Monday, March 27, 2017

Blog Tour: Strays by Garrett Leigh #Review #Giveaway

Author: Garrett Leigh
Book: Strays
Series: Urban Souls #2
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: G.D. Leigh
Publication date: March 27, 2017
Length: 266 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Work, sleep, work, repeat. Nero’s lonely life suits him just fine until his best friend, Cass, asks him to take on a new apprentice—a beautiful young man who’s never set foot in a professional kitchen. Despite his irritation and his lifelong ability to shut the world out, Nero is mesmerised by the vibrant stray, especially when he learns what drove him to seek sanctuary on Nero’s battered old couch.

Lenny Mitchell is living under a cloud of fear. Pursued by a stalker, he has nowhere left to run until Nero offers him a port in a storm—a job at the hottest restaurant in Shepherd's Bush. Kitchen life proves heady and addictive, and it’s not long before he finds himself falling hard and fast for the man who has taken him in.

Fast-forward a month and neither man can imagine life without the other, but one thing stands in their way: a lifetime of horrors Nero can’t bring himself to share with Lenny. Or can he? For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking, and Nero must learn to embrace it before fate steps in and rips it away.

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Strays is the sequel to Garrett Leigh’s book Misfits. Now, you can read this as a standalone if you’d like but I have to say; the connections with Nero and Cass, Jake, and Tom is felt more in this because I read Misfits… So I’d recommend starting from the beginning.

Garrett Leigh loves to write broken men and she’s good at it. She puts them back together beautifully. If you read Misfits then you know who Nero is. In Strays, we actually get to delve deep into his head where the demons play in the darkness and haunt his dreams. He keeps his personal life to himself. Not even his best friend Cass knows all that lurks.

When Lenny is being stalked and it comes to the point that the cops won’t help and he’s scared to the point he can’t breathe; Cass steps in and asks Nero for some help. A famous fictitious wizard taught us that happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light… Well for Lenny, Nero is his light and happiness and Lenny is Nero’s. They find their happiness together and it was painful, emotional, and beautiful.

It’s very hard to read this book and not become entwined in Nero and Lenny’s lives. You become invested, you become angry for them. Each is robbed of something in this and to see this story evolve and come together in all its grittiness was perfectly done. Garrett’s ability to bring realism to fiction is one of the reasons I adore her work. Strays is brilliant and a must read!

About Garrett Leigh

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

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, and co-owns the specialist stock site with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.


To celebrate the release of Strays, one lucky winner will receive $25 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 1, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. Happy release day, Garrett - wish you the best with the blog tour.
    And thank you, Mere for the review, really enlightening for would be reader. ;-)
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  2. So excited for the release of Strays! Great review and thanks for the chance! abadeaux329 AT yahoo DOT com

  3. I loved Misfits and can't wait to dig my teeth into Strays. I'm sure it'll be a wonderful addition to the series.

  4. I lovelovelove Garrett Leigh! I can't wait to read Strays. Really enjoyed your review��
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  5. This sounds quite interesting. Haven't started the series and have to rectify that STAT! Much success, Ms Leigh.
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  6. Congrats on the new release! I loved Misfits and can't wait to read this one.


  7. I love Tom, Jake & Cass SO MUCH! *happy tears* Tom & Cass had gone a lot of hardships on their relationship & I can't help but admire them as well as Jake.

    I have to say that I felt like I waited forever for this one. Not that I'm complaining. It's the kind of waiting that makes you giddy when the book, or in this case, the sequel finally comes out.

    Can't wait to find into this one. Congrats on your new release, Garrett! ^_^


    1. Can't wait to dive* into reading this one.
      *autocorrect. Ugh!*

  8. I appreciate the review!


  9. Thank you for the review! It's much appreciated =)
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  10. Looking forward to it! trialex4 AT yahoo DOT com

  11. Great review for a wonderful story! I loved it a lot. More than Misfits even.

  12. Congrats and thanks for the post, and good review. Since reading Misfits, I've been anxiously waiting for this to come out. I'm sure it too will be another success. -
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  13. Happy release day, Garrett. And Meredith, thank you for the review.
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  14. Can't wait to read this

  15. Congratulations on the release, Garrett. I love your books

  16. I loved Misfits!!! Congrats on the release, Garrett, I'm looking forward to read Strays! Thank you, Meredith for the review and chance! alexu (underline) ama (at) yahoo (dot) com