Friday, February 1, 2019

Review Tour: Cash by Garrett Leigh

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 60,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Black Jazz Design

Cash is a car mechanic with a secret. Head down, sleeves up, he hides from the past as much as his shattered heart, until a reluctant stumble into a Tottenham bar ends in the one night stand of his dreams.

Hunt saboteur Rae can’t believe his luck when he wakes up the next morning. Cash is gorgeous, and the hottest hook up he’s ever had. He doesn’t expect to see him again, until a twist of fate lands him on Cash’s doorstep a few months later.

United by a cause that’s broken Cash before, they are drawn together. They have more in common than they ever imagined, but with Cash haunted by the past, and Rae so tangled in the present, it’s not long before love isn’t enough to keep them alive.

Jewel's review:

I just love Garett Leigh's brand of romance. A little heavy at times, but there is so much substance I can't help but gorge on her words.

We first meet Cash at the end of Lucky as the guy that got hired on at the garage where Lucky worked. Cash was a bit mysterious, quiet, and a really good guy and he became Lucky's housemate. We see plenty of Lucky and Dom in Cash, too, and I could not be happier for it. I always enjoy visiting with previous MC's whom I already love, while getting to know a new pair.

Rae and Cash first meet purely by chance and they have a night of passion that neither could forget, as much as they both tried. They had no idea that one's past is so very aligned with the other's present. That is until Rae is sent to find Ciaran Walsh and finds his one-time hookup, Cash, instead, making sure that past and present collide.

Cash is a bit jumpy and distrustful, at first, having not only been burned by his last relationship, but also having lost his taste for the fight. He still cares what happens to the foxes, but he can no longer let the fight consume him - because that's what it did, and he nearly didn't survive it the first time. Cash isn't sure he can do it again.

Rae's whole life revolves around his work as a saboteur. He sleeps rough most of the time, he uses his journalism degree to run a blog about the work they do, and every weekend he's out in the field trying to save the animals savagely being hunted by those that think they are above the law.

While many of this author's characters have traumatic or tragic backgrounds, that really isn't the case in Cash. Instead, the trauma is all in what the MC's are trying to stop -- illegal fox hunting. I could not help but hurt for foxes as I read about the saboteurs risking all to stop the hunts.

This picture that Garett Leigh paints is vivid, without being graphic. It is story telling at it's finest, letting us as readers fill in the missing bits, and I am very glad for that because my imagination is vivid enough. And while I don't necessarily agree with activist terrorism, I can empathize with what drives them.

Cash is a bit heavy, but not all that angsty. The heaviness comes from the subject of blood sports, rather than tragic pasts and trauma not healed. Still, the story shows the toll that such activism takes on a person's trust and spirit. The price is high, but fear not, we do get a happy ending.


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, and co-owns the specialist stock site with photographer Dan Burgess.


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