My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s rare that I pick up a traditional romance that isn’t a historical but I knew that Garrett Leigh wouldn’t steer me wrong.
This is an excellent examination of how someone can find their true love, but it still gets all messed up.
It’s a great second chances romance too, former teenage lovers (17+ not younger teens) reunited 10 years after one leg without a word.
There’s recriminations, there’s loads of angry sex which they both try to keep emotionless and fail miserably at.
It has hurt/comfort and angst by the bucket load, but it never becomes overwrought or too dramatic.
The secondary plot also works well, it adds a sense of foreboding without ever really defining what the problem is until almost st the very end.
It also has Gus and Billy, the younger siblings of Mia and Luke, who are the subjects of book two, out in February next year.
Garrett’s signature ‘realness’ is all over this book too, and it doesn’t matter that it’s an MF romance. She treats the sexual intimacy with the same care she gives to her same sex pairings.
Luke and Mia clearly have unresolved feelings and the simmer of love and care is lying at the heart of even their supposed ‘it’s just sex’ encounters.
Once I picked it up, I didn’t want to stop reading until I knew they’d be okay. The conclusion worked for me, I also felt the outcome of the side plot was completely believable too.
Now I can’t wait to get my hands on the second one.
#ARC kindly received from the publisher Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.