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Soul to Keep

(Rented Heart #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  759 ratings  ·  188 reviews
Recovering addict Jamie Yorke has returned to England from California. With no home or family to speak of, he sticks a pin in a map and finds a small town in the Derbyshire Peak District. Matlock Bath is a quiet place—he just needs to get there, keep his head down, and stay clean. Simple, right? Until a chance meeting on the flight home alters the course of his so-called l ...more
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Published April 2nd 2018 by Riptide Publishing
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Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it

Part of the Rented Heart Series but can definitely be read on it's own,however I would recommend reading Rented Heart because it's one of her best.

It's no secret that Garrett Leigh is one of my favourite Authors.Her books always hit the spot for me,however I was a bit underwhelmed here.

Jamie was introduced in book one and I was more than a bit fascinated by him and couldn't wait to get his story.He has been in California for the past year recovering from a drug addition but he's had enough of
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread November 2019

***4.5 Stars***
"Things happen. If we hadn't done what we'd done, we wouldn't be where we are now."

So true! And yep, this book proved it once again: give me a man with a cat and I'm melting into a puddle of goo...

Natalie, apparently, was equally enamoured, and bypassed Marc to jump onto the counter by Jamie and rub herself all over him like white on rice.
"Traitor," Marc muttered. "She to
Isabella. R
4 Safe from Me Stars ⭐

In Soul to Keep, you meet two vulnerable men finding sanctuary in one another. From friendship, intimacy and eventually love, it’s not easy for Jamie and Marc to put their trust in each other.

"I’m afraid of myself, and you should be too."

Marc caught Jamie’s face in his hands before Jamie could pull away. "I’m not afraid of anyone who looks at me the way you do."

Jamie is just returning to England having spent a year in a Californian rehab. Leaving heroin and prostitution beh
☆ Todd
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it

After loving book 1, "Rented Heart," I had extremely high hopes for Jamie's story, since the majority of the drama in the first book happened to Zac as a side-effect of Jamie's continuing, terrible life choices.

Book 2, "Soul to Keep," began one year after Jamie had been shipped off to California, to go through rehab and begin his long road to recovery from heroin addiction, so the majority of Jamie's most challenging struggles had already taken place, fast forwarded and entirely off-page.

But Cal
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
I really liked this.

It was good to see Jamie moving on and over his hard past.

However, let’s not forget that that past made him the person he became in this story.

“Things happen. If we hadn’t done what we’d done, we wouldn’t be where we are now. And I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t change my life for the world.”

Well, the story of my life.

As always GL give us real characters and a story easy to relate to. Marc was a perfect match for Jamie.

He made Jamie slow down, just with his presen
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

Soul to Keep is book 2 in the Rented Heart series by Garrett Leigh. I didn’t realize is was book 2 when I requested it from NetGalley, but I did fine reading it was easy enough to figure out the characters.

Jamie Yorke is returning home to England after spending a year in California in rehab. While freaking out on the plane, he meets a very calming, gorgeous guy, who talks to Jamie and calms him down. Little did they know they were practically neighbors, and they meet up by chance and s
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
*4.25 stars*

Rented Heart is one of my favorite books by Garrett Leigh but I went into Soul to Keep with low expectations because addiction stories are not among my favorites. Well, I actually ended up loving Jaimie's story!

We met Jaimie in Rented Heart as Zack's drug addicted friend who screwed up everything for him. In the end of that book, Jaimie was recovering in California a year after the big fallout, trying to start fresh. This is where Soul to Keep picks up from.

Oh his flight back to UK (
I ending up liking this way more than I thought I would, given I was really unsure of Jamie after his actions in Rented Heart. I think the fact that the author didn't pretty things up and showed Jamie's issues warts and all, and also didn't give him a miracle cure is what did it. That, coupled with giving Jamie the perfect partner in Marc and the fact the slow burn was so well done made this a great read.

Loved it.

4.25 stars
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars!

This one wasn't my favorite Garrett Leigh, but I am going to go ahead and round up because I was engaged and I didn't skim. And it is Garrett Leigh, so I did like it.

Something was just off though. Like it started in the middle of the story or something. The first chapter I was confused how Jamie got to where he was. I feel like I needed the part where he hit rock bottom, where goes to rehab, where he spends a year in California.

