Friday, July 13, 2018

Review Tour - Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together by Ari McKay


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?


Everytime I read a book about knitting/crocheting (read: Amy Lane's Granby Knitting series) I want to pick back up my own project. Then I remember it's like 100 degrees and I can't be held down by yarn when I'm hot lol!

Anyhoodle. This was a sweet story about love, heartache, and finding love again.
Even though Tomy (like Tony, bot Tommy ;) ) Gets a not so pleasant surprise on Christmas Eve, it really isn't all that dramatic. The book focuses more on Jason woo'ing his way into Tony's life and heart.

Jason is a bit of an enigma. Ex NFL player who has left due to injury. That unfortunate circumstance leads him to his new pride and joy, his yarn store. That's right, ex footballer owns and operates his own yarn store (where he also special dyes the yarn) and holds classes once a month.

Tommy is an ex-competitive dance gone instructor with the intention to take over the family business. He winds up in the yarn store at Christmas because he knows his mother and sister love the store and he wants to get them something special. He wants everyone to be as happy as him that Christmas.

When he meets Jason, Sparks fly left and right, but he's unavailable so he takes the experience as a "look but don't touch" one.

When Jason learns from Tomys family what had happened,he encourages them to bring Tomy to knitting class in January, then February. He sees Tomy has lost his spark and his confidence, and he's made it his personal mission to get it back.
With the excuse of his sister's High Society wedding, he asks Tomy for personal dance lessons.

I loved that dance was incorporated into this story, as well as knitting. It is used as a tool in the art of seduction and woo'ing. Nothing is more personal than hand made gifts and choreography from the heart.

The one thing about this story, for me, was it got to be a little overly "sappy". It was already a feel good book, I didn't really need the extra layer. But it was still a great read, it had good flow and went really fast.
I think this will make a great feel good holiday story for those who enjoy them.

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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