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(Roads #2)

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Roads: Book 2
Sequel to Slide

Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.

Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations a
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ebook, 240 pages
Published January 17th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published January 2014)
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Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
**** 4.5 Stars ****

I must say, I almost gave up. One of my tinny niggles (coincidences) from book #1 came back strong here and I thought that was an unnecessary drama to add into the whole lot. But I need to give it to the author, because when I realized I was back inside the story. Totally drowning in theirs hopes and fears. GL is hands down one of the best MM writes in my opinion. She is such a brilliant story teller!

The actual “Romance" stepped aside in this book. It was more like life throwi
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Diana
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I am always a wee bit nervous reading a Garrett Leigh, because I know this author will rip your heart out, stomp on it, then hopefully put it back in. In other words, the angstometer is high. I read book 1, Slide a while ago, and fell in love with Pete and Ash, so I took the chance.

Everything is running smoothly for Pete and Ash, but then life happens. Ash is so much stronger than he was, but how is he going to react when he finds out a person from his past is much closer than expected.
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Simone
***4.5 Stars***

And here I thought the first book had put me through the wringer...

Compared to Slide the second half of Rare felt like tumbling in the spin cycle, but it did hurt so gooooood! ❤️

The masochistic streak seems to be strong with me, so guess what? Yep, right on to the next one...
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Jewel
Ash has come a long way since his breakdown in Slide and he and Pete are in a really good place. They got a new apartment, with a rooftop terrace, closer to Pete's mom and things are going so well.

The events of this book really test Ash's mental stability and the stability of he and Pete as a couple. I was floored by a couple of things that happened and we get to see just how strong Ash really is. Of course we already knew the strength he was capable of because he actually made it out of his ch
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Christelle
Not a standalone : Slide has to be read first. This is the 2nd part of Pete and Ash love story : damned, Garrett Leigh loved to put Pete and Ash through the grinder and make them work hard for their happiness.
Hardship can break a relationship or reinforce love : I soooooo want the last to happen !

I couldn’t help but strongly feel for Pete and Ash and 100% dived into their love story. Full review once I finish Circle that I have already started to read : it’s that good for me and I am addicted !
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Monique
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
Outstanding!!!… book, cover, author… all Perfect! Garrett Leigh is an exciting, new and extremely talented author that I just can’t seem to get enough of, and I am so looking forward to seeing what delights she has in store for us this year, because if Slide, Bullet and Rare are anything to go by… we are in for a treat!

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At the end of Slide, I was desperate for more from Ash and Pete, and thankfully Garrett Leigh didn’t make us wait too long for the next book in the series. In the last book
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Sheri
I owe this story a proper review but...I'm exhausted.
And it's all Leigh's fault. Ha!
I power read my way through this series and it's "extras" in a matter of days and my eyes hurt and my heart is sore.
This middle installment was brutal at times.
Regardless, I still love them.
The bones of this story is...the power shift between Ash and Pete.
They are doing well. Ash is doing well.
Then their world is flipped upside down when Pete is critically injured.
Suddenly, Ash is in the driver's seat.
Pete's r
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Karen
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up because this one was just that little bit more enjoyable than the first book and there are still no 1/2 stars here on GR...full review to follow soonish!

And the re-release continues...

‘Rare’ is the continuation of Ash and Pete’s story and with this installment we not only get to see how much Ash has come back from the events of ‘Slide’ but this time around it’s Ash’s turn to step up when Pete is the one in need of the extra love and support and for Ash it’s going to mean
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The Bursting Bookshelf of a Wallflower
3.5 stars rounded up to 4!

These boys are intense!

I really loved Slide, the first installment of this series and I was looking forward to revisit Pete and Ash. They went through so much in the first book and I just wanted them to be happy. I knew that Rare wouldn’t be an easy read, that it would be difficult to see them suffer once again, but the glimpse of hope from the last book was impossible to ignore. I just had to know more.

And I can only repeat that I love Pete and Ash; they are one of t
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AliciaJ
If anything, I fell even deeper into Ash and Pete's story in this sequel. I felt like my heart was being ripped out, shred into a million tiny pieces, then magically put back together better than it was before. Wow. Just...wow. ...more
Ariana
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
*4,5 stars*

Whey! Garrett Leigh certainly knows how to dish out the angst.
And it is brilliant. And scary. And so well done.
Yes, there are some coincidences here as likely as winning the lottery - but that happens, too, doesn't it?!

I think the most awesome thing about Pete and Ash (and their story) is their belief in what they have together. And this...

"Strength," Pete said. "And faith. Love isn't always enough, and we've let each other down as far as trust is concerned. When things go wrong, you
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ReadingAllNite
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG Garrett Leigh, didn’t these guys go through enough already?! What a great story though, with lots of unexpected twists and more than one drama unfolding. Dual perspective is utilized once again to communicate the matters driving the plot in this volume but tilted towards Ash’s POV this time. Ellie meddles in Ash’s life a little with good intentions but subsequent results nearly backfire when Ash struggles with accepting new knowledge about a past he never knew and doesn’t remember. Pete is h ...more
Amy
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love Ash. I love Pete. And I love Michael Lesley :) He's the narrator of this audiobook. His voice is perfection. Seriously, at times I felt like I was listening to audio porn, LOL. There aren't that many books that I feel are better when listened to instead of read, but this is one of them. Garrett Leigh continues to be one of my favorite authors. ...more
Cadiva
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review tomorrow morning!

