JUNKYARD HEART by Garrett  Leigh


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Photographer Jasper “Jas” Manning and carpenter Kim Penrose fall immediately into a hot sexual relationship, but working through their respective baggage is hard work for both of them.

Recovering from the end of a relationship and the grueling pace of London, Jas returns home to get his bearings and help out on his family's farm. He's hocking jam at a farmers market when he meets Kim, who's “one of the hottest blokes [he’s] ever seen in real life.” They hook up later at a concert and part ways without trading numbers. Luckily, his brother is a good wingman and has gotten Kim's business card. Jas approaches Kim about building furniture for a restaurant his family is opening, and the two men begin piecing together a relationship built, at first, around sex, then friendship. During one particularly steamy round, Kim's ex, Lena, catches them midcoitus. There's some confusion about Kim's sexuality (bi/pansexual) and the relationship between him and Lena (friendly with occasional hookups) that leads to a breakdown in communication between the two men and hurt feelings. That's all fairly easily resolved, and Lena, seeing that Jasper and Kim have feelings for one another, leaves town on her own adventures and asks Jas to keep an eye on Kim. Jas is cautious because his ex was married, living as a straight man with a wife and kids. Kim is a recovering alcoholic whose depression tends to trigger when things are going well for him, so he has his own reasons to be anxious about what's unfolding between him and Jas. There are a lot of conversations between the two guys about their respective pasts and what their relationship means, which is fine, if a bit boring at times. The book is mostly redeemed by steamy sex scenes.

Not a bad book, if occasionally dull.

Pub Date: Dec. 4th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-62649-549-4
Page count: 150pp
Publisher: Riptide
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2017


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