Friday, May 25, 2018

Review: Whisper by Garrett Leigh

Whisper 
(Skins #2)
by Garrett Leigh
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Goodreads

Lonely physiotherapist Harry Foster has the world at his feet. A full client list, a six figure Instagram following, and a publishing deal for a book he doesn’t have time to write until his agent offers him a break—a retreat to the wild south west coast.

Cornish horseman Joe Carter is lonely too. Rescuing horses and managing Whisper Farm takes up most of his days, and by night he plays chicken with the farm’s perilous bank accounts.

At his sister’s unwelcome suggestion, he rents his only bedroom to a bloke from the city, and when Harry arrives, he’s everything Joe isn’t—calm, patient, and gorgeous enough to be exactly the kind of distraction Joe doesn’t need.

Harry doesn’t have time for distractions either—even shirtless farmers riding bareback past his bedroom window—but his moody host proves impossible to ignore.

On paper, they have nothing in common, but Joe is beautiful…glorious, and when an accident puts his life in Harry’s healing hands, the whisper of true love is inevitable. If the trouble that put the farm on its knees in the first place doesn’t get in the way.




When I find out that Harry will be spending the entire book away from London I'm wary. I don't usually like reading about summer romance and Harry will be spending his 10 weeks summer retreat at a farm to work on his book deal. Sexy cowboy isn't really my jam, but I find the grumpy Joe endearing. He is not what I expected. Joe is mid-twenties, relatively young to have so much responsibilities on his shoulder. Their farm is broke (I feel that the author tends to favour having down on their luck hero. Not that I'm complaining) and Joe still has to deal with his problematic father on the side.

Having Harry on the farm is not ideal and Joe didn't even try to be nice. But the rest of the people on the farm gave Harry a warm welcome. The farm family is a great supporting cast. Joe seems like a mess all the time, but he is one tough cookie. Harry looks perfect on the outside, but obviously, there are some internalized demon that one will only find out if they pay attention to his quirks and Joe definitely pay a lot of attention to Harry. 

The first half of the story was a bit slow, but by halfway mark the story definitely pick up and I finish it through without putting down. There is some attraction there because obviously, our heroes are eye candy especially Harry, but nothing was pursued. The thing I like most in romance is the build-up of a friendship and the understanding. Nothing is rush here, even sex took a long time to happen and I'm glad for it. 

I'm totally digging the whole love/comfort scene when Harry was injured. This is not a spoiler since it was mentioned in the blurb anyway. Add in with some drama caused by Joe's dad, everything is making me anxious. Even with Harry's impending departure is making me anxious about how are they going to settle the issue. 

Alas, the author handled everything very well that shows the maturity of the characters. Joe is a wild card to me because he can be a stubborn ass, but in the end, he makes me so proud. The confessional scene was so well done, and the appearance of Angelo and Dylan also reassured us that everything is going fine with the wild pair. I'm excited about Rhys story and looking forward to seeing them all together in the same scene. Is going to be epic. 


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 
blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.



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