As a result I just never connected with Jamie. I much pr
Sure, this can be read as a stand-alone. But you will get a much fuller story if you read Rented Heart first.

Soul to Keep picks up a year after Rented Heart left off. We see Jaimie in recovery, homesick enough to leave sunny California behind for the colder climes of Derbyshire Peak District. He first meets ex-Army medic Marc on the flight home. By chance it turns out they live close to each other and they click.

Since Jaimie and Marc both have personal demons to fight, they help each other overc
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, age-gap
For some reason this felt a little bit like a play to me -
the main stage is Marc's house where most of the action seems to happen, and the plot mainly revolves round Marc and Jamie and their developing relationship, with not many other characters on the sideline.

Not that I am complaining, btw!
We know that Jamie really hit rock bottom (a few times) in Rented Heart. After a year of recovery in California he takes the first steps to rejoin RL. It is obvious from the start that he will have major hu
Tag team review with Lost

4.5 stars!

I started this book with some serious bias against Jamie. Given what went down in book 1, I really wasn’t a fan. So I was pleasantly surprised when Jamie began winning me over pretty early on.

Life hasn’t been kind to Jamie, and he’s a bit broken. But he refuses to give up, no matter how often his inner demons tell him that he deserves nothing. Jamie needs someone solid to love him, to make him realize that he really is worth more than his addiction and his past
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I think this is my favourite Garrett Leigh book. I don't know what, exactly, about the book makes me say that, but I just know that as I was reading it, my heart felt full and my head was quiet and calm as it absorbed the growing love between Jamie and Marc.

And oh did they need each other. As with any book from this supremely talented author, there is such a driving need for finding peace with what life has thrown at you. Both Jamie and Marc had such scars, not only the visible ones crossing the
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No one writes a more beautiful hurt/comfort romance than Garrett Leigh, and Soul to Keep is absolutely lovely. This one touches on some powerful issues, and it’s wonderful to watch these two damaged characters work towards a place where they can find some peace. The second book in the Rented Heart series, Soul to Keep can be read as a standalone, but don’t miss the first novel, Rented Heart, because it’s fantastic.

I never had a chance to read Soul to Keep, so when I heard the audio version was r
Saint Monique
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 'soulmates' stars

I really like this one too. It was more slow-burn but still plenty steamy. We've met Jaime in the previous book. I didn't really like him then, because of all the shit he had caused Zac. But he definitely made up for everything. Marc was introduced in Between Ghosts. I really need to read this book as well. The story is dealing with a lot of hard themes - Jaime being an ex-junkie and Marc was a field medic who lost his leg on a mission. But despite that, there are a lot of bea
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really sweet. Jamie is a recovering addict, and he left California where he got clean, to return to the UK. California was too sunny and perfect for him. On the plane, he met Marc, a wounded veteran.

When Jamie can’t find a job and Marc needs someone to declutter his house, he hires Jamie. And they spend every day together. I loved their every day interactions, how Jamie cooks for Marc, and they eat together and talk. The relationship develops at a believable pace and is really sweet. N
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and because I liked this one a tiny bit more than 'Rented Hearts' but just a tiny bit...

Can two broken souls create one happily ever after? They can when they’re strong enough to take another chance...

‘Soul to Keep’ is the second book in Garrett Leigh’s series ‘Rented Hearts’ the book that introduced first introduced us to Jamie Yorke…former rentboy and recovering drug addict. Zac’s friend who we last saw in California where Liam, th
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
~ Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion

Soul To Keep is the first book by Garrett Leigh I read and I’m quite sure it won’t be the last one. Also it is the second book in the Rented Heart series, but can perfectly be read as a stand-alone in my honest opinion, because that’s what I did. I might have missed some backstory about Jamie and Zac (main character from the previous book), but I didn’t need it to understand Soul To Keep, so no harm in not knowing the first book.

