Banished gangster Benito Martell is living on the edge. An explosive hook-up in a club gifts him the relief he craves, but nothing about his life is ever so simple. Complications abound, and before long, he’s falling for the only man who can save his family from eviction.
Recovering addict Mickey Larwood has worked hard to leave his past behind. He can’t look back, not even for the beautiful Benito, the last soul on earth he expected to steal his heart—a soul who’s knee-deep in the underworld Mickey has run hundreds of miles to escape.
Benito can deny it all he wants, but Mickey can smell trouble a mile off.
And Benito is trouble with a capital T. As his desperate lies unravel, so does the fledgling love that’s grown between them. If Benito wants deliverance from his old life and a future with Mickey, old ghosts need to die.
If they don’t kill him first.
Deliverance is an angsty standalone MM romance novel, with second chances, found family, friends-to-lovers, and buckets of hurt/comfort themed loveliness. Trigger warnings for addiction and childhood trauma.
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
Book #1 – Redemption – Currently only 99c
Book #3 – Salvation – Pre-Order Out September 20
I really loved the first book in this series, Redemption, for a lot of reasons. So I was excited to get my hands on this one. And I really can’t wait for the third!
Dark, gritty, heartbreaking. But these two guys finding each other when they did was just perfection.
The last time we saw Benito he was working for Asa and had shot Dante. Flash forward and Benito is out of the gang, but not without a price. So while trying to go straight, he is still a bit crooked. He has a plan to come up with the money to buy his freedom, but it involved stealing from his former boss. But after the boss threatened Benito’s mother and sister, he is doing what he has to do to keep them safe.
Benito has so many layers that make him who he is. The son who wants to hate his mother but can’t, the brother who wants only the best for his sister, the former gang member who just wants out, the guy still grieving the father he lost years ago and the man who doesn’t have any idea how to be in a relationship.
That brings us to Mickey. A club hookup who wants more of Benito. But Mickey has his own demons- including also being a former gang member. And while Mickey is on the straight and narrow, his past haunts him. Which is why I think he tries so hard at his job to help as many people as he can.
Mickey and Benito together are explosive. They are sooooooo hot together. Even their first encounter they practically fight each other until they are sated. I mean, have ice water handy. Maybe a fan.
We don’t get a ton of background on Mickey. Just that he was formerly in a gang, had to leave his hometown, is a recovering addict and now has a full time job. He has some demons of his own but Benito is still the main focus of the story.
This is angsty, raw and real. I loved it.
4.5 pieces of eye candy
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 renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.