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For two role models with their reputations on the line, privacy might be a luxury they can’t afford, and love might be impossible.After returning from service, Army veteran Jack McCall fought his way back from addiction and joined a charity supporting homeless veterans in London, where he became an inspiration to others. He approaches Edward Marsden, Viscount Routhsley, aFor two role models with their reputations on the line, privacy might be a luxury they can’t afford, and love might be impossible.After returning from service, Army veteran Jack McCall fought his way back from addiction and joined a charity supporting homeless veterans in London, where he became an inspiration to others. He approaches Edward Marsden, Viscount Routhsley, a known playboy and philanthropist, about sponsorship for his charity. To his surprise, Edward isn’t the shallow pleasure-seeker everyone assumes, and he and Edward share many interests. Little by little, they are drawn together in spite of the different worlds they come from.But for two men in the public eye, happiness won’t be so easily achieved. Edward fears coming out as gay will shift attention from his charity work, and Jack worries his relationship with the aristocrat will undermine the integrity of his foundation. They come under intense scrutiny, leading to an inevitable clash between Jack and the press who won’t stop harassing them. As what they’ve built comes crashing down, Jack and Edward must make a choice: continue presenting the facade the public expects, or expose the private truths in their hearts so they can be together....

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  • SheReadsALot
    2018-11-24 21:22

    Tag Team Review w/ Sara FIVE HEARTS--I love reading romance.I love reading about all types of protagonists: the socially awkward, the ultra-suave, the shy, the grumpy, etc. Hell even the super possessive 'alpha' has a place and time. Call it fantasy, guilty pleasure, whatever, just give me a good romance where the main characters have to work for a happy ending, and you will have a fan in me.Private Truths by C.B. Lewis did this for me, hooked me with layered main characters who didn't expect love to be the final order....and were so happy that it happened to them.A publicly closeted aristocrat and a war damaged veteran, who at the core of what matters, are great people who totally deserve each other. That's what you can find in Private Truths. This is my first 2017 fave for a reason, it's getting harder and harder I'm finding to read a book I actively want to re-read and bask in. I took joy in starting my day reading about Jack and Edward and seeing what the world threw at them next.Set in present day London, the book starts with ginger haired vet Jack McCall being sort of forced into promoting his charity for vets in need, Those Returned, at a dress up event. His boss put him on the trail of wealthy Edward Marsden, Viscount Routhsley. Jack awkwardly places a bid for Those Returned, doesn't make much small talk and hightails it out of there as soon as he could. What he doesn't expect is really capturing the attention of the presumed ladies man viscount Routhsley.I knew this book was going to be a winner from 4%. Jack and Edward have a chemistry that slow burned and simmered from that event and it carried itself all the way to the final page. "I had no notion I would grow so attached to you, Mr. McCall.""I'll second that." He leaned sideways until his shoulder rested against Edward's hip. Edward's fingers stroked through his hair and brushed down his neck. There was something comforting about the casual intimacy of that touch. "I'm glad it happened, though."Edward kneaded his neck gently. "And I," he murmured, "shall second that."Class differences? Yes. But Lewis didn't make it be the leading difference. Edward is smooth but he cares for people. And he takes a shine on Jack. However his public life is fodder for the gossip rags and ruthless paparazzi. So in the closet Edward remains. He and a reluctant Jack start of as men with a shared passion to help others in need, to friends, to lovers.Jack gets swept into Edward's world. But Jack's had a taste of the limelight via harassing paparazzi. and for a man on edge and has PTSD, the results weren't favorable.The story shines a light on those who suffer PTSD without going to extremes or brushing the aftereffects for a far fetched plot line. It's realistic. The relationship between the men doesn't happen overnight, the author wonderfully gives them time. Slow burn is the aim, over saturated sex-fests that drown out the plot won't be found here."Why the hell do you care?"Edward's hand was warm against his cheek, and he had to fight the urge to tilt his head into Edward's touch."Why wouldn't I?" Edward asked quietly.The passion is abundant as is the romance. The author (yes I nerded out to find out more about this author after reading) calls this book an "old fashioned romance", I couldn't agree more. At times, it gave me historical romance in present day feels. I could have easily put two men in a different time period and the story would still work.The story mainly from Jack's POV. The reader gets to share in his wide range of emotion. The lust (yes, there is a good amount of sex, though not overly graphic), the fear and the uncertainty of falling for someone. Plus, the paparazzi/villainous angle also helped move the story along.And the humor!"Jesus Christ!" he exclaimed, rushing around the table to hug her, her round belly knocking against his ribs. "What's that big clown been doing to you?""Same thing you lads just done," Tommy said smugly, "with a hundred percent more fanny."The humor was wonderfully mixed in throughout the book. Edward was a dashing leading man. I could buy why Jack was enamored. And Edward's parents are a hilarious delight. Even when times got rough, the humor peeked though, Great mix.Another facet of this story is that it's on the quieter side of romance but their chemistry spoke volumes. I do enjoy a well written quieter romance, where the little moments tell a lot about the main characters' feelings. A touch can say so much.I'm a quote-nista. I love a good quote. The more I love a story, the more quotes I save like a mad woman. Sara has 5 pages of quotes. (I'm pretty close w/ # pages of quotes from Private Truths) After my first time reading C.B. Lewis, I am a fan. I loved her words, pacing, the moments & in-between and all of her characters (even the arsehole ones)Good persevered, an important light on veterans was portrayed with respect and a romance that definitely left a lasting impression was written. This ends with a solid HEA for me.I'll be looking for more C.B. Lewis with bells on.Recommended to readers who love romance between layered characters and enjoy reading slow burn.A copy provided for an honest review.

