Misfits – Urban Soul, Book 1
Note: This book can be read as a standalone
Themes & Genres: LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance, polyamorous
WARNING: Mature Content
Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.
Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.
Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.
What I think of the book:
Here’s the second book I mentioned in My To Review in February 2018 List as one of my favorites.
This is the first polyamorous book that I’ve started reading and I actually had some reservations about picking it up because at first I was under the impression that there would be a lot of drama and maybe even cheating. When I read the third paragraph of the blurb and realized that this wouldn’t be the case, I was actually very intrigued.
The author had to show us a loving relationship, strong enough for one of the partners to intentionally push their loved one towards another man without the fear of losing him; could Garrett Leigh pull this off?
Yes. Yes, she obviously could, because she did. And no, “she” is not a mistake; Garrett Leigh is the pen name of a woman.
But back to the review.
Jake and Cass are seriously what made this book work for me. I like Tom and he is hugely important to the story – there wouldn’t be one without him – but he’s not making it to my favorite characters. Maybe because he’s so ordinary compared to the other two.
Jake has TS, which stands for Tourette syndrome. He’d tick, that’s to say, he sometimes has no control over his movements, what he says and how loud he says it. Well, maybe not the last of those. While it is one of the things Jake has had to deal with, he claims to have found his ‘volume switch’ so he doesn’t scream at random.
Reading about someone with a TS was another first for me, but I wasn’t confused at all. Garrett Leigh explains and shows what it’s like to suffer from it so you don’t have to Google Tourette’s before going into the book.
I also like Jake for his personality and because he provided me with one of my favorite book quotes:
Anger is just a hole where your life could be.
As for Cass, he’s one of those troubled characters I just can’t help but love. But even before we find out why he is the way he is (which happens towards the end of the novel) and we put the mystery of his past aside, he’s still a very interesting character. I mentioned before that his desire to get Tom and Jake together even though he’s in love with Tom and wants to stay with him was the selling point for me for this book. I don’t recall reading about something like this before.
Character A being in love with Character B who in turn is in love with Character C so A puts their feelings aside to help B and C get together – yes; but nothing like what Cass, Ton and Jake have.
And darn it, is it done well!
Even better than well.
The feelings the three of them develop, the confusion on Jake’s part – there’s no way not to love this book.
Who would I recommend this book to? If you like gay fiction and polyamorous characters, check out Misfits; if you’d like to give novels with polyamory in them a try, this is a perfect one to start with. If you just love romance and complex characters and you don’t care how many people are involved in the relationship: again, this is the book for you.
My rating: (5 out of 5 dragonflies)
Would I re-read this book? Yes!
Am I interested in other books by this author? I’m interested in pretty much everything Garrett Leigh has written and I’ve even pre-ordered a paperback of her Soul to Keep novel which comes out on April 2nd this year.
Where can you buy the book?
- amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)
Add Misfits to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- Soul to Keep – Rented Heart, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT, Contemporary Romance, trauma, addiction | Mature Content)
- Bullet – Blue Boy Studio, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | Gay Fiction, Romance, Contemporary | Mature Content)
- Dream – Skins, Book 1 (LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance | Mature Content)
- Whisper – Skins, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance | Mature Content)
- Crossroads – Skins, Book 4 (Contemporary Romance, LGBT, gay, novella | Mature Content)
- Kiss Me Again (standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, bisexual, bipolar, anxiety, depression, trauma | Mature Content)
- Junkyard Heart – Porthkennack, Book 7 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Fiction, Romance | Mature Content)
- Lucky (standalone | LGBT, MM, Contemporary Romance, gay, pan, football/soccer | Mature Content)
- Cash – Lucky, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, bisexual, hunting saboteurs | Mature Content)
- Jude – Lucky, Book 3 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, bi, gay, coming out | Mature Content)
- Only Love (standalone | Contemporary Romance, LGBT Fiction, gay, trauma, angst, army | Mature Content)
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