Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Release Blitz with Giveaway and Christie's review: Uncovered by Truth by Rachael Duncan

Title: Uncovered by Truth
Series: Lies and Truth Duet #2
Author: Rachael Duncan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 17, 2015

My life has been full of uncertainties. Little did I know the biggest one would come in the form of a green-eyed beauty. She came into my life and flipped everything on its end and now things are more messed up than ever before.

Being former Special Forces, I’m no stranger to fighting, but this is different. This is personal. The stakes feel much higher and the struggle to save her will be my most challenging mission yet.

But I have a secret. A secret that threatens to tear apart everything we’ve built. I just hope she can overlook them when all is revealed.

You know me as Alex Matthews.

My mistake was getting involved with her, knowing what was on the line.

Their mistake was taking me away from her.

“Oh my God, Alex. They’re going to kill us, aren’t they?” Her lip quivers as she grabs onto my arm.

I grab both of her shoulders and stare into her eyes. “No, they’re not. We’re going to stay right here and we’ll be fine, okay?”

“But they’re going to come in after us. We need to leave.” Her voice rises with urgency and I know I need to calm her down before she does something stupid out of fear.

“Good. Let them come in after us. We know they’re out there. They’re not expecting us to be ready for them. We know the layout of this cabin. They don’t. We’re going to position ourselves in a way that makes it impossible for them to surprise us. In here, we have the advantage.”

Rachael Duncan is an Army wife to her amazing husband, Steven, and mother to their beautiful daughters, Natalie and Zoe. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in political science. With initial plans to work in politics, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for a House Representative. She's currently a stay-at-home mom to her two kids and writes whenever she has some quiet time. She's the author of Tackled by Love and Hidden in Lies.


There's not much I can give away about the conclusion to the series without spoiling the climactic web the author has woven in the previous book, Hidden in Lies. At the end of book one, we're left in a state of suspense in your typical life or death cliffhanger. But I think it's safe to state the obvious here and say that based on the fact that the hero is starring on the cover and this book is almost entirely in his POV, you can draw your own conclusions about the outcome of the cliffhanger. What is left a mystery is how he extracts himself from the dangerous situation he landed in.

How Alex and Elizabeth find themselves safely in each others arms again with the veil ripped off of all of their secrets? The series is aptly named The Lies and Truth Duet. These two books revolve around truths, deceptions, and duplicity. Just when she starts to reveal her true self to him, we discover not all is what it seemed with him all along. But the question is, was their love part of their truth?

She knows the important parts about me, but she might not see it that way when she realizes I've been lying to her since the day we met.

It's also the final showdown against the corrupt and truly evil people who in effect, are holding Elizabeth's existence prisoner. Everything comes to a head in this conclusion and there were much welcome surprises and suspense along the way.

The revelation of what Alex was hiding branded him a bit of a hypocrite in regards to his mission to make her be true to herself in the previous book. But the circumstances were ones which he had no control over, so I found myself siding with, and even sympathizing with him. In fact, what bothered me to some extent was Elizabeth's reaction when everything was finally laid bare in the climax of the book. In some respects, I understood her sense of betrayal over things he straight out lied about that were extremely hurtful with potentially tragic consequences. Did I feel like she held things against him a bit much? Admittedly, yes. I did see where she was coming from based on her past experiences in her marriage, and coming to a healthy place and adjusting to her new life. But the drama in the end dragged things down a tad for me. Alex is utterly devoted with every ounce he is and it was hard to see the struggle they had with trust between them. But I really feel like it couldn't have gone any other way because of the point she was at in her life. She had to learn to trust not only others, but trust her own self. And that's a difficult awareness to have to come to.

"You are the perfect version of yourself. The real you-the you I've had the privilege of loving-is way better than any fake persona you could come up with."

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that explores morality and forbidden love with a dose of suspense and twists thrown in along the way. This was a satisfactory conclusion, while I didn't like it quite as much as the first, it was nice to get Alex's thoughts and emotions from his point of view this time around. Based on her first few books, I can honestly say Rachael Duncan is a talent that I will be keeping my eye on in the future.


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