Author: Garrett Leigh
Narrator: Michael Lesley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.
Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood. His battle with mental illness is far from over, but with Pete by his side, he’s feeling good again, so good he doesn’t notice something missing until it walks right into his living room.
Ash believes he’s had enough coincidence in his life, but when a voice from the past comes looking for him, it takes the devastating injuries of the one he loves most to convince him to let a ghost become the family he never knew he wanted.
My View – Story:
Rarely does a new author come along and grab me so intensely with a book as Garrett Leigh did with Slide. Pete was the pillar in Slide having to be strong for Ash as events from his past haunted him. With love and compassion we got glimpses of the man Ash could be but his demons proved too strong and when we left them at the end of book 1 he had suffered a breakdown and was having to come to terms with more facts about his life. As always Pete was there to help and hold him and to try and coax him back to the land of the living.
When a first book drags so many emotions out of you it can sometimes be hard for a second book to live up to..this is not the case with Rare…it is just as good and just as emotional but with subtle differences.
Pete and Ash have grown up a lot. If anything it is Pete who is unsure of how is life is going at the moment. His job is sucking the life out of him and he no longer gets the same pleasure from it. He is worried that the joy he got from helping people that needed him is no longer there but is unsure about what to do about it.
Ash is the real hero for me in this book. Delicate yet fierce he seemed much more able to cope with what was thrown at him this time round and boy did he have things coming at him from all angles. When the word ‘family’ makes an appearance into his life he feels unanchored again and is shaken to his core. He deals with it in typical Ash fashion….hiding until Pete forces him to look at it. I personally think this situation could have had a very different outcome if it wasn’t for what happened next.
Pete’s partner at work has burned out and taken an extended leave which leaves Pete training the new rookie. The trauma they face daily would be enough to send anyone over the edge, and it is as one such trauma that we find Pete fighting for his life. This is a real turning point in their relationship as for the first time Ash has to be the strong one and he proves just how much as he has grown as a person when he proves he can be there for Pete no matter what the situation.
For the first time in his life Ash needs and accepts help outside of his relationship. He learns that the world won’t stop if he relies on other people and he truly blossoms. Pete is not an easy patient and his injuries make him surly and uncooperative but Ash is determined to bring back the man he loves.
The epilogue, like the series, is perfect.
My View – Narration:
Michael Lesley did another great job with the narration. My only complaint is the same one as in the first book – the long sighs!
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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