Title: Knave of Broken Hearts
Author: Tara Lain
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Love in Laguna #2
Main Characters: Jim and Ken
Release Date: August 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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?
I think I liked this book even better than the first (but be warned, I may be in the minority here as some reviewers are really hating on this book pretty hard...and I can see their viewpoints, but that wasn't me as a reader.) For me, I like the angst that was added to the story by all those trigger points that other reviewers had. And across the board, people really had an issue with those things OR they loved the book. I was in the love category.
Like the first book in this series, this story features a construction worker who has never really faced up to the fact that he might be gay. For Jim, when his boss Billy came out of the closet, it became a question for him. When he was in high school, he messed around a little bit with another guy but that completely RUINED both their lives, so he's never dared again. He may not get the most fulfillment from women, but it's enough....until he meets Ken, his fantasy come to life.
Ken is a cardiologist with his own relationship issues. He's Japanese and his family has high expectations for him as a son. He has a hard time saying no to his mother, which gets him into a real mess in this story...a mess that Jim has to save him from...several times over. I love how these two keep getting thrown together in highly unusual circumstances. For me, that made their unlikely relationship work. Because despite their attraction to one another, I couldn't see them hooking up otherwise. And like I said before, those aspects DID really work for me.
The whole Japanese culture side was interesting...both in Ken's family life and in Jim's fascination with yaoi graphic novels. That added an interesting twist to the whole story. I also LOVED the story line with Jim's health issues, especially with knowing his father's occupation. I LOVED Ken telling him off at the end about his ability in his job and as a father.
For me, this book worked and I truly loved it. Even writing this review makes me want to pick the book right back up and do an immediate re-read. A definite sign of a really good book! I'm loving this series and can't wait for more from it.
And...*sigh*...this entire series just has the most incredible covers. I bought them in print just for the pretties before I read them, and now I'm so glad that I did because they've earned a place of honor on my keeper shelf. Loved this and book #1.