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Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
Length: 227 pages
Ludo Giordano is trapped on the ward with a bunch of old men. His mind plays tricks on him, keeping him awake. Then late one night, a new face brings a welcome distraction. Their unlikely friendship is addictive. And, like most things in Ludo’s life, temporary.
Back in the real world, Aidan’s monochrome existence is no longer enough. He craves the colour Ludo brought him, and when a chance meeting brings them back together, before long, they’re inseparable again.
But bliss comes with complications. Aidan is on the road to recovery, but Ludo has been unwell his entire life, and that’s not going to change. Aidan can kiss him as much as he likes, but if he can’t help Ludo when he needs him most, they don’t stand a chance.
"Kiss Me Again is a deliciously tender and prickly romance about the intimacy that comes with acceptance. Ludo and Aidan accept and love each other for exactly who they are—complications, injuries, mental health issues, moods—and I loved them for it." -- Roan Parish
There is something especially comforting when you know that while reading a book by a beloved author a few things are certain to happen. There will be heartache, there will be a character or characters who have suffered a trauma or tragedy of some sort or are dealing with life impacting issues most wouldn’t wish on their own worst enemy, and that there will be, at the end of the angst and pain, hope and joy so profound it reaches your soul. This happens every single time I pick up a book by Garrett Leigh, and her new book, Kiss Me Again, is absolutely no different. I cried, I ached, then I smiled and sighed and swooned because of all the feels.
Ludo and Aidan were absolutely stunning together. Tender and vulnerable and omg, the honesty and rawness between the two took my breath away. From Ludo’s bipolar disorder and all that accompanied it to Aidan’s horrific injury and then his general self-apathy, you would think this book would be heavy. And yeah, it was in parts, but it was countered with a sense of hope so strong that the little bit of pain seemed minute in comparison. The thing I most appreciate about Garrett Leigh’s books is that she never sugarcoats anything. Sometimes what she writes about is hard to read, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s real. So very, very real. Life is messy, y’all, and it’s ugly and harsh at times, and Garrett never shies away from letting her characters suffer, but through that suffering there is growth and happiness and so much love. And while her idea of what defines happy might be different from yours, it ALWAYS fits her characters beautifully.
There are never any “magic” fixed in a Garrett Leigh book, and it’s no different here in Kiss Me Again. Ludo is very upfront, to the point of bluntness, with Aidan about his bipolar disorder. He doesn’t shy away from the ups and downs he deals with and Garrett describes them with a realness that made my heart hurt for Ludo (and anyone who suffers) but made me appreciate just how brave he was to live his life on his terms, within the limitations of his disorder. Aidan never tries to “cure” Ludo, or “fix” him or expect him to be “normal” because Ludo is Ludo as he is and he doesn’t need it. That takes such talent to let your characters be true to themselves and not take the easy way out while writing them and Garrett delivers this like few others are able to do.
By the end of Kiss Me Again I was a mess, but in the best possible way. I loved this book… SO MUCH. I will be keeping this one on my re-read shelf for sure and I know you will, too, so make sure to check it out. And let me just say to Garrett, count me among the MANY begging for a Ludo and Angelo reunion?!?! PLEASE! *gives you all the Bambi eyes I can manage*
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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