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Incredible story about love and addiction and finding your family

rat park coverRat Park by Marina Vivancos

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was a bit apprehensive going into this book, given the nature of the story but I should have known that what I was given by Marina Vivancos would be so much more than just a book about addiction.

She weaves the reader so deeply into Dominic’s life that each of his hurts, each of his relapses, each poor choice and each fighting moment when it becomes too hard to keep going, become our own.

And then, as in each of her books, she brings hope, a found family, one with only kindness and no expectations other than the offering of love.

Dominic is an incredible character, Flor even more so, but Cat and Esteban, they’re the real heroes at the heart of this amazing journey. A couple willing to see beyond the addiction, beyond the prison record and offer up a way forward.

Not to take the steps for Dominic, but to give him a solid foundation to strike out against. A truly beautiful story.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Review Tour: Soul to Keep by Garrett Leigh

Length: 62,000 words
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
 
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 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.

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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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Release Blitz: 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.

 

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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Beautiful love story with an Iranian flavour

Watermelon KissesWatermelon Kisses by Freddy MacKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really beautiful love story tempered with the knowledge that you’re reading about a couple who have been through Hell to get where they are.

The visceral descriptions of how Amir was behaving in the store were heart breaking, I loved that there was someone there to help but also cynically wonder how likely that would be in today’s horrendous climate of distrust and fear mongering about immigration.

Both Amir and his husband Esmail are created with such care and consideration for their ethnic background and the cultures and traditions of Iran (part of the former Persian Empire) and it was a wonderful change to read a festive story not focused on Christmas.

There’s also a bonus appendix with an explanation of the traditions and the recipes mentioned in the book which I though was a great addition.

#ARC received from the publishers in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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This is my favourite one so far

The Omega's Alpha (Mercy Hills Pack, #4)The Omega’s Alpha by Ann-Katrin Byrde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s some absolutely wonderful world building in this book as the Mercy Hills Pack’s alpha is claimed by a totally unsuitable omega.

I loved Holland, the things he’d been through and the pressure he put in himself were immense but Quin saw through it all to the beautiful and brilliant shifter underneath.

There’s lots of background happenings in this book as the shifters start to question why they have to live behind walls, why they’re shunned and feared and a dawning hope that things can be changed.

There’s been an awful lot of work gone into creating the cultures and customs of the shifters and they remind me very much of the Native American tribes.

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Truly beautiful tale of love

The Shape of YouThe Shape of You by Felice Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not going to lie, this book’s epilogue made me tear up a bit because of the simple beauty of the declaration of love between Corey and Eric.

I’m always wary when a book deals with weight related issues but I should have known that in Felice’s sure hands the subject would be dealt with honestly and with a gentle surety that change is possible if you want it for yourself and not for any external reasons.

For both Eric and Corey it was a change of mindset about how they mentally viewed food and the associations eating brought along with it.

I loved how they were flawed and didn’t solve their issues instantly, that they accepted poor habits were not just going to go away from both ends of the weight spectrum. I loved that this book addressed how being too thin is also a problem and brings its own set of self worth issues.

But most of all I loved that this is a love story about how two men who’ve struggled to connect to the world could find the strength and joy in each other which made them want to live without fear.

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