Knave of Broken Hearts
(Love in Laguna, Book 2)
by Tara Lain
Length: 224 Pages
Genres: Gay, (M/M) Contemporary, Romance
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?
5 of 5 stars
Other than their initial sexual attraction, Ken and Jim don't appear to have much in common. Ken is a cosmopolitan cardiologist with a large circle of friends who is out and proud. Jim is a laid back blue collar construction worker who spends his evenings at the bar with his co-workers and has buried himself so deeply in the closet that he can't see his hand in front of his face.
That assumption changes as we learn that it's a much different story on the inside. Both are heavily motivated by guilt, which causes them to make important life choices while looking through the warped glass of the past. The weight of their burdens are hard to set aside and preventing them from moving towards their future.
I adored Knave of Broken Hearts. Jim is trying hard to turn his life around and Ken is stuck in a rut with no happiness in sight but together they have a chance to create a beautiful future. I love when authors bring characters from previous books into future installments and Tara continues to develop the previous stories in Knave as well, which makes for doubly happy reading!
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her bestselling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soulmate husband and her soulmate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”