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.
This has been one of the best MMM I have had the pleasure of "reading". Have to use that term loosely because I listened to it. It was very tasteful and believable and of course, super hot. :D
Jake is really a special character and the amount of energy that Garret put into him is incredible. My BF's son has TS, but his isn't so much sounds. Each case is unique, just like each person. Garret did a wonderful job.
Cass is another awesome character. He's the more wild and mysterious sort. The relationship that develops between him and Jake is sort of awesome. I like that he can laugh and make Jake laugh and talk about Jakes syndrome. It makes Jake feel more normal, and it gives them something to bond over, other than Tom.
Tom. He's the first character you meet in this story. He's a busy sort of guy who seems to take on a lot of projects. Not quite sure why he tries to keep himself busy, maybe it's because Cass is always at the restaurant and it gives him something to focus on. Though Tom has all sorts of things going on, he still seems like an incredible boss to work for and he generally cares about, well, everyone.... especially Cass and Jake. He's a protective sort and it's really endearing.
I love how these three come together and find their own way one on one and has a whole unit. You can't help but love all three for their own personalities.
Craig Beck, you rocked it. This audio was everything and so are you
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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.
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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!
I sooooo loved Misfits when I read it the first time. Like favorite book of the year loved it! And listening to Craig Beck bring these amazing guys to life in another way was spectacular! Seriously, I cannot even begin to say how amazing this audio is. Perfection! ❤️❤️❤️ I cannot wait for Strays! Eeeep!
"Forgot how much I loved this book!"
This book is great, it's one of Garrett Leigh's less angsty titles (less angsty not not angsty!) And it's nice to have an English book read by an English narrator
You have to love Jake, he is a great character and he isn't totally defined by his TS which is nice
Sorry to Craig but I'm being a purest here! As a cockney born and bred I can tell you he doesn't quite nail Cas's accent, but it isn't so bad I couldn't listen so I forgive him, he is very good with Jake's northern accent, not being from Leeds I can't tell you how accurate it was, and reading a book with 3 characters with different accents can't have been easy. I also particularly love his interpretation of Jake's fly me to the moon tick, which was great but different to how I had read it in the book to myself.The one bit he did wrong and although very small it annoyed me as it would be an easy thing to check, was when he sang the first couple of lines of 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles', the West Ham football song. I get that he didn't grow up with his family singing it in his ear like Cas and I did but 30 seconds on you tube would have done it. And he clearly knows the song Fly Me to the Moon
I did laugh at points in the book and whilst I didn't cry there were sad bits. Usually Garrett rips your heart out of your chest throws it in the gutter and stamps on it, fortunately this is one of her 'lightheated' books lol
A good story, well narrated and produced. Worth the listen :-)
"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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