Title ~ Knave of Broken Hearts (Love in Launa #2)
Author ~ Tara Lain
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 3rd August 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M 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?
Not long till release day when the lovely Tara will be back at Sinfully with a great guest post and giveaway, so don’t forget to pop back for a chance to win your own ebook copy of the first book in the series Knight of Ocean Avenue…in the meantime check out our pre release review for it’s fantastic follow up!
Out of all the books I've read and loved by Tara, the Love in Laguna series is turning out to be a real fave. In fact Knight of Ocean Avenue was such a fabulous read I think I'd probably have to say it's my top Tara Lain read up to now, so a pretty hard act to follow. Knave of Broken Hearts might not have quite matched up to Billy and Shaz's story, which was utterly delightful, but it wasn't far behind.
Once again this engaging opposites attracts/GFY story, had the trademark pairing of the more manly hunk and his effeminate counterpart, but I have to say that in this it’s changed up slightly, as even though Dr Ken Tanaka does have the recognisable touch of swish about him, I think because of his career, he doesn't come over quite as outrageously flamboyant as some of her other outwardly gay characters. He's out, even to his conservative, traditional Japanese family, but his style and flair is muted slightly...more classy than outre. Although he does the floppy hair, manliner, black nail polish and tight...tight...jeans on one memorable occasion! RAWR!!!!
Ken is heart stoppingly beautiful...sigh...which has the handsome, seemingly straight, but secretly obsessed Yaoi loving, construction worker Jim Carney reassessing his sexuality after meeting the gorgeous Aisan doctor, who really does fulfill all his X rated anime fantasies. Like the lovely Jim, I also have a thing for asian men and the stunning cardiologist Ken Tanaka had me drooling...just what the doctor ordered... scuse the pun!
Even though they meet fairly early on in the book and cross each other's paths regularly after that, it does take a while for them to finally 'get together' if you get my drift. It's sort of a slow burn attraction, where personal and professional boundaries and other outside influences, including past and present family conflicts and obligations, unsavoury boyfriends, predatory females, work dilemmas and impending health problems, all conspire to stop them from acting on the attraction that's apparent the moment Jim sees Ken rocking some sexy, sensual dance moves at Billy and Shaz's wedding reception.
It isn't the first time that Jim’s had feelings for a man; a past friendship in his early teens with another aisan boy Hiro was a big catalyst for his fascination with Yaoi, but he's pushed all that away after an emotionally painful episode ruined that friendship and estranged him from his horrible, cold hearted father, whose closed minded actions end up sending his newly outed younger brother Ian to Jims doorstep.
I loved Jim and Ken to bits but I'll be honest, at the beginning their romance wasn't as overflowing with the sort of zingy sexual tension I was expecting. It was there but in a subtle way. A finely drawn out attraction to love scenario that started out more low key but grew steadily as the story and their relationship progressed. When the sex did arrive though, it was just as hot and tasty as usual and in a way all the more tingly for the wait and I loved the ending.
It might not have started out the way I anticipated, but once I got into the flow it didn't take long for me to become completely engrossed in the sub plots, nice and nasty characters and involved background stories that had the two of them circling each other and I ended up totally entranced with the whole shebang, closing my Kindle on another Ms Lain high!
I adore Tara Lain and her beautiful boys, she's been a constant auto buy since I first fell in love with all things m/m, and over the years I think she's honed her easy on the eye writing style and emotionally satisfying storytelling skills to a fine art. The fact that she never fails to give me a lovely, warm contented feeling with her endearing, fun, smexy love stories is what keeps me coming back for more, so I can't wait for book three to arrive now, which is going to be Shaz's friend, Ru's story and if the blurb lives up to anticipation, it's going to be a winner...another sassy stylist and a hot, closeted film star; OMG! I'm salivating already!
Oh…and THAT cover…Gorgeous!
Book #1 : Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna)
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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 best-selling 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 soul-mate husband and her soul-mate 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”!