Tree surgeon Aidan Drummond is content with his own company. He works alone, and lives alone, and it doesn’t occur to him to want anything else until a life-changing accident lands him in hospital. Then a glimpse of the beautiful boy in the opposite bed changes everything.
Ludo Giordano is trapped on the ward with a bunch of old men. His mind plays tricks on him, keeping him awake. Then late one night, a new face brings a welcome distraction. Their unlikely friendship is addictive. And, like most things in Ludo’s life, temporary.
Back in the real world, Aidan’s monochrome existence is no longer enough. He craves the colour Ludo brought him, and when a chance meeting brings them back together, before long, they’re inseparable again.
But bliss comes with complications. Aidan is on the road to recovery, but Ludo has been unwell his entire life, and that’s not going to change. Aidan can kiss him as much as he likes, but if he can’t help Ludo when he needs him most, they don’t stand a chance.
I read a fair amount of Garrett Leigh books, but I know each time that I'm in for something on the heavy side. Kiss Me Again was exactly that. If you are in the mood for something angsty, British, and more than a touch depressing, this is your story.
There was something so wonderfully atmospheric about this story. I felt like I was in the British countryside, and I was right there with them, reading during a gloomy, overcast day. It had a dreamy, melancholy weight to the story that's a bit hard to describe.
Both characters are really struggling during the course of the story. One had a physical ailment, due to a horrible accident, and the other has been living with bipolar disorder for many years. They both are in so much pain that it felt like a relief to have them get some comfort from one another.
I found the plot to be really compelling, even if I though the romance bordered on the level of an unhealthy fixation. I liked how their love didn't solve their issues but gave them someone to lean on a bit and share their life with. There was a lot of tender emotions there, and I felt a lot of feelings while reading this story.
It was maybe not a book I would usually pick up, but I'm really glad I did. If you are a fan of Garrett Leigh, you will enjoy this story.
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