burn baby, BURN

rating: ★★★★☆
title: Light Up the Dark
author: Suki Fleet
release date: April 23, 2017
setting: England
publisher: Stars and Ink Press
genres: MM Romance, dark, mystery

Dark, haunting and sexy

Suki Fleet has carefully woven together this tale of two beautifully broken souls. Cai is a young man trying to pick up the pieces after a stint in a juvenile detention center and raising a teenage niece on just about a hope and a prayer. When he is hired as a gardener to manage the state of disarray to an old property, he believes things just may be turning a corner for the better.

Nicky is a living ghost, stuck on repeat in a decrepit sprawling house full of ghosts. Two years he has gone without the touch of another human being. The old house he is living in is as overgrown as his heart. He doesn’t anticipate when he hires a young gardener to clear the yard out, for the man to hack away at the vines around his heart.

Only these two damaged souls have the ability to put the other back together. Maybe Nicky is just the man to fan Cai’s flames, while Cai has the spark to bring Nicky back to life.

This was my first Suki Fleet book, but absolutely not my last. This was an eerie little tale. Lots of secrets and pain. Nicky and Cai were such raw characters. I really loved this twisty and sexy book.

Goodreads Synopsis:

For two years Nicky has wandered the dark empty corridors of the overgrown Thorn Hall, unseen and untouched, feeling like a ghost. His only company, the cold man who promised to keep him safe from harm, Lance.
But when Lance dies, Nicky’s assurance of safety disintegrates and his world suddenly becomes a lot more real and a lot more dangerous. Scared to leave the house, Nicky longs for daylight. He employs a gardener to clear the over-grown bushes and vines that have nearly swallowed Thorn Hall whole.
The last thing Nicky expects a little light to do is show him something to fight for.

Eighteen months in a young offenders’ institute has taught Cai two things: he occupies the playful puppy end of the How Dangerous Are You? spectrum, and he has an unfortunate knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Desperate for a job, he takes the first offer he gets. Even though Thorn Hall creeps the hell out of him and he barely knows one end of a pair of garden shears from the other.
Things start to fall apart when Cai is drawn into Nicky’s strange world of sticky notes and secrets. Cai finds he is now a target, blamed for a crime he didn’t commit. Desperate not to go back to prison, he digs deep and risks all the good things in life to help Nicky run.
But now Nicky has someone he wants to protect, he knows he can’t run any more.

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