Author: Garrett Leigh
Publication Date: October 27, 2014
Page Length: 204 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
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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. This book is way intense and should definitely come with trigger warnings? I mean, the blurb kind of alludes to it, but one of the characters, Dex, was sold into sex slavery when he was 13 and by the time this story starts, he’s 19. There aren’t any graphic scenes in particular. They are more fade-to-black in those cases, but we do see the aftermath with what happened to Dex being described and see how those scenes affect him. Trigger warnings for non-consent.
This story is told in three parts. The first part is told from Seb’s POV. Seb is a pastry chef and is working in his family’s fudge shop in a small little town. I wouldn’t say he’s necessarily content in his life in the little shop, but he’s itching for…something. Or someone. One summer day, he meets Dex, a Traveller, who is working at a stall by the beach. They have a fast connection and it’s sweet. Seb doesn’t know anything about Dex, but it doesn’t matter to Seb. After their one night together, Dex leaves and the two don’t see each other for 18 months.