Length: 62,000 words
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
Rented Heart Series
Rented Heart (Book #1) - Universal Buy Link
Ex-Army medic Marc Ramsey is recovering from life-changing combat injuries while pulling nights as a trauma specialist at the local hospital. Keeping busy is a habit he can't quit, but when Jamie-so wild and beautiful-bursts into his life, working himself into the ground isn't as compelling as it used to be.
Marc falls hard, but chaos lurks behind Jamie's fragile facade. He's winning his battle against addiction, but another old foe is slowly consuming him. Both men have weathered many storms, but the path to the peace they deserve might prove the roughest ride yet.
After first meeting Jamie in Rented Heart, I was definitely all in to see how his story would play out here in Soul to Keep. Since he came across as someone who wasn’t looking to be helped in the first book of this series, I was immediately wondering if this second book was going to be a rollercoaster of him going on and off the wagon. Jamie was an easy character with whom I could identify—not because he’s a recovering addict, but due to his OCD (though I’m not as bad as he is, and he has plenty else going on as well).
Marc is a natural protector and a great match to Jamie. I liked that their relationship grew slowly and never felt rushed, and how they both wind up taking care of each other. It’s not an angst-ridden story, but there’s plenty of emotion as Jamie deals with his recovery while trying to manage his OCD at the same time, all while navigating his new connection with Marc. It’s a story of healing, and while I always had the concern that Jamie might go off the rails and use again, I was impressed by his strength and determination even as I worried about him throughout the book.
This book can be read as a standalone, but personally I would recommend at least reading Rented Heart first since there’s a lot of recent backstory for Jamie in it, and it will let you appreciate his journey even more. I understand that Marc first appeared in Between Ghosts (Nat and Connor’s story—he and Nat were on the same team in the military), and I’m definitely going back to read that since I was intrigued by Nat and Connor.
Soul to Keep was a 4.5-star read for me, it had my rapt attention the whole way through and I really enjoyed Jamie and Marc together. I would absolutely recommend this story, just be aware it does deal with a recovering heroin addict…but Jamie’s character will quickly endear himself to you, I promise. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and situations, as well as steamy sexual content.
About the Author
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 photographer Dan Burgess.
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