Title: Whisper (Skins #2)
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Fox Love Press
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 314 pages
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
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.
Plunging in from the deep end here from the beginning as both heroes find themselves in an unenviable position. It makes for an exciting start for the story but it left me reeling as I tried to figure out what is going on. It’s those troubles that bring the men together as Harry ends up renting a room at Joe’s farm so he could write his book in peace and Joe and his family need the money.
The spark of attraction between them is unexpected. The writing successfully paints a warm and cozy atmosphere on the farm. I could see right from the beginning how they could benefit from each other’s company. Harry is compelled to help others buy has forgotten how to live his own life under demands of his job. Similarly, Joe is buried under responsibilities of running a farm which is also a horse sanctuary, but still tries to give his best and help animals in need. It would appear that they met each other in just the right time and place in their lives. It was good seeing them both build themselves back up and become ready for the future.
Still, it felt like the story just scrapped the surface considering the well drawn and complicated characters. It’s a jumble of scenes and moments but I kept missing the thread tying them together. Maybe the problem was that I was expecting a more relaxing read instead of story containing some pretty heavy stuff.
Additionally the ending disappointed me. It is a happy end, never fear, but for me it didn’t fit with the rest of the book. It felt rushed and out of character, spoiling my impression.