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: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
FYI — Whisper is the second book in Garrett Leigh’s “Skins” series. FYI, I did not read the first book and found this book very much a stand-alone story, although now I definitely want to read the first book!
Harry, a successful physiotherapist in London, rents out a room in a Cornish horse farm so he can complete a book he’s under contract to write. He meets the entire Carter family – mother Sal and daughter Emily, and brooding nasty over-worked gorgeous Joe. They are hanging onto the farm by almost sheer will and Harry’s rent will give them a little breathing room, and allow them to rescue more horses.
Everyone here has problem and fears – agoraphobia fears of leaving the sanctuary of the farm, anger issues, alcoholism, eating disorders – but I love how they aren’t treated as angsty crippling issues, but rather just as works-in-progress. Emily learns that she can get beyond her fears of leaving the farm, Joe starts working on his misplaced anger and learning to forgive (or at least, set aside his anger) towards his alcoholic father Jonah, and while Harry initially seems pretty much perfect, he himself receives understanding and acceptance from the Carter family.
I really like the family dynamics here, as well as the dynamics of Harry and Joe’s relationship. They have chemistry to spare, and while their relationship goes from guarded interest to insta-love in a flash, I love the level of trust and communication they share. The narrative flow of the story is really lovely, and the story immediately held my interest and grabbed me by the hand; I think I started and finished this title in the same day.
My only issues were some plot points, i.e. Jonah’s fight with a local bully that spills over onto the horse sanctuary and brings out the police, and Jonah’s final explanation of the situation. It all seemed a bit too convoluted, and it all resolved in a matter of a few sentences. Also, while the HEA solves everyone’s issues (Harry completes his book despite having little time to write it in the midst of everything going on at the horse sanctuary) and crosses off all the problems, it seemed a bit too polished and complete, rather than a work in progress while, for me, was part of the charm of the story. But again, your results may vary here! 4 stars for Whisper and I’m off to read the first book in the series Dream.