A love forged in war, and saved by the shadows of death.Set in the Kosovan war, Mikail fights in the depleted underground resistance, smuggling intelligence and precious cargo out of war torn Pristina. Isa, an enigmatic CIA operative becomes an unlikely ally, and when a secret mission brings them together, heat, passion and a love they've never known consumes them. They forge a deep bond, but the war around them continues to rage, and as Serbian ...
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- Well, it is about a war. And it's crazy but it's a modern war. It's not that far, right? There was some philosopher who said that, the more time that passes, the less deaths occur in the wars because the human being changes for the better as the same time values are strengthened. I don't know how to digest that. I wish I remembered that author's name because I'd like to know if he was born before or after WWI, or WWII, and going on. My brain does...
- Gritty and heartbreaking, but with a solid HEA. Still, I was intrigued by these characters and the back drop of war-torn Kosovo that the author set them against. I think this story needed to be told as a full-length novel to really do it justice.
- I chose this after watching In the Land of Blood and Honey. I guess you could say I was in a mood. I think this is fairly historically accurate, but (a) I’m no expert and (b) it’s a romance novella so…This is my first experience with this author and it wasn’t a bad one. Both Isa and Mik are likable enough. I think their relationship suffered because it wasn’t given adequate time to develop. It struck me as instalove which I can overlook...
- A review by The Blogger Girls.It is my understanding that this story was written about two years ago, but being a fan of Garrett Leigh’s stories, I was quick to grab the opportunity to read it. As with everything else I’ve read by Ms. Leigh, I was not disappointed.This story centers around Mikail who, along with his parents and siblings, work underground to smuggle intelligence and children out of their war-torn Kosovo to the safety of the ne...
- A wonderful little read from Garrett. I remember all of this going down in the 80's, and was disgusted at what the Serbs did. 4 stars from me.
- Despite being a short I actually found this story to work very well. While the development time for the relationship was relatively short in the narrative I still felt for these two. Their time knowing each other was incredibly intense in the war torn part of the world this story took place in. It made the brevity of the story work since it was easier to see why everything grew out of that forced closeness.
- 3.5* hartache and tears in times of war
- I'm a big fan of this author and this book didn't disappoint. The story is set in during the Kosovian War and Mikail works for the underground resistance smuggling important things out of the country. One night he meets CIA operative Isa and is immediately drawn to him. The two men begin a secret relationship amid the chaos of war. They work together to smuggle children out and to pass secrets to the people who need them. One fateful night Isa ha...
- This is just a great read. Based during the war in Kosovo, the backdrop of war and strife for Isa and Mik's love story was bittersweet and poignant. I only wish the ending could have held a bit more. If this had been a longer work, with more space for Leigh to have developed the characters and extended the ending, it would probably have received five stars from me.
- M/M solider related books have to be up there as one of my favourites genres to read, and I really love Leigh's writing style. Just, loved this shortie-stack read, very intense and just, WOAH!
- This story is okay, but nearly as good as her other books like Slide. It is just too short to fully develop the story or characters so I could not get into it. Isa And Mik are interesting but it all goes too fast so it is hard to get into it.
- Tragic but beautiful.
- Such a gorgeous storyI wish I could say that the story of Isa and Mik is a light hearted one with a typical HEA. This story so gloriously captured the angst, danger, uncertainty, and devotion of their journey. I almost didn't read it because I was scared it would leave me a grieving mess. Although it is not the typical HEA (how could it be given the circumstances), it still left me feeling warm and fuzzy. Worth the read!!!!!
- Great as alwaysNo matter the subject matter or length of the story, Leigh can make you feel the characters and root for them. Not my typical type of story but I will read anything Garrett Leigh writes.
- 3.5 stars
- 4 'Another awesome quick read that packs alot into a shorter book. Loved the characters, the slow build to their relationship, storyline was action packed, intriguing, heartbreaking with a nice dose of HEA in the end' stars.
- You'd think a 60 page novella would be unable to give you a full story that would tear your soul apart. You'd be wrong! Garrett can surely do exactly that. This one turned me inside out every single page. There is nothing truly sweet about this love story, not when all around them is death and suffering, yet the friendship, the love, that built between Isa and Mik was beautiful beyond words. Mik and Isa meets when Isa (the American CIA Operative)...
- More Than Life was a pretty short story about a Isa, a CIA operative who helps out a Kosovan resistance operative named Mikail. There’s something stirring between them from the first time they meet and over the course of time, as they trade information and such, they get to know each other and fall in love. Mikail is young, but he’s integral to the resistance and Isa…I wasn’t sure what he really did. Even when the story ended, I still was...
- Wow! This story packs an emotional punch in a shorter word count. I am really becoming a huge fan of this author. I took a history course on The Balkans back in the mid-80s and while my professor was actually a Bulgaria scholar we all pretty much saw the writing on the wall for what would become of the region. This story takes place during one of the sad chapters of the ensuing conflict. The two MCs, Mik (Kosovar) and Isa (American CIA agent) com...
- » 3.5 stars! « “I love you, Mik, more than my life. Whatever happens, never forget that.” Beautiful. Sad. Depressing. Heart-wrenching. And a love so deep.I forgot how good this author is. All the feels just sucks you deep and crawls up to you like a snake. A short read but a very memorable one. Isa and Mika were enthralling characters. I came to like them in an instant. I love their story. A must-read!
- Rather undeveloped for a Garrett Leigh story. Everything about it was far too rushed or skimmed over. Couldn't buy the love story because, as a reader, I didn't see any of it. It was barely told in summary as the minimal plot speed raced to an end. Could have had loads of potential with more development of plot and characters.
- 4.5 stars
- 4.25 stars
- Such an emotional read for this little gem.
- review to come