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Monday, January 25, 2021

Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY to FORGIVEN by Garrett Leigh - REVIEW!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're rolling out the virtual red carpet for a NEW Contemporary Romance out now via Carina Press! It's a story filled with broken hearts that never quite forget each other, long held resentment from feelings left unspoken, new beginnings that certainly have more caution than welcome signs, unexpected danger, and a whole lot of smoke that signaling a fire that may never quite burn out (virtually...we're talking about chemistry here, in case I got a little long winded and lost you!). Sound good? Great! Let's DO this then! Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY to today's ebook of choice...


Garrett Leigh
Forgiven, Book 1
Carina Press

About the book...
High school sweethearts Mia and Luke get a second chance at love in this brand-new contemporary romance from award-winning author Garrett Leigh. 

When Mia Amour returns to England to open a florist shop, all she wants to do is put her lousy ex behind her and never look back. But getting a fresh start is easier said than done when her first love, the boy who once broke her teenage heart, strolls back into her life. He’s every bit as sexy as she remembers, and the urge to melt back into his arms almost makes her forget how devastated she was when he took off without a word. Almost. 

Left with no choice, Luke Daley did what he had to do, leaving town to earn enough money to save his broken family, though it just about broke him, too. But now he’s back, running his uncle’s business and trying desperately to forget about Mia, the girl he left behind all those years ago. When he runs into her in town, the shock of seeing her again brings an intense rush of emotions: love, guilt…and an overwhelming urge to find out if it’s still as amazing between them as it used to be.

It doesn’t take either of them long to give in to desire and discover the fiery passion they once shared burns hotter than ever. With each new touch, each moment of forgiveness, old hurts heal and the future they’d hoped for ten years ago becomes possible again. But their fragile connection is tested by a threat neither of them saw coming—a threat that could end their second chance before it even gets started.


**  Quick word of caution, this book tends to run both HOT in the match up department and LOOSE in the language arena, so if you tend to shy away from scenes that definitely get a bit down and dirty, or the F-bomb is going to fray your nerves too thin, it may not be the best match for you. Now that being said... **

Mia and Luke are both forces to be reckoned with.  Whether in business or pleasure, they attack the situation with everything they've got...including their hearts, no matter HOW MUCH they'll try to deny it.  When they are together, the force is multiplied by 100 and windows can be blown by the sheer force of their chemistry.  Even with time having passed, and hurts lingering from their shared history, those feelings were grounded in something stronger, and despite the fact that neither wants an entanglement with the other, the heart wants what it wants.

Watching these two play cat and mouse with their hearts are humorous, frustrating, and ultimately satisfying...and I'm not being masochistic.  Seeing them knock down each others walls, struggle through the awkward times, and try to find their footing was a treat.  Grant it, I think both them and I could have done without the creepy stalker activity and death threats, but hey, that's part and party to getting them to where they need to I say bring on the hard times; these two (if they ever really get it together!) can take on anything life throws their way!

In the end, the potential couple to be was a perfect fit, and I really liked the familial aspect with Gus and Billy.  My only regret was that I wish the stalker aspect was fleshed out more instead of the instant reveal and final outcome all in one...but it did have closure, so there is there.  Recommended for adult Contemporary Romance fans who like some smoke AND fire in their nightly reading...


About the author...

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer.

Garrett's debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at, and co-owns the specialist stock site with photographer Dan Burgess.



Special thanks to Stephanie and the Carina Press team for the ecopy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via Carina Press, an imprint of Harlequin Books, so click on over to your favorite retailer to snag your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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