Friday, February 9, 2018

Dream by Garrett Leigh Blog Tour

I can’t sleep…

When unrequited love leaves Dylan Hart sleepless and nursing his wounds, instinct draws him to the one place he's found mindless respite in the past—Lovato’s. It’s a place for every fantasy — for crazy-hot encounters — where a night of insane NSA sex brings relief to Dylan’s fragile feelings.

It should be a perfect escape, and for one magical night it seems that way, but then worlds collide, and reality bites when his hookup desperately needs a friend. Surely Dylan can’t trust his instincts when friendship has bruised his heart so badly before?

It’s burying me alive…

The deck is stacked against former ballet dancer Angelo Giordano ever finding real love. At least visiting Lovato’s offers respite from a life defined by illness; a glimmer of light in the dull grey of his so-called life without dance. But then he encounters Dylan — a glorious ray of the brightest sunshine — who makes his heart pound once more with purpose.

Angelo’s mind is blown by this man, but the disease that ended his career won’t let him bask in new love. He’s drowning, and Dylan can’t save him while insecurities swamp them both. The only way to make it means confronting their demons.

If Dylan can turn his back on the past, and Angelo can face his uncertain future, maybe they can chase their dreams together.

Standalone. First in the electric new series from bestselling author Garrett Leigh.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book; it moved fast, and I felt the connection between Dylan and Angelo. There was a lot of smoking hot sex too. While this book also dealt with Angelo’s illness, I didn't feel like it made the reader feel down or depressed like some books do. At times the book was too wordy without a lot of dialogue, which had me skimming a few times. The last portion of the book just didn't work for me. The incident at Dylan's work seemed too quick and easy. Then the way Angelo’s family business was all taken care of, right at the end like the author forgot all about it and needed to hurry up and address it. I am glad the first part was as good as it was or I would have only given the book three stars.

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/M Romance, Kink

Dylan and Angelo are a strange couple. They share a similar kink and because of that, find themselves meeting at an underground club for their encounters. When Angelo finds himself in need of some financial advice, not only does he run into the man he can't seem to get out of his head, but he makes a terrible impression.

I don't know if it was because we focused so much on Angelo's issues throughout the story, but I thought that this was a story with a lot of whining. What made me feel that this story dragged on was that the couple never truly knew what they wanted out of a relationship. It seemed that they had an idea of what their relationship should be, but their terrible communication style was distracting and became a source of annoyance as I continued to read.

Overall, while Angelo and Dylan shared some very steamy scenes together, the overall story lacked development and depth for me.

This is the first book in a new series, and I shall definitely be looking out for future installments. Set in the UK, I have a feeling that some issues may be a little mysterious to a non-Brit reader, but really it shouldn't affect the enjoyment overall. I am referring mainly to the social welfare issues which Dylan deals with due to his job.

Dylan and Angelo meet in two very different places, in very different positions of power/control. It sets up the 'skins' issue brilliantly, immediately giving us a view of at least two of the men's covers. As each layer is peeled away, we get to the heart of them both, but whether they can deal with each other's disparate beings, only time will tell.

I found the illness to be carefully and even helpfully described. It is such a misunderstood and mismanaged disease that any raising of awareness is a good thing. It also served the purpose of giving Dylan a cause, and Angelo a weakness – which then brought another level of complication. At times I felt that the plot got a bit confused, and had surprising outcomes, but overall it was a good read. The romance, via the sex club encounters and the softer dating times, grows and stumbles in a believable and realistic manner. As often is the case, communication was a big problem, both due to Angelo's illness, and Dylan's wonderful way of overanalysing everything.

Thank you, Ms. Leigh.

4.5 stars

This is a story full of the angst, grit, and emotional intensity I’ve come to expect from Garrett Leigh’s writing. A chance meeting in a sex club brings Angelo and Dylan together in a steamy, kinky scene. An equally fated professional meeting is the start of a friendship that quickly becomes something more.

This is definitely at the kinkier edge of Garrett Leigh’s writing. The sex club is a recurring feature in Angelo and Dylan’s relationship and I loved the non-judgmental approach to sexuality, kink, and non-monogamy. As well as the usual emotional intimacy, there are some smoking hot scenes in this story.

Before his illness, Angelo was a successful ballet dancer. Now he’s struggling to keep his family business from bankruptcy. He is fragile and damaged but as his relationship with Dylan develops, we see his inner strength, his loyalty, and his fierce determination.

Dylan is a sexy, somewhat uptight debt advisor (yes, really!). At the start of the story, he’s grieving the loss of his slightly too straight best friend and he seems a little bit lost. The confidence Angelo and Dylan give each other goes both ways and as much as Dylan helps Angelo re-engage with the world, Angelo offers Dylan so much in return.

I enjoyed this book very much. It isn’t my favourite Garrett Leigh book, but all of her writing is pretty amazing.

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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Dream (Skins #1) by Garrett Leigh to read and review for this tour.

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