Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Daywalker Series: The Hard Truth - Amanda Young

Cage Johnson is not a happy vamp, blackmailed into making his brother and his existence known to the Council by Red, long time friend and ex-lover. Now that he was at the point of no return, he finds himself not only in the middle of a tension filled situation, but alone as Red seem to have suddenly abandoned him.

Red Taylor has achieved one part of what he has always wanted; getting Cadge to expose himself to the council. This was just the first part of what he wanted from Cadge and that has taken him more than years than he care to remember to get to this point. Getting Cadge to acknowledge the feeling they have for each other is the next step and he’s not willing to wait any longer.

THE HARD TRUTH is the follow up to SECRETS AND LIES, and I have to admit I liked it. It starts almost directly after the first book ends. Red gives Cadge no time to renege on his promise to come out to the council about the existence of his specie - Daywalker's.

However all is not as straightforward as they naively thought it would be. As not only did Cadge have to look a sworn enemy in the eye but also come to terms with the fact that as much as Cadge lead him to the council, it looks like he was most definitely on his own from here on in – and he’s not sure he likes it.

Red knows he is doing the right thing, irrespective of the fact that things have a way of bouncing back at you when you least expect it, which is exactly what happens. At a lose of what to do to keep himself in the know and at the same time in a position to protect Cadge in this situation that he’s drag him into – he goes to the man himself to give him support.

What he gets intern, is a man confused about what he wants, what he’s missed out on and a man who wants him. They however have a lot of issues and past hurt to resolve before they can go any further.

Things are taken out of their hands when they are caught up in a situation that may have Red loosing more than he's ever had and Cadge more than he ever could.

This book is not a stand alone book and must be read in conjunction with SECRETS AND LIES. THE HARD TRUTH is the second in the series and while there were parts that felt really rushed and abrupt, the plot, the tension between the two protagonists as well as the eerily suspenseful feel of the house that this whole book takes place make this read sooo worth it.

Well done Ms. Young, The HARD TRUTH is a wonderful read.

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