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Book Title: Why I Left You

Author: Colette Davison

Publisher: Smudged Ink Press

Cover Artist: Charlotte L R Kane

Genre/s: gay contemporary romance

Length: 72,000 words/234 pages

Release Date: November 7, 2017

 

  Blurb

 

Jamie is struggling with university, money and depression. The last thing he needs is for Brett—the guy who left him four years ago—to walk back into his life. Yet it could be just what he needs. Ever since Jamie left him, Brett has been running away from commitment. But when he meets Jamie again, he’s forced to re-examine every aspect of his life. Brett and Jamie are drawn back together by an undeniable spark, but unless they can come to terms with the past, their relationship won’t survive the present. **Contains explicit language and scenes**  

 

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Excerpt

 

 

Holy shit. Jamie was kissing him. Brett’s head told him to back off and walk away, but his body remembered those lips and how much he’d once enjoyed having them pressed against his own. His body wanted to lean into the kiss and respond with four years’ worth of regret. For a few precious moments, he let himself give in to desire. His heart hammered against his ribs, desperate to escape his body and reclaim what it had lost. His fingers tingled as he wrapped an arm around Jamie’s shoulders and held him tightly, his thumb making small circles on Jamie’s shirt. Then his brain kicked into gear again. What the fuck was he doing? This was the guy who had ripped his heart out in the worst possible way. Besides, Jamie was clearly at least half-gone. What they were doing was a mistake at best. He pulled away, breathing heavily as he stared at Jamie, whose pupils were blown wide. “You’re drunk,” Brett said in the most matter-of-fact tone he could manage. Jamie curled his upper lip and turned away, shaking his head. It was dumb for Brett to follow him, but he did it anyway. They’d been best friends long before they’d realised they were attracted to each other. Brett had always looked out for Jamie, back when they’d lived next door to each other. Those instincts kicked in. “Let me walk you home.” Jamie stopped and rounded on him, fists clenched, teeth gritted. “Don’t pretend you give a shit.”  

 

 

Review

*****

Get ready for an emotional rollercoaster.  The author has done a fantastic job of building real characters that are broken, and yet strong enough to go through the daily grind.  This book will make you smile, frown, laugh and cry.  The balance of emotions is perfect.  And even through the dark moments, I found the author managed not to take us too dark. 

 

We meet Brett four years after he and Jamie his high school sweetheart made love for the first time.  That night that changed both their lives forever and not in a good way. Brett has not let anyone into his heart since that fateful day.  Satisfying his needs with one-night stands, that left him cold.

Then Brett comes face to face with Jamie and his whole world is turned upside down. 

 

Jamie tried to kill himself four years ago and is struggling to keep his head above water.  He suffers deep depression which threatens to go out of control once more when he comes face to face with Brett.

Both initially resent each other, and we watch as they try to deal with their unravelling emotions, as well as the strong attraction they still have for one another.  Brett is frightened to ask Jamie about that night four years ago, he does not want to spoil their budding relationship.   And Jamie can not bring himself to talk about it and goes within himself.

 

They must learn to trust themselves and trust their new bond if things can continue between them.

I Really liked the Authors description of the characters Emotions, I felt the hurt, pain, hope and love oozing off the page.  The story is nicely paced, and you are that invested in the characters futures that you do not want to put the book down.

 

 

About the Author

Colette’s personal love story began at university, where she met her future husband. An evening of flirting, in the shadow of Lancaster castle, eventually led to a fairy tale wedding. She’s enjoying her own ‘happy ever after’ in the north of England with her husband, two beautiful children and her writing.  

 

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