Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 277 Pages
At a Glance: Misfits is another one that is not to be missed.
Reviewed By: Jules
Blurb: 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.
Review: This book was incredible; moving, gripping, sexy, romantic, and honest are just a handful of the words I would use to characterize it. Misfits is simply a gorgeous story about finding love where you least expect it, being accepting of others and allowing them to nurture you, and letting go of the past. Even those readers who have been unsure about whether to try a ménage story, or who haven’t like them in the past, should give this one a shot.
I myself don’t have much experience with ménage, so it might be difficult for me to articulate why I can’t imagine it being done any better than this, but I definitely can’t imagine it. The relationship between Tom, Jake, and Cass happened so organically, and there was nothing forced or contrived about how these guys came together. The wonderment they each felt at what was happening between them, and each questioning the wisdom of pursuing it, even though it felt perfect, made it so realistic and equally as beautiful to see come to life.
And what about Jake? Didn’t he deserve better than being the third wheel of an unconventional relationship? Didn’t he deserve someone who loved him, and only him? Didn’t they all deserve that? Before Jake, Tom would’ve been sure of his answer, but now, with Jake kissing him good-bye every night and sending him home to Cass, he wasn’t sure of anything. All he knew was that his heart ached for both of them.
Each of the characters had his own special draw and unique qualities, but they also had many attributes in common and complemented each other perfectly. They were all caretakers in their own way, each wanting to see the others safe and happy, but this was especially true of Tom. And the fact that Cass knew this about him, and accepted Tom’s need to see to Jake’s well-being from the beginning, was just a tiny glimpse at the depth of their love. Tom and Cass’s love for each other is fierce. You can absolutely feel it coming off the page. In fact, one of the main reasons this story worked so well is that the core relationship between Tom and Cass is never in question.
Tom was strong, kind, and loyal, and the fact he really saw Jake, and realized how gifted and special he was, made him even more appealing. And Tom’s unwavering, immeasurable love for Cass also made him sexy as hell. Jake was sweet and vulnerable, yet also incredibly tough. I loved that even though it was Tom he first connected with, it was actually Cass who needed him even more. The way the love story between Jake and Cass was written was perfection. I absolutely adored all three guys, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Cass. So broken, so beautiful, and yet felt unworthy of Tom’s love. He was definitely the centerpiece of it all.
Another thing about the book that worked so well for me was everything revolving around Tom and Cass’s businesses, and the opening of the new restaurant. I loved every detail about their business model, and their different ventures. It was so interesting to see what made them all tick, which parts of the process they each wanted to take on, and how it affected their dynamic. Also, the amount of detail was just right, whether about the different properties, or the business in general, enough to give a wonderfully vivid picture, but not so much that you got bogged down in it.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the Tourette’s…Jake’s TS obviously made him standout, but the way both Tom and Cass took it in stride – though, each handle it in slightly different ways – was incredible. Leigh is no stranger to writing characters who are unique, or have disabilities, and once again, the care that she takes in writing about something that, for many, is a very sensitive issue, is exemplary. Jake is a wonderful, fascinating character. I’m so glad she decided to share him with us.
Garrett Leigh is such a solid, consistent writer. I can’t say enough about how much I love her style and her way with language. Her books always have great flow and energy; it really is almost impossible to start one and not devour the whole thing in one sitting. After reading so many of her books, I’m amazed there is absolutely no ‘sameness’ about them. I don’t know how she keeps creating these original, beautiful, damaged souls – and truly, no two are alike – but I hope she never stops. Misfits is another one that is not to be missed.
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