A Love in Laguna Novel
Jim Carney has a full time job - running from himself. Since he walked out on his wealthy family at 16 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?
©2015 Tara Lain (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
UK living, fine wine and food loving, jazz aficionado
Jim left home at 16 knowing he couldn't fulfil his father's dream in more ways than one.
Ken is a cardiologist, from a traditional Japanese family. His mother has accepted that he is gay but does this not stop the matchmaking; but can she find the one for him.
KC Kelly really brings these characters alive as the sparks grow larger and larger but they have to battle Jim trying to work out his sexuality and Ken wondering if he can be a one guy man. This is against the a backdrop of family members who think they what is best for them and are trying to live their dreams through Ken and Jim. Caught up in the maelstrom is Jim's younger brother, Constance, a women Jim likes but cannot love and her overbearing and for Ken a suitable suitor who may not be all that he seems.
Tara Lain has written a tale that ensnared and KC Kelly has us rooting for Jim and Ken.
I am 21 chapters into the book and the main characters are still not together. I am not liking this story. The situation(s) that Jim suffers thru border on the absurd, Ken's situation is more believable, but it's hard to understand his decisions. How Jim & Ken are supposed to have a relationship let alone a HEA is wearing on me. Still slogging thru the story but know I will not listen to this one again.
KC Kelly is a good narrator, and the only reason I am still listening
The narrator. It was difficult to differentiate the characters, they sound the same and the female voice was not very femenin.
It was understandable
I really enjoyed this BUT I just felt the ending was rushed and not really satisfied with the loose ends with Jims family but I was glad to know what became of his high school friend. I also became more frustrated with Jim through the middle to end of the book, I wanted to strangle him myself! I do want to read Billy's story and can't wait. With the narration I LOVED the narrators voice for Ken Tanaka, so sexy!!!
"Better than the last book!"
I just loved it. My heart hurt when it ended. I must say that the slow burn for these two lovers was a little to slow. This was a book about feelings and learning how to fight for what you want out of life. Both characters grew a lot. Both played the field and didn't want to settle down until they met each other. There wasn't a lot of sex but you don't notice it because the dialogue is just that good. Can't wait for the next one.
"Nice read! Fantastic narration! Good story."
Loved the story and the difference in culture the main characters battled with throughout the book.
Appreciated the different ways women were described, quite refreshing to read in a M/M romance.
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