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REVIEW: Heart by Garrett Leigh



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, this book right here is why I love the hell out of Garrett Leigh. Heart, is so full of the emotion and angst that I adore getting lost in.

I was sucked in fast to this story as we meet Seb in his POV leaving work and his first encounter with the mysterious ethereal blond boy. I loved that he fantasized about him and when he saw him again, took the chance on not only the situation but the boy – Dex. The slow burn to their brief “relationship” had me a mess. The small bits that Dex couldn’t give and all that Seb wanted to give to Dex. It is what I love about romance stories.

We get one night, one night with these men and the passion was intense. It was so emotional that when I turned the page and the switch from Seb’s POV to Dex’s POV happened, I settled in for what I knew would be one hell of a ride.  I should have known from past experience that Ms. Leigh would tear my heart out this way. Le sigh.

He’d once believed Dex was no more than a brief summer rain… a ghostlike dream that came around once in a lifetime.

Being in Dex’s head was heartbreaking and emotionally exhausting. Knowing why he was on the beach when he met Seb and what he has gone back to? It was difficult to read but necessary. I held my breath through each page just waiting and wishing him to do whatever he had to so he could get back to the man with dark hair and blue eyes… ugh. Did I mention the angst? I knew less than half way through this book it was going to give me a massive book hangover, I was so drunk, stupidly and wonderfully drunk on these boys.

Let me say this, Garrett Leigh knows how to write broken, lost and flawed men who tug at my heart strings. She did it with Ash and Pete and she is doing it again with Dex and Seb. I was so lost in this story I read it through a nine-hour work day. Yeah, I admit it, I was sneak reading at work when I had a ton of things that needed to be done but I couldn’t stop. I was seduced by the words and story wrapping me up so tight there was nowhere to go but with these boys on their journey.

Dex… when you left the warmth and safety of Seb and back to your Traveller ways. I didn’t know what to do. It was hard to read what you went through at the hands of Braden. How you suffered and endured and when the opportunity provided itself, you did what you had to do and left. I held my breath as you ran, as you ducked into dark places and found your way. I hurt when you went back to the only thing you knew and I wanted so much for you to have the change with Seb again.

I know him, because I promised I’d never forget him. Dex closed his eyes, wiling the image of Seb to come back. His memories of Seb were the most precious thing. He wondered if Seb would ever know he was the only man he’d ever chosen…

I loved that despite all you’d been through you did what you needed to do on your own and you were amazing but when you were with Seb? Oh my dear boy, you were gorgeous.

Seb, you strong swoony and safe man. You never give up, you never gave up but knowing what you went through when and after you woke up alone that morning. Ugh. I love it when Garrett Leigh writes this way and tears my heart out. THIS book tore my heart out and I absolutely love it. I do. I can’t help myself. I just want to once again slide my finger along the bottom of my Nook to take me back to page one… to meet Seb in the harbor town of Padstow when we sees Dex for the first time. My brain, no – my heart – cannot take that this is over. I am barely done with the book and I am a mess. It’s like it’s fused with my soul and I can’t let it go. How do I move on from this?

Heart is a magical story that takes you to a dark place but brings you back to the light. The endearing and timeless love story of Seb and Dex was amazing, heart wrenching and beautiful to read. I love that the characters don’t sweep in and save one another.They work together, they listen to each other and they are partners as well as lovers and friends. Ugh. I am a rambling redheaded mess after this. I have no idea what I am saying but I want to say, read this:  Just read the damn book. Mmm Kay? Thanks.





heartTitle: Heart
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 204
Release Date: October 27, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinnner, ARe, Amazon, B&N

About Sara

I'm a runner, a reader and a vegan food eater. I practice yoga and meditation. I live in a house full of boys and rescue dogs. I really need a vacation.

One comment on “REVIEW: Heart by Garrett Leigh

  1. llesarlorraine
    November 3, 2014

    Want this! Just added it to my TBR list. Thank you.


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