Length: 55,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
Garrett Leigh has done it again. Seriously, after all this time you would think I would maybe stop being surprised by her immense talent, but alas, we are not there yet. Because this book? It completely and utterly blew me the hell away. Believe is the third book in her continually awesome Skins series. These books are meant to be stand-alone's but I wouldn't really recommend it. I mean, this is Garrett and ALL her books are fabulous, but there are overlapping characters that make each book deeper and more connected.
In Believe we have Rhys Foster and Jevon Campbell as our main characters. Followers of the series thus far will remember Rhys, but Jevon is brand new and holy molasses does he ever make a stunning debut! I've been curious about Rhys, a sometime third to Dylan and Angelo (my favorites from book 1, Dream). Rhys is a flight paramedic and has been a frequent guest of a sex club where anonymous hook-ups have left him feeling more lonely than ever before. A chance encounter with a stranger changes all of that in an instant.
Jevon is unlike any character I've ever read before. He's a play therapist for children who have suffered trauma. Asylum seekers, children in war torn areas of the world, and so on. His work is a calling and Jevon devotes his whole self to it. A quick aside for a moment. In every Garrett Leigh book you will find characters whose jobs are outside of most everything you see in other romance novels. That's not to say that they're unique, because I don't think they're quite that, but maybe obscure is a better word. And for that, I'm so grateful to be exposed to situations and experiences that are new and refreshing. Just like Jevon.
I really liked the connection between Rhys and Jevon. Rhys is this guy who's a little jaded and cynical about life and the world and then we have Jevon, who has seen tragedy and horror only to try to make it better, no matter how insignificant it might feel at times. Both of these guys do things to help people, but their outlooks are totally opposite. Jevon helps Rhys break down the walls he uses to keep from feeling too much. There is a bit of insta-love going on here, but it was believable and fit these two characters.
As always, the writing is stellar. Gripping and sharp, with no wasted words. Garrett always paints such descriptive scenes, so much so you can see, smell, and feel what the characters are going through at any time. And the intensity and emotion that is always present in any Garrett Leigh book is front and center in Believe. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and adored Jevon and Rhys. Dylan and Angelo are still my number on couple, but these two are right up there. Anyone who is a fan of Garrett's needs to read Believe, and be sure you read all the books in the series. It's a can't miss!
Entertainer Jevon Campbell is a play therapist like no other—dancer, magician, acrobat, he brings it all to his global mission to help children in need laugh again. He’s on a rare home visit when he encounters enigmatic Rhys in a London bar.
Their connection is instant, but Rhys fast realises Jevon’s easy confidence doesn’t stretch as far as the bedroom. He has no idea how mesmerising he is—how beautiful—and Rhys resolves to show him.
They grow closer, but time isn’t on their side. Rhys seems unable to articulate how he feels, and with Jevon’s imminent departure from the UK hanging over them, their separate commitments could tear them apart forever.
As the days slip by, Rhys must learn to believe he’s worth the happiness Jevon is offering.
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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 blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock sitemoonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.
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