The Charmer, The Vers Podcast, Book 4 By: Riley Hart Narrated by: Sean Crisden

The Charmer concludes the Vers Podcast series brought to us by Riley Hart. Each tells us the story of four life-long friends as they find and struggle for their HEA, with the support of their friends, it's a beautiful thing to see how all couples slot so perfectly together.

From the blurb:


If you listen to The Vers, a queer podcast I host with my three best friends, you know me as The Charmer. I’m always happy, flirting, and trying to win everyone over. I think most people would be surprised to learn I have a lot more going on beneath the surface.

But ever since all my friends have fallen in love, it’s getting more difficult not to feel left out…

Cue my fascination with Spencer, my neighbor who hates me. There’s something addicting about getting under his skin, and I blame the combination of my confusing emotions and too many drinks for spilling my guts to him about all my insecurities…and about how much I love cuddling.

Turns out, Spencer doesn’t hate me, and my word vomit is the catalyst that makes us decide to be cuddle buddies. When I need affection, I go to him, and he just…holds me. Along the way we become friends, and when I fall for him, it’s surprising that he feels the same. Spencer’s easy to talk to, fun to be around, and did I mention he’s hot? I love how confident he is in his full figure, and there’s nothing like being in his beefy arms.

Spencer has me wanting more for the first time in my life, and he’s determined to help with my disordered eating, but if I want a healthy future with him, I need to work toward being healthy for myself too.

The Charmer is an opposites-attract romance with a body-positive MC and a cuddle fiend learning to love himself.

The Charmer deals with disordered eating, low self-esteem, and negative talk about weight. While the story is uplifting and none of these are heavy-handed, please see the content warning at the beginning of the book for a full list.

Molly Otto's Review:

As someone who struggles with body image issues, this book hit me in the best and most beautiful, powerful way. Riley tackled these issues with grace, showing the readers. It's not how you see yourself or even project yourself, but how the ones who truly care for you do.

Corbin has always had self-esteem issues hidden behind snark and bravado, and it takes a mistake by both men judging the other for him to see his true self. Spencer is the perfect supportive partner showing him by not only words but actions how truly loved he is.

The Vers podcast and their partners show us what true found family and support are about and I'm so happy for each of these men to find their match.

Onto the Audio part, Sean Crisden makes you fall harder for these two men by making them more real. You feel their heartache as well as their triumphs. Sean is one of those narrators who is able to pull off solo for dual POV without an issue in differentiating all the characters. So thank you, Sean, for making a great story even better, highly recommend this audiobook.

Rating: 5 Stars

The Charmer is available to buy from Audible and is Whispersynced.