Returning home after a decade away to collect the inheritance left to him by his famous mother, Jude does not expect to actually attend her funeral—his family has always preferred him out of sight, out of mind. The very last person he expects to encounter is Connor, an old lover. Now a priest, Connor is stuck in the middle of an ugly scandal that is only one of several proReturning home after a decade away to collect the inheritance left to him by his famous mother, Jude does not expect to actually attend her funeral—his family has always preferred him out of sight, out of mind. The very last person he expects to encounter is Connor, an old lover. Now a priest, Connor is stuck in the middle of an ugly scandal that is only one of several problems facing them as they struggle to hold their lives together and rekindle an old flame....
|Title||:||Bite Your Tongue|
|Number of Pages||:||283 Pages|
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Bite Your Tongue Reviews
3,75Jude goes back home for the funeral of his mother, who he still hasn't fully forgiven for throwing him out of his home, because of his sexuality and for forcing him into every acting gig possible. Now years later, Jude is a scientist, doing what he likes, though his love life is still lacking. Meeting his old best friend, to whom he has written letters after he was forced to leave, but has never gotten one back.Connor was not only Jude’s best friend but also his lover, but Connor comes from a catholic family and his mother didn't take kindly to their friendship. Imagine Jude’s surprise when he finds out that Connor is now a priest and in the middle of a scandal, concerning Connors mentor, who was found to be a pedophile. The press is hounding Connor, since he suggested the community should keep the matter quiet, because of the children, who were violated, but of course, this is taken the wrong way and blown out of proportion by a journalist. Meeting his ex-lover and confronting his feelings for him, is the last thing Connor needs at this time. Jude is not exactly happy about the presence of the press either, since he took care to hide his background and changed his name, to be left in peace.The book has potential. Sadly, it also had one of my pet peeves - flashbacks and there were quite a few of them in this book. Oh and I don't like open ending or one that leaves me confused and here, that was the case. On the plus side, I liked Jude, though I would have liked to know more about his reasons for hating his parents the way he did. What exactly did they do in his childhood that was so unforgivable?Connor, well the way he acted I am surprised he became a priest. Also, his reasons for becoming a priest are not exactly clear. So he loved Jude and after Jude left, Connor decided to become a priest to appease his mother? Doesn't exactly scream devotion to me and honestly he is cussing, drinking, having sex with Jude, all very unpriestly behaviour, plus he sounds like he hates his life and his job. ForExample, there is a very important confession going on and he was so focused on Jude and his love life, he didn't listen, at all. So I feel very ambiguous about him, he seems weak and I don't mind that he has his faults but he clearly wants Jude, but then he tells him to leave, after the sex and blames Jude for everything. I didn't understand if this was a paranormal story and he was a shifter or if it was all in his fantasy/dream and it's based on him feeling caged in a life he hates. Connor is having very vivid dreams of blood, hunting, some very erotic ones about possessing and claiming. In the mornings, there are bodies of dead animals near his place, so Connor starts to believe he is doing this that he runs asan animal at night.The writing is quite good, the dialogs are interesting, the story is engaging, but the flashbacks, slow the plot down, when I want to know what happens in the now. Also the most interesting part would be exactly where the story ended, and which left me with more questions than answers. On the plus side, this story was quite a ride and didn't lack in excitement.originaly written for pants off review
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it won’t be my last. I was immediately swept up into the story and liked the author’s storytelling ability.Bite your tongue tackles some very controversial topics. Connor and Jude were best friends and lovers years ago, but when Jude left town they stopped corresponding to each other. Because of his famous mother, Jude feels like he’s often alienated because of it. He’s tries to keep from being hounded as well as his life being under a microscope from the press, so he takes a lot of measures to keep from having his life constantly being in the spotlight.Connor has taken a very different route with his life. Since Jude left, he’s become a priest, but is conflicted by this choice. When another priest gets accused of being a pedophile, Connor mistakenly says that the scandal should be kept under wraps until a full investigation is done, and because of it he has been turned into a villain by the press.Jude’s mother passes away and he finds himself in the uncomfortable position of returning home, burying his mother and once again trying to keep the press hot off of his heels. But when both men see each other again, they are quickly faced with life changing choices as well as the attraction and feelings they had for one another that they’ve thought they’d gotten over a long time ago.I really liked this story. Both Jude and Connor are sympathetic characters that are easy to like. I also liked the forbidden aspect of their relationship as well as the conflicts both men go through as they make the hard choice if they should once again rekindle something between them that both men thought was already lost.The story also has a lot of flashbacks, explaining how each hero got to where he is in his current life. But as much as I liked this story, it left me with some unanswered questions at the end and even more unexplained reasons why each man really chose the life he decided to live. There is a lot of angst throughout the book, but it’s not overly done and I definitely felt empathy from the craziness of each hero living under the press’ scrutiny. I could see where it could easily make their lives miserable and I personally would hate it too.Bite Your Tongue is an enjoyable and interesting, thought-provoking romance that will live with you long after you finish reading the book. If you’re a fan of angst and conflicted heroes, this is definitely a book for you to consider. Recommended.
Review posted on World of Diversity FictionThis is the first book I’ve read from this author and her first published work. The story is a quick and easy read but I felt things were missing. I was never able to connect to Jude and Connor, they had some chemistry but it just didn’t pull me in the way I want my romances to. I felt there wasn’t quite enough back story to make me understand what brought these two to the place in their lives we see them. You get quick short glimpses of their past maybe for some that would be enough but I wanted to know more. How did two young friends who became lovers lose so many years? We are told Connor’s mother intercepted the letters Jude and Connor wrote to each other but not why. Why does Connor become a priest? The reasons given were just not enough of an explanation for me especially after how quickly the two have sex once they meet each other again and that was a problem for me too. Connor is a priest! Yes I know priests are human, they have feelings just like the rest of us but it appears there really wasn’t any conflict for him about his sexuality before Jude shows up in his life again, he was happy by his own admission. It all happens why too fast. One last thing about Connor, I don’t know ANY priest who uses as many profanities as he does. I’m not a religious person but I am spiritual, Connor being a priest was stumbling block for me with this story, it stopped me from really enjoying it. I liked it but I didn’t love it. Reading this was kind of like sitting down to watch a movie that had started before you arrived, eventually you catch up but it takes a while and then it’s over.
I mean, I could definitely tell that it was Remus Lupin/Sirius Black inspired, and the back story never got fleshed out as much as I would have liked, but the romance worked and I really enjoyed this little book. It left me wishing it was a little longer, which is a lot better than the alternative of wishing it would end sooner. Some minor grammatical errors and typos, they don't get in the way too much but they're a tad jarring when you're getting into the story.
Another nice contemporary novel that one can enjoy in an evening when there's not much to do. The characters were nice, but not too much described so it seemed like the story would be quite short(which it was). The story itself is not bad, but nothing too special either. At first the element of animalistic priest, I thought about werewolves and got excited, but that's not really the case here. Still, 4 out of 5 stars because of the cute flashbacks and the adorable god-son.
3.5 stars rounded up. I had some problems with the writing style but that didn't detract from my enjoying this story.