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The River Leith by Leta Blake

OUT OF 5 STARS

OUT OF 5 STARS

Shameless Recommendation

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From the second I finished Training Season, I knew Leta Blake would be a solid favorite, and THE RIVER LEITH does not disappoint. Okay so, amnesia might be one of my favorite tropes ever, but she writes it so refreshingly beautiful I just felt like clutching my Kindle to my bosoms the whole way through.

Not only is the prose amazing, the fallout of forgetting three years of his life is realistic for Leith and everyone around him. This includes Zach, the boyfriend he can't remember. This story will pull at your heart strings, will make you sweat (because the sex is hotter than the balls of Hades--another area where Leta Blake never disappoints), and will have you put that Kindle down with a happy sigh at the end of it. You don't want to miss out on this one. Highly recommended. ~ Solange [May 2014]

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Shameless Recommendation

Solange Gay Rom Mini Banner
From the second I finished Training Season, I knew Leta Blake would be a solid favorite, and THE RIVER LEITH does not disappoint. Okay so, amnesia might be one of my favorite tropes ever, but she writes it so refreshingly beautiful I just felt like clutching my Kindle to my bosoms the whole way through.

Not only is the prose amazing, the fallout of forgetting three years of his life is realistic for Leith and everyone around him. This includes Zach, the boyfriend he can't remember. This story will pull at your heart strings, will make you sweat (because the sex is hotter than the balls of Hades--another area where Leta Blake never disappoints), and will have you put that Kindle down with a happy sigh at the end of it. You don't want to miss out on this one. Highly recommended. ~ Solange [May 2014]

Where To Buy

Buy Now From Amazon
Buy from Amazon Canada
Buy from Amazon UK

About Our Heat Ratings

The hottest of the hot!
ex. BDSM, kink, dub-con

Super hot for adults only.
most modern romance

A little bit of heat.
not overly descriptive

Light romance and fade-to-black.
ex. young adult

Publisher Synopsis

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Memory is everything.

After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date. Unmoored and struggling to face his new reality, Leith must cope anew with painful revelations about his family. His brother is there to support him, but it’s the unfamiliar face of Zach, a man introduced as his best friend, that provides the calm he craves. Until Zach’s presence begins to stir up feelings Leith can’t explain.

For Zach, being forgotten by his lover is excruciating. He carefully hides the truth from Leith to protect them both from additional pain. His bottled-up turmoil finds release through vlogging, where he confesses his fears and grief to the faceless Internet. But after Leith begins to open up to him, Zach's choices may come back to haunt him.

Ultimately, Leith must ask his heart the questions memory can no longer answer.

ASIN: B00KCR6LXQ

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[su_quote]”The universe doesn’t stop being the universe at the edges of this map simply because we can’t fathom it. It’s still part of the whole, and you don’t stop being Leith simply because you have lost some time and memories.”[/su_quote]

[su_quote]When Zach stood and turned to face Leith he leaned against the kitchen counter and said with quiet speculation, “You always did like to make me come to you.”[/su_quote]

[su_quote]”Was it always like that with us?”
“Yes,” Zach mumbled.
“From the beginning?”
“Every time, pretty much. You always make things ridiculously intense.” He kissed Leith’s flushed chest. “Not that I’m complaining.”[/su_quote]

[su_quote]He settled his cock deep in Zach’s ass and bent to whisper, “Do you ever do this to me?”
Zach twisted around for a wet kiss. “My God, yes. You love it.”[/su_quote]

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EXCERPT

‰ÛÏZach,‰Û Leith said, turning and looking him in the eye. ‰ÛÏYou asked if there was anything else you could bring me.‰Û

‰ÛÏYes.‰Û Zach leaned forward. ‰ÛÏAnything.‰Û

‰ÛÏCan you bring some photos?‰Û

‰ÛÏOf your father?‰Û

‰ÛÏYes, and some from my life these last three years or so? I got a card from a girl. Naomi? An ex-girlfriend, Arthur said. I don‰Ûªt even know what she looks like. Maybe if I saw her picture‰Û_‰Û

Zach pressed his lips together and nodded slowly, his eyes flickering. ‰ÛÏSure. I‰Ûªll bring them tomorrow.‰Û

Zach‰Ûªs eyes made Leith think again of the kinglet‰Ûªs wings as they‰Ûªd shimmered in the sunlight. ‰ÛÏThanks.‰Û The air in the room felt heavy. He grabbed the item on top of the basket, keeping his tone light. ‰ÛÏThis is the cheese I want to marry, huh?‰Û

Standing up, Zach clapped his hands lightly in an almost effeminate manner, and the sound broke the moment. The question seemed to bring about a change in Zach, who said, ‰ÛÏYes, it‰Ûªs your true love. Or so you declared to me a few months ago.‰Û

Zach‰Ûªs eyes smiled, filled with amused affection. Leith liked it. He wondered what he could say to make Zach smile like that again. It looked much better on him than the tense sadness he‰Ûªd come in wearing. Then, just as suddenly, the smile was gone.

