Soul to Keep (Rented Heart #2) by Garrett Leigh




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.

Cover Design: Black Jazz Design

Soul to Keep by Garrett Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jamie is a recovering addict on his way back home to England from California. A year clean he just wants to settle into the little town he picked to live in.

Marc, returning to England after a surgery on his leg, is in pain and just wants to get back home.

Their plane hit turbulence which terrified Jamie. Marc used to flying from his time in the service calmed Jamie down and talked him through it. Jamie was surprised to learn about Marc’s prosthetic leg, and Marc could see Jamie’s old track marks. This chance meeting set them both on a new course.

Marc is a trauma specialist in an emergency room. Exhausting hours haven’t allowed him to start the much needed cleanup in his moms house. Him and Jamie meet again and get to know each other. Jamie can’t find a job so Marc offers him one cleaning out the clutter. They slowly get to know one another. Jamie taking over the task of cleaning and cooking. Jamie, because he isn’t comfortable getting close to someone mostly does his job when Marc is at work. This doesn’t stop the rapport that develop between them. Marc knows Jamie has other issues but wants him anyway. Jamie’s not sure he can reconcile his past to a future with Marc. Though that is what he wants. The issues they face seem insurmountable, but once love is on the table, they just might get through it.

This is not a feel good book. It deals with addiction recovery in someone who has other issues to deal with also. Ultimately it was a satisfying book.

Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads.

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Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

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, and co-owns the specialist stock site with photographer Dan Burgess.

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