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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,657 ratings  ·  478 reviews
Don’t look back. Don’t you ever look back…

Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn’t quite understand.

Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength—things Ash never knew he could have, and
Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 332 pages
Published September 17th 2018 (first published October 14th 2013)
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
I take full responsibility for this. I didn't really read the blurb. I saw a slew of my friends have loved it and pounced when the request came through.

My mistake.

I usually avoid books that center around mental illness but the catch-22 is I love damaged characters triumphing over hardship and finding happiness against all odds. Sometimes I take a chance and it works out fantastic like with Lucky or Rat Park but other times I end up here, feeling badly for not being more circumspect.

Slide started
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
**4.5 STARS**

When I was organising my reading list for October, I spotted this book by Garrett Leigh, she is a new author and I loved the cover and the synopsis drew me in straight away, everything about it screamed READ THIS BOOK! And Oh. Boy. Am I glad I did! This is a fabulous book, an excellent read and what a pleasure it is to find a new author… I couldn’t put it down until it was finished, I loved every moment of my journey with Ash and Pete.

Ash had been living on the streets from the age
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****4.5 Stars****

Well, I was not expecting that.
I haven’t read many stories from this author but the few I’ve read were as real as life gets.
Her characters are unique. They have flaws. They have weaknesses. She shows their fragility and I love that. They are perfect in their imperfection.
This one was some heavy shit though.

Mental illness is a tough subject and if it’s well written, there is no way you cannot feel its heaviness. There is no way we cannot feel emotionally affected and touched b
Lisa Henry
3.5 stars

The writing is quite lovely, and the characters are well-drawn. The chemistry between Ash and Pete was great.

Side note: I loved Pete's job. He's a paramedic. I loved how he was sleep deprived, short tempered after night shifts, and sometimes went to such unbelievably shitty jobs that they stuck in his head for days or weeks. Because sometimes you're coasting along in life, and then the sheer realisation of how fucked up people can be to one another hits you right there in the guts...

***4.5 Stars***

This is probably my most eloquent review ever...

Me = wrecked and drained, but happy! I ❤ it!
Too. Much. Feeling.

Will string together sentences when I am able to be coherent again . . . .

Can't promise coherent, but here I go . . .

It would really be easiest to just say “See Isaac’s review”. This book wore me out in the best way. I couldn’t put it down and when I did I didn’t want to pick it back up. I mean, I did, but when you know the heartbreak is coming and it’s coming at you hard, you really need to be prepped.

I think what got to me most about this one was that while it did have ext
Moony Eliver
1.75 stars. I’m so annoyed. I can’t even find 2 full stars in a book that, without exception, my like-minded friends have loved (update: there do seem to be a few exceptions 😉). I fucking HATE when that happens. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!

I’m going to try my very best to rant without spoilers.

First of all, I feel like I read three different books within these 274 pages. To begin with, we had Part 1, which was the first 40% (from Ash’s POV). That part was decent — aside from the misogynis
Audio - 1 star. Ended up returning and reading instead
Story - 4.25 stars

I enjoyed the story but didn't like the way it was broken up and told. Loved Pete and Ash. I hope more is revealed of Ash's past in the next book.
***This is not a series, this is a single novel divided in two volumes.***

Last night I dreamt of Ash and Pietro...

"For the first time in my life, home was where my heart was, and I'd left my heart in Chicago."

Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world... It's hard to get by just upon a smile...

I hate reviewing books I love. I hate it, because I don't find the words. Not even in my own language. I hate using the terms "perfect", "awesome" or "wowable". I'm glad I can't say this book is perfect because
There are some books that you just can’t put down and I got totally immersed in this one.
It felt like I was swimming and then suddenly, a big wave came and I just couldn’t, didn’t want to fight it…I just let it carry me without thinking anymore.

It resonated, it was sometimes a bit overwhelming and depressing, but also made me hopeful that it can be worth keeping going on even if reasons to do so seem non-existent.

