Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Review Tour: Dream (Skins #1) by Garrett Leigh




Universal Buy Link: books2read.com/DreamGL
Length: 60,000 words approx.
Cover Design: GDLeigh @Black Jazz Design
Cover Photo: Dan Burgess @Moonstock Photography





Blurb
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.









Jewel's review:





Dream is the story of two very different men who find each other in the unlikeliest of places - a sex club. It's about the many different masks we all wear and how we get from day to day. It's about striking your balance and learning to cope and finding love. Dream is also the hottest and sexiest of all of Garrett Leigh's books, that I've read. It starts with a bang and just keeps going! And yet, it never feels overdone. This book is erotic romance at its finest. It's a novel that celebrates sex and I cannot tell you just how gorgeous that is.
“Who takes care of you?”
Dylan Hart is a nurturer. A carer. He's always there for those that need him, even if it means he goes without or suffers. His job at the Citizen Advice Bureau is stressful, but he goes the extra mile to try to get people the help they need. He actually cares about people; whether he knows them, or not. Dylan has been in love with his best friend, Sam, for ages, and his occasional 'with benefits' status with Sam and his girlfriend Eddie just complicates things. After deciding that his sanity, and their friendship, won't survive if things continue, he steps away in hopes that some distance will help. In an effort to help himself forget, if only for a little while, he visits his favorite sex club for some anonomos sex. He never expected that his encounter with a man whom he doesn't even know what he looks like to trigger fantasies long after the encounter was over.
“I’m never going to think any less of you when you’re unwell. It’s part of who you are, but it doesn’t define you.”
Angelo is a former ballet dancer who had to give up his career because of chronic illness. He's a proud man, but he also doesn't really manage his illness all that well. And to top it off, he's taken over running the family deli that has been sinking in debt for years, after his father gambled away all its profits and left a mountain of debt. Angelo craves connection, even while he can't fathom ever actually achieving it. He loves sex at the club because there is no pressure there. At least not the kind of pressure that results in expectations. Even still, he can't get the encounter with Dylan out of his head.
"They were different men, but their dreams were the same."
Both men are complex and well sketched. Angelo's illness seemed really well researched. And Dylan was both caring and a touch insecure. Both are amazingly human, with flaws and strengths and they feel so deeply, even they have trouble measuring. Dream is more than a romance - it's a love story. And I loved every moment I was lost in this book. Recommended.


** A free copy of this book was provided by Signal Boost Promotions as part of this tour in exchange for an honest review. **








About the author:

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

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 Black Jazz Design, and co-owns the specialist stock site Moon Stock Photography with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.





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