Bethany reviews ‘Knave of Broken Hearts’ by Tara Lain. Published by Dreamspinner Press on August 3rd, 2015. 222 pages
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?
For me a good portion of the book was very repetitive. When they finally did get together it was so far at the end I didn’t feel like I got enough of them as a couple, and I really wanted more of them.
I loved Jim from the beginning; no, I take that back, I loved him from book one and I was really excited to get his story. I was not let down. He is big and tough and clueless as to what he wants in a relationship. He thinks he should want women because that’s what big tough guys like him should want, right? Yet, his equally big and tough friend just married his boyfriend, so that gives him hope.
Ken, well he is your typical player. One night stands suit him just fine thank you very much. Ken took longer for me to warm up to though. But I can pinpoint the moment that I went from wanting to smack him to the moment he pushed his way into my heart and had me rooting for him. And just when I think they have it all figured out, Jim is thrown a huge curve ball and shuts down.
Yes, it took a while for Ken and Jim to find their way to each other. Yes, there were bumps in the road, some small and some huge, that kept them apart. But, when they finally do manage to find their way to each other, then is was wonderful. So, while I didn’t like it as much as book one, I do recommend it if you are looking for some light angst, a really hot construction worker with a thing for an equally hot doctor, then this is the book for you.