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The Truths We Told

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When Kate finds her world crumbling around her, she does everything possible not to crumble with it by building castle-strong walls to hide behind.

A person can only hide for so long.

Thrust back into the life she’s been running from, she’s forced to confront the damage she left in her wake. Working to repair fractured relationships, she discovers one that just might save her from all the wreckage.

The only one who can save her is herself.

Realizing she might be on a broken path to healing, Kate must make a choice—a choice that could be her defining moment.


Dive into E.K. Blair's other books:

New Adult/YA Contemporary Romance:
-Secret Lucidity
The Crave Duet
-Crave, Part One
-Crave, Part Two

Contemporary Romance:
-Lost in the Affair

Dark Romance Thriller:
The Black Lotus Series

Published March 12, 2020

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Profile Image for ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books.
2,162 reviews7,575 followers
March 9, 2020

'THE TRUTHS WE TOLD' is the second full length new adult book in E.K. Blair's 'Secrets and Truths' duet. It picks up where the first book left off.

We were all wanting to know the outcome of that dreadful night, waiting with bated breath to see who was banging on her door. Was it him? Would she open the door to him? Would she go back to him? The anticipation levels were skyrocketing out of control as I not so patiently waited for this one to arrive.

There is no denying what a great writer E.K. Blair truly is, each book of hers I've read has taken me on such a profound journey and this one is no different, what our heroine went through we an all sympathise with, connect with, understand, my heart went out to her, I connected with her on this journey of hers more so than the first book, I saw her grow, I saw her in a different light, with the right kind of people beside her we saw her heal.

Her insecurities and thinking she was never enough or what happened was her fault broke my heart, each and everyone of us can take something away from this book.

Profile Image for Elle G. Reads.
1,553 reviews738 followers
March 6, 2020
Release Date: March 12, 2020
Actual Rating: 4 stars

New Adult Romance | Second Book in the Secrets & Truths Duet

E.K. Blair is a wonderful writer. I’ve read a few of her novels now and see something special in each on of them. The Secrets and Truths duet is an emotional one, but it delivers in its message to women all over the world. It’s indescribable to be completely honest and it’s a powerful and uplifting read. While the subject of both books is quite heavy, Blair successfully adds small quirks to her characters to offset the weight of the plot. I am very thankful for this as I feel the book would have been depressing if she didn’t add LIFE to her characters. Trent for sure brings life and light into the book and I fell hard for his character fast.

Not only does this book deliver a powerful message to women, but it shows us that we are NOT alone. Whether you’ve dealt with the issues that Kate has or something similar, the message relayed is the same: you are worthy. I loved this and it’s definitely the mostly precious piece I’ve taken away from this duet.

When it comes to the romance, I feel it was well paced, realistic, and heartwarming. Trent is a bottle of fun but he’s also much stronger than I think he ever gave himself credit for especially when it comes to emotions. He was exactly what Kate needed and he fit with her perfectly. I absolutely loved it!

If you’re looking for your next binge read this is a duet you should definitely pick up. I adored it and love how E.K. Blair wrote it!
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1,466 reviews783 followers
March 3, 2020
Blair spotlights the secret epidemic in women world. It is lethal and dangerous, and it's a well kept secret- The insecurity of Never Being Enough. It's shameful, embarrassing and humiliating to a point that they justify it in heir hearts with I Deserved It or It was MY fault
It never was.......It never is. Period.
"Fear has a funny way of silencing a person, so I lie here in the dead of night with his taste in my mouth and a thousand unspoken words dancing on my tongue."
It's a heavy subject that EK deals with and she offsets the oppressing heaviness of the dilemma and self doubt with her brand of slapstick snazziness. She creates a lovable rascal of a character- Trent. He's naughty, sexy and could knock your socks off with his flirtatious charm. I was starved for him in book 1 and so EK replenishes my cup with his presence...aplenty.
There's lots of surfing, funny banter and Trent's weird comebacks that made me laugh wholeheartedly. I had a perpetual grin on my face and I wish he could just come to life, for real!!
And he has the most sensitive and straight forward heart hidden away behind his carefree person.


Nevertheless you shouldn't take your eyes off the important matter at hand. A young impressionable girl, who loves her boyfriend with all her heart, all the time disbelieving her luck.
Her mind reverberating with echoes of - What did I do to deserve him?
"I wanted so badly to believe I was made of courage and strength, built to castle standards, sturdy and steadfast. Truth was, I was made of chaos and scars that bled and burned. I was a battleground of love and fear, of silence and rage."
Her unconditional love just suffers the same fate as her confidence, when they're shattered she can't even keep stock of the number of prices she has to collect.
The progress graph is slow and steady, with one small, tender gesture at a time.


