Title: Angel's Truth
*Please Note: These Books Must Be Read In Order*
Blurb: “Freeze or I’ll shoot!” Aaron yelled and aimed the gun at Jordan’s chest.
“Angel, no, please.” Hacking fluid-filled coughs broke up Jordan’s words.
“Jordan?” Aaron whispered his name as recognition painted a mural of memories of their life together on his face.
“Yes.” He coughed red into his dirty hand. “Please help.”
So begins Angel’s Truth, the sequel to Angel’s Hero. Army Captain Jordan Collins arrives home, only to find the man responsible for his imprisonment, torture, and near-execution with his husband. Had his Angel moved on without him?
Aaron “Angel” Collins has driven his family and friends away in his quest to learn the truth of Jordan’s fate, leaving only Major General Troy Hart willing to help him. When Jordan miraculously returns, with a spirit more broken than his body, Aaron realizes Hart was really a liar with an agenda of his own. Aaron is unable to take time to heal his own emotional wounds, because he and Jordan learn Hart’s betrayal is even greater than they originally believed, threatening the entire nation. Now the reunited couple must race against time to keep a promise to Jordan’s savior and prevent Hart from bringing terrorism once again to American soil.
Author: Liz Borino
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Behind the Scenes, No Flag, Double Exposure, Greenlighting
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Angel's Hero
Published by Lazy Day Source: Author
Published: March 14, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance, Military Romance
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Angel’s Truth by Liz Borino picked up where Angel’s Hero left off, literally. Jordan has escaped from an Afghan prison with the assistance of an Afghan nurse who was also the wife of the prison commander. I enjoyed Angel’s Truth more because this book focused more on Jordan and Angel and their life now that Jordan was among the living. The two men felt a deep-rooted love for each other, which was apparent throughout the story.
I had reservations about the insertion of the Afghan nurse who was brought to the states and who had helped Jordan escape. I’m not sure how willing the U.S. government would have quickly accepted this woman as a national.
I found Angel’s Truth more emotional and uplifting as the two men came to grips with tragedy and came out better on the other end. Angel and Jordan were bonded not only physically but deep-rooted in their souls.
This series must be read in order or you will not understand the dynamics of the story. Overall, enjoyable.
“How Does a Female Write Gay Romance?”
See that question? Repeat it three hundred thousand sixty four times (an exact number) over three years, and you’ll have an idea how often I’ve heard it since I began publishing in December 2010. And I’m not the only female M/M romance author who gets this question. A very informal Facebook poll concludes that most if not all women who write in the genre experience this. So, I’m going to hopefully put this query to bed.
Short answer: The same way anyone writes any fiction worth reading.
No? Not descriptive enough? Okay.
I write gay romance by getting to know my characters intimately. I understand their personalities, motivations, quirks, and habits. Therefore, I don’t have to guess about how they would act in any given situation. As an example: Army Captain Mike, one of the heroes from No Flag, is a little OCD. To the point that if the room is dirty, he would not be able to get it up for sex. No. Seriously. So, it would be unrealistic for him to have spontaneous sex while camping. It just wouldn’t work.
Now, I also understand certain things will trigger them to act “out of character”. Captain Jordan, the level-headed alpha male of Angel’s Hero and Angel’s Truth, becomes hysterical at the mere mention of restraints and has a clear case of claustrophobia. As a former POW who was regularly restrained and beaten while in captivity, he has a solid excuse.
Both of these men suffer PTSD from their time in the military, but it manifests itself in two distinctive ways. Mike handles it by being the head of household in a domestic discipline relationship with his husband, Will. This ensures that Will follows rules that Mike sets forth, and accepts punishments (usually spankings) when he doesn’t. Jordan manages his issues by leaning into the partnership he and his husband, Aaron, have built over the years. Jordan is not shy about seeking or giving support.
How does this all relate to the original question? Well, you may have noticed that I talked about two men with some similarities: They’re both Army Captains, both have PTSD, both gay, and are both married to men they’re committed to sharing a life with. But they’re different in how they handle their mental health issues and relationships. Characters in any work of fiction are distinctive because they are individual people, gay, straight, somewhere or in between.
Kind of like people you meet in real life, huh?
Angel Blurbs: Angel’s Hero
CIA Agent Aaron “Angel” Collins doesn’t take many things on faith. He trusts his gut, his eyes, and his husband, Jordan, an Army Captain. When his commanding officers deliver news of Jordan’s death, Aaron needs proof. The facts don’t add up, and Aaron must decide if he can trust Major General Troy Hart to assist in his quest to discover the truth.
Captain Jordan Collins is battered and disheartened in an Afghanistan prison, but definitely not dead, though he learns his own government believes he is. His only mission now is to stay alive and make it home to Angel, if he can find an ally among the enemy. But someone in the US government will stop at nothing to make sure he never leaves that prison, And Jordan must reevaluate the lines between friend and foe if he is ever to return to his Angel. Amazon
Bio: Liz Borino transcribes the world inside her head onto the page, and share it with the people who are stuck in the “real world” to makes their lives a little more interesting. Because in her world, heroes fall and stand up again with the help of their partners and friends. Liz’s world is littered with formidable obstacles, which her heroes overcome with a fire of courage and passion. The beauty of love between two men is celebrated. Who wouldn’t want to live there?
When not with her heroes, Liz enjoys exploring cities, working toward social justice, and editing for other authors. Liz is less than three months from obtaining her Masters’ degree in English and published nine books since 2010.
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