Review: Cash (Lucky #2) by Garrett Leigh

Cash is a car mechanic with a secret. Head down, sleeves up, he hides from the past as much as his shattered heart, until a reluctant stumble into a Tottenham bar ends in the one night stand of his dreams.

Hunt saboteur Rae can’t believe his luck when he wakes up the next morning. Cash is gorgeous, and the hottest hook up he’s ever had. He doesn’t expect to see him again, until a twist of fate lands him on Cash’s doorstep a few months later.

United by a cause that’s broken Cash before, they are drawn together. They have more in common than they ever imagined, but with Cash haunted by the past, and Rae so tangled in the present, it’s not long before love isn’t enough to keep them alive.

It takes an extremely talented writer to take two flat characters and a charged topic prone to having readers turn away in disgust and transform it into something readable. Though the romance didn't work for me I do appreciate the edification on fox hunting.

Which, to be clear, isn't actually a sport. It's barbarism in the guise of sport. Hunting is something that takes skill and usually hunters enjoy being challenged. Fox hunting is nothing more than a bunch of toff brutes getting dressed up for the sole purpose of being cruel to animals. What I found so shocking was not just the senselessness of caging an animal, keeping it alive only to later kill it in the most brutal way, but how the dogs and horses were treated as well. In a word, sickening.

The underground world of "sabbing", as it's called brings Cash, a former sab, and Rae, a current sab, together. Rae's crew is short on people and long on fox hunting toffs, so he's sent to see if Ciaran Walsh a.k.a. Cash a.k.a. his hookup from a few weeks ago would entertain re-joining the ranks of saboteur.

Cash isn't keen on this due to a past debacle but then relents with stipulations. The stipulations were kinda wonky and... thin.

Neither of these characters were well defined nor dynamic but their devotion to the cause of saving as many foxes as possible is a laudable one and they get brownie points for good humaning. I can deal with a lukewarm romance for a cause and this cause I honestly knew nothing about until this book. I'd always envisioned fox hunting as an elaborate excuse for a bunch of WASPs to dress up and ride around the countryside whilst male bonding with their dogs.

I know, stupid American.

Anyhoo, I squirrelled. But IMHO the fox hunting took precedence over the romance which was lackluster with pedestrian sex. The sex had so much potential what with Cash having something of a penchant for a little pain but... it never came to fruition on page.

The bright spots in the story for me were Dom and Lucky with my interest waning with Cash and Rae continually waffling on whether or not they wanted to couple. Then again, Dom and Lucky were AMAZING characters who cast large shadows and continued to be amazing in a multitude of ways in this book.

However, I would be interested in continuing with this series. Mostly for the updates on Dom and Lucky but also open-minded enough to be wrecked by another couple too.

As always, my opinions are my own and YMMV. Also, the editing wasn't great so be aware of words missing, extra words, etc.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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