Gabbi Reviews: Just Add Argyle by KC Burn


Title: A Fabric Hearts Story, Book 3: Just Add Argyle
Author: KC Burn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 196
Characters: Jaime Escobar, Tate Buchanan
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5

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.

Review:

The Fabric of Hearts series just keep getting better and better. It is so easy to get wrapped up into these amazing characters’ lives and enjoy the stories they have to tell.

Who doesn’t love Jaime? OMG, I for one, have been intrigued with him since he first made an appearance in book one. Throughout the first two books, Jaime is always sexy but there has been an air of mystery to him that has kept me fascinated with him. I was thrilled to see him get his own story and I am so happy by the way things turned out for him.

Jaime is a caretaker at heart. As a EMT, he lives to help others and excels at being both comforting and a professional at his job. Jaime is often misunderstood and perceived as nothing but a player with no intention of every wanting to find true love for his own. Though he is close with his family, Jaime often keeps his inner demons and feelings about his life and love to himself. He secretly longs to have a special relationship like his cousin, Caleb and his partner Raven and his close friends Will and Dallas. Just when he thinks true love isn’t for him, he meets Tate under surprising circumstances. Jaime is a man of instincts and once he meets Tate he knows deep within his heart, that there is something very special about the younger man. Despite the mystery that surrounds Tate’s life, Jaime is determined to get to know Tate and even wedge his way into Tate’s wary heart.

For Tate, life has been one struggle after another. He’s endured a lot of abuse and neglect from those who are supposed to love him and because of this, Tate has had to fend for himself for most of his young life. Tate struggles with math and because he has a mother who is a worthless bitch *sorry…I honestly hated that woman* Tate doesn’t think much of himself. Though he’s been ignored and fallen through the cracks, Tate has learned to survive by his street-smart intelligence and ability to always protect himself and others that are weaker than him.

Tate is one of those men who have a heart of gold. Like Jaime, he is an easy character to love and root for and even though these two men seem to be polar opposites, they fit together perfectly. Watching both men bring out the very best in each other was a amazing. Also, I loved the way they truly liked, admired, loved and had a true respect for each other. All in all their relationship develops into a cherished one and it was simply a joy watching these two wounded men share something special between them.

I love this book! I love this series and I can’t wait to read more about these characters! Just Add Argyle is a beautifully written love story that will live in your heart long after you finish reading it. The Fabric of Hearts books is a series that should not be missed and I am anxious to see what is in store for us yet.

Highly Recommended!

The Fabric of Hearts series in book order are:

Tartan Candy
Plaid verus Paisley
Just Add Argyle

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Plaid versus Paisley by KC Burn


Title: A Fabric Hearts Story, Book 2: Plaid versus Paisley
Author: KC Burn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 209
Characters: Will Dawson, Dallas Greene
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Two years after his life fell apart, Will Dawson moved to Florida to start over. His job in the tech department of Idyll Fling, a gay porn studio, is ideal for him. When his boss forces him to take on a new hire, the last person he expects is Dallas Greene—the man who cost him his job and his boyfriend back in Connecticut. He doesn’t know what’s on Dallas’s agenda, but he won’t be blindsided by a wolf masquerading as a runway model. Not again.

Dallas might have thrown himself on his brother’s mercy, but his skills are needed at Idyll Fling. Working with Will is a bonus, since Dallas has never forgotten the man. A good working relationship is only the beginning of what Dallas wants with Will.

But Dallas doesn’t realize how deep Will’s distrust runs, and Will doesn’t know that the man he’s torn between loving and hating is the boss’s brother. When all truths are revealed, how can a relationship built on lies still stand?

Review:

Plaid Versus Paisley
is the second book in the Fabric Hearts series and it’s one not to be missed. This contemporary series is full of angst, romance and just the right mix of flirtatious fun. Because of a few misunderstanding and a lot of lack of communication, Dallas and Will’s relationship is a complex one.

Enemies to lovers us usually a hit or miss for me. I’m not a huge fan of this theme because, in my opinion, and as the saying goes, there really is a fine line between love and hate. Because of this, I don’t always believe the transition from two characters who go from hate to love, so I admit I was a tad bit worried about this book. BUT I loved Will in the first story and hoped his story would be one that I would enjoy, and quite frankly, be a story that was worthy of him.

