- Book Title: Heart Knot Mine
- Author: Lily Velden
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2014)
- Book Length: 226 pages
- Genre: Gay, Contemporary, Romance
- Reviewed by: Scott
- Posting Date: May 5, 2015
STOP DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER. GO DIRECTLY TO YOUR FAVORITE BUY LINK AND BUY THIS BOOK. DO NOT READ A BOOK DESCRIPTION. START READING THIS BOOK NOT KNOWING.
Well if you made it this far you didn’t take my recommendation or you finished the book and came back to see my thoughts. First off the warning I put at the top is exactly how I read this book, I had no clue in the world as to the content of the book when I picked it up to read. I have to say it is one of the most fulfilling books I’ve read in a long long time, Greg even asked me what I was reading and whether or not it was that good because I spent every spare moment with my Kindle and this story. It’s also just the right length it isn’t so long that the story dragged out but it was long enough to capture everything with such clarity and professionalism that I have to say it is a book that I am putting my Highest Recommendation stamp of approval on.
Oh my God, I just loved reading this book, like I said earlier I didn’t know what the book was about so each page was a treasure as I maneuvered the intricate details in the relationship of Noah and Robert. Since I told you in the beginning to not read any of this I’m going to go about this review a little differently. I noticed on Amazon some not so nice reviews, so I am going to use this space to debunk those thoughts.
A reader said that the Insta Love was the final nail in the coffin and they had to stop at 50%….
Insta Love, really? This was a relationship 6 months in the making. It was the intimacy of the surroundings that fueled Noah’s lust for Robert, Noah and Robert skyped almost daily, add to that Noah finding Robert’s sex tapes which was the catalyst for Noah’s desires. Can you imagine lusting over someone in the other’s personal space, watching that person having sex, imagining it was you. Think about the atmosphere, Roberts comforter, the sheets that Robert slept in, the pillow that he laid his head. How about the dishes he ate off of or the chairs and couches that he layed and sat upon. For Noah this was the fuel for the feelings that he had for Robert, the things that made him feel closer to him. I think Noah and Robert fell in love while on their European Vacation, it was most definitely NOT Insta Love. The 6 months spent separated was a time for Noah to accept who he was and accept his homosexuality. Lily was very clear in her writing that the characters did have a mutual attraction for the other but they were not in love. It is always helpful to read the whole book before you comment on something that you know nothing of.
Another Reviewer said that it would have made a perfect MF Historical…..
The reviewer seems intelligent but I think they missed the boat. It would be virtually impossible to take this story to a Historical time, the beginning of the relationship wouldn’t have been possible without modern day technology. Instead of skyping what were the characters to do? Write messages that take weeks to arrive? Instead of a sex tape what would the author have used? Hand Drawings? I don’t think there were too many gay saunas in the “Historical” time that that reviewer thinks this book would be better suited for. I just banged my head on the desk, frankly I just don’t get it.
The reviewer also stated that Noah was a GFY (Gay For You) character, I did not get that in the least, the words spoke the exact opposite. The Job swap with Robert, getting Noah away from what society expected of him, brought down Noah’s walls. Finding the sex tapes which awakened his buried gay, awakening his mind to the reasons that he never had any sort of long term relationship. Noah’s experimentation at the Sauna only reinforced the realization, that YES Noah was gay. That reviewer is misleading in their assertion that a Gay Man couldn’t be monogamous and only want to be with the one person that their heart belongs to. Noah knows that his soul is bound to Robert and he only wants Robert, if that reviewer thinks that this is GFY, they have no idea of what real romance is.
Back to me now…
I get it that not every book is going to resonate with every reader, but don’t try and rewrite an Authors work, and if you are going to talk about something at least have the whole picture as a reference. The 2 reviewers sort of hit a chord with me, can you tell? I know this book is going to be one of this years favorites for me.
I think that the story was so brilliantly executed, each step that Lily took with her characters was so well thought out and her locations sounded extremely well researched. Heart Knot Mine is a story that could have been happening as I was reading it, Lily made me feel that this was a real life situation and I was lucky enough to be able to follow along and experience it. As Noah and Robert have their HEA, not everything was tied up with a pretty bow. Again this lent real life to the story because in real life there is always a little heartache.