Title: Rare (Roads #2)
Author Name: Garrett Leigh
Publication Date & Length: January 17, 2015 – 240 pgs
Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.
Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood. His battle with mental illness is far from over, but with Pete by his side, he’s feeling good again, so good he doesn’t notice something missing until it walks right into his living room.
Ash believes he’s had enough coincidence in his life, but when a voice from the past comes looking for him, it takes the devastating injuries of the one he loves most to convince him to let a ghost become the family he never knew he wanted.
This was a very intense series. This book was my favorite one out of the series. The story of Ash and Pete was so full of realistic issues and the writing was done so well you could easily visualize the scenes and characters. It was heartbreaking all they went through just to be together.
All the parts about Pete’s job were heart wrenching, with what he had to deal with. Trying to sort it out once he was done working was difficult but the author handled it beautifully. Ash too, went through major issues but it was written so well I couldn’t put it down until I knew how it turned out. They both had so many secrets they kept from each other that every time you turned a page a new one showed up.
If you haven’t read this series you definitely need to. It will tear apart your emotions with all the awful things that happen to the two wonderful characters. Beautifully written and one you won’t be able to put down.
To start off, this book, Rare, is the 3rd in a series, and I strongly urge you to read the others: I was graciously provded all 4 books in this series. And I am ecstatic to have found a new incredible author!! I love reading M/M genre for the intensity and passion, and when the author is as good as Garrett Leigh, the intensity and steam is palpable through the pages. Seriously, hot stuff…phew!!
Here is the (must read) reading order:
Marked ( #1.5)
Freed ( #2.5)
This series is Ash and Pete’s gut-wrenching, heart-felt, brutal, beautiful journey.
Slide, is the gut-wrenching introduction of Ash and Pete. Ugly cry tears and smiles! READ IT!!
Marked, is a little peek in to one night from Slide that didn’t get elaborated. This is a great tidbit to quench your thirst for more of the intensity between Ash and Pete.
Freed, is another juicy glimpse in the life of Ash and Pete. It should be read after Rare…. to get the full effect of this brutal, beautiful journey.
Rare… by the time you have finished Slide and Marked, you are invested and really want to know how these sometimes tortured, beautiful men are doing. Well buckle up and hang on for the extraordinary ride in this installment of Ash and Pete. This was excruciatingly heart-wrenching to read but I couldn’t put it down!! I devoured it in one sitting. More tears, and smiles!!
Garrett Leigh likes to write angsty, intense, tortured Hero’s and she certainly nails it in all 4 of these books. She has a phenomenal way with words. This was an incredible series. I highly recommend jumping in!
PETE HAD been busy while I’d been gone. I stood in front of the shiny new door to his apartment and wondered for a moment if I’d come home to the right place. Then I remembered the coarse message he’d sent me a few days ago, telling me in no uncertain terms what a bitch the new door had been to fit. A separate message—perhaps an afterthought—told me he’d left a key on top of the frame.
I reached for it and turned it over in my hand. It was silver and shiny. The old one was battered brass, bruised and familiar. It felt heavy in my pocket as I slid the new key into the lock. I considered the fate of the old key now that the door it belonged to was no longer there. Pete said I pondered the strangest things.
The new door swung open with a whisper. It felt odd after two years with a door that crunched like a gearbox. The new door was like a ghost, all shimmery and silent. I wasn’t sure I liked it.
A wry grin crept over my face. Really? Four days without Pete and you’re worried about a door? I took a tentative step forward. The door closed with a quiet click, and this time, I paid it no heed.
I glanced around the apartment. It was quiet and still. No TV, stereo, or signs of life. That was no surprise. I was a few hours early. Despite hating every moment of the flight between Chicago and Philadelphia, I’d caught an earlier plane home. Pete wasn’t expecting me, but I could feel in my bones that he was home. The invisible cord between us pulled me along, and a minute later, I found him passed out in our bed. He was asleep on his stomach, something he only did when he was alone or too tired to notice. It used to make me uneasy—sometimes it still did—but not today. Today his bare back was exactly what I needed to see. I sat down by his head and brushed my fingers over his stubbly jaw. He didn’t stir, even when I leaned down and breathed in the clean smell of his skin.
Rainbow Award winner Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.
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. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.
Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com