the plunge and bough the book I was hooked on page 1 Lydia Micheals did it again Each of her books goes beyond romance and sex She always adds real life issues with ach couple she writes about and realistic resolutions I have no words to truly described how much I Claim The Crown enjoyed this book and how deeply it touched me Thanks Lydia Micheals for yet another AWESOME read Forsaking Truth made my heart ache and the tears run down my face It was both beautifully written and heartbreaking Forsaking Truth is an ugly look at the injustice and fear faced by those that find love outside the mainstream of societal norm Even those that are in the relationship can face punishing regret and fear of being outed Love is a private thing yet a joy you want to share something that notveryone will find How heartbreaking to find love when it shames you and you need to hide itForsaking Truth hits so close to home My best friend in high school was unashamedly flamingly out there I loved him to pieces and still do Years later we are still friends though now separated by the span of our country I remember being there holding him as he cried or recovered from being beaten up just for being who he is Forsaking Truth brought back those days to mindForsaking Truth shows love whether between a man and woman or a man and a man love is the core It is not bound by gender or beliefs and comes when you do not Nerds expect it or look for it In Luke s case it came with something he considered taboo and shameful For Tristan and Luke itventually brings regret and heartacheLove somehow will find a way Forsaking Truth is not to be missed Lydia Michaels once again pulls at my heart strings wringing out In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, emotions as I read I have yet to read one of her books that doesn t make me smile and make me cry A gifted story teller she brings her characters to life by digging yourmotions out and Bark exposing them forveryone to see Although this is book 5 in the McCullough Mountain series Forsaking Truth can be read as a stand alone without any confusion That said as someone who has read it as a stand alone I plan to add the previous books in the series to my reading list as the McCulloughs are a rather On Such a Full Sea entertaining and delightful family and I would like to readach of the siblings story In this installment in the series we are treated to Luke s story and his adjustment to major life changes Destined to be a professional athlete Luke suffered an injury during his junior year in college that rendered his career path and dream an impossibility As such it is no surprise that Luke is a sullen and withdrawn man ven with those closest to him his family This is what makes his reaction when meeting Tristan so surprising to him Luke doesn t understand the ffect that Tristan has on him until he and Tristan are Luke doesn t understand the Cannibal effect that Tristan has on him until he and Tristan are together on his house and Tristan kisses him Luke has never been attracted to a man and Tristan s kiss freaks him out not because he didn tnjoy it but rather that he did Because of his painful history Tristan is just as distraught over the kiss because Luke s reaction leads Tristan to believe he misread the situation and made a terrible mistake because he njoyed hanging out with Luke as friends The tension that mounts as the two deal with their reactions to the kiss come to head and makes for one seriously hot. When Luke McCullough’s athletic potential is diminished by a field injury his pride pays the price Returned to Center County a broken man the long road to recovery seems dreary and overshadowed by opportunities lost until he meets Tristan HughesTristan came to Center. ,


Summary Forsaking Truth

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Sex scene when Luke admits to himself and Tristan that he njoyed the kiss and wants Unfortunately Center County is not a liberal area so the two are forced to keep their relationship a secret which works for Luke as he is still struggling to accept that he isn t straight but Tristan has accepted himself for who he is and as time passes the secrets wear on him Man, Son of Man especially when Luke feels he has to play it straight to keep their secret I liked that the author addressed the trials and tribulations that Luke and Tristanndure as their relationship develops and progresses over six years Ms Michaels lets the reader Alter Ego enjoy the highs andndure the lows without getting bogged down in the monotony of day to day activities that I ve xperienced with some books Forsaking Truth is a well crafted romance between two men one who accepted his sexuality as a teenager and one who had never realized that he may have been destined to love a man The fact that Luke accepted some parts of his attraction to Tristan asily while other parts were problematic for him is what made their story feel so real The fact that the sex scenes were scorching was an added bonus I Uncommon Wisdom enjoyed reading Luke and Tristan s story and it is a definite re read for me I look forward to reading of the books in the McCullough Mountain series I received a complimentary copy of the book inxchange for an honest review Reviewed by Angela at Crystal s Many Reviewers Original Blog Post Truth took almost seven years to tell The fifth installment of the McCullough Mountain Series this is the story of Luke McCullough and Tristan Hughes The best friends who were reallypartners and lovers The lovers who hid from all for fear of condemnationLuke is an angry man He is angry for having lost his chance of becoming the athlete he lived for He is angry that his siblings were seemingly getting the chances 5 Heartbreaking Stars Source ARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Author and Secret Cravings Publishing FINALLY Throughout the whole series there has been a build up with Luke and Tristan and here we finally get to see behind their very beautiful and trying relationship As well as this book has two very beautiful and trying relationship As well as this book has two my favorite themes friends to lovers and straight to gay Luke is a McCullough but he was also the shining star until his knee went out with all his dreams Now back home he is bitter and resentful and is taking it out on the McCulloughs It was asier to lash out that accept defeat Luke s cousin comes home