Thursday, February 20, 2014
Book Review for Roads Series by Garrett Leigh
It is a 2 book series with 2 short stories. Book 1 is called Slide! Here's the blurb:
Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn’t quite understand.
Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength—things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.
Traumatic events in Pete’s work life distance him from home, and he doesn’t realize until it’s too late that Ash has slipped away. Betrayal, secrets, and lies unfold, and when a devastating coincidence takes hold, Pete must fight with all he has to save the love of his life
Slide is a ride on the emotional roller coaster. Ash is a puzzle and throughout the story you are desperately trying to figure out why he's broken, is he broken or will Pete put him back together?
I did find, I talked to myself a lot when I was forced to put the book down. I asked A LOT of questions, and I will say Garrett Leigh doesn't leave a thread dangling in the wind. EVERYTHING comes together in the end of the series.
Marked is book 1.5, a short story before book 2... Blurb? Okay!
It's been six months since Ash shuffled into Pete's life and turned his world upside down, and six months since they sat in an all-night diner plotting Ash's theoretical solution for Pete's faded, botched tattoo. Pete has just about given up hope of Ash ever fulfilling his promise when one day the end of a long shift finds Ash waiting for him.
Tonight is the night.
Ash is ready, and it seems the time has come for him to leave his mark on Pete in more ways than he ever imagined
I happen to really enjoy short stories between books. It's like a peek into what's going on before things get really heavy... and you know it always gets heavy! Marked is perfectly placed and very enjoyable.
Book 2 is Rare... Blurb...
Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.
Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood. His battle with mental illness is far from over, but with Pete by his side, he's feeling good again, so good he doesn’t notice something missing until it walks right into his living room.
Ash believes he’s had enough coincidence in his life, but when a voice from the past comes looking for him, it takes the devastating injuries of the one he loves most to convince him to let a ghost become the family he never knew he wanted
This book was CRAZY! I mean crazy in a good way. So much happened SO MUCH. Ash and Pete are tested to the max in this book and with everything thrown at them I found myself taking a few drinks just to calm down. Best kinda read there is. I was never bored at all with this book and knowing it was the last full length one in this series, I was turning the pages a little slower. Remarkable book that tied upp any leftover lose end with finesse and raw passion.
Book 2.5 is Freed ...Blurb...
Crazy events in the recent past have convinced Ash to take yet another step forward with Pete. He picks a special moment and a special place: the roof garden of their new home. Ash sees it as the final piece of their puzzle, but he's not prepared for the feelings it invokes. Peace, belonging, and for the first time in his life, freedom.
This is the perfect seal to the series. No way you can disagree, shhh if you do! LOL!
I really get nervous when I purchase a series. It's costly, yes. But when I finish a series and say, "I'd totally pay more for that." ou know you have a winner! Really loved this series by Garrett Leigh.
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