Good morning my lovely readers. I am so happy to have you here on my blog. 🙂
We’re celebrating the release day of Garrett Leigh’s latest title: Kiss Me Again.
To celebrate this I have a release blitz post but also a review prepared.
Happy reading. 🙂
Title: Kiss Me Again
Author: Garrett Leigh
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: June 7, 2019
Publisher: self published, Fox Love Press
Length: 227 pages
Cover artist: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
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Tree surgeon Aidan Drummond is content with his own company. He works alone, and lives alone, and it doesn’t occur to him to want anything else until a life-changing accident lands him in hospital. Then a glimpse of the beautiful boy in the opposite bed changes everything.
Ludo Giordano is trapped on the ward with a bunch of old men. His mind plays tricks on him, keeping him awake. Then late one night, a new face brings a welcome distraction. Their unlikely friendship is addictive. And, like most things in Ludo’s life, temporary.
Back in the real world, Aidan’s monochrome existence is no longer enough. He craves the colour Ludo brought him, and when a chance meeting brings them back together, before long, they’re inseparable again.
But bliss comes with complications. Aidan is on the road to recovery, but Ludo has been unwell his entire life, and that’s not going to change. Aidan can kiss him as much as he likes, but if he can’t help Ludo when he needs him most, they don’t stand a chance.
“Kiss Me Again is a deliciously tender and prickly romance about the intimacy that comes with acceptance. Ludo and Aidan accept and love each other for exactly who they are—complications, injuries, mental health issues, moods—and I loved them for it.” — Roan Parish
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
Again Garrett Leigh blew me away with a book that had a main character with a job I actually never thought I would read about it: Kiss Me Again follows the pretty lonely life of the tree surgeon Aidan when an accident happens and he is forced to stay in hospital for a few weeks – something that he never wanted to experience at all! In the hospital he meets Ludo, a strange guy who’s captivating and for a while Aidan’s only colloquist in the boring, confusing surrounding where he drifts due to his injuries from being awake to sleep frequently.
Ludo fills Aidan’s time with exciting conversations and someone who’s actually listening to him; someone he seems to have a connection with – and that’s what I love about Leigh’s stories: she always manages to make the characters that dimensional that even a hospital visit can be an interesting surrounding and foundation for a relationship.
The book is in many parts not an easy read – but those who know the author wouldn’t never make the mistake to assume it’s all fluff and sweet – yet the overall tone is a hopeful one. The characters, as messy as they and their lives are, get their HEA, the key to this is accepting the other person’s caring, that they are worth to be loved and that they don’t have to carry their burdens alone.
What I expecially devour is the fact that a hard to read character like Adian blossoms due to Ludo’s attention and caring, he opens not only to Ludo but other people in his life who support him, even if he thinks he is a lonely soldier. Aidan’s helpless feelings, his devastation is palpable when he has to accept the fact that he might never be able to do his work – something that torns him apart and what’s hard to read and endure because it cuts so deep what part of him would be lost with it.
The switching POV, told in first person present tense, give enough room and possibility to let Leigh execute the different characters traits, yet it gives enough distance to them to let the reader exploring the events in their own time and come to a conclusion, to fill the gaps Aidan and Ludo doesn’t tell the reader.
The cover totally manages to capture the feeling of the book where Ludo is painting Aidan’s world with new colors, and I can’t say how much I was blew away when it was revealed.
Author bio – Garrett Leigh
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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