“Jude” by Garrett Leigh

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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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If Leigh writes a book, Sheri will read said book. It’s become a necessity and a matter of book law for me. This series has been marvelous. I truly enjoyed Lucky’s book and appreciated the second book, Cash. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with Jude and Isha. Naturally, I was smitten and devoured it. I was rather surprised that the previous book held a subdued tone and I think this story maintains the same vibe. Garrett’s books always have a strong life force and this was a different sort of pulse than usual. The angst level never struck the red line, yet the struggles were still very real. Isha is a divorced father of two, still searching for his zen. He’s an astute businessman and compulsively addicted to his work. Sadly, he hasn’t been the father he knows he can be and vows to make changes when it comes to his kids. Jude shares his diligence when it comes to his job and takes it one step further. Jude’s life is his work and his work is his life. He may run a reptile shop but his true passion lies within animal rescue. Slithering creepy crawlers are certainly not my thing, but I can appreciate them from afar. Far far away. Behind closed doors, we witness what actually runs Jude’s life. Something beyond his control and something that leaves him powerless when it strikes. Jude has epilepsy. This disorder is actually something I’m somewhat familiar with on a professional level. Merely because the medications can cause an adverse reaction in the mouth. Gingival hyperplasia is a condition often caused by meds that treat epilepsy. But spending a lengthy period of time with someone who suffers from epilepsy is not something I’m familiar with. Garrett always takes me on new complex adventures that I treasure. Oh dear, it seems I’ve rambled off course. Back to it! So yeah, Jude is great. Isha is complicated…but great. And when they get together? They are beyond belief.

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I was thankful that the rest of the guys are still present and accounted for. One of the things I look forward to most in Garrett’s books is when we spend time with friends from the past. I’m so glad Lucky, Dom, Cash, and Rae all made solid page time. Jude knows Rae from crossing paths in the animal liberation world. They have pulled favors and relied on each other when needed. Jude is happy that Rae has found his soul mate but deep down, he misses his friend. Jude’s circle is tight and exclusive. He’s also overwhelmed with financial stress. When the sexy suit walks into his shop, he momentarily forgets his mountain of worries. He never dreamed the gorgeous dad had his own colossal pressures. THEN…a Grindr meet ‘n meat brings them together once more. And everything changes. They are perfectly suited in the bedroom but can they figure out how to make things work in the grand scheme of things? Well, let’s see…..

 

loveThis love story is hard-won. Isha has forced himself into a place that is not…optimal relationship material. That goes for partner and father. Rather than face his loneliness, he runs from it. By throwing himself into work twenty-six hours a day, he is able to avoid the empty that awaits him. He has lovely children, he has an amazing ex-wife, and he has killer friends. But when you dodge the mirror, it’s hard to face anyone. Jude is *sigh* so wonderful. I adored his massive heart. I loved how he treated his animals and Isha’s children. I especially loved what the kids brought to the story. Epic kids. I respected Mina and found her place in the story refreshing. The sexy times were rugged but the heart-tugging times were remarkable. I could have been impatient or nervous…but I wasn’t. I knew everything was going to fall into place like it was meant to be. And Isha and Jude are simply, meant for each other. And I have a pretty good feeling you will agree.

 

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Internal battles are often the hardest fought but also the sweetest victory. Isha wrestles with himself and thankfully, triumphs. Patience is key; they rock, they twist and finally…they turn. And if snakes and their reptilian friends give you the heebie-jeebies, well, beware.

 

bookisforIdeally, I would say that Lucky fans would and should want to grab this gem. But in all honesty? I think this could be enjoyed as a stand-alone. Bear in mind you will most likely want to flip around and check out this gang from the start. They are all unique and shine in their own light. So grab it and good luck putting it down. Oh, and please tell Frances I said hi.

 

bookinfo

TITLE: Jude (Lucky #3)
AUTHOR: Garrett Leigh
PUBLISHER: Fox Love Press
LENGTH:   60,000 words approx.
RELEASE DATE: March 24, 2019
BUY LINKS: Amazon

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