Title: Just Add Argyle
Author: K.C. Burn
Series: Fabric Hearts #3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 4/21/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 204
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
5 fantastically fabric stars!
I cannot begin to capture how much I absolutely love this series – I keep waiting for the next one to come out, and grabbing it as soon as I see it. This is the third book in the series, but they can all be read as standalones because each book is centrally focused on different characters with only tangential interaction with the previous stories (which of course I love too).
In this book, we dive into Jaime’s story – he’s always been a player, the “out” gay man in his conservative Latino family who tends to “play the part” instead of just being himself. But as soon as he lays eyes on Tate in a chance meeting, everything changes. For the first time in a long time, Jaime wants to settle down and thinks Tate is just exactly the person to do that with.
Tate is a fireball – he’s had a really rough life and can’t seem to catch a break, not to mention his need to fight injustice, particularly against gay crimes, just won’t keep him out of trouble. He’s not at his finest moment when he meets Jaime at a crime scene, and he’s definitely not open to exploring a relationship, but Jaime makes it worth taking a risk – and they both end up coming together and making a deep connection.
The depth of both characters in this book, is a specialty of Burn’s – and it doesn’t disappoint in this installment. Jaime and Tate are very different, coming from extremely different backgrounds and life experiences, but still are able to find a way to fit their views together… with a few bumps in the road. And they both get exactly what they need from the other person – Tate finds the love and security he’s never experienced in his life, and Jaime finds the feisty partner he can cherish that he needs.
There isn’t a lot of “heat” in this book, but it’s not missing at all. Instead, you’re pulled into the plot and characters – through every turn and injustice… I felt like I was friends with them by the end of the book. This is a great read for anyone who loves a good love story – with struggles, real life experiences, and finding their missing puzzle piece. Also, I cannot recommend this enough: but go read the entire series!!! Can’t wait for the next one…