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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. RobeDespite 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....

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Number of Pages : 218 Pages
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Heart Knot Mine Reviews

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-06-24 06:01

    This would have been a perfect M/F historical romance. This book missed its calling, I swear. I mean, the reformed rake and the young, virginal lover? It just makes sense! What doesn't make sense is this book being a GFY about two adult males. I like Lily Velden. I thought that Gay as Mardi Gras was ADORABLE and I couldn't wait to get my hands on another one of her books. However, I struggled so much with this story. My main issue is the character of Noah. He was supposed to be sort of a ladies man, someone who never noticed a guy before in any way sexual. However, he came across exactly like a teenage girl. He pined, mooned, had insta-love with his object of lust, blushed, and basically acted just like a damsel in need of her handsome prince. Now, I have nothing against damsels and princes, but when the MC is supposed to have been a previously "heterosexual" male, the rapid shift from "straight" to a drooling over every guy's ass and going gaga for a man whom he had never met was completely not realistic. The GFY... *moans*. How poorly done was that? I know Noah says multiple times that it was like a "switch went off" in his head to turn him from gay to straight, but surely most people would agree that it was frighteningly sudden. The BEST part about a GFY is the time. The time it takes to realize your cravings, the cycle of arousal and denial, the slow discovery. I would have much preferred this book NOT be a GFY. I think Noah being closeted would have fit the story 1,000 times better. And Robert. What can I say about him. He was the classic handsome, rakish duke, wining and dining his love interest, showing her (I mean him! Sorry, I keep forgetting!) the magic of sex, and showing him the wonders of the world. Robert whisked Noah off to various European locales and Noah acted like a inexperienced bumpkin, not like a man who had his PhD in Art History and could hold his own. He was so deferential, so referent about Robert that it irked me. My last issue is some of the phrases used in this story. Some may enjoy this style of writing but it doesn't really work for me. "Instead, he drove me to distraction with his tongue, licking and laving me, probing my slit and robbing my dick of its tears. With his sweet torment of my cock, I finally knew what it meant to be in heaven and hell at the same time.""With each flex of my inner muscles, I opened for him, like a flower to the sun.""'But what about your sweet little hole? Does your bud want to blossom again?'He returned his hand to my ass, stroking and kneading me, pressing his finger between my cheeks to gently massage the hole he'd so recently deflowered."There are dozens of quotes like those that I bookmarked. Despite my issues, there is something cute about this book. The sex scenes were often very hot (and there are a lot of them!) and I wasn't bored while reading. I think if you like traditional M/F romance and don't mind that structure in your M/M that this might work quite well for you. However, it was a bit of a let down for me. *sad face***Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-05-30 00:10

    Noah is an American professor spending a teaching semester abroad in London, while his English counterpart, Robert, is hanging out in Noah’s house in Chicago. The two audio Skype and email, and Noah becomes fascinated with Robert, especially after finding Robert’s, ahem, personal movie collection. Needless to say, being in London awakens something in Noah, who realizes why no woman has ever tempted him to settle down. And finally meeting Robert in person is better than Noah’s fantasies. The two move from friendship to passion, and Noah is head over heels, that is until he realizes Robert may be incapable of loving him back. I loved the rakish, very British Robert with his snark and spontaneity, and I wanted to hug charming, love-sick Noah, who dove into gay love like fish into water. These two had definite chemistry, which translated into some smokin’ hot love scenes. Their summer in Paris made me smile, and the ending (set at Christmas time) was lovely.I did think there was slightly too much narration here. Days and weeks were glossed over with a few sentences that summarized the action vs. showing us the interactions between the two MCs. The book is told in the first-person from Noah’s POV, and at times I found myself impatient with Noah’s musings. The secondary characters were sketched rather thin. Noah’s brother was a predicable homophobe, and that plot point was not resolved, although perhaps that’s rightly so, since in life bigotry often lacks resolution. Overall, though, I enjoyed this book very much. It was sweet. It was heartfelt. I definitely needed a tissue…or two (tears of joy, people; tears of joy). I would love a sequel about these guys or perhaps a companion novel about Noah’s friend Jon.

