Reviewed by JustJen
Title: More Than Life
Author: Garrett Leigh
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 75 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Available at: eXtasy Books
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Blurb: A love forged in war, and saved by the shadows of death.
Set in the Kosovan war, Mikail fights in the depleted underground resistance, smuggling intelligence and precious cargo out of war torn Pristina. Isa, an enigmatic CIA operative becomes an unlikely ally, and when a secret mission brings them together, heat, passion and a love they’ve never known consumes them. They forge a deep bond, but the war around them continues to rage, and as Serbian forces close in on Pristina, Isa makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his young lover.
Four years later, Mik lives in the shadow of the Albanian mountains, trying to rebuild his life with what remains of his family. His grief for Isa weighs heavily on his young shoulders and their time together feels like nothing more than a stolen dream.
Review: It is my understanding that this story was written about two years ago, but being a fan of Garrett Leigh’s stories, I was quick to grab the opportunity to read it. As with everything else I’ve read by Ms. Leigh, I was not disappointed.
This story centers around Mikail who, along with his parents and siblings, work underground to smuggle intelligence and children out of their war-torn Kosovo to the safety of the neighboring Albania. Mik is mainly a runner, making many trips to and fro to carry information, etc. One such mission has him meeting up with CIA operative, Isa. I was never really clear about Isa’s actual part in the grand scheme of things, but he definitely played an important role.
Over time, Isa and Mik’s friendship grows and the are eventually in a situation that allows them to take things further and act on their mutual attraction. Even still, evidence of the war is going on all around them. Their relationship grows through their stolen moments, and as Isa becomes more and more involved in helping Mik, they fall in love.
The walls come tumbling down, both literally and figuratively, and they are separated for four years with Mik believing Isa was killed so that he and his sisters could flee for safety. I had no trouble at all picturing the war-ravaged country or how these people had to live just to survive not knowing from day to day if they would make it.
I found this to be such a sweet story even with all the doom and gloom surrounding this couple. These guys were wonderful together. There were very few extra descriptive words being used during the intimate scenes, and I loved that none were needed to feel the emotions and chemistry between these guys.
Suffice to say, had this been the first book I read by Ms. Leigh, it most definitely would not be my last.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*