Title: House of Cards
Calum Hardy’s life has unravelled. Reeling from the betrayal of a man he once loved, he boards a train heading south, with no real idea where he’s going except a world away from London.
Brix Lusmoore can hardly believe his eyes when he spots one of his oldest friends outside Truro station. He hasn’t seen Calum since he fled the capital himself four years ago, harbouring a life-changing secret. But despite the years of silence, their old bond remains, warm and true—and layered with simmering heat they’ve never forgotten.
Calum takes refuge with Brix and a job at his Porthkennack tattoo shop. Bit by bit, he rebuilds his life, but both men carry the ghosts of the past, and it will take more than a rekindled friendship and the magic of the Cornish coast to chase them away.
Author: Garrett Leigh
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Misfits, What Remains, Slide, Marked
Series: Porthkennack #4
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: July 17th 2017
Genres: Male Male Romance
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It’s been about ten days since I read House of Cards the first time. You heard me right – the first time because when I sat down to write the review I remembered why I enjoyed it so much I had to read it a second time. It’s not often I re-read a book (who has that kind of time!) but when a story and its characters grab me and draw me in, sometimes it’s worth another look.
Calum had lost it all – his home, job, lover, everything except what he had on his back when he caught his jerkwad boyfriend cheating on him. It wasn’t necessarily the healthiest situation but this final straw had him wanting to escape. So he boards a train to get away, far away with no destination in mind. He arrives alone, penniless, drunk and no idea on what to do. Fate puts him in the path of an old friend and that encounter brings him something he didn’t expect – a chance to rebuild his life doing something he loved and the possibility of something more.
Brix and Calum. Honestly, I can’t tell you which character I liked better. Brix and his down to earth or Calum in his dire situation. There is history between these two which made their reconnection very familiar. There wasn’t instant fluidity but the fragile connection leading to rekindled friendship, that is what drew me in. Both have qualities and quirks I just adored. Brix and his chickens, very honorable and had me giggling. Calum, full of low self-esteem, picking himself up and starting again. They were friends before and were secretly attracted to each other. I really enjoyed the reconnection as friends, the slow build-up of their lives and the eventual romance they discovered.
Now, what would a great story be without a stellar group of supporting characters! Lena, Kim, and Lee really help bring this story together. Their introductions to Calum are memorable and their continued interactions with both main characters had me wanting more of them. My personal favorite is, of course, Bongo. She may not have a very important part and may have come off as a prop, but I can’t help but think, she is what got Calum on his healing process. Besides, who doesn’t love a cuddly chicken?
I picked up my first book by Garrett Leigh on a whim and now I am a full on fan. Her stories are rich with feelings and characters that I just can’t get enough of. I have officially gone into stalker mode and am gobbling up her books as fast as I can. Anyone who isn’t reading Ms. Leigh is sorely missing out. Get House of Cards, read it and find out why, IMHO, she is one of the most amazing MM authors I have ever read.