Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.
Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom's bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and...taken. Tom's explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom's helping hand, he finds himself between two men who've lost their way.
Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn't much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass's deprived childhood comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, guiding square pegs into round holes, and it's time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he's grown to love.
©2015 Garrett Leigh (P)2016 Riptide Publishing
The first thing that NEEDS to be said is that this MUST be listened to.
What a masterpiece!
Craig Beck is easily my favorite “British” narrator and ties in the top three of all narrators. He is so good with emotions, timing, voice modulation and pacing. There are no technical errors and he even adds in a bit here and there – special effects for phone calls, etcetera. I don’t know my British accents – but I can tell he does – and he differentiates the various regions superbly.
There’s a bit in Misfits where Tom calls out Jake’s accent and so it’s magnified and it’s awesome! Funny and (I think) spot on.
Because this is SO British, listening to it only helps to put the story in perspective. It’s a London story with parts elsewhere, but having the accent in your ears makes it all the more real.
On that note, let’s talk about the story itself, because REAL is what this story signifies. It is NOT a perfect relationship. Neither Tom’s with Cass, Tom’s with Jake, Jake’s with Cass, nor Tom’s, Jake’s and Cass’ together. It’s not like any ménage I’ve read so far, but it works for them.
Garrett Leigh is a skilled writer of broken men, and Cass and Jake are broken in their own ways. Tom is the glue that helps them stay put together but he needs them just as much as they need him.
I LOVED Jake’s Turret’s syndrome and all his ticks and sayings. He absolutely made this story! “there’s a rat in here!”
I highly recommend this in audio format – it’s a FABULOUS narration of a great story that I think most anybody would like.
Wonderful, beautiful book!! Couldn't put it down. Truly a story of love and companionship. 5 STARS!
The writing is very compelling as we expect from this author, but the narrator's performance gives the additional push to make a great book, extraordinary.
Beautiful story of three loveable but very different characters who against the odds make it all work. Well written and read perfectly by the narrator - really brought the characters to life.
I am a wife, mother, friend, teacher, technology coordinator, and avid reader of both audio and print books.
Uplifting! The sensitivity with which the symptoms of TS were treated and accepted by the characters was touching. It is a blessing to be able to see this handled so well. I fell in love with these young men. I laughed and cried with them. Thank You!
"Great adaptation of a super book....."
4.5 stars. Loved the book and loved the audio book too. Narrated by a newbie on the block to me, Craig Beck, but he did a grand job as Jake would say, Jake being the glue that held Tom and Cass together when life simply got in the way of their established relationship, and made them forget what they meant to each other for a little while. I thought the effort that Craig put in to get Jake's Tourette's Syndrome and the resulting pops, clicks, buzzes and swearing was spot on, as was Garrett's research for the story. 4.5 stars from me.
"Brilliant narration of a fantastic book - loved it!"
This audio is so good! I had already read the paperback and loved it and I'm not a regular MMM reader (I can't get my head round not being jealous of the third person or feeling like someone always gets left out). However, what makes this stand out is that it was so incredibly believable. The fact that Jake struggled to get his head round Cass and Tom's relationship made it strangely ok that I did too, and as he came to grips with their dynamic I felt completely taken along for the ride.
This is a wonderful tale which is beautifully written and fantastically narrated. The alternating POV is managed brilliantly and I felt like I was listening to three different perspectives and thoughts, not just three different voices. Having read this before I had my own 'world' going on in my head, but listening to it had me realising bits I hadn't really picked up when I read the book - it brought a vulnerability to Tom who was always the strong one to me, and highlighted the way Jake meshed them all together.
I really loved this and would recommend it to anyone who even slightly liked the book (because the audio is like the HD version!) and anyone who us not a typical MMM reader, as I think this book truly works for anyone reading the MM genre who doesn't usually get on with/reads MMM.
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