Title: Believe (Skins #3)
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Fox Love Press
Release Date: June 26th 2018
Page Count: 229 pages
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Flight paramedic Rhys Foster is hooked on adrenaline. By day it’s blood and guts, by night it’s the thrill of the club. With a different face in his bed most nights, he doesn’t have time to be lonely…right?
Entertainer Jevon Campbell is a play therapist like no other—dancer, magician, acrobat, he brings it all to his global mission to help children in need laugh again. He’s on a rare home visit when he encounters enigmatic Rhys in a London bar.
Their connection is instant, but Rhys fast realises Jevon’s easy confidence doesn’t stretch as far as the bedroom. He has no idea how mesmerising he is—how beautiful—and Rhys resolves to show him.
They grow closer, but time isn’t on their side. Rhys seems unable to articulate how he feels, and with Jevon’s imminent departure from the UK hanging over them, their separate commitments could tear them apart forever.
As the days slip by, Rhys must learn to believe he’s worth the happiness Jevon is offering.
“It’s like you don’t believe you can be happy.”
“Happy with you?”
“Happy at all.”
Phew! I’m so relieved I liked this so much. I’m a big fan of the author but Whisper, the second book in the series, wasn’t a big winner for me. Believe is the good old Garrett Leigh I know and love.
?here is something unique about Believe given that it is based on real-life events; the tragic 2017 London Bridge attack, and the migrant crisis with the Greek island Lesbos as its epicenter. As far as the latter is concerned, I can tell you from personal experience that Garrett Leigh doesn’t exaggerate at all about the inconceivable tragedy that takes place in the camps.
Rhys was the biggest surprise ever. We met him in Dream as Angelo and Dylan’s fuck buddy and we got another glimpse of him in Whisper as Harry’s brother. My impression of him was that he’s this super laid back guy, closed off but comfortable in his own skin, who enjoys the club scene in a very sex positive way. Wrong, wrong and WRONG.
At first I was scared it will all end up being a giant mess because I couldn’t figure him out to save my life. Rhys’s character actually made me understand what the title of the series is really about.
“I have one skin for work, one for hooking up, and neither is who I really am.”
Jevon is a very unique character. It’s really hard not to like him. His insecurities resonated a lot with me and I thought he was very gifted for doing what he did for a living.
There’s plenty of steam (at least for me), sometimes graphic, sometimes not overly descriptive. Either way every sex scene was very hot and very emotional. I think these scenes were very important too, because they meant a lot to the protagonists: Jevon learnt to conquer his insecurities about sex and intimacy with a man, while Rhys experienced sex with someone he cared about for the first time.
It speaks volumes about how memorable Leigh’s characters are, that I can identify each one’s book after only a tiny little cameo appearance. Nice shout-out to the Urban Soul’s folks.