Note: This ARC was provided by Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
“I don’t feel sorry for you. I love you.”“Why?”It wasn’t the response Brix’s heart was screaming, but Calum’s smile seemed to know that. He put his arm around Brix and held him tight against him. “Because you’re the strongest, kindest motherfucker I’ve ever known, and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to see it.”
Garrett Leigh can do no wrong. Well, okay, maybe she can, but I'm talking about books here, and so far, with every single book she's written that I've read, she's ticked off all my boxes (and I don't mean that in a dirty way). With her latest release, which is her first contribution to the multi-authored Porthkennack series but the fourth one in the ongoing collection and the third contemporary tale, Leigh touches upon a sensitive subject matter with a rekindled friendship that's always had an underlying mutual attraction at the heart of her story and told by two main characters who you can't help but get behind and supported by peripheral characters you'll want to get to know.
It's been four years since Brix Lusmoore last saw his former apprentice, but there's no way he wouldn't recognize the tattoo he inked on Calum Hardy's skin all those years ago. Calum always seemed like an eager pup, ready to learn whatever Brix would teach him. This older, bearded version of Calum has been broken down, by what, Brix isn't too sure of. Now together in Brix's hometown of Porthkennack, Brix wants to show Calum that he's prepared to help his friend in whatever way he can. Sharing the reason behind his abrupt departure four years ago could be the one thing that Brix isn't prepared to do, but in order to keep Calum by his side, a confession may be in order.
I'm not going to give away what Brix's secret is, but suffice it to say that my heart squeezed painfully in empathy for him, not because his situation seemed so dire but because of how he's been able to turn his life around and how much he AND Calum are willing to make adjustments in order to have a life together. I adored these two men and how they not only rekindled their friendship but found love along the way. As always, the town of Porthkennack has a new host of interesting characters for us to meet, and while I know one will be sharing his own story later in the series, I really hope his won't be the last story from the Blood Rush crew. Five-plus stars go to House of Cards. ♥
Read my reviews for the Porthkennack series:
Wake Up Call by JL Merrow (book one) - four stars - My Review
A Gathering Storm by Joanna Chambers (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review
Broke Deep by Charlie Cochrane (book three) - four stars - My Review
House of Cards by Garrett Leigh (book four) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 17 July 2017
Date Read: 15 July 2017
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