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Billy Daley hasn’t been home in years, and he likes it that way. He’s just fine on his own—he has a cash-in-hand job at a scrapyard, a half-feral cat to keep him company, and many miles between him, his hometown and all the baggage that comes with it.

Until the job goes sideways. Suddenly he’s back in Rushmere, working for none other than his brother’s best friend—a man wh
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Published February 16th 2021 by Carina Press
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Billy Daley left his hometown five years ago, never looking back. Even though he’s only got a job where he just barely scrapes by, he loves his independence from older brother, Luke who still sees him as the screwup kid he was and always sits in judgment. However, when he loses that dead end job and finds himself homeless with his stray cat Grey, Billy reluctantly returns to Rushmere only to be facing an even bigger challenge. Gus Amour, the brother of Luke’s live in girlfriend Mia, has agreed t ...more
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part two of this excellent series from Garrett picks up shortly after the end of book one, however, you could read this one as a standalone and not be lost.

It would be a shame, as Forgiven was a very good second chance, teenage lovers reunited MF romance. This one though is all male and boy what a pair Gus and Billy are.

Gus is Mia's brother, Billy is Luke's and they've never been able to forget a drunken kiss they shared years before.

Before life turned them down different, but equally sad and l
A heartfelt and moving hurt/comfort story, I enjoyed Garrett Leigh's Unforgotten. This is part two of Leigh's Forgiven series. Somewhere along the way I got the impression Unforgotten could be read as a standalone. I does work as a standalone, but I'm sure I'd have enjoyed it more if I'd read Forgiven first.

The first novel in the series, Forgiven, is about Luke and Mia. And while I don't read much M/F romance these days, I'm seriously tempted. There's quite a bit of information about these two c
☆ Todd
Dec 13, 2020 marked it as maybe

Now available for ARC request on NetGalley!

Sounds promising. (Book 1 was M/F.)

Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Intense and heated.
It’s been a while since I’ve read an m/m story and I’m glad I broke the streak with this one. Even though I had not read the prior book I didn’t feel lost. The author gave enough of a backstory throughout that it was easy to follow and absorb.

What I like the most about this book is the raw and rough edges of the characters. The author pulled no punches and gave you all of the gritty details of their imperfect personalities and struggles.

But what was the most c
Garrett Leigh
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I've given this a B at AAR.

The first book in Garrett Leigh’s  Forgiven  duology tells the story of Luke Daley and Mia Amour, teenaged sweethearts whose youthful romance hit the skids after Luke took off without a word and joined the Navy in order to provide for his family following the death of his father.  Luke left behind a younger brother, Billy, who has never really forgiven him for leaving as he did, and although Mia and Luke get their HEA in Forgiven, and she continues to enjoy a good re
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Billy Daley is a prickly sort. He especially can't seem to get along with his brother Luke and he's stayed away from his hometown to avoid more animosity. But when he gets himself in trouble again, he has to appeal to his brother for a place to stay. Since Mia has moved in with Luke, Mia's brother Gus has a spare room and offers it to Billy.

Gus has been living on work and Grindr for his after hours. He's buried his emotions deep, but when Billy shows he threatens to blow it all up. Memories of a
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, blog
I loved Gus and Billy together!

Unforgotten is the second book in a duet by Garrett Leigh. It’s about Mia’s brother Gus and Luke’s brother Billy. (Mia and Gus were the MCs of book one, Forgiven.) While you can read and enjoy this book without reading Forgiven, the story will probably be more satisfying if you read that first.

This book is the kind of story that Garrett Leigh is well known for – MM, angsty, very British (lots of slang which I love because I love learning new words), and a great lov
I don't think you have to read the first part of this duology, Forgiven, to pick this one up - but it will help you to understand the characters and this relationship better if you do. So, I recommend you start with the m/f story first.