Blair showcases the dual power of love in stark reality. It can damage and heal, annihilate and nurture, drain and replenish. Just depends on who your care person is
It's a story that forces you to think and entertain in the same breath. Astute, nuanced and heart touching tale of hurt love that is on a path of recovery with one of the best book Boyfriends you could ever find
4.5 stars for Truest Thing in the Fake as Fuck World
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930 reviews244 followers
March 11, 2020
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Time has passed, but Kate's wounds are not healed. She's returning to Miami, to school, but the embarrassment, the fear, the judgement she knows is awaiting her makes the return difficult. Running would only last her so long though, so she's forcing herself to face what she left behind. Repairing the broken relationships she misses makes her realize she hasn't repaired things with herself and she must choose between healing or running again.

"I was a battleground of love and fear, of silence and rage."

I knew The Truths We Told was going to be heavy, but my word does E.K. Blair takes us through the ringer. Our once bright, confident, tom-boy Kate now holds her insecurities in front of her like a shield. She struggles to accept that her friends are not judging her and struggles even more with believing them when they say it wasn't her fault. I already loved Kate, but I loved her even more in this book. Facing your fears, overcoming something that has changed the course of your life is so difficult. I think E.K. Blair wrote Kate and her experience so incredibly well. Her healing is so powerful, especially as she learns to lean on her friends and family again, accepting that not everyone will judge her or hurt her. Of course, we get a romance and she so deserves one. It isn't an easy romance, Kate's healing comes first, but it is a profound and beautiful relationship. It's impossible to say much without giving it all away, but let's just say that this book features all the secondary characters you loved in the first.

"All her cracks and broken parts expose themselves, setting me on fire like a thousand suns, and there's nothing I wouldn't do for this girl."

Emotional, heart-wrenching, and written in such a personal way, The Truths We Told is an incredible final novel in the Secrets and Truths Duet. I highlighted so many passage; the setting, the characters, the dialogue ringing so true to real life. I love E.K. Blair for always being willing to write the realities of life, no matter how hard, and her characters aren't broken, but rather putting their pieces together in beautiful new ways. I loved this duet and I cannot wait to see what's next from E.K. Blair.

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452 reviews19 followers
March 20, 2020
Depois de um ano se escondendo da vida, Kate decide voltar para a faculdade e aos poucos vai retomando as amizades que tinha antes do namoro abusivo que vivia.
Envergonhada dos outros e ainda vivendo de lembranças do passado, ela encontra apoio na amizade com Ady e Trent, seu crush no primeiro ano de faculdade.
Trent tem suas questões de confiança e relacionamento por ter crescido vendo sua mãe passar de um casamento para outro mas aos poucos vai se permitindo a se envolver com Kate como nunca se envolveu antes com garota nenhuma...
Gostei do Trent aqui, a autora mostrou mais dele no livro e como ele e Kate combinam e se completam. O livro foi mais leve que o primeiro, mesmo mostrando um pouco dos medos de Kate e como ela ainda se culpava pelo que aconteceu com se ex-namorado. Trent foi o apoio e a companhia perfeita para ela, mesmo muitas vezes ela ainda duvidando de si.
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3,442 reviews64 followers
March 9, 2020
The Truths We Told is an emotional and heartbreaking story. E.K. Blair had me in tears more than once. The Truths We Told are hard and deeply personal. Kate and Trent are a hurricane of emotion. Their energy is magnetic.

Though they deny it, they have been teetering on the edge of Truth for a long time. I'm glad they finally caved. "They" say love hurts and it is definitely true. Just like the truths revealed in these pages, love will help you overcome anything.

Ady, it was a pleasure seeing you again. I feel like I should reread the Crave duet but read these in between. I'm still smiling for you.

Kate, I'm glad you are learning you are enough. I just wish you'd get there faster! 😘

Trent, you naughty deviant, I had to use urban dictionary to figure out half of what you said. I think I love you more for it. P.S. The fact that Kate's dad was cool with you language...mind blown. Lol.

These characters get into your heart and form a circle. You become a part of the surfing crew (I've never surfed in my life and I felt like I belong.) and an integral piece of their dynamic. E.K. Blair makes me feel like I'm a part of it all not just a bystander.

