by Garrett Leigh
An M/M Romance
From Riptide Publishing
Released March 16th 2015
Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.
Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.
Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.
Misfits is the first book I’ve read from author Garrett Leigh (I know, don’t judge!) and I am happy to say that it won’t be the last.
I’ll be honest that what first caught my attention was the cover–simple yet so beautiful. I’ve been getting my M/M groove back and hadn’t read a menage story in a while so when I read the blurb I was sold.
Surprise, surprise…the story was nothing like what I was expecting but so much more. The characters, the feels, the plot…every added element worked to make this story a superb read.
Tom has been in a relationship with Cass for about ten years. They have an open relationship and love each other deeply. They are partners in every sense of the word, but lately their relationship has been strained. Nothing that could threaten what they share but more like an undercurrent of tension that sneaks up on them every once in a while.
In comes Jake. Tom meets Jake and sees something in him that draws him in. Jake is young and a bit troubled. He is attracted to Tom but after learning that he’s in a relationship with Cass he tries to stay away. But Tom can’t let him go.
What I loved most about this story were the characters and how the author went about bringing them together. I appreciated the fact that all three had doubts about adding Jake into mix. Tom loved Cass but he couldn’t help his love for Jake. I loved that their connection was a constant presence from the very beginning. It manifested physically with their every touch and every kiss, but I could also feel how much they had come to mean to each other whenever they were together.
Cass and Jake’s connection, on the other hand, was subtle and took time to settle. I enjoyed how they got to know one another through their shared love for Tom. I loved watching them become closer with their every interaction. Be it cooking or talking, Cass and Jake’s connection grew stronger until neither one of them could deny it. *sigh* I loved it!
Like I mentioned before, this story took me by surprise. Most menage stories I’ve read were packed-full of sex that added nothing to the story. Misfits however, does not fit this description. There was sex, but it wasn’t the focus of the story. It wasn’t about figuring out who will give or receive or who is feeling left out or cheated on. There was a lot of hugging and kissing and a lot of talking. There were also a lot of emotions.
Ohhh but those feels were fantastic! Uncertainty and hesitancy were at the forefront but there was also excitement and joy just to name a few. Each character brought about a different set of emotions to the page and every single one of them served to engage the reader further into the story. How could I not feel for Jake when he was faced with the decision to become a part of Tom and Cass’ relationship? How could I dismiss Tom’s feelings about wanting Jake as a permanent part of his and Cass’ relationship when their relationship was already strained by some unknown force? And how could I turn my back on Cass when he seemed so troubled and guarded?
Garrett Leigh did an amazing job in bringing this story to life and I’m glad to say that I will be looking for more from this author in the future. In the meantime, I will be reading her previous work and adding her to my auto-buy list.
*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
About the Author
Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.
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. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.
Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com. Cover art enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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