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Title: Truth And Betrayal

Series: --

Author: K.C. Wells

Publisher: Self Published

Published:   3 August 2018

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Length:  407 Pages

Keywords : Romance, Truth, Betrayal, Inter-racial, pain, anguish, greif, 

 

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All the light went out of Jake’s life when his older brother Caleb died in a traffic accident. Getting through the aftermath was always going to be the hardest thing he’d ever done, but finding out that the tall stranger at the graveside was the one driving the car? At least Jake now has a target for all the rage inside him. Because the man responsible for stealing Caleb’s light from the world has no right to intrude on their grief.

 

Liam had known deep down that it was a mistake to go to Tennessee, but he’d hoped saying goodbye to Caleb would ease the pain inside him. The hostile reception from Caleb’s family and friends comes as no surprise, and Liam flees before things get ugly. They obviously know nothing of Caleb’s life in Atlanta, and maybe it’s better that way. Caleb’s secrets can die with him.

 

When Jake turns up at Caleb’s apartment to collect his brother’s possessions, what he discovers is the first shock in what is to be a series of revelations, turning Jake’s world upside down. New knowledge brings fresh pain and anguish.

 

Jake isn’t the only one who’s hurting…

 

 

 

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“So where are you? An’ how come you didn’t say you were movin’ out?” Jake answered Liam’s question with a few of his own.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t realize it was any of your goddamn business!” Liam drew in an audible breath. “Look, I’d already made plans to move in with my folks for a while by the time you turned up to collect Caleb’s stuff. I couldn’t stay there anymore. Too many memories. I quit my job too. There’s no way I can live in Atlanta now. Every time I walked down the street, or went past our favorite restaurant, whatever, I was aware of this… space beside me. Because he’s not there, so I can’t be there either. An’ it’s not so bad bein’ home again. I’m lookin’ for a job here.” Liam paused, and his voice softened. “Which brings us back to you. You know everythin’ now. Why are you still callin’ me? Why can’t you let this drop?”

Pain lanced through his heart. “Because he shouldn’t have died, not before I had the chance to talk to him.” Jake swallowed hard. “God, if you only knew how long I’d been waitin’ to talk to him.”

“All you had to do was pick up the phone, right?”

“Uh-uh. Not for this conversation. This was somethin’ that had to be discussed face-to-face, an’ now I’ll never get the chance to tell him…” His throat seized, and the words died there.

“Tell him what?”

“That… we were more alike than I’d thought. In a way I’d never have believed.” Jake choked back his tears. He was not gonna lose it, not on the phone to Liam, sitting in his truck.

“What way, Jake?” Liam’s voice was whisper-soft. “What was so important that you had to share with him?”

There was no backing out now, not when he’d gotten this far. And he knew he had nothing to fear from Liam. “That I’m… gay.” Jake held his breath, not really sure why.

“Well, I’ll be—” Liam expelled his breath in a soft stream of air. “Does anyone know?”

Despite his fucked-up emotions, Jake had to smile. “Well, yeah—you.” His sigh echoed Liam’s. “I was waitin’ for the right opportunity to tell Caleb, but there never seemed to be one. An’ when I could’ve said somethin’, I chickened out. Too afraid, I guess.”

“What of?”

“How he’d react.”

Liam let out a wry chuckle. “Boy, you two really were alike. Caleb wanted to tell ya, so badly, but what held him back was the fear you’d react like your daddy. I kinda got the impression he wouldn’t have been all that keen on the prospect of a gay son. Caleb said you an’ your daddy were so alike, an’—”

“Oh.” An’ I thought Caleb knew me. “We’re alike in many ways, but not that one.”

“You must have so many things buzzin’ through your head right now.”

“You have no idea.” Then Jake let out a wry chuckle. “Well, maybe you do.” If he’d thought the situation was messed-up before…

“Is there anyone you can talk to?”

And there it was, the heart of what ailed Jake. “No one I can trust to react the way I need them to.” He’d seen enough of what went on in the school halls not to be one hundred percent positive his friends would support him. Their family environments were just like his own. It was hard to avoid such perceptions, not when you lived and breathed them every day.

“Look… do you want to talk to me?”

Jake blinked back the tears that welled up, and his face grew warm. “You mean that?” Not that he was sure he could impose like that. Liam didn’t know him from Adam.

“It’s just a suggestion. I take it you’re at the apartment?”

“Yeah.”

“So what’s your plan?”

“I was gonna go home.” There was nothing to keep him there.

“If you’re gonna do that, go before it gets too late. You’ve been through a lot emotionally, an’ I imagine you’re exhausted. An’ if you’re too tired to drive, please, Jake, get a bed for the night. There’s a cheap place on Pine Street NE that’s not far from there. You mustn’t drive if you’re tired.”

He’s lookin’ out for me. The thought sent warmth spreading through Jake. He knew at the heart of Liam’s concern was Caleb. Add to that his invitation for Jake to talk to him, and Jake knew his brother had got a good man.

“I’ll be jus’ fine. I’ll make a few stops an’ grab a little sleep if I get tired.” As much as he welcomed the idea of having someone to confide in, Jake wasn’t about to act selfishly. “Are you sure it’s okay to call ya? Because if it’s too much for ya, I’d understand.” He reckoned it would be painful, so close to losing Caleb.

“I would never let Caleb’s little brother go through this by himself. You’ve got my number. An’ I promise, next time I’ll answer right away. Any time, Jake, okay?” Sincerity rang out with every word.

“Thanks.”

“An’ if you still have questions about Caleb, just ask. I might not have all the answers, but I’ll do my best.”

“Can’t ask more than that, can I?” Jake breathed easily for the first time since he’d called. “I’m gonna leave now.”

“Text me when you get there, alright?”

Jake assured Liam he would, then finished the call. Four hours on the road awaited him, but he felt a damn sight better than he had on the way down there. It comforted him to know that for the first time, he wasn’t alone.

It was a good feeling.

 

 

 

 

 Author Bio

 

 K.C. Wells started writing in 2012, although the idea of writing a novel had been in her head since she was a child. But after reading that first gay romance in 2009, she was hooked.
She now writes full time, and the line of men in her head, clamouring to tell their story, is getting longer and longer. If the frequent visits by plot bunnies are anything to go by, that's not about to change anytime soon

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