Unforgiven by Garret Leigh _ Book Review

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Billy Daley hasn’t been home in years, and he likes it that way. He’s just fine on his own—he has a cash-in-hand job at a scrapyard, a half-feral cat to keep him company, and many miles between him, his hometown and all the baggage that comes with it.

Until the job goes sideways. Suddenly he’s back in Rushmere, working for none other than his brother’s best friend—a man whose kiss Billy can’t seem to forget.

Gus Amour’s memories of Billy Daley are all spiky edges, lips crushed against lips and a reckless streak that always ended in trouble. But when Billy needs a place to stay, Gus steps in. He’d do anything for the Daley family, including living, and working, side by side with a man who makes his heart beat too fast and his blood run too hot—two things he’s been running from for years.

It doesn’t take long before their easy banter, lingering touches and heated glances become a temptation too hard to resist. But falling into bed and falling in love are two different things, and love has never come easy to either Billy or Gus. Only when fate threatens to steal away their opportunity for a second chance will they realize they don’t need easy.

They just need each other. 

[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

is the second book in Garrett Leigh’s Forgiven series. Even though its part of a series I feel it can be read as a stand alone and if you’re a fan off m/m romances I would recommend this one.

If you read my review of book one, Forgiven, you’ll know I was not pleased with it but Wow the m/m genre is obviously where Garrett Leigh knows how to shine. I loved this one, and I don’t even know where to start. Not that this book doesn’t fit into the vibe or setting of the series, but it’s just done so well compared to book one.

“When it came to Billy. He was my kryptonite, the face that could never be faceless. If we never kissed again, he’d still be the only one I remembered.”

I loved both of Unforgotten’s leading men. Gus was a peacemaker , who kept his hurt and anger inside and didn’t let it leak out and effect those around him. Billy, oh my precious Billy, he was a mess but against everyone always thinking the worst of him he was really trying dispite that. The man had the sweetest relationship with his cat, that alone should tell you the type of person he was inside even if it was buried under layers of hurt. Gus and Billy built a friendship while living together, a relationship that included angst and sexual tension. I looked forward to every smile Gus pulled out Billy and don’t get me started on the amount of cuddling (happy sigh). I’m fixating on the sweet parts, but their journey wasn’t smooth. Gus didn’t want to get in too deep with his best friends brother and ruin things for their healing relationship. Billy didn’t think he was deserving of Gus’ love. That led to some hot and cold whiplash from Gus and as well as a few miscommunications, but through it all I was routing for them.

“I couldn’t find the words to explain how much my desire for him scared me. That the race of my heart was so terrifying I didn’t know what with it. Being with him brought me to life in ways that were brand new.”

Like the previous book, we have two characters who don’t handle their emotions in the healthiest way. Gus used the Grindr hook ups to distract himself from the thoughts in his head while Billy used fights and confrontation as a distraction. However unlike the previous book, the relationship wasn’t filled with constant hateful words and anger. Unlike the last book, this also had a satisfying ending, it wasn’t a big out of nowhere unbelievable drama, and it fit into the storyline.

 is full of angst and fire but also tender moments and family. I’m glad that I gave Garrett Leigh’s writing another shot because I’ll be keeping an eye out for her future m/m releases and will be checking out her back list.

—Written by Amanda—

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