Title : Rare
Series : Roads, Book #2
Author : Garrett Leigh
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 240 pages (e-book)
Published : January 17, 2014
Rating : ★★★★1/2
Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.
Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood. His battle with mental illness is far from over, but with Pete by his side, he’s feeling good again, so good he doesn’t notice something missing until it walks right into his living room.
Ash believes he’s had enough coincidence in his life, but when a voice from the past comes looking for him, it takes the devastating injuries of the one he loves most to convince him to let a ghost become the family he never knew he wanted.
I was so excited to see this up on the coming soon list at Dreamspinner. I loved, loved, loved the first book and am thrilled to spend any amount of time with Ash and Peter I can. Even when it’s not so pleasant. There’s just something that makes them so right for each other. Not perfect but meant to be. Not in a cheesy way. There is literally no cheese to be had in this series. I was rooting for them every step of the way. You absolutely HAVE to read “Slide”, the first book in this series, before you read “Rare”. If you haven’t read it, buy it, read it, and then buy this one.
We left off in “Slide” with Ash and Pete in a pretty good place. Ash has a long way to go even though he made huge leaps from the beginning of the series. He’s so deeply damaged, there’s no quick fix. He’ll probably never be “normal” but that’s what makes him so special.
Rare has two parts. The first one is told from Pete’s POV. I love seeing Ash through Pete’s eyes. You can feel how much he loves him. His willingness to just love who Ash is is so beautiful. Of course you can’t help but fall in love with Ash right along with Pete. Ash’s past comes back to haunt him in this one. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, even though I guessed what it was. It didn’t really matter. There’s enough suspense to keep the reader hanging and it’s always intriguing to see how Ash will react. Things are changing for Ash. Most would say it’s for the better but Ash loves his quiet place in the world with Pete and doesn’t need any extra complications when he’s finally doing okay.
The second part of the Story is told from Ash’s POV and it is a little harder to read. Totally worth it because Ash is fascinating! I love being able to read his thought process. It gives you so much perspective about how he sees things vs how everyone else sees them. Pete is in an accident and it throws both of their lives into chaos and I was so scared Ash was going to run or do something stupid again. It made me realize a tenth of the worry his friends go through on a daily basis. Which just punctuated everything else in the book. Parts of the second part did slow down the pace of the story but I also found that helped put me in the head space that real life isn’t like a book. It can’t be tied up all tidy in a few pages. Part of this was the waiting and healing that happens to both Ash and Pete in this book.
Again, I love the depth of the characters. Main and secondary. You just get a rich sense of who they are and how their lives revolve around each other. Everything comes back to Ash and Pete though. The sex scenes are amazing and intense because of the strength and devotion of their love. The epilogue was very sweet. I honestly doubt anyone who read the first one wouldn’t pick this one up so I’ve tried not to spoil but I had to rave accordingly. 😉 Great book!
Rated 4.5 stars by Whit