Today, I’m reviewing Whisper – the second book in Garrett Leigh’s Skins series, but before we get to that: Book 1 – Dream, is currently FREE on Amazon (click here for US and here for UK). If you are not sure whether you want to get it, maybe reading my review of Dream will help you decide.
And now: on to Whisper.
Whisper – Skins, Book 2*
*Note: This book can be read as a standalone as it follows a new couple.
Themes & Genres: Contemporary LGBT Romance
WARNING: Mature Content
Lonely physiotherapist Harry Foster has the world at his feet. A full client list, a six figure Instagram following, and a publishing deal for a book he doesn’t have time to write until his agent offers him a break—a retreat to the wild south west coast.
Cornish horseman Joe Carter is lonely too. Rescuing horses and managing Whisper Farm takes up most of his days, and by night he plays chicken with the farm’s perilous bank accounts.
At his sister’s unwelcome suggestion, he rents his only bedroom to a bloke from the city, and when Harry arrives, he’s everything Joe isn’t—calm, patient, and gorgeous enough to be exactly the kind of distraction Joe doesn’t need.
Harry doesn’t have time for distractions either—even shirtless farmers riding bareback past his bedroom window—but his moody host proves impossible to ignore.
On paper, they have nothing in common, but Joe is beautiful…glorious, and when an accident puts his life in Harry’s healing hands, the whisper of true love is inevitable. If the trouble that put the farm on its knees in the first place doesn’t get in the way.
What I think of the book:
I’m starting to run out of new things to say about Garrett Leigh books.
The ones I’ve read so far all have well-developed main characters with good chemistry between the MCs in each book, sometimes a little bit more to be desired about side characters and always a subplot so the book isn’t only about romance. What we often see are also cameos from MCs from other books (for example, in Whisper we see a character from Heart, but as I said, it’s only a cameo, so you don’t have to read Heart first). I like this, because it’s like seeing an old friend, even if you just take a glance at them from across the street.
Whisper has all of these: the interesting MCs, the cameos, the non-romance subplot that ties in with the romance.
You might be wondering if this makes the book formulaic.
I’ve come to expect Element 1, 2 and 3, but the details are so different and presented in such a way that I can never be sure if they’d lead to the same ending as the other books that I’ve read by this author.
It’s like watching an artist sing their new song and dance to it. There might be certain moves you associate with that particular artist and that you’d be more surprised if they are missing from the choreography than if they are a part of it, but you still enjoy the dance. You see different combinations of the old and entirely new moves, and you get all pumped up, and watch until the song ends.
This is how I am with Garrett Leigh books, Whisper included: even before I opened it, I was pretty sure there will be something familiar, but also something new that will get me excited and keep me glued to my Kindle app.
I was not disappointed.
Who would I recommend this book to? As usual with a Garrett Leigh book, I’d recommend Whisper to readers of LGBT Romances, who are interested in well-developed and complex characters.
My rating: (5/5 horses)
Would I re-read this book? Yes.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes!
Where can you buy the book*?
*The links take you straight to the book.
Add Whisper to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- Dream – Skins, Book 1 (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)
- Bullet – Blue Boy Studio, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | Gay Fiction, Romance, Contemporary | Mature Content)
- Misfits – Urban Soul, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance, polyamorous | Mature Content)
- Soul to Keep – Rented Heart, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT, Contemporary Romance, trauma, addiction | 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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