07 May 2014

The Revealed by Lara Henley

 Misty Scott’s life was destroyed the moment her boyfriend, and father of her child, landed in jail. The only family she knew was lost due to lies and deceit. Where would her life take her now?

Drake sits behind bars battling a secret that will surely destroy his and Misty’s relationship. While Sean, the bad boy brother who is used to getting any woman he wants, finds himself helping Misty piece her life back together, and falling more and more in love with her every day.

Who will Misty choose? The golden boy who has given up everything for her, or the bad boy who is after his brother’s girl and her heart?

Dive into The Revealed

This book picks up right where the first left off.  Drake is in jail facing murder charges for saving Misty from an attack.  Naturally, Drake is trying to push her away since his future is so uncertain.  But that leaves Misty broken hearted and seeking solace in Sean, Drake’s older brother.  There are a lot of lies, a lot of secret keeping and a lot of heartache in this installment of the series.  A definite improvement, in my opinion, over the first book, there is a major love triangle happening here.  Who will Misty chose in the end?
While the pace of this book in on par with the first, I felt that the plot development was done much better in this book than the first.  I connected with the characters in a way I was unable to in the first book as well as understood their motivations for making the choices they were.  I just really felt terrible for Drake in this one.  I mean, he’s in jail keeping a huge secret that could destroy his relationship while simultaneously and unknowingly pushing Misty into her brother’s arms.  And Misty, for as sweet as she is, is keeping a whopper of a secret from Drake.  A secret that if Drake only knew would change everything!  Ugh…there’s a lot of drama here.  And it all just made more sense than the first book and worked.  I’m glad I stuck with it and read this installment. 
Overall, this is an angst ridden and twisty read that had me on the edge the whole time.  It wasn’t predictable, as I feared it would be, and it really delivered on the drama factor.  And I loved the ending.  4 stars.

The Revealed is the second book in the Flawed Series and unlike the first book, this one not only lived up to my expectations but the author exceeded them. From the first page she picked up where the first book left off, Misty pregnant and alone with the knowledge about her mother, Drake sitting in jail knowing that once his secret is out the relationship he has with Misty will be over and Sean, Drake’s brother, who has decided that Misty would be better off with him than waiting for Drake to get out of jail.
What use to be a sweet and simple romance has now become a messed up situation involving more than just the three.  This story is ending with the realization that the truth must come out, choices must be made and apologies are going to have to be offered and some even accepted.  Life as it is won’t work for Misty and her baby if things don’t change and it needs to change soon.  Finding herself betrayed, alone and pregnant forces her to look at the situation her biological mother was in and gives her some understanding as to why things happened as they did in the past.
I felt the author really grasped the concept of the characters and what the readers needed in this book.  The emotions filled each page, it allowed the reader to find the empathy for each characters situation and we were given the proper amount of time to learn and accept the decisions made.  It felt like the barriers were torn down between the reader and the characters in this book and picking the good guy became even harder because we could now see the qualities that Drake and Sean both had.  After reading the conclusion to this story, I would recommend this series even more now.  Yes the first book was harder for me to enjoy, the author made up for the lack of interest with this one.
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