Title: Secrets and Broken Pieces.
Author: Karen Botha
Series: Promises – A Gay Romance Series (Book 1)
Rating: stars 4.5 out of 5
Secrets and Broken Pieces – Blurb:
When hate turns to love, on multiple levels…
The day I started as the first junior ever to be employed at Judd Racing, I never expected to fall in love. I arrived there with vengeance in my heart. And I set about delivering my plan to right the wrongs of my past.
Or, so I thought.
Axel turned up, and it was like a whirlwind walked in and snatched away my rational thoughts. Not only was he hot, hot, hot, but he had an emptiness in his soul that was crying out to be filled.
And, I knew I was just the person to do it.
The road to true love for Axel and Florian was never going to be simple though, and in this book, which is a spin-off to the Commitment series, we follow these lesser-known characters and understand exactly what makes them tick.
We cry for the pain that Axel simultaneously hides too well, and doesn’t hide at all. We root for Florian to work out the kinks and bring out Axel’s true character that we can all see hidden away under his iron-clad surface.
Axel fears what would happen if he reveals his true character while Florian fears for their future if he doesn’t.
Then we cheer for their happy ever after when they eventually work out what the hell they need to do to make their lives work. As one.
Review: Axel is broken, broken in many ways. His entire life has been a lie and he doesn’t know it. Living with his loving, caring, single mom, who repeatedly told him that his father abandoned them, didn’t care about them, and didn’t want to know them, Axel learned to hate at an early age.
What was wrong with him or his mother that his father didn’t want to know them? Why had his father left them behind? How can he force the issue? Questions that led to a deep desire for revenge. Finally after years of planning, his road to revenge began. It was clearly in his hands.
He had to complete his mission. Take everything from his estranged father, show the man he was wrong, make him regret his past. Nothing was going to get in the way. His mind was set. The plan was in place. It had to work – It would work. Until everything changed.
Karen Botha wrote a great story filled with angst. Axel learned love from his mother, learned hate too. Botha made me feel Axel’s love and hate at the same time. She pulled me in and made me continue – to find out how Axel’s plan worked (or didn’t) – to see if Axel could learn love from someone other than his mother, to see if Florian could keep his distance even when Axel continuously flirted, to see if Axel’s father really abandoned them….
If you enjoy reading a romance mystery where everything isn’t what it appears to be, then Secrets and Broken Pieces by Karen Botha is just the book for you.
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