Author: Garrett Leigh
Narrator: Michael Lesley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Don’t look back. Don’t you ever look back…
Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn’t quite understand.
Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength—things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.
Traumatic events in Pete’s work life distance him from home, and he doesn’t realize until it’s too late that Ash has slipped away. Betrayal, secrets, and lies unfold, and when a devastating coincidence takes hold, Pete must fight with all he has to save the love of his life.
My View – Story:
New author for me and just wow! This book certainly made an impact on me: great story, interesting and flawed characters and a perfect balance of despair and hope.
You cannot fail to fall in love and have your heart broken by Ash. I was left feeling like I should wrap him up and bring him home and try and keep him safe forever. Ash is a survivor although it is not initially clear just how much he has survived. The foster system failed him and he was left surviving on the streets. He abused drugs, he abused himself and there is a darkness about him that seems to constantly hover in the back of his mind. Now living in Chicago, he has a new flatmate called Pete; life is about as good as it has ever been.
Pete is a Paramedic and is both curious and attracted to his flatmate. When both men realise they are bi-sexual things heat up but there are a number of restrictions placed on their relationship, mainly by Ash. Pete offers Ash something he has never before had and up until now hadn’t realised was an option – he offers safety and love – and for a short time Ash seems to leave his darkness behind.
A couple of gruesome incidents at work for Pete sees everything start to spiral out of control. Past comes to meet present although at the time neither man realises what is happening. Without communication or the full facts there is a distance between Pete and Ash and then a painful misunderstanding and in the blink of an eye Ash has gone. When Pete finally finds him in hospital and brings him home he is so fragile it will break your heart. Even though Pete has let him down his trust in him is startling.
Garrett Leigh feeds us the details of Ash’s past very slowly throughout the story, so much so that I couldn’t put it down. When Pete finally pulls his head out and realises that not only was he wrong but he had been blind to so many clues he hopes that Ash will give him one last chance to help him heal and let him love him.
If you want an angst filled book brimming with emotion from two characters you will fall for very quickly then this is the book for you. There are still so many unanswered questions that I am heading straight off to read book 2!
My View – Narration:
Not only a new author but a new narrator. I felt Michael Lesley’s performance was stunning. He had the perfect voice for a book filled with so much angst and emotion. The only think I didn’t like was the sighing – I would have been happy to just know the character gave out a sigh rather than having to hear it…but hey, I’m picky
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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