Defined by Deceit by A.E. Via – Review and Excerpt

Author A.E. Via
Edited by: Tina Adamski
Cover Art by: Jay Aheer
Length: 300 Pages
Release Date: March 27, 2015


Life isn’t always fair, and that’s something that Llewellyn Gardner knows about first hand. His life was on the fast track until one night of extreme passion changed everything.

Now eight years later, he’s still living with the aftershocks of that night. Everywhere he turns or runs, there’s another reminder. What the hell do you do when you try to drown your demons only to find out they can swim?

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Shane Smith, Jr. owner of Smith Construction, could see the emotional turmoil within his new employee — it’s why he hired him. There was something about the gorgeous, misunderstood man with the overly expressive eyes that came to their small town with a past no one was willing to overlook. Shane could see the good in Llewellyn, and those eyes of his were a clear window to his soul. Shane wasn’t going to let the man live a future of solitude because his past had been plagued with deceit.

Llewellyn wasn’t sure what to think about Shane. After years of protecting himself from being tricked twice, he was now faced with worry again. What would happen to him if Shane didn’t believe his truth, and walked away? Llewellyn wasn’t sure he’d be able to survive being left alone. Again.

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I have always loved A.E. Via’s books, but this one was the best I’ve read so far. I once again did not read the blurb before reading, so I was in for a roller coast ride. It broke my heart in so many ways before it made it all better! Following Llew’s point of view for the first part, you get to experience everything he did: the blissful first love, the danger and betrayal, the knowledge it will all be over in jail, the steady hands keeping him up when he wanted to get out.

Even when things change for the better and Llew meets Shane, the way he is treated by almost everyone will still break your heart. Yet the glimmer of hope peppered between supporting characters that think before they label makes it all better. And then there is the beauty of Shane and Llew together which makes up for everything.

This story kept me hooked from start to finish, having me root for the two protagonists and hope there will be a bright, larger than life light at the end of the tunnel. Well done, A.E. Via, this was a truly amazing read.

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Llew sighed and stood back up. He brought both hands up and hooked them on the top of the doorframe, looking down at Shane. Something in Shane’s eyes made him want to do anything for him, anything that would keep him looking at him like that. He watched as he came closer and closer until Shane’s head was tilted up to look at him.

“Don’t go okay?” he whispered, standing close enough that his breath ghosted over Llew’s chin when he spoke. “Stay, please.”

“Why?” Llew asked, his voice dark and full of hurt.

Shane shook his head and ran his hand through his hair. “I don’t know yet. But… just don’t go, alright. I need to get over to my parents’ place for dinner, I’m already late. But, um. I’ll see you at work tomorrow, seven sharp.” Shane give a him a cute wink. “Don’t be late either, your boss is a real ballbuster.”

Llew ducked his head and smiled.

Shane backed up and snorted a startled breath. “Wow. You look so different when you smile.” He pinched the bridge of his nose and shook his head like he was searching for the right words. “Not better… just different.”

Llew watched him go, his spirits a little lighter since he hadn’t lost his chance at the job he needed so much. He pushed his bag back in the closet, but didn’t unpack. He went to the kitchen and got a bottle of water for his dry mouth. Looking around the room, he thought it looked so much better with Shane in it. He dropped down to the floor, glancing at his watch. He had an hour and half before he was supposed to be at the general store for his training. He doubted he was still employed, but he’d show up, nonetheless. When he contemplated his life now, he thought about Shane.

About the author

A.E. Via is still a fairly new author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.

When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.

While this is only her seventh novel, she has plenty more to come. So stalk her – she loves that – because the male on male action is just heating up!

Go to A.E. Via’s official website for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, and where she’ll appear next.

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2 Responses to “Defined by Deceit by A.E. Via – Review and Excerpt”

  1. Ree Dee says:

    I can’t wait to read Defined by Deceit!

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