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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,031 ratings  ·  205 reviews
I can’t sleep…

When unrequited love leaves Dylan Hart sleepless and nursing his wounds, instinct draws him to the one place he's found mindless respite in the past—Lovato’s. It’s a place for every fantasy — for crazy-hot encounters — where a night of insane NSA sex brings relief to Dylan’s fragile feelings.

It should be a perfect escape, and for one magical night it seems
Paperback, 1 edition, 254 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Fox Love Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

Dream is a total downer like every other Garrett Leigh book. Why do ALL of her MCs suffer so much: chronic illness, mental health issues, drug and sexual abuse, financial woes, PTSD, prostitution. It never stops.

Why can't just ONE lead a happy, fulfilling life? There is good in the world!

I hate the way Leigh's books make me feel. I'm an upbeat person, but this book made me so fucking depressed.

The writing is beautiful, and I loved Dylan and Angelo. Dylan deals with anxiety and insomnia; he

Warning...voyeurism,a bit of kink,HOT,great chemistry,beautiful boys,emotional...

This is one of my favourite books by this Author.Right,so this is definitely one of her sexist books in terms of descriptive sex but it almost didn't matter here to a certain extent because Garrett Leigh is one of the best MM Authors who totally nails the chemistry between her characters...and that's pretty special,getting that connection might seem effortless when you're reading her books but that's the beauty o
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars*
"They were different men, but their dreams were the same."

Correct me if I'm wrong but I think this was the sexiest Garrett Leigh book to date! It's also a very sex positive book. This is the part where I feel that a lot of writers screw up, and I love that there is no slut shaming in a Garrett Leigh book. This author nails this genre because she gives the readers what they want, but always without fetishizing anyone's orientation and with a deep respect for people's bisexu
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, series, romance-drama
***4.5 Stars***

We all have our dreams. Some are small, some are big. Some are viable, others remain what they are, namely dreams. Sometimes they are the only retreat from real life, the only thing that sees us through it. And how boring life would be without them, right?

Angelo Giordano not only has a dream, he lives it. He lives it by doing something he loves, until a devastating diagnosis of a chronic disease not only ends his career as a ballet dancer, but also nearly ruins him
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-action
4.5 Stars!

I knew GL could bring the steam. I knew it.

That cover tho. #drools

Loved this bit of a departure for GL. Yeah, it still had that melancholy feel, it was still a bit heavy, the MCs still had issues. And it wasn't super romance-y.

But as always there were lots of feels and a great connection between the MCs.

Really loving this new series!
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Just awesome. Full review tomorrow when I'm at the laptop.

ETA: Righty, here we go. This book is very definitely the hottest from the pen of Garrett Leigh that I've read. The opening Chapter is beyond hot in fact, it's scorching and celebrates perfectly the utter pleasure that can be found from having sex.

As Ele says perfectly in her review:
I love that there is no slut shaming in a Garrett Leigh book. This author nails this genre because she gives the readers what they want, but always without fe
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ku
*** 3 Stars ***

I have read quite a few of GL's books and I can safely say that I am a huge fan. Therefore I cannot help but feel extremely disappointed for not loving this as much as all the others.

The story was incredibly hot however, in the past GL always ended up blowing my mind away in her books. I normally feel her stories in my gut. Emotionally wise this time it was not there.
This time I felt as I was being told what to feel.

The MCs were sexually drawn to each other and holy hotness, wha
Original. For me.

It starts off with one MC breaking off a 3-way relationship. Then quickly takes us to a sex club scene where our MCs meet for the first time. And yet, it's not erotica. Not in the least. There's no escaping Leigh's signature melancholy in her novels.

Both men have issues. Some physical, some psychological, some financial. There are always issues. Deep, real issues to be dealt with in this author's novels. The MCs often have to find happiness by finding a way to, not necessarily o
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I am really struggling with the rating for this one because I felt like I was reading two different books, which totally confused me.

The first half of the book, I didn’t like either M/C and I didn’t feel their connection either. While Dylan was more likeable and friendly, Angelo was angry and I don’t think liked anybody. They both had their issues that they struggled with. Dylan just got out of a three way relationship and was trying to figure out life without his best friend. While Ang
4.5 Stars

Dream is the story of two very different men who find each other in the unlikeliest of places - a sex club. It's about the many different masks we all wear and how we get from day to day. It's about striking your balance and learning to cope and finding love.

Dream is also the hottest and sexiest of all of Garrett Leigh's books, that I've read. It starts with a bang and just keeps going! And yet, it never feels overdone. This book is erotic romance at its finest. It's a novel that celeb
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it

Dream by Garret Leigh is smokin' hot, emotional, hurt/comfort/healing goodness. We have two men, Dylan and Angelo, who anonymously hook up at a sex club. Fast forward a few days later, and their lives collide. Things start off shaky, but soon they find themselves unable to resist each other.

Some highlights:

-Dual POVs

-The emotional connection between the characters was intense and romantic. The sex can be hot as all hell, but without a connection, it'd be just pwp. We get two both in this in
Audiobook - 3 stars

Story - No rating DNF @ 50%

Maybe it is time to accept GL's books are not for me. We don't mesh well.

I tried but i can't connect with the characters, the chemistry is just not there.

It is me not the book, this series has fave reviews.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
If you hear hoofbeats, you're thinking of... zebras. Right so.

Zebras chasing cheetahs.

That's just the way it is in real life. Believe me.