  • Gigi
    2018-12-01 21:30

    4.5 starsI really, really enjoyed this! Edward and Jack are dreamy together (the first part of the book reminded me of the movie Notting Hill with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts) but a few things threw me off just enough to drop a half star.The honeymoon period was so short it made my head spin. One minute they were having an emotion-filled sexual encounter and the next an angst-wall hit them full force. For the healing/comfort during the PTSD symptoms, I really needed a stronger connection for these boys. Because of this, Edward taking Jack into his home to help him heal seemed wrong and too quick. This part could have benefited from a few more dates between the two while they were happy. Another small peeve was that the author avoided the words or slang for cock and asshole but did describe what these two were doing. "He gave him a few long strokes." "He pushed in gently." etc. It was distracting during the sex. I felt like I was watching them through a veil. If that makes sense. Kinda weird, but the sex was very emotional.But once the two men got to know each other better, things picked up and I was a happy camper. These boys were delightful together. Warm and loving and funny and intimate. They made the whole story a win for me.I also loved the diverse secondary characters. They really loved Jack and Edward and were kind and loving and 100% supportive of their relationship, which was being kept secret during 90% of the book.I absolutely recommended this for folks looking for a sweet love story. Prepare for some pretty serious angst for a bit, but the healing/comfort makes it bearable if you aren't a fan.I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! (And this whole review should be read in a posh British accent. That's what is currently in my head!)This review is also posted at Gay Book Reviews

  • Ami
    2018-12-10 00:19

    C.B. Lewis is definitely one of my favorite new-to-me authors that I discovered in 2016. Private Truths is the 4th story of hers that I read and it’s another satisfying one.Jack is an army veteran who works at Those Returned, a charity for veterans. Jack finds himself being drawn toward Edward Marsden, Viscount Routhsley who sponsors the charity. Despite the differences of their social status, Jack and Edward decide to give the attraction a chance. Until news from a tabloid that has been speculating on Edward’s sexuality threatens to expose the relationship…I’m not usually a fan of stories related to famous people especially when one of both of them are in the closet. The secrecy, the frustration, the stress due to the protecting one’s reputation amidst the pressure of being in the public eye, sometimes disrupts the romance for me.So, what I loved about Private Truths is how solid Jack and Edward were together, despite the ordeals coming from ramifications of how Jack handled the hounding reporter. There is a level of hurt/comfort here as Edward being protective of his lover when Jack facing the assault charges.The suspense of wondering what will happen to Jack adds to the enjoyment of the whole book for me, in addition to the lovely romance. I was on edge thinking would Jack go to prison and what the tabloid would further pursue. I thought C.B. Lewis balanced out the romance and the suspense nicely.The portrayal of an army veteran who struggles to return to the daily life of being a civilian is well-written here. I could see that Ms. Lewis was trying to be respectful and treated this part carefully. I got choked up a couple of times on scenes related to what the veterans were dealing with.Lastly, I loved the secondary characters – Matilda, Edward’s secondhand woman and Henderson, Jack’s boss. Edward’s father, the septuagenarian bisexual who shortly makes an appearance in a couple of scenes is a delight.All in all, another winning title from Ms. Lewis for me. I look forward for future stories from her.A Guest Review for The Blogger GirlsThe ARC is provided by the publisher for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2018-12-01 21:39

    First, the good stuff: - Interesting MCs (I especially liked that Jack was so vulnerable and his PTSD wasn't brushed aside, and that Edward was not a typical self-absorbed nobleman; he was charming and genuinely interested in people.)- Flirting (The chemistry between Jack and Edward was palpable from the beginning.)- Great secondary characters, particularly Matilda- Decent amount of steam- HEA (I loved the last chapter!)And that brings me to the not-so-good stuff: - Lots and lots of angst and drama (Jack's PTSD; the assault charges; the paparazzi . . . There was A LOT going on in this story that wasn't romance. As soon as Jack and Edward got together, the universe conspired against them. I felt overwhelmed at times.)- We only get Jack's POV, which was really disappointing. I wanted to get in Edward's head something fierce. - Certain parts of the book just really dragged; it took me a while to get into the story, and, truth be told, Private Truths never fully kept my attention. - This book is well edited, and Lewis is not an amateur by any means, but the writing seemed dry and formal, stiff even. I still recommend this story. I suspect most readers will connect with it better than I did.

