My lovely reader, in celebration of Garrett Leigh’s latest release, Cirlce I want to share my double review of Slide and Marked, book #1 and book #1.5 in the Roads series. The second double review is Rare (book #2) and Freed (book #2.5). The review can be read here. 🙂
See also my release blitz and review tour of Circle, hosted by Signal Boost Promotion.
So, amazing stuff is planned.
But now, happy reading. :3 ❤
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
Roads: Book One
Don’t look back. Don’t you ever look back…
Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn’t quite understand.
Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength—things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.
Traumatic events in Pete’s work life distance him from home, and he doesn’t realize until it’s too late that Ash has slipped away. Betrayal, secrets, and lies unfold, and when a devastating coincidence takes hold, Pete must fight with all he has to save the love of his life.
It’s been six months since Ash shuffled into Pete’s life and turned his world upside down, and six months since they sat in an all-night diner plotting Ash’s theoretical solution for Pete’s faded, botched tattoo. Pete has just about given up hope of Ash ever fulfilling his promise when one day the end of a long shift finds Ash waiting for him.
Tonight is the night.
Ash is ready, and it seems the time has come for him to leave his mark on Pete in more ways than he ever imagined.
To endure the events in Slide you really have to be a pretty tough reader otherwise you are lost. Other bibliophile friends already expressed their joy about the books and when the release day of Circle, the last book in the Roads series was set, I was intrigued to read the whole series myself.
I already knew a few books by Garrett Leigh before so I was aware of the angst, the deep feelings but I wasn’t prepared of the devastating feeling I had when I got what happened to Ash. It is more than tragic and boy, my heart broke several times for him. But I also fell in love with him and Pete.
The story hooks right from the start and although it has a darkness in it, it is also full of hope. The ray of light, the personification of the silver lining Ash is able to grasp and hold is Pete, the charming paramedic. Not only Ash is captured by him, swoon over him. ❤ It’s totally natural yet not the easiest relationship both guys have, but soon it’s clear they share an unbreakable bond.
The first book is focused on Ash’s past and the revealings but also shows it how Pete is working and this is equally amazing as pretty dangerous several times. The angst is constantly there, a constant companion but it’s the character development you are aware of and it helps you to keep insane when all the ugly revealings happen.
The minor character are a great addition for the universe the character are in and they grow more and more into a full family, knit tight, and even if people aren’t blood related it’s their experiences which let they bond deeply.
The erotic encounter are hot but also, connected to Ash’s past, full of deep emotions and hidden secrets, some things are indirectly told or described but the reader gets a pretty clear image what happened and it’s more than touching how Pete gives Ash the necessary time to heal and help him in his process. And it’s not only Ash who grows on this, Pete also gains an unexpected value and strength.
It’s actually pretty tough to review the book because so many things are connected and it’s not easy to select these (and not spoiler anything), also are the events devastating and maybe hard to read for sensitive readers. The trigger warnings are fitting and I would only recommend to read the series when you are emotionally stable or in feeling of reading such an emotional, touching book. It’s not the easiest stuff and maybe it’s good to talk to a dearest person afterwards.
With Marked the first books gets a moment which wasn’t included and in consideration of the rest of the series it gives the first book a smooth read, also is it a great addition for the rest what follow.
Wholeheartedly recommended by me, these two books (the first book and the additional short story) are amazing and so touching. But I really recommend to read it with awareness and maybe the possibility to talk about it later. 🙂