A big welcome to Garrett Leigh as part of her tour with Signal Boost Promotions for The Edge of the World.
I love stories that involve music and musicians. I enjoyed how Shay’s music wound around and through the storyline and how an ethnic instrument tied in with the final reveal about his heritage. I could visualise the band’s shows very easily, and I loved the feeling and adrenaline of performance, which I thought the author captured fabulously well. I love Smuggler’s Beat as the name of the band. Perfect.
Shay and Ollie were both interesting characters who grabbed me right from the beginning and pulled me into the storyline. The author gets and writes people and emotions so well. I really felt for Ollie who is broken, yet needs to get to a point where he can find the strength to move forward. I loved them both together and how their initial attraction grew to something more until Ollie finally lets Shay in. I thought their connection was very palpable. Ollie is definitely not the same person at the end of this story that he is at the beginning, and although he says he needs to start living, I think he’s already started on that journey.
I loved the family history part of the story. It felt very well researched, realistic, and added to both their characters.
The supporting cast is great and also very real. The band—and Corina—have a family vibe, which I always enjoy in a story. I loved Ollie’s grandparents and his parents and their relationship. Family plays a huge part in this story, and not just family by blood. I enjoyed the scenes between Shay and his dad too. Despite being adopted, Shay is a Maloney, and it shows.
I have loved everything I’ve read by this author, and this one is another keeper. 5 out of 5 stars.
Shay Maloney is living his dream—on tour with his pirate/folk-rock band. But you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’re from, and that’s where moody filmmaker and researcher Ollie Pietruska comes in.
The band’s management persuades Shay to let a television company film a documentary about his roots beyond his adoptive Irish family, and Ollie comes into his life knowing more about Shay than Shay’s ever known about himself.
But while Ollie holds the key to Shay’s past, he’s also hiding deep scars. Even as the hardships of the tour bring them closer, Ollie’s demons threaten the blossoming romance. They might both reach the breaking point before Ollie realises he’s been standing on the edge of the world for too long, and it’s Shay who holds the key to his future.
A friends-to-lovers, rock star, road-tripping romance, with a guaranteed happily-ever-after.
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer.
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.