  • Renée
    2018-11-20 02:32

    ~3.5 stars~This was a new-to-me author, and I quite enjoyed the book (<---see what I did there with my British accent?)The story is very well-written, especially right out of the gate. Edward is a posh aristocrat, who is used to the paparazzi. Jack is a war veteran, who is also used to the paparazzi - because he is often seen handing out food and other essentials to the homeless veterans around town. He's a bit of a quiet hero to those he serves.When these two meet, it's lightning and serious chemistry at first sight. Their flirting always put a smile on my face. I really enjoyed the first part of the book. Aaaaaand then all the other crap happened. Unfortunately, for me, the rest of the book was rife with dealing with the paparazzi. Just one thing after another. It just went on and on and on. And, because of the events, we saw Jack's PTSD. That part was written beautifully, but by then, I just wanted some more time with Edward and Jack.All of the outside happenings took away from their story in my opinion. One - ok. Two - maybe. But it was just too much. I still liked this and would recommend it. It was a really sweet story with two charming men. And the smexy times were sweet and hot at the same time.

  • Lori
    2018-12-14 22:47

    Loved, loved, loved this book. Thanks for the c, SRAL!

  • Sara
    2018-11-28 23:48

    5 Hearts!Tag team review with my fellow ginger loving SRAL!**********This was romantic. Oh so romantic with an engaging plot and character development that kept me so bloody glued to the page and in the story, I forgot to eat. Yeah, it was one of those books. So before I get into this review, I need to say that I have five pages of notes and quotes that I don’t know what to do with. There is so much in this story, so much more than the blurb even alludes to that I don't know where to begin or what to share without giving too much away. This story is what I call an onion; you think you are getting what you see on the surface and yet the more you read, the stronger the story becomes and things happen to your eyes. Seriously though. So. I’m gonna try to not ramble but, yeah. It’s my way. Jack wondered when his world had become so off-balance. Probably, he thought, about the same time a tall, blond gentleman stepped into his life and confused everything. Jack McCall, our wonderfully freckled ginger narrator, an ex-Army combat veteran, works his tail off with a charity Those Returned, a charity who aids veterans with the transitions back home and into civilian life. It’s not an easy job but it is one Jack takes great responsibility that when Jack is assigned the task of seeking out Edward Marsden, aka Viscount Routhsley, to get him to contribute the charity, a simple act of human decency via a glass of champagne sets the men on a course to one another. I adored that the story was told from Jack’s POV because the man tells a great story. We get small bits of him and his past but the first meeting with Edward, it gives him a longing he was not prepared for. Little does he know, Edward has the same feelings; after a meeting at the shelter and then another at Edwards flat where the flirting was engaged by a just out of the shower Edward *bites fist* Jack learns that this man, a member of the aristocracy, happens to be so finely dressed because he is in the closet. I have a soft spot for men in the closet. I think it has to do with the emotional journey they go on while fighting their fears and coming to terms with it all. But this, it’s not the traditional story we get of a closeted man and for that I was thankful. Edward is only in the closet so that the intentions of his money to charities isn’t mixed up with his preferences. The fact that Jack, a man he now fancies, is part of a charity Edward is giving money to, makes this complicated and that’s where the hiding comes into play. You think I haven’t had people after me for my money before? I know you’re not. You know you’re not. The fact I want to sponsor your charity is irrelevant to the fact I wouldn’t mind having you in my bed. Now, like I said before, this story is layered and while you have Edward needing to keep his sexuality out of the public eye his liking Jack can cause a few issues. It’s what happens because people (reporters) are terribly nosey that turns the story from a simple case of hiding a relationship to a stellar read that delivers romance, support, fight and true acceptance. We take privacy for granted. I know I do. People love to know the ins and outs of those who are in the papers and magazines; the celebrities from all walks of life. Regardless of how they came into the public eye, people want to know what they ate, what they are wearing, who they are dating, where are they going etc. It’s exhausting to see it online and on magazine covers that I just cannot imagine having to live it. To go to the lengths a public figure must when they simply fancy another person and want to have a relationship with them is extraordinary and insane. This is all bollocks. We’re grown men. It’s no one’s business what we do behind closed doors. This is true hurt/comfort and it’s done well. I like that Edward being in the closet is only for the public side of himself and that his family and those he holds close and trusts, know the truth. Meeting Edward’s father was a delight and I love how he treated Jack when they met. Edward’s parents are beyond accepting of their son and it was such a change to see and have it be believable. Though he has the acceptance, Edward believes if he keeps his preferences out of his public life and charity work it’s for the best and both he and Jack believe keeping their relationship private is for the betterment of his involvement with Those Returned and yet, what could it cost them? This romance is built upon chance that builds into a strong foundation. Jack, for reasons I won’t spoil, has a need to be hidden Edward is there to provide the soft landing jack needs. The men now have time to get to know one another without the public strains of reporters breathing down their necks. Though the internal anxiety they face, of what would happen to Jack also allows them to deal with the stress of Jack’s PTSD and may I say, it was amazing to read how Edward helps Jack cope. Edward. Le Sigh. The picture of Edward as a boy was simply adorable. I loved the stories he tells Jack but Jack, his thoughts on his Army career broke my heart and yet the time allowed them to share these bits with one another was truly bittersweet. You feel the connection they have, the friendship and the chemistry as lovers who want