Title: Rented Heart
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 12, 2016
Page Count: 228
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.63 stars out of 5
Ex-surfer-turned-businessman Liam Mallaney moved back to Holkham, Norfolk, to mourn the loss of his husband. Grief and loneliness keep him a solitary figure, and he likes it that way. There’s no room in his broken heart for anything else.
Rentboy Zac Payne left London and most of his demons behind, but he still only knows one way to make a living. When he spots Liam in a club one night, it seems he’s found his mark. But Liam proves nicer—and their connection far deeper—than he’d bargained for.
Their arrangement quickly becomes too complicated for Zac, who has other things on his mind: namely his BFF and wayward flatmate, Jamie. Zac owes Jamie the world, and even as Jamie’s drug addiction destroys all they have, Zac won’t leave him behind.
Besides, Liam knows nothing of Zac’s home life, too caught up in his own head to think much beyond the crazy heat he and Zac share. But when trouble comes to Zac’s door, putting his life in danger, Liam must set his grief and anger aside to pick up the pieces of Zac’s shattered heart and his own.
At 23, Zac Payne really cannot complain about his life, since he is better off than he was six months ago. Having a roof over his head and having kicked his addiction; he really did have it better than most. Better than his best friend Jamie, whom he met on the streets and now tries to look after. So what if he was numb inside; being a rent boy and being able to pick his Johns’ was a luxury most did not have.
All before the age of 34, Liam Mallaney has traveled the world, fallen in love and gotten married; not to mention building a successful business with his husband. Sadly, due to an accident his life changes and a year later he is still trying to get over the loss of his husband. That is until he happens to go to the only gay bar in King’s Lynn, where he happens to acquire the services of Zac.
After their night together, both accept and reject their feelings that they have for one another. Determine to keep it professional however, they keep each other at arm’s length. Then things do start to change between them, and hope starts to nudge its way in. Nonetheless, miscommunication, a misunderstanding and of course the ‘trouble that comes crashing through his door’, sends them on an emotional tailspin.
In the end, they wind up saving one another. Zac gives Liam his life back and Liam in turn gives Zac a life to live.
This is my first book by this author, and it definitely will not be my last. OMG this so tugged on my heart-strings! Two damaged people afraid to let one another in; like they have given up on life. Seriously, wow! This is a non-stop roller coaster of a book that I really could not put down. I do wish the author would have a spin-off or make this a series so we can get Jamie’s story. As much as I wanted to smack him at times, I am really intrigued by his story and would like him to get his HEA.