Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Release Blitz Review: Lucky by Garrett Leigh

by Garrett Leigh
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance

Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it.

Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits.

Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit. Losing Lucky seems inevitable, but his tight grip on his image counts for nothing when Lucky starts to fall.

Catching him could cost Dom everything, but if he can set his heart free, getting Lucky long term might be a risk worth taking.

Every time before I start on a book by Garrett Leigh, I need to take a deep breathe and brace myself because....oh my god, the angst. 

Dom is a closeted Premiership footballer and Lucky is his Grindr hook up. It was not Dom first rodeo but their encounter left a strong lingering connection between them. Dom's life is a mess despite having a somewhat successful career. Being with Lucky is the only time Dom comes alive and be true to himself even though he is holding himself back. Lucky is even a bigger mess, penniless and homeless and he had to keep up an appearance to hook up with Dom. 

They both hide their realities from each other and suffer internally, I just wanna weep for them both. All of their encounters were in secret, anonymous hotel, leaving before dawn and cryptic text messages exchange. They never reveal anything personal, but I felt everything, all the unspoken words, the what-ifs, the yearning for more. My heart was thoroughly pulverised through all their angst over each other. The feels just keep coming and coming. I wish everything will be better for them both because I can't stand all these suffering. 

Their HEA is definitely hard earned and after emotionally going through the grinder I wish to have a more cheesy epilogue. However, finding out that Dom and Lucky will be still around during the next book in the series make it more bearable. I need to see more of Dom and Lucky being in a loving cocoon.

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.