Monday, July 24, 2017

House of Cards by Garrett Leigh

Calum Hardy’s life has unravelled. Reeling from the betrayal of a man he once loved, he boards a train heading south, with no real idea where he’s going except a world away from London.

Brix Lusmoore can hardly believe his eyes when he spots one of his oldest friends outside Truro station. He hasn’t seen Calum since he fled the capital himself four years ago, harbouring a life-changing secret. But despite the years of silence, their old bond remains, warm and true—and layered with simmering heat they’ve never forgotten.

Calum takes refuge with Brix and a job at his Porthkennack tattoo shop. Bit by bit, he rebuilds his life, but both men carry the ghosts of the past, and it will take more than a rekindled friendship and the magic of the Cornish coast to chase them away.

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Book 4
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I love Garrett Leigh’s writing so much! This fourth Porthkennack book brings Cornwall to life and introduces two beautiful, troubled men. Brix and Calum are both tattoo artists; they worked together in London years ago but it is chance that brings a bruised and broken Calum to Brix’s tiny town.

This book should have been depressing. But even while sensitively tackling huge, dark issues, there is a lovely sense of hope in this book that keeps it happy. It is also surprisingly low angst. Calum and Brix are grownups. They communicate. There isn’t any unnecessary drama here, just a slow, sweet second chance romance between two quite damaged men. This is a low heat romance, but the connection between Calum and Brix is wonderful and I loved these two together.

Brix is a quiet, unassuming character and I love the way the author shows us Brix through the way he cares for his family and friends. Brix doesn’t just rescue battery hens, he rescues people. The staff in his tattoo shop are a special sort of family. It is impossible not to love Brix, even though he reveals very little about himself until the end of the story.

When Calum washes up in Porthkennack, Brix gives him a place to work and the opportunity to rebuild his life after an abusive relationship. I loved watching Calum’s confidence grow in this story. He is a gentle man and a talented artist.

It is the details that make this story. Brix’s smuggler family making dodgy deals to rescue battery chickens. Quirky tattoo coverups. The strain on the small Cornish community when the lifeboat sets off on a rescue mission in a storm. Leigh’s Cornwall is full of character and family lore. I absolutely love the coarse warmth of Brix’s family and I loved watching Calum build a new life in Porthkennack.

This is my favourite book in the series so far. I love the sense of place in this story and I loved the whole cast of characters. I can’t recommend this story highly enough.

Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.

Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors. For cover art info, please visit

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of House of Cards (Porthkennack #4) by Garrett Leigh to read and review.

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