Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Garrett Leigh
Series: Skins #1
Heroes: Dylan & Angelo
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 244 pages
Publisher: Fox Love Press
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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 that way, but then worlds collide, and reality bites when his hookup desperately needs a friend. Surely Dylan can’t trust his instincts when friendship has bruised his heart so badly before?
It’s burying me alive…
The deck is stacked against former ballet dancer Angelo Giordano ever finding real love. At least visiting Lovato’s offers respite from a life defined by illness; a glimmer of light in the dull grey of his so-called life without dance. But then he encounters Dylan — a glorious ray of the brightest sunshine — who makes his heart pound once more with purpose.
Angelo’s mind is blown by this man, but the disease that ended his career won’t let him bask in new love. He’s drowning, and Dylan can’t save him while insecurities swamp them both. The only way to make it means confronting their demons.
If Dylan can turn his back on the past, and Angelo can face his uncertain future, maybe they can chase their dreams together.
I had no idea how this story was going to play out, but the Angelo you meet at the beginning of the book is not the same man at the end. This story also deals with a lot of hard topics; one of which is a chronic disease that does not have a miraculous, happy ending. No, no one is dying, but a lifetime of pain is almost as bad, especially for a man who lost everything because of it. Angelo was a professional ballet dancer and now some days he can barely walk. But when he is well, he is a beast.
Dylan’s heart has been battered and bruised. Unrequited love sucks, really it does. But Dylan has a cure, a place of anonymity where he can get the kind of sex he needs to get out of his head, Lovato’s. Fortunately for him, Angelo needs the same kind of voyeuristic release and one night of bliss leads to a lifetime of pleasure and love…but first they need to get past their own issues.
Angelo is in dire straits, besides his disease. His family life is in shambles, his health is in shambles, and his career is over. How much further can you fall? Well, for one, he didn’t expect to recognize the man he had scorching hot sex with, and then have that same man become way too familiar with his ego killing issues. These two have a long, hard road to navigate, but once Angelo realizes that Dylan honestly cares, he stops trying to push him away and learns that together they can beat all of the obstacles in their way.
There is so much to this first book, but one needs to read it to appreciate it. I find myself looking forward to the next book, although a part of me is worried about what hardship is on the horizon.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*