Monday, January 22, 2018

ARC Review: Dream by Garrett Leigh

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.

Dani's rating:

Dream is a total downer like every other Garrett Leigh book. Why do ALL of her MCs suffer so much: chronic illness, mental health issues, drug and sexual abuse, financial woes, PTSD, prostitution. It never stops.

Why can't just ONE lead a happy, fulfilling life? There is good in the world!

I hate the way Leigh's books make me feel. I'm an upbeat person, but this book made me so fucking depressed.

The writing is beautiful, and I loved Dylan and Angelo. Dylan deals with anxiety and insomnia; he was the "third" in a three-way relationship with his best friend Sam and Sam's girlfriend but decided that he needed more.

Angelo used to be a dancer, but now he's exhausted and in constant pain. He works at his parents' deli and is in so much debt, he sees no way out.

Dylan and Angelo meet at a club and have hotter-than-hot anonymous sex. When they meet again, Angelo remembers Dylan's voice.

While this is a steamy book (certainly by Leigh's standards), I prefer a slower burn. All but one of the sex scenes are at a club in public view, which just isn't my jam. I need more tenderness.

There was too much Eddie and Sam here. I don't care about some couple I've never heard of before.

There was also way too much info about the UK's welfare bureaucracy or whatever it was that Dylan did. It came across as a little preachy at times.

Honestly, I loved and hated this book—loved the soul deep love the men forged; hated the pain and cruelty.

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