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Slide: Roads, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Don't look back. Don't you ever look back...

Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn't quite understand.

Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength - things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.

Traumatic events in Pete's work life distance him from home, and he doesn't realize until it's too late that Ash has slipped away. Betrayal, secrets, and lies unfold, and when a devastating coincidence takes hold, Pete must fight with all he has to save the love of his life.

©2013 Garrett Leigh (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

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  • Candateshia Pafford
    Fort Meade
    08/12/14
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    "Wow! So good!!!"

    This is one of those m/m romance books where it reads like a m/f epic trilogy! This was sooo good... Man... I feel so bad for Ash...

    Ash's childhood was just horrific... but the way Leigh writes... you create your own horrible graphic images... the book really doesn't come out and say this and this and this happens.. but from the way Ash has panic attacks for every little thing... You can't help but feel for him....

    Now...Pete... OOOOO!!! I feel so bad for Pete too... he fell for Ash hard...but with all Ash's drama... I was glad to see Pete hang in there...

    The ending... I was in tears!!! Awesome story...

    Great credit, sale or buy... Narration was pretty good... At time I couldn't really tell if it was Pete or Ash, but from the dialogue between the two I could tell... Ash was so different from Pete it became obvious... So Narration was good...not great...just good...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • IslandWriter
    09/12/14
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    "Perfect narration except for sound effects"
    Any additional comments?

    Series/Standalone: book 1
    Genre/sub-genre: Contemporary/MM Romance
    Book Format: audiobook
    HEA/HFN: yes
    Relatable characters: yes
    Abuse/Rape: off screen
    Violence: yes
    Ratio of sex/plot: equal
    Well written/editor needed: well written
    Would I re-read?: yes
    Personal thoughts: I liked this book. I'd read the ebook before listening to the audio. It's a bit dark, but I like dark stories. Though I almost wish the ending hadn't been just a summary of the following year. It makes it hard to see how/where book 2 will fit in. The narrator would have been perfect if he hadn't decided to add the sound effects of everyone sighing and taking deep breaths and such, even when it's written in the book. So he says he's going to take a deep breath, and then he takes the extra time to do it. It was a little irritating. But otherwise, I really enjoyed his style, and I thought he had a great voice for the two main characters and their friends.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • VHB
    CA
    18/08/16
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    Performance
    Story
    "Exellent narration to a really good story"
    What made the experience of listening to Slide the most enjoyable?

    The narrator hit a home run on his book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Slide?

    I really liked this audible


    What does Michael Lesley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He really is very enjoyable to hear. His voice is beautiful and he knows his way around books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me sad.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice story and AMEZING narration .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • nicole
    14/03/15
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    "Heart reaching"

    It will either blow you away in a good way or in a bad way. The angst for me at least was something I could handel the background was well explained in small bursts that keeps you level headed. The change in point of view halfway through is perfect it keeps you from being overwhelmed by the characters emotional traumas. This book will help keep you captivated for a good while once you finish. If you want to lose yourself in another world this book is perfect

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tams (TTC Books and more)
    JUSTIN, TX, United States
    05/02/15
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    "Dark and Intense, but worth the read."
    Would you listen to Slide again? Why?

    Yes. It was so well narrated that I was engrossed from start to finish.


    What other book might you compare Slide to and why?

    The Johnnies series by Amy Lane. Same type of angst and struggle.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Lesley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I will!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, had to break it up over several days though due to time constraints.


    Any additional comments?

    Link to Tams review for the e-book version of Slide: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/741288296?book_show_action=false

    Link to Tams review for the e-book version of Rare: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/825536352?book_show_action=false

    It’s been just over a year since I initially read the story of Ash and Pete. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t blown away with the written version of their story, I didn’t feel a strong connection to the characters at that time. But now, after listening to their story and being introduced to the always chaotic and slightly psychotic lives they lead through the voices they’ve been given, now I’m blown away.

    Ashley Fagin, Ash, could give Christian Grey a run for his money in the fucked up department. His mother died when he was still a toddler and for the next dozen or so years Ash was tossed from foster home to foster home, until he finally had enough and ran away. Just a teenager and Ash was homeless and living on the streets. The one thing that brought him solace and quieted the voice of doubt that was stuck on repeat in his head was his art.
    That is how he found his best friend Ellie, like souls drawn together by Ash’s street art, Ellie and her family sort of took responsibility for Ash. They moved him into the apartment of a trust worthy and friendly paramedic, got him insurance and helped him get a job at a tattoo parlor to showcase his fantastic Artwork.

    Pete Adams loves his job as a paramedic, he loves helping people, but the stress of the job is weighing heavier on his soul with each passing day. Having to keep his sexuality a secret from his co-workers doesn’t help. He is enamored with his new roommate the minute he lays eyes on him, the blonde haired, blue eyed troubled soul, Ash. Pete doesn’t know what misfortune has followed Ash, the guy is as jumpy as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. And yet, Pete falls in love with every awkward, jittery, insane and beautiful aspect of Ash.