Look, I want to tell you I loved this. I was mostly meh about Forgiven - lot's of sex, not a lot of character development, and a couple I was happy to see get their HEA, but I wasn't super invested in. While that book didn't really do it for me, Gus Amour - the mo
Joyfully Jay
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

If you are looking for a contemporary, character-driven book, Unforgotten is the one you want as Garrett Leigh stays on brand with her hard working, hard loving men. This book follows Forgiven, where Gus and Billy were introduced and which featured Gus’ sister, Mia, and Billy’s brother, Luke. Gus and Billy are present enough in that story that reading that Forgiven first would offer a richer experience here.

The chemistry between the men is dreamy. Billy comes off
True Loveislovereview
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, lgbtq
Don’t touch his cat or Billy will teach you a lesson. Yep, he’s a firecracker and also homeless.
He and his cat can stay with Gus, it’s been five years since the last time, it was awkward at that time, wasted and kissing. Still, it was ages ago, long forgotten right?
Billy is a bit of a thug with a bad mouth and Gus is the soft soul, the sensitive one.

Billy has a complicated life and an even more complicated relationship with his brother.
Gus doesn’t do relationships, he picks up guys on Grindr a
3.5 stars

I liked this better than the first book, Forgiven, although still not my favorite of Leigh's. Why? Because OMG these two men are quite a mess, aren't they? Billy with his spiky mood and prone to being a drama-queen, and his complex relationship with his brother, Luke. Gus with his tendency to be, well, the peace-keeper (his sister is the more temperamental one).

But I admit that well, they do work somehow because they balanced things out. Gus makes Billy willing to stay put. Billy makes
Ruthie Taylor
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the second book in the series, and I would definitely recommend that you read them in order, as the story is ongoing, and the family dynamics are key to understanding just how things stand.

Gus was left at home holding the fort, and now as his sister, Mia and best friend, Luke Daley have returned to town, he is having to adjust to a new normal. Then to add to his disquiet, Billy Daley is not only back in town, b
Maria Rose
I really enjoyed this angsty, emotion filled romance between Gus and Billy, introduced first as secondary characters in Forgiven (in which Gus's sister Mia and Billy's brother Luke reunited in a second chance romance).

Billy has nowhere to go but back to his hometown where his brother lives, and Gus is happy to let Billy live in his house while he gets back on his feet. A kiss they shared several years ago still resonates in their memories, but Billy is wary of getting involved with his now room
3.5 Stars!

I liked this book much better than book 1 where I didn't really care for any of the two characters(Mia. With this, I was very invested in the happiness of my MCs so much so that I wanted to shake Billy many many times while reading.

Why? Because Billy was a self proclaimed d*ck. In the first part of the book while he was still acting out, he was unnecessarily prickly and ridiculously unreasonable. Initially, he annoyed me to no end due to this but then I gradually realised that his at
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy to read and review for Wicked Reads

I have not read the first book in this series but I honestly wasn't lost. The author gave enough back story that I was good. This book took awhile for me to get into but it was worth it. This book was rough, real and raw. I loved Billy and Gus, they both couldn't forget that one kiss. I can relate to that, I have that one thing I can't forget. These two are perfectly imperfect for each other and I enjoyed their journey. Highly recommend.
Tracie R
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
A second chance romance, Unforgotten is book 2 in the Forgiven. I enjoyed this story, Gus and Billy were believable characters and storyline was engaging. I will read more by this author
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Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆
This is the second book in the series, and I would definitely recommend that you read them in order, as the story is ongoing and the family dynamics are key to understanding just how things stand.

Gus was left at home holding the fort, and now as his sister, Mia, and best friend, Luke Daley, have returned to town, he is having to adjust to a new normal. Then to add to his disquiet, Billy
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mlm, heavy-feels
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

is the second book in Garrett Leigh's Forgiven series. Even though its part of a series I feel it can be read as a stand alone and if you're a fan off m/m romances I would recommend this one.