And... I really loved this book. Like all other books by GL. For real. I enjoy reading this author beyond measure.
But I just have to get rid of this, because it happens over and over again in romance books.
Just in private...
People with depression and chronic pain don't fuck like rabbits. Never.
Depression, antidepressants and sex... go rarely hand in hand... s
First things first…I freaking LOVED this book. Garrett’s books are apologetically painful in the very best way and this angst-ridden ride was no exception. When Leigh creates literary works of art, I imagine they parallel her edible art. Delectable but sometimes biting, succulent and most definitely spicy. My mouth automatically waters when she releases a new book and this was even better because it’s the start of a new series. Yay! What surprised me this round was the character crossovers. To b ...more
4/28/18 Currently FREE via Amazon US: ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, arc-read
I’ve never met a Garrett Leigh book I didn’t like, including this one. It’s a little bleak at times, but with POV’s from both characters pulling me right into their thoughts and feelings. Dylan appeared in another book that I did not read, that was MF with Dylan as a third. Dylan and Angelo “meet”, sort of, in a voyeuristic sex club called Lovato’s, where men can indulge certain fantasies. As a financial advisor for people down on their luck, Dylan doesn’t realize who Angelo is when he later app ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, lgbtq
Really enjoyed this.
Another very touching book by Garrett Leigh.
Xia Xia
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mild-bdsm, lgbt
There was something off about this book that stopped me from loving it. I enjoy GL's writing, I have enjoyed it ever since Rented Heart. I like the flawed characters she builds. I liked Angelo and Dylan's struggles and how they defined their journey.
However I couldn't connect so well to the MCs as to give this book 4 or 5 stars. It felt to me that the book might have been written too fast and maybe it needed one more rewriting to strengthen some of the scenes before being published. I'm
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review (but I was also able to grab this for free from Amazon).

I enjoyed this more than I did Whisper (book 2). The relationship between Dylan and Angelo was very insta (which I hate), but I was able to overlook it in this case (for the most part) because the chemistry between these guys was so amazing! I love Garrett Leigh as a writer and will read anything she writes. I can't say this (or Whisper) will make it to my top 5 GL books, bu
Audiobook review

I’m a huge fan of Garrett Leigh, she’s written some pretty fantastic books. Broken and dented characters and plenty of angst and feels are par for course in all her stories. As far as dented characters and angst filled pages Dream is right up there. But as far as the rest goes, this book didn’t speak to me as much as her previous books have.

Dylan and Angelo are both dented in their own way. Dylan is wary of relationship since his latest one ended up hurting him more than he imag
DNF pretty early on.

I can tell this is not my cuppa. I'm so sorry for not being able to do this.

*ARC provided by the author*
I tried to like this, Honestly I did. I know I'm the minority. So fell free to ignore me. There is lots of review saying how awesome this book is. But for me every time I would pick it up after a couple of pages, I would just put it right back down. I made it to 50% before I just couldn't go on. I'm not going to rate this because that wouldn't be fair.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
This book doesn't need any explanation.
ENJOY! :) With <3
Rafa Brewster
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Reviewed for Just Love
ARC received courtesy of author in exchange for an honest and fair review.

So… Dream is like, PHWOARRR hot. Anyone who’s read Garrett Leigh is aware that fuck-hot sex is her signature, but Dream literally starts off with a bang. An anonymous, sweaty, no-holds-barred kink club marathon bang. Yes, I do realize I just spoiled the opening salvo for you but I regret nothing. Consider it a warning of sorts. To y’know, sit down and
4.0 Stars

I liked it a lot, I just didn't love it. And I didn't feel the emotional connection between the characters as I've come to expect from a Garrett Leigh story.

The sex was smoking hot and I loved the way ME was highlighted as more than just "being tired all the time" as a lot of people are prone to describe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. (Yes, it's hugely a musculoskeletal issue, but there is a large aspect of how it presents in many people that affects cognitive function; you don't typically r
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25-4.5 stars.

“I forget that our relationship is totally abnormal because being with you is like breathing...I can’t imagine not doing it.”

I love Garrett Leigh.

I really do.

When I'm looking for a book filled with angst I go to her. She's also one of the few authors that makes her book real, raw and full of so many feels. And this book gives all of that and so much more.

Dream is also one of her hotter books. *fans self* It starts with a hookup, that turns into friendship which ends up bei
Interesting topic for a romance and not at all as angsty as it could have been. It starts off steamy hot, and both MCs appealed to me as individuals. I learned before reading 'Dream' that Dylan was a side character in 'What Matters'. Not having read that one, I never quite felt I got to know enough about Dylan by his actions on page to really get inside his head to understand what made him tick. Angelo on the other hand, was skilfully and beautifully portrayed. Their burgeoning relationship soon ...more
Liked Dylan and Angelo. Yes, there was angst but it wouldn't be a Garrett Leigh read if there wasn't, and I didn't feel suicidal reading it 😊. Dylan and Angelo both had an awful lot of worries on their shoulders; Dylan from his job as a debt advisor, and Angelo from his family, his health and the debts he'd run up in the US from not having medical insurance tailored to his condition. Happy that they found each other at the kinky club and decided they were both worth more than quick bedding. Ther ...more
3.75 stars rounded up

I really did enjoy this story and Angelo and Dylan together. They were scorching hot together and their connection was really good and lovely.

I think my biggest problem is not even that there is a threesome in this (view spoiler) it's more that they talk about others they find attractive with each other like they wouldn't mind being with more people in the future - but
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Writing this review is somewhat painful. I generally LOVE Leigh’s writing and characters, her books move me, immerse me, envelop me in warmth and feels. Dream felt like Garrett Leigh in as much as it was gritty and heavy, with flawed, complex characters but the story didn’t seem to flow as seamlessly as usual.

Dream had good bones and interesting, compelling characters but, for me, the story failed somewhat in execution. There were inconsistencies in the plot and at times it felt disjointed and
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