more. But how can either of them have more when neither of them are publicly out? It was the angst of all angst to see them struggle and yet the author delivers it gorgeously. It was unfamiliar. Almost two decades in the military couldn’t ever have been considered safe, but even working with Those Returned, there was always the fear and doubt that if they found out about his past and what he was capable of, he might be turned out. But now, he’d let Edward see a little of who he was and the world hadn’t ended. Edward is simply amazing. He isn’t your usual aristocratic wealthy man, he is just a man and his new found fondness for Jack is something he prioritizes. He wants Jack to be happy and healthy and seeing all the ways he comforts jack and supports him was amazing. He won’t let jack run away and throw away what is staring them in the face. Edward will fight for them to have a chance, even if that means telling all his truths. The story is full of romantic moments but I think my favorite is Edward’s addiction to Jack’s freckles. Growing up with them myself, they weren’t always seen as a positive nor attractive so when you have a man, who finds them charming and interesting enough to search out constellations in them, just clean up the puddle of goo I turn into.“How many men do you know who have the constellations picked out so beautifully on their back?”“Freckles. They’re nothing special.”Edward leaned closer. “Charming is what they are.” This is one heck of a slow burn romance. Though the men move quickly into a physical relationship, it was just supposed to be “an enthusiastic fuck” and nothing more. But circumstances throw them together and they work, they communicate as adults so that they can get through it. You’d think living with someone after knowing them for such a short time would be awkward but the way Jack and Edward go about it was gorgeous and oh so romantic. I so enjoyed watching them fall in love while they learned about the other. The secondary characters in the story are amazing and vital. Edward’s Matilda is a force to be reckoned with but she always has Edward’s best interests at heart and in her sights. She has known the man too long to not be diligent with his heart and make sure that all of his transactions are treated with the best public relations that can be offered. Even if that means she is a bit of a twat to Jack, I can see where she is coming from. Henderson is a good man and boss to Jack, always having his back and knowing that Jack is just like the ex-soldiers they help at Those Returned. Again, Edward’s parents bring a spark into the story and Tommy and Angie were a breath of fresh air to an uptight situation but also for Jack. His whole life was a fishbowl, and everything he’d done was to protect Jack from the worst of it. Private Truths is a stellar work from a talented author who delivers a truly romantic story that is quick to be a favorite of mine. Not only does she tackle a tough subject of Veterans with PTSD but does so with respect. Lewis has created two men who refuse to exploit their relationship for the sake of comfort and instead, force their truths to be the guiding force to their happiness. See SRAL's review on the blog...

  • Serena Yates
    2018-12-12 18:25

    Privacy is something most of us take for granted, at least where our personal lives are concerned. I know I’d never miss mine unless it was threatened – and then I’m sure I’d realize quite quickly that it is a treasure to be protected, especially when it comes under attack. Lack of privacy is something celebrities and politicians face on a daily basis, but how they deal with it varies from person to person.The two main characters of this novel, Army vet Jack and aristocrat Edward, are both in the public eye, if for different reasons, and have accepted it as part of what they do. But when they become involved and their relationship might be exposed with adverse consequences for the work they do, it is a different matter. This novel is the story of not just their romance, but also their dilemma: will they deny what is going on, break up, and continue their charitable work or will they accept living their life in the public eye so they can be together. Not an easy decision in any circumstances, but it is far more stressful since they have to make it while the press haunts them and public pressure almost crushes them.Jack is an Army veteran, has dealt with addiction, and has found new purpose working for Those Returned, a charity for veterans. He is just trying to do the decent thing, helping those who have fallen on harder times than he did, and he is excellent at it. Good enough to have garnered a reputation with the press, and for his boss to send him to gala events so he can collect much-needed donations. When he is tasked with “recruiting” a celebrity aristocrat for their cause, he not only captures the man’s financial contribution, but his personal attention, interest, and dedication as well.Edward is an aristocrat, has dedicated his life to charitable work, and is used to living in the public eye. His carefully constructed public persona has almost nothing in common with the man he is underneath the cover, and that is exactly how he wants it. Meeting Jack and falling for him is not part of the plan, but Edward will not deny his feelings either. While coming out was never Edward’s intention, lying about who he is, now that he has a man to love, is not in Edward’s character. I loved how steadfast he is, how undeterred by a situation he never envisaged.The secondary characters deserve mention as well. Edward’s parents are wonderfully eccentric English aristocrats in the traditional sense and not phased by much. Jack’s boss is supportive, knows what he wants, and just the right man to run the charity and keep Jack occupied. The villain is a truly hateful individual and I was tempted to strangle him more than once – which is as it should be. The setting of contemporary England was utterly believable, and the relentlessness of the paparazzi exactly as I have seen it play out multiple times over the years.If you like stories about men from different worlds who meet and need to figure out how to live together, if you enjoy a suspenseful, exciting contemporary story that carries a touch of fairy tale magic (gorgeous “prince” included), and if you’re looking for a heartwarming read about amazing men who have to fight for the right to live their lives the way they choose, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s going in the reread file for sure.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
    2018-12-13 02:40

