Length: 50,000 words approx
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
A lot can happen in six years, and Ash and Pete have seen their world flipped upside down more times than most. Being parents to Pete's young nephew wasn't in their plan, but life happens to them and they roll with the punches. Or at least they did, until new heartache rocks their hard-won happily-ever-after.
Ash loves Pete as much as ever—more, in fact—but Pete battles alone with a burden that weighs heavily on his heart. Ash is no stranger to dark clouds, but the secret Pete keeps from him is a storm that could break them.
Despite the fierce love that once buoyed them, they're both drowning until a new friend throws them a lifeline. His wisdom offers insight—for better or worse, real love is rarely a smooth journey. For Ash and Pete to come full circle once more, they’ll have to hit the road and chase it.
Not that I took much notice of any man but Ash. He was never going to take his shirt off in public, but he didn’t need to. The fucker turned heads wherever he went, and the fact that he had no idea made me love him even more.
Made me want him even more.
We didn’t dance. Ever. But clubs had always made us horny in the past, and this one was no exception. The music ramped up and the heat seeped into us. The crowds thickened, pushing us ever closer. I pressed myself tight against Ash, so absorbed in him that I forgot to glare at anyone who dared look his way, and backed him into a nearby wall. “I like this club.”
“Yeah?” Ash hadn’t touched any booze, but his face was as flushed as mine felt, his eyes as hooded, and his skin jumped when I slid my hands beneath his T-shirt and over his chest. He licked his lips. “Do you think we’re gonna be here long?”
I doubted it, and it wouldn’t be the first time we’d cut loose early to run home and bang. But we weren’t at home now, and as I kissed Ash, it occurred to me that we’d never fucked anywhere that wasn’t our home. If tonight went the way most of our club adventures had before, where would it end? Would Ash fuck me in a hotel? I honestly had no idea. And whose fault is that? If I’d come with him when he’d first started traveling two years ago, I’d know, and perhaps would have even persuaded him that we could fuck anywhere we damn well pleased.
We kissed for hours in the club. The fact that Ash made no move to hustle me out clued me in to how he felt about banging in our hotel room, but I didn’t let that stop me enjoying him. Because, fuck, I’d missed him, even though he’d been right there from the moment I’d met him. Ash was my home, my family, my everything. We didn’t need to screw for me to know that.
5 out of 5 stars
Circle is the third book in the Roads series. This is a series that must be read in order or you'll end up missing a huge chunk of the story between Ash and Pete.
Can I just start out with how extraordinarily happy I was when I found out that this book was coming out? Pete and Ash's story was the very first of Garrett Leigh's books that read. They were uniquely different from most other m/m romance books in that they weren't all sunshine and roses. Their lives weren't perfect, they dealt with mental illness, and addiction, and so many other things that made them very real. Since their release there are more books out there with characters that are facing tough issues, but the original books are two of my top 20 in this genre.
Talking about the plot would be one giant spoiler warning and the last thing I want to do is spoil a Garrett Leigh book for any reader. Circle needs to be read and experienced as you journey through it, not by words in a review. What I can say is that the author takes Pete and Ash on a journey that takes them almost full circle and really completes their story in the very best way. There are times I was worried that their ending may not be the best, but ohhhhhh it was so very, very good. This was the best and truthfully the absolutely perfect ending for these characters.
Circles is exceptionally well written, the pacing fits the story well, and the further development of the characters really sets the right mood for this story. I truly could go on and on about how much I loved this book but what I think says it all is simply this.... READ THE BOOK!!! You'll thank me later. But...make sure you read the first two books and don't forget the short stories in between if you haven't read the Roads series before.
So yes, I highly recommend Circle to all readers as the finale to the Roads series but also just for the sheer talent with words and situations that Garrett Leigh possesses.
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Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, 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 sitemoonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.
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