Author: Garrett Leigh
Series: Skins, Book #2
Page/Word Count: 260 pages
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Cover Artist: Black Jazz Design
Lonely physiotherapist Harry Foster has the world at his feet. A full client list, a six figure Instagram following, and a publishing deal for a book he doesn’t have time to write until his agent offers him a break—a retreat to the wild south west coast.
Cornish horseman Joe Carter is lonely too. Rescuing horses and managing Whisper Farm takes up most of his days, and by night he plays chicken with the farm’s perilous bank accounts.
At his sister’s unwelcome suggestion, he rents his only bedroom to a bloke from the city, and when Harry arrives, he’s everything Joe isn’t—calm, patient, and gorgeous enough to be exactly the kind of distraction Joe doesn’t need.
Harry doesn’t have time for distractions either—even shirtless farmers riding bareback past his bedroom window—but his moody host proves impossible to ignore.
On paper, they have nothing in common, but Joe is beautiful…glorious, and when an accident puts his life in Harry’s healing hands, the whisper of true love is inevitable. If the trouble that put the farm on its knees in the first place doesn’t get in the way.
4.5✨s – Ahhhh Harry and Joe. Took a while for them to heat up. I’ll say that their connection was more emotional than physical. I love Garretts book because of that fact. The ancillary character development really added to the connection between Harry and Joe. And her development of the background of Whisper Farm is wonderfully accurate (I’m a horse farm girl myself). Loved this story! And loved seeing Dylan and Angelo from Dream (Skins Novel #1). This book can be read as a stand alone.
4✨s – I just love getting swept away by Garrett Leigh, experiencing various locations in England in vivid detail, replete with fascinating characters. In this sequel to Dream, Harry is Angelo’s physiotherapist, holistic healer and brother to Rhys, Angelo and Dylan’s friend in book one. Harry is taking time from his hectic schedule to write a book, rooming at a horse rescue farm where he encounters Joe, the beleaguered owner. Joe is stressed and unhappy trying to save horses and animals while struggling with bills and continuing problems from his absentee alcoholic father. He initially resents Harry staying with them but he’s also attracted, slowly coming to appreciate his quiet help with his sister’s anxiety and eventually on the farm.
It’s a very slow burn for Joe and Harry with a great deal of push-pull, since Harry’s only staying temporarily and the farm is Joe’s life. Both share a history of bad fathers and recognize the dark places in each other. Joe in particular calls Harry out on his issues, since Harry suffers from “physician heal thyself” syndrome, even though he’s not a doctor per se. When an unexpected injury strikes Joe, Harry can’t help stepping up to keep things going for him. It’s a subtle, quiet buildup of emotion between the two and there were times I thought I might have missed some crucial piece of dialogue somewhere, especially when they seemed to spend a lot of time avoiding each other. There are additional crises that bond them together further, also keeping the flow of the story engaging and interesting.
The descriptions of the horse rescues, their follow-up care, as well as the depictions of human/animal bonds were some of my favorite parts. I always enjoy getting perspective from alternating POV’s, atmosphere and mood emanated from the well-paced narrative and the epilogue was marvelous. A character from another prior story was present too; Dex from Heart. I haven’t read that yet but I will. I believe and hope book three will be Rhys’s story and I can’t wait to see who he’s paired with. This is a stand-alone story although I encourage reading book but you won’t go wrong picking this one up.
About Garrett Leigh:
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer, cover artist, and book designer. Her 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, and was again a finalist in 2017 with Rented Heart.
In 2017, she won the EPIC award in contemporary romance with her military novel, Between Ghosts, and the contemporary romance category in the Bisexual Book Awards with her novel What Remains.
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.
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