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- Publisher: Fox Love Press (June 26, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 26, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DPSFR89
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Okay, this review may seem a little wishy-washy, but for me so was this story...although I will admit that by the end of the story, I loved it. But a lot of the first half just didn't feel right to me.
Both of these guys work high stress, high risk jobs. Rhys is a chopper paramedic and Jevon works in the refugee camps with children who've been traumatized by life. Both of them do amazing things in their lives, but both of them really brush that aside. Throughout the story and especially at the beginning, I think the author was trying to really relay that trauma and the resulting emotional baggage and the emotional walls the characters have around themselves to protect themselves from the hurt. But a lot times (in the beginning) their emotions just came off as bouncing all over the place and that may truly be how it is when dealing with certain people who work in high stress jobs like this. They're drawn to the work because of the kindness in their souls, but to survive it, they have to almost harden themselves to all that pain. It has to be such an incredibly hard balance to maintain.
But with all that aside, there is such an incredible story here. The world is filled with so much trauma and a lot of it plays out between the pages of this story. It's a trauma that's painful for the survivors, but so often those who do incredible work with those survivors are overlooked with the pain they've gone through, too. Garrett Leigh did a great job with showing that in the end of this book.
And I really liked these two guys. I like how they relate and how their relationship develops slowly over time. They are a one-night stand that slowly becomes a friendship and then more although neither one of them ever expected or planned for that to happen. They connected...in more ways than they ever expected.
While this was my least favorite of the series, it's still an incredible story with an even more incredible message.
~sigh~ I'm SO disappointed. This was nothing like I expected. Naturally, ANY of Garrett's books are a must read, and though I expect a heart breaking story, I want to feel the promise of a HEA laced in between but here I was just depressed the whole while I was reading it. The alternating POVs helped, but still, Rhys was too "broken" and Jevon was doing his best, but he wasn't so sure himself if this thing between them is even possible.
Rhys Foster used to spend his days in an anonymous sex club, it used to be his THING. Sex, generally, was his thing but he is sick of it. Going to a pub to drink his sorrows he meets Jevon Campbell and somehow finds himself inviting him over to his apartment. Jevon is nothing like Rhys expected, while he is gay, it's somehow new to him. He has dated and slept with women, realized he isn't really into them but wasn't brave enough to take the leap into dating men and here comes Rhys, openly bisexual and VERY into exploring anything and everything related to sex. Put the two of them together, and Jevon is finally able to experience what he was missing, and Rhys sleeps for the first time with a guy who can actually mean something to him.
But once the magic of this night is over, we start a sort of "cat and mouse" I was EXHAUSTED of. It takes them WEEKS to schedule anything between them. Both have demanding jobs - Rhys a flight paramedic and Jevon a sort of half clown have social worker who works with kids in hospitals and refugee camps all over the world. He's here in London at the moment, but in 8 weeks he'll be in another camp with kids from Syria. THIS is the time line they have. Rhys isn't sure if he can invest himself with the only guy he can fall in love with only to be taken away in 2 months and Jevon feels how conflicted Rhys is, and how he shuts down whenever he even thinks about it.
It takes them long enough and with the help of the two other couples in this series - Harry (Rhys's brother) and his partner Joe as well as Dylan and Angelo both being friends with Rhys and Harry without Rhys realizing just HOW MUCH they are all connected.
If this one wasn't by Garrett I wouldn't have finished it. I was just so annoyed with how futile it all felt. I was sad and heart broken I started skimming through to get to ANY point it gets better. Yet anytime I thought it's going to finally get better it first gotten worse. Rhys was SO broken and I don't feel like we've experienced any real progress besides accepting a bit of "technical" help from his brother and friends. He has still a long way to go, but at least he has Jevon now to keep him happy when he is recovering from his past and negative beliefs about life and about himself. There are a few characters from other books by Garrett, a bit from Urban Soul series and Soul to Keep.
Tags: Contemporary MM Romance
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I loved Rhys because he’s one of Garrett’s boys with sharp edges. He’s a little hard to love but I dig that. Jevon was easier; calm and gentle with so much to offer. Together they round each other out. If you like your M/M hot and authentic, but with gorgeous prose and a well-told story then this author should be a go-to for you.
This book is the third in a series and while it CAN be read as a stand alone, I don’t recommend it. Don’t sell yourself short, start with Dream and read the whole trilogy.
Actually, start with Slide and read everything she’s written, you won’t be sorry.