Calum Hardy’s life has unravelled. Reeling from the betrayal of a man he once loved, he boards a train heading south, with no real idea where he’s going except a world away from London.
Brix Lusmoore can hardly believe his eyes when he spots one of his oldest friends outside Truro station. He hasn’t seen Calum since he fled the capital himself four years ago, harbouring a life-changing secret. But despite the years of silence, their old bond remains, warm and true—and layered with simmering heat they’ve never forgotten.
Calum takes refuge with Brix and a job at his Porthkennack tattoo shop. Bit by bit, he rebuilds his life, but both men carry the ghosts of the past, and it will take more than a rekindled friendship and the magic of the Cornish coast to chase them away.
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If there’s anything you can expect from a Garrett Leigh book, it’s British-isms, melancholia, some A++ bisexual rep and truly beautiful writing. House of Cards has all of those in spades plus humor and sweetness and some really, really good feels.
This is the third book in the Porthkennack series that I have read, and what I continue to love is the different views we get of the small Cornish town from each author. They all work together really well but, at the same time, we truly get to see what a single town can mean to different people living there. Here, we see Porthkennack as a place of healing. Brix, who grew up there, escaped back from London at an incredibly low point of his life. Just like Calum, he was deep in depression and unable to see a way out when he found his way home. Porthkennack helped both of these men heal. The seaside air, the families they built or found there, the support, the work and purpose… even one another. Because even though Brix was no longer deep in a pit when Cal showed up, he still had a long way to go, whether he knew it or not. And they helped each other without it being a whole “finding a man fixed me” kind of thing.
Let’s talk about chickens. Yes, chickens. The thing that bookends this book (bookending a book? Is that a thing?) is Brix’s rescue mission for chickens on the way to slaughter. The way Leigh wrote it made it funny and emotional and meaningful all in one. The chickens play a pretty big part of the story. Calum, deep in depression when he finds himself in Truro being picked up from the train station by his old friend Brix, of all people, finds solace, comfort and companionship in the rescue chickens at Brix’s house. Specifically Bongo, “his girl.” That relationship was adorable, btw.
This book is an incredibly slow burn. Healing takes precedence, rebuilding and rediscovering their friendship comes in second, and falling in love brings up the rear. It was incredibly beautiful to read. I could completely feel their love in and peace with each other. They came together and built a life and we got to be part of that journey. Absolutely gorgeous. This is a wonderful addition to the Porthkennack series.
A copy of this book was received for review on OMGReads.
Welcome to Porthkennack, a charming Cornish seaside town with a long and sometimes sinister history. Legend says King Arthur’s Black Knight built the fort on the headland here, and it’s a certainty that the town was founded on the proceeds of smuggling, piracy on the high seas, and the deliberate wrecking of cargo ships on the rocky shore. Nowadays it draws in the tourists with sunshine and surfing, but locals know that the ghosts of its Gothic past are never far below the surface.
This collaborative story world is brought to you by five award-winning, best-selling British LGBTQ romance authors: Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, and JL Merrow. Follow Porthkennack and its inhabitants through the centuries and through the full rainbow spectrum with historical and contemporary stand-alone titles.
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About Garrett Leigh
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 blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.
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