My Mate Jack (Heated Beat #1) by Garrett Leigh ~ Book Review by Lirtle

my mate jack cover 1 Title: My Mate Jack (Heated Beat #1)

Author: Garrett Leigh

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: G.D. Leigh

Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars


Will Barter’s been in love with his best mate Jack for as long as he can remember. They’ve shared everything: love, life, laughs, even Will’s first kiss. But Jack’s straight, and Will’s long-buried infatuation means nothing until their last summer together draws to a close.

Then one night, everything changes, but with Will bound for university in Leeds, and Jack for his dream DJ job in Ibiza, there’s no time to explore their blurred lines. Before long all that’s left are secrets, lies, and misunderstandings.

In the months that follow, anger and hurt overshadow fifteen years of friendship, and Will must dig deep to remember Jack is his mate… his best mate, and nothing matters more than that, right?


The best part about this story is the friendship twixt Will and Jack. It’s grounded, sometimes complicated and definitely accepting. What surrounds them is a rather typical, no new ground broken story. Then again, I don’t always need that for a story to be enjoyable. I was pretty sure I knew what I would be getting in reading this and I was right.

It was easy to get to know Will – the story is told from his point of view – and Jack. Keeping in mind that they are rather young through part of this, their behaviors, decisions and assumptions ring true. They’re in sync most of the time. Most.

As much as this is a friends-to-lovers story, it’s more about two people who have probably been in love with each other from day one, or sometime not long after. Like many things, we often miss what’s right in front of our faces. Will and Jack’s journey is sweet, bumpy and solely theirs.

There are some supporting characters but most of them don’t get much page time. Will’s dad Ned probably gets the most and he’s worthy of it. I’ll let you discover that for yourself.

This is a story that feels complete but it probably could have been (and looks to possibly be?), not necessarily a longer story this time ‘round but, the stepping off point for more stories into the future. Yup, for me, Will and Jack have a lot more story to tell.

When you’re next looking for a slightly angsty, kinda dreamy yet realistic sweet treat that’ll have you sighing in contentment, pick this one and you’ll get just that. 🙂

Oh, and Will and Jack are yummy together. 😉

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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