Monday, August 3, 2015

Knave of Broken Hearts (Love in Laguna #2) by Tara Lain review & giveaway

Jim Carney has a full time job—running from himself. Since he walked out on his wealthy family at sixteen because he’d wrecked his best friend’s life over some yaoi graphic novels, Jim has lived a macho, blue-collar existence of too much booze and too little responsibility. Then Billy Ballew, the man Jim most admires, gives Jim a chance to come through as his construction supervisor. For once, Jim is determined to make someone proud. Then Jim goes in for a physical for his new job and his yaoi dream comes to life in the form of cardiologist Ken Tanaka. Jim discovers he has two heart problems—a wonky mitral valve and a serious attraction to his doctor. But Ken is a major player, and Jim might be just a notch on the doc’s stethoscope. To Ken, Jim is unforgettable—but the living embodiment of his traditional family’s worst nightmares. 

How come the minute Jim decides to be responsible, he finds himself taking care of his kid brother, getting a proposal from a wealthy woman, making a deal with the devil, and winding up in the hospital—when all he really wants is the Knave of Broken Hearts?

My review:
Wow! Just wow.  Struggle along with Jim as he deals with becoming the man he was meant to be.  Jim is a big guy who left home at 16 and has made his way just getting by with too much alcohol and women.  He was gob smacked when big Billy Ballew came out as gay.  Now Billy is on his honeymoon and has asked Jim to supervise the first job for his new company while he is out of town.  Jim sobers up. Then his younger brother shows up on his doorstep being kicked out of his home for being gay.  Of course Jim takes him in.  But what has really thrown Jim for a curve is meeting his childhood sex fantasy made flesh in the form of Dr. Ken Tanaka at Billy’s wedding.  Both Jim and Ken have expectations put upon them.  Jim wants to do right by Billy while he is away and if that means dating the lady boss so be it.  Ken has a Tiger mom who has decided that if she can find him a good Japanese girl to marry she will find him a good Japanese man.  Jim and Ken will have to find a way to either disappoint their loved ones or give up their chance at love with each other.  This is a heartrendingly sweet story and I LOVED every minute of it.

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1 comment:

Viviana Izzo said...

Thank you for hosting!!! So happy to hear you enjoyed KNAVE OF BROKEN HEARTS!!!