Another masterful demonstration of how to write a complex character romance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When it comes to reviewing a Garrett Leigh book, I always have to think about just what I want to say and how to say it.
That’s because I really believe the best way to experience her stories is to pick them up and read them without much prior knowledge.
She is a master storyteller. She delves deeply into the psyche of humanity, and not just the typical ‘perfect’ alpha specimens but the ones who are the most complicated and in need of understanding.
In Micha, I think she’s possibly hit the ultimate goal for demonstrating how mental health care is so vitally important.
This book also delves deeply into the shitty and reprehensible behaviour of elements of the British media and the staggering fact that – some 30 years after Justin Fashanu became the first top level professional footballer to come out, with ultimately tragic results – there haven’t been any more since.
The pressure cooker of top flight football is difficult to comprehend from the outside, but the fallout of a life being exposed to the tabloids scrutiny is so brilliantly illustrated in this book.
My heart broke for Micah, for the mental turmoil he lived with. Garrett’s books never sugarcoat the seriousness and there’s never any cure by ‘magic dick’.
And Sam, he’s not a white knight saviour who stops all the problems from affecting their life. But I absolutely loved every bit of this down-to-earth Yorkshire lad.
I’ve mentioned in previous reviews how much I love the interconnected nature of the books Garrett writes.
While this one stands alone, it is in the same world as her Lucky series and I appreciated the mention of characters from those books.
So, pick it up and fall into another wonderfully evocative and effortless championing of the need to pay serious attention to mental health issues.
You’ll also fall in love with two different men who are able to work with what life gives them and find their own happiness together.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.