Hard Truths

Title: Hard Truths
Author: Alex Whitehall
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 1st 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 212 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


He can’t have the family he wants, but he may get the love he deserves….

Isaac didn’t expect to find love at his family’s Christmas dinner, but that was before he met his sister’s new fake boyfriend. Tall, muscular, and tattooed, Logan is what Isaac would love in a partner — and also everything his parents would hate in one. Not that they know Isaac’s gay.

That doesn’t stop him from dating Logan — unbeknownst to his parents, and with his sister’s approval after she fake dumps him. The pair dive into a whirlwind romance of motorcycle rides, cheesy puns, and hot sex. They meet each other’s friends and fill their time with happiness and laughter. It’s all perfect.

Until Isaac suggests they move in together, and Logan asks Isaac to come out to his parents. Isaac wants to, but he’s scared; he doesn’t want to lose his family. Unfortunately, he can’t see that his real family has been right beside him all along.

After a meet cute, where Isaac’s sister Sue brings home a guy to dissuade her parents from harping on her single status and he ends up surreptitiously hitting on, and giving his number to Isaac (much to Isaac’s shock)….

At the time, I didn’t know that the hulking six-foot-four-inch tattooed biker wasn’t actually dating my sister.

And when Sue comes clean about the ruse and why, Isaac decides to give Logan a chance.

Dating Logan was amazing. Really, what wasn’t there to like? He was hot as fuck, sweet as candy, and funny as hell.

Told from Isaac’s first person, single POV Hard Truths ultimately explores the difference between blood family and found family.

Isaac and Logan are both smart, sweet, funny, cute nerds and I enjoyed the humor woven throughout the story, which is good because Isaac has a lot of issues and the humor is needed to mitigate the angstier parts of the story.

Isaac, who lives hours from his parents, is completely out of the closet everywhere but home. He has good reason to think his parents (especially his father) would be unsupportive of his relationship with Logan, but, for Logan, having Isaac come out to his parents is necessary to them being able to fully be together.

Like I said though Isaac worries for good reason, and even though he could be exhausting at times, many of the situations he found himself navigating and his thought processes felt real and honest. I loved many of Isaac and Logan’s friends, and Isaac’s sister Sue was lovely, and their interactions lent to the authenticity of many situations.

I found the pacing a bit slow and had to talk myself out of skimming quite a few times but in the end I loved the humor, I was rooting for Isaac and Logan to make it, and I’m glad readers get a sweet, happy ending.

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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