    4.5 stars Okay C.B. Lewis this is 3 for 3 from you. I am in love with your writing and stories. You are so close to being a favorite author for me. Definitely an auto-buy for me. Time Lost is on my Best Books of 2016. Private Truths is a contemporary romance novel set England. It's slow paced and methodical in plot. I've been dreaming of you writing a contemporary novel and you have blown my expectations. This romance was steady paced with an actual plot. I loved the Nobelman and the Ex-Army guy falling in love. You can see the moment both guys start falling in love. Their relationship was purely sex at a point, but after an unfortunate event they care thrust together and the love, trust and devotion gradually makes an interest. Told from Jack's pov and brilliant done, I really got to see the starting point of Jack's interest in Edward and his love for his job.Jack works at Those Returned a charity for veterans. Jack is uber passionate about his job. He loves making the nightly runs whether its feeding his brother in arms, or clothing them, or just checking up on them. Jack talks about his past sparingly. We know he suffered injuries while in the military. Certain incidents happen when events from 5 years ago becomes public. He's closed himself off to his best friend because of an accident. I would call him a loner. Outside of his job and co-workers he doesn't do much. That's until he meets Viscount Routhsley. A blond bombshell with enough money to sponsor Those Returned. Jack makes it his mission to get Edward to invest into his charity. What starts as shameless flirting leads to other things.I think Edward me the most. When we read about Nobelman or people of nobility its always the bourgeois type, high handed type, or the looking down on folks kind. Edward and his parents were the opposite of all of this. I think he might be my favorite Nobelman. He was super down to earth, sweet, compassion and generally cared about Jack's well being. I loved the chemistry that they both had with one another. The joking, laughing, gentleness was so much needed in my reading. I needed a real romance and I think this fit the bill on anything that I can ever ask for.Jeez, this is what I asked for. Now, I'm sitting here thinking on what next can C.B. right for me. Idk. I love her science fiction, and obviously her contemporary novels. I don't care at this point, I just want her to write and produce a novel every 3 months for me. I need more from her. I highly recommend this book. I highly recommend her Out of Time Series. You will not be disappointed in any of these books.

  • Alison
    2018-12-04 19:47

    I really enjoyed this. It's an engaging contemporary romance about Edward, a very charming and debonair celebrity viscount (who's also quite amusing), and Jack, an earnest army vet with both physical and mental scars. Contemporary romance isn't my go-to genre, but I'll always try it from a favourite author and I was definitely not disappointed. Lewis writes the excellent Out of Time time travel series (Time Waits is the first book and it's awesome), so I was very keen to try this new book out. It's a lovely and full story, rich with detail and emotion. The two main characters are both really endearing and their romance is delightful and heartwarming. I also liked that both man character are a little older--Edward is in his forties and I'm fairly sure Jack is as well. This story deals a lot with issues of privacy and paparazzi and class and PTSD and it's very engaging and very involving. There's also a lot of quiet humour and Edward, in particular, made me smile a lot. The writing is smooth and bright and easy-to-read. It's worth mentioning the cool secondary characters--they are all very well done. The ending is very quiet and low key, and some might want a bit *more*, but it's still a lovely and very satisfying HEA. This is a wonderful book and I look forward to reading whatever this author writes in the future.

