- File Size: 1689 KB
- Print Length: 244 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Fox Love Press (April 2, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 2, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07C94DLN6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Soul to Keep (Rented Heart Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Having said that, the story of Jamie and Marc getting to know each other was very sweet. This book was much more of a slow burn than "Rented Heart", and I appreciated that it took Jamie a long time to really trust Marc. I'm glad that Jamie's OCD wasn't magically cured (it's a condition that can be managed under the right circumstances and medication, but it doesn't disappear), but again, the "doctor" he saw while in L.A. seemed think it could be cured. This implied that the doctors in L.A. are all morons under the influence of the extreme happiness and sunshine, which again is completely incorrect.
All in all, I liked this book, but the flaws were insurmountable so I doubt I'll be reading this one again.
Garrett Leigh never fails to populate her stories with complex and intriguing characters. It's great to see the interaction with characters from my favorite, Between Ghosts.
Soul to Keep is the 2nd installment of the Rented Heart series and can easily be read as a standalone. It’s been a long while since I read the first in the series, and I barely remembered the finer points. I do recommend if you did read it, perhaps check out the synopsis or a few reviews to refresh your mind. It’s not contingent on your enjoyment, but the emotional connection created with Jamie would be stronger.
A head’s up, while this is the sequel to Rented Heart (Jamie), I do believe it’s also the continuation from another book, Between Ghosts (Marc) which I have not read. I did notice the focus on Marc’s friends and wondered if they had had a book by Garrett Leigh. There is a larger focus on the world built in that particular book than in Rented Heart, so those who read Between Ghosts would gain a higher emotional payoff from Soul to Keep, and the seeding of future books seem to come from that universe created as well, not from Rented Hearts. The tie to Rented Heart is only Jamie and a half-page interaction with Zac.
Jamie is struggling with addiction and mental illness, but he’s struggling the worst with the ultra-positive, sunshiny vibe of California and the way his friends are watching him like he’s a ticking time-bomb readying to blow. Missing the mood England gives off, the one that is more befitting of Jamie’s personality, he digs up his roots and leaves his friends behind.
Marc is a civilian doctor now, but he was in the military and it cost him his leg and many friends. He’s shut himself up in a hoard-filled manor left to him by his mother and doesn’t allow many friends into his life.
With two cross-path meetings, both Marc and Jamie are struggling in differing ways. Garrett leigh created a balance between the main characters, both caring, giving, and self-sacrificing, after living very different lives.
Soul to Keep is a slow-burn romance that felt realistic as it organically unfolded. The plot surrounded Marc and Jamie, and a very small cast of characters who were mentioned more off-scene than shown on-scene. This kept the focus solely on the emotional, mental, and personal growth of the characters, while they grew closer together romantically. The plot’s focus was definitely on the after-effects of addiction and mental illness, as well as dealing with the reality of living with a disability.
I applaud the realism paid to the darker aspects of the human condition, while creating a world that was sympathetic and compassionate, without shame or blame.
I do have one con: Maybe it was a plot-hole or an inconsistency not picked up during editing. Marc mentioned a few times that he had his own demons with addiction- this was early on in the novel and it disappeared by the halfway point. I assumed it was with alcoholism. However, Marc went to pubs with friends, and mentioned he was a lightweight when it came to alcohol in a conversation dealing with past events with his two friends (Between Ghosts). This thread just dangled, fizzled out, and then contradicted itself, only with a bottle hidden in a passageway tying it back in much later in the novel.
The plot for the next in the series was seeded, and I look forward to reading it. Fingers crossed the protagonists are who I believe they will be. (my guess, this character is also in Between Ghosts) I definitely recommend this book and the previous one, especially to those who enjoy a more realistic read, featuring personal growth as the driving-force.
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