Friday, June 21, 2019

Kiss Me Again by Garrett Leigh Blog Tour

Tree surgeon Aidan Drummond is content with his own company. He works alone, and lives alone, and it doesn’t occur to him to want anything else until a life-changing accident lands him in hospital. Then a glimpse of the beautiful boy in the opposite bed changes everything.

Ludo Giordano is trapped on the ward with a bunch of old men. His mind plays tricks on him, keeping him awake. Then late one night, a new face brings a welcome distraction. Their unlikely friendship is addictive. And, like most things in Ludo’s life, temporary.

Back in the real world, Aidan’s monochrome existence is no longer enough. He craves the colour Ludo brought him, and when a chance meeting brings them back together, before long, they’re inseparable again.

But bliss comes with complications. Aidan is on the road to recovery, but Ludo has been unwell his entire life, and that’s not going to change. Aidan can kiss him as much as he likes, but if he can’t help Ludo when he needs him most, they don’t stand a chance.

"Kiss me again... please?"

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Any fans of Garrett Leigh will recognise the name Giordano and wonder about the link... I am very hopeful that there will be a new Skins book bringing the two men together – I really would love to read more about Aidan and Ludo, and a trip to all our wonderful friends in the wilds of Cornwall.

This book deals with the issues faced by two men who meet in hospital, and forge a bond which chance sees fit to ensure they can pursue. Aidan, seriously injured in a horrible accident, has physical injuries which take a long time to heal, but eventually we see him returning to his old job. Ludo, however, faces a lifetime of having to regulate his days with medication, something that he does not always manage to do.

I love the gritty reality of the characters that Garrett Leigh writes – these are people who make mistakes, whose fridges are empty, who don't always have laundered clothes to hand. They make a simple supper or a walk in the woods just as important as a ball in a tailored suit or a night in a five star hotel.

These two men allow us into their world and we gain an insight into how Ludo travels the highs and lows of his mental health issues. It is heartening to see Aidan trying so hard to understand, to be supportive, and to make them a priority, even when things get difficult. These are the signs of true and abiding love more potent than any words.

As I said at the beginning, I do think they need a trip to meet the rest of the Skins family – ideally after Aidan has had a substantial pay out for that horrendous injury and they can do it in style!

In a genre full of rock stars, billionaires, and professional athletes, Garrett Leigh’s characters are always a breath of fresh air. Leigh is at her best when she writes about the small dramas in the lives of characters who feel real enough to be neighbours or friends. Aidan and Ludo are both beautiful characters and I love the way Leigh brings them both to life.

Both Aidan and Ludo are fragile when they are thrown together on a hospital ward. I enjoyed the unlikely connection between them and the way they slowly let each other into their very private lives. Theirs is a romance between two men who struggle with relationships. The result is a gentle, awkward, and very slow burn journey through friendship to something more.

This book tackles difficult issues including mental health problems and addictions. It’s not always an easy read but it isn’t as heavy as the blurb or the issues suggest. I loved Aidan and Ludo’s voices and I loved the unlikely threads of hope and humour that are woven into their story.

This isn’t as sexy as some of Garrett Leigh’s more recent books. There’s a bit of heat but it is more similar in style and content to Heart or the Porthkennack books than it is to the Skins or Urban Soul stories. I really love the quality of the writing in this book and I loved both Aidan and Ludo.

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
Black Jazz Design, and co-owns the specialist stock site M O O N Stock Photography with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.

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