Just Add Argyle, by KC Burn
Series: A Fabric Hearts Story
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 21, 2017
Rating: DNF @58%
Tate Buchanan is a troublemaker who can’t keep a job, no matter how many times his lucky argyle sweater gets him hired. Add to that a learning disability and an impetuous nature that sends him into altercations to protect the defenseless, and he hardly manages to make friends, let alone find a man who’s interested in him for more than one night.
Most people think EMT Jaime Escobar is a player, but the truth is he wants a serious partner—he just can’t justify wasting time on guys he knows aren’t a match. But when he treats a gorgeous redhead after a fight, he finds the spark he’s spent so many years looking for.
Jaime wants to take the next step with Tate, but it’s clear Tate’s not going to curb his impulsive behavior—his next fight sends him to the hospital. Jaime’s relationship with a near criminal isn’t something his family is ready to accept, not any more than Tate is willing to be kept a secret. Jaime will need a lot of understanding—and some luck of his own—to keep them both. But this is one fight he’s going to see through to the end.
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Well I DNF’d this at 56% which I loathed to do because it was an ARC. There was a lot that didn’t work in the story for me. The main issue I had were the two MCs are extremely different. The socioeconomic disparities are discussed constantly. Tate is poor, there’s no reason to sugar coat it, he mentions several times his lack of education, ability to keep a job & he is struggling. His mother is an alcoholic.
A big focal point in the story was Tate not having a cellphone. There would be absolutely no way for Jamie to reach him, he would pick him up from a friends work place once they started dating because Tate was embarrassed of his living situation. Jamie was the polar opposite, he’s an EMT, doing well and comes from a large loving family.
I don’t have an issue with two people coming from extremely different worlds and backgrounds meeting and forming a relationship. The problem I had with this book is, not only was it so random and unexpected, the time the two spent together didn’t make it make sense to me.
Tate at one point gets arrested and doesn’t even call Jamie…primarily cause he doesn’t remember his number but also he’s under the impression though it wasn’t his fault per se that Jamie wouldn’t want a boyfriend with his…propensity to fuck up. Tate is constantly putting himself in these “white knight” situations that have him beaten up and in trouble with the law.
At no point in the book, and I couldn’t see it changing the way Tate’s character was written, did I see the two becoming equals. Jamie constantly seemed amused by Tate. Sure he was treading water and enjoying Tate “allowing” him to introduce him to experiences he basically couldn’t afford but it felt patronizing to me. I finally gave up.
This was my first book by the author but I would be willing to try another one to see if it was possibly just wrong book wrong time.
I’ve been writing for what feels like my whole life. I’m a sucker for a happy ending (get your mind out of the gutters!) so it’s been romance almost all the way. After moving from Toronto to Florida for my hubby to take a dream job, I discovered a love of gay romance and fulfilled my own dream — getting published. After a few years of editing web content by day and at night, neglecting my supportive hubby and needy cat to write about men loving men, I was uprooted yet again, and now reside in California.
Writing is always fun, despite the hard work, but writing about my guys is more fun than I’ve had in a long time. Love between consenting adults is a beautiful thing, and should be celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation. I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I love writing them.
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.