Monday, July 2, 2018

Review: Believe by Garrett Leigh

Believe 
(Skins #3)
by Garrett Leigh
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance
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Flight paramedic Rhys Foster is hooked on adrenaline. By day it’s blood and guts, by night it’s the thrill of the club. With a different face in his bed most nights, he doesn’t have time to be lonely…right?

Entertainer Jevon Campbell is a play therapist like no other—dancer, magician, acrobat, he brings it all to his global mission to help children in need laugh again. He’s on a rare home visit when he encounters enigmatic Rhys in a London bar.

Their connection is instant, but Rhys fast realises Jevon’s easy confidence doesn’t stretch as far as the bedroom. He has no idea how mesmerising he is—how beautiful—and Rhys resolves to show him.

They grow closer, but time isn’t on their side. Rhys seems unable to articulate how he feels, and with Jevon’s imminent departure from the UK hanging over them, their separate commitments could tear them apart forever.

As the days slip by, Rhys must learn to believe he’s worth the happiness Jevon is offering.




Another winner by Garrett Leigh. This is the third book of the Skins series, but definitely can be enjoy as a standalone as well. Similar to the other in the series, the tone of the story a kinda melancholy, tinged with some sadness and despair, but the journey and the ending is a beautiful one and I love how everything will works out in the end despite the challenges.

Rhys is a paramedic, who used to visit the sex club where he met the couple from the first book, Angelo and Dylan. Present time, Rhys is in a funk, especially when all his friends and brother are coupled up. Rhys is feeling all sort of lonely and I feel bad for this poor man. 

Jevon works for an NGO that helps with displaced people in refugee camps and most of his time was dedicated to play with children who suffered trauma from war torn countries. At this current political climate, reading about Jevon's work is like a sucker punch to the gut. This is simply too real and reading it hurts. 

They both met at a time when Rhys is looking for a companion that is more than a hook up and Jevon is looking for a chance to explore his sexuality. Jevon has never dare to hook up with a man before despite his interest and curiosity. Rhys is just the right person to help Jevon come out of his shell. Their relationship started from sexual compatibility and companionship and despite their work that keep them apart, fate brings them back together. 

The character development for Rhys and Jevon are just incredible. They are such three dimensional beings that I can feel all the emotion pouring out of them through the pages. Rhys is someone who tends to internalized his feelings and deflect it by being a wanker, he had much growing up in this story to finally owned up to his feelings and I'm glad to see him having a supportive brother in Harry. Jevon faced some personal dilemma in regards to his job that force him to be away from London most of the time. With his budding relationship with Rhys, something got to give. Overall, Believe is definitely one emotionally charged read.


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 sitemoonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.
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