‰ÛÏI guess I should leave now.‰Û

Leith‰Ûªs surprise must have shown on his face. ‰ÛÏBut you just got here.‰Û And I was just starting to feel comfortable with you.

‰ÛÏI wish I could stay, but I‰Û_really can‰Ûªt.‰Û

‰ÛÏYou don‰Ûªt want to share this cheese?‰Û

‰ÛÏPolyamory was never your style,‰Û Zach countered, and then smiled warmly again.

His teeth were very white, and his lips a reddish pink. Leith thought Zach came across as a little prissy, a little uptight, but something about it made him feel like laughing inside. He must have found him amusing before. Obviously, or else they wouldn‰Ûªt be best friends.

‰ÛÏThe thing is, I have a business to run,‰Û Zach went on. ‰ÛÏUnfortunately I need to go.‰Û

‰ÛÏWhat kind of business?‰Û

‰ÛÏA bar.‰Û

‰ÛÏOh, my brother owns a bar. On Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. Or so he tells me. Supposedly I used to work‰ÛӉ۝ Leith let the sentence hang. ‰ÛÏRight, so you know that, don‰Ûªt you?‰Û

Zach spun around, moving the chair back into its original position. But Leith had seen his face twist like he was fighting tears.

He faced Leith again. ‰ÛÏBelieve it or not it‰Ûªs the same bar. Arthur‰Ûªs my business partner. I‰Ûªll tell you all about it another day, okay? The doctors say it‰Ûªs time to start introducing you to some of your history, now that you‰Ûªve dealt with‰ÛӉ۝ Zach stopped short.

‰ÛÏMy father‰Ûªs death?‰Û

‰ÛÏIt takes some time.‰Û

‰ÛÏTime!‰Û Leith said, and threw his hands up.

‰ÛÏYes.‰Û Zach stiffly lifted his right hand in a flat-palmed wave. ‰ÛÏWell, see you.‰Û

‰ÛÏWhen? Tomorrow?‰Û

Zach nodded, smiling softly. ‰ÛÏSure, if you want.‰Û

‰ÛÏYou‰Ûªll bring pictures?‰Û

‰ÛÏSure.‰Û Zach stood there a long moment, and then turned.

Leith noticed there were multiple decorative zippers on the back pockets of Zach‰Ûªs jeans, drawing attention to his ass. When Zach looked back at the door, Leith jerked his head up.

‰ÛÏAll right then. Goodbye.‰Û Zach‰Ûªs voice was tight, and he seemed as tense as he‰Ûªd been when he came in.

Leith remembered what Arthur had said, and he called out just as Zach‰Ûªs hand touched the door knob. ‰ÛÏZach?‰Û

When Zach turned, his eyes were a hot green, and his lips trembled a little. ‰ÛÏYes?‰Û

‰ÛÏHey, uh, before you leave‰Û_?‰Û Leith held out his arm to indicate the offer of a hug.

Zach hesitated, lower lip in his teeth, but then crossed over to Leith solemnly. When Zach bent down to hug him, Leith felt him relax in his arms. Leith closed his eyes, surprised when his left hand cupped the back of Zach‰Ûªs neck in an unplanned motion, his fingers tracing the soft hair there. He took a deep breath. A sweet, spicy scent filled his lungs, and suddenly he was warm all over. His heart jolted. He‰Ûªd smelled that before. Somewhere. He took another deep breath.

‰ÛÏDon‰Ûªt forget‰ÛÓI‰Ûªm not going anywhere,‰Û Zach whispered fiercely.

‰ÛÏI thought you were going to work,‰Û Leith whispered, turning his face toward Zach‰Ûªs ear, having an odd urge to taste the cologne he smelled.

Zach pulled away, his eyes laughing. ‰ÛÏYou always think you‰Ûªre so funny, don‰Ûªt you?‰Û

For a moment Leith thought something else was about to happen, something that made him lick his lips and hold his breath. But then it passed, and he felt like he‰Ûªd missed something important.

Zach grabbed a piece of the bread. ‰ÛÏYou don‰Ûªt mind sharing?‰Û

Leith was tempted to grab it back, thinking that somehow that would be the right thing to do, but he simply shrugged.

‰ÛÏSee you tomorrow, Leith.‰Û

‰ÛÏSee you.‰Û Leith said, watching the door shut behind Zach. He smelled his fingers. The sweet-spicy scent of Zach‰Ûªs cologne clung to them, and deep inside his brain something stirred. It made him jumpy; like there was an itch in there he simply couldn‰Ûªt scratch.

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Though Solange has moved on from Shameless Book Club and is living somewhere in Europe, we're gladly keeping her recommendations alive and published because they were just that good. --- Solange reads and writes gay romance like it’s her job — because it is. She likes her heroes and heroines tortured and horny, her plots juicy and riddled with angst, and rarely passes up the opportunity to add in some hurt and comfort. When she’s not reading or writing, Solange rides horses, hikes around Michigan’s plentiful lakes or whizzes down mountains with a snowboard to her feet. She’s a speed-junky, a caffeine addict and a dog lover. If you’d like to get in touch, email her here. She doesn’t bite, unless that floats your boat.

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