Heart by @Garrett_Leigh #LGBT #Review

Dana reviews Heart by Garrett Leigh (Published by Dreamspinner Press, October 27, 2014, 196 pages)

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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.

Buy Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N | ARe

Why I read this book: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. After recently reading Slide by this same author, I was excited to read another book by her.

My thoughts: There was a small similarity between Heart and Slide for me, in the way that one main character pretty much has it together and the second main character has had a troubled past and a brokenness to them. Beyond that it was very different. Taking place in the UK instead of the US, the author did a great job of describing the scenery and the general feeling of the small town where it started and the big city where it ended up.

Seb was a sweet character, with honesty and integrity. His trust and generosity made him extremely likable without making him too gullible. Dex is the more intriguing character because of his complex personality. He has been abused and used in his youth in a various amount of ways. He is wary and jaded, but he also seemed innocent at times. Most of the experiences teens and young adults would go through, he never had a chance to discover. He also had a really trusting side with most people outside his captors and abusers. I was equally happy for all his breakthroughs and sad for all he had to overcome.

The way the story moved through different parts of the country, and through different emotional highs and lows was really great to read. It offered a lot of variety to the reader and never lagged or was boring. I would definitely recommend it to current fans of Garrett Leigh and others who haven’t had a chance to read her work.

9/10 pots of gold

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