Monday, April 2, 2018

Random Review: His Truth by Riley Hart #Review #Giveaway

Author: Riley Hart
Title: His Truth
Self Published
Publication Date: March 27, 2018

Reviewed by Michael


They were only kids when they met for the first time. Leo Mancini was the son of a judge. Roman Cipriani the son of a criminal. So different, yet as they shared stolen kisses and secret moments, they fell in love. One day they would run away together, have the future they deserved, because no one loved Leo like Roman did, or Roman like Leo did. But before they could make their dreams come true, their future was viciously stolen and their lives changed forever.

Roman has spent the last twelve years repressing the trauma in his past, trying to pretend it didn't exist, until even he believed his own lies.

Leo won't let himself forget what happened because he doesn't ever want to be that person again. He won't become the man his father wanted him to be or the guy who gets hurt when he lets someone in.

But in that split second when their eyes meet again, everything changes. Despite Leo's anger and Roman's denial, the connection they shared as teens is still there, too powerful to deny. Now, when their moments don't have to be stolen, they cling to what they've always craved--each other.

Roman and Leo aren't kids anymore, though--they can't lock themselves away from the world and pretend nothing exists but each other. A trauma like Roman suffered doesn't just go away, but now that Roman accepts his truth, can the two of them escape their demons before they destroy Roman and Leo a second time?


Whether we are aware of it or not, each and every one of us is the sum total of our life experiences as well as how we have been treated by others.  These help to shape not only how we see ourselves, but also how we see the world around us.  They also help to teach how to cope.  This is our Truth.

But what happens when our past is so brutal and ugly that it distorts our Truth, forcing us to bury who you truly are and remake ourselves just to survive?  Then, to make matters worse, our past comes back, forcing us to question literally everything we had convinced ourselves was real.

Roman Cipriani came from the wrong side of the tracks, poor, and the son of…let’s just say a very bad man.  Leo Mancini seemed to lead the ideal rich kid’s life, but as is often the case, appearances can be deceiving.  Secret boyfriends twelve years before, something (very bad) happened that forced Roman to walk away from Leo and completely remake himself

Twelve years later, Roman Cipriani inadvertently runs into Leo Mancini.  This one, albeit brief, encounter forces Roman to completely re-examine the Truth he had deluded himself into believing about himself.  He has to relearn who he really is and quite literally come out to himself.  The transition isn’t smooth, bringing to the surface not only the old memories he had forced himself to suppress, but also the insecurities he thought long buried.

Through it all, there’s Leo.  Poor Leo has issues of his own, though not nearly to the extent of Roman. 

This is not a fluff piece.  Riley Hart has put a lot of thought into this.  It’s a deep, sometimes dark, sometimes painful examination of coming to terms with an incredibly ugly past and learning that sometimes we are the victims of the Truths we’ve been taught about ourselves.


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  1. Some of my March reads that I have loved is the Like Us series by Krista and Becca Richie.
    Wilde Fire by Lucy Lennox.
    What He Hides BY E M Denning

  2. Loved Wilde Fire by Lucy Lennox!

  3. The books I've enjoyed in March were "Joshua's Rainbow" by Victoria Sue and "The Road Trip" by B A Tortuga.

  4. Other than a few arcs for reviews, I haven't been reading much due to my depression...

  5. Wilde Fire by Lucy Lennox, Twisted and Tied by Mary Calmes, and Shadow's Return by S.C. Wynne

  6. I read several great books last month:
    The Star Host by F.T. Lukens
    Wildflowers by Suki Fleet
    Throwing Stones by Avery Cockburn
    The Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue (audiobook) by Mackenzi Lee Breaker of Chains by Jordan L. Hawk
    Where Death Meets the Devil by LJ Hayward

  7. Reclaim by Christina Lee, Leaning Into the Look by Lane Hayes, Rescuing His Heart by Michele Notaro, Irish & Whiskey series by Layla Reyne, Bitten by the Alpha by Annabelle Jacobs, Body & Soul by Lucy Lennox and Sloane Kennedy

  8. Haven't read any in the past month

  9. I can't wait to read this book. My last was "Hit Girl" by Tia Louise

  10. just finished this book and loved it....

  11. I can't say I had a favorite for March. I didn't get to read as much as I would have liked.

  12. I can't wait to read this book.

  13. Thanks for your good review. Sounds great. A very good book I read in March was EVERYTHING BEGINS & ENDS AT THE KENTUCKY CLUB, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. It was a PEN/Faulkner winner and one of the best collections of short stories I've read, set in El Paso-Juarez and features POC.

  14. Second wind aimee Nicole walker, poke check vl locey and rj scott, pride em Let a, unforgettable duet brooke Blaine, river home Elle Keating, strength of the omega ARC hi Houston Sara York, the cowboy and the pencil pusher sc wynne, shaken and stirred Garrett groves, alphas sacrifice Nora phoenix, found Annabelle Michaels, the glass house ARC Brandon Witt, winning loves lottery Zoe pipers different light Morningstar Ashley, once burned alexa land, BFF devon McCormack, the time of my life nora Phoenix, what he craves am denning