  • Tina
    2019-05-30 03:16

    My lovely friend Macky did a joint review with me... and Lily visited our SSBR headquarters and answered our nosy questions. We had a blast! :D Tina: Macky, we've been following Lily’s writing career for a while now and when she told us about her new novel featuring her new characters Noah and Robert we got pretty excited and we couldn’t wait to get our fingers on it! It got even worse when the excerpt on her blog showed up. Do you remember, Macky? Lily is such a tease!Macky: Oh yeah Tina, once I read that excerpt on the blog I was itching to get my grabby hands on it! I knew from that teaser I was going to love it and I wasn't disappointed. What about you?Tina: Same here. I loved Liam and Jaxon in ‘Let The Light In’ and couldn't wait to get to know her new characters. The blurb sounded pretty amazing, too, so when Lily offered to let us read and review the ARC of Heart Knot Mine I was in heaven. Greedy as I am... *blushes* That’s the effect Lily’s books have on me…Macky: Hi5 Tina, feel exactly the same! I think the thing that pulled me in, was when we first met Noah in the bar at the beginning, he was such a lost soul. Coasting along but missing that spark of 'something' in his life! I loved how he describes his feelings.....“Me and enthusiasm didn't seem to be on speaking terms anymore. All the colour had seeped out of my life. I was living a monochromatic, black and white photograph of a life where everything was a shade of tedious...."Tina: Yeah, absolutely. He seems to be so lonely and doesn’t even know what he is missing. Noah discovering his sexuality is very similar to Jaxon’s in ‘Same Page’. Like Jax he has always thought himself as straight but was fully aware that his encounters with women were somehow lacking.“Once upon a time, I searched energetically for the Elizabeth to my Darcy, the Juliet to my Romeo, the Jane to my Rochester, but with each successive disappointment, my enthusiasm for the task waned. Now, at the ripe old age of thirty-one, I couldn’t even be bothered to get naked with them.”Macky: The job swap with Robert was a really great idea. I was sort of worried that it would make the story feel a bit strange, as I wondered how not being together for so long in the beginning of the story, before they actually meet, would interfere with the romance that was obviously going to happen between them, but once again Lily worked her magic and that part of the story ended up being one of the best parts! Can't give any spoilers away at this point but the way that she 'connects' them at that point and shakes up Noah's "straight" existence is genius!Tina: Yeah, it was mind-blowing! LOL When Noah arrives at Roberts house, there's that really clever twist that helps him discover what he’s been missing all along. Robert, being far away in Noah’s home in Chicago, invades his thoughts and Noah realises that he’ll never be the same again, he’s attracted to men and to one in particular, Robert. That's an awful lot to figure out. Lot's of confusion for poor Noah.Macky: Then there's the visits to the bathhouse ... My oh my! I learned a lot from those interludes! Little bit more going on in those places than the usual wash and brush up...if you get my drift ?!? Seriously though, it did teach Noah a lot about his sexuality and the physical and mental differences of sex between two guys against the passionless sex he's been having with the females in his life. Tina: Speaking of bathhouses… *gulps*... :) Robert seems to have no inner barriers to live a life of lust, he avoids responsibilities like the plague. He is openly gay, has accepted and embraced his sexuality but doesn’t believe in love. For him it’s all about sex and satisfying his needs. And he lives like that… has encounters with various men in bathhouses and countless one night stands, when he has an itch, he is used to scratching it.Macky: Completely the opposite to Noah, who just wants what his brother Mitch and sister in law Miranda have....true love in the sense of the words. He ultimately wants a loving relationship, and if fate allows, children of his own, in fact that's how much he loves his nephews... like they're his own! Which brings us to that side of the story and Noah's relationship with his brother and his twin nephews, Ricky and Jared. They're very close but whilst Robert is over in Chicago it becomes clear that Mitch isn't terribly happy with Robert being gay. There's a few unexpected comments from him that made me worry for Noah and his own realisation that he's actually gay! A moving sub plot that adds to the richness of the story. Tina: Oh my… it comes to the point that the exchange program ends and Robert comes back to London and they finally meet in person. OMG… and then it gets hot and hotter, the air is on fire and the sexual tension between the two is electrifying, lots of grabbing and smexiness is going