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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,240 ratings  ·  256 reviews
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 su ...more
ebook, 1st edition, 204 pages
Published October 27th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
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Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked both MCs, especially Dex, and their relationship was sweet.

What I didn't like were the things that happened to Dex while he was with Braden. I expected some kind of violence, as it is mentioned in the blurb, but this was too much for me.

Also, I wish we were shown more of how Seb's and Dex's relationship progressed, rather than just told.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jan by: Katerina
**** 4.5 Stars ****

There is something about GL writing ... something that is so compelling and kind of wonderful. Reading her stories takes me to warm places and leaves me with fluttering feelings and dreamy eyes. I dare to say, and I mean no offense, that she's a female version of SH, what she writes is so earthly, real and easy to relate.

I don't know how GL does it. Her books have a heavy aura that could be depressing, but all I feel when reading them, it's comfort, a sensation of being back
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 50%

I couldn't feel the MCs' connection IF there was any because so far it wasn't imo! Considering all the good reviews maybe it was just me and not the book! So don't listen to me and read it, hope you enjoy it more than me!
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 HUGE STARS... This is without doubt her finest work to date! Just Beautiful!

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It’s been twelve months since Garrett Leigh appeared on the M/M scene as a debut author, completely WOWING me with her first book Slide. She’s packed a lot into this last year and her novels are truly outstanding, there is a familiarity for me to her writing and from the very first page, this book stole my heart. This is without doubt Garrett Leigh’s finest work to date! The prose is beautiful, the words ebb and fl
Ouch. Wow. Garrett must own a double-edged pen. I found myself in equal agony and bliss during this novel. It hurt. But it hurt sooo good. I knew from the start the angst was going to batter me, but I counted on past experiences with Leigh’s stories to see me through to the three-hankie end. I was not let down.

I’m going to spill a little something. If you really don’t want to know, close your eyes quick! The blurb notes a slave and a master. Please understand this is not in the bedroom or a will
I fell for Chicago once and now I want to revisit London, even it being that expensive and rainy!

I once told my mother my first option for my "arranged marriage" is a chef *wink, wink*.

And after reading this book I realized I was so so SO right! It's the best relationship, he cooks and I eat! She better beings searching him. I'm growing impatient!

I began this dear year with a GL's book, Slide, and now I'm going to say goodbye to it and I believe I'll find another awesome author to drool over d
5 Dreamy to the moon and back stars

"Yeah, it felt right, but it felt like a dream, and the trouble with dreams was he always woke up."

" it was clear Dex was the sky, and the ocean, and everything to him no one else had ever been."

For me, this book was perfection. I felt EVERYTHING in this story and cared so deeply for these characters. I wanted to hug Dex and love him forever... *sigh*

I felt for Dex so much and was deeply touched by the way Seb took care of this beautiful fla
It's just the beginning of the year and I already have a book for my favourites shelf, yay go me! This was just fabulous, everything I want to read in a book that I couldn't put down.

Lots of reviews out there already so I'm keeping this short, but I will say that I loved every word, loved the characters, loved the story (even though I had to read with one eye closed at times), and even though I wanted Dex's revolting father and that hideous Braden to SUFFER and they didn't, I'm still giving thi
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku, lgbtq
Wow, that certainly packed a punch!

Dex’s story is equally horrifying and heart-warming. His suffering is truly awful, and Garrett Leigh makes sure we feel as shocked and distraught as we should be. I think for me the worst was the fatalistic, lethargic way in which Dex accepts all the abuse, relating it to his normal.
The idea that there might be something better out there doesn’t even occur to him.

Seb is wonderfully patient and sweet with him, never assuming anything, always giving Dex a choice
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Audio 4 Stars
Story 4 Stars

It took me a long while to feel the chemistry and connection between the MCs because the story was too short for all that it had going on. To compensate, there is a lot of telling instead of showing when it came to the relationship development.

As for the dark parts of the story...the shit was b.r.u.t.a.l...😥 Definitely approach with caution. 😬
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Jumping" on Monday (10.11.2014) for another BR with my Girls!!

I was "heart" instantly spellbound

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wanted to read slowly to savour it, but at the same time I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down once I started. I LOVE how Garrett Leigh’s boys have so much depth.

HEART is one of those books you are bound to remember, a beautiful story, nicely written! I really like the way the relationship between Dex and Seb is built. I am not going to keep babbling along with
There are some kind of stories that really touch me... Of course that it's always wonderful to read a beautiful love story, with hot sex, breathtaking... but we get to the end wishing that that kind of love was real, or that would be amazing those hot and sexy guys cross your path one day... It's our imagination and the writer skills that take our breath away! But these stories, talk about abuse, rape, torture or sexual slavery, we know that those scenes can be true in that moment somewhere in o ...more
3.5 Stars..

"You shape your destiny through the decisions you make."

It all began in Spring 2011, Padastow, Cornwall.

Seb. a pastry chef, who inherited artisan fudge pantry. during summer,
for Seb it's tourist season. meaning having more work that needs his attention even during long exhausting summer nights.

On a summer night where Seb is heading to his cottage, He feels like someone is stalking him. but as he turns around, He catches those beautiful irish eyes.

Dex. gorgeous,chivalrous man. u
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 huge stars for me! I loved it. We met Seb and Dex in Gypsy Rain. That was just a glimpse into how they met and how they left things. Heart takes that story and expands it into a full-length novel. You do not need to read Gypsy Rain first. That story has been included as the first 15% of this book.

Garrett Leigh is such a talented writer. I especially love her broken and emotionally damaged characters. My heart broke for Dex and all he had been through. His family had sold him as a sex slave wh
I am so glad this book was republished. I missed it the first time around. I love all of GL's work, but there are a few that pack a powerful punch. This is one of them.