The Truths We Told is the perfect ending to an all ready emotional journey. I have a smile on my face and a need for gummy bears. Just kidding about the edibles!

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925 reviews34 followers
March 13, 2020
What an amazing journey E.K. Blair takes us on in The Truths We Told, book two in the Secrets and Truths duet! This heartfelt, emotional story brings to light a subject that SO many face yet feel as though they are alone. Kate and Trent take through self-healing and a process of learning to love yourself. Their story was wonderful and I could just not get enough!
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323 reviews9 followers
March 14, 2020
*sigh* My most favorite romance so far this year and i just finished, I’m having the worst book hangover ever! How do I put my words together for this review? I’ll try my best without blabbing on.
This continuation of Trent and Kate��s story is an emotional one, my stomach was on edge from the start, settled in the middle then bam I was ready to throw up towards the end! I love when the book feels run rapid!
Ek continues their story with strength, passion and truth! I truly loved these characters, even when I thought they were so wrong and my heart was cracking. I felt very protective over Trent, I don’t think he could do wrong in my eyes. I’m not a surfer by any means but for him I’d put my shark and jelly fish fear aside and ride the waves! (Here goes my babbling)
Point is Trent and Kate’s story is a must read, you’ll be hooked from the start, you’ll get emotionally invested in all these character’s and want to get deep into their story!

“You’re the realest feeling I’ve ever known.” ~ Trent
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1,049 reviews
March 4, 2020
This book starts where book one ends. This author has me feeling so much much. I felt Kate’s pain and Trent’s hurt. I love the ending to this series. So amazing! I wasn’t able to put this book down. I read straight through in one sitting. JUST AMAZING! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK/SERIES!!
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Author 1 book176 followers
March 13, 2020
So I really enjoyed the conclusion to this story. How Trent and Kate finally found their way into each other's hearts on a deeper level, overcoming the trauma that both had to endure.


My only complaint about the story was that Kate never tells her family what she went through with Caleb. I get she didn't want to tell her dad since he's a cop, but she went survived hell. I feel like they deserved to know why she was so withdrawn.
946 reviews17 followers
April 4, 2020
I want to preface my review by saying I enjoy this author but this book is bland; it reads flat the whole way through. Basically the h likes the H but he doesn't want a relationship so they become friends w/what the author describes as chemistry but the reader interprets as friendship just barely. The h "falls" f/this rich guy who gradually separates her fr/her friends and beats her. The problem is that I didn't care about any of the characters, they had no personality except f/the H who called her dude all the time. Yes he surfed but I don't feel connected sexually to anyone who calls me dude ALL THE TIME. Basically, everyone finds out she's being beaten, she disappears fr/all her friends and goes home f/a year. Never tells her family. Cliffy.

Goes back to school and FIL's w/the H; this book is boring. It supposed to be about abuse, self reflection, and courage but it lacks all of those things. HEA
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6,454 reviews162 followers
March 13, 2020
THE TRUTHS WE TOLD is the second instalment in E. K.Blair’s contemporary, new adult SECRETS AND TRUTH romance story line focusing on University of Miami college students Kate Murphy, and Trent. THE TRUTHS WE TOLD should not be read as a stand alone as it picks up approximately one year after the events and cliff-hanger of book one The Secrets We Held. SECRETS AND TRUTHS duet is a spin-off from the author’s Crave Duet but you do not have to have read the previous series to follow the current time line.

WARNING: Due to the nature of the story line premise, there may be some triggers for more sensitive readers.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Trent and Kate) THE TRUTHSWE TOLD focuses on recovery and moving forward. In the aftermath of the events leading up to the final blow, Kate heads home to South Beach where she struggles to move forward all the while continually looking back. Having left her friends behind, Kate continues her education from home but a year of loneliness and obsession forces Kate to begin anew. Returning to the University of Miami, Kate must face the fears and memories that continue to control her life but most of all Kate battles between head and heart as it pertains to the one boy, one man, who is desperate to help Kate make everything right. What ensues is the rekindling friendship, and building romance and relationship between Kate and Trent, and the fall-out as Kate is unable to let go of the past, a past that is constantly controlling her present.

We are re- introduced to Trent’s friends Micah, Brody, and Kate’s roommate Ady: Kate’s father Steven , her mother, and her sister Audrina, as well as Trent’s mother Laura, and his brother Garrett.

