Yesterday I had the choice of three of my favourite m/m authors newest books. They were Amber Kell's Needing Noel, Tara Lain's Knave of Broken Hearts and Charlie Cochet's Against the Grain. I am reviewing the first two here and will read and review the third book soon.
Needing Noel (Moon Pack #14) by Amber Kell 3*
BLURB: Noel Thistleborn had thought his life had ended when he lost his mate and daughter. Left with nothing but a broken heart he accepted the job as the king’s assistant to give his life new meaning. When King Kylen insisted Noel attend the dragon shifter ball he had no idea his life was about to change.
Hartmut was tired of watching his best friend cuddle with his two mates. He wasn’t greedy he’d take a single partner. In fact his greatest worry was having to deal with a fae double mating.
When the pair meets Noel doesn’t exactly greet the dragon shifter with open arms. Still traumatized by his loss, Noel is hesitant to put his heart out there again. However Hart wins him over and the pair agrees to dinner.
An old enemy comes forward and Noel will need the strength of his dragon mate to help him through.
My Review: Not a lot to say about this one after all it is number 14 in the series and that it was short and sweet and a great bedtime read.
Knave of Broken Hearts (Love in Laguna #2) by Tara Lain 5*
BLURB: Jim Carney has a full time job—running from himself. Since he walked out on his wealthy family at sixteen because he’d wrecked his best friend’s life over some yaoi graphic novels, Jim has lived a macho, blue-collar existence of too much booze and too little responsibility. Then Billy Ballew, the man Jim most admires, gives Jim a chance to come through as his construction supervisor. For once, Jim is determined to make someone proud. Then Jim goes in for a physical for his new job and his yaoi dream comes to life in the form of cardiologist Ken Tanaka. Jim discovers he has two heart problems—a wonky mitral valve and a serious attraction to his doctor. But Ken is a major player, and Jim might be just a notch on the doc’s stethoscope. To Ken, Jim is unforgettable—but the living embodiment of his traditional family’s worst nightmares.
How come the minute Jim decides to be responsible, he finds himself taking care of his kid brother, getting a proposal from a wealthy woman, making a deal with the devil, and winding up in the hospital—when all he really wants is the Knave of Broken Hearts?
My Review: This book was everything I have come to expect from a Tara Lain story. It has great characters (and we get to see old favourites from book one) and a well constructed story line that keeps the reader entranced. At least it kept me so entranced I read half the book before falling asleep when I had intended to read just a chapter or two. I highly recommend this to all Tara Lain fans and to anyone who likes a story to be full of emotion and strong characters.