Blog Tour: Unspeakable Truths by Alice Montalvo-Tribue, Review + Teasers & Giveaway!

Release Date: September 16, 2014


Everything I ever learned about fairy-tales was a fucking lie…

Four years ago, my life was everything I wanted it to be: I had everything I wanted, everything I needed, in my best friend and newly wedded husband—Tyler.

Yet, hours after we said "I do," I lost him.


The dreams we'd shared, the future we'd planned—all of our hopes and desires, were ripped away in mere seconds.

And now, four years later, my life still feels like a hopeless eternity.

So, I guess it's quite fitting that the last person I want to hear from is currently standing at my front door.

He wants to tell me the truth about that night, he wants to be my new knight in shining armor, but the thing is…

He was the best man...
5 smokin' stars!

I love it when I have an excellent reading streak! And by excellent I mean 5-star books that touch my heart and make me dream of happy ever afters.

UNSPEAKABLE TRUTHS is a very heartwarming story. I thought it would be gut-wrenchingly painful seeing as the heroine, Everly, is barely recovering from the death of her husband. It's been four years but she hasn't moved on at all from the painful event that destroyed her dreams and practically killed her drive and enthusiasm to live. 

There is one man whom she blames for what went down four years ago: Luca. He was Tyler's best friend but for a reason you'd best find out on your own, he and Everly are not at all in good terms. He was often a cause of argument between the two of them. On the day Tyler died, it was Luca who was with him. 

The story shifts from Everly's point of view to Luca's. As always, I love this style of narration because it lets readers see the story from all angles. It also lets readers know each character more intimately.

When it's Luca's POV, he seems to look at the broader picture. He really is a very thoughtful and considerate man! He looks at the past, the present, and the future consequences of his actions. He looks at Everly through very observant eyes that miss nothing. You can just tell that he really does care for her! His thoughts, though riddled with guilt and sadness, are nevertheless very positive and looking forward to a good future. That is his strength, and the one thing Everly seems to have lost.
"...but I can't help to think, what if...?"

For Everly's POV, I could sense her confusion and underlying sadness. She did fall in love with Tyler. Even when she discovered that he kept secrets from her, even if she felt anger towards him for that, she never went caustic towards his memory. Both she and Luca, actually. I also love how she really did appear more alive when Luca entered the picture! I could really relate to Everly, especially what she said about how nice it would be for people to invite her to hang out even if everyone knows she'll say no. :p Guilty party right here..! LOL but anyway… Thoughts like that just made her feel more real, and I loved that Alice Montalvo-Tribue for writing her, and also Luca, that way.

There's one thing I didn't expect which nevertheless made me giggle: Luca has dominant tendencies in bed! Nothing hardcore though. No whips and chains and whatnot. He's just very dominant in the bedroom through his words and actions, and honestly that's a lot sexier to me than whipping out the crop.
"Shut up," he growls in my ear, gripping my hips tighter and pulling me back into his chest hard. "Do not speak, you are done talking, do you understand me."

If you've grown tired of romance characters having a stupid spell, you'll be happier with this book. Save for one moment of weakness from Everly, they both behaved maturely 95% of the time. I was so pleased that Everly was able to get her head out the fog of grief quickly and chose to listen to what Luca had to say about her husband's death. I cheered when she chose to start living and allow herself to love again. I especially loved how she overcame her apprehension on being seen in public with Luca. She did ‘the stupid' though, but as the reader, I already sympathized with her so much it felt like I can forgive her for her for succumbing to her fear.
"Happily ever after doesn't exist. It's a myth, and if it does exist it's not for me, was never meant to be for me. I thought I had it once... but just like that, love slipped through my fingers. Now here I am again, with that old familiar pit of emptiness in my stomach..."

Everly's one moment of foolishness made Luca shine even more! He was just impressive from start to finish. HE is the type of hero whom readers will swoon for! He is a very good man, hardworking, successful, loving, nurturing, patient and forgiving. All that on top of his physical attributes, of course!

Thanks to a really great story, plus a vulnerable and very relatable heroine partnered with a very ideal, almost-perfect hero, UNSPEAKABLE TRUTHS emerges as a refreshingly lighter take on a second-chance love that comes at the heels of cherished lost love. I highly recommend it if you're looking for second-chance romance that doesn't veer into the dark and angsty territory.


Other books by Alice Montalvo-Tribue:

Translation of Love (Of Love, #1)  Desperation of Love (Of Love, #2) Shelter You

Of Love Series
Book 1: Translation of Love

Book 2: Desperation of Love

Shelter You

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Alice Montalvo-Tribue lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey. She has a bachelors degree in communications and is currently working on her masters degree. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, and when the weather permits lounging out on a beach.

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