Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
Length: 260 pages
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Lonely physiotherapist Harry Foster has the world at his feet. A full client list, a six figure Instagram following, and a publishing deal for a book he doesn't have time to write until his agent offers him a break-a retreat to the wild south west coast.
Cornish horseman Joe Carter is lonely too. Rescuing horses and managing Whisper Farm takes up most of his days, and by night he plays chicken with the farm's perilous bank accounts.
At his sister's unwelcome suggestion, he rents his only bedroom to a bloke from the city, and when Harry arrives, he's everything Joe isn't-calm, patient, and gorgeous enough to be exactly the kind of distraction Joe doesn't need.
Harry doesn't have time for distractions either-even shirtless farmers riding bareback past his bedroom window-but his moody host proves impossible to ignore.
On paper, they have nothing in common, but Joe is beautiful...glorious, and when an accident puts his life in Harry's healing hands, the whisper of true love is inevitable. If the trouble that put the farm on its knees in the first place doesn't get in the way.
Though Whisper is the second book in the Skins series, it can be read as a standalone. I’ve read several of this author’s books, most of which I’ve loved. Here with Whisper, I thought it was a good read though it didn’t wow me like the other’s I’ve read by this author. There’s a good story, and interesting characters, it just moved slower than I was expecting which left me a little at loose ends while reading.
I found Joe to be a bit rough, but he does have an infinite heart when it comes to animals (one of my weaknesses in a guy). He’s deeply invested in his family farm, and finds a way to make things work even as they’re teetering on the edge of losing it. Harry actually fits in quite well when he arrives; or at least he does if you don’t pay attention to his eating habits compared to everyone else there. He’s good with Joe’s sister, helping her with her anxiety, and easily falls into helping with things on the farm when needed.
As far as the chemistry between Joe and Harry—I honestly didn’t feel the emotional connection until after they’d made initial physical contact. After that, it felt slow going which for me means my mind starts to wander while reading. There was some drama injected into the story related to someone Joe’s father had dealt with, and it pops up a couple of times but never is fully resolved by the end of the story.
There’s a really great epilogue, one that made me very happy for Joe and Harry and where they eventually end up. I only wish there was a bit more between the end of the story and the beginning of the epilogue to bridge the gap some. The mentions and appearances of several of the secondary and supporting characters did have me wanting to read their books (for those that I haven’t already).
Whisper was a 3.5-star read for me; if you’re a fan of this author you’ll definitely like this one though for me I liked Dream, the first book in this series better. This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and situations as well as 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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