Thursday, June 08, 2017

Pre-Release Book Brief: Shadows On My Soul by Leigh Jarrett

Shadows on my soulTitle ~ Shadows On My Soul

Author ~ Leigh Jarrett 

Publisher ~ Steambath Press

Published ~ 12th June 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Derek Lawrence is a player. There is no other way to phrase it. He's been unstoppable since coming out in high school. Guy after guy, conquest after conquest. He isn't looking for any kind of commitment from anyone. His life is perfect the way it is.

Except for one aspect. Derek has been in love with his best friend and business partner, Justin Leary, since the first day he set eyes on him almost twenty years ago.

When an implication surfaces that Justin's feelings for Derek might run far deeper than friendship, he considers approaching Justin about it. But before he can, one targeted act of violence followed by the aftermath of violation, challenges the depth of Derek's love for Justin.

Author’s Note: 75% of the proceeds for the sale of this book will be going to the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. In coordination with the Read With Pride campaign I am running for that same support organization.


Freya’s Book Brief

Inseparable friends Derek and Justin have loved each other for a long time but never told each other. Their confessions stayed secret because, although Derek came out of the closet, Justin stayed firmly in. Derek loves Justin, but after being rejected by Justin years previous, he became a player. More secrets threaten their future.

Right from the off, this story pulled at my heartstrings. I’m not giving away spoilers as something is already in the blurb. But, a simple kiss of need with another leads to something brutal and unwanted. The consequences are dire for Derek and Justin. It leads to unjust self-recrimination and a host of actions and emotions through the period of recovery. The secrets kept over the years, too, come to the fore. Coupled with pain and regret, they are events they may not be able to survive. They have to find themselves before they can find each other.

Many memories are recalled, often with only a few sentences of the current timeline before sinking back into another memory. Occasionally, I found this a touch confusing as I’d just realised the change before the timeline changed again. But, this evened out as the story progressed.

There is lots of pushing away, coming back together, anger and blame. All need to be processed. Absolutely every emotion is on show. On many occasions, my throat closed and tears welled up. If they thought the anguish of not confessing their love was stressful, it pales in comparison to what happens after they confess it.

Shadows On My Soul is a story of hurt and recovery, that soooo has to be read. For much of it, my heart was thundering. The drama lasts right up to the final pages – awesome.

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Connect with Leigh Jarrett

Author Profile Picture - Leigh JarrettLeigh Jarrett is a bestselling Canadian author of LGBTQ Romance. Queer, quirky, and passionate. Lover of antique stores, the smell of lye and oil as it turns to soap, cathedral groves, and bright colors. In her hometown of Kelowna, BC, Leigh is an advocate for the LGBTQ community, celebrating their diversity, and affirming their most basic of human rights—to love and be loved.

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  1. This book sounds great! Good luck with the book Leigh.

  2. It is so sad that we even have a need to form and support the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, in coordination with the Read With Pride campaign. Good luck with the release. It sounds like a powerful story.