Junkyard Heart

Junkyard Heart

by Garrett Leigh

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BN ID: 2940158683800
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: 12/04/2017
Series: Porthkennack , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 195
Sales rank: 206,665
File size: 737 KB

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Junkyard Heart 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
This is a contemporary M/M romance set on the Cornish coast town of Porthkennack. Jas Manning has returned to his father’s farm in Porthkennack, to sort himself out, now that he’s discovered the man he’d been “exclusively” dating for the past five years is married with children. Jas wasn’t an exclusive type, but there was something special about that guy, and having tried, and failed, monogamy Jas is done with men. Full stop. And then he meets Kim. Kim’s lanky frame and smoldering eyes turn Jas inside out. And, it’s not long–truly–before they can’t keep their hands off one another. But it’s a one-off, right? Hard to avoid one another in such a small town, though. And why should Jas avoid Kim? Well, there’s Kim’s off-again long-time lover, Lena, and his alcoholism. Those are two reasons Jas finds to keep himself from getting romantically entangled with Kim, but they do develop a rapport, a tentative friendship, that keeps them close. Plus, Jas’ is commissioning Kim’s designs and furniture for their new organic eatery. They are bound to each other, even if Jas is loathe to acknowledge it. I really liked how this story developed. It’s sweet and steamy, with fun elements, like reconnecting with Brix and Calum from HOUSE OF CARDS, and Kim’s straight-shooting discussion of his disease, and his sexuality. He’s pansexual for anyone keeping score, and this is part of what keeps Jas holding him at arm’s length: the idea that Kim can’t be exclusive to him. It’s wild though, how hot their sexytimes get, and Lena’s a happy witness to some of their passion. That said, these guys are hard on the revelations and long on the stubbornness. It was sweet how Jas’s stepmother (they have an odd relationship as Jas was the product of a swingers party and he feels less-than compared to his half-brothers) steps in to correct his idea of what love truly is. That sets Jas on a mission to define and expand their connection into a relationship that fulfills them both. I read a review copy provided by NetGalley.
tradermare More than 1 year ago
Jas returns to Porthkennack after a devastating breakup that leaves him hesitant to get involved again. When he meets Kim at an outdoor fair, he's intrigued but wary. He's definitely attracted to Kim, but not quite ready for anything in the way of a relationship. Kim feels the attraction too, and when they hookup at a concert where Jas is taking photos, it's the beginning of a tense friendship / relationship/ ???. Neither Jas or Kim is quite sure. One thing is for certain, and that's Kim has some past difficulties with addiction, and he's also got something going with Lena, the red-haired singer and tattoo artist where Kim also works. I thought this was a very emotional, albeit quiet tale of two men finding each other and figuring out just what that means. Jas is concerned after finding out about Lena, because of the heartbreak caused by his former lover. And Kim has problems with alcoholism and depression that make him not the easiest person to connect with. I loved all that about this story. Jas and Kim are complex humans searching for something/someone to stave off the loneliness they feel. This is my second Porthkennack book and I loved it! There's a lot of charm in this little seaside community, and that also translates to the dialect of the characters which makes reading this seem like a mini-vacation to the Cornish seaside town. This is what draws me back to this series. These characters carry their scars unapologetically, and I love that about them too. I should give a warning that there's quite a bit of talk about depression and addiction in this tale, and that may be triggering for some readers. I know I felt it deeply and I'm sure it will hit home for other readers. I loved Jas and Kim's story. It didn't have a huge amount of conflict because most of that was very internal. This was a quick read, and only took a couple of days to finish. Overall, I'd recommend this if you are interested in reading an M/M romance about learning to live with past mistakes and finding a way to embrace the promise of a happy future. An ARC was provided for review.
amatate More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars- 4.5 stars I really enjoyed Miss Leigh’s House of Cards from Riptide’s Porthkennack series, so I was thrilled to learn the author would release another book in that series. I was even more excited after reading Junkyard Heart’s blurb and realizing it featured Kim, one of the intriguing secondary characters from House of Cards. There are characters from the previous book reappearing in Junkyard Heart, but as with the other Porthkennack novels, this title can be read as a standalone. This author routinely pulls me in with the first chapter and Junkyard Heart was no different. I found Jas and his damaged self-confidence after leaving London for the Cornish coast really interesting. And of course I loved seeing the other side of the tattoo artist, Kim. There was considerable character depth and growth for both Kim and Jas over the course of the book, including a couple surprising revelations about their histories I hadn’t anticipated at the start of the book. The romance between these two was a flash-bang of physical chemistry and I enjoyed seeing the steady transition from lust-fueled hook-ups to a burgeoning, though tentative, relationship. And that heat…Kim and Jas definitely set fire to the pages every time they came together. One of my favorite aspects of Miss Leigh’s writing is her ability to really dig into a character. I felt like I really got to know and understand Kim and Jas over the course of Junkyard Heart. I also loved how palpable the connection was between these two. It drew me into their story and made it incredibly difficult to step away from my e-reader. With steady pacing, intriguing characters, and a heady romance, I think many readers will enjoy Junkyard Heart, particularly if you’re fond of flawed characters finding strength in themselves and each other. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*