Forgiven by Garrett Leigh

High school sweethearts Mia and Luke get a second chance at love in this brand-new contemporary romance from award-winning author Garrett Leigh.

When Mia Amour returns to England to open a florist shop, all she wants to do is put her lousy ex behind her and never look back. But getting a fresh start is easier said than done when her first love, the boy who once broke her teenage heart, strolls back into her life. He’s every bit as sexy as she remembers, and the urge to melt back into his arms almost makes her forget how devastated she was when he took off without a word. Almost.

Left with no choice, Luke Daley did what he had to do, leaving town to earn enough money to save his broken family, though it just about broke him, too. But now he’s back, running his uncle’s business and trying desperately to forget about Mia, the girl he left behind all those years ago. When he runs into her in town, the shock of seeing her again brings an intense rush of emotions: love, guilt…and an overwhelming urge to find out if it’s still as amazing between them as it used to be.

It doesn’t take either of them long to give in to desire and discover the fiery passion they once shared burns hotter than ever. With each new touch, each moment of forgiveness, old hurts heal and the future they’d hoped for ten years ago becomes possible again. But their fragile connection is tested by a threat neither of them saw coming—a threat that could end their second chance before it even gets started.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I am going to preface this by saying I very rarely read MF books. It’s just not something I focus most, because I just in general prefer queer romances. HOWEVER, this was a book by one of my all time favourite authors and that was one of the reasons I picked this book up. Additional reason was the fact that the following book is MM and I love to read all the books in the series.

But as seen from my star rating, I have enjoyed the book! It is far less angsty than what I’m used to when it comes to Leigh’s writing, but it was still the kind of the book that I could not put down until I reached the last word.

Mia was somewhat complicated character. I don’t know how else to describe her but I liked it. Luke was slightly less complicated but no less interesting. His brother’s appearance in the book was shrouded in a bit of a mystery and I am super excited to get to Unforgotten and read more of his story.

When it comes to Mia and Luke, hate sex doesn’t really make for a good relationship (at first) but it sure makes the book interesting at that point 😀 However, it is not just hate-sex, they care for each other but also pretend not to be able to stand each other… or at least Mia does, even when she shows up with a pizza for Luke. I enjoyed their dynamic somewhat. And the scene where Gus barges into the room? Hilarious.

The stalking plot was ‘interesting’ (if stalking plots can be called that, I should probably find a better phrase), and in the end, went in a very different direction than I was expecting; as was the solution. I will not spoil that but I was pleasantly surprised.

All in all, Forgiven is a pretty easy book (at least for a book written by Garrett Leigh), with a lot of scorching hot content, banter, and caring. If you enjoy MF books, explicit scenes (and some hate-sex; if you like fade-to-black, this is not for you), I would recommend this book 🙂 I am super excited to read Unforgotten too! ❤


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