Friday, December 22, 2017

Review Tour: Why I Left You by Colette Davison (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Book Title:  Why I Left You
Author: Colette Davison
Publisher: Smudged Ink Press
Cover Artist: Charlotte L R Kane
Genre/s: gay contemporary romance
Length: 72,000 words/234 pages
Release Date: November 7, 2017

Jamie is struggling with university, money and depression. The last thing he needs is for Brett—the guy who left him four years ago—to walk back into his life. Yet it could be just what he needs.
Ever since Jamie left him, Brett has been running away from commitment. But when he meets Jamie again, he’s forced to re-examine every aspect of his life.
Brett and Jamie are drawn back together by an undeniable spark, but unless they can come to terms with the past, their relationship won’t survive the present.
**Contains explicit language and scenes**
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Holy shit. Jamie was kissing him. Brett’s head told him to back off and walk away, but his body remembered those lips and how much he’d once enjoyed having them pressed against his own. His body wanted to lean into the kiss and respond with four years’ worth of regret. For a few precious moments, he let himself give in to desire. His heart hammered against his ribs, desperate to escape his body and reclaim what it had lost. His fingers tingled as he wrapped an arm around Jamie’s shoulders and held him tightly, his thumb making small circles on Jamie’s shirt.
Then his brain kicked into gear again. What the fuck was he doing? This was the guy who had ripped his heart out in the worst possible way. Besides, Jamie was clearly at least half-gone. What they were doing was a mistake at best.
He pulled away, breathing heavily as he stared at Jamie, whose pupils were blown wide.
“You’re drunk,” Brett said in the most matter-of-fact tone he could manage.
Jamie curled his upper lip and turned away, shaking his head. It was dumb for Brett to follow him, but he did it anyway. They’d been best friends long before they’d realised they were attracted to each other. Brett had always looked out for Jamie, back when they’d lived next door to each other. Those instincts kicked in.
“Let me walk you home.”
Jamie stopped and rounded on him, fists clenched, teeth gritted. “Don’t pretend you give a shit.”

5 Stars

I love second chance romances and this was a really good one. I liked both Brett and Jamie and I liked the progression of their relationship. Although this is a second chances romance, we’re given enough information about their past, while staying in the present, something I really love and appreciate, because I really despise flashbacks.

Often, I find it can be a bit irritating when the author withholds the information driving the story, but here, it worked and I really liked the way the story and the mystery behind what drove Brett and Jamie apart in the first place unfolded. It kept me sitting on the edge of my seat trying to guess as the clues where laid out in front of me along the way.

Jamie absolutely broke my heart. You could feel the hurt he felt and I was so sad for him. As a person who suffers from depression, I understood him and could totally relate to how he was feeling. The author did a good job with handling this aspect of the story.

This was a great story, it’s well-written and it flowed well. Brett and Jamie had amazing chemistry and as the story progressed you could just see that they belonged together. While I loved Jen, Brett’s roommate, I really wanted to punch Jamie’s parents in the face most of time. They were overbearing and caused more harm than help.

All in all, this was a really enjoyable story, filled with so much emotion and passion, as well as romance and love. Very recommendable!

*copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

About the Author
Colette’s personal love story began at university, where she met her future husband. An evening of flirting, in the shadow of Lancaster castle, eventually led to a fairy tale wedding. She’s enjoying her own ‘happy ever after’ in the north of England with her husband, two beautiful children and her writing.

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