January 6th, 2011

andrew potter

Tell No Lies by G.H. Worth

Despite the cover that, I don’t know why, led me to think different (but indead in the publisher's website was stated rightly), Tell No Lies is a contemporary romance. Both Win than D.J. had reason to stay in the closet, at least until some weeks ago: Win is a divorced bisexual man who had to raise his daughter, and more he is a pediatrician, and so, even if it’s not clearly stated, I think he didn’t want to jeopardize both the relationship with his daughter than his career; D.J. is a career military officer who was obeying the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell rule, at least until the death of his parents let him responsible of his teenager brother.

Both men are at the same gay night club for the first time in years, and both of them don’t like what the scene is offering: Win a more than 40 years old man is not attracted by the pretty boys and so D.J. who, at around 30, is searching for something more than a one night stand. When D.J. rescues Win from an unpleasant situation, the match is made in heaven and the basis for a good, and long-lasting, relationship are down, but they have both to consider their family.

And now probably I will surprise all of you, and maybe I’m a little hard with these characters, but I think they are both a little selfish, and truth be told, it’s not that I’m against their attitude; if this story was yet again that of an almost martyr man who sacrifices both his happiness than that of his partner in the name of bigotry, then it would have been nice but ordinary. Now don’t get me wrong, Win was a bit of a martyr, for the last 20 years, but sincerely it doesn’t seem that he has suffered much, and now he has decided he has enough and wants his life back. There is even one detail that endorses my “selfishness” theory: apparently Win is responsible for his former lover suicide, or at least he was not there to support him in a difficult moment, but I didn’t feel as Win was feeling guilty, on the contrary, he seemed more worried by appearance than anything else.

On the other hand D.J. is leaving in the Army, and he doesn’t approve the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, but even if there is now the chance for it to be repelled (the story is set one year ago more or less), since he doesn’t touch him (he has not yet a lover), he is not interested to advocate the initiative. And he decides to leave the Army not since he is against the policy, but since he has to take care of his brother after his parents death; and sincerely, even if the tragic loss happened only 1 month ago, and D.J. is an adult, D.J. didn’t seem too much upset from the event.

There is a lot of sex involved, and it’s yet again something I was not expecting, giving the age and situation of the two main characters, but they seem more two teenagers in heat than adult men. It’s clear that D.J. is the younger man, and like that I think also a bit more unsure of his feelings and their relationship, but Win, from his 43 years is more than willing to play the role of the bratty bottom, and I think he likes the possessive streak of his hot lover.

Nice supporting characters, like D.J.’s cousing, Ellis, or D.J.’s brother, Ian, even if sometime I didn’t understand if they had an hidden agenda to be there, like Jack’s brother Grant, or Win’s ex-wife’s sister, Amanda.


Amazon Kindle: Tell No Lies

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