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 have to say – I wasn’t 100% sold on this book. I liked the blurb, but the story itself didn’t draw me in. It took me several times to get into the story and it was at the point of me telling myself to finish reading it.
Lenny was a good character. He isn’t one of my favorites, yet he was still a good character. Leigh did a great job at making Lenny a character that is dealing with a stalker. I was so able to feel the fear that Lenny had throughout the story that I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him.
Nero was a different story alltogether. I just couldn’t connect with him at all. I had no desire to. Granted, I wanted to find out what had happened in his past, but I just didn’t like him that much to be honest.
The part of this story that I really wanted to know more about is between Tom, Cass, and Jake. (Which I do have to say that I haven’t read book 1 of the series which is apparently about how those 3 ended up together. But had nothing to do with Lenny and Nero’s story so it’s not required to read before this book.) But this book did make me want to go back and read their story.
Overall though – this just wasn’t a good read for me. But if your a fan of Leigh’s books then you may enjoy it more than I did.