  • haletostilinski
    2018-11-16 19:30

    4.25 Stars!This was such a wonderful, solid read. I really enjoyed it a lot. I took of .75 stars because at times it was a bit slow, and Jack was in a constant state of anxiety because of what happening for a lot of the book and that made me tense in turn, which isn't so fun. But I loved Jack and Edward together, they were just so wonderful together, so cute and adorable. At times the sex feels a tad glossed over, but it still manages to be really hot, especially a few scenes near the end after all the angst is over. And I loved how seamlessly these two moved from a casual thing at the start into boyfriends in love. There were great secondary characters too, and I love when the secondary characters can be just as enjoyable to read as the MC's. Because if there is a scene with one MC and a secondary character and I don't care about the secondary character? That can be boring and slow. But this book didn't fall into that. It mostly only felt slow because of how long the big plot was dragged out. Overall, this was for sure a fun and wonderful read. Also, I really enjoyed the ending more than the beginning, which was an interesting change because sometimes it's in the reverse. Not that the beginning and middle wasn't fun either, just that the ending was my favorite part of the book. This is definitely worth a read :D

  • Mary
    2018-11-29 02:44

    Jack and Edward are really likeable characters. It was both sweet and sexy how they were enjoying the 'heat' of a new relationship even as they fell easily into domesticity. It was great to see Edward so supportive and nurturing with Jack, a man he had just met. This guys just-they're was no doubt about their being there for one another. Edward was just so down to earth; doing every day things himself and for Jack it was easy to forget he was a rich and powerful man. Jack is such a good man and yet he doesn't realize it, doesn't see how strong he is and how far he's come. Even as he tries to cope with his ptsd, he thinks and puts others before himself, and it was so beautiful that he had such a great support system in Edward and other people around him. A sweet and wonderful story.

  • Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
    2018-11-29 21:48

    ***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***Army veteran Jack McCall has been working for a charity supporting returning vets in London, as well as fighting against his demons and addiction, and he's become an inspiration for others. He's asked by his boss to approach Edward Marsden, Viscount Routhsley, since he's a very well-known philanthropist and Those Returned needs all the help they can get. Edward is not what Jack expects, though, and when he starts pursuing Jack, there's not much resistance on Jack's part. They come from very different worlds, but their attraction to each other is undeniable. However, both men are very private and in the closet and the media vultures keep trying to find something to bring them both and Those Returned into public scrutiny, until Jack reacts badly to the constant harassment, forcing Jack and Edward to make a choice that might cost them the privacy they value so much.I grew up reading my mom's Spanish versions of Vanity Fair and Harper Bazaar magazines, so I'm very aware of how their pages were splashed with gossip and tidbits regarding the monarchy and European aristocracy. Because of that, I feel this book presents a very realistic account of how the paparazzi can stalk their targets until they explode. I loved Jack and Edward. They were as different as night and day, and yet, they complimented each other brilliantly. Jack had gone through so much while in service and afterward when he came back. He is dealing with PTSD, recovering from his addiction and trying to live with the guilt of his bad decisions and his anger. He works harder than anyone at Those Returned to give something back, doing everything he can to help others that have been in his position. He barely has a social life, until he meets Edward, who pursues him relentlessly once he realizes his interest is returned by Jack. I adored Edward. While Jack made me want to cuddle him and make it all better, Edward was like this charming force of nature that saw Jack and just had to have him. He wasn't the playboy the media thought he was, and he proved his worth more than once throughout the whole ordeal they had to endure. I just loved that while they fell into bed together at first, Edward was there for Jack in any capacity he needed him, and Jack was also willing to be there for Edward. They had amazing chemistry that slowly grew into more and no matter if it was just talking, Edward comforting Jack or them having sex, it was obvious they were so perfect for each other. I absolutely adored Matilda and Edward's lawyer, they were both kicka** characters! Jack's boss, Edward's parents and Jack's best friend Tommy were amazing as well and I loved them to bits. I hated Randall and his coworker with the passion of a thousand suns and really, I have to give props to Ms. Lewis for the very satisfying resolution to that issue. Overall, Private Truths started a bit awkwardly, it took me a bit to get into it, but once I did, I just couldn't put it down. I was completely enthralled in the intrigue and the suspense of what would happen and how it would all unravel. The book is well-written, realistic, engaging, with a fantastic array of both principal and supporting characters that will make you laugh and cry and care for them. Definitely going on the re-read shelf! Highly recommendable!Rating: 5 Stars!!!

  • Sarah
    2018-11-22 22:27

    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. I thoroughly enjoyed this story about a retired army officer from a humble background falling for the Viscount who sponsors his charity. Jack is inspiring. Released from the army after a serious injury, he spends his time running a charity for homeless veterans. He is absolutely charming even if he’s a little rough around the edges. Edward has money and status, but he also spends his time working on charity ventures. There is some suspense in this story as Jack finds himself facing assault charges and both men find themselves hounded by the tabloids. The many plot threads make this a long and at times slightly complicated story.I struggled a little with Edward’s character. His speech and actions feel dated. He really doesn’t speak or act like a contemporary toff. His language is far too formal and he reads at least a generation older than he actually is. Similarly, as an officer, Jack should have been much more comfortable in formal situations and far less in awe of Edward when they meet. There was something awkward and stilted in the dialogue between these two men that made it slightly difficult to believe in their romance. I enjoyed the whole cast of characters together - from Jack’s Northern small town friends to Edward’s important family to Jack’s charity coworkers there is an incredibly diverse group of well developed and enjoyable characters in this story.The romance between these two men is sweet and slow and there are more scenes of comfort and friendship than sex.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2018-12-17 00:42

