Thursday, December 7, 2017

Junkyard Heart by Garrett Leigh

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.

A standalone contemporary novel in the Porthkennack universe.

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Book 7
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a wonderful treat for the soul. As with all of the best books by Garrett Leigh, there is a magical sense of place in this story and the characters are complicated and perfectly flawed.

Kim is an artist who is rebuilding his life and struggling to stay dry. And while this description makes him sound dark and angsty, he also has a playful, almost joyful side that made me fall hard for him.

Jas escapes to Cornwall after relationship breakup in London. He is heartbroken, demoralized, and trying to find his place back with his family. A photographer, he shares a creative passion with Kim. I loved watching these two find each other as they both rebuild their lives. Two damaged men make for a complicated and often difficult relationship but these two work. They complement each other pretty perfectly.

As always, I love Garrett Leigh’s England as much as her characters. I love the tiny details that make an artisanal festival come to life perfectly. I love the snippets of conversation that make characters feel immediately real and familiar. I love the way the author brings the whole community to life and not just her central characters. The writing in this story is really beautiful and this might just be the best Porthkennack book yet.

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 Junkyard Heart (Porthkennack #7) by Garrett Leigh to read and review.

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