5 Stars, Con Riley, Figment Ink Limited, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jules

Release Day Review: True Brit by Con Riley

Title: True Brit

Author: Con Riley

Publisher: Figment Ink Limited

Pages/Word Count: 174 Pages

At a Glance: The story is engaging and strong throughout, but I especially loved the last few chapters.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: Winning the United Kingdom’s favorite singing contest is a challenge for half-Afghani Pasha Trueman. He doesn’t have the best voice, but success would be life-changing. His strategy is simple—he’ll make the British public love him.

Ex-soldier Ed Britten has a different agenda. Winning means he’ll keep a promise made after a deadly Afghan ambush. His voice is his weapon, but he leaves his heart unguarded.

Ed and Pasha’s discovery that the contest isn’t a fair fight calls for creative tactics. Staging a fake love story could bring victory, only there’s more at stake than the prestigious first prize. If winning means surrendering each other, they could both end up losing.

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Review: Con Riley is great at “the hook”. She grabs you at page one and keeps your attention for the whole ride. If you’re a fan of her other work, as I am, you know that the hook is usually emotional. It’s easy to fall for her characters and feel their plight, whatever it may be. With True Brit, though, the hook is largely the entertainment of it all. That’s not to say there aren’t emotional moments; you’ll definitely get sucked into both Pasha’s and Ed’s backstories. But, this story is also a lot of FUN.

Pasha Trueman is a kick in the pants. So vibrant and full of life, his character is instantly likeable. He has clearly worked hard to earn his spot on BritPop!, Great Britain’s most popular singing competition. Pasha’s command of the stage, and the television audience, has garnered him a nice fan base and gotten him much farther than his voice alone would have. He keeps his motives for going on the show mostly to himself, giving vague answers like, “I want to bring the trophy home,” when asked directly; but, it’s perfectly clear that he wants to win.

Ed Britten is much more reserved than our dear Pasha. He doesn’t take many risks on stage, or let his personality shine, instead letting his voice do all the work for him. Apparently it’s not enough, though, to have a great voice, or to be popular with the voters, if the powers-that-be decide they want someone else to win – which is exactly what Ed and Pasha accidentally find out while doing some promo for the show.

I absolutely loved where Con Riley took this story. The chemistry between these guys is EXCELLENT, and the storyline is fresh and fun. When they embark on their fake romance, they are all-in from moment one, and they give a great show! Unfortunately, they are so good that they draw the wrath of the show’s creator, and end up having to work extra hard to stay together, and see their plan through to the end. It’s wonderful to see their strength, both individually and together, and to watch them work through things as a team.

The story is engaging and strong throughout, but I especially loved the last few chapters. The twist at the BritPop! finale is fantastic, and the epilogue is feel-good perfection. I fell in love with these guys, and you will, too. #TrueBrit forever!!! ;) Another solid win from Con Riley.






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Guest Post and Giveaway: True Brit by Con Riley

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The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome Con Riley on the True Brit blog tour.

I posed this question to Con: When you examine all the characters you’ve written so far, would you say you write a “type”? What type of man, for you, makes for an interesting protagonist?

So, enjoy her answer, and then be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance at an e-copy of this and another book from Con’s backlist.

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Con: I definitely write a type. I’m a huge fan of everyday heroes.

Now that I stop to consider, every one of my main characters has a big ol’ streak of everyday-and-average running through them. In my new book True Brit, even ex-soldier Ed — who could have been a gun-toting, tattoo-covered, Special Forces sniper, had I written him to meet the stereotypical norm — is just a regular guy determined to keep a promise he made. That simple desire makes Ed very appealing. It’s an indication of bone-deep honesty that says more about his strength of character than wielding a rifle could have ever conveyed.

When I look back, I didn’t write my first book, After Ben, with intent to make a middle-aged accountant seem brave or fearless. And yet somehow his honest-to-God grief at losing the love of his life coupled with his slow recovery made Theo Anderson heroic. When he was ready, he loved again like he knewhappiness could be snatched from him at any moment. I think readers wanted that second chance for him just as much as I did.

In True Brit, Pasha will do anything to succeed. His sole aim in life is to win the United Kingdom’s favorite singing contest, and that single-minded focus could make him unattractive. Yet it’s impossible to ignore how much Pasha genuinely likes other people – even the other competitors, who should be first on his hit list. His innate inquisitive nature reveals a nosy core of caring that defines his truly British nature.

When I think about the secondary characters I’ve enjoyed writing the most, I’m often drawn to fathers. I could write Paul Morse from the Seattle stories over and over — he’s a man who made mistakes with his son that he refuses to repeat. And if I could wave a magic wand right now, I’d transplant Recovery’sOwen Bailey to Minnesota for some grumpy Coop Cooper tough love. Maybe I see kindness, even if gruffly offered, as the most attractive characteristic of all.

