Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
Length: 260 pages
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Lonely physiotherapist Harry Foster has the world at his feet. A full client list, a six figure
Instagram following, and a publishing deal for a book he doesn’t have time to write until
his agent offers him a break—a retreat to the wild south west coast.
Cornish horseman Joe Carter is lonely too. Rescuing horses and managing Whisper
Farm takes up most of his days, and by night he plays chicken with the farm’s perilous
At his sister’s unwelcome suggestion, he rents his only bedroom to a bloke from the
city, and when Harry arrives, he’s everything Joe isn’t—calm, patient, and gorgeous
enough to be exactly the kind of distraction Joe doesn’t need.
Harry doesn’t have time for distractions either—even shirtless farmers riding bareback
past his bedroom window—but his moody host proves impossible to ignore.
On paper, they have nothing in common, but Joe is beautiful…glorious, and when an
accident puts his life in Harry’s healing hands, the whisper of true love is inevitable. If
the trouble that put the farm on its knees in the first place doesn’t get in the way.
I always feel a bit like a broken record when I sit down to write a review of one of Garrett Leigh's books. I mean there are only so many ways to say, 'the book hit me in all the feels in all the best ways', or 'I loved character A and character B so much', or 'Garrett's books always deliver the perfect mix of angst and romance'. Her newest book, Whisper, book 2 in the Skins series, is all of this and so much more. Harry and Joe have got to be two of the most unique and interesting characters I've read in quite some time, and honestly, Garrett's writing and storytelling just keeps better and better.
In Whisper we meet Harry Foster who is a physiotherapist and life coach. For those of you who have read Dream, the first book in the series, you'll remember that Harry is Dylan's physiotherapist and made a few brief appearances in that book. Now we get to find out more about big, muscular Harry and boy is he ever something! Harry is trying to write a book in the middle of treating his patients and posting on his very popular blog and needs a bit of quiet to get it done. After some searching he winds up at Whisper Farm which seems like the answer to his prayers-a quiet place to escape so that he can gather his thoughts and get the book finished. What he doesn't expect-or particularly need-is the moody, gruff Joe as a distraction.
Joe Carter doesn't really like people, except his family, and even at that, it's more a most of the time kind of thing. Horses by all means yes, but people? Not so much. So, when Joe finds out that his sister has rented out his only bedroom to bring in some much needed cash flow to the struggling Whisper Farm, well, he figures it's pretty much a disaster waiting to happen. Instead, Harry helps Joe realize just how lonely he's been. As the one in charge of the horse rescue farm, Joe spends all his time managing and juggling bills and taking care of all the day to day things leaving very little time to do much else but sleep occasionally and eat. Joe for sure never imagined someone like Harry would come into his life.
This is a very much opposites attract kind of book. Harry, for all his outgoing personality is really quite lonely and Joe is one big ball of grumpy and growly. But as the two get to know one another, they realize how much the need each other. The romance is a slow building one, starting more as a friendship with an underlying intense attraction but then builds into so much more. Garrett Leigh has an extensive backlist but one of the things that sets her SO far apart from other authors is how different each of her characters always are.
Ultimately, Whisper is a book about hope and about wishing for more, and being brave enough to grab on to the future you want and not letting go. It's about family and trust and so, so much love. Harry and Joe will no doubt embed themselves into your heart and you'll be rooting for them the whole way. The cameo of Dylan (my baby!) and Angelo was an extra special treat and I can't wait for the next book in the series!
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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 photographer Dan Burgess.