Billy Daley hasn’t been home in years, and he likes it that way. He’s just fine on his own—he has a cash-in-hand job at a scrapyard, a half-feral cat to keep him company, and many miles between him, his hometown and all the baggage that comes with it.
Until the job goes sideways. Suddenly he’s back in Rushmere, working for none other than his brother’s best friend—a man whose kiss Billy can’t seem to forget.
Gus Amour’s memories of Billy Daley are all spiky edges, lips crushed against lips and a reckless streak that always ended in trouble. But when Billy needs a place to stay, Gus steps in. He’d do anything for the Daley family, including living, and working, side by side with a man who makes his heart beat too fast and his blood run too hot—two things he’s been running from for years.
It doesn’t take long before their easy banter, lingering touches and heated glances become a temptation too hard to resist. But falling into bed and falling in love are two different things, and love has never come easy to either Billy or Gus. Only when fate threatens to steal away their opportunity for a second chance will they realize they don’t need easy.
They just need each other.
*I received the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review*
For the first book in the series (Forgiven) I was struggling between giving it 4 or 5 stars. Unforgotten? No doubt about definitely giving it all five amazing stars. The book was, like all Garrett Leigh’s books I’ve read so far, FUCKING AMAZING.
And I know I said that for the other book, and this book also has *some* angst in it…and near-death experience, but goddammit, the first book that I read by Leigh was What Remains so I have a different measure for angst in her books than I have for many, many, many other writers 😀
Luke and Mia have frequent appearances, of course, as they are the only family either of the guys have (or at least have around). I don’t think that it is necessary to read Forgiven first (and especially not if you dislike MF romance), and Unforgotten can be understood easily without it, but the lack of knowledge of Mia and Luke’s dynamic might somewhat impact the book.
I loved Gus and Billy. They are such oblivious guys in a way and Billy sure is a hell of a drama queen. But with his history, it kind of makes sense. Gus, though, is that kind of the guy who is terminally friendly, bottling up his own feelings for months, even years. And then the inevitable explosion happens.
I adored that however Billy was painted in either of the books (especially in the first one, it gave a much worse image of Billy – it made sense though as Luke barely knew his brother anymore), he was not *always* a rebel in all the things (I will not spoil what it was but it made me chuckle), and that he was such an animal lover. I mean, he had the cat, Grey, and the dog incident? AMAZING. I hated the police’s reaction because it was cruel (but I guess the law is the law), and also how the dog incident was handled by the Amour siblings. I am very vague here because I do not want to spoil it.
I wanted to smack their heads together and tell them to communicate, until a near-death experience did that for me. And I was so grateful that they finally got their shit together, and then lived happily ever after with a cat…or two.
I loved this book so much (and as said, more than Forgiven, but that might just be on me not being used to reading MF romances) and I want to yell about how much I adored it.
About Garrett Leigh
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer.
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 photographer Dan Burgess.
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