Book Reviews

Just Add Argyle (Fabric Hearts 3) by KC Burn at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 29-July-2017

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

“It is a lonely experience to be a child with a disability which no one can see or understand. You exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and, worst of all you know that you are not just stupid.” ~ Susan Hampshire

Tate Buchanon, of 'Just Add Argyle' by KC Burn, grew up thinking he's stupid because school was hard for him. Most of the people around him did nothing to dispel that idea, especially his worthless, alcoholic mother. It’s easy to see why he grows up a belligerent young man with a bad temper who is always getting into trouble. But Jamie is a paradox; few people take time to see both sides of his personality. After getting into one particularly nasty fight, in which he saves a young man from being raped, he meets Jamie Escobar, paramedic and player. Jamie never stays with anyone for any length of time. When Jamie treats Tate, at the fight scene, they see something in each other that neither of them are able to ignore. Tate tries to let it go, but his mind keeps coming back to Jamie; try as he may Jamie can't get can't get Tate out of his mind.
After their encounter, Jamie decides he wants to know more about Tate. He is a puzzling young man whose behavior often seems to be such a contradiction to what he appears to be. Getting in touch with him proves to be difficult.  It is quite unusual, but Tate doesn't own a cell phone and Jamie doesn't know where he works or lives. Jamie starts questioning people about him and discovers that some of the replies are good, others are negative. Still, this contradiction doesn't deter Jamie. It intrigues him even more. Jamie goes back to the scene of the attempted rape and tracks down the young man, Kris, that Tate fought to save. Kris seems to know more about Tate than other people do, but not enough to contact Tate. Jamie persists until he is able to see Tate again but Tate still won't give Jamie his address. Instead they meet in public places when going out.

Jamie learns that Tate has a problem reading numbers. This puts him at a disadvantage not for school work, but for many other situations where a command of numbers is essential.  He loses jobs because, even though he is a hard worker, he's often late. Tate is often frustrated and angry because his 'mistakes' are something he cannot help. Add in an abusive, alcoholic mother, and a terrible home life of neglect and poverty and you have Tate's recipe for failure. Even with all this going on, Tate never gives up. He keeps trying to work around his disability while hiding it whenever he can. The more Jamie learns about Tate the more he admires him.   Unfortunately, his stubbornness lands Tate in the hospital, seriously injured. His mother throws him out and he has nowhere to go except to Jamie's.

I admire Tate for his tenacity and ingenuity in working around his handicap, as well as his willingness to help others, whether it be in fights or in sharing his reading ability. Jamie needs someone like him, who is strong and determined and can stand up to him when needed. It's my favorite of the ‘Fabric Hearts’ series. Thanks, KC, for the touching, informative story, reminding me not to judge a book by its cover.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 204 pages/71902 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-April-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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