Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.
Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom's bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and...taken. Tom's explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom's helping hand, he finds himself between two men who've lost their way.
Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn't much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass's deprived childhood comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, guiding square pegs into round holes, and it's time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he's grown to love.
©2015 Garrett Leigh (P)2016 Riptide Publishing
I'm a 40 something single mum to many cats, a couple of dogs, groaning bookshelves and I'm sure there is a child or two around somewhere :-)
This book is great, it's one of Garrett Leigh's less angsty titles (less angsty not not angsty!) And it's nice to have an English book read by an English narrator
You have to love Jake, he is a great character and he isn't totally defined by his TS which is nice
Sorry to Craig but I'm being a purest here! As a cockney born and bred I can tell you he doesn't quite nail Cas's accent, but it isn't so bad I couldn't listen so I forgive him, he is very good with Jake's northern accent, not being from Leeds I can't tell you how accurate it was, and reading a book with 3 characters with different accents can't have been easy. I also particularly love his interpretation of Jake's fly me to the moon tick, which was great but different to how I had read it in the book to myself.The one bit he did wrong and although very small it annoyed me as it would be an easy thing to check, was when he sang the first couple of lines of 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles', the West Ham football song. I get that he didn't grow up with his family singing it in his ear like Cas and I did but 30 seconds on you tube would have done it. And he clearly knows the song Fly Me to the Moon
I did laugh at points in the book and whilst I didn't cry there were sad bits. Usually Garrett rips your heart out of your chest throws it in the gutter and stamps on it, fortunately this is one of her 'lightheated' books lol
A good story, well narrated and produced. Worth the listen :-)
4.5 stars. Loved the book and loved the audio book too. Narrated by a newbie on the block to me, Craig Beck, but he did a grand job as Jake would say, Jake being the glue that held Tom and Cass together when life simply got in the way of their established relationship, and made them forget what they meant to each other for a little while. I thought the effort that Craig put in to get Jake's Tourette's Syndrome and the resulting pops, clicks, buzzes and swearing was spot on, as was Garrett's research for the story. 4.5 stars from me.
This audio is so good! I had already read the paperback and loved it and I'm not a regular MMM reader (I can't get my head round not being jealous of the third person or feeling like someone always gets left out). However, what makes this stand out is that it was so incredibly believable. The fact that Jake struggled to get his head round Cass and Tom's relationship made it strangely ok that I did too, and as he came to grips with their dynamic I felt completely taken along for the ride.
This is a wonderful tale which is beautifully written and fantastically narrated. The alternating POV is managed brilliantly and I felt like I was listening to three different perspectives and thoughts, not just three different voices. Having read this before I had my own 'world' going on in my head, but listening to it had me realising bits I hadn't really picked up when I read the book - it brought a vulnerability to Tom who was always the strong one to me, and highlighted the way Jake meshed them all together.
I really loved this and would recommend it to anyone who even slightly liked the book (because the audio is like the HD version!) and anyone who us not a typical MMM reader, as I think this book truly works for anyone reading the MM genre who doesn't usually get on with/reads MMM.
"Craig Beck is an amazing narrator!"
The first thing that NEEDS to be said is that this MUST be listened to.
What a masterpiece!
Craig Beck is easily my favorite “British” narrator and ties in the top three of all narrators. He is so good with emotions, timing, voice modulation and pacing. There are no technical errors and he even adds in a bit here and there – special effects for phone calls, etcetera. I don’t know my British accents – but I can tell he does – and he differentiates the various regions superbly.
There’s a bit in Misfits where Tom calls out Jake’s accent and so it’s magnified and it’s awesome! Funny and (I think) spot on.
Because this is SO British, listening to it only helps to put the story in perspective. It’s a London story with parts elsewhere, but having the accent in your ears makes it all the more real.
On that note, let’s talk about the story itself, because REAL is what this story signifies. It is NOT a perfect relationship. Neither Tom’s with Cass, Tom’s with Jake, Jake’s with Cass, nor Tom’s, Jake’s and Cass’ together. It’s not like any ménage I’ve read so far, but it works for them.
Garrett Leigh is a skilled writer of broken men, and Cass and Jake are broken in their own ways. Tom is the glue that helps them stay put together but he needs them just as much as they need him.
I LOVED Jake’s Turret’s syndrome and all his ticks and sayings. He absolutely made this story! “there’s a rat in here!”
I highly recommend this in audio format – it’s a FABULOUS narration of a great story that I think most anybody would like.
"one of the best"
This has been one of the best MMM I have had the pleasure of "reading". Have to use that term loosely because I listened to it. It was very tasteful and believable and of course, super hot. :D
Jake is really a special character and the amount of energy that Garret put into him is incredible. My BF's son has TS, but his isn't so much sounds. Each case is unique, just like each person. Garret did a wonderful job.
Cass is another awesome character. He's the more wild and mysterious sort. The relationship that develops between him and Jake is sort of awesome. I like that he can laugh and make Jake laugh and talk about Jakes syndrome. It makes Jake feel more normal, and it gives them something to bond over, other than Tom.
Tom. He's the first character you meet in this story. He's a busy sort of guy who seems to take on a lot of projects. Not quite sure why he tries to keep himself busy, maybe it's because Cass is always at the restaurant and it gives him something to focus on. Though Tom has all sorts of things going on, he still seems like an incredible boss to work for and he generally cares about, well, everyone.... especially Cass and Jake. He's a protective sort and it's really endearing.
