As announced my release blitz post and reviww of Garrett Leigh’s Circle. the final book in her Roads series. See my two double reviews for Slide / Marked and Rare / Freed, I wrote in celebration for Circle.
Also stay tuned and visit the upcoming release blitz posts and reviews on the other blogs. See a list with the links below. 🙂
But for now, happy reading with my post and review. Also check it out for a giveaway and an excerpt.
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
For the most reader who read chronologically between the previous books and the last there was a pretty long time in waiting. I was lucky and read all 5 books (if you include the two short stories Marked and Freed in the counting) and therefore I didn’t had it too tough.
Ash and Pete are now for over six years an established couple and went through a lot together. Ash’s healing process, Pete’s unbalanced work related life and how he, as an anchor for Ash, is also bearing with struggles and heavy emotional burden are shown again and over the whole series.
The surrounding family between the guys is tighter than before though changes are happening. I don’t exaggerate when I say I was crying as soon as I was 3% into the book, one single line let my tears flow. Reason for it was the sadness but also the shock about the revealing. I won’t tell what it is, because otherwise I take a lot of thrill and suspense also it’s a major spoiler.
Changes are happening in the last book and it can be in a way read as a roadtrip book, not only because Ash and Pete are on a trip. It’s the way how their new friends and colleagues are introduced, how they help Ash and Pete. I had my own thoughts about a few events in the first two books and it is pretty reassuring you are correct, but even more when you see that these dear character are healing.
The most amazing development is seen in Ash, his improvements are palpable, on the other side a lot of changes are happening during the time with Pete. His unbalanced life is one last burden, one last dark cloud hanging over their heads.
Without being sugary sweet Garrett tells the love story of Ash and Pete, two guys who love each other to the moon and back. Their family is growing, naturally and unwillingly at the same time, and the epilogue is simply swoonworthy. ❤
When I made my reading process I expressed my emotions via social media and Garrett promised to give Ash and Pete their fitting ending, we should trust her. And damn, it was worth in the little gamble and yes, do it, trust her. :3 ❤
5 out of 5 stars for this book but also for the whole series. Ash and Pete’s story is now finished but maybe we get a small short story or novella like Marked or Freed.
And even not, both guys are alive and live over the book’s borders. At the end there is a note about one appearing couple which has its own book, Jed and Max’ story, told in Only Love.
Read it, devour it, heal with Ash and Pete and let the guys make you happy. Though their road is rough, it’s worth the trip. :3 ❤
My personal mood songs connected to the book series are those by Troye Sivan, like “Lost Boy”, “Talk me down” or “Bite”. 🙂
Series: Roads # 3
Author: Garrett Leigh
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: self published
Length: 50.000 words
Cover artist: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
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I love him…but he’s forgotten why.
A lot can happen in six years, and Ash and Pete have seen their world flipped upside down more times than most. Being parents to Pete’s young nephew wasn’t in their plan, but life happens to them and they roll with the punches. Or at least they did, until new heartache rocks their hard-won happily-ever-after.
Ash loves Pete as much as ever—more, in fact—but Pete battles alone with a burden that weighs heavily on his heart. Ash is no stranger to dark clouds, but the secret Pete keeps from him is a storm that could break them.
Despite the fierce love that once buoyed them, they’re both drowning until a new friend throws them a lifeline. His wisdom offers insight—for better or worse, real love is rarely a smooth journey. For Ash and Pete to come full circle once more, they’ll have to hit the road and chase it.
Okay, so feline-themed clubs were definitely not my bag, but I couldn’t deny that it felt amazing to be out and proud with Ash. I sank into a couple of beers, and the dark cloud that had become my constant companion lifted a touch, chased away by neon lights, glitter, and the swathes of naked man skin all around us.
Not that I took much notice of any man but Ash. He was never going to take his shirt off in public, but he didn’t need to. The fucker turned heads wherever he went, and the fact that he had no idea made me love him even more.
Made me want him even more.
We didn’t dance. Ever. But clubs had always made us horny in the past, and this one was no exception. The music ramped up and the heat seeped into us. The crowds thickened, pushing us ever closer. I pressed myself tight against Ash, so absorbed in him that I forgot to glare at anyone who dared look his way, and backed him into a nearby wall. “I like this club.”
“Yeah?” Ash hadn’t touched any booze, but his face was as flushed as mine felt, his eyes as hooded, and his skin jumped when I slid my hands beneath his T-shirt and over his chest. He licked his lips. “Do you think we’re gonna be here long?”
I doubted it, and it wouldn’t be the first time we’d cut loose early to run home and bang. But we weren’t at home now, and as I kissed Ash, it occurred to me that we’d never fucked anywhere that wasn’t our home. If tonight went the way most of our club adventures had before, where would it end? Would Ash fuck me in a hotel? I honestly had no idea. And whose fault is that? If I’d come with him when he’d first started traveling two years ago, I’d know, and perhaps would have even persuaded him that we could fuck anywhere we damn well pleased.
We kissed for hours in the club. The fact that Ash made no move to hustle me out clued me in to how he felt about banging in our hotel room, but I didn’t let that stop me enjoying him. Because, fuck, I’d missed him, even though he’d been right there from the moment I’d met him. Ash was my home, my family, my everything. We didn’t need to screw for me to know that.
See the other blog tour participants and stop by on their date. 🙂
September 5 – Mikku-chan, We Three Queens, Gay Book Reviews
September 7 – Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Sanaa’s Book Blog
September 9 – Oh My Shelves
September 13 – Diverse Reader, OMG Reads, Wicked Faerie’s Tales & Reviews
September 15 – From Top To Bottom Reviews, Bayou Book Junkie
Author bio – 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 renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.
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