Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Garrett Leigh
Heroes: Seb Wright/Dex
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 204 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 27, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Cornish pastry chef Seb Wright dreads the summer tourist season. The cash injection to his artisan fudge pantry is more than welcome, the extra work, less so. Then one summer, a shadowy Good Samaritan catches his eye. Irish Traveller Dex is bewitching, a beautiful sullen enigma who turns Seb’s world upside down until he disappears in the night, vanishing like a mystical summer rain.
Twelve months later Dex is in the midst of a dark storm. A slave to his master, ‘Uncle’ Braden, he spends his days cleaning caravans and his nights working in Braden’s other businesses. His short summer with Seb seems a lifetime ago. Lost in the savage violence of the murky underworld, he doesn’t dare dream he’ll ever find his way back, until one night, a brutal crime opens the door for a chance escape. A new life beckons, old faces emerge, and immersed in the heady vibe of London’s East End, new love begins to heal his fractured heart.
Review: I’m a huge Garrett Leigh fan and have yet to be disappointed. I was a bit unsure about this one at first, but knowing the author, I put my misgivings aside. It didn’t take long for me to be happy I did so.
This starts out slowly as we meet Seb and learn about his fudge and pastry making. But it doesn’t take long before we are introduced to the seemingly down on his luck vagrant, Dex. Boy, is there more to him than meets the eye. Thankfully, Seb sees it too. It starts with Seb taking him into his shop on a rainy night with the guise of keeping him company while he works. Seb has to tread very lightly with the easily spooked young man, but he does it beautifully. The two begin a friendship of sorts until one day when Dex vanishes.
Dex, he just completely stole the show for me. This poor guy was a slave to his upbringing, being sold to his uncle at a young age. He lived in the Gypsy camp doing his uncle’s bidding or paying the price. He has seen and been made to do many horrible things, but he believes this is his way of life. He has such a poor self image and sense of self worth it just breaks your heart. He truly believes he is nothing but a worthless whore.
He manages to make a break and then catches one when a restaurant owner gives him a job and place to stay. He does well, learning the ropes and the hearts of the owners. He is then reunited with Seb when the restaurant hires him as their new pastry chef. It is not an easy road for Seb and Dex, as they basically have to start from scratch with their relationship, earning trust all over again.
I know how much Dex won my heart, but it must be said that Seb was a wonderful character as well. He was so understanding and comforting to Dex, wanting nothing more than what Dex would willing give him. He was patient and caring, finding ways to teach Dex in ways he could easily understand. He also never gave up which is ultimately what saves Dex.
This was such a beautiful story shining through the horrible details of Dex’s life. It quickly won me over and had a tight hold right to the very end. I highly recommend it.
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*