I need a breather after this one. Lordy but Garrett knows how to put her characters through the mill. This book, it's all about Pete and what he goes through, and it's not easy reading but the narrative is perfection.

There's a certain skill in writing about trauma, about tragedy, about mental trials and, for me anyway, Garrett Leigh does it with a finesse which is hard to beat. There's no drama porn in her work, the tribulations the characters go through are firmly r
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Ele
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
-4.5 stars-
"You couldn’t change the past or control your future, but you could make the most of your present. Family had many definitions. What mattered was what it meant to us, and with Ash at peace in my arms, it meant everything."

I know that Garrett Leigh does some serious angst, but Pete and Ash are the most tortured of her characters. But every time, they come out of it stronger and more in love than ever.

There are some weird ass coincidencies in this book. In any other case, I
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Irina
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've finished this series a week ago, but I still want to write a few words about it.

First off, it might not be everyone's kind of story, but I got attached to these boys.
Pete and Ash are both flawed characters, Ash is even more so. But I admired their strength and determination to save this special connection they have between them against all the odds. The way they both fought for their relationship was what made me love them so much.



If the main focus in the first book of the series was on A
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❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pete and Ash...
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UnFoRgetablE!

And...


I must say, the train event...took my breath away! *HIGH FIVE TO THE WRITER* you are goooooood!


P.S

AN ANGST FILLED WORLD WORTH TRAVELING.
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Bev
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5 Golden Shimmering stars from me, but if I could give a bucketful I would. . Garrett, your writing is so beautiful, I felt every emotion in this one, every tender caress, every hot kiss, every ounce of Ash's pain, the 'incident' in the story reduced me to tears...just loved absolutely everything about it.

Shortie review cos I'm now off to read Freed, but Ash and Pete together were perfection in this one. Mean, moody and magnificent!!

I loved that finally Ash got to have some family, and yes
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Sheziss


Well,I don't know what to say... I believe I was crystal clear in my review of Slide. But I'll think of something.



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Melissa
2019 audio review

5 stars! I love this series and the audio was amazing. I am so excited to read the 3rd installment because I never knew there would be another one. I of course hoped and it happened. Yay! Highly recommend.

2016 ebook review
Ahh, the end. Short and sweet: loved it. What's a bigger word than loved? I adored it, am obsessed with it, wish to stalk it. I want to keep Ash. Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease? I am so sad this is the last in the series (so far). Can't imagine what else these
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Ula'ndi Hart
I did the audio on the second time around.

I still absolutely ADORE the boys and I love their story. It’s beautiful.


I am a Michael Stellman fan but I have to say, all the sighing ect. grated on my nerves. I could have just listed to him reading the story without the “special effects”

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Overall book review : 5 Rare Stars
Audio book: N/A
Book Cover: 4




In the end, that’s all that mattered. Love and Faith. And Ash with Pete. Loved it!
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Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
*Currently Listening To*

I am absolutely loving these books and the audio kicks ass! I'm around chapter 7 now. I don't get much time to actually listen so it usually takes me a few days if not at least a week to finish an audio.

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Sanaa
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, m-m, arc, 2017-favorites
5 stars

I love this series.

The end.

PS. I call dibs on Pete and Ash.

An arc was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Rafa Brewster
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. Not a huge fan of the many cosmic coincidences in the first half, but I was totally gripped in the second half, and the ending was simply gorgeous and perfect. Happy to say that after this overdue reread, Ash and Pete easily remain one of my favorite romance couples ever.
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
4.5 Tattooed Stars, YO.

I should have known better. I should have known that my assumption that there'd be no way I could love these two more would be blown to bits. Yup, love Pete and Ash even more.

Things pretty much start in where they left off in Slide, so there was no countdown, no revving of engines, no drag racing lights giving you a moment to gear up for this story. Nope, screw that! We're diving right in!

I won't go too much into the story itself, so many reviews already speak of the inte
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La*La

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Loved. This. Book.

Ash and Pete went through so much since beginning - and finally they are at the point where I can just sigh happily and believe in their HEA.

I've loved Ash since beginning - it's impossible not to love him. But I also loved Pete in this book...His understanding, his protectiveness, his fascination with Ash - all resonated with me. And I easily forgave his behavior after the accident - he's not some robot, after all.. he's entitled to his own freak-outs. He was under so muc
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agirlwithoutwings
I love Ash and Pete’s relationship, I really like how their love grows as time goes on and how they trust each other much more after facing difficulties, but I could not enjoy their second book as much as the first.

Coincidences happen a lot in their story; I wasn’t that much into the sister sub-plot, in the first book I could ignore the coincidence, but I wasn’t expecting it again!

Actually I believe there was no need for this book, the first one was complete on its own.
Sandra
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I lie here, slain, with tears in my eyes and sniffles scratching my throat. 'Twas magic.

Full review soon, on booklikes and the blog.
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Elsbeth
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it

*4,5 stars*

I have so much respect for Ash. Knowing what background he came from, what he endured... He's so strong by surviving and also by taking responsibilty for his life more often now. I'm so proud.

Hopefully he'll be more confident about himself in the future.

favorite part;

“You once told me your relationship was built around pizza,” she baited him cautiously.

Pete snorted. “Did I?”

“Yes, you did. I asked you on the phone if you could think about what you thought it was built around now."

“Str
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