Author: Garrett Leigh
Publication Date: March 25, 2017
Page Length: 249 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
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Work, sleep, work, repeat. Nero’s lonely life suits him just fine until his best friend, Cass, asks him to take on a new apprentice—a beautiful young man who’s never set foot in a professional kitchen. Despite his irritation and his lifelong ability to shut the world out, Nero is mesmerised by the vibrant stray, especially when he learns what drove him to seek sanctuary on Nero’s battered old couch.
Lenny Mitchell is living under a cloud of fear. Pursued by a stalker, he has nowhere left to run until Nero offers him a port in a storm—a job at the hottest restaurant in Shepherd’s Bush. Kitchen life proves heady and addictive, and it’s not long before he finds himself falling hard and fast for the man who has taken him in.
Fast-forward a month and a neither man can imagine life without the other, but one thing stands in their way: a lifetime of horrors Nero can’t bring himself to share with Lenny. Or can he? For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking, and Nero must learn to embrace it before fate steps in and rips it away.
I feel like this was such a quick read because I just couldn’t put it down. I was kind of worried about how much I would like this book after reading Misfits (because I LOVED that book), but Nero and Lenny managed to hold their own.
We first met Nero in the first book as a grumpy chef who works diligently and steps in whenever he’s asked. And when Cass asks Nero to look after a friend of his, Lenny, Nero takes him in, because he wouldn’t ever say no to Cass. Lenny has been stalked by a man at his previous job as a waiter at one of the Urban Soul restaurants, and practically any place he goes. His paranoia is getting to him, and the police aren’t doing much to step in and arrest the man. Lenny has no place to hide, and when Cass offers Nero’s place (living quarters above the restaurant Nero works at), Lenny jumps at the chance.