Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Review Tour - Soul to Keep by Garrett Leigh




Length: 62,000 words

Cover Design: Black Jazz Design

Rented Heart Series

Rented Heart (Book #1) - Universal Buy Link

Blurb

Recovering addict Jamie Yorke has returned to England from California. With no home or family to speak of, he sticks a pin in a map and finds a small town in the Derbyshire Peak District. Matlock Bath is a quiet place—he just needs to get there, keep his head down, and stay clean. Simple, right? Until a chance meeting on the flight home alters the course of his so-called life forever.

Ex-Army medic Marc Ramsey is recovering from life-changing combat injuries while pulling nights as a trauma specialist at the local hospital. Keeping busy is a habit he can’t quit, but when Jamie—so wild and beautiful—bursts into his life, working himself into the ground isn’t as compelling as it used to be.

?Marc falls hard, but chaos lurks behind Jamie’s fragile facade. He’s winning his battle against addiction, but another old foe is slowly consuming him. Both men have weathered many storms, but the path to the peace they deserve might prove the roughest ride yet.




April 9 - My Fiction Nook
April 16 - OMG Reads





Yay for cross overs!! If you're not aware, some of the characters featured in this story are the MC's, Conner and Nat, from Between Ghosts. Nat happens to be Marc's BF and ex military buddy. I also have a feeling we may get some Wedge in the future.

Jamie, Jamie, Jamie... How my heart breaks for you. I didn't read the first book, so I don't know Liam, Zac and Marvin. This only confused me for about the first 6-8% of the book when Jamie was in California in rehab.
The way Marvin was talking was not your typical Californian, so I was kind of scratching my head. Until I got a quick rundown of book 1. With that all clearerd up things went a lot smoother on that front.

I loved Jamie's character. Garret gave great addiction. I felt like I was really in an addicts head and felt his pain and fears. I also really loved Marc's character. Ex-military trauma doctor with his own medical issues. I could really relate to these characters, even though I do not have these issues (aside from a book addiction). Together though, I can't say I really felt the heat or intensity of their relationship. I thought they made great friends and bounced their emotions and healing efforts off one another, but I just was missing a spark from them.

I'm not sure if it was because it was almost like an insta-love but with a slow burn in the bedroom department due to their hang-up s? which sounds odd, because that kind of relationship building should be solid.

At any rate, I did enjoy this story. Again, Garret does a fantastic job with afflictions, whether they be due to personal reasons or just really digging deep to research each one. They pay off in the writing because I feel with and for these characters as if they were really people Im getting to know. They're all so unique in their stories and I just love them.

3.75*


Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.


Garrett's debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.



When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.



Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with photographer Dan Burgess.


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