Well, I did like "A Beautiful Lie" but the back and forth attraction Jesse had for his best friend Eric was a little bit of a yuck factor, especially when Trip shows up and Jesse is suddenly admitting he had a secret crush on him when he was growing up. After getting over that bit though, I enjoyed the interaction between Trip and Jesse. But, the jealousy from Eric toward Trip and the secret that he knew concerning Trip and Joslyn and Jesse made for an UH-OH, in the storyline. I liked the way the author wrote about Joslyn's cancer coming out of remission and shows how they all have to deal with the stress of knowing Joslyn was going to die. The ending was a good ending even though it took a while to get there.
Jesse finds out his beloved sister's cancer has flared up again and that he must deal with her possible death, and then he has to deal with his boyhood crush coming back to town, his best friend Eric's older brother, Trip Cantrell. Trip Cantrell strolls back into town not knowing what he's going to do with his life, when he sees the boy who was his brother Eric's best friend is all grown up and hot as hell. He is intensely attracted to Jesse and when he finds that attraction is reciprocated, they decide to explore it but need to keep it a secret from Eric.
Eric knows a secret that could destroy Jesse and Trip's newfound love, but will he use it? And, how will all of them deal with Joslyn's cancer flaring back up?
Jesse Reagan has had more than his share of tragedy, and he may have been dealt another blow when, once again, cancer threatens the sister who raised him. Faced with the possibility of being left behind, Jesse vows to care for her young son, though he’s not convinced he can.
When Trip Cantrell returns to town, he’s blindsided the instant he’s reunited with his kid brother’s lifelong friend, Jesse. His inability to find happiness in the years he’s been gone, suddenly makes sense. Love’s been waiting at home all along.
Life begins to look promising, except for the fact that neither have come out of the closet publicly, and that’s not even their biggest problem. Someone has a secret so shocking they may never find a way past it.
Will they be accepted in their small Texas town, or will secrets, lies, and the threat of tragedy destroy everything?
Be Warned: m/m sex, frottage, rimming