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The Realist | Riley Hart

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Release Date: May 17th, 2023

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To listeners of The Vers, a queer podcast I host with my three best friends, I’m known as The Realist—I accept life the way it is, believe in honesty over sugarcoating, and okay, I can maybe be a little bossy.

If you asked The Vers guys, they’d tell you I’m a caretaker who’s always thinking of others, but they also give over-the-top hugs and don’t believe me when I say feelings are the worst.

It’s why I have no business offering Kai Lewis a place to stay when he’s in need. He’s a flirt who makes no secret about wanting in my bed…somewhere I’d like to have him if he wasn’t the employee of one of my closest friends. But, he’s too trusting and leaps before he thinks, so at least he won’t get taken advantage of if he’s with me.

Now he’s always around, wearing shorts that leave nothing to the imagination and saying he wants to take care of me because I’m always doing it for others. It’s not long before I can’t resist him—a man who likes listening in the bedroom but is stubborn in other situations.

Kai is sweet and funny. He gets me to open up to him. Maybe this whole relationship thing wouldn’t be so bad…if he wasn’t nine years younger…and leaving Southern California soon…or if I had any idea what I was doing.

The Realist is an age-gap, forced proximity romance with a bossy realist and a sunshiny flirt who has Marcus wrapped around his finger.

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Riley Hart’s love of all things romance shines brightly in everything she writes. Her primary focus is Male/Male romance but under various pen names, her prose has touched practically every part of the spectrum of love and relationships. The common theme that ties them all together is stories told from the heart.

A hopeless romantic herself, Riley is a lover of character-driven plots, many with flawed and relatable characters. She strives to create stories that readers can not only fall in love with, but also see themselves in. Real characters and real love blended together equal the ultimate Riley Hart experience.

When Riley isn’t creating her next story, you can find her reading, traveling, or dreaming about reading or traveling, and spending time with her two perfectly snarky kids, and one swoon-inducing husband.

Riley Hart is represented by Jane Dystel at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Literary Management. She’s a 2019 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Of Sunlight and Stardust.

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Oh Art you are a deliciously complex man and I adore you!

EP Ebook CorrectedEmploying Patience by Saxon James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, so good, my favourite one yet.


This book was everything I wanted it to be and so much more.

We get a couple of time jumps to show both their initial meeting and a period six months later, before the book carries on in the “present day” and it works well.

The pacing is fabulous, the slow burn of sexual chemistry which sparks and crackles like a popping fire is delicious, there’s so much UST pouring off the page it’s palpable.

Art’s been there throughout the Divorced Men’s Club, not in the background, oh no, he’s larger than life, full of himself and not afraid to tell everyone how amazing he is.

And, you know what, he absolutely is. But not for the sexual prowess he’s always bragging about. No, Art is much, much more than his surface would lead you to believe.

He’s a deeply caring man, he’s passionate about his family, he has oceans of depth he hides away because he’s gun shy of making a commitment to someone and being utterly broken if things don’t work, so he hides this away with one-night stands, a loud man who needs nothing.

Art’s niblings are the cutest pair ever, who let Joey see a completely different version of the man who catches his eye every day.

Joey, on the other hand, oh that man might have the outward arrogance and cocky self-sure attitude which he uses to tease and flirt with Art constantly, but he’s drowning in responsibilities he won’t let anyone else help him shoulder.

He is an absolute sweetheart, he’s helping his sister through college, helping his younger sister with her final year of high school before she goes to college and trying to study for the GED he never got because he left school to look after his sisters.

The flirting and teasing with Art comes naturally to him, but what he’s confused and fighting is the genuine attraction and need to explore more. Joey considers himself straight because, while he’s had crushes on other men, they’ve been fleeting and have disappeared quickly.

Art though, he’s fascinated by the older man, he sees him, he looks beyond the outward braggadocio to the kind-hearted soul beneath and he realises that while Art is off taking care of everyone else, he won’t let anyone do it for him.

There’s plenty of humour too, alongside the more serious side of Joey’s dragging struggles to keep things going.

My one “scratch head” moment actually came with Joey and his family’s background, slight spoiler (but not enough to spoil any important plot elements) coming up here:


We’re told once he was old enough to take guardianship of his two younger sisters, they all moved away from his drug-addicted parents.

Okay, so towards the end of the book, Joey tells us he doesn’t want to see his parents again and he doesn’t want them to move close or try and reconcile. Still with me?

But, earlier in the story, we’ve been told Art remembers Joey from growing up as a young baby, a child and then as a teenager however, because of the age gap (Art is around a decade older), he never paid attention to the younger man, surely then the family must have lived locally for them to be around Art’s childhood/teenage years?!


Maybe I’m just overthinking it, anyway it doesn’t really affect the plot, I just found it confusing.

Overall, this book delivered on all I’d be hoping it would. Art was such a fascinating character and Joey is his perfect match.

Now I’m eagerly waiting to see which of the two possible candidates are going to be up next. We’re possibly getting a son’s best friend age gap romance or a second chance/divorced partners reconciling one I think!

#ARC kindly received from the author via Foreward PR.

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Brilliant opener in Nora’s new small town silver foxes series

Renovating the Model coverRenovating the Model by Nora Phoenix

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a grown up romance and by that I don’t mean just the age of one of the protagonist.

This is just a pleasure to read, there’s no stupid drama, no miscommunication, no lack of conversation all just to create tension.

Instead, Nora gives the reader a beautiful romance between two most unlikely men but who are absolutely perfect for each other.

Tiago is a world-famous model, alongside his twin brother Tomás, returning to the small home town they left 30 years previously for a high school reunion. It’s been five years since they were last back and lots has changed in that time.

As they catch up with their friends, they reminisce about old times, talk about the death of one of their friends who was a Marine killed in Iraq in the Gulf War, and, for Tiago, ponder their future.

The meet/cute between Tiago and Cas is pretty funny, I won’t spoil it but it had me smiling. Their paths cross once again and it’s pretty clear there’s an instant attraction which leads to a pretty smoking hot hook-up.

Cas is 18 years younger but he’s a definite old soul and had a very mature attitude which feels completely realistic given his background. I loved that while he had a bit of a freak out at the fact a gorgeous model thought he was attractive, it wasn’t dwelled on once Cas accepted it was the truth.

Watching them slowly fall in love while thinking they’re just having a friends with occasional benefits relationship is a pleasure.

This whole book is a pleasure really, it’s great to read about love with MCs who are nearer my own age!

I also very much adored the wee map of Forestville at the start of the book too, I’m such a sucker for them and I’m really looking forward to seeing who will be up next.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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