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.

 #TrueBrit5Ever #TrueLove

Pasha and Ed are both contestants in a British singing competition/reality show. Ya know, where it's not actually based on reality, but instead on what the producers want the public to think. Ed and Pasha haven't spoken much and are nearing the end of the competition, when they overhear the producers plans for them, and it doesn't involve winning. 

Pasha's solution to get them on top is perfect! Mostly because it involves them kissing.  

They think their "relationship" is all for show. That they're just doing it for the cameras and to get the votes in order to make it to the end. But the chemistry. OMG, the chemistry. Yeah, they weren't fooling anyone, except maybe each other. 
"Straight guys don't melt like I do when other men whisper in their ear. You did it to me so often, I thought you were doing it on purpose."
Gah! *dies*

They had me melting into a puddle of gooey goodness. 

But, it all started just for show. Pasha wanted the votes and he got them. They were shipped and hashtagged and Pasha's set-up worked. Up until they became closer then they had originally planned. 

I loved the whole fandom surrounding these guys and #TrueBrit. And it made me think... is my favorite ship all for show? *hyperventilates* No! No way. No, they are not. They are in love just like Ed and Pasha! 

This story was easy and cute, different from what I've read from Con Riley in the past. The writing is still the same superb quality, just without the angst. There were some serious issues and underlying themes, but the story as a whole was had a lighter feel. There was an abundance of happy sighs and swoons from my corner. Their chemistry was crazy and they were seriously cute. Also, they were totally sexy. Quiet and reserved Ed isn't so quiet and reserved. Heh. 

True Brit is Con Riley's first self-pub and the first (that I've read) that's on the fluffier side. Not completely fluff, but you'll be smiling the entire time. I dare you not to.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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