If you read my review of book one, Forgiven, you'll know I was not pleased with it but Wow the m/m genre is obviously where Garrett Leigh knows how to shine. I loved this one, and I don't even know where to start. Not that this book doesn't fit into
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*I received the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review*

For the first book in the series (Forgiven) I was struggling between giving it 4 or 5 stars. Unforgotten? No doubt about definitely giving it all five amazing stars. The book was, like all Garrett Leigh’s books I’ve read so far, FUCKING AMAZING.

And I know I said that for the other book, and this book also has *some* angst in it…and near-death experience, but goddammit, the first book that I read by Leigh was What Remains so I have a diffe
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
4.5 Stars

Unforgotten is a wonderful second chance romance by Garrett Leigh. Although the second book in the Forgiven series, it's easily read as a standalone, despite it's multiple issues addressed from book one.

Billy and Gus. We met them back in Forgiven, book one, but now we get their story, which is entertaining and emotional.

Both Billy and Gus are dealing with long held pain from their pasts. They have to deal with sibling issues, grief, and more. The issues with their siblings are original
Feb 24, 2021 rated it did not like it
Normally I love Garrett Leigh, but this book was absolute garbage.

It started out ok and then went rapidly downhill with every new interaction the characters had.

I hated every single one of those insufferable, bland characters, none of the scenarios made any sense (a head in jury and carbon monoxide poisoning and then the character was just fine???? Make it make sense), and for once even a good friends-to-lovers-with-a-ton-of-miscommunication trope couldn’t save it.

Leigh’s usually beautiful wr
Kelly-Jo Sweeney
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I read the first book in the Forgiven Series by Garrett Leigh, Forgiven, I couldn't wait to get stuck into the second book in the series. We had met Gus and in a much smaller way, Billy, in that first book and I had a feeling that I was going to enjoy reading about them. I was not wrong.
Billy has had a difficult time, drifting from place to place and getting himself into all kinds of trouble. He's a damaged young man after the death of his father and feeling that his older brother Luke aba
Anne Barwell
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, m-m
I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Garrett Leigh, and this was no exception. It’s wonderfully emotional, raw in places, and doesn’t pull punches. I fell in love with Billy and Gus immediately and became invested in wanting them to reach their HEA.

Billy and Gus are both layered characters. They’re dealing with grief in their own ways, and neither of them very successfully. Although Billy is the one who has been through a lot physically, and on the outside looks like he’s made a mess of his life,
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
The last thing BIlly wants t do is returne to Rushmere. Even though his brother lives there with his girlfriend, he still doesn't feel like there is anything there for him. One pleasant memory is on his mind though, the night he kissed Gus Amour. He has never felt the same since. Now he's about to be roommates with Gus. Will they stay that way or will Billy run like he usually does?

Thank you to Carina Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Male on male romance is n
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
UNFORGOTTEN is the second book in the Forgiven series, and this time, the focus is on the brothers - Luke's brother, Billy, and Mia's brother, Gus. They both had a moment in the past, and neither of them has forgotten about it. So what will happen when they start sharing a house and working together?

This is what I would call a high-angst book. There is not a page where there isn't some form of trouble, whether it's between Luke and Billy, Gus and Mia, Luke and Mia, or Billy and Gus! And, oh, for
Roberta Blablanski
I had some difficulty getting through Unforgotten. There is nothing wrong with the story or the characters; I just wasn't excited to pick it back up after I put it down.

The characters are fine, the plot is okay, the backstory is, why did I have trouble?

I couldn't connect to Billy or Gus, or find a reason to root for them. It felt like they were thrown together and had to become a couple for no real reason. I didn't get the longing. I also didn't get Mia and Luke's relationship. Like B
Feb 18, 2021 marked it as 0-mm-books-i-own-and-to-be-read
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Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by Billy after reading Forgiven so I was really glad to read his HEA with Gus. I loved that they had a moment in the past that neither could stop thinking about. Both have a lot of hurts for similar and different reasons, yet they work through them together and are able to build something new that belongs to them.

Thank you Carina Press and NetGalley for the ARC!
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