Title: Kiss Me Again
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Fox Love Press
Release Date: June 7th 2019
Page Count: 227 pages
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Tree surgeon Aidan Drummond is content with his own company. He works alone, and lives alone, and it doesn’t occur to him to want anything else until a life-changing accident lands him in hospital. Then a glimpse of the beautiful boy in the opposite bed changes everything.
Ludo Giordano is trapped on the ward with a bunch of old men. His mind plays tricks on him, keeping him awake. Then late one night, a new face brings a welcome distraction. Their unlikely friendship is addictive. And, like most things in Ludo’s life, temporary.
Back in the real world, Aidan’s monochrome existence is no longer enough. He craves the colour Ludo brought him, and when a chance meeting brings them back together, before long, they’re inseparable again.
But bliss comes with complications. Aidan is on the road to recovery, but Ludo has been unwell his entire life, and that’s not going to change. Aidan can kiss him as much as he likes, but if he can’t help Ludo when he needs him most, they don’t stand a chance.
“Kiss Me Again is a deliciously tender and prickly romance about the intimacy that comes with acceptance. Ludo and Aidan accept and love each other for exactly who they are—complications, injuries, mental health issues, moods—and I loved them for it.” — Roan Parish
I know that for some readers Garret Leigh’s stories are too angst ridden or depressing. I never felt that way. For me, her stories, including this one, is about everyone deserving a HEA. Characters with a dark past, people next door who face everyday shitty situations, protagonists who fall in love in what seems like a hopeless place, they ALL get a chance in love.
That said, if you think that her other stories were too angsty, you might find yourself a tad overwhelmed with this one. Both characters have troubled pasts and their present is even harder. I’ll spoil a couple of things so don’t click if you want to go in completely blind.
- Ludo is bipolar. His family finds his situation embarrassing so he has no support system except his doctors. Aidan has a chip on his shoulder ever since he was a kid and his mom’s death left him with an indifferent father.
Ludo and Aidan meet in a hospital. Not the best place to meet a potential love interest but it worked so incredibly well here. I loved those scenes because the MCs made an amazing connection and formed a very unique bond during that time.
“His favourite colour is green. I don’t want to tell Aidan that my favourite colour terrifies me, so I don’t.”
Ludo is such a unique guy. I can only imagine how complex it was writing his POV. And Aidan loved Ludo in such an amazing way. He never thought he was flawed and broken and went all the way in from the get go. I loved how this gruff and apathetic guy went all sweaty and nervous in Ludo’s presence.
The writing is phenomenal, as always. Leigh’s gritty, effortless, no bullshit narrative really speaks to my soul every single time.
The steam level is moderate or even low but the couple sex scenes are very intense and steamy.
Ludo is Angelo’s cousin (the protag of Dream. Don’t worry, though, the books are very loosely connected and Angelo is only mentioned a couple of times. I really wanted to see the cousins reuniting again, though. It was obvious it was getting there but it didn’t happen. Also, I would have liked some closure about Aidan and his dad, but I guess life is like that sometimes. Not everything is meant to be fixed.
Overall, I LOVED this one and I highly recommend it, especially for the fans of the author, or if you ‘re looking for something gritty and melancholic.
“You see, there’s a wildness inside me that will never be entirely tamed, and for the first time in forever, I’m okay with that.”