on. Lily did an amazing job with the sex scenes, they are hot as hell and left me breathless! Macky: Ooooh baby, yes they are! Hotter than the fires of Hades and more steamy than the sauna in that bathhouse!!! LOL! I absolutely love how Lily writes her love scenes. The chemistry jumps off the page and her boys just ooze passion! I had to dab my face a few times whilst I was reading them. Noah and Robert are perfect together. When they went on their trip to Europe, I had loads of swoony moments. Now that was pure unadulterated romance...until they get back and it all goes to hell in a handbasket! You could sort of see it coming couldn't you Tina? Tina: Oh girl… it was too good to be true, right? It takes him a while but finally Robert realises he can’t play his games anymore and regardless of the fact that he never believed in love he suddenly knows that Noah is more than a fling and a willing sex partner. But it seems to be too late, Noah has already gone back to Chicago and has left stubborn Robert behind.Btw… that parting scene with Higgy, Robert’s cute older neighbour almost broke my heart! When she begs him to stay and not give up on Robert… OMG, that scene was a tear-jerker par excellence! Macky: Awww yes, Mrs Higginbotham! I adored her, she's one of those supporting characters who you just can't help falling for because she's so lovely and so sweet! I did cry at that point... that scene really got to me too. I wanted to shake Robert so hard because you could see he was wavering but typical bloody stubborn man he just couldn't say the right words! What is it with these guys? Having said that, I do love it when they have to really work for forgiveness... He he!!! I am so evil! Tina: An Evil Macky? No, I never want to meet her! But back to the book… I guess we shouldn’t go in any more details… but somehow I can’t stop talking about those two gorgeous guys. LOL Okay Tina, pull yourself together! However, Heart Knot Mine is a heartwarming yet gut-wrenching read that brought tears to my eyes, along with some big smiles. Noah and Robert’s journey to love isn’t easy, there’s so much heartbreak, self-doubt and self-deception going on, more than once I had the urge to smack one Brit’s pretty head damn hard! I really enjoyed this emotional and passionate story. Noah's struggle with his sexuality is portrayed realistically. Lily has created two vastly different characters and woven their lives and story together seamlessly, they both have their own strengths and weaknesses, but try to find happiness nonetheless.That’s us, Noah. You and me.Apart, we’re strong. We’re capable. We can survive most things. But together... together we’re something special.Something strong and lasting and true."Macky: Oh there's SO much more to this story than we've touched on, our musings are just the tip of the iceberg, but I know what you mean Tina girl... I could natter on about these two beautiful men all day! I just adored this book. It's sizzilingly sexy, it's romantic, it's poignant and tender... and there's also much more to Noah and Mitch's storyline, that you guys will get to see too! I think Lily has nailed it with Noah and Robert. I'm a massive fan, I love all her books especially her 'Let The Light In ' series and didn't think she could beat Liam and Jax in the sexy romance stakes but I honestly think 'Heart Knot Mine' has just crept into the lead for me! I sat and read the book in more or less one sitting, once I started I couldn't put it down and I felt so sad when I'd finished it, I could have carried on with these guys for a lot longer so I'm praying that somewhere down the line we get to catch up with them both again... I mean lets just put another teaser in there Tina. The ending ( **sigh**) is perfect... But.... there's definitely more to come from this this fantastic group of characters. Pretty please Lily! Tina: Ditto Macky! Overall, Heart Knot Mine is a sweet, sometimes angsty story of two men who struggle a lot but truly find their place in the world and a great love to complete each other. It has the perfect balance of romance, heartbreak, intrigue and sweaty sex that all us fans of the M/M genre crave. Although Noah and Robert do get their HEA I would love to see more from those two in a future sequel. And doesn’t Noah still have a score to settle with his brother? Just saying… :) What about we leave now and head off to Sinfully Sexy headquarters? Lily wanted to come over and answer our nosy questions. We need to polish the flutes and chill the bubbly. Maybe we can prise a few top secret infos on a follow up story from her.............MACKY! Macky: Oops, sorry? .. What was that Tina? I was just daydreaming about that "sweaty sex" LOL! Okay hon, you go sort out the ice bucket, I'll go plump the cushions on the couch and see if Lily's arrived..... LILY!!!!!!!!!!Read our interview with Lily and watch the video teaser here:

