Title: Heart Knot Mine
Author: Lily Velden
Genre: gay romance, contemporary
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Despite a successful college teaching career, Noah Daniels has become depressed. He feels he’s leading a monochromatic life: love has eluded him. When he’s offered a chance to teach in London as part of an exchange program, he accepts, hoping a change of scenery will do him good. But once he’s there, his outlook on love and sexuality changes in ways he never expected.
Robert Callinan is Noah’s English counterpart in the program. The men exchange not only their jobs, but also their homes, and it is what Noah stumbles across while staying at Robert’s house that sends him on a journey of self-discovery — both mentally and physically. A journey that puts color back into his life… just not in the way he expected. When the exchange program ends, Noah has to go home, but he doesn’t know if he wants to return to the life he left behind.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
This is another Lily Velden book I love, love, love. For starters, this author has a tendency to make us readers read between the scenes, whatever they may be. In this case, we have to read into Noah's journey of self-realization before we get to appreciate how he reaches his point of no return.
Noah comes from a loving family but presently, he is in limbo. He does not find satisfaction in life, he cannot find love, and worse of all, he cannot seem to reach sexual fulfillment. No, he is quite functional, take that out of your dirty minds, its just that, there always seems to be something lacking in his choice of partners. When given the opportunity to get into a professor exchange program, he grabs it. Soon, he finds himself in communication with one Robert Callinan, the other professor in the program. They have to be in each others' shoes, so to speak, so they needed to. When Noah opens a box in Robert's house, his eyes are opened to a life he never even once thought to be involved in.
Then Noah and Robert talk to each other, not just write. They Skype, they text, they call, they make full use of technology. They become friends which soon escalates to something not so platonic or academic. Noah finds himself in a place where he finally feels. Will Robert feel the same way?
This is a very good read, one that Lily Velden has a habit of dishing out. Remembering the other books she's written and I've loved, this one is no surprise, it just knotted me cruel at time. That makes it a great read.
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Lily Velden lives on the east coast of Australia, her family having emigrated from Holland when she was a child.
She’s both a left and right brain person, holding qualifications in both Finance and Fine Arts. She tells her friends that her way with numbers will make her a profitable artist and writer… one day.
Lily has always had a love of language and a beautifully crafted sentence, and admits to having a fetish for collecting quotes, poems, and song lyrics. What she won’t admit to is how many notebooks she’s filled with those quotes… Her fascination carries on into her artworks where she often incorporates text. When a shoulder injury slowed down her art practice she decided to explore her love of the written word more fully and began writing. “I’ll paint my pictures with words.”
Not that she’s abandoned artmaking in its entirety—Lily collaborates on the designs for all her book covers.
There are many things Lily loves, here are just a few of the PG rated ones: a good laugh (all the better if caused by a naughty joke), the smell of freshly baked goods and mown grass, a smile from a stranger, rainbows after the rain, and witnessing a promise kept.
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