Garrett Leigh scores another hit with a book firmly placed in reality
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So, you all know how highly I rate Garrett Leigh as an author so it won’t be the slightest surprise to anyone that this was another 5* book for me.
But, having said that, this one is a bit different in that Garrett firmly places part of the narrative into a specific time and place – the 2017 London Bridge Terrorist Attack – and it works to stunning effect in this story about two people who are quite different on the surface but at heart both want someone to care for.
Rhys we already know, he’s the “third” in Dream who plays a major role in that scene at Lovato’s with Angelo and Dylan. He’s Harry’s brother (from Whisper) and Garrett also sneaks in further cameos and connections to her extended universe as Jevon is Efe’s cousin (she’s the amazing baker that Tom hires in the Urban Souls series).
I love how this book weaves its way around really sensitive issues – displaced peoples’ camps, the situation in Syria, the terrorist attack – but it never feels gratuitous.
These form key areas in the lives of both. Rhys is an air ambulance paramedic. Javon has a totally cool job I’ve never come across before – as a play coordinator with a non-profit organisation working with kids in hospitals and the camps.
They meet in a bar and there’s both an instant attraction and a sense of wariness as if both instantly recognise that the other man has the potential to bring great joy, but also to inflict untold hurt if things went wrong.
Neither can resist though and I loved how Garrett worked the narrative to show Rhys slowly changing from an introverted man who struggled with the emotional intimacy of being with someone he had feelings for, to someone willing to put it all on the line for the guy he was in love with.
Jevon though, oh he’s just such a wonderful man. Loving, caring, inexperienced and newly realising he’s bisexual and lacking in confidence that he can keep a man happy. He was a joy to read.
Together they come to realise that sometimes you have to open yourself up to the possibility of hurt to reap the full rewards of a love which can heal them all.
#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
As I always say with this author, all fangirling is totally my own work and unashamedly so.