Friday, January 6, 2017

Misfits by Garrett Leigh

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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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I can’t stop fangirling over Garrett Leigh’s books and I’m so glad that Wicked Reads’ BYOB January has given me the opportunity to catch up on her backlist.

Misfits is a very special book. On a simple level, it is the story of Tom and Cass, a committed couple who have always enjoyed an open relationship, and Jake, the young man Tom brings home. The three men work together, building their business and their relationships.

The magic in Garrett Leigh’s books is always in her wonderful characterisation and this is no exception. Tom is a comfortable, middle class “toff.” Full of confidence and charm, he is an ambitious businessman with a need to fix everything for everyone. And he can’t resist his urge to fix Jake. Living with Tourette’s has always made Jake’s life difficult. Estranged from his family, Jake has bounced between casual jobs struggling to keep his tics under control and losing his jobs when he can’t. And finally, there is Cass. We know very little about Cass at the start of the story. We know his background is much different than Tom’s and we know he has worked hard to become a respected chef. Cass is the quiet one, but he is also the intuitive one who brings Tom and Jake closer together. I loved watching these men grow together in this story. Jake’s observations as an outsider are poignant, and Cass’s insights into the man he has loved for nearly a decade are wonderful.

These three men fit together perfectly and I loved them. This is actually more a polyamorous story than a ménage, because while the connections between these three men are beautiful and the chemistry between them is electric, there isn’t a great deal of sex here. I loved that each man provided and needed something different from each of the others. And while Tom and Cass enjoy caring for Jake, he doesn’t truly fit until they all understand how he makes Cass and Tom stronger and helps them grow as a couple.

This is also a story about the eclectic sights, smells, and tastes of London. Cass and Tom’s restaurants are spread across the city, and I love the way each restaurant is matched so carefully to its neighbourhood. I could actually feel the grit and smell the incense as Tom looked for property in Camden, I could smell Nero’s fish, and I could taste the Caribbean in Gloria’s Coq au Vin. By the end of this story I had fallen in love with London all over again.

Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.

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. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.

Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors. For cover art info, please visit

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Sarah reviewed her personal copy of Misfits (Urban Soul #1) by Garrett Leigh for this post.

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