Laurence Fitzroy is trapped in a golden cage. The only son of a wealthy London baronet, he's struggling to escape his father's suffocating world. But Laurie is losing his fight. At 19 years of age, bright and imaginative, he's no match for the brutal Sir William. Laurie wants to be an actor - bad enough as far as Sir William is concerned, but, worse than that, he's gay.
One bitter winter night, he meets a young homeless man huddled in blankets outside the opera house. The two form a bond straight away, and Laurie takes him home, wanting only to offer him food and a warm bed. But Sasha is a passionate Romani immigrant, and his beauty and sweet nature soon overwhelm Laurie's chaste intentions, leaving him hopelessly in love.
Laurie and Sasha reach out desperately to one another from their different worlds, and against all odds begin an affair, hidden in the attics of Laurie's sumptuous home and on the bleak moorland of a Romani encampment. For Laurie, it's a delicious sexual awakening, and Sasha returns his affections, opening up to him a whole new world of freedom.
But Sasha has secrets, and a murky, violent past. When he vanishes, he leaves Laurie bereft and alone in a city he hardly recognizes any more. Now Laurie has to stand on his own two feet and find the strength to rescue his lover - and himself.
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very enjoyable listening experience
Sublime performance. Gritty, emotional story
A well chosen performance artist will enhance a wonderful book every time. That is certainly the case here. Listening to it, I definitely felt as though the characters were actual people putting on a play in my ears. The narrator, Rusty Coles, did a superb and deft job of voicing each character distinctly and putting the perfect emotional inflection in all scenes.
The beautiful, flowing prose with which Harper Fox weaves her stories. The events in this story are unexpected, difficult to predict - yet surprising in the best way. The two characters of Laurie and Sasha are contradictions, yet are very much the same at heart. They make for convincing couple that I was rooting for all the way. I felt each moment of heartbreak, each triumph, each hug.
Laurie. It's his story and he's in every scene. Coles voiced him just as I would have hoped.
It would be the detective from Interpol. He was a real stand up guy to Laurie and Sasha and imagine the stories he could tell. Confident and compassionate = sexy!
- Dianne T.