Monday, October 9, 2017

Finding Home by Garrett Leigh

Title: Finding Home
Author: Garrett Leigh
My Rating: A

Genre: Young Adult Romance (m/m)
Series
Main Characters: Leo and Charlie
Release Date: September 2017
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: g-rated

Story Overview:
How do you find a home when your heart is in ashes? 

With their mum dead and their father on remand for her murder, Leo Hendry and his little sister, Lila, have nothing in the world but each other. Broken and burned, they’re thrust into the foster care system. Leo shields Lila from the fake families and forced affection, until the Poulton household is the only place left to go.

Charlie de Sousa is used to other kids passing through the Poulton home, but there’s never been anyone like his new foster brother. Leo’s physical injuries are plain to see, but it’s the pain in his eyes that draws Charlie in the most.

Day by day, they grow closer, but the darkness inside Leo consumes him. He rejects his foster parents, and when Charlie gets into trouble, Leo’s attempt to protect him turns violent. When Leo loses control, no one can reach him—except Charlie. He desperately needs a family—a home—and only Charlie can show him the way.


My Review:
I'll admit, I had no idea what to expect from this book. Garrett Leigh writing young adult? Why did I even doubt? Wow, this was a really powerful story. I loved it...a lot.

Okay, so the book starts with Leo's incredibly tragic experience as he tries to shield his six year old sister from his abusive father right before he kills their mother...in front of them. Neither Leo or Lily has been left unscathed, but at 15, Leo is definitely not in a good place. He doesn't trust anyone. For so many years, it's just been him protecting himself and his sister. 

Then there's Charlie. Charlie was adopted into this foster family at the age of two. He understands the rules and how things work in this household. He slowly guides Leo in settling in, but not even Charlie can keep everything smooth as Leo needs it. 

It was a great book. From page one the story was completely engaging...much more than I usually find young adult stories. I wanted to cheer each tiny victory for Leo, even when the next pages I cringed because he's so young and so damaged and making so many mistakes. I wanted to take him into my arms and protect him from this world that should have protected him to begin with. 

I loved this book and most definitely recommend it for both young adult and adult readers alike! It was a fantastic story. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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