I love how these three come together and find their own way one on one and has a whole unit. You can't help but love all three for their own personalities.
Craig Beck, you rocked it. This audio was everything and so are you
Wonderful, beautiful book!! Couldn't put it down. Truly a story of love and companionship. 5 STARS!
The writing is very compelling as we expect from this author, but the narrator's performance gives the additional push to make a great book, extraordinary.
Beautiful story of three loveable but very different characters who against the odds make it all work. Well written and read perfectly by the narrator - really brought the characters to life.
Uplifting! The sensitivity with which the symptoms of TS were treated and accepted by the characters was touching. It is a blessing to be able to see this handled so well. I fell in love with these young men. I laughed and cried with them. Thank You!
"Bloody Brilliant story!"
The narration was spot on, and I found myself forgetting I was listening to a story. I felt transported into the world of cooking, managing a restaurant, and experiencing Torhettet's Syndrome myself. The narrator did a fantastic job relating all of Jake ' s ticks, pops and whistles, I accepted it as a part of Jake, like having brown hair, or a fantastic smile. The story is about how two men, deeply on love with each other, but drifting apart. meet a man named Jake. He is unique, and special, and captures both of their attention. There is a natural progressionbetween all three, and a bond of trust is slowly formed. I enjoyed following them on their journey. The story is so well written, I fell in love with all three characters.
I read this book a while ago and it stuck with me. I loved the way the three main characters find their way and find what works for them. Craig Beck brought this book alive. As soon as I finish this review, I'm downloading anything he narrates. Sigh, I'm sad I reached the end of this book, but happy to hear that a sequel has just been released.
"This is an unusual take on an MMM romance."
I was gifted this audio from a friend of mine. Thank you!!! (Enabling my newly acquired audio addiction. ;) )
I am a super big fan of Garrett Leigh. I LOVED What Remains and Slide series. Misfits is just as special as those books in its own way. I wasn't expecting this book to play out the way it did. The blurb was vague (IMO) and I had no idea there would be so much mystery and drama. Yeah, yeah - Garrett Leigh does the drama and angst like nobodies business, so I have no one to blame but myself. :P And of course the blurb isn't going to give everything away.
Tom and Cass have been together for 9 years and are completely in love and committed. But they have an open relationship and are able to sleep with other men whenever they want. It's just how they have always been with each other. They never have fear about their open relationship because they are so committed and they trust in that. And that doesn't change when Tom meets Jake. Tom and Jake meet and have sex, but when Cass shows up home unexpectedly, Jake is shocked and flees without either man being able to explain. Woops! :)
When Tom is able to explain things to Jake, Jake is still wary and doesn't understand their relationship. But Tom and Jake can't fight their feelings for each other, and with Cass' blessing, they grow closer and closer. And when Jake moves into their home, Jake and Cass start to grow close as well. Soon, they have made Tom and Jake into Tom, Jake and Cass. It's a beautiful relationship to wash blossom.
Cass does have a troubled past and when that past comes back to him, Tom and Jake are there for him in every way. I truly enjoyed being able to see Tom and Jake skate around each other and then eventually find their path. And I LOVED seeing Cass become a part of that as well. This was all very mature and no drama just for drama. Cass is a damaged person and the drama surrounding him made sense. This is the perfect example of how an MMM relationship should be. I do recommend this story, and let me tell you, Tom and Jake, Tom and Cass, Jake and Cass, Tom, Jake and Cass - HOT!!!! They have some very explosive sex and you would think they would get tired but nope. Always raring to go, LOL. :)
"Three is better than two"
Yes. I could Listen to Craig better over and over. The story is good as well.
When Cam got his phone call near the end
All f them with Jake. His Ticks really added to the story.
Misfits is a very angsty, poignant story of three men.
Tom and Cam have been in an open relationship for a long time. It works well for them. The are partners in several restaurants, and Tom is working on opening another. He stops for lunch and meets Jake a waiter with Turrets syndrome. He takes a shine to Jake quickly.
Jake is a young man with Turrets and has a hard time keeping a job. Waiting tables is mostly what he can get and that never lasts long. His dream is in graphic design and websites. He meets Tom, but when he finds out about Cam, he isn't sure he wants to be involved. Then he becomes friends with Cam, at first mostly through text and phone calls.
Cam is from a low-income family and has a bad past. He still has the habit of running whenever things get heavy for him. He worries some that Tome will replace him with Jake, the other part does want them all together.
Misfits is a great threesome story. I loved the slow build of the relationship, not the way most threesome hop into bed at once and then it's all sex all the time. Misfits is more about the relationship, needs and how these men fit together so well and not about the sexual relationship.
If you like chefs, businessmen, men with disabilities, Turrets syndrome, angst, and hot threesomes, then you will love this one.
yes. I have a great time listening to it. I think the narrator made an amazing job giving voices to those characters, I guess it helped me care more for the story, it felt attractive.
It was my first book from the author, either readind and listening to
Do I have to have one? there were several, mostly when Jake was on scene. Maybe the times he was the shyest, like when he met Cass.
Jake, both while reading and while listening to. He was the most interesting on and the voice given by the narrator suits his personality amazingly, I have such a great time listening to it.
Yes, the character were great, not just Jake, he might be the best ot my favorite, but the character development was one of the things I enjoyed more of the book
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