Release Blitz ~ Unforgotten by Garrett Leigh (Series Review + Giveaway)

 

 

 

Length: 73,000 words approx.

Publisher: Carina Press

Forgiven Series

Book #1 – Forgiven – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

Also available to download in Audio

Book #1 – Forgiven – Audible US | Audible UK
Book #2 – Unforgotten – Audible US | Audible UK

 
Blurb
 

Billy Daley hasn’t been home in years, and he likes it that way. He’s just fine on his own—he has a cash-in-hand job at a scrapyard, a half-feral cat to keep him company, and many miles between him, his hometown and all the baggage that comes with it.

Until the job goes sideways. Suddenly he’s back in Rushmere, working for none other than his brother’s best friend—a man whose kiss Billy can’t seem to forget.

Gus Amour’s memories of Billy Daley are all spiky edges, lips crushed against lips and a reckless streak that always ended in trouble. But when Billy needs a place to stay, Gus steps in. He’d do anything for the Daley family, including living, and working, side by side with a man who makes his heart beat too fast and his blood run too hot—two things he’s been running from for years.

It doesn’t take long before their easy banter, lingering touches and heated glances become a temptation too hard to resist. But falling into bed and falling in love are two different things, and love has never come easy to either Billy or Gus. Only when fate threatens to steal away their opportunity for a second chance will they realize they don’t need easy.

They just need each other.

Forgiven

3.75 Stars

Whoa! Within 5 minutes of reading this book, it was pretty evident that Mia, the feisty florist that has returned to her hometown to set up work and reconnect with her younger brother Gus, has a bit of an anger management issue. Returning from years of living in France, and basically shutting her brother out of her life, she is starting over. Mia seems to exude bitterness and I felt tense at times reading about her. She just received divorce papers and never bothered to mention to her sibling she had married!

Her first love Luke bumps into her and this sets off a very confusing (at least for me) relationship. I know that the love/hate concept is used here, but I was constantly feeling a lot more hate from both sides. Luke was not initially likeable either, and at the 50% point of the book I was wondering if I could ever see them as a couple.

Garrett is an excellent author and the book started to grab me after the halfway point. Yes, the couple were still angst laden but they did have longer moments of getting along. The suspense of someone stalking the pair made me get into the story and I was quickly absorbed into the mystery. I just felt lost again at the conclusion and I don’t want to give away any spoilers but overall the story had me a tad bewildered. The resolution to their predicament did not feel settled. I don’t want to discourage any readers, as the story had many strong points. Also this book leads to her upcoming M/M romance which I am very excited to read. I do want you to understand that once the couple accepted their life choices, past and present, they did seem genuine and I felt a difference. I hope you enjoy, and happy reading!

* * * Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure,a review wasn’t a requirement. * * *

 

Unforgotten

4.75 Stars

This story follows Ms. Leigh’s novel Forgiven, where we are introduced to the people that circle the main characters. However, I feel you can read this as a standalone. The first novel was very angsty, and I must admit I enjoyed Unforgotten so much more. Yes there was sadness and my heart ached for the MC’s, but there were many uplifting parts to the book.

Billy is the younger brother of Luke, who has his own roofing business. Down-on-his-luck, due to bad circumstances, his temper, and his health, Billy finds himself on Luke’s doorstep needing help. Billy is as stubborn as Luke is, and this act of needing assistance is killing him. Too much pride, mixed with miscommunication, can be a very menacing combination.

Gus is Luke’s best friend and employee. He offers his house to Billy until he’s able to get on his own two feet, fearing living with his brother would not work out. He confesses to Luke that years ago he shared a simple kiss with Billy, saying it was no big deal, but he wants everything out in the open.

Billy moves in with the only possession he cherishes, his cat. I loved Billy despite his prickly disposition, and once you understand the life challenges and, yes, some bad choices he made, the walls he erected are understandable.

Gus is such a sweet, caring, and gentle man that can’t stand solitude, and this has caused a pattern of meaningless hookups, but now that Billy is here, leaving for the night is becoming harder. That kiss may have been unforgettable, despite Gus’s declarations. As the book progresses we see more complex layers of Gus begin to peel away. Always the cheerful one, he takes care of others but never had that basic gift returned.

Can a trigger tempered man, that lashes out first, be the salvation that Gus needs? This is a gripping, tender novel that brings hope to one’s heart, and I strongly urge you to try this book. Happy reading!

* * * Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure,a review wasn’t a requirement. * * *

 

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer.

Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.

Website: http://www.garrettleigh.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/garrettleighauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Garrett_Leigh

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