THE TRUTHS WE TOLD is a familiar story of betrayal and abuse; a one young woman’s insecurities, recovery and acceptance; of believing it was all her fault; and of one young man’s desperate attempts to save the woman with whom he has fallen in love. A difficult and emotional journey THE TRUTHS WE TOLD is a heart breaking, frustrating and dramatic story from the creative mind of E.K. Blair.

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Profile Image for Jennifer.
1,997 reviews85 followers
March 10, 2020
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

~ 3.5 - 4 Stars ~

Again I am left trying to process my thoughts about this book and trying to write my review!!

As with book 1 in this Duet, I am conflicted to how I felt about the story. I enjoyed this story and I loved Trent, but then there were aspects of the story and characters (Kate) that drove me crazy. I am going to try my best to write a review that makes sense, but without giving away spoilers.

As I said before I have always enjoyed E.K. Blair’s books and I did enjoy this one, it had my emotions all over the place, but for some reason I had trouble connecting with this book also. I think that has something to do with Kate…..I felt for her and what she was going through, but there were times I wanted to shake her and say get help!!!! I thought this was an accurate account of how people in this situation feel and act, but I also feel that it was missing something too.

I will say that E.K.’s writing is phenomenal!! She has a way of making the readers feel and experience everything her characters do….good or bad. I also love how she balances the serious and tough subjects with some light hearted moments too (Thanks to Trent).

The Truths We Told is the second and final book in this Duet. It CAN NOT be read without reading book 1 first. This book was the conclusion to Kate and Trent’s story. As much as I was looking forward to this book, it wasn’t what I was hoping it would’ve been. I’m not disappointed at all with this book, it just wasn’t what I was hoping it would be. I know that confusing, but I can’t explain anymore without spoiling this story. One thing I thought would’ve been more finished was Caleb’s part in this story. I felt that kind of just fell away and I wanted more about what happened to him. I felt he got off way to easy and should’ve had to account for his behavior.

I know this review is kind of vague, but I am having trouble putting my thoughts into words. If you like a New Adult book then this is one you should read.

For anyone who is a fan of E.K. Blair’s books, you definitely want to read this Duet!!!

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2,814 reviews148 followers
March 11, 2020
Wow! I’m still emotional thinking about what I have just read. It’s a story you feel, there was no escaping that for me. I felt like Kate was my friend and I was experiencing this with her. It pulled me in and put me right in the middle of their heartbreaking and heartwarming story of healing. The writing, the characters, their story, the chemistry and connection between them are all perfect.

Kate’s story in book one was tough and in a way, this one was worse for me. The physical marks have healed but her insecurities and the depth of damage that he did to her heart and mind is so much worse. My heart hurt for her as she struggled with her day-to-day life and how it carried over into her relationships and friendships. I loved her dad and his honesty as he helped her deal with her mistake and helped her understand the dynamics of their loving relationship.

Trent was amazing, loving, caring, and the pain from his guilt and not knowing how to help was evident. He put himself out there which made it sometimes hard to read because he was so lost, confused, and broken. Even so, I found it hard to be mad at her, at the same time my heart broke for him. I do believe they and their relationship will be stronger as they heal together.

This author never disappoints. She forced me to feel, and dig deep to understand the story as well as what the characters are experiencing. I’m ready for more.
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518 reviews9 followers
March 10, 2020
An incredible conclusion to the Secrets & Truths Duet! Kate endured the unthinkable in Book #1. No one willing goes into a relationship, falls in love, only to realize that their partner is uncontrollably violent and abusive. At first it seems so unreal that it has to be dismissed. Then when the partner seems so remorseful it feels right to minimize what happened. But when a repeated pattern occurs and you realize you are alone and scared, it's time to reach out for help. Just like Kate did. The problem is the psychological damage. Kate has kept herself physically safe now for a year but she continues to hear the same messages given to her about not being good enough, she caused this, she could have done things differently. This pain is as difficult as the physical. Fortunately, Kate has support and love to help her heal.

Through that healing Kate is able to learn to love again. And it's great to see that the friendship with Trent moves so organically into romantic. Trent is so perfect. He has his own healing to go through, but he was deeply affected by what Kate had gone through and this changes him. The journey is not always easy for Kate & Trent but it definitely is worth it. Definitely want to 1 click!!!
Profile Image for Jen Zingaro.
992 reviews158 followers
March 10, 2020
Welp. This story was an emotional journey.
I knew that EK would put my heart back together after The Secrets We Held but it left a scar.
I don't want to give away any spoilers so this is going to be vague.