Tons of feels for me in this first part of Pete and Ash’s story : already on book
Oh boy. So…the other night I was attempting to read a book but I was really antsy. I put that book away and starting scrolling through my Nook for something else. I can’t tell you when or why I bought Slide but I decided to open it up and take a peek. That peek turned into me reading the prologue and being blown away. WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT? I literally said that out loud. Got out of bed and paced the landing outside my bedroom door so I didn’t wake my husband. It hit me that hard and had me buz ...more
A Girl Has No Name
5 stars! <3

Intense, heartbreaking and full of hope!

I finished this book about a week ago and I was trying to formulate a review ever since. However, I'm unable to transform into word what this book made me feel. It's a rollercoster ride full of mixed emotions and I felt incredibly connected to the main characters.

A beautiful piece of work, Garrett Leigh!

I can only recommend this story to all m/m romance readers that aren't afraid to take an angsty ride. It's so worth it and I can't wait to
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
Crap! I wanted this to be a glowing 5 star review soooo much because lots of my friends have loved this book and been moved to the point of speechlessness by it. The thing is I can actually see why it has blown away so many people but I can also see why there are odd ones that haven't been quite as enamoured and unfortunately I'm in that camp.

Its hard to do a review without giving out major spoilers why this didn't fully work for me so be warned if you do want to read the book with
Nov 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
dnf at 42% with a minor skim through.
This book is AWFUL I really don't get how it has so many positive reviews or why so few people comment on the weirdness within. This is the second and will be the last book by this author I try.

In the last book I tried, it was casually put across that Vegans are nutcases, 'if even human'. In this book it's plastic surgeons that 'aren't human in my eyes' I'm pretty sure anyone who has faced reconstructive surgery will have a different opinion on that.

Beyond th
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku, to-read-again, lgbtq
Oh. My.
This is a "someone hand me an oxygen mask" book.

I totally fell for Pete and Ash
Both so brilliantly real and flawed.

I loved Mick and Ellie.
Friends as you can only wish for.

I revelled in the angst.
(who needs finger nails anyway?)

I was glued to it from page 1.
Garrett Leigh is one hell of a story teller.

I was left emotionally totally exhausted which, admittedly, is book heaven for me.
And yet, it is obvious that Ash has a long long way to go. As does Pete, in fact.

Saying that, ...
I have no idea how to rate or review this, but for now I'll go with 3.5 stars.

Did I love parts? Yes.
Did I hate parts? Yes.
Did I find it confusing? Yes.
Did it have a plot that I found interesting? Yes.


*The prologue hooked me right from the start. There was something soft, familiar and relaxing about those opening moments that I fell in love with the characters & the story I was about to read.

*Even though there were flashbacks, I felt they made sense, were straight-forward and I liked th
Oh yay, another book written by a female author with internalized sexism and misogyny in it!

Pete and Ash, the two protagonists, are such POS who judge women, even while having sex with them. Here are some choice quotes:

• I rolled my eyes. It was ironic, really. Life was hard, really hard sometimes, but hooking up with chicks was easy… safe, almost. Only problem was, they were predictable: predictable and boring. I knew the woman’s next move almost before she’d decided to make it.

• Pete laughed,
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, buddy-reads

Ash, a skilled tattoo artist, has a troubled past. After living on the streets for years, neglect and abuse have taken their toll. Ash is so badly damaged he doesn’t even know how to love. He is so lost that every day is a struggle. Sometimes it seems the deep bond with his lover Pete is the only balm for his tortured soul.

Pete is a paramedic and works horror shifts what is both physically and mentally exhausting. It doesn’t take him long to realize how broken Ash is. When they manage to be home
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February 2019 audio book review
OMG I loved this audio!!!

I highly recommend this story and the audio (even though the audio had some tech/sound problems). This story just reaches right in and grabs your heart and squeezes until you think you won't be able to breath again. So much angst but it is necessary for these characters. Ash is depressed in a big way and is dea
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Drawings scattered all around a flat as little pieces of Pete’s beloved, a rush of love, warmth, a welcoming body, comfort, heat, playful sex until we sense that something is amiss and that ugliness is lurking behind; great chemistry made of focus on the other, tenderness and patience that make it better and good again.

