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 mesmerized 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.
When Lenny’s stalker issues become too much he does not know where to turn and begins to have a meltdown. Lucky for him his boss is there to help and finds him a safe place to stay while everything is sorted out. Lenny finds himself on Nero’s couch and working as his apprentice. As the two work and live together feelings begin to emerge and soon the two are dancing around what could be a relationship if only, they could both leave their demons behind.
Lenny and Nero’s story is an emotional listen. Both men have issues to deal with and must decide if they are going to let the issues rule their lives or try to heal. The men are opposites but there is no denying the attraction that they have. It was interesting to see their relationship take shape. Soon they are more than just coworkers and Lenny longs for more, but can Nero find it in him to take that final step and give what he has never given another? Their story is full of angst and as their relationship grows you get to see the depth of these characters. The two are good for each other and make a good couple. Although some of the story is predictable it is an engaging listen, but the narration was lacking for me. Narrator Dan Calley keeps the narrative flowing but the characters did not seem to have a lot of depth or emotion to them especially Nero who came off a as flat to me during much of the book.