Friday, July 20, 2018

Review Tour ~ Knitting A Broken Heart Back Together by Ari McKay (Review + Giveaway)


Length: 40,603 words

Cover Design: Bree Archer

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press


When a Christmas shopping expedition brings Tomy Peralta into Jason Winters’s yarn store, both men feel an immediate and intense spark of attraction, but dance instructor Tomy intends to propose to his boyfriend, Sean, at Christmas. Unfortunately for Tomy, marriage isn’t on career-minded Sean’s agenda. Heartbroken, Tomy throws himself into his work until his mother convinces him that learning to knit might help take his mind off his failed romance.

Jason falls hard for Tomy, but he knows Tomy needs time to heal and to trust in love again. As Jason teaches Tomy to knit, Tomy teaches him to dance in return. Just when it seems Tomy is ready for a new romance, Sean shows up, wanting Tomy back. Will Tomy give his heart to Sean once more, or will Tomy finally see Sean for who he truly is, and choose the man who helped him knit his heart together again?

4 Stars!

Tomy meets Jason when he goes to Jason's store to buy yarn for his mother and sister's Christmas gifts, and Jason is very attracted to Tomy, but while Tomy thinks Jason is handsome in an abstract manner, he's about to propose to his boyfriend so nothing comes out of their first encounter.

Later, Jason learns that the boyfriend broke up with Tomy, but he knows Tomy needs time to heal and forget. So when Tomy accepts his offer to teach him how to knit, he asks Tomy to teach him how to dance and they strike an easy friendship.

Jason is patient, but will Tomy ever see him as more than a friend and what if Sean comes back again?

Jason was so sweet and patient and Tomy was very nice. I loved that we got to see the progression of their relationship from tentative friends into more. It was a bit of a slow burn since even when they started dating, it took a long time for them to move past the kissing stage. Still, I thought they had very good chemistry and just fit well together.

Overall, this was a very low (almost non-existent) angst, sweet and hot story. It was almost too sweet, but sometimes you just need fluff in your life. I loved that even when Sean tried to return to Tomy's life, it was dealt with straightforwardly and without unnecessary drama. Very recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.

Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.

Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.

McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.


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