Not everything you see about someone is as it seems. You never know what demons a person is facing. And true friendship, is overlooking mistakes made and sticking by that person. That's what spoke to me so much about this portion of the story. The capacity for forgiveness and being able to pick someone up and save them when they are so far down. Kate didn't always make the best decisions, but that is hard to do when you are so broken. Watching her fight back put a smile on my face. It was nice to see the progression in Trent's character from a party-going surfer to a real man who is a fierce protector of the people he cares about.

EK writes about gritty, raw and real things and I think that's why I am drawn to all of her stories. The characters are rarely perfect just like real life, but you can learn to appreciate them and their struggles.
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1,208 reviews1,032 followers
March 11, 2020
“I knew I would never be enough to make him happy. No matter how hard I tried, I was constantly letting him down. I was a failure to him. I was a failure to myself.”

“Because it was how I knew he loved me.”

The Truths We Told by EK Blair is the second book in the Secrets and Truths Duet. Kate and Trent's story picks up where The Secrets We Held left off. Kate slowly starts to face the truth about her relationship with Caleb. She also discovers the truth about real love and self-worth. EK tackles some heavy subject matter with sensitivity on a long journey of self-discovery and recovery from abuse.

This story was so real and tragic. I think so many women in abusive relationships don’t want to tell the truth about their partner or make excuses for them. EK’s portrayal of this abused woman shed some light and depth into the psychological damage abuse causes. She also managed to show the beauty in love, self-love, and healing. I still want to know what happened to Caleb! I recommend reading this series in order.
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439 reviews
March 12, 2020
The Truths We Told is the second book in the Secrets and Truths Duet and picks up where we we’re all holding our breaths as to who was behind the door.

Now that her friends know the truth, Kate’s embarrassed and her first reaction is to run away from it all by going back home. She’s no longer the girl she used to be. Instead of opening up to her family, she keeps it all hidden. The time has come for her to return to Miami to face what she left behind.

Once she returns, she feels lost, scared and alone. She thought her friends hated her for lying to them. When she sees Ady at school, the last thing she expected was for her to be supportive and what she desperately needed. Ady reveals a big secret she’s been hiding that brings them closer.

Not only has things changed for Kate but for Trent too. We see a shift in him. He opens his heart and wants to care for her in every way to help her heal. Slowly, he breaks down her walls. She sees him in a different way she had with Caleb. He’s sweet, funny, saying all the right words and loving her in the way she deserves. They fall for one another but struggle to let go of the past.

This was a heartbreaking and emotional read. An amazing duet. One that will give you all the feels.
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305 reviews9 followers
April 9, 2020
It was an emotional read...for a while.
I had been expecting Trent and Kate's story for the whole first book, so I wasn't really surprised when it happened.
The author really was great on describing her problems, her psychological challenges and everything. I really loved the book for a while, but then
I just want to point out that this is something I felt. What I felt is that the author just couldn't finish the story with them not going through something as a couple and so she decided to just mix everything up by putting them through something .
Now, this is what really annoyed me. Her reasons weren't reasons. They were absurds and they didn't make sense. The author didn't makes sense in this part of the book. I felt like she needed to just add something spicy and then she could have given them the HEA they deserved. For pages and chapters I had to go though absurdity of her thinking absurdity that didn't make sense.
This is what made me just give 3 stars. I was about to skip the whole last part because it was annoying and it didn't make sense. It basically ruined all the story I appreciated and kinda liked too.
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185 reviews10 followers
March 8, 2020
EK went and showed her softer side. The conclusion of Trent and Kate’s story is a passionate love affair with heartache and forgiveness.

Trent and Kate take their relationship to the next level. With great love and passion comes a harder fall into sorrow when old wounds and insecurities bring Kate’s world crumbling around her once again.

“As cheesy as it sounds, life is nothing without the people we love, and here you are, throwing them away.”

Trent carries around his own demons with his mistrust of woman and his disbelief in love which was instilled in him from a early age by his mother. However, Trent opens his heart for the first time and let’s Kate in wholeheartedly.

“And just like that she has my heart-a heart I never intended to give away but had no hope of keeping from her.”

With their new love blossoming and the promise of forever, Kate gets pulled under by a current so strong she may never recover.