    While Leigh did an amazing job of conveying the intense and diverse array of emotions in both stories, there was always a disconnect with the characters, the words I was reading and the way I interpreted them in my mind. Now revisiting this story through the narration of Michael Lesley has given me an entirely new perspective to the story. I was completely engrossed within the first five minutes. Lesley quickly found the appropriate tones and nuances for both Pete and Ash and I was swept into their world, their lives for the several days it took me to listen to both novels.

    What Lesley did with these stories was chronicled the lives of Pete and Ash as they navigate their often volatile relationship through mental illness, discovering past abuse, feelings of loss, hopelessness and abandonment, and then finally, learning to love and trust in each other, developing a connection and a friendship that allows them to slide past Ash’s fucked up psyche and Pete’s recovery after the accident that almost killed him.

    The thing that stood out most to me through these two books and these two characters was the way Ash was standoffish and skiddish about certain types of touch, ways Pete could and couldn’t hold him, things like that. At the start in Slide, Pete couldn’t come up behind Ash, ever! He would freak out to the point of a panic attack. And then slowly as the stories progressed along with their relationship, the love and trust grew, Pete could wrap his arms around Ash from behind and still feel the tension in his shoulders, but Ash learned how to not freak out and pull away. And then the last sentence of Rare, Pete wraps his arms around Ash from behind and kisses his neck. Ash doesn’t flinch, he doesn’t move to pull away, he melts into Pete’s embrace. It is truly a thing of beauty and shows a constant teather throughout the journey these two take together that just gets stronger until it’s to the point, it could never be broken.

    This is one of those books/series I’ve mentioned in the past where as a great narrator can take a book you may not have liked so much, and turn it into something spectacular. I highly recommend this series, but I’d grab them on audible if you have the opportunity. The writing is intense and descriptive, I’ll give Leigh that, I just think that Leigh’s writing coupled with Lesley’s narration was the perfect marriage of words written then brought to life.

    Be warned though, if you have triggers such as abuse, forced sexual acts, mental disease, then you might want to take the synopsis of these stories into account before reading. I will say that the issues are portrayed as best as they can be given the circumstance, but it is still dark and intense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • HaloLove
    05/01/15
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    "I was so sad when this story was over!"

    And... I already listened to book 2. Such a great story for Pete and Ash and the performer truly brings them to life. Fabulous story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Canada Eh
    06/04/16
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    Story
    "Heartbreakingly gorgeous"

    Garrett Leigh's gorgeous writing and Michael Lesley's captivating voice are a wonderful combination. A definite winner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tammy
    07/02/16
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    Performance
    Story
    "Heart wrenching/ Incredible Book"
    Any additional comments?

    This was an incredible read and very intense there at the end!! The middle had some slow parts but it was all leading to the end so you could get a better understanding for the characters and all the drama that went along with the story and the ending. What an ending it was?!?! Not 2 hours later I'm buying the next book, the ending didn't leave you hanging but wanting more. I bought both the book and audio version and normally I prefer to read but this narrator Michael Lesley was so good with the different voices that I preferred to listen to this book instead !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toni H
    USA
    21/01/16
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    Performance
    Story
    "Still Waters Run Deep"
    Any additional comments?

    Slide is a story about two young adult men becoming roommates and then falling for each other. It's just their day-to-day work and living basically, but it speaks to me on such a profound level. The way it is written made me feel like I was really in their heads. The phrase Still Waters Run Deep comes to mind when I think of this book and of Ash's character.

    Both Ash and Pete are bisexual. Both are functioning adults for the most part, but neither is really settled in life, especially Ash. I was so drawn to them both. I think Ash will have a piece of my heart forever. I wanted to wrap him up and make him feel safe. (Following sentence might be considered a spoiler) –> When Ash was found on the streets, and the truth about him being sick and turning to no one came out, it broke my heart.

    My emotions have been thoroughly worked over. They need each other, and I need more of them, so I'm definitely on to book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • arimbaud18
    Dallas,Tx
    18/01/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nothing Special"
    What would have made Slide better?

    If it would have been about something. I get that it's M/M fiction and the love story is supposed to be the whole point, but this one just isn't strong enough to carry the whole book; it just bored me. I kept losing what was happening because I was so bored and uninterested. There needed to be more drama or conflict or something to make this more than just a mediocre story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have no idea, but I definitely need to stop relying on these ratings for M/M fiction. The last 3 times have been sore disappointments.


    What does Michael Lesley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was a serviceable narrator, but nothing special.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I'm at a loss as to why this is so popular. I'm about half way through it (it's not that long) and I couldn't care less about finishing it. I feel a return is in the immediate future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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