Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: The Realist by Riley Hart

THE REALIST The Vers Podcast Series – Book Three by Riley Hart



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.

Genre: MM Romance
Trope: Age-gap, forced proximity

Cover Design: Cate Ashwood Designs
Photo: Kevin D. Hoover

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I’ve adored Kai, the flirty young guy who works in Declan’s bar since book 1 The Loner, so it was nice to see him find his HEA. It was nice to finally get to know Marcus better too, other than knowing how much he cares about his friends and that he’d do anything for them, I didn’t feel I knew him very well at all.

While neither is looking for a relationship, both are drawn to each other and though Marcus fights it for a while, he couldn’t possibly fight off Kai’s flirting and innuendos forever. I enjoyed the banter and the chemistry between these two, they were complete opposites, which worked well for them.

It was good to have two main characters who were POC and I liked the way the author wove some of their experiences into the storyline without making it a big issue, even those small snippets were confronting for someone who isn’t a POC and who doesn’t live in America which seems a much more dangerous country to live in than Australia and we have our own issues in this regard.

I like that all the other Vers guys and their partners still play important roles in the story since they are essentially each other’s family. I’m looking forward to Corbin’s book and him realising what a great person he is and that it’s not about his looks.


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About the Author

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, travelling, or dreaming about reading or travelling, 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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