I am so pleased to say that I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I liked the way the relationship developed between Will and Dallas and quickly became captivated by the story they had to tell. There were times I wanted to shake some sense into Will because he can be a stubborn ass sometimes, but it was highly gratifying to see Will and Dallas work through their differences and misunderstandings and develop a strong and loving relationship.

Though Will can be full of self angst and self doubt, I still liked him. He is grumpy and often doesn’t think before he acts, but it’s what is inside of him that made him a man I really cared for. Once he works through his fears and insecurities and allows the warm and even compassionate person he is inside, I could easily see why Dallas was so enamored with him.

I liked Will BUT I adored Dallas. He’s sweet and loving and craves to be loved and accepted for the man he really is. His sheer determination to have a better life than the one he lived before he moved to Florida is a noble one. I liked how he was able to tear down the wall around Will’s stubborn heart. Despite Will’s best efforts to hate Dallas, it’s Dallas’s sheer determination for Will see him for the smart, warm and caring person he really is, is the reason why I truly loved him. Better yet, Dallas is able to do this without becoming a doormat to Will’s strong and sometimes overly dominant personality.

Between the intriguing heroes and the addictive story they had to tell, Plaid versus Paisley is a highly satisfying read filled with the right mix of angst and romance. Will and Dallas may have started off on the wrong foot, but watching their relationship grow and evolve into a strong and loving one was a lovely thing to read.

Highly Recommended!

The Fabric Hearts series in book order are:

Tartan Candy
Plaid versus Paisley

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Tartan Candy by KC Burn


Title: Fabrics, Book 1: Tartan Candy
Author: KC Burn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 206
Characters: Raven McIntyre, Caleb Sanderson
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Finlay McIntyre (aka Raven) is a successful adult film star with a penchant for kilts, until an accident cuts short his stardom and leaves him with zero sexual desire, lowered self-esteem, and no job. He knew his porn career wouldn’t last forever, but he wasn’t prepared for retirement at twenty-eight. While trying to figure out the rest of his life, Raven agrees to attend a high school reunion. That’s when a malfunctioning AC unit in his hotel room changes everything.

Caleb Sanderson, an entrepreneur with his own HVAC business, has no idea what to expect when he steps into Raven’s hotel room to fix his AC unit. They’re attracted to each other, but Caleb, closeted, can’t afford a gay relationship, not with his mom pressuring him to produce grandchildren. If he wants to keep Raven—who no closet could hold—he’ll need to tell his family the truth. But Raven has a few secrets of his own. He refuses to reveal his porn past to Caleb, a past that might be the final obstacle to Caleb and Raven having any kind of relationship.

Review:

Tartan Candy is the first book I’ve read by KC Burn and it won’t be my last. I was immediately wrapped up into Raven and Caleb’s lives and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book.

I though the author did an excellent job at writing compelling, interesting characters that I easily found myself caring for. From the moment he turned eighteen, Raven has had to survive on his own. Unable to find work, Raven fell into the world of being a porn star. For years, Raven was very popular, but when he survives a terrible accident, Raven is forced to quit the one job that has been his saving grace for many years.

Caleb is a blue collared worker *I love blue collared workers* with a heart of gold. He comes from a wonderful family who has come through a lot…so much so, Caleb feels like he can’t be truthful about his sexuality to his family because he loves and doesn’t disappoint them. Because of this decision, Caleb is a lonely man.

Sparks fly when the two men meet and from that first meeting a sweet and loving relationship begins to develop between them. As they slowly begin to trust the other man, there are still old fears and secrets that they must face if they want a lasting love together.

I really loved this book. I loved the tender way Caleb takes care of Raven. I loved the way Raven saw Caleb for the warm and wonderful person that he was. I loved the way they learned to communicate with one another and I adored the secondary characters. Even Caleb’s family is amazing…his mother and father are truly wonderful people.

There is a some misunderstandings this couple must go through before they reach their happy ending. I thought Raven should have come clean about certain things before it was revealed. I was also empathetic to Caleb’s reason for staying in the closet from his family but I wasn’t quite sold on why he stayed there so long. His family was amazing…but that’s only my opinion.

I can’t wait to read the second book in the series and look forward to reading many more books by KC Burn in the future. Tartan Candy is a very easy book to recommend if you are looking for a sexy, rainy day read.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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