Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Between Ghosts
Author: Garrett Leigh
Narrator: Craig Beck
Heroes: Connor Regan/Nat Thompson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 2 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 7, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: In 2003, journalist Connor Regan marched through London to add his voice to a million others, decrying the imminent invasion of Iraq. Eight months later, his brother, James, was killed in action in Mosul.
Three years on, Connor finds himself bound for Iraq to embed with an elite SAS team. He sets his boots on the ground looking for closure and solace—anything to ease the pain of his brother’s death. Instead he finds Sergeant Nathan Thompson.
Nat Thompson is a veteran commander, hardened by years of combat and haunted by the loss of his best friend. Being lumbered with a civilian is a hassle Nat doesn’t need, and he vows to do nothing more than keep the hapless hack from harm’s way.
But Connor proves far from hapless, and too compelling to ignore for long. He walks straight through the steel wall Nat’s built around his heart, and when their mission puts him in mortal danger, Nat must lay old ghosts to rest and fight to the death for the only man he’s ever truly loved.
Review – Book: Jen reviewed this book reviewed previously here.
I think, for the most part, I agree with her review. Garrett Leigh is a gifted writer who knows how to reach into your chest and drag your heart out. Even her “light” stuff has some width and breadth to it.
One impression I am left with, outside the romance, is the strong feelings about war and the military and – like Jen said – the perspective from another standpoint. Beyond just being about Connor, Pogo or Nat’s experiences overseas, it’s also a bit of a commentary on the whole “Middle East” as a political issue. Not to say it’s preachy, it’s more subtle than that, but it doesn’t shy away from making it clear just how brutal and often senseless “war” can be.
The other impression that sticks with me is how very “British” this is. Especially since I was listening to this (with an amazing narrator!) I really felt immersed through the language and the slang. (I have to admit that sometimes I wasn’t exactly sure what the slang was referring to, but I got the general gist.)
I didn’t love the connection between Nat and Connor – I think I’d have needed to see them more as a couple in a non-life-or-death situation for me to really feel that they have what it takes. I also thought, despite the super dramatic ending, their reunion was a bit blasé for me. I really wanted them to feel it when back in each other’s arms and instead it was a bit flat.
I think that fans of war romances, and the author, and for fans who love their angst – this is a great story for you!
Impression – Book: I really liked it!
Review – Audio: I had avoided the book originally because I’m not a fan of war romances. I just don’t have a heart for the pain and suffering and so I tend to veer more toward the light and fluffy. But… I LOVE this narrator. He’s absolutely amazing! He is so good at making the listener feel like part of the story. His accents are just so authentic and varied and do a lot to make the language (slang etcetera) ring true. This is SUCH a British story and having Craig Beck narrate it really gave each of the MCs and the secondary characters a solid presence. As a way to enjoy this story, I think the audiobook is a MUST. Highly Recommended.
Impression – Audio: It was amazing!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*