Lost in a Book
Tag Team with Adam

4 Stars

Gah!!!! This book was difficult for me to rate. Not much happened beyond the day to day struggles with Jamie and Marc navigating addictions, physical limitations, their relationship, and how to cope with their new realities. Ok, that sounds like a lot. It was, kinda sorta...emotionally speaking and not really in a way that made me bite my nails with anticipation for what would happen next. This was like driving down a slow country road where your biggest distraction is a
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have a moment of heart-racing glee when I open a new Leigh story. A sudden overpowering surge of happy agitation washes over me. I know it’s gonna hurt…but I also know it’s going to be worthy of any heart pains. It’s a beautiful book rush. This is the second book in the Rented Heart series and “technically” could be read as a standalone. As usual, I wouldn’t recommend that because you lose some of the power without having the history. That being said, Jamie is looking to forget his past and tr ...more
4 Stars

Soul to Keep, is a story about addiction and recovery, about forgiveness, and about learning to live again. This story felt a touch less heavy than the author's normal fare, but at its heart it still had weight. 

We first met Jamie York in Rented Heart and he was in a really bad space. Jamie is a heroin addict and he did many things during the course of Rented Heart that were awful, for both him and his best friend Zac (one of the MC's for book 1). Jamie was on a downward spiral that he di
Jaime flits around the edges of "Rented Heart" as Zac's best friend and roommate, whose actions dramatically impact Zac's life. At the end of that book, Jaime is on his way to rehab in California. I don't think you'll necessarily need to read "Rented Heart" prior to "Soul to Keep" but the background may give you some awareness of just how far Jaime has come from the depths of his addiction.

Jaime and Marc meet on the flight back to the UK, and amazingly end up in the same small town where Jaime g
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided by the author*

This was simply fantastic! I couldn't stop reading- it was really engaging and sligtly addictive. I would have read it in one sitting if it wasn't cause I started reading very late at night.

Marc and Jamie's story was tender and precious: they both come from heavy backgrounds, and both have their particular baggage that they are still trying to deal with, and it's a true pleasure to see them trying to find their footing with each other, while uncertain about being rel
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-read, 2018-books
4.5 Stars.

Calm, soothing, healing, peaceful. This quiet and smooth story is exactly the balm that Jamie had to need after his chaotic and jagged life and addiction journey. I loved this - so much hurt and comfort without gratuitous horribleness. And Marc, he was steadfast and the perfect partner for Jamie. Neither man forced the other beyond where he was ready to go so it was just a slow ebb towards health and healing. Loved this.
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Joyfully Jay
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

Jamie was a character that captivated me and stole all the scenes when he appeared in Rented Heart. His journey starts there, and I feel his struggle here would be lost if you haven’t read that book. Soul to Keep is also a crossover book in that Marc appeared in Between Ghosts, but it would be possible to follow along without having read that one.

We catch up with Jamie in California as he’s been making a valiant effort at recovery for the past year. California is so
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc-read
I do so enjoy a Garrett Leigh novel and becoming captivated by her intriguing characters. Jamie is Zac’s drug-addicted friend from book one and the story picks up a year afterwards. Jamie has been in California for rehab and has found stability but feeling homesick, he returns to England. Serendipity and coincidence bring Marc and Jamie together in the same town and Jamie starts work clearing out Marc’s house, formerly owned by his parents. Their attraction simmers while they get to know each ot ...more
~nikki the recovering book addict
I actually really enjoyed this book. I think it’s mellower and less drama-esque than Rented Heart and it had an undercurrent of lightness that I feel is quite a departure from Garrett Leigh’s previous books.

I mean, not to say that all Garrett Leigh’s books are tragic and turbulent but she does tend to have that skill of having just enough angst to squeeze your heart yet enough love to light the way.

I get that if you’re here looking for the usual formula of tragedy/love balance ratio, this migh
That was refreshing. Nothing better than some British writing from time to time. :)

I loved how Jamie and Marc (what is it with that name? It's really popular) gravitated to each other from the start. I thought it would bother me, that they barely knew each other, and they were already so touchy-feely, but with these guys it just felt natural and effortless.

It wasn't that deep emotionally than the first book. There wasn't any on-page drug-use, or any of that dark stuff. Not even flashbacks. Ther
Ula'ndi Hart
Overall book rating: 4
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 4

Short and sweet review - I'm a Garrett Leigh Fan. That's pretty much that.

I was pleasantly surprised when I figured out that Marc fits in with a previous book I read from this author. I'll have to reread that one to get his history again.

I wasn't sure how I'd feel about Jamie but he won me over pretty soon.

It was a good one, once again.

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