  • Bev
    2019-06-05 05:57

    When Lily first sent me a final draft of this book some months ago, I did a little Happy Dance; having read some of the story in its infancy on her website, I’d already gotten to like the guys Noah and Robert, but of course I had no idea as to how Lily was going to progress the story and what was actually going to happen to the two MC’s…however, as the saying goes, patience is a virtue…4.5 rounded up to 5 stars and a happy, smiley face from me!!Some readers will say that this is too sugary sweet and will set your teeth on edge – well, each to his own, I suppose it could be a problem for some, but it wasn’t for me cos ultimately it’s romantic, sexy and a voyage of self-discovery for Noah and I suppose in some ways for Robert too…but I digress….Meet Noah…..This entire story is told from Noah's POV, and I adored him as a character. His confusion, his questioning of himself and finally his joy at discovering who he was, was touching and real. Noah Daniels is the youngest tenured lecturer in Art History at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.... . He’s successful in his career, and as Noah himself says “that’s an achievement which should have filled him with pride and happiness BUT his successful career left him feeling as hollow as his love life, or lack thereof. He loved teaching, he loved seeing the light go on in another’s mind, but what was the point if there was no one to share it with?” And there’s the nub of the problem, Noah’s personal life….he’d never found women a problem, and they certainly seem to find him attractive BUT they no longer do anything for him… ”All the colour had seeped out of my life. I was living a monochromatic, black and white photograph of a life where everything was a shade of tedious. I wasn’t sure how it had happened or even when, it just had. One day I woke up and everything was grey, dull and lifeless”. Noah has work colleagues, but very few friends, and his only family is his elder brother Mitch, his wife Miranda and their two boys Ricky and Jared, and seeing them so together as a couple makes Noah jealous, he badly wants what they have… someone to love and a family, he wants that elusive spark between two people in love.Noah is asked if he wants to take part in an exchange programme the SAIC has with its partner in London, the prestigious Central Saint Martins College... . It would be for one term (semester), and a complete swap….job, home, car. His counterpart is one Robert Callinan....who is single and around the same age as Noah, and Noah figures what does he have to lose?? Mind made up, his flight is booked and the exchange begins. Noah reaches Robert’s beautiful home in Bloomsbury, Central London and is immediately looked after by Robert’s neighbour Mrs Higginbotham (or Higgy as she is known), whilst Noah is hoping that Mitch and Miranda are performing the same task for Robert in Chicago, and helping him to settle in. Robert has left all sorts of sightseeing info for Noah, and although Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre tops Noah’s list, he has plenty of time to explore before term starts and finally decides that he had made the right decision in coming to England.Noah is baffled by a small brass key with a Celtic Knot design on Robert’s key ringand its home eludes him. As the weather closes in one evening and it starts to pour, he decides to check out Robert’s DVD collection, and finally comes across the keys home…an old fashioned lockable box hidden in an antique Chinese sideboard. What Noah finds in that Pandora’s box will change his life forever….his feelings about himself and other people’s perceptions of him, his outlook on life in general and how things will change in future but most importantly of all, his sexuality…cos you know, he’s the same person as he was before his trip to London,(view spoiler)[ only his sexual preference has changed, (hide spoiler)] how will that affect his relationships a) with his family and b) with Robert when the two of them finally meet up and decide to go on a trip around Europe in the summer??This is as far as I’m going with this review as I don’t want to give too much away and spoil it for everyone else. If you don’t want to know anything from this point on, I suggest you look elsewhere although I am going to ‘spoiler’ everything. Some parts of this story were almost like an out-of-body sensory experience – you could smell (view spoiler)[ the roses and feel the petals in the Parc de Bagatelle (hide spoiler)], you could touch, taste and ‘be there’ when Noah (view spoiler)[experiences his first caresses by a man and his first blow job at the bathhouse he frequents in London (hide spoiler)], you can definitely taste (view spoiler)[ the wonderful food at popular UK chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s restaurant River Cottage in the West Country and also what he and Robert ate in the various countries they visit in Europe (hide spoiler)], but most of all (view spoiler)[ you can use ALL your senses to experience the sex between the two of them, the time when Robert ‘pops Noah’s cherry', the instant Noah realises he is falling in love with Robert and wants much more of a future with this man and his heartbreak when he finally understands that his feelings are never going to be returned by Robert, the subsequent separation that tears him apart leaving him shattered and sends him reeling back to his family in the US where his elder brother reveals just what a bigoted, ignorant jackass he is and cuts Noah off completely, and how Miranda and his beloved nephews defy Mitch to keep in touch with Noah cos they know how much he’s suffering and that Mitch is wrong. (hide spoiler)]Needless to say, I’ll be looking out for future stories which will hopefully feature Noah’s nephews. Did I get my HEA?? You’ll have to buy the book and find out for yourselves. Enjoy.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Gina
    2019-06-20 02:18

    This story didn’t work for me I am sorry to say. I found Noah Daniels to be more like a teenage girl then 30 year old man and he just rubbed me all the wrong way. I also didn’t buy the premise of stumbling over his exchange teacher secret video stash to be the catalysts for discovering he is gay. And that said video would drive this shy teenage girl acting man to a bathhouse to discover his new desire for men. so as the months pas Noah’s desire and fangirl crush grows and grows, to the point that he is already in love with Rob when their year exchange is over. He doesn’t know Rob at all, and when he finally gets the chance to actually know the man he is crushed almost beyond surviving when Rob turns out to be a “love the one your with” kinda guy. I like the author a great deal and I have thoroughly enjoyed her other books, and i am shocked at my dislike for this one honestly. I think Ms. Velden is a talented writer and i look forward to her next new book, I am so there!

