Book Name: My Mate, Jack
Goodreads Link: My Mate Jack
Author Name: Garrett Leigh
Rainbow Award winner Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.
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. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.
Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com
Where to find the author:
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: G.D. Leigh
Will Barter’s been in love with his best mate Jack for as long as he can remember. They’ve shared everything: love, life, laughs, even Will’s first kiss. But Jack’s straight, and Will’s long-buried infatuation means nothing until their last summer together draws to a close.
Then one night, everything changes, but with Will bound for university in Leeds, and Jack for his dream DJ job in Ibiza, there’s no time to explore their blurred lines. Before long all that’s left are secrets, lies, and misunderstandings.
In the months that follow, anger and hurt overshadow fifteen years of friendship, and Will must dig deep to remember Jack is his mate… his best mate, and nothing matters more than that, right?
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
“So, are you game, or what?” Will blinked. “Eh?” Jack laughed. He lay back on Will’s bed and folded his arms behind
his head, all dark eyes and shaggy hair. “You’re such a dreamer. No wonder you don’t notice any blokes. I was saying we could practice kissing if you want. You know, so you’re not nervous next time the bottle lands on you.”
This time Will couldn’t stop the beer going down the wrong way. He coughed. “Next time? What are you going to do? Out me to the whole school by snogging my face off? I’d rather smooch the girls.”
“Liar.” But Jack looked sheepish all the same. “Okay, maybe we shouldn’t mess around in front of other people, but I still reckon you should try your techniques out on me. Ginny says I’m the best kisser in the whole school, and she should know.” Jack swooned and pitched into a fit of weed-fueled giggles.
Will dove at him and pushed him off the other side of the bed. “It’s not funny, arsehole. I’m the only gay in the whole bloody town. I’m going to die a virgin at this rate.”
Jack hit the floor with a thump. He lay there a moment, still laughing, then hauled himself back onto the bed. “Chill out, mate. No one said anything about bonking.”
Will tried to grin. Chill out. Yeah, right. Jack had been taking the piss since that stupid bloody bottle had put the idea of them kissing in his daft head. “You’re not funny.”
Jack sobered and stared with an expression Will couldn’t decipher. “I wasn’t joking, at least not about the kissing part. We’re friends, right? Ginny and Meg snog all the time.”
He had a point. The girls were always messing around with each other, and Will had often watched them and maligned the fact that girls had it easy… from his point of view, at least. They could do whatever they wanted and no one cared. It would be a different story if Will jumped on Jack in the middle of the park. Snogged his face off and squeezed his arse.
So why not do it here? No one will ever know.
Pages or Words: 104 pages
My rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
“Jack always got his way…”
Will has been in love with his best friend Jack since forever. Jack loves him, he’s sure of that, but Jack loves him like a brother, a mate. Will knows he’s gay, and he’s comfortable confiding in Jack, who is not. But Jack, stellar friend that he is, is concerned about Will not “getting out there” and finding a man and offers himself as Will’s first kiss to get him over the hump.
Aww. This story, starting with that first sexy kiss, is so well told. The author kept us in Will’s point of view throughout the story, thank goodness.
Jack does always get his way as they grow up and become men. He’s talented, sexy, and women flock to him. What he convinces Will to do for the sake of friendship and helping out his mate at first began to make me mad, but Jack isn’t a bad person; despite the money he makes as a very popular DJ, he’s still Will’s best friend (yes, I’m being deliberately vague.) They struggle with their feelings, families, relationships, college, and work, leaning on each other when they can, and worry about each other when they can’t. There’s a fine tension between them that runs through the story and keeps it balanced. The prose is grounded, polished, and tight without an extra word or phrase. The characters and settings are realistic and despite the fact I know absolutely nothing about DJs or Ibiza, I was drawn into Jack’s world through Will’s eyes. The angst is there, but doesn’t overwhelm and sink the story.
Jack always gets his way, but he doesn’t know how to go after what he wants the most: Will’s love.
Tour Dates: December 23, 2014
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