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TWO 5 Star Reviews for Rare (Roads #2) by Garrett Leigh – #MustRead #MM #Amazing


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.

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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!

Reviewer: Kimberley


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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


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5 Stars for Her Name by Alicia Joseph – #F/F #MustRead #Amazing

Her Name

Title: Her Name
Author Name: Alicia Joseph
Publication Date & Length: July 10th, 2014 – 94 pgs


Madison Andrews believes she has found the love of her life… but only in her dreams. She is convinced the woman is real and she seeks out their life together and the love she believes is her destiny. But how can Madison find the love of her life…and convince herself and her friends she’s not just escaping the death of her mother?

Madison Andrews has spent her entire life–unsuccessfully–searching for love. She begins having vivid dreams of the same woman every night, and soon, Madison believes this woman is the love she has been searching for. Madison’s dreams become more intense and she realizes the dreams she’s having recreate moments taken from actual events from her life–and this woman is there for all of it. Madison searches for her, but how can she find a woman she knows everything about… and yet nothing? She doesn’t even know her name.

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“Did you ever have a dream where you woke feeling like it was real?” This is the perfect quote for this book.
From the moment I picked up this book, I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I just had to know what happened and what was going on. There were moments where I though Madison was going crazy, just like she did. At other times I felt her frustration of no one understanding what she was going through.
Madison has dreams that feel so real that she expects to wake up next to the most amazing woman she’s ever met… Only there is no one there and no one else has met this woman. She doesn’t appear in any of the photographs that were in her dreams.
It’s the most mysterious and frustrating thing for Madison… and yet so incredibly interesting that you won’t be able to put the book down until the mystery is solved.
I absolutely adored this book and how well written it was. I connected with Madison and the unnamed (for the most part) woman. I cried. I certainly laughed at Shelly, Madison’s best friend.
I would definitely recommend Alicia Joseph’s work and would quickly snatch up any of her other novel/novellas.
FiveStarsOh my God, this book! I’m not even sure where to begin. It’s hard for me to find a book where I can’t figure out the ending in twenty minutes or less, but this is definitely one book I could not figure out. There’s an element of the paranormal running throughout which is most fascinating and essential to the plot.

This story travels through the best and worst times of a relationship in only a few short pages, and it kept my rapt attention the entire time. I can’t honestly get the characters out of my head, and I’m sure I’ll be thinking about it for days and even weeks after. The characters are so real, even the side characters have personalities that pop and make them real.

I laughed and cried right along with Madison as she went through the motions of trying to figure out what was going on. Mostly, and probably, because I was right there with her trying to figure it all out and wanting to know who the mysterious woman was. I had a hard time getting her out of my head, the same way I’m sure Madison felt.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a quick contemporary read. I’m trying not to give away too much here as I gush, but this book has certainly had an impact on me. It gives me a lot to think about concerning the choices we make and believing in others. There are so many meanings about trust, friendship, family and true love in such a short piece. I find it amazing that the author was able to fit in so much in so little.

I will definitely be reading future works from Alicia, and I plan on re-reading this book in the future.

5 stars



Now, I laid down my fork and leaned into my seat. I knew she didn’t want to talk about this anymore, but I did. “This all sounds crazy to you, and maybe in the beginning, it was something to joke about, but now, I’m not sure. These pictures were taken directly out of my life, and this woman was in every one of them. You can’t tell me I just dreamed it from memory, because my memory isn’t that good! The photos were identical all the way from the clothes we wore, to the smile on our faces. Hell, even the background was the same! She was the only thing that was different. How could that be?”

I stared at her, waiting for a response as she took it all in.

“Like I said on the phone, I just don’t know what you want me to say. I’m not sure what you’re asking me. Is it weird? Yeah, totally, but I’m no dream expert, and neither are you. Like I said before, maybe it’s your subconscious taking over. I’m sure there’s a logical explanation, and it probably has some fancy scientific name.”

“She’s my wife,” I said flatly. “I saw a picture of us from our wedding, and we looked like we belonged together. We know each other. I mean, really know each other. I wish you could see us together, because you’ve never seen me this way with anyone before.”

“And what way is that?”

“In love,” I answered.

“In love,” Shelly repeated and then pushed herself away from the table. “Well, Maddy, me seeing you with her is something that will never happen. Do you wanna know why that will never happen?”

