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.
I’ve said it before and I’m sure it won’t be the last time… Garrett Leigh’s ‘super power’ as an #EvilAuthor is to break both her characters and readers and slowly put the pieces back together. I know that going into every one of her books but the depth of feeling and heartbreak seems to catch me off guard every single time.
Both Kim and Jas were broken in very different ways. Kim was fighting his personal demons and Jas was working on starting fresh and leaving his past back in London where it belonged. These two were so good together, when they were together. Kim didn’t think he was worthy of Jas and Jas wasn’t so sure he was worthy of Kim. They were quite the pair. Yet Jas saw beyond Kim’s past and wanted to help him realize his total worth. He wanted to prove to him that he was more than his demons and his past. He didn’t always go about it in the right way, but his heart was always in the right place.
Pretty much all of the books in the Porthkennack series can be read as standalone, but I have to admit, I’ve enjoyed the past couple even more because they loosely tie into previous books and characters. Jas’ family was great. The interactions between Jas and Kim’s friends were easy and seamless. I loved the support and sense of family that they provided for Kim. Junkyard Heart was a perfect addition to the Porthkennack series and another beautiful heartbreak from this talented author.