Title: Dream (Skins #1)
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Fox Love Press
Release Date: January 23rd 2018
Page Count: 244 pages
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
I can’t sleep…
When unrequited love leaves Dylan Hart sleepless and nursing his wounds, instinct draws him to the one place he’s found mindless respite in the past—Lovato’s. It’s a place for every fantasy — for crazy-hot encounters — where a night of insane NSA sex brings relief to Dylan’s fragile feelings.
It should be a perfect escape, and for one magical night it seems that way, but then worlds collide, and reality bites when his hookup desperately needs a friend. Surely Dylan can’t trust his instincts when friendship has bruised his heart so badly before?
It’s burying me alive…
The deck is stacked against former ballet dancer Angelo Giordano ever finding real love. At least visiting Lovato’s offers respite from a life defined by illness; a glimmer of light in the dull grey of his so-called life without dance. But then he encounters Dylan — a glorious ray of the brightest sunshine — who makes his heart pound once more with purpose.
Angelo’s mind is blown by this man, but the disease that ended his career won’t let him bask in new love. He’s drowning, and Dylan can’t save him while insecurities swamp them both. The only way to make it means confronting their demons.
If Dylan can turn his back on the past, and Angelo can face his uncertain future, maybe they can chase their dreams together.
“They were different men, but their dreams were the same.”
Correct me if I’m wrong but I think this was the sexiest Garrett Leigh book to date! It’s also a very sex positive book. This is the part where I feel that a lot of writers screw up, and I love that there is no slut shaming in a Garrett Leigh book. This author nails this genre because she gives the readers what they want, but always without fetishizing anyone’s orientation and with a deep respect for people’s bisexuality or pansexuality. This is exactly what Skins is all about.
Angelo and Dylan meet in a sex club and their first encounter will set your e-reader on fire! But unexpectedely, fantasy meets real life a few days later. So basically, their story starts with a hook up, turns to friendship, and ends up being a deeply romantic relationship.
There’s no hardcore BDSM here but there is a nice dose of kink, mostly exhibitionism. Also, a threesome scene (hot!).
I’m not a doctor, but Angelo’s illness seemed very well-researched to me. It’s also a big part of what drives the plot. As the story goes, the two men try to navigate their newfound friendship, a blooming love, money and family problems and the debilitating symptoms of a chronic illness.
It might seem too much and I must admit that I was expecting an endless pit of angst, myself. But despite the grittiness, the story read pretty easily and the angst never overwhelmed me.
Overall, this was a great beginning to a new series that I will definitely keep reading. Can we hope for a story about Rhys?