Monday, August 10, 2015

Book of the Week: Knave of Broken Hearts by Tara Lain

Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Love in Laguna Series: Book 2
Pages: 224
Published: August 3, 2015


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?


My word this book had me crying like a baby! Discovering ones true self is a tumultuous journey. It’s not cupcakes and unicorns. It’s more like chaos and mistakes. Ken and Jim are both in their late 20’s and a mess. Ken’s battle to convince his very traditional Japanese parents that he can honor them by loving who he loves. Jim coming to terms with the facts he’s gay and by accepting that won’t make the world implode! Jim broke my heart, hell Ken broke my heart too. I hate Mickey and his goons of terror and I hope things for them… js. Like book one of this series (Knight of Ocean Avenue) I have one hell of a hangover. Tara Lain has created a world like no other. Heroes, villains, and happy endings. Knave of Broken Hearts, that title means so much more after reading this book. Hearts break but they can be repaired. Love is strength, and the right person can make you braver than you ever imagined!
Be prepared to crumble and cry. Be equally prepared to soar. My heart is bruised, but by the end the ache is welcome. Knave of Broken Hearts will make you believe love truly does conquer all.