Blog Tour! Thorn of Secrets by B. Truly

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In love with the same face that haunts me….

The falling leaves of autumn are like the deceit in my family lineage. Closing the door on the infinite cold—winter blossoms into the spring of new beginnings. In the next season of my life, I’m mending the pieces back together. Opening myself up, I even begin to date, which is a big step for me.

After graduating from high school, a shocking development causes me to be on alert. When nothing comes of it, I move forward, wanting desperately to put the past behind me.

About to start college, I bump into someone from my complicated past, and my heart is torn. The dilemma I struggle with: Do I let other people’s opinion define who I am? I must decide if I’ll push

through the ridicule and pave my own path. Could the face that’s scorned me be the key to my resolve? I’ll never know if I take the easy way out.

I’ve unlocked my darkest secret only to have it return to torment me. As the thorns of his obsession encompass me, I discover I’m part of a twisted ploy. If I don’t figure a way out of this predicament, then the life I’ve known may cease to exist.

Don’t miss the riveting sequel to Madison’s story that will have you dangling on the edge of your seat.

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Read an Excerpt

The power of the wind beating against the windows becomes too much—two of them shatter. Glass explodes everywhere. Justin uses his body as a shield, keeping the invading glass from hitting me. Tanya screams bloody murder.

Jackson shouts from down the hall. “Move your asses, people!”

Justin ushers me in that direction quickly. As I move, I notice putting weight on my right foot is painful. It gives out against my will, then I’m hobbling.

Tanya rushes into the half-bath. Justin stops and scoops me up, carrying me the rest of the way, making me feel like a helpless child. It’s more than humiliating. We huddle in the half-bath. The room doesn’t have windows, thank goodness. Since the house doesn’t have a basement, this makes the half-bath the safest spot.

A flashlight propped up on the counter is our only source of light. Jackson’s forehead is wrinkled. Tanya is sitting on the toilet with the lid closed with her arms wrapped around herself. Justin is near me as I crouch in the corner, shivering uncontrollably. The house feels like an earthquake has gotten a hold of it—shaking under the wrath of the cyclone.

My heart is slamming against my ribcage. The sound blends in with the rumbling of the foundation. With the expressions on the others’ faces, I’m not imagining it. The tornado is right

on top of us, and I’m certain the house is inside of it. For a couple of seconds, all sound seems to cease. The vroom of the monster is muted.

“Is it gone?” Tanya wonders.

My senses are waving red flags. The cyclone is nowhere near done. It’s only getting started. My intuition is confirmed when the roaring picks up again and, to my disbelief, is even louder. The theory about the eye is wrong. The center of the storm is not peaceful, only a momentary calm before the beast unleashes its full wrath. The wind is so ferocious, it takes everything in me not to cry.

Tanya lets out her fear. “Why is the house shaking? Why is it so loud?”

A moment later, it becomes clear why the house is trembling. It has been defeated and can no longer stay rooted. The roof cracks open. The cracks spread quickly, like worker ants determined to snag a meal, and then the roof rips off completely.

“Ah, hell!” Jackson yells.

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My Review

After battling through the harrowing experience that was thrust upon Madie after moving to Houston and starting a new life with her Mother’s new boyfriend and his twin sons, the only thing Madie wants is to start living again. Having moved back to Baton Rouge with her grandmother, and learning how to be a fantastic mother to her baby – Lil Mama, things are looking up. After graduating, Madie gets some news that puts her on high alert, though nothing comes of it and she continues to try and navigate this new life of dating and facing intimacy with someone she trusts. Unexpectedly running into someone from her past sends her into a tail spin and has her questioning all the feelings that she thought were gone. Navigating this new life won’t be easy, but Madie will face it head on as she’s shown just how strong she really is.

I almost put myself into a terrible bind when I saw this pop up on one of Goddess Fish Promotions newsletters. I requested this book 4 days ago, I received it 3 days ago, and I finished it yesterday. As soon as I saw the name B.Truly in the newsletter I could not help myself. I read the first book in this series last year, and while it started off a bit slow, it turned out to be a fantastic book and I just had to continue the series and see what happened to all the characters I’d met! I was not disappointed.

