Review: Junkyard Heart (A Porthkennack Novel)

Author: Garrett Leigh

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Riptide & Amazon

Type:Short Novel

Received from Publisher


Blurb: Tired of the London rat race and the heartbreak that comes with it, photographer Jas Manning returns to Porthkennack, the Cornish seaside town where he spent every childhood summer on his father’s farm. Resigned to year-round rain, wind, and homemade jam, he’s sorely unprepared for the impact that artsy carpenter Kim Penrose has on his heart.

Kim’s free-loving reputation precedes him, and he’s as generous with his inked-up body as he is with his time. The sex is hot, the easy friendship even better, and Jas’s time with him building his family’s new farmhouse canteen is everything Jas was missing in his empty city life.

But Kim’s carefree existence isn’t as simple as it appears. He’s worked hard to vanquish his demons and build his dreams, but the devil on his shoulder is ruthless, and when it comes to call, their happy bubble bursts like it was never there at all. The canteen opening looms, but Kim is gone in more ways than one, and it’s down to Jas to shore up Kim’s soul and convince him that he deserves his place in Jas’s heart.


Review:  I started this book at bedtime and never put it down. The lack of sleep was totally worth it because I loved this. I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series and didn’t feel like I’d missed a thing. Junkyard Heart is the story of two brilliantly broken men healing and falling in love. Garrett Leigh wrote these characters so well. Jas and Kim are flawed. They’ve made lots of mistakes. Mistakes that haunt them. Kim is a recovering alcoholic. He seems like a chill roll with life hippie type guy but he is constantly struggling with his addiction or things he’s done because of it. He works hard to stay busy. He doesn’t like to be alone with his thoughts. I liked how the author gets this point across without making the book heavy with it. You feel it’s weight but there’s not constant drama or angst just for the sake of angst. Just the very real battle Kim does with himself on a daily basis. Kim creates beautiful furniture out of reclaimed items. He is gorgeous and charismatic. Totally unlike anyone Jas has ever met before. There’s no way Jas can’t be taken with Kim. Kim seems to feel the same way about Jas. Their connection is undeniable.

Jas is still reeling from his last relationship. After sleeping with anyone he pleased for years he thought he’d finally found the one only to have his heart broken. He left his life in London and ran back to the small seaside town he grew up in to wallow in his misery. The attraction between Jas and Kim is explosive. Jas says he doesn’t want more than a one time hook up but he also can’t get Kim off his mind. Jas has his own demons to slay and Kim is there for him despite Jas trying to keep his distance.

I liked how brutally honest these two could be with each other. It felt like they needed each other. They opened up about things they don’t like to talk about with other people who love them because they’re both so messed up. There’s no judgement between them. There’s a closeness and an intensity built here beyond the sizzling attraction. The personal growth in this story is amazing. The way it’s written to build the love story and bond between the guys is brilliant. All the secondary characters were fascinating also. There’s so much history between them all. You feel like you know them without knowing all the details. I’m a huge fan of Garrett Leigh so the great writing doesn’t surprise me but I’m still totally impressed with her. I also loved the English seaside town vibe going on in this story. Basically I loved the entire book and absolutely recommend reading it. It’s sexy, charming and engaging.

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