Never Leave, Never Lie by Thea Verdone

When dark romance is done right. In Never Leave, Never Lie you continue to question should these characters be together, and yet the relationship for them in only this setting.

From the blurb:

The lies that brought them together will tear them apart.

Alek and Ian’s relationship is built on lies and the cracks are starting to show.

A pianist gifted with synesthesia, Alek sees sounds and hears colors and transforms all of his emotions into music. But no matter how hard he tries to hide behind a facade of apathy and seduction, he can’t escape the dark past that haunts him.

Contractor Ian sees the beauty in something destroyed by neglect and his obsession with fixing extends beyond historical buildings. But when Alek’s self-destructive tendencies turn their relationship to ruins, Ian fears Alek is the first project he’ll have no choice but to abandon.

Now the Gothic Victorian mansion they’re renovating is the only thing connecting them. Alek will do anything to keep Ian with him.

Except tell the truth.

Because Alek is lying about everything, starting with his name, and when Ian learns the truth, their house of cards will collapse.

Never Leave, Never Lie is an angsty MM modern gothic romance that will appeal to fans of mental health representation, relationships in crisis, hurt/comfort, and a hard-fought happily ever after.

Molly Otto's review:

Well, if you are looking for a read that has a hard fought and more than hard earned HEA this is the book for you. Alek has gone his entire life without consequences for both his and his family's mistakes, and they come tearing out in the most brutal way possible.

I honestly don't know if I were Ian's place. I'd be able to move past the choices Alek made. But these choices are what show us as the reader how much better of a person he is. With time and intervention, the trust can be rebuilt. Alek must learn coping mechanisms to stop the spiral before the damage is too much.

An overall amazing read that will not soon be forgotten that shows the need for mental health awareness.

Never Leave, Never Lie is currently available as an e-book, paperback & hardback, and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription