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Friday, March 27, 2015

Defined by Deceit by A.E. Via ~ Blog tour and GIVEAWAY

~ A.E. Via ~
Edited by: Tina Adamski
Cover Art by: Jay Aheer
PAGE COUNT –  300 pages
Release Date: March 27, 2015


Life isn't always fair, and that’s something that Llewellyn Gardner knows about first hand. His life was on the fast track until one night of extreme passion changed everything.
Now eight years later, he’s still living with the aftershocks of that night. Everywhere he turns or runs, there’s another reminder. What the hell do you do when you try to drown your demons only to find out they can swim?
Shane Smith, Jr. owner of Smith Construction, could see the emotional turmoil within his new employee — it’s why he hired him. There was something about the gorgeous, misunderstood man with the overly expressive eyes that came to their small town with a past no one was willing to overlook. Shane could see the good in Llewellyn, and those eyes of his were a clear window to his soul. Shane wasn't going to let the man live a future of solitude because his past had been plagued with deceit.
Llewellyn wasn’t sure what to think about Shane. After years of protecting himself from being tricked twice, he was now faced with worry again. What would happen to him if Shane didn’t believe his truth, and walked away? Llewellyn wasn’t sure he’d be able to survive being left alone. Again.


“Thinking of going in? Or are you just gonna block the entrance?”
Llew turned at the sound of the sure voice behind him. Since he seemed to tower over everyone he looked down at the pretty brunette with dark brown eyes to match. “Um. Sorry.” Llew mumbled quickly moving out of her way.
“Well don’t be sorry shuga’, just escort a lady inside.” Llew didn’t blink as he watched the lady stalk towards him. Her full chest sat above an extremely narrow waist. It almost looked unnatural. She dressed and wore the amount of makeup that a grown woman would, but her smooth face and approach screamed her real age. She was jailbait if he’d ever seen one. Llew gave her a slight head nod and turned to leave when his elbow was hooked.
“I saw you in the general store applying for a job. You musta’ jus’ got into town, because if not I’d have known, honey. So you got kin here?”
The laugh was an all-out immature giggle and it graded on his nerves. “Cat got your tongue, darlin’”. She moved in even closer and dragged a long red nail down Llew’s arm, tilting her head back to look up at him. “You want me to beg, huh? Come on now, handsome. Escort a lady to a movie… then maybe -”
“Maybe when he sees’ a lady… he’ll escort one.”
Llew diverted his attention away from the overzealous minx that was practically humping his leg and focused on the beautiful man approaching with another guy in tow. His voice wasn’t overly deep like his own, it was a smooth and melodic southern drawl. Like he could be a singer or a poet. He walked with an unhurried gait that was a mixture of ‘I’m in charge’ and ‘you’re on my time, not the other way around’, and Llew found it sexy as fuck. His tall friend chuckled behind him, moving away to purchase their tickets. Is he on a date? No, their demeanor definitely said ‘friends.’
“Mind ya’ own business Smith, Jr. I saw him first.”
Smith, Jr.
The man hooked one thumb in his pocket not the slightest bit fazed at the remark. But Llew was thrown. Was this guy actually gay or was she being a smart aleck? The man gave him nothing to go on. He moved closer towards them and Llew got a nice whiff of his spicy, bold cologne when a cool breeze blew his way. It was an interesting contradiction, because the man’s entire persona said ‘cool and composed’.
“Mosey along, Sallie Ann. Don’t make me ring ya’ daddy. He told me keep an eye on you while he’s gone and I agreed. He’d be rather put out if I didn’t follow through on my promise.”
She reluctantly let go of his arm, letting loose a long drawn out huff of annoyance. Llew didn’t bother watching her walk away. She was irrelevant. With his hands tucked deep in his pockets he eyed the man in front of him with a mixture of curiosity and wistfulness.
“Sometimes a person has gotta’ run interference with that girl. She’s usually not that bad but her daddy’s outta’ town, so ya’ know how young girls can be.”
Actually, not really.
“Hi. I’m Shane Smith, Jr.” he stuck out a large, calloused hand and it took Llew a couple seconds to process that he was going to touch him. Llew shook his hand, his mouth still closed tight as he watched the man’s eyes. They were light brown and full of humor and amusement. He immediately thought that this was obviously a guy who had little worries if any in life. Wait a minute…Smith….Jr. Is he the owner of? He let go of the strong grip on his hand and wished he’d been able to hold it a little longer.
“And you are?”
Llew swallowed before answering. “Llew.”
Those eyes twinkled again and dark brown brows rose up in question. “Llew…just Llew.”
It was a humiliation when a man hated to tell someone his name. But by doing so it meant that they would soon know who he really was. Know who he was classified as. He didn’t want this man to know that, god help him he didn’t. But lying wasn’t an option.  Fuck it. “Llewellyn Gardner.”
So many broke eye contact with him and Llew was more than intrigued that Mr. Shane Smith, Jr. was staring at him just as hard as he was staring back. He didn’t know why he was looking at him that way but he didn’t mind it.
“Now that’s a name.” Smith smiled beautifully.
Llew wasn’t sure if this guy was flirting with him or not, he’d been in a place where flirting didn’t exist for so long, he’d forgotten what it looked like…what it sounded like. The way Shane Smith, Jr. was smiling at him it sure seemed like it. Llew could imagine himself with a strong man like this. A man who was gorgeous but didn’t know it. Not overly done up in fancy digs, he was dressed like a working man but he wore that look well. He appeared simple but confident, like a man that followed his own counsel and was not easily persuaded. But Llew wouldn’t dare get his hopes up. As soon as word got out that there was a newly registered sex offender in their quaint little town, Smith, Jr. might be leading the lynch mob to run him out of there.