“You’re the realist feeling I’ve ever know.”
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2,758 reviews313 followers
March 18, 2020
This book was as good as it was frustrating. I loved Kate, I truly did, I empathised with her and I sympathised with her, I understood the damage that she was left with after the aftermath of book one, I did. However, some of the choices she makes did begin to grate on me on her path to get better. The self-esteem issues were so hard to read about, EK Blair pulled at every heartstring and shredded them, but Trent was extremely transparent in his love and belief of Kate, he stood by her, went above and beyond and yet she still couldn't seem to differentiate between the past, present and the future. It was so sad.

I loved the way EK Blair delivered this book though, I loved her talks with her dad. I loved that her dad and Trent were so on the same wavelength and Trent had someone in his corner. At the end of the day, he hadn't had a great life either, and the only thing good in his life was Kate.

A great duet, albeit an extremely tough one to read.
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3,318 reviews105 followers
March 12, 2020
The Truths We Told is the conclusion to Kate's emotional journey which shows her rising from the ashes of her broken past to become a strong woman. I have no personal knowledge of the issues raised in this book but they felt so real. It is easy to put yourself in Kate's shoes and imagine how you would react. There is a delicate balance to be struck with this book between telling Kate's story of healing and a story of love and acceptance and the author does it so perfectly. I've read books that have made me cry but I sobbed at parts and I was angry at others. I loved Trent in book one and he became her anchor and her biggest supporter. This is not a story of hearts and flowers it is one of light and darkness but also of love and hope.
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1,388 reviews16 followers
April 13, 2020
I felt for her feeling so worthless and I wonder why there wasn’t a Caleb scene to give her closure. I kinda felt like it was glossed over. That mofo needed to know how he fucked her up imo. Trent was an absolutely superstar in this book. The story is incomplete to me.
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612 reviews23 followers
March 11, 2020
Emotionally heartbreaking that will hit you with a million and one feels—a journey about love, hope and rising again. EK Blair, you wrote it beautifully. 5⭐️’s!
1,557 reviews38 followers
April 9, 2020
Voilà la seconde partie de la duologie de livres de E.K Blair. Si le premier tome était vraiment réussi, le second l’est moins. Il termine assez rapidement l’intrigue et la prolonge avec des détails bien moins intéressants. Dommage.

Il es impossible de lire ce second tome sans connaître le premier. Ne lisez donc pas cette chronique qui vous spoilera sur le premier tome si vous souhaitez découvrir cette mini-série.Nous avion laissé l’héroïne à la fin du premier opus en mauvaise position. Après un très jolie histoire d’amour avec un garçon qui semblait parfait, elle s’était retrouvée dans une relation toxique avec un homme violent. L’histoire recommence au bout d’un an lorsque la jeune femme retourne à la fac. C’est le temps qu’il lui a fallu pour refaire surface et elle n’est pas encore totalement remise. Elle va retrouver son groupe d’amis dont une partie surfe avec elle. Il y a Trent parmi eux, son ami, un garçon avec qui elle a eu une relation qui aurait pu devenir amoureuse. Mais tous deux ont convenu qu’ils n’étaient pas prêts pour cela. Trent a su ce qui s’était passé et s’en veut de ne pas avoir été là pour son amie.

La relation entre Trent et Kate va évoluer bien sûr et c’est très bien vu. Nous avons droit à toutes les étapes allant de la méfiance de Kate vis-à-vis de m’importe quel homme à un début d’attraction sexuelle et plus encore. L’histoire se tient parfaitement, montre à quel point la jeune femme est traumatisée et doit travailler sur elle-même. Trent est sympa, cool, attiré depuis longtemps aussi. Tout cela fonctionne bien même si cela semble un brin appliqué. Comme si l’auteure tenait à montrer ne progression exemplaire de son héroïne. Mais justement c’est crédible et bien fait.

La seconde partie du roman st malheureusement bien moins convaincante et s’effiloche en hésitations un peu fastidieuses et que l’on comprend mal. Cela reste sympathique mais vraiment pas inoubliable.

Cela demeure une romance sympathique au message fort sur les relations toxiques, sans caricature ni évolution simpliste. Trent est un héros fort, qui aurait mérité d’être mieux mis en valeur peut-être. N’oublions pas l groupe d’amis autour de Kate, dont certains ont déjà eu leur histoire et que l’on retrouve ici avec plaisir. E.K. Blair est une auteure intéressante et douée que je suivrai.