In True Brit, Ed Britten shouldn’t feel any kindness toward Pasha. He’s spent years watching men who looked similar while stationed in Afghanistan. Conversely, Pasha shouldn’t find anything attractive about being observed so closely, especially when he’s done nothing to earn Ed’s mistrust. It’s only when they’re forced to work together that they get to see past first impressions. Writing their love story was a chance to show that the most unlikely of pairings can be heroic, given the right incentive.

If you like everyday heroes as much as I do, I hope that you enjoy reading True Brit.

Thank you so much for hosting me. :-)

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SMTrueBrit-f-2Blurb: Winning the United Kingdom’s favorite singing contest is a challenge for half-Afghani Pasha Trueman. He doesn’t have the best voice, but success would be life-changing. His strategy is simple—he’ll make the British public love him.

Ex-soldier Ed Britten has a different agenda. Winning means he’ll keep a promise made after a deadly Afghan ambush. His voice is his weapon, but he leaves his heart unguarded.

Ed and Pasha’s discovery that the contest isn’t a fair fight calls for creative tactics. Staging a fake love story could bring victory, only there’s more at stake than the prestigious first prize. If winning means surrendering each other, they could both end up losing.

Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary Romance

Buy Links: Amazon US | All Romance eBooks

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1488204_233414830163333_1042890849_nAbout the Author: Con Riley lives on the wild and rugged Devonshire coast, with her head in the clouds, and her feet in the Atlantic Ocean.

Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that makes them live and breathe.

When not people watching, or wrangling her own boy band of teen sons, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don’t disturb her—she’s probably thinking up new plots.

Social Media Links: Facebook | Facebook Author Page | Twitter

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5 Stars, Con Riley, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Jackie

A Man Must Face The Truth On The Long Road To “Recovery” – by Con Riley


“Sometimes the most horrendous thing a person can see is all the hidden things inside them, the things they’ve covered, the things they choose not to look at. – C. JoyBell C.


Title: Recovery (Salvage Stories: Book Two)

Author: Con Riley

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: San Diego is a city of second chances for Jamie Carlson. His new career as a photographer is taking off, and with the support of a loving surrogate family, he’s finally putting his party years behind him. The Bailey family helped him solve his drinking problem, but there’s no easy solution to staying sober now that Belle Bailey’s dying. Her last wish is a challenge Jamie can’t overcome without help.
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Welcome Back Con Riley, The “Recovery” Blog Tour, And A Giveaway



There was a time when I could quite comfortably write three or four books a year. Between my first novel After Ben’s submission, rejection, and its eventual publication, I wrote three other novel-length works. I was midway through a fourth when something happened that made me put down my pen.
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Here’s A Sneak Peek At A Busy Week!


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week. We’ve got loads of good stuff coming up in the week ahead, including a couple more guest posts to celebrate the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia and another Countdown to GayRomLit guest visit. Watch for some great articles, interviews, giveaways, and reviews.

But first, I have an introduction to make. As all of you know by now, the LGBT reviewing community is about to lose one of its staunchest supporters, Becky Condit. Mrs. Condit Reads Books will be closing its virtual doors on May 31, 2014, and though it will be a great loss, The Novel Approach is making an equally great gain. Jules Lovestoread will be joining our crew, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her with us, so, without further ado, here’s a little intro to our very own Jules:

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“Salvage” and “Recovery”: Companion Novels About Family And Forgiveness by Con Riley



The Novel Approach is thrilled to have Con Riley with us today. Be sure to check out the giveaway details below to see how you could win an e-copy of either Salvage or Recovery
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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week! As you can see, we’ve got another busy seven days ahead, filled with more GRL Countdown visitors, giveaways, interviews, and, of course, more reviews from the team for you.

Here’s what’s on tap for the week ahead.

MondayKatey Hawthorne kicks the week right off with a GRL Celebration visit and giveaway

TuesdayCon Riley is our guest today on the Recovery Blog Tour, and there will also be a giveaway

We also have author D.T. Peterson visiting with an interview and the chance for TEN lucky readers to win a copy of his novel The Cove

WednesdayKimber Vale drops by on her Double Takes Blog Tour, and she’s also got a giveaway for you

Jaime Reese is with us today as well, to talk a little bit about her new book A Hunted Man, and she’ll be offering a giveaway

A.J. Corza also joins us today with another installment of Got You Covered

ThursdaySusan Mac Nicol pops in to work a little Double Alchemy for us, and there’s a giveaway

FridayKrissy Bells kicks off the day with a guest article about her book Fag, why she chose such a jarring and provocative title, and there’s a giveaway

Kol Anderson also drops in with a giveaway of his new novel The Perfect Place, and Lynn reviews the book

SaturdayJaime Samms is our guest today with another Countdown to GRL visit

Sunday – And finally, to round out the week, I had the opportunity to interview author Vaughn R. Demont, and he’s giving away all three books in the Broken Mirrors series to one lucky reader

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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