Book Review & Release Blitz – Unforgotten by Garrett Leigh

A big welcome to Garrett Leigh as part of her release blitz with Signal Boost Promotions for Unforgotten from Carina Press.

Review

I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Garrett Leigh, and this was no exception. It’s wonderfully emotional, raw in places, and doesn’t pull punches. I fell in love with Billy and Gus immediately and became invested in wanting them to reach their HEA.

Billy and Gus are both layered characters. They’re dealing with grief in their own ways, and neither of them very successfully. Although Billy is the one who has been through a lot physically, and on the outside looks like he’s made a mess of his life, Gus isn’t doing much better, although he keeps everything bottled up inside, fearful that everyone, including Billy, will leave him. I wanted to sit these guys down and make them talk to each other properly in several places in the story, as the miscommunication trope kicks in and used very well to keep them apart.

I loved the way they finally figured out, or rather shoved their denial to one side, what they truly meant to each other. It’s wonderfully angsty with plenty of hurt/comfort.

The supporting cast are great, and I love that they’re all connected as family, with Gus’s sister, Mia, and Billy’s brother, Luke, playing a huge part in the storyline, as well as being a couple. I liked how the story is not only about Gus and Billy’s friendship and romance, but their slowly mending fences with the other important people in their lives. Grey, Billy’s cat, needs a mention as he’s also an integral part of the story.

The glimpse into their lives three months later is perfect.

5 out of 5 stars.

 


Length: 73,000 words approx.

Publisher: Carina Press

Forgiven Series

Book #1 – Forgiven – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

Also available to download in Audio

Book #1 – Forgiven – Audible US | Audible UK
Book #2 – Unforgotten – Audible US | Audible UK


Blurb

Billy Daley hasn’t been home in years, and he likes it that way. He’s just fine on his own—he has a cash-in-hand job at a scrapyard, a half-feral cat to keep him company, and many miles between him, his hometown and all the baggage that comes with it.

Until the job goes sideways. Suddenly he’s back in Rushmere, working for none other than his brother’s best friend—a man whose kiss Billy can’t seem to forget.

Gus Amour’s memories of Billy Daley are all spiky edges, lips crushed against lips and a reckless streak that always ended in trouble. But when Billy needs a place to stay, Gus steps in. He’d do anything for the Daley family, including living, and working, side by side with a man who makes his heart beat too fast and his blood run too hot—two things he’s been running from for years.

It doesn’t take long before their easy banter, lingering touches and heated glances become a temptation too hard to resist. But falling into bed and falling in love are two different things, and love has never come easy to either Billy or Gus. Only when fate threatens to steal away their opportunity for a second chance will they realize they don’t need easy.

They just need each other.

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.

Website: http://www.garrettleigh.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/garrettleighauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Garrett_Leigh

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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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