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.75 starsPrivate Truths is a wonderful novel about two men joining together under seemingly impossible odds. The book is well paced and save for a few rather odd typos, it is written in a smooth, relaxing style that flows effortlessly. There is a comfortableness about Private Truths that makes it seem less like a novel and more like a story retold by good friends. This style of writing really appeals to me and, as a result, I all but devoured the book.Jack and Edward are the driving force behind Private Truths and from the start we are bound up in the natural ebb and flow of their developing relationships. They are each, in their way, a trope of a kind — the wounded soldier and the wealthy playboy — but neither of these ideas confine or consume them. As a result, they become so much more than caricatures and have a realism that goes well beyond the ordinary. The struggles they face, especially Jack’s legal troubles, all add to that realism as they are stumbling blocks that could happen beyond the confines of a book. And that was refreshing because while I love a good shootout or rampaging dragon, sometimes being relatable is just as appealing. While we as readers might not know a solider or a wealthy aristocrat, we certainly know they exist and, at least in Private Truths, their portrayal feels approachable and warm.Read Sue’s review in its entirety here.

  • Al *the serial series skipper*
    2018-12-12 18:26

    Good book, it was a little repetitive but still enjoyable.

  • JoAnna G
    2018-12-04 23:44

    4 starsThis is the first book I have read by this author. This book starts off very slowly. I at first had a hard time with the pacing. I kept pushing through and then I found myself thoroughly enjoying this story.You have a retired army officer Jack McCall helping veterans. He goes out at night and feeds them. He goes to a party trying to stir up donations at the request of his boss. He there meets Edward Marsden, Viscount Routhsley. He believes him to be a playboy, as the stories are told. These two men are very different. JAck tries to stay out of the spotlight for reasons. Then Edward is very much in the public eye, but gets his privacy when wanted or needed. Edward is really not what you think. I thought he would be stuck up because of his background. I really liked him. Jack has the biggest heart. I loved reading about these two men and their forged friendship and more. When the going got tough Edward was there for him. The jokes and humor from Edward were good.There is a suspenseful feel here in the story as Jack has to face the repercussions of his actions. There is laughing and friendship and family. I like the secondary characters. At some points before we get to really se these two men, their interactions are a bit off. Though it wasn't off putting for me. I was not disappointed with this book.

  • Is
    2018-11-29 21:27

    This book killed me. In all the best ways.Like the 'My Lord,' and the Pervy Den, and really the way Edward and Jack interacted and bantered. Even the sex scenes were fluid, and in the way that didn't overwhelm the reader.PTSD was dealt in away that really seemed natural. I can't speak about proper representation since I've never suffered from it, but I love that it wasn't brushed aside as soon as it was convenient to the plot line or for the romance. Instead, we get the perfect romance in spite of it, and one that allows the reader and the character to feel that mental illness doesn't define you. As for the plot, poor Jack, man.My only little quibble was that Jack and Edward should have gotten to know each other a little more. For the twist, or rather the problems to have started just a bit later. Although, this could have been deliberate and part of the story. Part of what made this story the way it was. Still, I would have felt a bit uncomfortable had that happened to me, regardless of good intentions.In all, this was the type of read that I didn't expect to enjoy so much. Or rather to have come from this characters.

  • J
    2018-11-24 02:25

    M/M. The beginning of this book was great, the ending of this book was great, but the middle became a little tedious and repetitive. The point of the story of a rich nobleman falling for (and supporting the charity of) a lowly, down on his luck commoner. The nobleman was fodder for the English gossip newspapers just because of who he was and the reporters tried everything they could get every lurid story they could, many times by prying into the life of the commoner.The writing in this book was spot on, the banter between the two MC's delicious. Unfortunately, the repeated story of having to dodge reporters, bad stories being published and the inevitable tension between the MC's got a little old. Otherwise this would have been 5 stars.

  • Bitchie
    2018-11-22 00:42

    I liked the characters, and the writing was solid. However, I wish that Edward and Jack and gotten to spend more time together learning to be a couple, before all the crazy shit started hitting the fan. As it was, I didn't think they had gotten to know each other well enough for Edward to take Jack into his home and do all that he did for him. As long as the book ended up being, I just think it needed more at the start, and less for the rest.

  • Meggie
    2018-12-07 02:39

    Jack McCall and Edward Marsden were perfect for each other. I really enjoyed fallowing how well they fit, even having so much trouble, because of slimy reporters. As a reader I was drawn in to the game of love and charisma. Their dance was awesome. I liked Jack's POV, but missed Edwards. Anyway, great romance in overall.

  • Kirmizi
    2018-12-10 22:47

    I can't help but smiling.

