ARC Review | Believe by Garrett Leigh

Believe by Garrett Leigh | Skins #3
Contemporary Romance | LGBT
Publication Date | June 26th, 2018
ARC from the author

 

 

Book Blurb:

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.

| Book Review |

Believe is the third book in Garrett Leigh’s Skins series, but don’t let that stop you from starting here if the blurb intrigues you. This book could stand just fine on it’s own. Having said that, I think it’s the weakest of the series so far – if you know me and are aware of how much I love Garrett Leigh, then you know this pains me to say – so I suggest going back to the beginning and reading the first two books. Especially if you’ve never read this author before. The writing and plot are definitely stronger in Dream and Whisper, and it will give you a better taste of how stunning her writing can be.

So, I liked Rhys and Jevon apart from each other; I even liked them together. But I feel like that initial connection was never developed; all of a sudden they were so caught up in each other and dependent on each other for happiness, and I was thrown for a loop.I think maybe there was more to this relationship in the author’s head that never made it to page, because usually I feel the connection between the two characters to the point where I can sink into it. It was absent here, and it even hindered me from connecting to either character. I won’t go on about it, because it’s the relationship that is always always always the heart of a Garrett Leigh story, and it’s usually done so well. The other issue I had was between Rhys and his brother, Harry. I wasn’t sure why they were so angry with each other about circumstances that played out in this book. They had people in common (this is not a spoiler; it came up in the last book,) and because of doctor/patient confidentiality, Harry couldn’t inform Rhys of that. The anger Rhys had felt disproportionate to the situation, particularly given that he also worked in the medical field. It felt like Rhys’ anger was written into the story for drama sake, and I couldn’t buy it.

I will say that with this series, the first two books in particular, it hit me how these people are just able to slide into each other’s lives as if it’s meant to be, and I absolutely love it. It’s as if no matter what’s going on around them – no matter how hard things are, being together, once they get there, is going to be the easy part of their lives. And on another high note, we do get to see Angelo and Dylan and Harry and Joe in this one, and I loved every moment of them!

Unfortunately, Believe just didn’t work for me. But as a fan of this author, I implore you to give her writing a go if you haven’t already. Just start at the beginning of this series.

| Rating |

Series | Skins

  

8 thoughts on “ARC Review | Believe by Garrett Leigh

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  1. It happens, particularly in a series when a book just falls flat or isn’t as developed. At least it wasn’t the first one which could put people off a whole series.

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  2. Sorry this one didn’t work for you as well as you had hoped it would. Sometimes if something about a relationship feels off it can be hard to really enjoy the book. Great honest review!

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    1. This series is great! Even this book has some good parts; it just doesn’t work as a whole for me. But I see it got stellar reviews from most people, so I am definitely in the minority here.

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