Telling the Truth by Lee Brazil is the second in a series of three (so far). It follows four brothers who own and manage a production company in Hollywood. In the first book, Keeping House, we met Mischa, a sweet, young, free spirit who was the proverbial "black sheep" of the family. Through his story, we meet the hero of this story, Terry. As the blurb suggests, Terry is not one to bend rules, let alone break them. But once he meets Dexs and Trick, all rules fly out the window as he struggles not only with the stigma of incest (pairing with the twins) but also in balancing his love of his family and his own need for happiness and fulfillment.
Whenever I read an m/m/m, I'm always curious to see how the author will handle the dynamics of all three characters. Inevitably, it seems one partner is the dominant one and the other two are subservient. That seems to be the pattern which makes the relationship work. But in this story Ms. Brazil breaks that story pattern and provides us with a rich love triangle where each is truly an equal participant.
Dex and trick have led difficult lives and have had to face a great deal of public scrutiny and scorn as they explore and embrace their love of one another. Terry has felt it his responsibility to remain the pragmatic brother in the Blake family, putting the family business first at his own expense.
As Terry, Dex, and Trick meet, explore each other, and ultimately accept each other as lovers, we see how three men truly can make a triangle work where each person brings something unique and powerful to the mix. By experiencing their love scenes, it becomes clear how compatible they are physically, but what is more wonderful is to see how Terry changes over the course of the story. His self-identity, his previously held belief that he needs to be the one who represents a face of "normalcy" is put to the test. Half the fun of reading this book was watching Terry as he took this test and hoping to see him pass.
This story has a sequel which follows yet another brother, Brandon. It is called Giving Up and I highly recommend that you read that as well. My only complaint is that Ms. Brazil has not yet written the fourth story in the arc to finish out the Truth of Dare series. I will certainly be waiting for that to come out.
Truth or Dare. The Blake brothers upped the ante in their weekly poker game. When Terry loses, his debt of telling the truth sets him free.
Terry has lived his life according to the guidelines, by studying accounting, getting an MBA, and working for the family business. And while his work has its own rewards, something has been missing, and his eyes have only just been opened to what--or rather who--that could be.
Terry's brothers have upped the ante in their weekly poker game. A Truth or Dare challenge. Terry can handle any dare his brothers dish out, but the demand for Truth is a different matter. Terry is honor-bound to divulge secrets he’s been ashamed to admit even to himself in the privacy of his own bedroom.
Twins Dex and Trick have finally found acceptance for their relationship in the homes of their friends. They'd never do anything to jeopardize that newfound sense of belonging. Fooling around with their friend Mischa Blake's prissy, domineering, oh-so-sexy older brother is risky. A one-night stand might be okay, but they close ranks afterward, pushing Terry aside.
Terry isn’t going to back down without a fight. Dex and Trick are meant to be his, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make them realize all the safety and protection they need can be found in his arms.
Content Warning: This title contains twincest, graphic descriptions of Male/Male sexual interaction including ménage and anal intercourse/play