This story virtually picks up from where book one finishes. Madison is with her grandmother and is finishing out high school with her cousin Dari while navigating new mother hood. Getting to see how Madison was going to work through the issues that would no doubt arise from the awful experience she went through was fantastic. I feel like Truly really did justice to the struggles that one would face after going through something like that. I loved that we got to walk with Madison through part of her healing process, I say part because, let’s be honest, there’s a whole lot of healing that needs to happen, and it will take time. And I love that Truly really illustrates this. Getting to see how Madison would work through her issues once feeling ready to date again was also a great addition to the story and I feel like it really added some more depth to Madison’s character.

All the major players, for the most part, are present in this instalment and I loved meeting them again. Though I still find Madison’s mother to be highly irritating, as is her sister Tanya, it was nice to see her mother gain a bit of depth as well as us getting a bit of a backstory to something that was shown in book one. I also loved that we got to learn a lot more about Dariel – Madison’s cousin – as she was mentioned quite a bit in book one, and there are some extra things that come up in the story surrounding her, which will definitely lead to some offshoot stories in this world, and I won’t lie, I’m pretty keen for this.

The story itself isn’t ground breaking, but it’s honest and well written. At it’s core, this story is about a girl who had so much ripped away from her at the hands of someone she trusted, it’s her learning to trust again and work through the hurt and the left over mental anguish that arose from this. It’s a story about a girl who is so strong for standing up for herself, for not shying away when things get too hard, and about facing life head on. This may seem like a light story, but it deals with some pretty heavy issues, I do think that Truly deals with these issues beautifully. I will put a trigger warning here though, there are themes of sexual abuse, rape, and violence, if these are themes that you struggle with, I suggest that maybe this book is not for you.

I loved that we got to revisit Justin and Madi’s relationship, and I won’t lie, that’s what I came back for. I really wanted to see if these two people, who were thrown together unexpectedly, yet managed to find something special, would make it after everything that happened. And I was not disappointed. I know that there is a book 3 coming, and I’m pretty keen for it to be honest, I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here and I’m hoping that someone really gets what’s coming to them.

All in all, this was a great follow up to what turned out to be a fantastic book that deals with some pretty heavy issues. I did find the pacing to be a bit better in this story, though found the narrative to come across a little juvenile at times – take that opinion with a grain of salt though, I am 35 and possibly not the super forefront intended audience, as these characters are only just finishing high school. Still, I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to seeing these characters again in future instalments!

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About the Author

B. Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old. She is grateful to have accomplished this dream. B. Truly has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She’s addicted to romance and gets a thrill out of suspense and sci-fi. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, sci-fi, dystopian, and paranormal genres.

B. Truly likes to explore conflicted plots of romance with thrilling twists. She also loves creating impossible situations for her characters to grow from and try to overcome.

B. Truly has three wonderful children, and a husband who defines the person that she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Houston, Texas.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. B. Truly says:

    Thank you for hosting, Ms. Jessica, and for the wonderful, and honest review! I enjoyed reading your reviews for both books. I’m thrilled that you were waiting for the sequel, and that it came through for you. Scorn was a hard act to follow because everyone had high expectations.
    I’m 43, but I find that I also like reading books where the characters are 18-21 years old. As long as it’s not too much silly drama. Lol.
    My wish is for this series to reach older teens, and hopefully, the story can help individuals who are suffering through traumatic situations. I’ve been a victim of abuse myself when I was younger. It’s not something that I like talking about, but those types of issues will continue to follow you throughout life if you don’t deal with them head on and go through the healing process. So I felt it was an important message to deliver in the story.

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    1. Jess Smith says:

      Thank you so much! I really enjoyed both books and I’m looking forward to reading the next. I’m so sorry that you went through what you did, as you said, it’s such an important message that needs to be put out there.

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