A Fabric Hearts Story
Tate Buchanan is a troublemaker who can’t keep a job, no matter how many times his lucky argyle sweater gets him hired. Add to that a learning disability and an impetuous nature that sends him into altercations to protect the defenseless, and he hardly manages to make friends, let alone find a man who’s interested in him for more than one night.
Most people think EMT Jaime Escobar is a player, but the truth is he wants a serious partner—he just can’t justify wasting time on guys he knows aren’t a match. But when he treats a gorgeous redhead after a fight, he finds the spark he’s spent so many years looking for.
Jaime wants to take the next step with Tate, but it’s clear Tate’s not going to curb his impulsive behavior—his next fight sends him to the hospital. Jaime’s relationship with a near criminal isn’t something his family is ready to accept, not any more than Tate is willing to be kept a secret. Jaime will need a lot of understanding—and some luck of his own—to keep them both. But this is one fight he’s going to see through to the end.
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3.5 stars-- Just Add Argyle was an enjoyable story. This is the third book in the Fabric Hearts series, but each features a single couple making the books easy to read as standalones or out of order. Just Add Argyle is more in line with a hurt/comfort story with paramedic Jaime- a secondary character in the previous books- finding his match in Tate, a cast aside young adult. There was a good assortment of tropes beyond the hurt/comfort aspect, including an age gap and opposites attracting. I was pleased how well each trope worked well within the plot, keeping things interesting and adding distinct conflicts, but never getting overwrought with angst. In the second book, I struggled with liking one of the heroes. That wasn’t the case in Just Add Argyle as both Jaime and Tate were impossible not to like. Tate had such a difficult life up to meeting Jaime and I couldn’t help but want the best for him. I liked seeing the protective caring side surge in Jaime as he learned of Tate’s hardships and I liked that he wanted to get to know him and not just make assumptions based on other’s opinions. The author did a good job making sure the rapid progression of feelings and Jaime’s unwavering pursuit of Tate made sense given the plot details, while showing a side to Jaime’s character readers previously caught glimpses of in the first two books of the series. Although I definitely liked how much Tate’s character blossomed with Jaime’s help and how Tate’s love in turn helped Jaime overcome some of his own personal hang-ups, I wished there was a bit more depth to both characters. With both men having such intense histories and experiences, I felt some of the character development and emotions were more toned down than I expected. That said, I enjoyed the story and thought the plot and conflicts were well thought out and resolved. If you’re looking for a hurt/comfort story with some angst but not overblown heartache, Just Add Argyle would be a great choice. *Reviewed audiobook for Alpha Book Club*
I've been waiting and hoping for Jaime's story ever since we met him as Caleb's best friend and cousin in Tartan Candy, book 1 of the Fabric Hearts series and now here he is in Just Add Argyle. To say Tate hasn't had an easy life would be an understatement but perhaps life is about to change. When Jaime and Tate meet it's not exactly a cute or funny story but it is definitely a story packed full of spark. Tate always feels like he's in the wrong place at the wrong time and maybe to a certain extent that is true and I can understand why he would see it that way but I think he's been in the right place at the right time more and I know Kris, possibly Tate's only true friend, definitely sees it that way. Perhaps because of Jaime's experience with PTSD he is the perfect person for Tate, that's not to say it's the only reason they make a perfect match. They are made for each other because their hearts complete the other. Now having said all that, don't be fooled and think it's all smooth sailing with rainbows and unicorns. Just Add Argyle may be a HEA tale but the real story is in the journey, watching Jaime and Tate navigate from point A to point Z is like running the gauntlet of emotions, you may feel drained but in all the best possible ways because you just never want it to end. Is Just Add Argyle a standalone? Yes. Personally though, I highly recommend reading Fabric Hearts in order because Jaime was first introduced in Tartan Candy and Caleb and Raven from Tartan make an appearance here as well so I found everything just flowed better having known their story beforehand but it's not a necessity to enjoy Argyle. Jaime and Tate will break your heart but they will also leave you entertained and you will walk away having read a truly inspiring and heartwarming love story.