Isha has spent the last year watching his BFF get his happily-ever-after. He’s proud of Dom, but…it hurts to see him so free while Isha’s love life is still on lockdown. Only Isha’s ex-wife knows the secret that he’s kept caged for so long—that he’s queer too, and he’s lonely.
Jude’s too chained to his work to notice what he’s missing by being terminally single, but a new face in the village soon catches his attention. City boy Isha is gorgeous, and when he starts to haunt Jude’s reptile shop as well as the hook-up app on his phone, he’s a welcome distraction from Jude’s business problems.
For a control freak like Isha, letting Jude under his skin is an existential meltdown, but Jude’s not in the market to be anyone’s queer crisis, not when he’s facing troubles of his own. Unlocking their lives could push both men apart forever, but it might be a risk worth taking if sharing is the key to their happy future.
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*I received the book in exchange for an honest review*
I have to start with the fact that I didn’t…have best impressions of Isha from Lucky. I sided with Dom in that one but hey, Garrett Leigh is one of the authors that can change my mind.
And she DID. I think this book overtook Lucky and is now my favourite in the series. It is certainly a Garrett Leigh’s book. It dragged me in, and honestly, I should have known better than to start her books in late in the evening since they keep me up till I’m done with them, even if that means staying up till 2am on a day when I have an early class.
As I said in the beginning, Isha wasn’t my favourite character. He did help with finding Cash in the previous books but that only caused me to see him as more neutral than I did in Lucky. But in this book, I fell in love with his character.
He hides so much of himself that it is no wonder he turns out looking like an asshole. I did have some initial issues with him being a shitty father, but he did improve throughout the book. He started taking more of an interest in his kids than he did before.
I especially loved Isha’s relationship with his ex-wife. She’s strong and feisty and very supportive, acting as his confidante and friend.
Jude, on the other hand, was another mystery. I cannot say I went into the book liking reptiles but his descriptions and attitude kind of made me appreciate them more 🙂 I loved how he stood up for himself in some ways but in others he was … curiously self-conscious.
I enjoyed watching the progression of their relationship, which, by all accounts was very unusual. Jude’s interaction with Isha’s kids, Isha driving Jude around to rescue snake, movie nights, all of it was just perfect.
It wouldn’t be a Garrett Leigh book without angst, internal and external, as well as characters sometimes behaving like assholes for no reason, as well as assuming things.
All in all, it was a hot, interesting, reptile-full book I have enjoyed immensely and am already planning a reread of.
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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