Release Blitz ~ Deliverance by Garrett Leigh (Reviews + Giveaway)

 

 
 
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
 
Darkest Skies Series
 
Book #1 – Redemption – Currently only 99c
Book #3 – Salvation – Pre-Order Out September 20
 
Blurb

Banished gangster Benito Martell is living on the edge. An explosive hook-up in a club gifts him the relief he craves, but nothing about his life is ever so simple. Complications abound, and before long, he’s falling for the only man who can save his family from eviction.

Recovering addict Mickey Larwood has worked hard to leave his past behind. He can’t look back, not even for the beautiful Benito, the last soul on earth he expected to steal his heart—a soul who’s knee-deep in the underworld Mickey has run hundreds of miles to escape.

Benito can deny it all he wants, but Mickey can smell trouble a mile off.

And Benito is trouble with a capital T. As his desperate lies unravel, so does the fledgling love that’s grown between them. If Benito wants deliverance from his old life and a future with Mickey, old ghosts need to die.

If they don’t kill him first.

Deliverance is an angsty standalone MM romance novel, with second chances, found family, friends-to-lovers, and buckets of hurt/comfort themed loveliness. Trigger warnings for addiction and childhood trauma.

5 Stars
What an emotional roller coaster! I devoured book two of the Darkest Skies series and was blown away. Ms. Leigh knows how to reach deep down into your soul and leave a lasting impression. The book was full of angst, grief, and ultimately compassion. Her novels are perfectly titled as deliverance is the action of being rescued or set free, and this is the crux of the story. I believe reading book one, Redemption, would be helpful in understanding the complex world of those caught up in evil deeds, seeking to break out and be more than their past actions.
The MCs are so believable and realistic. There was nothing more I wanted for them but to move forward together. Mickey used to be part of the drug scene and now fights his past addictions every day. He is kind, and compassionate while excelling as a housing officer for the DOSHA. He goes the extra mile for his clients, which helps him to stay clean. Benito has a complex history with the illegal world of drugs. We learn early on in the book that he wants out, but he is owned by a bigger player named Asa. To leave untouched, he needs to pay a large amount of cash. So how does someone who now wants to lead an average life, and stay away from gangsters, possibly earn this sum? I really felt for Benito. He wants an honest future where he can be part of his younger sister’s world and help his mother.
Mickey and Benito get together at a special club and have a brief, intense connection. The two meet again, and they can’t fight this explosive urge to keep seeing each other. The two only want what most of us take for granted. A loving relationship, and peace of mind, are their ultimate goals. Mickey left his life of danger and misdeeds three years ago, and never looked back. Benito is trying to get out but is still ensnared with his old gang. Mickey can’t be with someone immersed in the drug trade and Benito is running out of options. This nail-biter throws so much more at you besides the MCs dilemmas. The last third of the book was non-stop, heart-pounding action. I absolutely urge you to grab this book and be prepared for an incredible journey.  Happy reading!

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

Redemption
4.75 Stars!
I remember when this book came out and I was so tempted to read it, but equally wary due to Luis’s past. When the chance to read the second book in the series, Deliverance, came up, I took the plunge on both books. I have to say that I almost wish I had read this one when it came out, but being able to read both books back to back was pretty awesome.  I am amazed by the author’s ability to get the reader invested in flawed characters they may otherwise avoid.
I really felt for Luis, following him as he left prison and tried to get his life back on track outside was tough. He just wants to be free of his past and stay away from his brother Dante and his crew. Unfortunately, Dante is way too manipulative and Luis did the best he could.
Paolo needs the help, but Luis is a major complication that he doesn’t need. I loved that underneath all the guff and yelling, Paolo is a really good guy trying to do his best for what is left of his family. While his grandfather pushed him to hire Luis, I think Paolo’s conscience wasn’t about to let him keep running into Luis and ignoring that he needed help too.
I loved the give and take between these two and how even as they slowly got to know each other, they did all kinds of things to help each other. I also liked how Paolo learned how to read Luis and was willing to look harder at why Luis had some of the reactions he had and modify his behavior to help make Luis more comfortable. Luis was stoic and didn’t tend to share much unless asked directly, but he was truly repentant and just wanted to live his life his way. These two were amazing together and I was incredibly happy when they looked after each other, even when things went south for a while. I found the ending to be somewhat poetic and was immensely relieved when Luis and Paolo made things work for them.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***
Deliverance
4.5 Stars!
I loved the sound of this book before I had read the first book. Funnily enough, by the time I finished Redemption, I really didn’t like Benito’s character and wondered if  I was going to like him at all in this book. However, the author does a good job of redeeming Benito for the most part. His book starts off with pain and loss; a loss that he may have needed to get his life on a better path.
I liked seeing the evolution of Benito throughout this book. His conscience seems to grow exponentially as time and events happen. When he meets Mickey at a sex club, neither expects to keep hooking up or run into each other outside of those encounters. The complications of Mickey’s job and the situation with Benito’s family were tough. I was glad that they eventually managed to navigate a lot of those issues and get some help for Benito’s mom. I loved the spunk of his sister and was glad that she had a good head on her shoulders.
Mickey and Benito’s relationship was entangled with all sorts of complications that I do not want to spoil for future readers, but it wasn’t hard to see how tough things would eventually get for them. While certain events that bring them together were unfortunate, I was glad that it helped both men get their priorities straight and have the long talk they really needed to have. Both men are incredibly flawed, but so perfect together when they are on the same page.
*** 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

 
Giveaways!

Along with a giveaway to win a backlist ebook there’s still 2 days left to enter the Goodreads Giveaways for paperbacks of Redemption and Deliverance. These are open to US and Canada residents only unfortunately due to Goodreads restrictions but there will be a chance to win copies in my Facebook Group, Garrett’s Den over the next couple of weeks.