“Dream” by Garrett Leigh

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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.

review

First things first…I freaking LOVED this book. Garrett’s books are apologetically painful in the very best way and this angst-ridden ride was no exception. When Leigh creates literary works of art, I imagine they parallel her edible art. Delectable but sometimes biting, succulent and most definitely spicy. My mouth automatically waters when she releases a new book and this was even better because it’s the start of a new series. Yay! What surprised me this round was the character crossovers. To be honest, I didn’t truly pay attention to ‘who’ was in the blurb. I just knew it was the latest and greatest Garrett Special and I had to have it. Interestingly enough, this story intermingles with my favorite and least favorite books from Leigh’s bookshelves. Misfits is easily my favorite and I was thrilled to see Dylan step up to the center stage. Dylan also appeared in What Matters and sadly, Eddie and Sam’s story did not work so well for me. I can’t say I really enjoyed Eddie’s page time anymore than before but it didn’t diminish my enjoyment either.

Leave it to Garrett to start this story with a bang…or more precisely a ruthless shag. Dylan is recovering from a brutal breakup. He was in a poly relationship with his best friend and his girl but a shift occurred and he realized he was on the other side of the rift. Licking his wounds, he decided a distraction was in order. A visit to the local sex club with a session in the basement (blind and ferocious) should help jump-start his clean slate. It was certainly a night to remember. When he runs into his sensational lover at work, his equilibrium is rattled. There’s no denying their fierce attraction. The air around them thrums with electricity, charged like a loose live wire. And just like a power surge the impressive spike leaves them stunned. Dylan craves Angelo with an incessant hunger. Dylan awakens something buried deep in Angelo and he yearns to hold onto it. But Angelo won’t let him in. They both want each other but…something’s gotta give.

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A polished product is always a guarantee when it comes to anything with Leigh’s signature. Her fastidious research is clear every time. My eyes open a little bit wider with every book. This round it was ME or CFS that she presents and Angelo is desperately trying to hide his condition while fighting a losing battle with his family’s dire situation. He’s hung up his dancing shoes and donned an apron in hopes of salvaging his family’s business. In a final grasp at holding things together, he seeks help from a debt adviser. Of course, the man who has been haunting his dreams since his visit to Lovato’s the week before is the same man searching for a hope and a prayer in his finances. His dreams are simple yet appear completely out of reach. Unless he opens his heart. Which brings me to…..

love

I love how genuine the emotions are between Angelo and Dylan. They are overcome from the very first moment with a torrent of feels. Their passion is intense but they quickly become friends. But Angelo is terrified of allowing anyone past his walls. His life isn’t stable and he can’t saddle a partner to him while he’s sinking. Hitting rock bottom brings everything into focus. But is he too late? And why would Dylan want him with all of his baggage? Because he’s strapped like a pack mule at the moment. He’s better off alone. Right? *hint* Nope. Angelo isn’t the only one struggling. Dylan craves to move forward but he must stop lingering with one foot in the past. I desperately wished for them find their footing together. Can they set their hearts on the same path? You should really find out.

beware

Angst. Heat. And more angst. With a heavy dose of real life. Oh and a scorching ménage scene at the sex club should pick up your heartbeat a notch or ten.

 

bookisforGarrett fans will most definitely want to grab this little dream as soon as possible. And don’t forget, several more Skins releases are coming this year!

bookinfo

TITLE: Dream (Skins #1)
AUTHOR: Garrett Leigh
PUBLISHER: Fox Love Press
LENGTH: 244 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 23, 2018
BUY LINKS: Amazon

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