Friday, March 17, 2017

Retro Review Tour ~ Misfits by Garrett Leigh ~ (Review + Giveaway)

Urban Soul Series
Misfits (Book #1) 
Strays (Book #2)  Out March 27

Buy Links: Riptide | Amazon US | Amazon UK | KOBO | B&N | Smashwords

Length: 70,200 words

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh at Black Jazz Design


Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.

Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.

Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.

Winner: GLBT Menage in the 2015 Romance Reviews Reader's Choice Awards!
Finalist: Best Gay Romance in the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards!

4 Stars!

I have to admit I am not a huge fan of ménage, it’s simply not my cup of tea, I guess. I find that a relationship between two men is difficult enough without adding a third one into the mix. That said, I’ve read a few, including Misfits, in which I haven’t hated the idea.

Tom and Cass have been partners in life and business for what feels like forever, maintaining an open relationship that works for them. When Tom meets Jake, a young waiter with TS who he can’t stop thinking about, the dynamics of Tom and Cass’s relationship change a bit, though, as they need to decide if there’s a place for Jake in their lives.

I liked the three men individually. They were as different as they could be. I loved Jake and I admired his strength of character and the way he dealt with his Tourette’s. I think Garrett Leigh did a great job at portraying him and with her research on his condition. I loved Tom, as well, and I really liked that he tried to keep a balance of how he treated both Cass and Jake so neither would feel left out in their unconventional relationship, especially at first. I liked Cass, but I think the story would’ve been better, if we’d had a bit more in his POV than just the Epilogue. He was such a broken character, I would’ve loved to get to know more of his inner thoughts.

I really loved Jake and Tom together and while I liked Jake and Cass, too, I think they were a bit too similar and I felt like Tom and Cass should’ve fixed some of their own problems before including a third person into their relationship. However, I do admit that Jake seemed like a good fit for them, and they were hot together, so there’s that.

All in all, this was a very good read, which focused more on the relationship-building than on the sex, which was a nice touch, with very likable characters and a solid storyline that I thoroughly enjoyed. Very recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

Author Bio

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, and co-owns the specialist stock site with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.


a Rafflecopter giveaway
Hosted By Signal Boost Promotions

No comments:

Post a Comment