ARC Reviews

ARC REVIEW: Junkyard Heart by Garrett Leigh


35611933Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 4, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

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.


GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: bisexual, pansexual, polyamory


TROPES: hurt/comfort
TAGS: adult, contemporary, romance, queer romance, queer characters, queer author, tattoo artist
WARNINGS: alcoholism, addiction, cheating mention, slurs, gendered slurs, ableism, g-slur, mental illness (depression)


But there was no him. And there was no me. Not anymore. My soul belonged to him, and his to me, and there was nothing else

This book is by far my favorite of the Porthkennack series! (I think I said that about Leigh’s first in the series and I love that one because Cal and Brix are just so lovely, but I am #weak for Kim.)

Anyway, I adore this book. All the characters are incredible! I fell in love with Kim instantly–he’s so easy going most of the time and lives life how he wants to, not seeking approval from anyone. With Jas, I just want to wrap him in a million blankets and bring him a cup of tea; the poor sweetie is so broken at the beginning and it’s beautiful to watch him fully come into himself throughout the novel. I also enjoyed Jas’ family, especially his stepmother Laura, and it was so great to see the characters from House of Cards come back, especially Brix and Cal.

Leigh also does a fantastic job in the way she handles Kim’s and Jas’ addictions. It was so great to read something where addiction and addicts aren’t treated with disdain, but who are respected as people who need extra help in certain areas. I also liked that Leigh didn’t show Kim as completely “recovered,” but showed him as someone who struggles daily with his addiction and actively tries not to give in, because that’s the harsh reality.

As ever, Garrett Leigh never fails to create a story that drags me in and buries itself somewhere in my soul.



Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

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, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at, and co-owns the specialist stock site with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.

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