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Length: 60,000 words approx.
Cover Design: GDLeigh @Black Jazz Design
Cover Photo: Dan Burgess @Moonstock Photography
When unrequited love leaves Dylan Hart sleepless and nursing his wounds, instinct draws him to the one place he's found mindless respite in the past—Lovato’s. It’s a place for every fantasy — for crazy-hot encounters — where a night of insane NSA sex brings relief to Dylan’s fragile feelings.
It should be a perfect escape, and for one magical night it seems that way, but then worlds collide, and reality bites when his hookup desperately needs a friend. Surely Dylan can’t trust his instincts when friendship has bruised his heart so badly before?
It’s burying me alive…
The deck is stacked against former ballet dancer Angelo Giordano ever finding real love. At least visiting Lovato’s offers respite from a life defined by illness; a glimmer of light in the dull grey of his so-called life without dance. But then he encounters Dylan — a glorious ray of the brightest sunshine — who makes his heart pound once more with purpose.
Angelo’s mind is blown by this man, but the disease that ended his career won’t let him bask in new love. He’s drowning, and Dylan can’t save him while insecurities swamp them both. The only way to make it means confronting their demons.
If Dylan can turn his back on the past, and Angelo can face his uncertain future, maybe they can chase their dreams together.
Garrett Leigh is an author that is new to me.
Angelo suffers from a debilitating disease, forcing him to end a career in dance and into running his families failing deli. He’s grumpy and irritable because of the loss of a career he truly loved, and running the deli exacerbates his illness, but he sees no way out.
Dylan works in what would be the equivalent to an American welfare office, assisting those in need. He’s more optimistic, often taking on more responsibility for others than he really should.
A night out brings them together at a sex club, then Fate steps in to bring them together again. A relationship based originally on sex soon transforms into something more.
There’s a line in the book that truly stuck out to me.
“After all, they’d already both conceded that they came to the table with more than one skin.”
And that is so true of almost any relationship. When we initially meet someone, we vow to only be ourselves, and yet we try to put our best face forward: we wear the best clothes, style our hair, laugh at all of their jokes (even when they’re not funny), and generally do what we can to impress them. But as time goes on, and we learn more and more about the other person, that first skin falls away, and our true self begins to show through. I found truth in the metaphor.
While Ms. Leigh may be a new-to-me author, based on the strength of this book, I highly doubt this will be the last book I read by her.
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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.
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