WILDFIRE BY GARRETT LEIGH
Release Date: September 8, 2022
About the Book:
A gorgeous new sexual awakening romance with sizzling first times, snarky British banter, and off-the-charts chemistry.
Life doesn’t always pan out as you expect. When it explodes in my face, literally, an old friend offers me a place to heal and a job renovating the kitchen of Burlington’s coolest wine bar.
V&V is a chill fest. Living above it should be a blast. But I’m not built to be a social butterfly. Not anymore. I’m a damaged man.
And I’m not its target clientele.
At least, I think I’m not until I come face to face with the most beautiful human I’ve ever seen. Joss is the new chef and my roommate. He has hair like spun gold and it’s as pretty as the rest of him. Crystal blue eyes. Megawatt smile.
I can’t stop staring. Or thinking about him. He chases my nightmares away. And when he spots my crush a mile off, his solution to our chemical attraction blows my mind.
An experiment of sorts. Science. Is this sexual exploration or sex education?
Either way, Joss is only here for the summer. He’s leaving.
I can’t fall in love with him.
Shame my foolish heart never got the memo.
WILDFIRE is a heartfelt MM friends-to-lovers, hurt/comfort romance in the True North world, with a brooding lumbersexual, a wild-hearted chef, sweet angst and all the Vermont food. Content warning: contains mentions of depression, ADHD, suicidal ideation, and PTSD recovery.
Wildfire by Garrett Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I usually ADORE Ms. Leigh’s books on audio, so I listened to this one…and for the first time ever that backfired on me. I REALLY like both performers, especially Dan Calley, but neither of them could pull off the opposite accents. Tim Page didn’t master the British accent and Dan Calley’s American accent sounded like his regular voice. It was frustrating to listen to when they spoke for the opposite character, and it repeatedly took me out of the story.
I loved Joss and Kai. Kai is recovering from an incident at work and Joss has suffered from his issues his whole life. They’re good for each other and understand each other like no one else. Kai goes through a sexual awakening which is a good distraction from his PTSD. Their organic progression from friends to lovers to partners is refreshing and endearing.
There is a quick reference (almost six degrees of separation) to a character in my favorite book by this author which made me giddier than it probably should have.
Tanner and Jax, who were in Ms. Leigh’s book from the Vino & Veritas series, Heartscape, were major side characters in this book but it’s not necessary to read that book before reading this one. However, I’d recommend it because that story is fantastic.