Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Lucky by Garrett Leigh Blog Tour

Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it.

Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits.

Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit. Losing Lucky seems inevitable, but his tight grip on his image counts for nothing when Lucky starts to fall.

Catching him could cost Dom everything, but if he can set his heart free, getting Lucky long term might be a risk worth taking.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This story of a Premiership footballer and the rentboy he falls for is full of torturous emotional angst. Rich and privileged, Dominic has to hide his sexuality if he wants to keep the career he has spent his whole life training for. Homeless and hungry, Lucky has little left to lose when he agrees to trade cash for sex. Dominic and Lucky have more in common than they first think and they end up feeling more for each other than they ever expected.

I love Lucky. When we first meet him, Lucky’s life is both horrible and terribly ordinary. I kept wondering while reading how many young people in London are living like Lucky. I admired his hard graft and I loved his grit. And when Dominic finally starts to get under his skin, I loved his heart.

At the start of this book, Dominic is closeted, self-loathing, and a difficult character to like. British readers will appreciate the way the toxic masculinity in football culture has influenced Dominic. It takes a while to get a sense of Dominic beyond football. Dominic’s internal struggles feel horribly realistic and I love that the author doesn’t allow him any easy solutions to his problems.

The conflict in this story is raw and gritty. This isn’t a hearts and rainbows footballer coming out romance and I respect the author for writing a more realistic sports romance. The ending is still a little bit too good to be true, but it does avoid tired genre tropes. This isn’t my favourite of Garrett Leigh’s books but it is a special read and I love the connection between Dominic and Lucky.

Dom has a huge secret that's been weighing him down for quite some time. He's a professional football player. A sport that isn't as accepting as he would want. He's one of the toughest opponents, but his heart just isn't in it anymore. He’s tired of not being able to be himself. Searching Grinder for his next hook up. When he meets Lucky, a Grinder hook-up that he can't get out of his head, all bets are off. He never meets the same person more than once, but there is something about Lucky that speaks to him. Dom is risking everything letting Lucky see the real him, but is it worth it?

Lucky is homeless. He does what he needs to to get by. When he accepts the hook-up for cash, he knows that money is a means to an end. He can get a room and stop sleeping on the street and sneaking in and out of a friend’s apartment. What he doesn't expect is Dom to be more than just a one-night thing. He can't keep the thick-muscled man far from his thoughts. When Dom finds out how Lucky really lives, will he run? When he finds out Dom's real identity, will he use that information to collect a huge payday?

I was so drawn into this story. The back and forth with Dom and how he slowly, oh so slowly, realizes that his happiness is worth more than any football contract. He's backed into a corner about his coming out but decides to do it on his terms. Dom and Lucky together was a sensual thing to watch. I can't wait to see what's next from this author.

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, 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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