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- Print Length: 227 pages
- Publisher: Figment Ink (February 18, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 18, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TBO0HZE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Pasha convinces Ed that faking a romantic attraction is the best sabotage of that stupid plan. It goes wild on social media under the #TrueBrit hashtag. Pasha (who's always thought he was straight but doesn't deny media rumors he's gay) and Ed (who's gay but never says it outright) fall into day-to-day affection quite easily. Their stunt pisses off the show managers, though, so Ed and Pasha have to continually outsmart various attempts to undermine them.
This book is a triumph of showing rather than telling. Riley spends almost zero time inside either character's head having them bang on about "OMG how could I be having these feelings? This was just supposed to be for the contest!" or in Pasha's case "How could I be attracted to a man?" Their relationship evolves and is shown through actions, growing from loyalty and friendship rather than immediate sexual/romantic sparks or big schmoopy speeches. Yet this book has some of the sweetest moments, and I was 100% swept away by the romance. Ed and Pasha together once they fess up to each other is possibly the best-est thing ever. (For anyone who's read it, the line "Ask me the same as your Dominic did." just about killed me dead.)
I was also delighted by how Riley lets Pasha readjust his view of his sexual orientation with a minimum of fuss. He doesn't thrash around trying to deny his feelings for Ed, just takes the new puzzle piece and maneuvers it around a bit so it fits. In real life, it's often more difficult than that, but it was so refreshing to read a bi revelation that was gentle and friendly, honoring that Pasha truly is bi, instead of having him agonize or retconning his past with women because Ed is his destiny.
There are some rough spots in the writing that I wish an editor had smoothed out. I've read the first scene at least three times, and I still don't follow what Pasha was trying to do before he decided to mess with the stage lights. The radio interview is bizarre and reads too much like shoehorning in a character speech. Pasha's insistence that they weren't supposed to officially confirm or deny their relationship publicly is laughable in the face of their public behavior. Usually stuff like that bugs me. In this case, though, the artistry of showing these two people falling in love, without hardly being aware it's happening, overrode those few weird bits.
#TrueBrit #TrueLove #LoveIsLove #4Ever
This was phenomenal.
And so much more than I expected.
The writing—it’s the kind I love with the imagery and fluid prose that manages in its gorgeousness to completely pull me into the story. The arcs and twists in the plot were utter perfection, and I had no idea, at any point, where we were going on this ride…but I enjoyed every part of the journey.
The attraction between these two and their relationship started on nothing but falsehoods for media attention. What regular person can relate to that? It’s totally out of my wheelhouse, and I wasn’t certain how that was supposed to grip me. But then…then it became this thing. More. Relatable. This beautiful thing where I was live tweeting #TrueBrit because it felt necessary that I support them too. These fictional characters.
This book, with its gorgeous and deceiving cover, is not what I expected. It is acceptance, letting go of painful things, fighting for the one you love, family, and belonging. And it’s crafted lovingly and eloquently. It turns, what I thought would be the heart of the story, a competition and the quest for fame and fortune, on its ear to illustrate what is really important—that love heals, that love prevails, that family is everything and can be found anywhere. You don’t have to have ALL THE THINGS to be lovable or be loved, or to be relevant—even if to only one person.
I wholeheartedly recommend this.
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Not being a fan of reality TV talent shows, I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did. Instead, I found myself drawn to both the premise and the characters. Not just the two leads (who are lovely), but various secondary characters including Eddie’s Mum and Pasha’s best friend Anya who also sings on the show. And the idea of the producers faking the results struck a particular chord with me as I based my own book 'Got Ghosts?' on a similar idea in the world of TV ghost hunters.
The one bit that didn’t quite gel for me was the idea of Pasha being ‘gay for you’ for Eddie, because he came across as such a drama queen that I assumed (and was happy to accept) he was gay from the very first page. Was the drama queen thing all just an act to help him win the contest? Perhaps a little more explanation would have helped.
Overall, though, it’s a lovely story with warm-hearted characters, just enough tension to keep the reader guessing, and a nice line in modern-day relevance. I loved it!
