Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.
Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood. His battle with mental illness is far from over, but with Pete by his side, he's feeling good again, so good he doesn’t notice something missing until it walks right into his living room.
Ash believes he’s had enough coincidence in his life, but when a voice from the past comes looking for him, it takes the devastating injuries of the one he loves most to convince him to let a ghost become the family he never knew he wanted.
Author: Garrett Leigh
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Misfits, What Remains, Slide, Marked
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Slide, Marked
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Purchased for Self
Published: January 17, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
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After reading Slide I found it impossible not to want to jump right in to reading Rare. While Slide does not end on a cliffhanger it does end with a rather dramatic revelation into Ash’s life. With that said I recommend reading Slide before Rare. This is one of those books that just won’t work without reading its predecessor.
From the moment Pete meets Ash he becomes the one truly solid thing in Ash’s life. There are other people in Ash’s life that he can trust and let in but it is Pete that is the one Ash is most aware of. Ash is at a point in his life where he is getting the psychological help he never really knew he needed. He’s building a family out of the friends that he has let into his life. He and Pete are building a life, a home together. Things are going good.
Life isn’t always smooth sailing and one event rocks their carefully constructed world in a way that I never expected. This allowed for something Ash always had to fully show itself though. Pete now needs Ash in a way he never needed him before. Their roles are reversed and Ash must become the rock. Pete is the one struggling with putting the missing pieces back where they belong while relinquishing some of his caretaker role.
To add tension to an already stressful situation Pete and Ash have to get used to the idea of what came into their lives at the end of Slide. It’s something Ash never had. He didn’t really realize it was even missing. The complications it added made for just as interesting reading as the balm it added to the wound heart that Ash carries with him. Garrett Leigh’s Road series is such an easy set of books to enjoy.