Sunday, December 28, 2014

Book Review: My Mate Jack by Garrett Leigh

My Mate Jack (Heated Beat #1)
Will Barter’s been in love with his best mate Jack for as long as he can remember. They’ve shared everything: love, life, laughs, even Will’s first kiss. But Jack’s straight, and Will’s long-buried infatuation means nothing until their last summer together draws to a close.
Then one night, everything changes, but with Will bound for university in Leeds, and Jack for his dream DJ job in Ibiza, there’s no time to explore their blurred lines. Before long all that’s left are secrets, lies, and misunderstandings.

In the months that follow, anger and hurt overshadow fifteen years of friendship, and Will must dig deep to remember Jack is his mate… his best mate, and nothing matters more than that, right?

Todd’s rating:

Wow, and here I thought Fair Catch by Del Darcy was an angsty read. That book has absolutely nothing on My Mate Jack in the frustration department.

Will, who's gay, and Jack, who's never said he was anything but straight, have been best friends since they were six years old and pretty much lived in one another's pockets until the end of high school. Closer than brothers.

But the week before Will leaves for college in Leeds and Jack flies off to Ibiza for a summer DJ gig, they have sex. Full-on, bawm-chicka-wow-wow, slow, heart-felt, git your bizness all up in my ‘no-no’ *penetrative* sex. (Yes. And it was WAAAAAY hot.)

Which was amazing for them both, but quickly leads to awkwardness and neither seeing the other before their departures. And so begins the crazy angst-fest that lasts for several years afterwards.

They exchange e-mails and texts very sporadically (once every few months at times, argh) as Will works to finish up his graphic design degree in Leeds.

And during that same time, Jack's career as a DJ has really taken off, with him becoming one of the most sought-after club and festival DJ's in Ibiza and around Europe.

The sad and CRAZY FRUSTRATING part of the book is that, as the years pass, it's painfully obvious that Will and Jack miss one another desperately. But, as usual with guys, they can't open up and actually *say* what the freaking hell is on their minds.

The story line is very, very good, with a veritable smorgasbord of drama and we do get our (eventual) purging of past hurts and confessions of feelings, which (once I stopped screaming at and wanting to bitch slap these two adorable, sexy idjits) put them both on the road to living happily ever after. Together. Finally. THANK FUCK.

If I didn't get my HEA after getting so fully invested in these two, my head would have blown clean off the top of my head, I shit you not.

Highly-recommended, but please remember to take your blood pressure medicine beforehand. : )

4 "Just breathe, Goddammit, just fucking breathe" Stars.
My copy of this book was provided by the publisher for a fair, unbiased review.

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