#TrueBrit followed by #TrueLove
Well, what can I say?? I absolutely loved it...such a departure from Con's usual style of story, but in a very good way. Minimal angst compared to usual, lots of laughs, unexplored ST which you could feel simmering beneath the surface, her brilliant way with words, almost painting the actual scene in your head so that you sort of felt you were actually in the studio rehearsing Britpop! with Ed, Pasha, Anya and the boyband who shall remain nameless, but Crabbe, Goyle and Draco works for me!!
Diverse characters usually make for an interesting read, and you really couldn't get much more diverse than Ed and Pasha. Ed, an army veteran at 30, who had done 2 tours of Afghanistan and had had such an horrific experience the last time he shipped out that he refused to re-up and was honourably discharged (I'll leave you to discover why, but it plays a CRUCIAL part in the story). Honourable, quiet and reserved but possessing an amazing voice and an extremely hot bod, he had a very special reason to get to the final of the singing competition.
Pasha, on the other hand, had his own heart-breaking story to tell, but was pretending to be the life and soul of the party, not so good at the singing BUT played to his strengths, and that was working the crowd in the studio and the voting public at large. He was all for using the social media, Twitter and whatever else he could to boost his votes, and played the gay card for all it was worth.
We had an archetypal pantomime villain in the shape of the producer of the series Gerry Hanson, whose cologne and foul smelling cigars, and disgustingly bigoted comments would have had anyone, let alone me, reaching for his neck with their hands. He has already decided that the Boyband will win the competition, and when Ed overhears him and his assistant discussing what they will do to fake the voting, and get rid of the remaining contestants, decides to bring Pasha in on his plan. The two of them then work out a strategy to win the cash prize...they'll `fall in love' and the audience will be so delighted for them, they won't allow them to get voted off, but playing games and telling lies can potentially lead to people's hearts being broken....
They then start a game of one-upmanship with the studio and the organisers of the competition, which they are determined to win BUT for wildly differing reasons AND of course, the organisers are equally determined that they WON'T win. Ethnic minorities of any persuasion, whether it be colour, race or sexual orientation are just booted off, no questions asked, stories twisted and lies told without regret.
The secondary characters were also really good, especially Anya, Ed's mum and Mandy and little Joe, and I must also give a shout out here to Charlie, the studio technician for his help at the end of the story which resulted in the competition being won by the person that most deserved it, and yes, I had a big grin and watery eyes at the end of the read. ***Must just mention for those of you with an aversion to gfy...***
Am I a reality TV fan?? Definitely not. Britpop! sounded like the devil spawn of X Factor and Big Brother (neither of which I've watched, but Gerry Hanson MUST be based on Simon Cowell surely??). I don't regard STRICTLY COME DANCING as a reality TV prog, more a NATIONAL INSTITUTION, and I certainly have no problems with that, hehe.
Many thanks Con for the ARC, and congratulations, it's a winner!!
Is the Svengali character really a parody of Simon Cowell? I strongly suspect so and what a nasty piece of work that character is.
Did I empathise with the two main characters? Well, I've already stated that I cried, lots!
Did I skip the full-on sexy bits as I tend to in novels from this genre? No. I read every word and actually enjoyed the fact that the sex furthered the plot, the characters' relationships, and was not just a titillation of graphic acts to keep the readers happy.
So refreshing to read a parent character who is not judgemental and is truly accepting of her son's sexuality and thank you Ms Riley for addressing my pet hate in M/M novels. I noticed, thank you. Cleanliness is next to godliness, to coin a phrase.
A resounding 5 golden star read.
And every one of the participants has their own motivation to win.
So when Pasha (born and bred in Britain and innocent to the fact that one of his parents was from Afghanistan) meets an other contestant, Ed, who was in Afghanistan as a soldier, the makers of the show sniff big money when they try to set the both of them against each other.
By chance they - Pasha and Ed together - discover the plot and decide to fight - together.
This book is a love story but it also uncovers the mechanism of todays television shows.
And Con Riley is very very good with words!