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ARC Review: Junkyard Heart (Porthkennack #7) by Garrett Leigh

Title: Junkyard Heart (Porthkennack #7)

Author: Garrett Leigh

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Publication Date: December 4, 2017

Genre: Contemporary, MM Romance

Format: eBook, Print

Length: 195 pages / 50,000 words

Rating: 3 Stars



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.


♦ Personal Thought ♦

”I don’t know you yet, Jas. But I’d like to, and believe me, I haven’t ever known anyone perfect. Flaws make us human. Wonderfully human.”

Believe it or not Junkyard Heart is my first Garrett Leigh read! (Ducking from shame). Well, I do own a few of her backlist, I just haven’t got around to read them. Porthkennack being one of my go to series/universe, I grabbed at the chance to read this book. And fell in like with a couple of flawed characters in the book, Jas and Kim. They are not very self-assured men with reasons of their own. Yet not only they own up to that, both also accept the other’s flaws as part of the package as they do. The core of the story itself is neat, and the layers of personality – even murky past of the earlier life – lend an added oomph to it.

Having said that, I do feel Jas and Kim get attached too fast. I don’t really get the vibe of chemistry between them (other than lust). Moreover, as the story is told from Jas’ POV and Kim is the one with more problem, I sort of fail to really sense Kim’s turbulence – or the addiction and depression as a result of that.

Another plus are the supporting characters who more than make up the shortfall on the MC side. I truly adore Jas’ family with all their quirkiness and enjoy the verbal banter every chance they got.

For an introduction to the author’s works, I consider this a win; or at least the writing style’s agree with me. I’ll be sure to check her previous book in Porthkennack series and – of course – others from her backlist.


Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



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