Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together (Susan’s Review)

Title: Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together
Author: Ari McKay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 6, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary / Holiday
Page Count: 112
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


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?

Second Edition, First Edition published by Torquere Press, December 2014.

This was cute, but I did feel as if the pacing of the story was off somehow.

Tomy is planning to propose to his boyfriend on Christmas Eve. Except that boyfriend decides to break up with him and try to make it big in the dance world.

Jason is a former professional football player who also likes to knit. He owns his own yarn store and gives knitting lessons as well. When Jason meets Tomy he is immediately smitten with the man. When he hears Tomy is already taken, he is very disappointed. But when he learns Tomy’s boyfriend broke up with him, Jason thinks he might still have a chance.

Jason knows a broken heart takes time to mend, so for the first few months he is simply Tomy’s friend who is teaching him how to knit, and in exchange Tomy is teaching Jason how to dance so he doesn’t make a fool of himself at his sister’s wedding.

But will Tomy ever see Jason as more than a good friend….?

I really liked the premise of this story. And I loooooove men who knit. I thought Tomy was cute and Jason a big old sweetheart. But… I wasn’t too fond of the way the story was executed.

Each chapter focused on one meeting between Tomy and Jason and we constantly skipped a month with the next chapter. This made me feel pretty disconnected to the characters. I felt as if I didn’t really know them, and only saw a little part of their lives since so much was left out.

But…it was a Christmas story, we had cold weather (I love cold weather books), we had sweet characters and a cute HEA. So it did end up being a nice short read.

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