When Luke McCullough’s athletic potential is diminished by a field injury, his pride pays the price. Returned to Center County a broken man, the long road to recovery seems dreary and overshadowed by opportunities lost, until he meets Tristan Hughes.
Tristan came to Center County to escape his past and start anew, but nothing prepared him for Luke. Intrigued, Tristan cautiously gets to know this powerful man, only to fall head over heels for the vulnerable soul hiding behind all that intensity and drive.
Luke has never been interested in men, so when he can’t get Tristan out of his head he doubles his efforts to fight the inevitable. Stolen glances lead to heated encounters, followed by punishing regret, but Luke’s inability to face the truth of who he really is may cost him the only happiness he’s ever known.
Forsaking Truth is book 5 in the McCollough Mountain series, and I’ll admit, I’ve really been waiting for this one. Luke was a really tough nut to crack and I wanted to see him get his happily ever after. I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy journey. So I was prepared, tissues handy and no one to disturb me while I dived into Luke and Tristan’s story.
What did surprise me was that the majority of the tears I shed (and I did) were happy tears. Don’t let me deceive you. This was a hard emotional book. These two face a lot of challenges and trials. I raged with Tristan at the unfairness he had to deal with from his own partner, I sympathized with Luke and his inability to come to terms with his own sexuality and his small town Catholic background, and I cheered for them both when they finally found their peace.
As with all the McCollough Mountain books, Forsaking Truth is not your typical love story. It is an in depth look at life and society. At the trials and joys that Gay men face today and this couple faced in particular. In my opinion Lydia Michaels is virtuoso of prose, addressing sensitive subjects with intelligence, emotion and empathy. Kudos Lydia, on another shining gem in your tiara!