  • Jenny Wood
    2018-12-03 22:21

    Jack helps out at a shelter for veterans who’ve fallen on hard times. As a veteran himself, he takes his job very seriously and truly wants to help; even though he’s been followed around and once lost his temper at a paparazzi, making him an instant celebrity. Owner of the shelter he works at, Henderson has volunteered him to put on his best suit, (which he despises) and mingling with the wealthy in order to ask for help with donations or monetary contribution to keep everything running smoothly and revamp a little bit. That’s where he meets Edward.Okay, I’m from the US, so it took me a few minutes to understand who this Edward was; he’s got some fancy title that I thought was his name and was like, how is that a name for a person? It’s ridiculous. But, alas, his name is Edward and he’s taking a liking to Jack; however, nobody knows he likes men. He’s seen with his best friend (who people think he’s with) and a different woman for every occasion. He feels like, if people know his orientation then they’ll focus more on that, than the good he does with whatever charity, which once you get to know him, aristocracy be damned, he’s a really great guy, and Jack doesn’t treat him like the royalty that he is, he just likes him and Edward likes that AND likes him. Even Matilda, the bestie approves. Unfortunately, some of the paps get word that they might be an item and run on speculation and a prayer and Jack, known for losing his temper, especially at paparazzi; beats the time out of the photographer who’s been fanning the flames of gossip (and it was much deserved, I got a sick satisfaction out of the bone crunching, face pounding beat down he was delivered after harassing Jack at his home. I don’t understand why Jack got arrested for this, since the dude was in fact, harassing him on the steps of his house and egging it on. He was beginning for it. That part made me mad, that would be 100% justified here in the states. You feel threatened and harassed; you do something about it.) I didn’t care for the way the guy just seemingly got away with everything, even though I guess Jack and Edward did get a tiny bit of satisfaction of seeing him sweat… it just wasn’t enough for me.Anyway, that lead to Jack needing to hide out for a while, until things cooled down. He was antsy and on edge and it was effecting his work and his health, so still feeling bad for letting people down and losing his temper, Henderson takes him to a secret hide out, who’d been established by Edward. Edward wanted to take care of him, because….. well, because he’s just that sweet and he cares about Jack. He stands by him through everything, when Jack feels like everything is his fault; the numerous times he fell apart and needed someone to ground him. Edward was there for all that.I also loved the relationship between Edward and his parents, I was waiting for them to be pompous and snobbish, but they weren’t, they were just like Edward and I loved that. I also loved Tommy and Angie and how well they got along with Edward and just, everyone who made their lives easier entwine together. They were truly perfect together and I enjoyed reading of their journey. I wouldn’t mind seeing more from them down the road. Overall a great story, little angsty but not too bad and it ended hopeful and happy. 4 stars from me!I received this book by the publisher with the promise of an honest and unbiased review…

  • Theodora IK
    2018-11-20 22:41

    4.5 starsA lovely story with lovable characters.

  • Lea
    2018-12-17 00:36

    At a certain point, it felt like the story just like it went on in an endless loop with the same one-dimensional villains at the helm. Just got a bit boring and predictable.

  • Jessica
    2018-12-07 02:44

    I loved this book. It's been a while since I'v read a MM book that was actually good. And this one is worth the read. The PUNS! I love when characters use cheesy puns. Edward and Jack did deliver them.The relationship and banter that Jack and Edward have made me grin from ear to ear.So sweet and supportive of one another. Edward really helps Jack with some of his past issues that he has been ignoring. Jack helps Edward in a different way, but I can't really say too much without giving away spoilers.The sex scenes were hot without being too intense. A lot of books put too much sex. You could say that there wasn't enough in this one, but I enjoyed it more that way. Sometimes it's more about the storyline, than sex. It worked well for this book. Can't wait for the sequel!

  • cynthisizing
    2018-12-12 22:21

    DNF @ 50%. There was no chemistry in this, that I could feel and that's ended the read for me. I'm sad that I'm missing out on what so many people clearly loved but this story was falling so flat for me. I started skimming at 40%. There wasn't any kind of believable dimension to the characters and the personal drama felt manufactured and … bland. An overall lacking of depth. Sorry y'all.

  • Sumire
    2018-12-02 22:20

    it was a wonderful read for me! I love Andrew and Jack and all the characters who supports them. But what I love the most is that when trouble comes Andrew and Jack didn't grow apart, instead they talk about it and they become closer with each other. It's a rather long read but every word is worth it. I never skipped! A proof that I love the book.It was my first book by C.B. Lewis, and I'm sure it'll never be the last.

  • Rennie
    2018-11-28 18:46

    Lovely and romantic.

  • Fiona
    2018-11-23 18:40

    Loved it!!! I could not put it down and read it in one sitting. I loved all the British phrases, was quite pleased that I knew so many of them myself.