Angels in the City by Garrett Leigh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If Marc (Soul to Keep) hadn’t already stolen my heart completely, then Sacha and Jonah would be fighting it out with Gavin & Yani (Hometown Christmas) to claim it.
This is possibly the least angsty of anything I’ve ever read from Garrett, but that doesn’t mean it’s missing any of the signature pieces that make it one of her books.
Two driven men, meeting perhaps by accident, perhaps by fate’s intervention, but nevertheless, finding an instant connection.
It starts as a fake boyfriend scheme to sooth Jonah’s mother, but it’s pretty clear from the off that it could be so much more.
Sacha is an enigma, he’s brusk, sparse with conversation, free with his disdain for the rest of the workforce he’s been landed with and very much interested in taking Jonah to bed.
Jonah is a ray of sunshine, he’s kind to his staff, bemused by his mother’s determination to get him paired off with anyone, and instantly drawn to the dark and brooding Russian.
They dance around each other in their shared office space, they fall into bed frequently, but they never talk feelings.
There was just something about this book which pulled me deep into it, perhaps the intimacy of their interactions, which take place in bed a lot.
Or possibly just the way it was clear to me that Sacha needed Jonah, though he did his best to ignore that he was wanting more then just sex.
There isn’t really one defining moment which moves this into something more, it’s a slide into a dawning of acknowledgement that things have changed.
But, as is ever the way, it’s not smooth sailing, there are hurts caused, and motives questioned before the break point is reached.
For a relatively short book, Garrett still manages to pack a whole fully fleshed out world with a rounded set of secondary characters into the narrative.
It doesn’t appear to be connected to her wider universe, but it also felt like it easily could be.
I kept expecting them to pop into one of Cass and Tom’s places for food or to run into one of the ex-military guys on the street 😁
I’d love more!
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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