If you want to read a romance that will make you sad and happy and grateful and mad, along with every other emotion under the sky, this one will do it.
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-chefs, mm-angst


This book started out as a short story called “Gypsy Rain”. That short is incorporated into the beginning as a flashback and that ended up being a good thing and bad thing because the short is the only issue I have with this read. Bad because I found the characterization of Dex there jarred with that of the Dex in the main body of the read. He seemed much harder with the words describing him caustic, insolent and sullen only emphasizing that. Good because I did really enjoy that the s
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my sweet Lord this book is something else. Garrett Leigh has the ability to reach into your chest and rip your heart out at the lives her characters have experienced and this one is no exception.

Dex, beautiful damaged but not fully broken and Seb, who never saw the dark upbringing and the damaged man, but only ever loved the potential of what he hoped his lover could be.

My heart was in my mouth for most of this book not knowing what would come next, the horror of what was happening to Dex was
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A stunning story that had me on edge. The tale of Dex overcoming terrible abuse and Seb the beautiful man who persisted. This book touched on the lives of Travellers & gorgers - such different perspectives. I'm glad both men found peace eventually ...more
4.25 stars

This is a beautiful classic Garrett Leigh angst-fest. It hurt so good!

Even better, it was wonderfully narrated by Dan Calley. I’d highly recommend the audiobook version.

When the two men first meet on the Cornish seaside, Seb’s not quite sure what to make of Dex. But he can’t deny that he feels a pull towards the vagrant, and he’s happy when Dex seems to respond back.

But Dex then disappears without a trace, leaving only enigmatic memories behind.

The truth about Dex is heart-wrenching. A
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 g
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, lgbtq, queer
Dex is a young Irish Traveller tragically used to a lifetime of sexual abuse, violence and slavery at the hands of 'Uncle' Braden and his gang. A brief encounter in Padstow during a too-short Cornish summer with Seb, a gentle and sweet-natured pastry chef, gives him a glimpse of a life lived free from fear and subjugation.

Garrett Leigh's beautiful and moving novel Heart chronicles Dex and Seb's struggle to make this new life a concrete possibility but nothing will come to them easily and withou
Ula'ndi Hart
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Love it all bookworm

5 Heartbreaking Stars

So I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. I loved the whole feeling surrounding it. I LOVED Seb and Dex broke my heart. You can’t help but love him; you can’t help but love THEM.
Sometimes you just crave something “deeper” something with emotion and feel. This was my “feel” book.

This is not a rainbows and ponies book, but it’s also not going to drive you sessions with your shrink.

It makes you FEEL and it makes you ache. Life isn’t fair!!! And this story shows a UGLY si
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
*** 3-3.5 STARS ***
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was my first book from this author (I know, where have I been) and I can only say WOW.

It’s a story about Irish Travellers, about human trafficking and sexual slavery. It’s a hard read. But it’s also the story of a boy who meets a kind man and falls in love. This book breaks your heart, mends it, breaks it a few more times for good measure but leaves you feeling happy. And yes, I know there is no fairytale for most boys and girls sold as slaves, but this is a romance, and it feels good to d
This book is a story that was expanded from the short story Gypsy Rain. I never got to read that one, but I am ba big fan of this author, so I looked forward to reading Heart. And I loved it! If Gypsy Rain ended when Dex left at the end of summer, I'm kind of glad I missed it. I prefer my stories to have a happy ending. Heart was wonderful and complete with a happy ending.

The POV does switch between Seb and Dex, but not often enough to be confusing at all. It was just right, in my opinion and r
Garrett Leigh will always break your heart. But, she will be cobble it back together and give you the best kind of hope for the characters you’ve fallen in love with in whichever story of hers you’re reading.

The first story of Garrett’s I ever read was Gypsy Rain. I fell for her words hard then and the bittersweet ending was perfect. Heart is the extended and contemporary version of Gypsy Rain. It really translated well to a contemporary story and the characters kept the personalities that made
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
And now I would love to make lemon cake. I'm crazy about it. Missing only Seb's recipe ;)
Therefore follows at first a book description in pictures...

This was my first Garrett Leigh book. I'm late for this party, I know. But now I'm overjoyed to own 19 others of her. And I think I will have a pretty good time in the near future. Her way of writing is captivating."Heart" was exciting to read and I didn't want to put it down. The main characters and supporting cast are well formed and alive. I have
Whew, this book was intense. I am used to that with GL, but it's been a while since I've read one from her that was this gritty. Dex has had a hard life (understatement) and when he meets Seb there is just something about him that Dex likes and feels comfortable with. They share an instant bond and friendship, which morphs into sex. But then Dex leaves and Seb is crushed!

When the 2 finally meet again over a year later (18 months?), Seb can't deny he still feels something towards Dex, but is wil
3.5 stars.
I loved the beginning so much, I can't even tell you how much!
I fell totally in love with the beautiful, broken, closed-up Dex, and Seb was so sweet and caring, I love them that way!
But then, it got very tedious, the middle part went on and on.
The end was beautiful, but It some small things that disturbed me, like Dex unwilling to testify (I'm not blaming or judging him for it, but my personal POV is that it's a very important thing to do), and also, the fact that he did not open hims
Denise H.
Downtrodden Dex, and steady, sturdy, Seb, find their way to happiness...

Garrett Leigh tugged at my heartstrings once again in this British tale.
Irish Dex had his childhood taken from him

when his “da” sold him to work for his uncle. From then on he was a slave to that horrible man, forced to be a whore, working to exhaustion on the farm, cleaning, caring for the horses and much more.
He met Seb as he worked a fair stall in the summer. He and Seb had some lovely times together, where Seb worked
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