Recovering addict Jamie Yorke has returned to England from California. With no home or family to speak of, he sticks a pin in a map and finds a small town in the Derbyshire Peak District. Matlock Bath is a quiet place—he just needs to get there, keep his head down, and stay clean. Simple, right? Until a chance meeting on the flight home alters the course of his so-called life forever.
Ex-Army medic Marc Ramsey is recovering from life-changing combat injuries while pulling nights as a trauma specialist at the local hospital. Keeping busy is a habit he can’t quit, but when Jamie—so wild and beautiful—bursts into his life, working himself into the ground isn’t as compelling as it used to be.
Marc falls hard, but chaos lurks behind Jamie’s fragile facade. He’s winning his battle against addiction, but another old foe is slowly consuming him. Both men have weathered many storms, but the path to the peace they deserve might prove the roughest ride yet.
I’ve mentioned more than once that Garrett Leigh possesses a super power… “(Her) super power is creating characters that are broken, giving them a glimmer of hope and then ripping it away… there’s a reason why I keep coming back for more though… *sigh* ” – and that reason is, whatever she makes her beloved characters go through is totally worth it. It may seem like torture at the time, but it makes where they find themselves in the end worth so much more…
Soul to Keep was just a little different though. Jamie was introduced in Rented Heart, the first book in the series. He went through his personal version of Hell during Liam and Zac’s story. His semi-forced recovery happened some time between Rented Heart and Soul to Keep. Readers saw him crumble in the previous book, by the time he was introduced in Soul to Keep, he was already working on finding a way to stand on his own two feet. He appreciated everything that both Liam and Zac had done for him and even though he ended up close in proximity to them, he was ready to prove 0 to himself and everyone else – that he could take care of himself.
Marc was broken in a totally different way and he was also a self professed “fixer”. When he saw someone in need and he could help in any possible way, he couldn’t resist. Together these two shouldn’t have worked together, but they did. They both had some serious healing ahead of them and they found a perfect balance that helped them help each other.
Oh, and for the record, there wasn’t a lot to like about Jamie in Rented Heart, but I wasn’t surprised that Garrett Leigh managed to cause me look at him in a whole new way. He totally redeemed himself in Soul to Keep – I love it when an author does that 😉