Junkyard Heart – Porthkennack, Book 7
Note: The books follow different couples so you could read this one even if you haven’t read Books 1-6.
Themes & Genres: Contemporary LGBT Fiction, Romance
WARNING: Mature Content
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.
What I think of the book:
Stories with cheating characters are a hit or miss for me. In the case of Junkyard Heart, it’s a hit.
Jas has to deal with a broken heart, Kim has to battle his own demons and so this book has a premise that could turn it into a difficult, angst-filled read. Instead, this is a story about second chances. About giving them and about learning that we deserve them.
When reading a Garrett Leigh novel, it’s always the characters that grab me more than the story. The author has a way of making them real and relatable, and this book was no exception. I got attached to Jas, Kim and Red (a female; that’s all I’m going to say so you wouldn’t get a spoiler) pretty quickly. Even when they were being unreasonable (the boys anyway). And when I knew they were doing the wrong thing (wouldn’t be much of a story, if they only ever did the right thing). And in those moments when they were being stubborn and all I wanted to do was push them towards each other and shout ‘Now kiss!’…
Anyway, you get the picture: addictive characters.
So, the story was good, we avoided the cheating character situation being unrealistic or annoying, and we have interesting characters; any more pros about the book?
Well, while this is Book 7 in the series, you can read it as a standalone since the other books have other main characters!
What about cons?
If you are looking for a very original setting, you won’t find it here. As I said, the book is catchy, but the story is basically two trouble souls meeting, falling for each other and trying to help one another.
And that’s okay. I love stories like that. And thanks to the way the characters are portrayed, this one sticks in my mind even though I’ve read many like it.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Junkyard Heart to readers who believe that everyone deserves a chance in love.
My rating: (5 out of 5 homemade jams)
Would I re-read this book? Yes.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
Where can you buy the book?
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Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- Bullet – Blue Boy Studio, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | Gay Fiction, Romance, Contemporary | Mature Content)
- Dream – Skins, Book 1 (LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance | Mature Content)
- Whisper – Skins, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance | Mature Content)
- Crossroads – Skins, Book 4 (Contemporary Romance, LGBT, gay, novella | Mature Content)
- Kiss Me Again (standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, bisexual, bipolar, anxiety, depression, trauma | Mature Content)
- Misfits – Urban Soul, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance, polyamorous | Mature Content)
- Soul to Keep – Rented Heart, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT, Contemporary Romance, trauma, addiction | Mature Content)
- Lucky (standalone | LGBT, MM, Contemporary Romance, gay, pan, football/soccer | Mature Content)
- Cash – Lucky, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, bisexual, hunting saboteurs | Mature Content)
- Jude – Lucky, Book 3 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, bi, gay, coming out | Mature Content)
- Only Love (standalone | Contemporary Romance, LGBT Fiction, gay, trauma, angst, army | Mature Content)
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