Monday, April 2, 2018

Soul to Keep by Garrett Leigh

Title: Soul to Keep
Author: Garrett Leigh
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Rented Heart #2
Main Characters: Jamie and Marc
Release Date: April 2018
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
STANDALONE second book in the LAMBDA nominated Rented Heart series. 

Recovering addict Jamie Yorke has returned to England from California. With no home or family to speak of, he sticks a pin in a map and finds a small town in the Derbyshire Peak District. Matlock Bath is a quiet place—he just needs to get there, keep his head down, and stay clean. Simple, right? Until a chance meeting on the flight home alters the course of his so-called life forever. 

Ex-Army medic Marc Ramsey is recovering from life-changing combat injuries while pulling nights as a trauma specialist at the local hospital. Keeping busy is a habit he can’t quit, but when Jamie—so wild and beautiful—bursts into his life, working himself into the ground isn’t as compelling as it used to be. 

Marc falls hard, but chaos lurks behind Jamie’s fragile facade. He’s winning his battle against addiction, but another old foe is slowly consuming him. Both men have weathered many storms, but the path to the peace they deserve might prove the roughest ride yet.

My Review:
I don't think that I have ever read two characters that were more different who couldn't be more perfect for one another. I loved Marc and Jamie together.

The two meet on a flight from the US to the UK. Jamie is in a panic. Marc is trying to ignore the pain from his recent surgery. They manage to distract one another and actually have a connection, but that's all they think it is...until they discover that the both of them just happen to live a few miles from one another. 

Jamie is a former rentboy and junkie. He's clean and trying to start over. He's been in the US for the last year, but California never suited him, so he ended up in this tiny village in England where he truly doesn't have any ties. 

Marc is a trauma medic who is former Army where he lost part of his leg. He works as an A&E doctor, but he's still recovering with a demanding job. He's also recently inherited a massive home from his mother that's overwhelming just in that it's huge and needs to be cleaned out. He hires Jamie to do that.

And the two begin to forge a pseudo friendship. The real roadblock to that though is Jamie. He has an awful self-image and doesn't think he's good enough for much. As a healer, Marc is dying to help him. But Marc has a few self-confidence issues too because he's not 'whole' anymore...either physically or mentally after all he's seen or done. 

Overall, this was a great book. There was a pretty high level of emotion as both guys are dealing with some really heavy issues. But I loved that angst...a reason that I pretty much love all of Garrett Leigh's stories. Now, I'm just hoping that we get Wedge's book next...omg!!!

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

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