Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Release Blitz: Diego's Secret by Bryan T. Clark (Review+Giveaway)

Cover Design: Krista Lynn Design

Length: 80,921 words


Can love conquer our deepest secrets and fears?

Are the challenges worth the struggle?

Eight years ago, at the age of seventeen, Diego Castillo came to the United States illegally from Mexico. Working long hours in the family landscaping business, he now shares a tiny apartment with his two machismo brothers in Southern California. Diego has worked hard to keep his desires for other men a secret from his brothers. He’s worked just as hard to keep his undocumented status a secret from the world he now lives in.

Thirty-two-year-old Winston Makena is beautiful, intelligent, and intimidating. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but no amount of money can relieve the enormous grief he is suffering from his husband’s sudden death. He is one of Diego’s best accounts and lives a life in stark contrast to his gardener’s. Winston’s wealthy upbringing has influenced his ideas, leading him to certain biases.

Winston believes he could never love again. Diego believes that his family’s lives depend on him keeping his secrets. What neither of them know is that the heart knows no such boundaries. Will social divisions, ideology, and secrets destroy both their chances for happiness?

Can love really conquer all?

4 Stars!

Winston and Diego, both come from different worlds, working class & high society. Diego is a young Mexican immigrant. A sexy Latin gardener -who hasn't had that fantasy? But this 25-year-old young man is also noble and intelligent.

Winston never noticed Diego before when Diego worked inside his property, all his attention was for his late husband and his event planning company, he never really got interested in anything related to the maintenance of his and his husband's home. Time after his husband passed away, Winston has an encounter with Diego, and that's the moment when he really sees him for the first time, and that first meeting is charming.

Now Winston is mortified with feelings of guilt and confusion caused by his attraction to Diego. I think those feelings are understandable and expected for any widower.
"When is it okay to date again?"

Diego is in the middle of his own financial problems, the life he leads in a foreign country alongside his two, very machistas brothers, and he is also seeking ways to achieve his own dreams and ambitions. Hiding his sexuality to his brothers is exhausting for him and he is always very guarded around them, always feeling lonely even surrounded by his family. His brothers can be irritating throughout the story but not everything is what it seems to be with the Castillo brothers. ;)

When Winston comes to the realization that not everything in his previous life with his late husband was perfect, he decides to take a chance with Diego to start from scratch and not make the same mistakes because Diego has brought life again into his jaded soul.
"Yeah, there might be a million reasons why we shouldn't do this, but there's one reason that tells me we should."

"What is it?" Diego swiped at another tear that had formed at the bottom of his eye.

“I love you and you love me."

I have always liked "Second Chance" stories, be them about a love lost and recovered or, as in this case, a new love after a terrible loss. This book captured my attention when I met Diego. Diego stole my heart from the first moment thanks to his natural charisma and somewhat naive personality despite his age. The small confusions with the use of language are fun and even tender, especially in the early interactions between the protagonists.

We also have Ann—Winston's best friend—and Mayra—Diego’s older brother’s girlfriend. Ann’s dialogues are fun and full of arrogance without being annoying, however, her interventions are very entertaining. Moreover, Mayra is a vital part in the interactions between Diego and his brothers and she has taken the role of a protective mother with the three of them. They are two very well-rounded female characters, both with adorable personalities.

This is a book you can’t miss out on if you are romantic to the bone as I am. This book will leave you feeling good after you finished reading it and without a doubt it will tear many sighs from your chest as it did with me. Also, I have to mention that this is my first Bryan T. Clark book and I'm looking forward to more of his work in the future, but for now, I want to say: Thank you for this sweet romance, I really enjoyed it.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Author Bio

Bryan Thomas Clark is a funny, loving, family-oriented, and proud member of the LGBTQ community. After twenty-seven years in law enforcement, Bryan retired in 2015 to focus on his writing full time. Behind his computer, working on his next novel, Bryan writes Romance with real emotions that represent the moral dilemma that his characters face in their pursuit of love. He brilliantly weaves real life situations filled with difficult challenges, where his vibrant characters experience personal growth, and of course, what we all desire, lasting love.

Author’s website: www.btclark.com
Twitter: @BryanTClarkx2
Facebook: BryanTclarkauthor@facebook.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/romanceauthor/
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7875459.Bryan_T_Clark.com

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