His Truth (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: His Truth
Author: Riley Hart
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: March 29, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Second Chance
Page Count: NA
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

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?

Get your tissues ready, because this book is heart-wrenching to the nth degree. Eventually, life-affirming, yeah … but heart-wrenching. You.Have.Been.Warned.

The mind does amazing things to keep itself sane and intact, and in Roman’s case it caused him to forget and deny his first (and only) love Leo and to repress his sexuality. The two boys fall in love when they were 16, and they dream of a life together away from their families, but life isn’t always a fairy tale … and is often a nightmare. Twelve years after Roman’s nightmare, he meets Leo by accident and all the feelings, all the desires, all the terror returns.

There’s a lot of anger on Leo’s part towards Roman, and Roman initially burrows into that denial and repression, but once Roman starts believing his truth, it’s an agonizing but affirming process as the two build on the solid foundation of love they shared as boys and work to strengthen it in their adulthood.

Leo and Roman’s chemistry is so powerful and there are several sizzling sex scenes, but this is no light romance novel. At times, Leo and Roman’s yearning for one another is almost overwhelming. I don’t want to give too many details because the way it all unfolds is so beautifully done. I also appreciated how Riley Hart notes that she consulted with several psychologists to review the story for authenticity. The story definitely kept my interest every step of the way, and the epilogue beautifully shows their growth together toward their HEA. 4.5 stars for this powerful story.

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Galley copy of His Truth provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas

I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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