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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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Author – Brigham Vaughn
Star rating - ★★★★☆
No. of Pages – 111
Cover – Fun and Cute
POV – 3rd person, dual POV
Would I read it again – Yes.
Genre – LGBT, Contemporary, Vet, Geek
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **
Reviewed for Divine Magazine
This was a funny, bright book that made me smile most of the way through. The few times I wasn't chuckling along or smiling to myself were when things got serious and I was worried about where the story was going to go.
I haven't read the prequel (didn't know there was one, TBH) about Paul and Isaac, but thankfully, I didn't have to. They were minor characters in this story and I don't think reading about them here will stop me from reading their story, later.
For main characters, I liked both Grant and Brodie. Neither were too overpowering. Grant was a bit of a loner geek, with some serious self-esteem issues thanks to a previous boyfriend, while Brodie was a confident, over-worked man with little to no time to socialise. Together, they found a way to balance the good and bad in each other, while accepting and opening up about their flaws and pasts.
However, there was something that I can't put my finger on that stopped it being a 5 star read. Maybe it's how quickly (and conveniently) it all came together. Maybe it's that this is a short story and I missed the growth and struggle of the relationship that it could have been, if longer. I can't say. All I can say is that while I really enjoyed it, it didn't blow me away.
Another negative is that there were a few problems; mostly spelling/grammar and one instance of formatting, where a sentence was divided between two lines and a few missing or extra quotation marks where they should/shouldn't have been. There was also one or two continuity issues, with people doing things they'd already done.
Overall, there was very little angst here and what there was basically revolved around little Molly. That's fine with me. I like a good, happy book that isn't going to have me gritting my teeth with anxiety every other page. This one was fluffy, light and happy in all the ways that I love.
At first glance, Grant Murchison is the one with all the issues that might keep these two men from turning their mutual attraction into something more and lasting. His previous partner really did a number on him, leaving Grant questioning whether his sexual appetite is even normal, and very afraid to trust again. But, if you look a little closer, it soon becomes clear that Doc Brodie has his own reasons for wondering whether he’ll ever find a man who’ll put up with him. Since his job demands he only works night-time shifts for the foreseeable future, forging a relationship is tricky at best.
When the two men first meet, Grant is embarrassed to say the least. Admitting what exactly his cat, Mollie, had eaten was excruciating for him, especially since he already questions his hunger for sexual release. Dr. Brodie handles him well though, almost as if he’s dealing with another scared but adorable creature, and when the two men meet again outside the surgery, it doesn’t take long for sparks to fly.
In fact, things go so well it’s hard to believe anything could come between these two men and their journey to a happily ever after… until something does. Good (or should I say naughty?) Molly comes to the rescue though, and Doc Brodie is determined not to let his second chance pass him by.
I adored everything and everybody in this story. Both Grant and Brodie are wonderful and easy to like men, and obviously meant for each other. Their pets, the adventurous Molly and the huge but loveable Ruby are as cute as their owners and regularly put a smile on my face, unless Molly was doing her utmost to scare me and Grant out of our minds.
As always Brigham Vaughn’s writing is smooth. Her carefully chosen words paint vibrant pictures. The story moves with ease from start to finish; never boring, never rushed, always gripping and without any filler material.
If you’re in the mood for a wonderful feel-good story with only minor angst and endless amounts of cute, you’ll want to pick this book up immediately.
Can you imagine having to explain this situation to your vet? LOL!! OMG, I would die! But, that is exactly what Grant does and to top it off, Doc Brodie, who is on call, and tends to Molly at the emergency vet office, is H.O.T., HOT. He is exactly the type of guy Grant would love to get to know. Grant is geeky, a little shy, and he’s got baggage from a previous relationship. Brodie is sexy, buff, and tattooed, but he is also kind, and protective. Basically everything Grant wants in a guy, and we soon find out the feeling is mutual. There are some misunderstandings and some fumbling along the way but these two are sweet together and so is their romance.
Brigham Vaughn is the queen of short stories in my opinion, and this one is not any less wonderful as her others. This was a great read, and is going on my summer reading list of recs. ENJOY!!
This ARC was given to me in exchange for an honest review.