Monday, December 4, 2017

Junkyard Heart by Garrett Leigh

Title: Junkyard Heart
Author: Garrett Leigh
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Porthkennack #7
Main Characters: Kim and Jas
Release Date: December 2016
Publisher: Riptide
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
I always love getting to read Garrett Leigh's British boys...and this was another good one. 

Jas has moved back to Porthkennack after having his heart and world shattered in London. He's come home to his Porthkennack family to recover, but he's only spent summers in the small portside town before now and isn't sure he's up to living this kind of slower life, especially since there aren't many other gay men around. Then he meets Kim and is instantly enthralled. 

Kim was introduced in Garrett Leigh's last Porthkennack book and I wasn't sure how this was going to work, especially with Kim's relationship with Lena. Jas is the same way. He can tell there's something deep between Kim and "Red" (Lena), but there's also an incredible connection between him and Kim. But Jas has been hurt by 'other' relationships by his partners before.

I really enjoyed this story. This little portside town is interesting. I loved the visuals of the barn...I'd love to get to go eat there and see Kim's artistry with his furniture creations. But I also really loved Jas's photography scenes. My favorite scene in the whole book was that one between him and Kim at his London flat and the light coming through the window. 

Reading one of these books is just like an afternoon spent immersed in the English countryside. It's so fun and the characters are amazingly deep (as Garrett Leigh's characters always are). I highly recommend this book and honestly, most of Garrett Leigh's writing. She immerses the reader into the deep emotional world of the characters and I love that. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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