Erryn reviews ‘Salvation (Darkest Skies Book 3)’ by Garrett Leigh. The ebook was published September 2, 2021 and is 374 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Dan Calley. It was released November 16, 2021 and is 8 hrs and 29 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved Rented Hearts.
Reformed gang boss Dante Pope is out after a four-year stretch in prison. But freedom has found him faster than he’s ready for. His only brother hates him, and with nothing but PTSD and a newfound fascination with plants for company, the outside world is a terrifying place.
A prisoner rehabilitation scheme lands him at a stately home that might as well be the moon. Working for gorgeous gardener Sid is a welcome distraction – his shoulders are broad, his rugged jaw unshaven, and his long, tanned legs?
But Sid has problems of his own. A life-changing disease has left him limited in ways he can’t bear and accepting help, even from a stranger, makes him want to curl up and die.
If Dante would let him.
Newsflash: He won’t, and he’s not a stranger for long. With his dark smile and sinister ink, Dante Pope is the most beautiful man Sid has ever seen. Life is hard, but falling for each other is easy.
Sunshine and shadows.
Old ghosts can haunt Dante all they like. Loving Sid is the only salvation he’ll ever need.
Salvation is a sweetly angsty stand-alone MM romance novel in the Darkest Skies series. Expect: second chances, forced proximity, friends-to-lovers, and buckets of hurt/comfort themed loveliness. Content warnings for childhood trauma, violence, and chronic illness.
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I love me a redemption story. I love me a love story. I love me an angsty story. This book gave me all three.
Who couldn’t love Dante? A bad boy trying to go straight. A former gang boss who is taking the opportunity provided him to make a new life for himself. I also longed for him to reunite with his brother, but considering what he’d put the man through, I understood his brother’s hesitation.
And who couldn’t love Sid? Cantankerous. Grouchy. Wants to be with his plants and to be left alone except his illness makes him reliant on others. Then a gorgeous new employee comes along who sees right through him. Sees beyond the illness. Sees what they could be together, if they only gave each other a chance.
This book gave me all the feelz, and I loved it. I loved the sunshine and shadows. I loved the contrast between the men. I loved that they found comfort in each other’s arms. And the ending was damn near perfect.
And, of course, while I’m raving about everything I loved, I have to mention Dan Calley. He did a fantastic job with this one and I’m so glad I listened. Highly recommend.
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.