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Blog Tour: Forgiven by Garrett Leigh @Garrett_Leigh @HarlequinAudio @CarinaPress

Forgiven
Ten years ago, Luke Daley suddenly left his hometown for very good reasons, leaving his teenage love behind without explanation. He’s now back, running his uncle’s business. Mia Amour has just returned to home to Rushmere, England, leaving Paris and her ex-husband behind as she begins a new future running her own florist shop. She had no idea Luke was back in town and at first sight, both were thrown back to where they left off…her angry at his abandonment and him consumed with guilt and unresolved feelings.

I got a sense of both Mia and Luke very quickly, which was important because who they are with each other is something completely different, providing a vivid contrast. Their reunion thrust them back to being teenagers and all the problems that entails in terms of communication. She could be stubborn and reactive and he could be closed off, not knowing how to put his true feelings into words and be vulnerable. They had no issues relating physically but their inability to form a deeper relationship was epic. Typically, everyone around them knew the truth and fortunately they gave them the space to close the distance of those ten years and recapture what was important. It was their journey that made this special.

I loved the audio version as the narrators adeptly captured the working class dialect and embodied the characters. There are strong secondary characters, especially Mia and Luke’s brothers who happen to be the central focus of the next book. I enjoyed everything about the story as it is raw, not always reasonable and terrifically honest in its telling. And, there’s a little bit of intrigue for added flavor. It was a great listening experience and I’m happy to already be signed up for the next story.

Book Info

  • Release Date: January 25, 2021
  • Series: Forgiven #1
  • Narrators: Dan Calley & Zora Hampton-Brown
  • Audio Length: 6 hours, 5 minutes
  • Publisher: Harlequin Audio

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Excerpt

Mia Amour. Her name had haunted me so much my bunkmate had once found me sleep-scrawling it on our cabin wall. He thought it had meant something—that I was writing a message from another dimension in a language he didn’t understand—but the reality had been far more simple: even on the other side of the world, I couldn’t get her out of my head.
Somehow, though, over time, I’d forgotten what her eyes did to me. How they could root me to the spot with a single glance and empty my mind of anything but her. Mia. I counted my heartbeats as they thundered in my ears. One, two, three, four. And then she tore her stormy blue gaze away from mine and walked out of the chip shop.
I reached for the empty space she left behind, and my faculties slowly returned to me as her footsteps echoed in my shell-shocked brain. As drawn to her as I’d always been, I drifted after her, but when I got outside, she was gone.
A thousand emotions warred in my gut, but the age-old frustration was so familiar I felt sick. Fucking Mia Amour. Deep down, I’d always hated her as much as I’d loved her, because there was no one else on earth who could make my heart pound like she did, my palms sweat, and my fingers tremble.
Cursing, I hauled myself back into the van. Gus followed a moment later, an open bag of chips in each hand. “Where’d you get to? It was your turn to buy tea.”
I tossed him a crumpled-up fiver. “Why didn’t you tell me your sister was in town?”
“Oh fuck.” Gus held out a bag of chips, then set it on the dashboard when I made no move to claim it. “Are we really doing this?”
I gave him a flat look.
He sighed. “Fuck’s sake. Why would I tell you? You two aren’t exactly friends, and you haven’t been a couple since I was fourteen and nicking Mayfair Lights from her school bag.”
Shit, had it been that long? Why was it that just a glimpse of her face could set me back a decade? The weight in my chest increased and I started the van, gunning the rickety diesel engine with a roar. “Either way, a fucking heads-up would’ve been nice.”
“But why, though?” Gus pointed a chip at me. “You want her number so you can catch up on old times?”
I wondered if he’d actually give it to me. Then pictured myself calling Mia and her reaction to hearing my voice for the first time in ten long years.
A legit shudder passed through me. I was done torturing myself for putting my family first, for giving up my entire life to keep a roof over my mum’s head, but that didn’t make the obvious anger in Mia’s eyes easier to bear. Her temper had fascinated seventeen-year-old me—sometimes I’d wound her up on purpose, just to revel in her flushed skin and sharp tongue—but I didn’t have the stones to take it now. My Mia angst tolerance was at an all-time complacent low.
“Luke?”
I spared Gus another glare. “What?”
“Can I eat your chips?”

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About the Author

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer.

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 photographer Dan Burgess.

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(Thanks to Harlequin Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)

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