The Truth About Riley by Henrietta Clarke

Title: The Truth About Riley     Word Count: 790000   Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance Blurb :Riley Aylworth’s life has been completely devoid of intimate contact since a fire three years ago left him with horrific facial scarring, so when he finds an ad for a phone sex service, he decides to give it a call. Except that the number is not a phone sex service—it’s the revenge Cameron Kirkwood’s ex-boyfriend took on the uptight advertising executive after Cam forgot their anniversary and accidentally put him in the hospital. Needless to say, after thirty-nine disturbing calls seeking phone sex, Cameron is at the end of his tether and yells at his fortieth caller. What he doesn’t expect is for Riley to hit redial and yell right back. The argument helps both Cameron and Riley vent about their issues, and when they’ve calmed down, they decide to exchange numbers and talk again. From this decision springs a friendship that, over time, grows into a gentle romance—all over the phone, because Riley is too scared to meet Cam in person. Showing a potential boyfriend his disfigured face is the fastest way to get rejected, right? Even a month of scorching hot phone sex can’t change his mind, no matter how hard Cam tries to persuade him that with their phone chemistry, the sex would be so much better in person. Meanwhile, Cam is haunted by the scarred blond he seems to be seeing everywhere, and Riley can’t get the handsome brunet who always seems happy to see him out of his mind. It’s a shock to both men to realise that the guy they’re falling for over the phone is also the man who brightens their day with just a smile; but it’s one thing to let a stranger smile at you and quite another to let him close enough to see into your soul. If Riley can’t break down the walls in his mind and believe that Cameron loves him in spite of his scars, their relationship may be doomed before they’ve even had a chance to kiss. Review:

This was a truly awesome story about love and conquering our fears and our insecurities about our self worth and our outward appearances.There were certain moments when I thought Riley was being far too pessimistic about his looks, but I had to dig deep and understand that it is realistic to feel that way after having to undergo such a tragic event that has left a person so scarred whether it is emotional or physical. Cameron is the most beautiful, patient lead that I have come across in a long time. This story was simply breathtaking. It reminded me of how I met my husband on the internet and how we had these ‘blind’ interactions over the phone and through webcam without actually seeing the other person’s face. It is the most wonderful way of getting to know someone without relying on superficial cues of facial features.Can’t wait to hear more about Riley and Cameron.Bellisimo!!!
My Rating: 4- Lose the underwear