Strays by Garrett Leigh

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Strays by Garrett Leigh

Book Info

Book Series
Urban Soul #2
About the Author
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press. 

Garrett's debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at, and co-owns the specialist stock site with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.
Publication Date
March 27, 2017
Available Formats
pdf, mobi, html, epub
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.

Editor review

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Intimate and intriguing
Grumpy big mouthed Nero doesn't know what happens to him when he meets Lenny.
Smart mouth Lenny finding the shelter he desperate need, in Nero's home and kitchen.
Nero don't ask why and Lenny hesitates to share.
Their interaction is raw and rude but underneath all the sturdy behavior lies a sea of emotions.

And briefly now and than they can laugh and Nero getting softer. Lenny is soft only holding back because Nero is almost impermeable. Lenny just gives Nero some light in his lonely life and it is addictive.
Working for the three man who are living together, from book one in this serie I didn't read, is the best thing happened to Nero. He works hard for them.

Nero and Lenny work and live together they get used to each other and after a while both are desperate to to be in the others company. Nero educates Lenny in the kitchen and restaurant.
He feels safe in the kitchen and four walls of Nero's apartment and knows Neto will protect him at al costs from his stalker.
Their feelings to each other is quickly growing, only Nero can't open himself. There is a lock on his mouth and Lenny tries to find the right key.
Sometimes Nero talks a whole other 'language' and simply doesn't understand what Lenny wants.

Finally he understands he has to open up to keep Lenny and when he does the chills are running down your back. The intimacy when he opens up is emotional. 
Nero looks and talks tough and he is, but also not.

“I didn’t know I needed you until you found me, but I do need you, so much"

This story is written in a intriguing way. 
Complicated personalities, complicated circumstances, real and genuine.
You could feel the desperation, the powerlessness, the confusion, the resistance the contradiction and the attraction, the positive tension, the unraveling....

Awesome read part of a serie which can easily read as a stand alone.
Sometimes I needed subtitles because of the 'slangly' language but that was my part of being  the foreigner :)

~ an ARC received by Netgalley for a honest review ~ 
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