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I absolutely ADORED this book. It reached me at EVERY level and I couldn’t read it fast enough!
I think it’s clear that a romance is best when the readers are invested in the characters – first and foremost. Tate – as a character – had me by the heart right from page one. He’s scrappy, got a short fuse, a low self-esteem – but the absolute biggest heart you’ll find.
Jaime is another amazing character who is so filled with love and also gratitude that he can literally do no wrong – but – this is important – he doesn’t come across as a goody two shoes or “too perfect”. He’s just a great guy.
I was surpised by the relative lack of smexy times – but what we do get is very HOT and very, very sweet, too. There was enough in here that I was satisfied – but I’m used to more from this author and this series.
I loved the “slow reveal” of all of Tate’s secrets. It wasn’t obvious – nor was it hidden in a fake way. It felt very natural and I learned something, too!
If I have any complaint at all – it’s the ending. Tate and Jaime felt so good together and the ending we get is amazingly sweet and wonderful – but I did want to see them a little further down the road- specifically so I could see where Tate ends up!
Seriously, Tate is my current favorite MC – and I highly recommend this book to fans of the author, fans of gingers, fans of scrappy MCs and anyone who needs a good book to warm your heart.
5 of 5 stars
David Ross has narrated all the books in this series and he does a fair job – but not a good one. He doesn’t sound authentic, though he definitely tries to infuse the right emotions into his voice.
The biggest thing he lacks is the proper accents – this would be such a delicious audiobook if the narrator had used an Hispanic accent – but David does not. His characters are not very well differentiated - though I could always tell whom was speaking.
If you couldn’t read this and needed to listen, this would be a fine way to go about it, but as an addition to the book – it doesn’t add much.
I thought it was ok, but not great.
3 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars
Just Add Argyle is Book 3 of K.C. Burn's Fabric Hearts series. It is possible to read and enjoy this book without having read the first two in the series, but the couples from the first two books are supporting characters in this book, so go ahead and read them first! Let me preface this by saying, I don't like picking favorites... but this is my favorite book in the series.
If you've read the previous books, you'll recognize Jaime. (I learned quickly in this audio that when I read this book I was pronouncing this name wrong. It's pronounced Hamee. I know, duh!). With his friends, he's considered a player who has a revolving door of men but in reality, Jaime is a workaholic who wants what his cousin and friends have: a relationship. Jaime comes from a large, very in your business family but feels like an outsider with them. His cousin was his rock, but now that he's found his soulmate, Jaime feels even more adrift. Jaime was also in the military and has lingering PTSD issues. Jaime wants to meet the man he's meant to have a relationship with, but he doesn't waste his time dating any guy who doesn't feel right from the start. One night while on call, Jaime is called to treat a man who was injured in a fight. He's attracted to the man, and though he doesn't have very much information, he can't stop thinking about him.
Getting into fights is just a normal part of Tate's life. He's impulsive, and despite his small stature, he is willing to jump in the middle of any fight to defend someone being attacked. That night, he saved an acquaintance from an attack and fought against the two men until police showed up. Tate thinks about the attractive EMT after that night, but his life doesn't allow for a lot of daydreaming. He needs to find a job so he can pay his mom rent, otherwise, he's going to find himself homeless. Tate lives a horrific life. When Jaime does find him again, and asks him out, Tate can't imagine someone is willing to go on a date with him. Jaime shows him a world and life that Tate never thought possible for himself and he doesn't trust any of it. After all, he's never been able to trust anyone or anything in his life so far.
This book is a slow burn and entirely worth the wait. There are a lot of heavy issues that this book is dealing with, and honestly, if the author had rushed the relationship between these two men, it would have been completely unbelievable. By the time the relationship seems to be on fast forward, the two men have experienced more than couples in longer relationships. I absolutely loved Jaime. He is full of compassion, empathy and is willing to give everything he is to have Tate. Tate broke my heart. He was such a fierce character and misunderstood by most people around him. Seeing him develop his first friendship, something he never even thought possible was sad. But, with all the heartbreak of his life, I loved Tate's love of the library and seeing what a different person he is inside those walls. And the growth of Tate from the beginning to the Tate at the end, when he's made friendships was beautiful to see.
David Ross narrated this book and did a terrific job. He has a very easy to listen to voice, keeps a good pace, brings the characters to life with varied voices, and doesn't have any weird pauses in his storytelling. This is the first time I've heard this narrator's work and really enjoyed it. The narrator brought the story to life and let the characters and story be the focus.
I loved this book, and will definitely be reading and listening to it again. Obviously, I highly recommend this book! And, I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
Overall: 5 stars
Performance: 5 stars
Story: 5 stars