Jim Carney has a full time job—running from himself. Since he walked out on his wealthy family at sixteen because he’d wrecked his best friend’s life over some yaoi graphic novels, Jim has lived a macho, blue-collar existence of too much booze and too little responsibility. Then Billy Ballew, the man Jim most admires, gives Jim a chance to come through as his construction supervisor. For once, Jim is determined to make someone proud. Then Jim goes in for a physical for his new job and his yaoi dream comes to life in the form of cardiologist Ken Tanaka. Jim discovers he has two heart problems—a wonky mitral valve and a serious attraction to his doctor. But Ken is a major player, and Jim might be just a notch on the doc’s stethoscope. To Ken, Jim is unforgettable—but the living embodiment of his traditional family’s worst nightmares.
How come the minute Jim decides to be responsible, he finds himself taking care of his kid brother, getting a proposal from a wealthy woman, making a deal with the devil, and winding up in the hospital—when all he really wants is the Knave of Broken Hearts?
Like the first book, this story features a construction worker who has never faced the fact that he is gay. Jim fooled around with someone earlier in life, but he never truly thought of himself as gay until his boss came out of the closet. Ken is an openly gay doctor who isn’t afraid to be a little different than the norm. He isn’t as flamboyant as some, but being Japanese he does a classier version out of respect for his parents.
While there are some questionable scene within this story, I didn’t find them squeamish or distracting from the overall theme of the story. In fact, I like that it made these two edgier than and not as sweet as the characters in the first book of the series. It really took a while for Ken and Jim to get together, but when they did it was well worth sticking with the story. The strength they find from each other, to be whom they are and not what others want them to be, made the pairing that much more. SWOON!
Overall, this is a fantastic story and series and I can’t wait to read the next book. While, I didn’t love this one as much as the first, it is still an amazing story worth the five star rating.