Junkyard Heart Review ~ Interesting, flawed and genuine characters … 8.5 out of 10!

Porthkennack ~ Book 7

Author:  Garrett Leigh

Release Date:   4th December 2017                                                Price:  $4.99

Reviewed by Elaine

35611933Cover Art:  Set in a stormy grey port, the background contains a boat at rest in a cove, all in grey tones.  A bare-chested tattooed man takes up the right side of the cover, and while his head and a portion of his back are in color, he is quickly encompassed by the grey mist in the lower portion of his back.  The title and author name, and Porthkennack Contemporary logo are all very easily read in bold white letters.  The logo lets us know this is part of a universe, but as each book is written by different authors, this can be read as a standalone.  Another excellent cover designed by the author herself.

Synopsis: The first two paragraphs show us the plot in a short, concise manner, but the third section is what hooked me into wanting to read it.  Garrett puts her characters through both emotional and sometimes physical traumas that can leave the character weary and downtrodden.  I eat that stuff for breakfast.  Bring on the angst, I am going in!

Main Characters:  Jas (Jasper) Manning, photographer

    Kim Penrose, artsy carpenter

I find that I had difficulty wholly relating to Jas.  I am not sure why, because his feelings for Kim are never in question.  It potentially is the way that he sweeps a critical issue under the rug; the same one Kim is working to overcome.  I think not really acknowledging the problem is what has me a bit cross. With Kim, I found I could really relate to him, at least in regards to his mental state.

Secondary Characters:  Family and friends play an essential part in this book, but Red really is the most important to Kim’s development.  She is very enigmatic and exciting.  The author had me wondering for a while what direction Red’s role would take with our boys.

Plot:  Two men meet and have a couple of passionate encounters, then decide to be friends.  The journey from just friends to something more is our story.

Flow/Continuity:  The story flowed smoothly, and there was nothing that took me out of the story.

Conflict and Climax:  There is a long, steady road to the climax of the story, but it is not an intricate plot.  There are some bumps in the road on the way to happiness, and Jas and Kim have to decide if they want to be more than friends.

Writing Style:  The story is told in first person from Jas’ point of view.  The author is British, and that fact is apparent in writing as well.  New words learned in the novel were scrumpy shite and blagged.  After reading a good British book, I usually wander around the house mumbling all the cool new words I want to use.  And now, of course, I want a pasty.

Editing:  The book is edited very well, and no issues were found.

Formatting:  Formatting is good.  The text flows well, is easily read in a crisp, bold font.  The chapters and scene changes contain the art from the Porthkennack Contemporary logo which is a nice, simple visual.

Conclusion:  Fairly low on the angst scale, Junkyard Hearts displays the author’s knack for writing real, gritty characters.  They are interesting, flawed, and most of all, genuine.  The author never fails to engage my heart with her writing, and this story did the same.  I enjoyed reading this book and definitely recommend it.

I give this book 8.5 out of 10.

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