The Endgame – Riley Hart

Reviews by Yael Waknin



When I left home, I swore I’d never hide anything about myself again. From college, to law school, to the United States Senate representing California, I’ve done it all as an out gay man. So, when I’m in DC and see a beautiful guy at the hotel bar, I don’t hesitate to proposition him…right before he runs out on me, leaving his sunglasses behind like my very own Cinderfella.


I’ve always known I’m gay, but never acted on it. Pretending isn’t easy, but it means I can keep playing football. No one has ever guessed my secret until the gorgeous man at a bar in DC. At least he doesn’t know who I am–the best tight end in the NFL, playing for the Atlanta Lightning. Though my identity doesn’t stay a secret from him for long.

Between texts and late-night phone calls, we get to know each other. West’s the only person who knows all the parts of me, just like I know his. When he asks for one night together so he can show me what it’s like to be with a man, I can’t say no. But once isn’t enough, and we keep sneaking around together–brief encounters, in California, Georgia, or DC, filled with passionate touches and whispered truths.

I never thought I’d have love. West never thought he’d want it. Now we’re all in with each other, but he still has time left in his Senate term. I have contract obligations to fulfill, and I’m closeted. We don’t even live in the same state. The odds are stacked against us, but if there’s one thing I know, it’s how to win. He’s the endgame in the biggest challenge of my life, the one I’m banking my future happiness on

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My review

I don’t know how to explain how many emotions went through my body while reading this book.

I can say that I cried. I cried because I was hurting for Anson and for Weston.

I felt Anson’s pain from the fear of his truth and the reactions of the people around him.

After reading this book, I’m still so emotional that I really do not feel I’m ready to let go.

I don’t want to let go of the incredible and all-powerful characters that Riley wrote.

I don’t know how she did it. How she wrote a book so deep, so full of pain, fears, and anxieties and yet, along with all the depth of the plot and the characters, she was able to find so much lightness, and fun and a way for readers like me (who cannot handle high angst romance books) to enjoy this book.

She managed to keep me on my toes throughout the book. With my heart beating and so many emotions went through me, she managed to end the book in a way that I didn’t even notice that my heart calmed down, and I smiled.

I really want to hug Anson! Embrace him and strengthen him!

What a beautiful person he is inside and out. What a huge love he has in his heart.

Weston was so special to me that I don’t think I read about such a deep and light character at the same time.

Weston’s character amused me while making me hurt for him and feel his pain and true love.

There wasn’t one thing in this story that wasn’t beautiful.

That wasn’t perfect.

It was all like a jigsaw puzzle that connected piece by piece throughout each page and each chapter.

This book changed something in my heart.

It changed something in my mind.

This book is not only a beautiful book that people need to read to enjoy; it is also a must-read book.

Writing funny, light-hearted characters with insane depth is such a beautiful and unique talent!

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