Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Just Add Argyle
SERIES: Fabric Hearts #3
AUTHOR: K.C. Burn
NARRATOR: David Ross
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 7 hours, 32 minutes
RELEASE DATE: July 21, 2017
A Fabric Hearts story
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.
This was the cutest most heart melting story I have listened to in some time! These characters got under my skin and after everything they put me through (not too angsty, but still heart strings were tugged) I was left a puddle of melted goo at the end.
Tate broke my heart! His life and his mother and his disability and the things he had to do to survive made me just want to take him in and shelter him from the world! I totally understood his anger issues and never once felt like it was his fault. I wanted to beat his mother! OMG some people don’t need to be parents grrrrrr. If Tate was real, I would have given him the world. He impacted me that much.
And Jaime has been in my heart since book one. He has always been the sidekick but I just KNEW he was destined for his own story and his own happy ending. I was so sad to see his baggage and the issue he was fighting but I am so glad he finally had his moment in the spotlight! He was the perfect companion for Tate and together these men completed each other. It was a bit “hero worship and caretaker” but things never crossed the line creepy because Jaime was dealing with things as well and needed care and love.
Finally, can I just tell you that I love the way Jaime’s family was portrayed? Not because it was this loving mass of people (it was), but because they were just as human and prone to stereotypes as anyone else. They really reminded me of my big Italian family in that they do not consider the impact of their words or behaviors. They may not MEAN to be homophobic or hurtful, but they are and it DOES hurt and it leads to misunderstandings and hiding and misery. Its real and uncomfortable but well done.
I believe this is my favorite story in this series so far. I loved both flawed characters and was easily immersed in their lives. I needed their outcome to be happy not only for them, but for myself as well. And the author gave me what I was craving at the moment. This will definitely go into my comfort read pile to be revisited again and again.
David ross continues to do a good job on this series. Between his reading and they way the story was written, these characters became real and the emotions were tangible. I am greatly enjoying listening to this series in audio format.