Don’t look back. Don’t you ever look back…
Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn’t quite understand.
Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength—things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.
Traumatic events in Pete’s work life distance him from home, and he doesn’t realize until it’s too late that Ash has slipped away. Betrayal, secrets, and lies unfold, and when a devastating coincidence takes hold, Pete must fight with all he has to save the love of his life.
Author: Garrett Leigh
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Misfits, What Remains, Marked, Rare
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Marked, Rare
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Purchased for Self
Published: October 14, 2013
Genres: LGBTQUI, Male Male Romance
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One of my favorite things about romance books is reading how the characters meet and begin to fall in love. When readers first meet Ash and Pete it is during the prologue (2009) of Slide. They are living together and it’s quite obvious they are already lovers. I was a little confused at first. I even triple checked that I was reading the first book in Roads series and not the second full length book in the series. Chapter one takes readers to when Ash and Pete first meet in 2007. Needless to say I got my fix on how they begin.
Ash is new to Chicago. To an extent he is new to life. The way he was living prior to Chicago is no way for anyone to live yet Ash survived it. He has the scars to prove he survived it but not much else. One of the things he does have is Ellie his best friend. She wants him to have a more stable life. That’s one of the many reasons she gets him off of her sofa and into his own room in his own place, she finds him a roommate.
All Pete wanted was a roommate. He’s seldom home. His job as a paramedic keeps him out of his home much of the time. It also keeps him working multiple shifts and odd hours. The odd hours are one of the many reasons that he seems to constantly cross paths with his roommate. Pete’s okay with that. He likes to look at the very attractive roommate. It’s the constant looking that allows him to see more of his roommate. Pete easily sees that Ash is troubled about something almost all the time. Once the attraction takes hold Pete simply wants to get to know the very shy and uneasy man better.
Little hints are dropped throughout the book about some of the possible terrors from Ash’s past. For the majority of Slide I just kept reading impatiently waiting for it to be revealed. I had a suspicion of what it was. That was too easy not to speculate. How it all unravels makes the book a phenomenal read. I lost so much sleep to this book. I wanted to know it all and I wanted to know it all at once. It was all so angsty and heartbreaking.
In the end I’m glad that Leigh has given us readers more of Pete and Ash. They are simply one of those couples that seem to stick with you or at least they are sticking with me. The ending didn’t leave me with a cliffhanger feeling but it was definitely another shoe dropping.