“Slide’s opening scene is quite simply great, introducing in a few sentences an established couple, a hint at a damaging past on the streets, a hurt/comfort dynamic and an unders

For me Slide lacked depth and substance. It’s written in dual PoV and both the voices of Ash and Pete were unconvincing.

I don’t think I have ever read a book where two main characters in their early 20s are so exhausted and sleep deprived all the time. There’s so much sleeping and dozing on page that I’m not sure if I was more bored or annoyed.

The first 70% of the book rotate around a big bed - it’s basically two men going to sleep, waking up and going to work at different times of day and nigh
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The feelings....

At the beginning I feel things were happening so fast, the chapters are short but have weeks in it, I have to read a couple before I get used but them just damn.

Pete it's a paramedic, his life with work is pretty busy so he didn't have a lot of friends and his only family is his mother.

Ash is a tattoo artist, he had a really trouble past and he is so shy is so cute. His best friend and only person who cared about him and his life help him to get through son hard stuff and later s
Rosa, really
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lover's of the deeply depressed or other fun times

This has been sitting on my currently-reading shelf for a month because I've been waiting to write a long, inspired review.

Fuck that shit.

I really like this book.

For some reason, for many reasons, I like books about depressed people. That sounds like I enjoy torturing people in my free time - and don't get me wrong, I do enjoy that, especially if I'm related to them - but it's not that. I just love reading about people, not necessarily overcoming, but working on making their lives just a littl
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
This was a frustrating read. There's lots of filler here, a lot of scenes that seemed pointless, that didn't advance the plot but were included just to show the passage of time and to prolong the eventual reveal of Ash's past trauma. I never like books where a momentary lack of communication between the MCs leads to a "big misunderstanding" and that's what this entire book is. Ash is weird and moody and uncommunicative and Pete doesn't want to push him so he lets it go, right up to the moment wh ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review tomorrow when I'm at the laptop.

Righty! This was one of Garrett's earliest books but, imho, you can't tell. It's intricately plotted and paced, it's angsty, oh lordy is it angsty, but it never turns into too much depressing prose.

Ash has issues, rightly so given his life experiences, and he's learnt how to just get on. But he's not really living and Garrett does such a brilliant job with the narrative to show the reader - first by writing from Ash's POV and then later by how Pete sees hi

This one seems to average out at around 4 stars judging on previous reviews, and I agree with that. 4.25 from me with a big , a very promising start to a new series.

There were lots of things I liked in this story....the fact that the author's British for one, woohoo!! I loved Ash as a character, and yes, Mrs Weepy had the tissues out on several occasions for him and what he'd gone through AND what he'd yet to discover about his past. I could have kissed Pete sometimes and then throttled him at
S E. Jakes
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
JHC I loved this book. Fucking loved it. Angst, angst, angst. I loved Ash & Pete. I loved how the author dealt with the passage of time - I swore I could 'see' things progressing between them.

Trying not to give spoilers - I think what I loved most were that the revelations weren't convenient or a plot device - it was like, it didn't matter what the reasons were for Ash's behavior because what mattered was, they still needed to be dealt with. And that's the key to the whole book - doesn't ma
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, ebook

4.5 stars

Damaged hottie tattoo artist with many issues, Ash is a bit of a mystery throughout most of this story. We know he has a lot of demons chasing him from his past. He was living on the streets for years when he was lucky enough to be friended by well-do-do, Ellie, who made it a point to see that Ash turned things around. She gets him moved to Chicago where she finds him an apartment rooming with Pete.

Pete is a paramedic who just seems to have an endless supply of patience and understandi
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book? Hard. I was crying in the end. So much. Ash's life is one of the hardest I've ever saw. And that changed him. A lot. It's hard to say but it take me time to really warmed up to him. I did not knew about his story at this time. He can appeared so cold, so distant. On the other side Pietro, the paramedic with a big heart who love Ash sooo much that was hard to see at certain times. The end of this book is terrific. Ash's life is terrific. And the way that changed him is terrific too. I ...more
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