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- File size : 2912 KB
- Publication date : March 22, 2018
- Print length : 222 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Fox Love Press (March 22, 2018)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07BNM1T6J
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #114,448 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm a huge Garrett Leigh fan, my two favorite books by her being Misfits and Rented Heart. Needless to say, I was very excited when I heard that the latter will be turned into an audiobook, but since I'm picky about the way my audiobooks are narrated, I was also very nervous. So the question is: did Dan Calley do one of my all-time favorite books justice?
Before we get to that: a little bit about the book itself and why I love it so much.
Long story short: the characters.
They pop off the page, making me want to meet them in real life. Their ups and downs make me emotional, their positive relationships are something I root for, the tragedies of their pasts make me want to give them a hug.
Naturally, I imagined certain voices for each of them and while Dan didn't sound anything like what I had in mind (especially in the case of Zack's best friend - Jamie), it wasn't a bad narration. I enjoy it when someone reads aloud and surprises me with an even better version than what I'd had in mind. However, while Dan's rendition didn't come off as flat or rushed, the voices were very similar, to the point where I think I would've confused some of Liam and Zack's lines if I hadn't read the book.
I'd recommend the Rented Heart e-book or paperback to everyone who wants an emotional, non-mushy romance, and the audio version to less picky listeners.
My rating for the book: 5/5
My rating for the narration: 4/5
Liam was the graphic designer for the company, not the CEO and the role of CDI was every bit as uncomfortable for him as was his home, his neighborhood and his life following the loss of his husband. After more than a year of celibacy following the loss, Liam was strongly encouraged by family members to go out, as he had become a recluse.
That same night, recovering addict, 6-months clean, rent boy Zac is working the street near the bar and has his eye on the lonely, miserable-looking blonde hottie leaning against the wall of the only gay bar in King's Lynn, Norfolk. Thus begins the inauspicious acquaintance/relationship of 23-year-old Liam working the streets to pay his rent and the 10-year-older business owner, Zac.
Something during the first encounter, paid encounter, between Zac and Liam, seems different to both. It isn't long before Liam feels that he just wants to be with Zac and the money doesn't matter. "There's not much I wouldn't pay for the privilege of spending a few hours with you". Of course, Liam recognized that he had more money than he could spend in his lifetime. Zac shared the connection but he couldn't be so laissez-faire about money since he had a desperate financial need for life's necessities, food, and housing.
This is a story of love. The love for family, for friends, for business colleagues and especially learning self-love. The main characters inspire great empathy within the story and from the reader. Neither main character prioritizes self over others. Both have had the course of their life dramatically altered by circumstances beyond their control and each is affected by the needs of family and friends. Garrett Leigh writes intense stories of self-discovery, recovery, and redemption with characters who are resourceful, determined, caring and passionate.
I can highly recommend this story for the reader looking for an emotional journey, dealing with sensitive topics, hope, and a satisfying ending.
I loved Zac and Jaime's relationship, however messed up it was, they had been clinging to each other for years, and I was happy Jaime wasn't left behind in the end.
Books that hits the heart and makes it hurt is my thing, and you will hurt for Zac, Liam and Jaime, wanting to push things to better times much faster than they are happening. I know I did, but I loved the slow burn, filled with longing.
The relationship isn't a simple one, rather it develops slowly. If you are not comfortable with a character having sex with someone other than the other MC, this is not the book for you.
But if you can deal with the fact that the character does what he does to survive, you’re in for a treat of a read, in my opinion.
Top reviews from other countries
She has a way of dragging the reader through a hundred different emotions, leaving them wrung out but - for me at least - ultimately with a sense of hope that no matter how bad things might have been, love is possible.
This book captured me from the start and Liam and Zac, and even Jamie with all his addiction issues, didn't let go of my heart. There's such loneliness in Liam's world, Zac is trying to work with the life he's been given, but together they were just better.
I guessed what the big tension issue was going to be and thought there'd be a big declaration of forgiveness when Liam realised he'd got it wrong, but I definitely wasn't expecting what happened next. It had me desperately reading to get to the end and find out if all worked out well.
I am a Garrett Leigh fangirl and this book is just one of the many reasons why and that cover?! Damn but it's hot.
Zac has moved and cleaned up his act but he's still selling himself to get by. One night he spots a guy across the road and can't help but go to him.
Liam has been left lonely since his partner died and when he sees Zac he can't believe the spark. Liam is torn between paying for a hooker and really wanting to be with the man.
After a mistake is made everything comes crashing down until a level headed sister gets her say.
This is a lovely read it will have you smiling in parts and holding you breath at Others. Really good story line and lovely characters what more could you want? I'd love to know what happens to Zac's best friend Jamie.