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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “True Brit” by Con Riley



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.


I’m going to get this out of the way; I love Con Riley’s words. I want to marry them, bring them a scotch when they come home, rub their tired feet and have babies with them. They complete me. They thrill me. They make me laugh and turn me on, sometimes simultaneously and they just soak into my heart making me deliriously happy that I am a reader of romance.

Okay then… so I have a guilty pleasure that I don’t hide and that is my love for two boys in a band that met on a talent show, who are together (you cannot tell me otherwise) and just well, I love them. So knowing that I have this deal with them and that Ed and Pasha are going to meet on a talent show, and stage a romance… I was more than excited to read this. I got a few Larry moments as the boys took that first picture and social media went wild with the hashtagging of it. Ugh. It just hit me in the gut when I realized the title of the book (one of my secret pleasures, when the title “meaning” if you will, is revealed) and Pasha telling Ed to follow his real account, NOT the one controlled BritPop!.. I mean that right there sent every nerve into overdrive and I dove into the rest of the story and finished it in one day.

Is love ever a bad thing, even it’s only in their imaginations?

Told in the dual POV of both Pasha and Ed, we meet the men as they are being interviewed for the opening segments of the popular talent show, BritPop!. The production team wants to pin these two against one another; Ed being ex-Army and Pasha being half Afghani. It seems a natural to make these two enemies and yet they won’t play the game. Not this one at least. When the men overhear a conversation about who will be voted off next week; they decide to play their own game.  A simple picture, taken by a cellphone and posted to social media soon has Ed and Pasha upping the stakes in the show and their lives.

I loved the inclusion of social media and shipping. Whether bandmates, or boys on a TV show etc. the idea of being part of a ship is fun and I was all about Ed and Pash… yeah I am too old for this ship but I was on board and prepared to go down with it.

It doesn’t matter what you thought. Tell me what you see, because with ‘ships’ that’s all that matters. That’s what can save us if you agree to continue.

The writing of this story is gorgeous. I have fallen in love with the author’s style and while this differs from some of her other works, what is the same is the depth of emotion. Both Ed and Pash have things in their past they have to deal with and it is why they are in the competition. It fuels them and it makes them fearful but what it gives them is a chance to develop. This story is not one of ease as these two sacrifice so much for themselves, the ones they love, the ones who have wronged them and for one another. But this story is not heavy either. The fierceness of loyalty and family, which for me is a constant theme with this author, is here but these boys, they have fun and Ed… Ed has a dirty mouth. MY LORD the man has a dirty mouth that is such a turn on it made me wanna…

But right now, Mr. Fuck-me-hardcore-on-my-first-date, you need to shut up and slow down. This isn’t a porno or a contest. It’s real life, and it’s better.

Give me a second would ya? *sigh*

So these two have got themselves in a bit of hot water with the management of the show. They are not too thrilled at his new relationship between two of their contestants and having it be two men, well you know how that goes. But the way Ed and Pash deal with it, was fun and angsty and so romantic. Falling in love with the guys as they see one another as more than a ticket to the finals was beautiful and heartwarming. It wasn’t insta-love, it was true love and nothing could be better than that. Am I right?

Keeping him was the real prize worth holding on to.

I once again, have no idea if I have done the book justice with my review. With such beautiful words on the page filled with intense imagery from the thoughts of a first kiss to the quiet that comes over your soul to finding where you truly belong and to whom. This is going on my favorites shelf.

True Brit is a wonderful story about opening your eyes and seeing what’s right in front of you. It’s about fighting for what’s right no matter the cost and realizing that home really is where the heart is. I adored Ed and Pash’s story; a story full of honest emotion and honest end reactions, regardless of how they began.  This is such a perfect book for me.




True Brit CoverTitle: True Brit
Author: Con Riley
Publisher: Figment Ink Ltd
Pages: 200
Release Date: February 18, 2015
Purchase Links: ARe, Amazon, B&NSmashwords

About Sara

I'm a runner, a reader and a vegan food eater. I practice yoga and meditation. I live in a house full of boys and rescue dogs. I really need a vacation.

4 comments on “PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “True Brit” by Con Riley

  1. Sue
    February 10, 2015


    *drops head between knees and tries breathing slowly*

    Must. Read. Now.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sara
      February 10, 2015

      Yup. I said Larry! It has Larry-esque moments with the show, the social media etc. You will LOVE this SUE! Love it.


  2. fritz42war
    February 10, 2015

    I can’t wait to read it. Have already pre-ordered it through B&N!

    Liked by 1 person

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