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

Title: Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together
Author: Ari McKay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 7, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 112
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 2 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?

First Edition published by Torquere Press, December 2014.

In a nutshell, premise of the book revolves around Tomy being dumped on Christmas Eve by his boyfriend Sean, and Jason spending the next half year and more patiently wooing Tomy.
Okay, that was a very small nut.

First time Jason meets the outgoing and attractive dancer Tomy, is when Tomy comes into Jason’s yarn store before Christmas looking for Christmas presents for his mother and sister. Lola and Mrs. Peralta being regulars, Jason is able to engage Tomy in conversation and is taken by the man. Next time Tomy comes into Jason’s store, he’s despondent and self-deprecating, in the throes of being dumped at the worst time of year. Understanding what it’s like to experience a major setback and disappointment, Jason begins a subtle dance of his own.

My first observation is, I thought there would be more revolving around the knitting, but a large portion of this book uses dance as metaphor and backdrop. Instead of Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together it should have been It Takes Two to Tango or May I Have This Dance. It’s through dance that Jason woos Tomy, friendship and innuendo slowly turning into something more emotional and serious between the two.

The plot is super light, avoids any Big Misunderstandings, shows a quiet strength of character in both men, and moves right along. We have the supportive Peralta family, meeting both sister and mother. We have the ladies at the yarn store, who provide the backdrop but no input. It was a tich cliched that the women were all matchmakers, I would have liked to have seen a more diverse-aged group.

There are no surprises in this book, you know what is going to happen and it’s just a matter of letting the plot play out. And I’m totally okay with that – sometimes I just want to disengage from everything and be able to enjoy a story without having a lot of emotional investment. This is that kind of story.

Ultimately, a sweet, low angst, light and fast read.

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Galley copy of Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.

A light and sweet romance between a former football player turned knitting store owner and a professional dancer.

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I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: "Never leave home without a book (or two or three)." Though once I learned how to knit that became "Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project." A long-time fan of science fiction, I've since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian's (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that's not a run-on sentence, I don't know what is... I'm not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult. Thanks for reading my reviews! No two persons ever read the same book Edmund Wilson