Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ARC Review: Knave of Broken Hearts by Tara Lain

Knave of Broken Hearts (Love in Laguna, #2)From the blurb:
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?

Heather's rating:

3 very conflicted stars...

Gahhh! What to say?! Parts of this story were REALLY good, just like the incredibly charming Knight of Ocean Avenue. However, parts of this book made me want to tear my hair out.

Some people categorize this as a gay-for-you... it really isn't. Only someone deaf, dumb, and blind wouldn't have realized they were gay for 27 years when they secretly wacked off to yaoi and had trouble getting erections with women. Jim, come on, man.

I liked Jim, overall. He was a very well-meaning, sexy, rough-edged guy who won me over throughout the course of the book, despite drunk driving...just NO, and faking a relationship with a woman who deserved better. I also liked Ken, the multi-talented doctor who feels pressure from his traditional mother to make an approved marriage. Their chemistry was... decent, though I've read much hotter, but I liked the contrast of them together. I also liked that they both had some history and mystery about them.

What I didn't like was how Jim was so easily manipulated by everyone. He was like a puppet with other people pulling the strings for the majority of the book, and I HATED the fact that the two MCs didn't really get together until the very end of the story. Not nearly enough time, IMO, for them to develop "love" feelings; they just didn't spend enough one on one time together sober!!

When I think about the particulars of this book, I get sort of angry. There are many of my pet peeves present in this story. But when I think about my overall feeling that I got while reading this book, I realize that I liked it, despite some of the choices that the author made. Apparently, I have a soft spot for this series.

Looking forward to the next book where the two characters actually date EACH OTHER a little bit instead of other people.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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