by Sherri Hayes
For the last two months, Brianna has discovered something she never thought she would again. Hope. After the horror of being Ian's slave for ten months, a fate she never imagined she'd escape, it feels as if she is living a dream. She has freedom she hadn't expected to have again, and she wakes up every morning not fearing what the day will bring.
There is also Stephan. The man who saved her from the daily torture she had to endure at the hands of Ian and his friends. The same man who makes her heart race with just the thought of him. Life is good.
Outside forces are determined to conspire against them, however. When Brianna's father shows up on her doorstep, it sends her world spiraling out of control. He brings with him new information about how Brianna ended up in Ian's clutches, but will it make a difference? Will Stephan be able to find a way to make Ian pay for all he made Brianna suffer?
As Brianna and Stephan try to find out the truth, their relationship is tested. She is forced to face her past head on and deal with the ugly reality of what happened to her. Will Stephan's love be enough to see her through her newest challenge, or will the fragile trust they've built come crumbling down around them as the truth makes itself known?
Brianna and Stephan have developed a great deal of trust since they first met. Brianna who was rescued from the life of a slave by Stephan has grown significantly. Slowly but surely she is beginning to develop a mind of her own, but she is still very haunted (and damaged) by the torture she endured at Ian's hand.
Stephan has also grown a lot since meeting Brianna, for the first time he is actually experiencing what he is certain is love. While he wants to protect and take care of her, he also wants to dominate her.
The past is an issue, for both Stephan and Brianna. Their relationship cannot move forward without dealing with the circumstances that brought them together in the first place. While Stephan is set on revenge, Brianna just wants to forget what happened (but that's proving to be impossible).
In the first two book of the series Slave and Need explains how Stephan and Brianna come together, but Truth puts all the pieces in place.
I must admit I found it difficult to see the extent of the emotional and physical abuse that Brianna suffered. I can't imagine what it must be like to have your rights stripped away (in the supposed free world), yet Brianna endured.
Truth puts the spotlight on present day slavery its emotional impact. With recent headlines of women who have been held against their will, I must say that this book is right on time.
With just the right amount of intrigue, romance, a hint of erotica, and a few surprises, I give this book:
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I received a free ebook in exchange to facilitate this review. All thoughts expressed are my honest opinion.