Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
Length: 227 pages
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
4.5 of 5 Stars
This is only the 3rd book I’ve read by this author and oddly enough one of the others is about Ludo’s cousin Angelo. Their connection seems important although reading that book is not necessary to this story…I’m curious if there will ever be a resolution between them.
I have always walked the wire with this author because I am not usually a fan of heavy, angsty books and I have a hard time understanding some of the non-American slang. (Side note: One of the three above-referenced books I actually listened to…and probably will again. It’s Misfits, which was one of my most favorite audiobooks ever.)
Both characters are unequivocally battered…by circumstance, family and mental illness. The way in which they meet, their interactions therein and the development of their relationship after are as unmistakably perfect for them. They repeatedly, unknowingly save each other at the exact right time; their two incomplete halves make a whole.
The story didn’t quite feel finished to me; as I mentioned above, I thought there might be resolution in Ludo’s family with all their issues but maybe not (and I don’t remember all the details of Angelo’s story…perhaps a re-read is in order) and these guys have their HEA.
This is not an easy read but definitely a recommended one.
About the Author
Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.
Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.