Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5
For the last two months, Brianna has discovered something she never thought she would again. Hope. After the horror of being Ian’s slave for ten months, a fate she never imagined she’d escape, it feels as if she is living a dream. She has freedom she hadn’t expected to have again, and she wakes up every morning not fearing what the day will bring. There is also Stephan. The man who saved her from the daily torture she had to endure at the hands of Ian and his friends. The same man who makes her heart race with just the thought of him. Life is good. Outside forces are determined to conspire against them, however. When Brianna’s father shows up on her doorstep, it sends her world spiraling out of control. He brings with him new information about how Brianna ended up in Ian’s clutches, but will it make a difference? Will Stephan be able to find a way to make Ian pay for all he made Brianna suffer? As Brianna and Stephan try to find out the truth, their relationship is tested. She is forced to face her past head on and deal with the ugly reality of what happened to her. Will Stephan’s love be enough to see her through her newest challenge, or will the fragile trust they’ve built come crumbling down around them as the truth makes itself known.
Truth is the third book in the Finding Anna series and is just as intense. Stephan has helped Anna a lot, but be aware that some of the things he has Anna write in her diary can be very disturbing even if you have read the previous books. I was a little disappointed the way it ended though, but am looking forward to the next story as I want to know how this particular situation is resolved.
The way Stephan tries to help Anna will endear himself to readers. I liked the way he is so gentle with Anna and wonder if he has had some training as a counselor or if he is just that way. Several situations will test his patience, his family, Anna’s father, and then the problems at his foundation.
The progress Anna makes is almost miraculous. She is really a strong person to survive what she did, though she is still trying to come to terms with being her own person.
The additional cast of characters is interesting and the conflicts between several of them also create some of the issues being faced by both Anna and Stephan. Some make you want to slap them and others, hug. I liked Jade as she seemed to understand Anna a little more than some of the others, even though she doesn’t seem to be in the BDSM lifestyle.
Reviewed by Iron Mistress