Monday, 12 September 2016

Review: Rented Heart by Garrett Leigh

****4 Stars****

I really enjoyed this book which was a little different from the typical rent-boy books I have read previously and I think that is down to the emotion the authors writing brings to the characters that you can’t help but connect with. ...
Liam is mourning the loss of his husband, someone he shared far more than a marriage with and it seems is irreplaceable, a chance meeting and a quick hook up with a rent-boy seems like a good way to let off steam. However, Liam and Zac seem to have a deeper connection and Liam soon finds his attraction wanting him to know more about Zac as well as trying to protect him from the life he assumes he has.
Zac has a dark past and a nightmare in his flatmate Jamie who he feels he owes a lot to but is an anchor weighing him down. Jamie is quite a complex character and so is the relationship that exists between Zac and him that Liam is oblivious to. Zac is soon caught up in a situation he tries so hard to avoid through Jamie which quickly spirals out of control causing Liam to take a step back but will he step up when Zac really needs him to?
A great read with a great host of characters that I hope we hear more from.

Reviewed by Vikki Ryan

Ex-surfer-turned-businessman Liam Mallaney moved back to Holkham, Norfolk, to mourn the loss of his husband. Grief and loneliness keep him a solitary figure, and he likes it that way. There’s no room in his broken heart for anything else.

Rentboy Zac Payne left London and most of his demons behind, but he still only knows one way to make a living. When he spots Liam in a club one night, it seems he’s found his mark. But Liam proves nicer—and their connection far deeper—than he’d bargained for.

Their arrangement quickly becomes too complicated for Zac, who has other things on his mind: namely his BFF and wayward flatmate, Jamie. Zac owes Jamie the world, and even as Jamie’s drug addiction destroys all they have, Zac won’t leave him behind.

Besides, Liam knows nothing of Zac’s home life, too caught up in his own head to think much beyond the crazy heat he and Zac share. But when trouble comes to Zac’s door, putting his life in danger, Liam must set his grief and anger aside to pick up the pieces of Zac’s shattered heart and his own.

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