My lovely reader, today is the release of Gracie Leigh’s aka Garreth Leigh’s What Matters, the debut non-gay-romance book. 🙂 To celebrate this release I wrote a review. So. check this post out for it, as well as for the other blog tour participants and don’t miss your chance to win a cool price.
Happy reading and be sure to grab a copy of the book.
What Matters by Gracie Leigh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
The first non-gay romance contemporary book by Gracie Leigh was really awesome and I was hooked from the first page.
With Eddie the reader has a heroine who isn’t the shy, hesitant girl you are maybe well aware of other books. She is coming from a wealthy home but her money and lifestyle is soon vanished when her father reveals he is broke and can’t pay her bills anymore.
The way how Eddie and Sam met isn’t a perfect start, and both share a long time mixed feelings. The sexual attraction is there but the lovely feelings are just growing hesitantly and also a bit reluctantly.
Sam is a character you have a bit trouble to read. He is grumpy, makes faces and isn’t really charming towards Eddie – truth to be told he hasn’t any need in that the way she acted in the beginning and because of her purpose to work. Eddie is working in the café of Sam’s grandfather after he had mercy and sympathy with her. Mr Novak is a really nice guy but several times as grumpy as his grandson. 🙂 The polish heritage of the two guys is nice entwinded in the story and sometimes the book feels cozy and domestic. 🙂
As I mentioned Sam isn’t a really charming hero so the romance you are maybe waiting for is very, very slow burning but… alas, those stories are the sweetest, right? 😉
It is really awesome how fast Sam and Eddie capture your hearts, at least they have a place in my heart. I like Eddie because she is fierce although she comes from a wealthy home and haven’t worked a single day before EVER but reality soon hits and she has to find her way. So, the book is partly a self-discovery for Eddie and she learns to achieve her own place in the society. 🙂
As I said the sexual tension is there between the two main character and I was thrilled when Eddie wasn’t reacting like a typical romance heroine when she was in bed with Sam. She is showing what she wants, she is self-confident and takes what she needs. 🙂 Sam is her perfect counterpart, sexually and on a personal level.
The one scene with Dylan is also one which reveals a lot of the two main character and is – I won’t spoiler – hot as hell. ❤
The book has sweet parts, the romance isn’t cheesy or over the top, it’s more slow burning but there, of course. Sam and Eddie have different hard times to endure and spiked and spiced up with their attraction towards each other they are an explosive mixture.
5 out of 5 stars for this. Great non-gay romance debut by Gracie Leigh aka Garreth Leigh.
Title: What Matters
Author: Gracie Leigh
Genre: M/F Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
Lenght: 50.000 words
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“It’s a good fear, Sam. I’d miss it if it wasn’t there…”
Musical prodigy Eddie Dean gets everything she wants. The best violin, the best boyfriend, and a place at the best music school in London are hers until her father goes bankrupt. Once the financial facade comes tumbling down, Eddie’s broke and her boyfriend couldn’t care less.
The doorstep of Jimmy’s Café is the last place she expects to wash up.
Scrubbing dishes and serving fried breakfasts to pay her rent is as hellish as she imagined, and her new life is made worse by the distain of her boss’s sneering grandson. Sam Novak is arrogant, rude, and gorgeous, and if Eddie never sees him again, it will be too soon. Shame she can’t stop thinking about him. Dreaming about him. Craving him.
And then there’s his best friend Dylan.
Dylan is as light as Sam is dark, and Eddie wants him too. She can have him too—according to Sam—but when Sam reveals a vulnerability that could cost him his life, it’s time for Eddie to face the music. Does she still need to get everything she wants, or should she choose what matters?
Be sure to stop by at the other blog tour and release blitz participants for their reviews. 🙂
May 2 – Mikku-Chan
May 4 – Lisa’s Home For Books
May 5 – Oh My Shelves, Pretty Sassy Cool
May 10 – The Way She Reads, Sofia Grey, Lelyana’s Book Blog
May 15 – Wicked Faerie’s Tales & Reviews
May 17 – Melissa’s Delicious Books, The Power Of Three, Nancy Reads, Au Boudoir Ecarlate
Author bio – Gracie Leigh
Gracie Leigh is a pseudonym of Garrett Leigh
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.
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 photographer Dan Burgess.
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