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Review Tour: Lucky by Garrett Leigh

Lucky | Garrett Leigh

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 70,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design




Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it.

Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits.

Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit. Losing Lucky seems inevitable, but his tight grip on his image counts for nothing when Lucky starts to fall.

Catching him could cost Dom everything, but if he can set his heart free, getting Lucky long term might be a risk worth taking.

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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 renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess

Website: http://www.garrettleigh.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/garrettleighauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Garrett_Leigh


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Another fabulous slice of British life from Garrett

Lucky-GenericLucky by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There isn’t anyone, imho, better at writing these gritty slices of British life than Garrett Leigh.

There are trigger warnings for this one to be aware of but the narrative itself isn’t overly angsty or too dramatic

In this one, the first in a new series, we get a closeted Premiership footballer and a young guy down on his luck and hooking up on Grindr for enough cash to get off the. streets.

It’s not your usual fare though, as the hook up where Lucky meets Dom is his first time and he’s not too good at the keeping things professional lark.

Both men find something unexpected in the other which leads them to question where their lives are at.

There’s the usual trials and tribulations of dealing with the fears of being outed – and let’s not go there on how there’s been less than a handful of top-level footballers who’ve come out and one ended up taking his own life a few years later…

As a Brit, what happened to Justin Fashanu is a very vivid memory from my 20s which still saddens me two decades later.

But here all is handled in a completely believable way without over-egging the pudding. Dom’s fears are completely understandable and it’s only as he realises his life is stifling and that his manager has already spent years falsifying his publicity trail that he starts to wish things were different.

Finding Lucky acts as a catalyst for change but he has his own problems to deal with and watching the two of them muddle through attraction into friendship and then love isn’t an easy ride.

But the saying goes that nothing worth having comes easy and the fumbles and hiccups along the way only serve to strengthen feelings.

I loved this, as I’ve loved all of Garrett’s books and the sneak peek of book two has only intrigued me more!

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

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Utterly brilliant dark ride through an unconventional romance

We Met in DeathWe Met in Death by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is no one who writes this type of tortured and twisted romance quite like Kat and Agnes Merikan and this book is an utterly brilliant dark ride.

From the opening scene of a cemetery at night to a farmhouse shootout, this book delivers on the spooky, creepy and thrilling plot points with a side order of violence wholly in keeping with the narrative.

The Merikan guys are not heroes in the conventional sense, but they have their own code of honour which teeters on the brink of being one step above unforgivable until they meet their true loves. Then all bets are off.

Robert and Nathan are an explosive combination, screwed up, brooding, on the run and with so much baggage they should have an airport trolley to carry it.

But when Robert finally gets his head out of his backside and deals with his fears, he turns into a truly considerate and loving partner, while still worrying about his ex mobster boss and his mum finding out he’s gay.

With a deft hand, the authors bring it all together for an explosive tension packed last 25% which you can’t put down. Don’t be put off by the cover, it perfectly sums up the film noir feel to the narrative.

#ARC kindly provided by the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review

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