Book Review by Kristie: Misfits, by Garrett Leigh

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In anticipation of her upcoming release, Strays, we’re hosting Garrett Leigh on the blog today to feature her Lambda Literary Awards finalist, Misfits! Kristie read this fan-favorite for the first time, so check out her review below, and enter to win your own copy of Misfits! And don’t forget to check out Strays when it releases on March 27!

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Misfits, by Garrett Leigh
Series: Urban Soul, Book One
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 16, 2015

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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summary

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.

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M/M and M/M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Poly/Open Relationship
Contemporary Romance
Friends to Lovers
Hurt/Comfort
Angst
Anxiety

Additional Warnings
Breath Play
Angry Sex

REVIEW

With the second book in the Urban Soul series coming our soon, I thought I’d try out the first book. I’m so glad I did! Misfits was simply lovely. This is one of those gritty, emotional books that feel so real. It’s no wonder it was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

I’m not sure what I can say about this book that probably hasn’t been said before. For me, the relationships between Tom and Jake, Cass and Jake, Tom and Cass, and then the tree of them together are all demonstrated perfectly. They’re individually very complex characters, and when put together, they become so much more. I found that it was really important to me that they each had time with each other in twos, and all together as a threesome. I appreciated that it wasn’t all about sex. As a matter of fact, there wasn’t a whole lot of on page sex at all. No, it was about the connection they each found with the others. To find that their relationships were handled with such care and beauty, well it’s really what brought the whole story together for me.

The care and compassion that both Tom and Cass felt for Jake was palpable. I love that they never treat him differently than they would any other lover, and before they fall in love with him, they genuinely want to help him out. All three of these men are honorable and beautiful to their core. My emotions were running on high the entire read. I didn’t want it to end, but the ending was perfect. And because of changes these men make in their lives, I can’t wait to see if they play a large part in book two.

Giveaway

We’re giving away an eBook copy of Misfits! Simply click on the link below for your chance to win one:

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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 is 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.

Read more about Garrett and find more of her books over at her website (Click here!)

You can purchase Misfits from:
Riptide Publishing
Amazon
iTunes
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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