Title: Junkyard Heart (Porthkennack #7)
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 4th 2017
Page Count: 192
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
It’s hard to find an author who wins you over again and again with every book they put out there, but I’m beginning to think that Garrett Leigh is that author for me.
I ‘ve been looking forward to Kim’s story ever since I read House of Cards. As a secondary character, he fascinated me and when I saw that he gets his own story, I was thrilled!
Junkyard heart isn’t exactly angsty, although both characters have their demons to battle, but there’s definitely the author’s trademark melancholic tone. Leigh takes full advantage of the rainy, windy, cloudy scenery of Porthkennak, to add that grittiness to her story. This is what I love the most about this author and it’s what I expect every time I pick one of her books.
Kim and Jas are far from perfect. Like most GL characters they ‘re imperfect in the most natural way. Kim battles his alcohol addiction, trying to keep himself busy so that he doesn’t fall back into a dark place. Jas came back to Porthkennack after getting his heart broken in London, and is doing a shitty job of taking care of himself.
But it’s not only their imperfections that drew me to them. I love how unapologetic Kim was about the way he lived and his choices. And I loved Jas’s honesty and the way he owned his mistakes.
This installment is much sexier than House of Cards. There is crazy chemistry between the MCs and some pretty hot sex scenes.
Lena (aka Red) is an interesting element. Her character plays a big role, without her being constantly there. Her relationship with Kim confused me at first, but it made sense later on.
I love the secondary characters. Brix and Callum made a cameo appearance and I’d love to read a story about Lee. I also loved the green/environment friendly aspect of the story.
Overall, this was another winner for me by the author, and a great addition to the series. Recommended!