“I know why you think that will never happen, but that’s where you’re wrong.” I stared at her and said, “I’m just gonna come out and say it. I think she’s real.”


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What is one thing, not in your bio, totally random that only a few people know? The movie You’ve Got Mail always makes me smile and puts me in a good mood. I’m sure the fact that it revolves around books has something to do with that. 🙂
What made you decide to write? If it even was a decision. And what kept you at it? I didn’t start writing until after high school, aside for some really bad poetry, (which for some reason I still have).  For a while I thought I was going to do something with music. I was drawn to it for the same reason I think we all are — because it’s inspiring. The most beloved movie scenes probably wouldn’t have evoked the same, strong emotion that captured an audience without background music. That’s what I need — background music to accompany every pivotal moment in my life. Haha! That would be nice and I did play a little piano and guitar growing up, but quickly realized I was terrible at keeping time (even with a metronome) and my voice was awful. I have no sense of pitch.
So my musical aspirations ended there, but I still wanted to be creative and since I’d always loved books, writing was the next natural creative outlet for me. In college, I took every writing course available to me, including screenwriting classes. I wanted to learn the craft in every style. I’m still learning and I hope that never changes because I only want to get better.
I keep at it because there is no replacement for writing. Writing is it for me. It’s hard to get right and I’ve gotten it wrong so many times, but giving up was never an option.
What interested you in writing fantasy romance? Did it live up to expectations? I didn’t set out to write a fantasy romance, but I was inspired and when inspiration talks to you, you listen. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of fate verses how much of our own destiny we control. Is something truly not meant to be or could we have made different choices to change the course of our lives that would have made that “something” attainable? This story explores that idea.
Her Name is story about a woman, Madison, who believes the woman she dreams about is the real love of her life. Madison’s dreams become so vivid that she’s certain this woman is real and that they shared a life together. While trying to find this woman, Madison discovers that she and this woman have met in real life. Their paths cross, but can fate alone bring them together? Will the universe force the two women to open their eyes and recognize the moment for what it is – their destiny?
This little novella beat any expectations I had. I am so proud of Her Name because it truly was one hundred percent inspiration that made me write it. I can remember jumping out of bed at two in the morning, just as I was about to fall asleep, because another idea came to me and I needed to write it down in my notepad before I forgot. That enthusiasm and excitement about this story was a lot of fun.
There were a couple ways this story could have ended, but for a reason I’ll never tell, it had to end this way.
Here’s a more serious question. What is it like to write in the LGBT realm of craziness that we all support? What’s it like to dip the toe into the rainbow through writing and publishing? This is a great question. I am a new author, so I’m only beginning to step into this realm of craziness, but I’ve already seen examples of authors supporting other authors – across all genres. It’s wonderful and completely uplifting because we’re all in this together and need a strong community. I believe we have that and I’m hoping I get to be a part of this “craziness” for a long time because I think it fits me.
Any thoughts on the importance of supporting the LGBT literary genre in a world that is changing so quickly? I’m new to publishing all together, not just in the gay and lesbian genre. I’m marketing my book on social media, just like every author has to do. Of course, a lesbian romance may not be a desired read for all people, but I’m not limiting myself. I think it’s important to put your work out there for everyone to see. When I promo in Facebook groups, I don’t just select the ones with the lesbian labels. I include my lesbian book in all groups.
I targeted a reviewer once because she specifically stated that she didn’t like novellas and had never read lesbian fiction before. My immediate thought was, “I gotta get this woman to review my book.” Maybe it wasn’t the best strategy, but it worked. She was very generous with her review. She thought the shorter length was perfect because the story felt complete and she was okay with the f/f love story. She gave the book five stars and that meant a lot to me because it wasn’t her genre.
I’ll continue to work to get my book in the hands of people who wouldn’t normally read it. I’d love it if after reading my book, that reviewer decided to give a different lesbian romance author a try. That’s how we build off one another and support the LGBT genre. Get your book out there and don’t limit yourself!


Alicia Joseph grew up in Westchester, Illinois. This is her first published novella. She is currently working on a new lesbian romance novel. When she is not writing, the author enjoys volunteering with animals, reading, and spending time with her many nieces and nephews.


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