The Sacred Truth
By JL Long
Release Date: September 29th
Cover Designer: JL Long
Model: Derek Warren
The only failures in life are the mistakes you don’t learn from.
It was only supposed to be casual. Then I fell for her. Falling head first in love, only to have fear rip it out from underneath me. I severed us with my destructive words. Correcting all the mistakes I’ve made is what I have to do, I just don’t know how.
She does. She always knows what to do.
However, fate has a way of deciding things like this for us, doesn’t it?
This is part of the Tactical Men Series. It can be read as a standalone though we meet Nolan and Jenna in A Dance Worth Dancing.
**Warning- Intended for readers 18+. This book contains situations not suitable for all readers.
The Sacred Truth is my first read by JL Long and I know it will not be my last.
For my first SWAT police officer story, it had me emotional. The bond between this group of characters is masculine, yet these men are strong enough to let their guards down when it comes to the ones they love. The women they love seem to be the backbone they need and it's inspiring.
Nolan comes off as a jerk at first, womanizing his way to avoid his feelings for loving the one woman that makes him happy. I could not help but feel for him once he reveals his fear and why he feels that he is not deserving of her love. Nolan's strength and his commitment to his job is admirable, I found myself heartbroken when I realized the sacrifices these men and their families made every time they step out the door and head to their job.
Jenna is very familiar with the feeling of not being worthy of love, her parents were the first to instill that into her mind. She now finds herself heartbroken, but with mixed signals from the man that let her go, Jenna is not willing to give up on him and their love. I love everything about Jenna, she is strong, beautiful, and loving. Her never give up attitude prepares her for life's surprises, it's her memories of her childhood that seem to be her weakness.
I have to say that there is not one thing that I did not love about this story, the characters are perfectly written to the point that you want more from them. I know this review is short and that I am not going into details, that's because I feel this story has to be read and as a reader, lose yourself with the storyline. JL Long had me feeling the emotions of these characters and gave me a story of confronting fears, forgiveness, friendship, and fighting for a love that not even fate could destroy. The Sacred Truth has me wanting more from the Tactical Men series. It's a 5 star must read!!!
“Where the hell did you go?” I grumble as the sound moves closer. I’m sprawled out on my bed with one arm slung over my eyes and the other hand holding firmly to the bottle of Jack.
“Don’t you worry about that, baby,” she purrs, her voice almost right on top of me.
“My house. Not sure I like women I don’t know wandering around when they think I’m sleeping.”
She sighs as her body hits the bed, jostling it. “You know me.”
“I know your pussy, that’s about it.” That would be the truth. I don’t know this woman. I can’t even recall her name. The only thing I know is she was pretty goddamn willing to come home with me from the bar—a place where I have spent much of my time recently.
“Wow. You’re so charming,” she says, sarcasm dripping from her tone.
“Never claimed to be.” Removing my arm from over my eyes, I look at her. “Time for you to go. I’ve gotta be at work in a few hours.” After my parting words, I close my eyes again.
She slides back off the bed and rummages around for her clothes, the rustling of fabric and whatever the fuck else she’s picking up and throwing around testing my patience. “You know, if I would have known you were going to treat me like a whore, I would have never come back here with you.”
I chuckle under my breath, not giving one shit how she feels right now. She was just a means to an end. She was waiting for someone to pick her up, so she can’t blame me for not treating her like a queen and slipping a ring on her finger. Her pussy isn’t that good.
“No, babe, if I treated you like a whore, I would have left money on the nightstand. I also wouldn’t have called you a cab when you were snooping around for fuck knows what.”
The whoosh of her pants being pulled on comes next. Thank fuck. “Not that you care, but my name’s Layna, not Jenna.”
Doesn’t surprise me that I called her Jenna. I was picturing Jenna while I was fucking her. Yeah, that probably gets me another asshole point. Pretty sure I’m close to hitting the ceiling with those.
Saying nothing, I flip onto my stomach and wait to hear her leave. When the click of the door sounds, I let out my frustrated growl. I’m tired of living like this. This kinda life takes a toll on a man. I do everything in my power to get Jenna out of my system and nothing fucking works.
That woman will be the death of me.
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JL grew up in a small town in Illinois. Not to be mistaken for Chicago. She currently resides in Southern Kentucky with her husband, three children and their fur-baby, Buster Malone. She has lived an adventurous life…doing just that, living. Dream it. Do it. Live it. JL is a hopeless romantic, who loves seeing love unwind before her eyes. When she can’t see that for herself with other people in real life, she writes it or reads it. Writing has been a part of her life since she was a little girl, along with being an avid reader. She will continue to write until the pen will not allow it anymore.