Title:Jude (Lucky #3)
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Fox Love Press
Release Date: March 24th, 2019
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Isha has spent the last year watching his BFF get his happily-ever-after. He’s proud of Dom, but…it hurts to see him so free while Isha’s love life is still on lockdown. Only Isha’s ex-wife knows the secret that he’s kept caged for so long—that he’s queer too, and he’s lonely.
Jude’s too chained to his work to notice what he’s missing by being terminally single, but a new face in the village soon catches his attention. City boy Isha is gorgeous, and when he starts to haunt Jude’s reptile shop as well as the hook-up app on his phone, he’s a welcome distraction from Jude’s business problems.
For a control freak like Isha, letting Jude under his skin is an existential meltdown, but Jude’s not in the market to be anyone’s queer crisis, not when he’s facing troubles of his own. Unlocking their lives could push both men apart forever, but it might be a risk worth taking if sharing is the key to their happy future.
Isha finally got his story and Garrett Leigh did it very right.
As the third book in the series, we’ve seen Isha go from a footie manager and best friend to a person you can count on and want in your corner. So, I was thrilled that he got his happy in this story.
Jude is alone. He’s got friends, yeah. He owns his own reptile shop and he’s got a ton of snakes and lizards and geckos, but really, that’s it. He works too much and makes nothing extra. When Isha walks into his store to set up a birthday party for his son, sparks fly. But Isha is very much in the closet. Even though all his friends are out. And Jude won’t be a secret forever.
I loved the private side of Isha that we saw here. He was trying to become a better father. He was determined to keep his promises. He wanted to be good enough to deserve someone to love. His strong will and determination worked against him for a while, but when he finally figured out what he wanted, he went after it.
An MC with a disability is always an enhancement to the story when done well and Garrett Leigh is masterful at writing this trope. Jude was embarrassed and angry and resentful, but he was surrounded by so much love and affection. Everyone wanted to take care of him and it was really sweet.
This story got me in the feels and really had me at the end. I felt like there was more sweet in this story than angst, which is a bit different for this author, but oh so perfect. A great addition to this series.