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Monday, March 16, 2015

Misfits by Garrett Leigh Review

Title:  Misfits
Author:  Garrett Leigh
Type:  Standalone
Cover by:  G.D. Leigh
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
Release: Mar 16, 2015
Word count:  70,200
Page count:  277
eBook ISBN:  978-1-62649-246-2
eBook Formats:  pdf, mobi, html, epub
Print ISBN:  978-1-62649-247-9

Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.
Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.
Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.

Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.

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. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.

Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am extremely surprised by how deeply I got into this story. I read a lot and often find great books, but I was totally absorbed by this one. It has all the best qualities combined. The characters and situations are super realistic; yet, the hotness factor is sizzling. What makes that an even bigger deal is that it's a ménage à. I love them, don't get me wrong, but they're usually not so believable. These three men are so different in size, stature, background, etc, but they all have great hearts. The unperfectness of the roles makes them more endearing. Each man is so multidimensional instead of fitting a certain sexy book mold. Sometimes when an author tries to make things more convincing, the story looses the fantasy for which readers are searching. That didn't happen here. I know I'm going on and on about it, but I'm so pleased. It's a real and rare talent in my opinion.

Tom and Cass have been together for years and are in love, but both put so much effort into their business that much like two ships passing in the night, they barely lay eyes on each other. They have always had an open relationship. Both have other 'booty calls' but only love each other.
"It's not cheating, Jake. We choose to live this way. It might not make sense to you, but it works for us."

This works for them for the most part except it doesn't fix the loneliness of not having the one they love near.

Jake is a wealth of untapped talent, but he tends to be harder on himself than necessary.
"And what was it? The cure, I mean."
"Learn something. Read a book. Explore someone. Anger is just a hole where your life could be."

These men slowly work their way into each other's lives and the reader's heart. And everything goes from there. They have several outside issues causing strife and drama, and this is all new to them. Everything isn't perfect, but the ride is a very touching one. If you're just in the mood for a sexy fluff piece, I suggest you try something else, but I absolutely recommend this book for those wanting a book that is more.

***copy given in exchange for an honest review***


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