Looking for a beautiful modern romance book? Read Junkyard Heart by Garrett Leigh! For Kim and Jas, the sex is hot and the easy friendship even better! I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest reviews. All opinions expressed here are my own. Love Garrett Leigh? Try What Remains after you finish Junkyard Heart!
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Modern Romance Book: Junkyard Heart by Garrett Leigh
Purchase Links: Amazon
Series: Porthkennack (Book 7)
Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (August 1, 2017)
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Bisexual,
Length/Format: 2144 KB/174 pages
Heat Rating: 3
Star Rating: 4
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About Garrett Leigh:
Junkyard Heart Blurb:
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.
Junkyard Heart Review:
Beautifully written modern romance book with plenty of angst, Junkyard Heart by Garrett Leigh is a truly spectacular story. The characters she created are complex with fully developed back stories and unique personalities. The quaint little seaside Cornish town where this story takes place is full of eclectic individuals who really help bring the story to life. While this is book 7 of the series, they are each standalone stories that can be read out of order.
Jas leaves the chaos of London for the quiet of a Cornish seaside town. His self confidence is a bit damaged. He came back to Porthkennack where he used to spend his vacations as a kid with his father, stepmother and brothers. He is welcomed into the arms of his family, however, he definitely holds himself at arms length from them. You can see how hesitant he is to fully embrace his family and a life in Porthkennack. He meets Kim at a county fair and sparks fly. He is drawn to Kim and can’t seem to stay away, no matter what his head seems to keep telling him.
Kim has his own struggles and is honest with Jas from day one about his issues with addiction. I loved his honesty and the author did an amazing job writing about some of the issues surrounding addiction. This is a guy with a difficult past, who is fighting every day to create a new future for himself. He really wants a future with Jas but is honest with himself about how hard that might be.
Both of these characters are slightly damaged but working together, hesitantly and with the occasional stumble, to create a new future.
There are some amazing secondary characters in this modern romance book. Each one plays a special part in Jas and Kim’s relationship and helps create a fully developed story. I really loved Lena and must admit, I wish she played a bigger part in this story.
The sex is hot and the friendship is sweet. They really do jump into things a bit quickly for my liking. By 10% of the book they are getting down and dirty in a storage room. I would have liked a bit more ‘getting to know you’ but the scenes are well written, steamy, and meaningful. That first scene sortof develops into a friends with benefits relationship as the book progresses. There is a ton of heat in this book, more so than a few of the author’s previous stories.
Overall, Junkyard Heart by Garrett Leigh is a poignant and well written modern romance book with plenty of heat. Great development of the setting as well as secondary characters. Just enough angst to keep things interesting without being over the top.
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