Confessions: Julien (Confessions Series) (Volume 2) by Ella Frank


Confessions: Julien (Confessions Series Book 2) by Ella Frank

People are complex.
Love a double-edged sword.
And when it comes to a broken heart, there are no rules, only time…

For the past eight years, Julien Thornton has been living with a secret. One that only a handful of people know about.

To the outside world, he has it all.
A thriving career. A loving husband. And a face that the American public fell for by the millions, on a reality show that inadvertently saved his life.

But behind the shine of celebrity, behind the easygoing nature, a crippling truth fills Julien with pain and self-loathing. It’s a truth that he fights to overcome daily with the help of his husband, Joel Priestley, and now their boyfriend, Robbie Bianchi.

But unlike Priest, Robbie doesn’t know what he’s helping Julien to fight. He doesn’t know what Julien did all those years ago. And with the anniversary of his sister’s death fast approaching, the time for explanations is running out.

And thus the question: will the princess be able to forgive the prick as the priest once did? 

Only time will tell.

DD’s $0.02

I apologize if this review is shit. My ability to form words is gone. I blame Ella.

Julien shone a light on the very worst part of living a full life, death. When that one special person in our life dies, we are left to deal with the aftermath. That comes in so many forms: guilt, depression, anger, and self-loathing. Julien is no different, but the secret he hides is tearing him apart. 

To be honest, Julien was not my favorite character in Robbie. Robbie is sassy and bold. Priest is serious and protective. Julien was the celebrity chef. After reading and learning about Julien, I admit he endeared himself to me and I truly feel for this man. His story is heartbreaking and made me want to wrap him up in a hug.

What I adored, watching Robbie and Priest help Julien. Robbie has an uncanny ability to read what both Julien and Priest need and he delivers without question. Priest knows all of Julien’s secrets and is beginning to see that Robbie is the perfect addition for them. They are each so different and I believe it is these differences that make them such a strong trio. Each one has something the other needs. 

I am not sure how Ella does it, but her characters and their relationships feel so real to me. I thought I knew Robbie, Julien, and Priest from the Temptation Series. What I found  Ella has been hiding a secret of her own and have only scratched the surface.

I asked for more and Ella delivered. There is one more confession to hear and that is from the Priest himself.