Book Reviews

Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together by Ari McKay at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-July-2018

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

This is a story out to prove there is light at the end of even the darkest tunnel… but it takes time to realize it exists, and then to keep going until you reach it. Tomy has a long way to go when recovering from a brutal breakup, but at least Jason is here to accompany him. I loved how Jason's patience enabled him to keep hoping, and how gradual Tomy's realization was that he is not worthless and unlovable, but has a right to be happy just like everyone else. Much like a dance that begins slow then speeds up, this story grabbed my attention and pulled me into Tomy and Jason's life.
Tomy Peralta, a third-generation dance instructor who works in the family business, may start the story on a high, about to propose to his boyfriend, but when the useless, gold-digging loser leaves him for "greener pastures", Tomy falls to the depths of despair. His self-confidence destroyed, he reluctantly follows his mother and sister's advice and learns to knit. And while the knitting is therapeutic, what really helps him regain perspective and a renewed zest for life is Jason, the owner of the yarn shop Tomy begins to frequent. Tomy is a loyal guy, someone who has a hard time believing the worst about anyone. As he slowly recovers from the blow to his heart, he begins to see what love is like with someone who puts him first in every way- including waiting for months until Tomy is ready to truly move on.

Jason has been through a rough patch himself. After injuring his knee, the career he dreamed of in football was over. Knitting helped him over his depression, but not many people would be able to embrace a totally new direction in life as fully as he has. He knows he wants Tomy the moment he walks into his store again, exuberant about proposing, but when he finds out about the disastrous dumping, he doesn’t rush in. He supports Tomy, becomes friends with him, and learns as much about him as he can. The dancing lessons he has to take for his sister's wedding are just the beginning…

I loved seeing Jason take a real interest in Tomy, and watching how Tomy slowly learned to trust, like, and love Jason. If you like slow-burn romances where deep passion bubbles along just under the surface, if you enjoy reading stories about two men who take their time to get to know each other – no matter how attracted they may feel physically, and if you're looking for a read that is as sweet as it is emotionally intense, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 111 pages/40603 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-July-2018
Price $4.99 ebook
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