Review by Annie: What Matters by Gracie Leigh


It’s a good fear, Sam. I’d miss it if it wasn’t there…”

Musical prodigy Eddie Dean gets everything she wants. The best violin, the best boyfriend, and a place at the best music school in London are hers until her father goes bankrupt. Once the financial facade comes tumbling down, Eddie’s broke and her boyfriend couldn’t care less.

The doorstep of Jimmy’s Café is the last place she expects to wash up.

Scrubbing dishes and serving fried breakfasts to pay her rent is as hellish as she imagined, and her new life is made worse by the disdain of her boss’s sneering grandson. Sam Nowak is arrogant, rude, and gorgeous, and if Eddie never sees him again, it will be too soon. Shame she can’t stop thinking about him. Dreaming about him. Craving him.

And then there’s his best friend Dylan.

Dylan is as light as Sam is dark, and Eddie wants him too. She can have him too—according to Sam—but when Sam reveals a vulnerability that could cost him his life, it’s time for Eddie to face the music. Does she still need to get everything she wants, or should she choose what matters? 

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Release Date: May 2nd


A copy of this was provided via Signal Boost Promotions

DNF at 72%, no rating.

I never thought the time would come in which I not only did not like a Garrett Leigh (here writing as Gracie Leigh) book but would also not finish it. But it happened, so I guess there really is a first time for everything.

The further I got into the story the more I started to skip. And in the end I didn’t even finish it because this is honestly fairer than forcing myself to finish and then give it 1 star. (Because it definitely was steering toward that rating.) It’s not that I hated it but it was so damn frustrating.
I know there are people out there who’ll love this story. But I’m just done with the tropes and clichés What Matters featured. It’s just not my thing personally.

Usually Garrett Leigh is a save bet for me. I’ll know I’ll be in for a ride: I’ll have great, fleshed-out characters, chemistry that could burn the pages and a story that grips me until the last page. But What Matters worked on none of those things for me.

Eddie is a spoiled brat. She grew up having everything and when her dad has to file for insolvency she suddenly has to find a job to pay for her apartment etc.
Basically this story fulfilled every trope and cliché I’ve really come to dislike about M/F books. The spoiled rich, whiny woman meeting the poor alpha-hole who hates her but at the same time needs her so badly.
What I liked was that she got a job and didn’t give up after the first day. But that’s about it. She has so many designer clothes, purses etc but not once does she think about selling some of that stuff. It could be easy money that could tide her over!

I didn’t like Sam. At all. And the farther I got into the story, the more my mind started to wander until I only skimmed the pages and then ultimately decided to just call it quits because me and this book would never gel.

Genre: Contemporary Orientation: Bisexual Pairing: M/F Review Self Published Tag: Enemies to Lovers Tag: Rockstar/Musician

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