Erryn reviews ‘Falling for my Roommate’ by Garrett Leigh. The ebook was published Match 12, 2020 and is 228 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Dan Calley. It was released April 27, 2020 and is 5 hrs and 40 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved the last Leigh/Calley collaboration so was quick to nab this one.
Falling for his roommate gives ex-footballer Micah the second chance he deserves, and what could be better than loving your best friend?
I’m a broke ex-football player with a bum leg and PTSD. Last summer, I had two choices: the streets, or find a cheap room to rent in the city. I chose the second option, which landed me with a brand-new problem, because I hadn’t banked on my roommate becoming my best friend. Or that before long, I’d find myself head over heels in love with him.
Trouble is, even if Sam likes me back, I ain’t fit to be no one’s boyfriend. I don’t know how. All I do is wade through every precious moment and hope that he doesn’t regret the day he ever met me.
I’m a gay book nerd with no business falling in love with hunky athletes. Micah is the dictionary definition of beautiful, inside and out. He just doesn’t know it. And he definitely doesn’t know I’m ridiculously in love with him. The embarrassing kind of love.
He’s all I can think about.
But it’s not as simple as loving someone who doesn’t love me back. Micah is damaged goods – at least, that’s how he’d put it. The world has chewed him up and spat him out, and he thinks he deserved it. That he’s still the battered mess he was a year ago.
I want to shake him, and shout in his face that he’s not. To force the truth on him and make him believe in himself the way I do. But I can’t save Micah. One day, perhaps, he’ll realize that he already saved himself.
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This is my third Garrett Leigh book in just a short period of time and I have to say I’m loving her work. The premise of this book was pretty straightforward – an ex-footballer with a career-ending injury moves in with a bartender/student who can’t cover all the expenses of the house he lives in. One had a reputation for bedding many different men and women, while one had lived a quite and unassuming life, going along with minimal stress and fuss. I kind of thought the book would be predictable and – gasp – boring. It’s a Garrett Leigh book – I bloody well should have known better.
Micah is one fucked up man. That injury? Obtained when he landed on the train tracks in the London Tube Station. As a reader, I found myself wondering how on earth did that happen? Eventually, when he finally opens up to Sam, he reveals his whole truth. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Both men are attracted to each other but neither wants to screw up the good thing they’ve got going. Finally, though, they give into their feelings and have a great night together. Only that triggers a series of events that neither could have foreseen that culminates in Micah sitting at the breakfast bar in a friend’s apartment trying to sort out the mess he’s made of his life.
I shuddered. “I don’t know why I do anything. I feel…I don’t know how to explain it. Like my brain and myself are disconnected and I can’t trust any of my emotions – good or bad.”
I think that was the moment I truly related to Micah in a way I hadn’t before. I’d watched him decompressing and it was painful, butt when he finally admitted to himself that he needed help – that was a powerful moment. He also had to acknowledge that he’d driven Sam away and it was going to take serious work on his part to earn Sam’s trust back. The book is a romance so I knew I’d get my happy ending, but man did Ms. Leigh make these men work for it.
Dan Calley narrates this book and I have to say he brings a certain gravitas to it while also bringing humor. He has the perfect balance that works so well with Ms. Leigh’s books. This book is enjoyable on so many levels, I can highly recommend it. I can’t wait for more to come from both of them.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.
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 blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.