RENTED HEART (RENTED HEART #1)
Author: Garrett Leigh
Published September 10th 2016, Re-published Fox Love Press (March 22, 2018)|
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.
Zac and Liam
The provocative story of a mid-30’s businessman who fell into that role when his husband died suddenly in an accident. There are multiple emotional issues influencing the main characters and the primary-secondary characters including addiction, assault, death, illness, and prostitution. There is a soul-sucking journey for the main characters before there is any consideration or inkling of an upside. 4.5 stars
Liam was the graphic designer for the company, not the CEO and the role of CDI was every bit as uncomfortable for him as was his home, his neighborhood and his life following the loss of his husband. After more than a year of celibacy following the loss, Liam was strongly encouraged by family members to go out, as he had become a recluse.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, 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 blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with photographer Dan Burgess.