Defined By DeceitDefined By Deceit by A.E. Via
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Feels, feels, then more feels!! When you thought it was done, she threw in one more feel!! (sounded kind of kinky)

Llewellyn, poor Llew. I knew right a way going into the story that something bad was going to happen. Ypu wanted to yell at Llew "nooo, don't go over there," but, he did, and we got our story. One so gut wrenching and full of injustice. You're probably thinking, why read it then? Well, Llewellyn is such an amazing guy, you can't help but NOT follow his story. He meets some pretty impressive characters along the way.

While in jail, he meets Ace, who becomes an important staple in his life, and Doc. If it weren't for these 2, he'd probably be dead, so you can't help but love these characters.

Of course there's the ones you love to hate, and oooh do you hate them! *cough* the sheriff and Moss *cough*

But these events help shape Llew into the gentle giant that he is. For such a big man, he seems to have such a gentle and soft soul. I thought he was beautiful, even through his panic attacks.

When he gets out and moves away, he meets the sweetest lady ever, Ms. Pat. She is such a charming character you can't help but love this woman. She takes him in and shows him not everyone will judge him by what they 'think' they know. I had a lot of respect for this character. I am also strangely craving sweet potato pie. During this time he also meets Shane Smith, Jr.
The sparks fly between these 2 and Shane helps Llew in so many ways, by accepting him and believing him, and just letting him be himself. This coupling was passionate and sweet and also, very steamy. The right amount of everything.

I couldn't gave been happier with the ending. I don't want to give anything away, but it ended as it should, and with a big day HEA, thank gaw! Cuz my heart wouldn't be able to take anything other than that!

AE gives great story in anything she writes. Whether its about chefs, cops, military men, doctors, or architects. Her horizons are broad and she nails them all. She's one of my favorite story tellers and I am a fan of this sweet lady for life!

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Let me start with W_O_W!!!!! This book blew me away,  it literally had me shaking the shit out of my Kindle @ 9%.  I was so pissed I had to walk away from this book.  Ms. Via goes to a whole new level with this book,  it’s the best story telling from her to date IMO.  

I’m so thankful that she gave us Llew,  he made my heart hurt, he makes me want to be a better person.  For him to go through everything that was forced on him in his young life and to face  his new life while being “defined by deceit”, and coming out on the other side a better man is truly extraordinary. 

  It goes to show that anyone faced with adversary can win, even if all the cards are stacked in another’s favor.  Llew’s brother Leslie is also an exceptional person,  sticking by his brother, whom had lost all hope,  keeping his spirits up and just being the loving big brother he needed, was a breath of fresh air.  Highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a little angst and to really feel great when you read THE END.

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A.E. Via is still a fairly new author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.

When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children.

While this is only her seventh novel, she has plenty more to come. So stalk her – she loves that - because the male on male action is just heating up!

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