Truth Be Told; Blackbridge Security #4
(A standalone within a series)
Publication Date: February 23, 2021
Genre/Tropes: Contemporary/Second-Chance Romance
Author: Marie James
I love these guys at Blackbridge Security and always enjoy the love story mixed with an intense story. In Truth Be Told Marie James takes a step away from her suspenseful tale and gives us a story about second chances and learning to forgive after a lifetime of lies and betrayal.
Ignacio Torres broke his girlfriend, Tinley’s, heart when they were in high school. He did it to protect her and to make sure she never came looking for him. When they were seniors in high school he had no future, no way out of the tiny town they lived in and nothing to offer her but a life of poverty. When he returns to his home town after thirteen years he knew he made the right decision when all he sees is broken down buildings, homelessness and a town even more in despair than even he remembers. The first moment he second guesses that decision is when he sees a teenage boy that resembles him walking behind the only woman he ever loved.
Tinley was broken when Ignacio left. He obliterated her heart and tore their relationship to shreds, demeaning and belittling everything they shared. There was no question in her mind that a man who had no desire to care about her would not care about the child they created. Thirteen years passed and time wasn’t easy on her as a single mother, but her stubbornness has never allowed her to quit or give up. Alex, her son, is hers and she loves him and would never take back her time spent with Ignacio even knowing how it all ended. However, when Ignacio shows up on her doorstep she’s angry and scared. She won’t allow him to take away her son and forgiving the man who suddenly appears is going to take time. The idea of some big happy family will never happen because she doesn’t know if she can ever forgive him.
Both Tinley and Ignacio are in a state of stubborn anger towards each other for a lot of the story. So while this is a second chance romance, even more than that it’s a story about forgiveness and really learning how to communicate. These two people have a son, who is in the middle trying to navigate his parents while learning about their new dynamic as well. I like how he processed things as he learned about the history on each of them and in turn really gave his parents things to think about.
Of all the books in the Blackbridge series, this one doesn’t have the suspenseful/action aspect, but the relationship growth between all of the characters made this story just as good and a worthy part of the series.
Lies ruin lives.
Ignacio Torres, the translator for Blackbridge Security, has told his fair share and then some.
He lied more than once to Tinley Holland when they were teens.
Told her he didn’t love her.
Told her he could live without her.
Told her what they shared didn’t mean a thing.
He’s lived with those lies, lived with the loss of her for over a decade.
What he didn’t expect was going home to help with a family matter only to discover Tinley has told the biggest lie of all.