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.
This book, for me, was perfection. I felt EVERYTHING in this story and cared so deeply for these characters. I wanted to hug Dex and love him forever and I will because this is a story I will read over and over again.
Garrett Leigh has a way of writing broken and fragile characters that are so real and so relatable that they make your heart bleed. But her characters also courageous, strong fighters that you can’t help but root for to get their happy ending.
It’s never an easy story with a Garrett Leigh book but rather gut wrenching, heart pounding, page turning perfection. She writes in a way that you smell the characters skin, feel the characters touch, and internalize the characters pain. I FELT for Dex, I was MOVED by his story, and I was TOUCHED by the way Seb took care of this amazingly flawed man. I simply couldn’t stop reading and I didn’t want to. Simply put, I loved this book to the moon and back.