Review: Garrett Leigh – Dream (Skins #1)

Author: Garrett Leigh
Reviewer: Natalie
Publisher: Fox Love Press
Genre: MM

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: 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. 60000 words. First in the electric new series from bestselling author Garrett Leigh.

Review: I’ve never met a Garrett Leigh book I didn’t like, including this one. It’s a little bleak at times, but with POV’s from both characters pulling me right into their thoughts and feelings. Dylan appeared in another book that I did not read, that was MF with Dylan as a third. Dylan and Angelo “meet”, sort of, in a voyeuristic sex club called Lovato’s, where men can indulge certain fantasies. As a financial advisor for people down on their luck, Dylan doesn’t realize who Angelo is when he later appears in his office, until Angelo gets angry and reveals it. It takes a lot of misunderstandings and struggles to communicate to get to a solid relationship. Finding out the disease Angelo had blew me away, as it’s my own condition, and I’ve never seen it addressed in a story before. I really got into his character, especially seeing his trouble getting diagnosed while in the US, costing him all his savings. Dylan’s job was a little hard to understand, but Garrett adds context that makes it easier for Americans to understand the difference about social services in the UK.

Angelo is incredibly stubborn and Dylan has to persevere to get anywhere with him, also getting fed up a few times. He’s no doormat but he has great empathy and can admit to his own shortcomings too. I did really enjoy a lot of it, but the story didn’t reach its full potential with plot, seeming to lose its way towards the end. I never quite understood Angelo and his mother, why he didn’t try harder to talk to her and then her sudden 180. It made the ending and solutions too fast and easy after all the problems for Angelo. I also didn’t always care for some of the sex scenes in the club, not that anything’s wrong with them, just not my taste. Last, the attack on Dylan seemed disconnected from anything else in the story, kind of unnecessary. Nevertheless, Angelo and Dylan were characters I connected with and the relationship development was solid. The epilogue did offer an HFN with a strong promise of an HEA.

 

 

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