NICUnurse’s Review of Truth Be Told by Marie James
Truth Be Told is the fourth book of Marie James’ Blackbridge Security series. They are all marketed as stand-alone titles, but if you were going to choose just one book to read in the series, this is the one I’d recommend. Especially if emotional, angsty books are more your speed than romantic suspense.
Ignacio and Tinley fell hard for each other and thought they were going to spend forever together. Until circumstances and a well-placed lie forced them to go separate ways. Now, they both find themselves back in their hometown, and Ignacio is blown away by the secret Tinley has kept from him for so long. With so much hurt, anger, and distrust between them, is there any hope that they can overcome any of it?
There is a lot to unpack between the covers of this book. As the saying goes, there’s a thin line between love and hate, and when Ignacio shoves Tinley over that line thinking he’s doing the right thing, the ripple effect has far-reaching consequences. Both of them are hotheads and driven by emotion. And while they’ve both grown and matured, the animosity on Tinley’s part has festered and morphed into something giant for years. I wanted to do an intervention with these two so badly! So. Much. Angst. But I understood where Tinley was coming from even while my heart broke for Ignacio. They do get their HEA, but man, is it hard-fought!
Of all of the Blackbridge Security books, I think this may have just tied with the first book. But that’s almost like comparing apples and oranges. Book one was a fast-paced romantic suspense, while this one was definitely a more emotional read. And even though Deacon and Anna had a history in Hostile Territory, it was nothing compared to the past that Inacio and Tinley share. So it’s really tough to pick my favorite here. Regardless, as a series junkie, I say give them all a try. I’ve loved watching the brotherhood and camaraderie develop and grow among the Blackbridge guys along the way. And who wouldn’t love a parrot with a huge personality like Puff Daddy?!
NICUnurse’s Rating: I give Truth Be Told by Marie James 4.5 out of 5 propellers!