Tag Archives: Northampton

Release Blitz: Deliverance by Garrett Leigh

Deliverance | Garrett Leigh

Darkest Skies #2

banner

Release Date: May 20th, 2021

Cover Design: Black Jazz Design

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/m2RdMd

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55871685-deliverance

READ MY REVIEW

410fBwQO39L

Blurb

Banished gangster Benito Martell is living on the edge. An explosive hook-up in a club gifts him the relief he craves, but nothing about his life is ever so simple. Complications abound, and before long, he’s falling for the only man who can save his family from eviction.

Recovering addict Mickey Larwood has worked hard to leave his past behind. He can’t look back, not even for the beautiful Benito, the last soul on earth he expected to steal his heart—a soul who’s knee-deep in the underworld Mickey has run hundreds of miles to escape.

Benito can deny it all he wants, but Mickey can smell trouble a mile off.

And Benito is trouble with a capital T. As his desperate lies unravel, so does the fledgling love that’s grown between them. If Benito wants deliverance from his old life and a future with Mickey, old ghosts need to die.

If they don’t kill him first.

Deliverance is an angsty standalone MM romance novel, with second chances, found family, friends-to-lovers, and buckets of hurt/comfort themed loveliness. Trigger warnings for addiction and childhood trauma.

Darkest Skies Series

Book #1 – Redemption – Currently only 99c

redemption

Book #3 – Salvation – Pre-Order Out September 20

salvation

About The Author

Copy of 26167390_1620197941401788_7205844839102257768_n

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer.

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.

Social Media

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Garrett_Leigh

Copy of GLLogo

Giveaways

Along with a giveaway to win a backlist ebook there’s still 3 days left to enter the Goodreads Giveaways for paperbacks of Redemption and Deliverance.

These are open to US and Canada residents only unfortunately due to Goodreads restrictions but there will be a chance to win copies in my Facebook Group, Garrett’s Den over the next couple of weeks.

Garrett delivers a powerful and complex relationship filled with emotion

410fBwQO39LDeliverance by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another powerfully gritty and brutally honest look at the complexities of falling in love with someone who isn’t necessarily a good person.

Here Garrett offers up a cracking semi-redemption arc as she gives us Benito’s story (he’s the guy from book one who Luis’ brother Dante was embroiled with) and ooooh boy is it a cracker.

Benito is not only recovering from being shanked (stabbed in London street parlance) by his number two Asa, he’s also having to stay out of the city and watch over his much younger sister and his estranged mother.

An anonymous hook-up in a sex club gives him the adrenaline thrill he’s been missing from being out of the gang scene and he finds himself craving more of Mickey’s touch – and his company.

Mickey is a complex guy too. He’s a former addict, he’s also lived the street gang life in Manchester and he now works for Dom and Isha (see Garrett’s fabulous Lucky series https://www.goodreads.com/series/2521… ) and the housing charity they set up.

When he hooks up with Benito he too finds something real, something that kills the cravings for coke that he lives with, but also he finds a kindred – if somewhat troubling – spirit.

And as Benito tries to go straight, while Mickey fights for the rights of his clients (who happen to include Benito’s sister Gianna and his mother Rosetta in their social housing block of flats), things begin to spiral.

Benito’s still hitting Asa’s drug runs and selling off the product to raise the 100k he’s been told will clear him of any threats, Mickey knows something’s going on but he’s turning a blind eye.

Like book one, the sexual compatibility between these two men is off the charts hot. Like book one, there is a heavy threat hanging over the narrative constantly because of what Benito is still doing and because of Mickey’s addict past.

When reading, your heart is in your mouth half the time because it’s not clear where things will go.

But, as with all Garrett books, the hope that eventually a corner will be turned, a decision will be made, and a future with a brighter outlook will open up, also carries strong.

I will say, she surprised me yet again with where the story goes. I definitely was not expecting the outcome.

***SPOILER***

There is one particular scene which some people may find disturbing as it references a particularly bad tragedy which occurred in London – the Grenfell tower block fire and subsequent deaths – and follows a similar theme, albeit with no fatalities.

***ENDS***

But the sense of dread was palpable and I really felt every single emotion going through everyone involved.

Ultimately, though, this is a romance, and it does conclude in a manner which felt wholly in keeping with the characters and with their behavioural expectations. I also loved the wee look we get at Luis and Pablo

There’s a lovely Epilogue which reinforces the changes that both men have been willing to make to fight for their ongoing relationship and a sneak peek at where book three will be going.

And that is one I absolutely cannot wait for!

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

View all my reviews