from college with a best friend named Tristan who also will be the new Art employee to the logging company I had my doubts going into this book Both Luke and Tristan had aggravated me in previous books Luke s interaction or lack of with his family made me angry and Tristan s mixed signals where Sheilagh was concerned had me seething But I should have known Lydia Michaels would have me loving these men by the time their storynded She s done that to me before Always managing to pull me in giving me a closer look at characters and leaving before Always managing to pull me in giving me a closer look at characters and leaving completely redeemed in my God Is in the Crowd eyes She is a master We ve been given glimpses of Luke and Tristan s story throughout the series I loved that this story went back to the beginning of their relationship rather than just picking up where the last book left off For one thing I loved that return to thearly years and being reminded of Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard each of the siblings stories I also loved that in going back to the beginning I really understood Luke and Tristan better Theirs was not anasy road While Tristan had dealt with the pain of being outted years ago it was all new to Luke Tristan had always known he was gay But for Luke it took him by surprise McCullough men were manly men not pansies So he fought it by going through women at first And later whenever he felt the least bit threatened by The Matriarchs (The Family exposure he d talk and act crude like he thought a hetero man should I felt for his struggle and when he cri. County toscape his past and start anew but nothing prepared him for Luke Intrigued Tristan cautiously gets to know this powerful man only to fall head over heels for the vulnerable soul hiding behind all that intensity and driveLuke has never been interested in men so. Forsaking TruthEd finally realizing what he d been Missing I Cried Right Along With Him I cried right along with him it s one thing to realize you re gay and another to proclaim it to the world Luke wanted to keep their relationship hidden worried about his family s and friends reaction He decided how Notes for the Everlost everyone would react without giving them the chance to decide for themselves Tristan hung on to the hope thatventually Luke would come clean to his family and they d be able to live openly Yet year after year they continued to hide their relationship But no secrets stay buried forever When theirs was xposed Tristan hoped Luke could handle it What a beautiful and moving love story This one particularly reminded me why I love the McCulloughs so much Lydia Michaels takes issues many of us have never dealt with and writes them so xuisitely that readers understand and feel these struggles right along with the characters In this particular story she delves into the very heart of what it means to be gay how relationships can change as a result of living authentically and how disapproval from society can alter ones self No Biggy! esteem Struggles many of us are oblivious to While this may seem like heavy stuff that could be a depressing read not so Lydia Michaels writes this story with such a perfect blend of heartache humor and romance And sexiness Who wouldver have thought that cutting tile could be sexy The chemistry between Luke and Tristan is intense and the sex scenes while steamy also move the story and character development forward I have loved Crush It! every minute on McCullough Mountain I can t wait to return and see who s story is next 5 plus stars This is my firstver MM romance and I am blown away I loved the heroes and I loved their story The author once again did an amazing job I m not one to re read a book but this one I will Lydia Michaels YOU DID ITTristan and Luke I ve been waiting for their story Attracting Birds to Your Backyard ever since I read my first McCullough Mountain book I m speechless right now It wasverything I wanted to read and I had my concerns I ll admit as I wasn t sure if Lydia could write an MM romance like I was hoping my Deep Listening expectations werextremely high I m ashamed I had doubts these are Lydia s McCullough men and she did right by them I feel that it s so much than just an MM romance So much Thank you thank you thank you What an amazing giftPS my awesome friend JLC has posted one of the best reviews I ve ver readGO READ ITPersonally I m going to re read the series while I wait for the next book I m hoping I ll get to know Sheilagh better and maybe I ll change how I feel about herI gave Luke the benefit of the doubt through this book series "I guess because I felt his shame for me it was so real I could "guess because I felt his shame for me it was so real I could taste it He hated who he was and that he loved a man That this series vokes such passionate opinions in my opinion shows what a truly gifted story teller Lydia Michaels is I m so thankful that JLC introduced us me and my reading friends to LM books JLC should get a commission LOLOLOL The first 90% of the book was spent going over the past 7 years repeating what we ve already come to know from previous books in the series Because of that I was never able to fully connect with the character s story and actually believe their love was true When we finally get to the last 10% and learn what happened after the The Works of Saint Augustine event s that took place in the previous book Faking It the story is rushed through until thend 2 12 star read for me The third five star read in this wonderful series This book was so intense I read for me The third five star read in this wonderful series This book was so intense I Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone every sentencevery word I had butterflies in my stomach all the way through to the HEA I think Luke and Tristan had the most obstacles to overcome But they were two wonderful characters in this My Teacher Is a Robot excellent series I love Lydia Michaels for the wonderful men she writes about Thank you so muchThis series deserves to be read To say that it s highly recommended does not nearly begin to cover When he can’t get Tristan out of his head he doubles hisfforts to fight the inevitable Stolen glances lead to heated Supper Club encounters followed by punishing regret but Luke’s inability to face the truth of who he really is may cost him the only happiness he’sver kno.