Heart Knot Mine
by Lily Velden
Length: 218 pages
Genres: Gay (M/M), Contemporary, Romance
Despite a successful college teaching career, Noah Daniels has become depressed. He feels he’s leading a monochromatic life: love has eluded him. When he’s offered a chance to teach in London as part of an exchange program, he accepts, hoping a change of scenery will do him good. But once he’s there, his outlook on love and sexuality changes in ways he never expected.
Robert Callinan is Noah’s English counterpart in the program. The men exchange not only their jobs, but also their homes, and it is what Noah stumbles across while staying at Robert’s house that sends him on a journey of self-discovery—both mentally and physically. A journey that puts color back into his life… just not in the way he expected. When the exchange program ends, Noah has to go home, but he doesn’t know if he wants to return to the life he left behind.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Noah Daniels is falling in love with Robert Callinian. As the two men get to know each other through emails Noah is enchanted by Robert's personality. A little bit of snooping on Noah's part as has revealed... a naughty little glimpse of the rest of him. Noah has never experienced the soul deep pull he has towards Robert in any of his past relationships, but facing that this time, this MAN, is what makes the difference is something that Noah is going to have to work through on his own long before he considers revealing his attraction to Robert.
With a solid friendship between them and the sizzle of chemsitry that hints at the potential for something more, Robert and Noah embark upon a summer of travels and adventure. Without a clear destination in mind, it's easy to get lost along the way. When summer comes to an end they will have to face the consequences of their time spent together and decided if they will be able to remain friends, drift apart, or if they dare to reach together for something more.
The only think I didn't like about HEART KNOT MINE is that it is told entirely from Noah's perspective. Because Robert's character is equally developed and experiences his own hopes and fears throughout the course of their relationship I felt like I was missing an important piece of what makes them click. Essentially, having two points of view would have made this good book even better! Despite that missed opportunity, I still loved the idea behind this story. It's fresh, fun and free spirited while also expressing the poignantly emotional journey Noah, and to a lesser extent, Robert experience throughout the course of the story.
She’s both a left and right brain person, holding qualifications in both Finance and Fine Arts. She tells her friends that her way with numbers will make her a profitable artist and writer… one day.
Lily has always had a love of language and a beautifully crafted sentence, and admits to having a fetish for collecting quotes, poems, and song lyrics. What she won’t admit to is how many notebooks she’s filled with those quotes… Her fascination carries on into her artworks where she often incorporates text. When a shoulder injury slowed down her art practice she decided to explore her love of the written word more fully and began writing. “I’ll paint my pictures with words.”
Not that she’s abandoned artmaking in its entirety—Lily collaborates on the designs for all her book covers.
There are many things Lily loves, here are just a few of the PG rated ones: a good laugh (all the better if caused by a naughty joke), the smell of freshly baked goods and mown grass, a smile from a stranger, rainbows after the rain, and witnessing a promise kept.