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May 18, 2020

Whoa...sometimes in the thick of life, things slip through the cracks. I'm just now getting to review this book for that very reason. With that said, here goes...but first, STOP! If you haven't read The Secrets We Held, don't read any further. This will spoil it for you completely!

If you have, then proceed...

"Beneath my clothes were countless bruises, and beneath the bruises was an inexplicable trauma. I wanted so badly to believe I was made of courage and strength, built to castle standards, sturdy and steadfast. Truth was, I was made of chaos and scars that bled and burned. I was a battleground of love and fear, of silence and rage."

As Kate's secrets come to light, her life spirals in a way she never expected. Broken and bruised, her self-esteem shattered, she struggles to move forward...leaning heavily on her friends. The ones she left behind for a love that tarnished and tainted the very word it represented. I couldn't shake the heartache that came with her breakdown, and I cried for her and every girl who's ever suffered at the hand of a man who claimed to love her...with his fists.

Thank heavens for Trent!

"Trent and I have always had an unexplainable tension within our friendship, something tangible but readily present, yet there's a closeness that's been there from the very beginning. Nothing between us has ever been simple, but that doesn't take away from the fact that the very tension that parts us also melds us."

Complicated and utterly beautiful, the relationship between Kate and Trent blossoms from friendship into something more...the depth of their connection forged from the darkness that surrounds Kate and solidified in the shadows that chase Trent. I couldn't stop reading as he revealed himself in the most devastating ways, all the while helping to hold the pieces of Kate together.

In short, I loved it. Finding strength in the shatters, learning to give and take without tipping the scales too heavily. Building from ground zero after hearts have been burnt to ash and finding love in the most obvious place...your very best friend.

As always, Blair never fails to pull me into her tales of broken heroes and heroines. The way she breaks and builds leaves my heart in tatters and yearning for more. Every. Single. Time. And I love her even more for it with each book she writes. This one is no exception, the perfect yang to the yin of book one...full circle, and finding happily ever after when life has all but destroyed every chance of it.

"'Who are you to walk into my world without a key, knowing nothing about me, and make yourself at home?'"

That is what Blair does, she unlocks parts of us we never knew existed and yet demand to be explored, awakening our hearts and minds to unknown realities and escapes. I can never get enough, it's the sweetest torture.

**5 The Realest Feeling, Stars**
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144 reviews
December 13, 2022
4.5 ⭐️
So I read the first book in the duet and was highly considering not picking this one up because the first was just meh to me (first half was slow, second half was much better); however, I am soooo glad I did! The first one leaves on a cliffhanger so I decided to read this to see what happens and because it truthfully isn't very long so I figured I could get through it quickly. If you read the first and are unsure about reading the second, DO IT. This one was SIGNIFICANTLY better, and I liked this one so much more. The characters that annoyed me in the first book completely came around in the second. I was not very impressed with Trent in the first book, but he did a complete 180 in this one, and I LOVED him this time around. Similar to the first, this book also deals with heavy topics so please be aware before going in.
This book showed how Kate healed after everything she went through with Caleb. I feel like this was so beautifully done and showcased how hard it is to get through something like that for the person involved and also the people surrounding them. Trent and Kate's relationship was so sweet and so cute. I love how protective Trent was over her. I couldn't get enough of this one.
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March 3, 2020
Now I really don’t know where to start with this review but here goes...

We start right from where book 1 finished with a year past and with just ‘who’ was banging on Kate’s door.
Kate’s story progresses slowly as her life has now taken on a total different path from what was paved in the first book. Her mind runs rampant on the daily and the whole Caleb relationship buried scars deeply within her mind.
It’s sad to see her go through the daily struggles of life and for her to not see her self worth. Her mind teeters on the edge of a cliff and I found myself holding my breath, reading faster just to see if she will fall.

My emotions were all over the place while reading. E. K. Blair always digs deep and just knows how to embed her characters into my heart.
I loved finding out more about Ady ( as I had previously read The Crave Duet) and seen just how her life had turned out.
Trent was a real surprise. The secrets that he harboured were surprising and he was definitely a product of nurture over nature. He definitely made me laugh and some of his one liners had me jumping over to google to find out what they meant. Oh boy his mouth was dirty and I loved it.
I loved reading all of the trials and tribulations that life threw at this bunch of young adults and just how they handled such delicate and fragile situations.
Well done E. K. Blair on another fantastically awesome read.
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