Whisper by Garrett Leigh | Skins #2
Contemporary Romance | LGBT
Publication Date | May 1st, 2018
| Book Review |
Whisper is the second book in Garrett Leigh’s Skins series, but it’s not necessary to read the first one if you want to pick this one up. Though I will say, I really enjoyed the first installment in this series, Dream, so I recommend that if it peaks your interest at all, you read it.
When Harry lands a book deal, the words don’t come as easily as he’d thought, so when his brother suggests he get away from his busy life to try and complete the project, he does just that. Joe’s family is familiar with hard knocks, and when they’re really scraping the bottom of the financial barrell, they decide to rent out a room to bring in some extra cash. This is where Harry and Joe’s lives collide. On the outside, these two men couldn’t be more different; Harry is amiable while Joe is gruff, but it doesn’t take long to see that Joe’s gruffness is an exterior; he’s really just as much a softie as Harry. What I really liked about this story was how seamlessly Harry slid into Joe’s life. It was what they both needed – Joe just someone to be with, and Harry a place to feel like he belonged. He really was the helping hand that Joe needed, and he came and offered his help in a way that Joe was able to accept. Joe was such a hard worker and used to carrying the burden himself; he was able to allow Harry to be there for him in a way he couldn’t let anyone else. Joe’s lingering fear at once again being left just broke my heart.
I really enjoyed Joe’s mother and sister. They were really appreciative of all Joe did for the family, and they were warm and loving to everyone around them, including newcomer Harry. Joe’s father, on the other hand, was a man who’d lost his way and continued to be a drain on his family. He was so frustrating throughout this whole story, and Joe’s struggle regarding him really tugged at my heartstrings. This story was angsty and slow-building, and when the steam did happen, there was often a tenderness to it that was so indicative of Joe and Harry’s relationship; I just loved the way it was written.
I thought Whisper was a wonderful addition to the Skins series, and I can’t wait to see more of Harry’s brother in the next installment!
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