Author on Author Book Review ~ "Truth" (Finding Anna #3) by @Sherri_Hayes

Get caught up on the series before the release of Book 4 Spring of 2014!

Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent’s death.

As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and Mentor, Daren, leads him to buying a slave.

Thrust into a situation he never thought he’d be in, Stephan can’t walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.

Brianna knows only one thing, she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing.

Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?

As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn’t an option. It is an integral part of who she is now, and it will forever shape her view of life. The one thing she knows is that she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs? 
Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued, but the thought of her no longer being part of his life is physically painful. The scars from her past continue to haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. All he can do is try to help her work through the traumas of her past. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?
The two must figure out how to navigate not only their relationship with each other, but also the outside world. A friend from Brianna’s past shows up where she least expects them, and Uncle Richard continues to enforce his well-meaning agenda to get Brianna more traditional help. As forces, both friend and foe, threaten to tear them apart, Stephan and Brianna have to navigate the turbulent waters and find what they need in each other.

For the last two months, Brianna has discovered something she never thought she would again. Hope. After the horror of being Ian’s slave for ten months, a fate she never imagined she’d escape, it feels as if she is living a dream. She has freedom she hadn’t expected to have again, and she wakes up every morning not fearing what the day will bring.

There is also Stephan. The man who saved her from the daily torture she had to endure at the hands of Ian and his friends. The same man who makes her heart race with just the thought of him. Life is good.

Outside forces are determined to conspire against them, however. When Brianna’s father shows up on her doorstep, it sends her world spiraling out of control. He brings with him new information about how Brianna ended up in Ian’s clutches, but will it make a difference? Will Stephan be able to find a way to make Ian pay for all he made Brianna suffer?

As Brianna and Stephan try to find out the truth, their relationship is tested. She is forced to face her past head on and deal with the ugly reality of what happened to her. Will Stephan’s love be enough to see her through her newest challenge, or will the fragile trust they’ve built come crumbling down around them as the truth makes itself known.

Truth (Finding Anna #3)

Truth picks up right where Need left off with the reemergence of Brianna's father, John. Her world is tipped on it's axis once again as John's presence presents even more problems. When Brianna has a problem, it automatically becomes Stephan's as well.

Brianna faces hurdle after hurdle. At several points in the novel, I wasn't sure how she would be able to pull herself out. It seemed that the poor girl could not catch a break. Hayes was able to write such an accurate portrayal of a young woman attempting to break free from the violence forced upon her. She learned to take that horrible experience and bring about a loving relationship with Stephan.

Stephan faces his own demons in this installment. With everything Brianna is dealing with, he has the added responsibility of running his company and finding a way to make the man who tortured Brianna pay. Stephan is written as such a complex character, not as one might expect of a Dom persona. He is firm in his assignments with Brianna, yet loving with her body and her soul.

I applaud Hayes on her ability to keep the series moving with an intricate storyline intending to entertain, educate, and titillate the reader. I felt a genuine connection with both Stephan and Brianna as their lives began to spin out of control.

I knew going into this novel, there would be one more in the series. If I had the ability to fast forward to the release of the next book, I would. I NEED to know what happens next. The ending of this book left me panting for more. I eagerly await the conclusion to this phenomenal series.

Thank you to Sherri Hayes, Jitterbug PR, and The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Sherri is the author of six novels: Hidden Threat, Slave (Finding Anna Book 1), Need (Finding Anna Book 2), Truth (Finding Anna Book 3), Behind Closed Doors  and Red Zone (Daniels Brothers’ Novels), and a short story, A Christmas Proposal. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and three cats. Her mother fostered her love for books by reading to Sherri when she was a child. Stories have been floating around in her head for as long as she can remember, but she didn’t start writing them down until five years ago. It has become a creative outlet that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found helping her husband in his woodworking shop.