Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review with Giveaway: Dream (Skins #1) by Garrett Leigh

Title ~ Dream (Skins #1)

Author ~ Garrett Leigh

Published ~ 23rd January 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance




I can’t sleep…
When unrequited love leaves Dylan Hart sleepless and nursing his wounds, instinct draws him to the one place he's found mindless respite in the past—Lovato’s. It’s a place for every fantasy — for crazy-hot encounters — where a night of insane NSA sex brings relief to Dylan’s fragile feelings.
It should be a perfect escape, and for one magical night it seems that way, but then worlds collide, and reality bites when his hookup desperately needs a friend. Surely Dylan can’t trust his instincts when friendship has bruised his heart so badly before?
It’s burying me alive…
The deck is stacked against former ballet dancer Angelo Giordano ever finding real love. At least visiting Lovato’s offers respite from a life defined by illness; a glimmer of light in the dull grey of his so-called life without dance. But then he encounters Dylan — a glorious ray of the brightest sunshine — who makes his heart pound once more with purpose.
Angelo’s mind is blown by this man, but the disease that ended his career won’t let him bask in new love. He’s drowning, and Dylan can’t save him while insecurities swamp them both. The only way to make it means confronting their demons.
If Dylan can turn his back on the past, and Angelo can face his uncertain future, maybe they can chase their dreams together.


Jane’s Review

This is book one in a new series by the talented Garrett Leigh. I am a fan of her writing and the overall ‘British tone’ that her books have and really enjoyed this offering. Dylan Hart has been messing round with his two best friends Sam and Eddie and has been in love with Sam for years but he realises he wants more for himself and so tries to move on from them. To try to forget them he takes himself along to Lovato’s. ‘Lovato's - a place for every fantasy’. He frequents the sex club for hot, anonymous sex and the scenes in the club are scorching hot! As he was wearing a blindfold he doesn't see the guy he hooked up with, just knows how hot the encounter was. However, the next week whilst at work as a debt advisor for the Citizens Advice Bureau, a new client comes in and is the guy from the sex club. Whilst Dylan didn't recognise him and was conducting a debt review, Angelo Giordano definitely recognises Dylan and breaks the anonymous rule by referencing the club and what went on.

The theme of debt and debt recovery is ongoing throughout the book and is something that is rarely dealt with so was an interesting angle. It shows how easy it is to get into, and the spiralling effects it can have and how that can drive people to behave in ways they wouldn't normally. After passing Angelo’s case to another office so he's no longer his client, they sort of arrange to meet at the club again. Their paths keep crossing and they fall into a sort of friends with benefits relationship.

Angelo’s father has recently died and the deli they own is in huge debt. His mother and uncles bury their heads in the sand and leave it up to Angelo to sort. I really disliked his family and how they couldn't see just how much Angelo was doing and the effects it was having on his health. He has huge debts of his own to do with his previous job and why he had to leave that job. His health issues are another ongoing theme of the book and I thought they were handled sensitively but realistically. Angelo does reluctantly let Dylan in on his debts and his health concerns and they become closer. They still have encounters at the club as they use it to let off steam but both of them are still dealing with their own issues and after a lack of communication leads to an misunderstanding they take a break. Dylan doesn't want to come second again like with Sam, he wants to be the priority and Angelo’s lack of communication we find has more to do with his condition than just not talking. I liked that after the misunderstanding they did actually communicate more and stopped having sex for a while to make sure the relationship was based on more than just that and they had each moved past their issues and could get back on track. I really enjoyed where there relationship ended up, both moving forward and in love and still enjoying Lovato’s.

A very promising start to the series and a thoroughly enjoyable read with some interesting themes.

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Meet 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, and co-owns the specialist stock site with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.


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