Erryn reviews ‘Lucky Man (Heated Beat Book 2)’ by Garrett Leigh. The ebook was published August 5, 2019 and is 166 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Dan Calley. It was released August 28, 2020 and is 4 hrs and 11 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved Garrett Leigh books narrated by Dan Calley.
For a diehard music fan, a dirty, smoky gig is Vice Squad Detective Danny Jones’ idea of heaven. While watching one of the most popular bands in Northern England, the sight of gorgeous rock star Finn McGovern changes his life forever.
Beneath the tattoos and leather jacket, Finn is kind and sweet, but when he confesses a dark secret to Danny, it tests their fledgling bond. Danny digs deep to accept Finn, but before long, a terrifying trail of death threatens to tear them apart before they’ve even got started.
A monster is killing prostitutes on Danny’s patch, and when a dead girl turns up too close to home, Danny discovers a heartbreaking link between the girl and his bright new life with Finn, a life he’ll do anything to protect.
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Lucky Man is the second book in the Heated Beat duo. I have to say I enjoyed this book more than the first because it brought out one of Garrett Leigh’s true talents – writing honestly and accurately about mental illness. She brings a keen understanding to what it’s like to be mentally ill and I feel her representations are accurate. As someone with a mental illness, I appreciate when the characters are real. I also appreciate that love doesn’t fix the illness and that people living with these conditions also deserve happy endings.
I’ll quickly mention the uneven narration style. This is not the standard back and forth alternative point of view chapters between the two heroes. That being said, it’s much more balanced than other books and I got a glimpse into both Finn and Danny’s worlds. Danny’s a cop. He takes a night off to see a band perform and is caught in the web of Finn whose voice and beauty are enchanting. They hook up and both wind up finding something they’re looking for. But Finn has a secret and if Danny can’t handle it, their relationship is doomed to end before it even begins.
Jack and Will from the first book in the series make appearances in this book as well and it was nice to see them so happy. I was surprised they weren’t living together full time, but the stories needed to be linked and making Jack and Finn flatmates worked. Finn and his issues were one part of the plot while the other was Danny and his work. He’s investigating the murder of prostitutes. Some of the women he’s gotten to know with his beat. When one murder comes a little close to Finn, things get all the more challenging. Things worked out, though. Bad guy caught? Check. Happy ending? You bet. Lovely book? Absolutely.
Finally, I’ll mention Dan Calley’s narration. I feel like Ms. Leigh and Mr. Calley are a couple made in narration heaven. His deeply resonant voice works with the sometimes-dark places where these books go. He handles the characters with concern and care. The book just works.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 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.