Book Reviews

Kiss Me Again by Garrett Leigh at Fox Love Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 16-July-2019

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

“I was lost for too long, but when I found you, I could feel it in my bones. You were my home.” ~ Anjum Choudhary, Souled Out

Aiden Drummond, of ‘Kiss Me Again’ by Garrett Leigh, lives a solitary life. He has no friends and only one relative who cares about him, although thinks he’s a jerk. Aiden is good at his job so his boss puts up with his bad attitude. When Aiden is knocked out of a tree by a van, his entire world changes. There are people who say there are no coincidences; everything happens for a reason. While in the hospital, Aiden meets the most extraordinary young man named Ludo, who, despite Aiden’s best efforts, won’t be scared away.

Even through his haze of pain from his injuries, Aiden can tell that there’s something very different about Ludo. His whole demeanor, the way he thinks and acts, is like something otherworldly. Ludo is not put off by Aiden’s grouchiness. He has so much patience and shows such great concern for Aiden that it confuses him. He wonders why Ludo cares. Ludo has a way of understanding him, of making sense of what would be nonsensical to other people. The amazing thing is that Aiden understands him just as well. When Ludo suddenly leaves the hospital, Aiden is strangely bereft.

Months later, lost in an alcoholic fog, Aiden wanders into a wood near his house. To his disbelief, he spots a dog and someone who looks like Ludo. Aiden figures he’s hallucinating, but it turns out to be true. Soon, he comes face to face with Ludo and his dog. Ludo notices that Aiden is drunk and is limping badly and takes him back to his house. Ludo is happy to see Aiden and is determined to help him. The thing is, Ludo is bipolar and, at times, can barely take care of himself. Yet, the way he reacts to Aiden is different than he does with anyone else. Ludo wants Aiden around. He makes him feel safe. They relate in a way that’s surreal, but it is wonderful. Aiden is surprised at how comfortable he feels with Ludo; almost domestic, which he normally hates the thought of, but it’s Ludo, not just some random person. When Aiden leaves to go home, without leaving his phone number or address, Ludo wonders if he will ever see Aiden again.

This story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time; a wonderful love between two men who, to the rest of the world, are misfits, pieces of a puzzle that don’t quite fit. Garrett handled the difficult subject of Bipolar disorder with a sensitivity found in someone who has experienced it personally. My son was bipolar; many of Ludo’s symptoms were painfully familiar to me, as was the panic Aiden felt about not knowing how to help. Thanks, Garrett, for helping Aiden and Ludo find their place in each other’s hearts, giving them hope neither of them thought they would ever have.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 227 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-June-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Me-Again-Garrett-Leigh-ebook/dp/B07SKPZ3CJ