Soul to Keep

Soul to Keep

by Garrett Leigh


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STANDALONE second book in the LAMBDA nominated Rented Heart series.

Recovering addict Jamie Yorke has returned to England from California. With no home or family to speak of, he sticks a pin in a map and finds a small town in the Derbyshire Peak District. Matlock Bath is a quiet place-he just needs to get there, keep his head down, and stay clean. Simple, right? Until a chance meeting on the flight home alters the course of his so-called life forever.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781986826310
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/24/2018
Series: Rented Heart , #2
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

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Soul to Keep 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SRKirchner More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for an angsty relationship, and this book delivered in spades. Both Jamie and Marc are engaging in their own ways, and the way they handle their relationship is equal parts beautiful and heartwrenching. Jamie's past drug issues, his self-esteem issues, and his OCD are all handled with realism and grace. Marc's amputation, and the way it affects both his daily life and his self-image is well-integrated part of the story. Watching these two men put each other back together kept me turning the page.
NatReadsMM More than 1 year ago
I do so enjoy a Garrett Leigh novel and becoming captivated by her intriguing characters. Jamie is Zac’s drug-addicted friend from book one and the story picks up a year afterwards. Jamie has been in California for rehab and has found stability but feeling homesick, he returns to England. Serendipity and coincidence bring Marc and Jamie together in the same town and Jamie starts work clearing out Marc’s house, formerly owned by his parents. Their attraction simmers while they get to know each other, a slow burn until later in the story, which I liked better than seeing them jump into bed right away. The focus is on Jamie struggling with more than just staying sober and portrays other factors contributing to his addiction. Marc has his own problems, like a missing leg, long traumatic shifts in the ER and fighting his urges to act like Jamie’s caretaker rather than his lover. It’s a thoughtful look at addiction in various forms and how certain mental conditions can affect people. Alternating POV’s give powerful insight into Jamie’s fears and struggles and Marc’s motivations in his actions toward Jamie. I loved Jamie the most with his determination, plodding forward the best he could to take measures to combat his issues. I didn’t think Marc’s character was quite as well done because I couldn’t always grasp why he acted in a certain ways and his thoughts sometimes weren’t clear. There was no major drama around the couple, just a steady unfolding of Jamie’s progress, Marc and him finding their way to love with a few bumps along the way. I suppose some might feel the lack of action and conflict make the story seem slow but I was utterly engrossed in the character driven plot. Great secondary figures make the narrative rich and give Jamie and Marc extra dimension. A flurry of activity just before the epilogue offers hints, I believe, of future subjects for the series. This can stand alone but a reader will benefit more from reading book one, as it reveals the greatest catalyst for Jamie’s recovery. Recommended for the hurt/comfort theme around both characters with plenty of redemption and romance. *An ARC was provided by the author, publisher or promotional service and I have chosen to publish a fair and honest review for Jessie G Books Reviews blog*
amatate More than 1 year ago
Soul to Keep is the second in the Rented Heart series. I really enjoyed the first book where we initially meet Jamie, one of this story’s heroes and was excited to read his full story. Although he was a secondary character in Rented Heart, that title included enough details about Jaime’s life before he went to rehab in California to make me think Soul to Keep reads better after finishing Rented Heart than strictly as a standalone. Honestly, when I started this book, I was expecting a different sort of story than it contained- maybe more grit and rough-hewn edges. Despite getting a different sort of story than I expected, I really enjoyed Soul to Keep. Soul to Keep picks up a year after Jamie gets clean and he decides to move back to England. I liked both main characters a lot and I was pleasantly surprised the other hero-Marc- is a secondary character whom I loved from Miss Leigh’s military romance, Between Ghosts (complete with cameos of the couple from that book). The initial meeting between Jamie and Marc was perfect. I liked how that immediate connection steadily built into something more and respected the understanding and patience the men afforded one another. Overall, I’d consider Soul to Keep a quieter May-December romance, especially when compared to this author’s other works, but it wasn’t boring and kept my attention all the way through. Instead, the lack of major angst and conflicts to disrupt Jamie and Marc’s relationship allowed plenty of time for both characters to grow and develop, individually and as a couple. The rhythm and writing of Soul to Keep was smooth and thoughtful, making for an easy, enjoyable read. If you’re a fan of seeing characters work through personal issues, finding themselves and love along the way, I’d definitely recommend this book and series. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*