Listening Time: 3 hrs.
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?
I've known about this story a while now...
and I've wanted to get to it but you know...so many stories, so little time...yadda, yadda, yadda. But when I was offered the chance to listen to the audio books...well, let's just say when it really matters one can always find the time.
Garrett Leigh isn't an auto buy for me so much as a must have and if it's a Garrett Leigh book on audio that's been narrated by Dan Calley...then Karen's a happy, happy girl.
This one is the textbook definition of friends to lovers and like any genre/trope/subject it can be done right or it can roll off the rails like a train wreck. Suffice it to say this was no train wreck.
Jack and Will have been friends for most of their lives and it's a friendship that simply jumps off the pages of the story with how real and solid it feels. I loved the e-mails and text that bounced between these two when they were apart and from start to finish even after their friendship progressed to more...it was still there. That underlying tone of 'this is my best friend in the whole world' never left. Sadly that's not always the case and while I've encountered a number of stories that I've read and liked where this didn't happen, it doesn't change the fact that I truly enjoy it when it does...when even as the couple becomes lovers the feeling of 'this is my best friend, the person who truly gets me and understands me' never leaves the relationship.
Once again Ms Leigh has surrounded her main characters with an interesting collection of secondary individuals who add depth to the story and help to bring everything to life.
Jack and Will each have plans for their lives and while they both know that they need to go in different directions for a while...Will wonders if 'a while' won't one day morph into 'forever'. While Jack's off in Ibiza doing his thing and making a name for himself, he's finds himself consistently drawn back to Will whether it's by text, e-mail, phone calls...whatever keeps them connected but sometimes the best laid plans can go astray leading to misunderstandings and heartache for one or both of these men.
Dan Calley was definitely the icing on the audio cake for this story as he once gain brought things to life with his wonderfully emotive and wonderfully British voices that he brings to the story.
While the ending is more of an HFN than an HEA, it holds a very solid promise of an HEA in the future for these two men.
An audio book of 'My Mate Jack' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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