By S.A. Meade
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
A trust destroyed is a trust that is hard to recover…
Brendan Matthews is happy training racehorses for a living. He thinks he’s hit the jackpot when a wealthy orthopedic surgeon, Adam Ahmadi, sends six yearlings his way. Not only are the horses a cut above the rest, their owner isn’t too shabby either.
But not everything is as it seems. Adam has many secrets, most of them dark and deadly. When Adam’s past returns with a vengeance, he disappears, leaving Brendan confused and hurt.
If Adam survives, will his past destroy their future?
Suspense and intrigue. Sweet and romantic instead of steamy and erotic. Sensory stimulating settings and well-developed, multi-layered characters.
This book has its fair share of surprises. There are hints to lead readers to a few expected conclusions, but there are at least a couple of guaranteed stunners. Not everything is as it seems.
One thing that is real from start to finish, however, is the genuine and endearing attraction that Adam and Brendan share for one another. They are two very different men, yet they’re perfectly compatible in so many ways. Author S.A. Meade does a brilliant job throughout the book establishing the setting; so well, in fact, that one is inclined to brace against the aching chill from the wind and sense the dampness creeping into your bones. Meade applies this same treatment when molding the sensory associations with Adam’s and Brendan’s emotions for one another – and the subsequent challenges the pair endures.
Both the primary and secondary characters are vividly developed and depicted, and the continuity of the plot is seamless. It’s difficult almost to imagine the possibility that Adam and Brendan may not end up being reunited, or that a HEA isn’t in the stars for them.
Fortunately for readers, Meade never slows the pace, instead binding stretches of time with plausible explanations, while always staying true to what keeps readers engaged: Adam’s and Brendan’s charming and captivating love story.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of An Unexpected Truth.
Original review posted on Amazon and Goodreads on July 24, 2017.