  • Macky
    2019-06-12 03:55

    My lovely buddy Tina and myself got the chance to interview Lily and read and review Heart knot Mine together... and had the best fun doing itTina: Macky, we've been following Lily’s writing career for a while now and when she told us about her new novel featuring her new characters Noah and Robert we got pretty excited and we couldn’t wait to get our fingers on it! It got even worse when the excerpt on her blog showed up. Do you remember, Macky? Lily is such a tease!Macky: Oh yeah Tina, once I read that excerpt on the blog I was itching to get my grabby hands on it! I knew from that teaser I was going to love it and I wasn't disappointed. What about you?Tina: Same here. I loved Liam and Jaxon in ‘Let The Light In’ and couldn't wait to get to know her new characters. The blurb sounded pretty amazing, too, so when Lily offered to let us read and review the ARC of Heart Knot Mine I was in heaven. Greedy as I am... *blushes* That’s the effect Lily’s books have on me…Macky: Hi5 Tina, feel exactly the same! I think the thing that pulled me in, was when we first met Noah in the bar at the beginning, he was such a lost soul. Coasting along but missing that spark of 'something' in his life! I loved how he describes his feelings.....“Me and enthusiasm didn't seem to be on speaking terms anymore.All the colour had seeped out of my life. I was living a monochromatic,black and white photograph of a life whereeverything was a shade of tedious...."Tina: Yeah, absolutely. He seems to be so lonely and doesn’t even know what he is missing. Noah discovering his sexuality is very similar to Jaxon’s in ‘Same Page’. Like Jax he has always thought himself as straight but was fully aware that his encounters with women were somehow lacking.“Once upon a time, I searched energetically for the Elizabeth to my Darcy,the Juliet to my Romeo, the Jane to my Rochester,but with each successive disappointment,my enthusiasm for the task waned.Now, at the ripe old age of thirty-one,I couldn’t even be bothered to get naked with them.”Macky: The job swap with Robert was a really great idea. I was sort of worried that it would make the story feel a bit strange, as I wondered how not being together for so long in the beginning of the story, before they actually meet, would interfere with the romance that was obviously going to happen between them, but once again Lily worked her magic and that part of the story ended up being one of the best parts! Can't give any spoilers away at this point but the way that she 'connects' them at that point and shakes up Noah's "straight" existence is genius!Tina: Yeah, it was mind-blowing! LOL When Noah arrives at Roberts house, there's that really clever twist that helps him discover what he’s been missing all along. Robert, being far away in Noah’s home in Chicago, invades his thoughts and Noah realises that he’ll never be the same again, he’s attracted to men and to one in particular, Robert. That's an awful lot to figure out. Lot's of confusion for poor Noah.Macky: Then there's the visits to the bathhouse ... My oh my! I learned a lot from those interludes! Little bit more going on in those places than the usual wash and brush up...if you get my drift ?!? Seriously though, it did teach Noah a lot about his sexuality and the physical and mental differences of sex between two guys against the passionless sex he's been having with the females in his life.Tina: Speaking of bathhouses… *gulps*... :) Robert seems to have no inner barriers to live a life of lust, he avoids responsibilities like the plague. He is openly gay, has accepted and embraced his sexuality but doesn’t believe in love. For him it’s all about sex and satisfying his needs. And he lives like that… has encounters with various men in bathhouses and countless one night stands, when he has an itch, he is used to scratching it.Macky: Completely the opposite to Noah, who just wants what his brother Mitch and sister in law Miranda have....true love in the sense of the words. He ultimately wants a loving relationship, and if fate allows, children of his own, in fact that's how much he loves his nephews... like they're his own! Which brings us to that side of the story and Noah's relationship with his brother and his twin nephews, Ricky and Jared. They're very close but whilst Robert is over in Chicago it becomes clear that Mitch isn't terribly happy with Robert being gay. There's a few unexpected comments from him that made me worry for Noah and his own realisation that he's actually gay! A moving sub plot that adds to the richness of the story.Tina: Oh my… it comes to the point that the exchange program ends and Robert comes back to London and they finally meet in person. OMG… and then it gets hot and hotter, the air is on fire and the sexual tension between the two is electrifying, lots of grabbing and smexiness is going on. Lily did an amazing job with the sex scenes, they are hot as hell and left me breathless!Macky: Ooooh baby, yes they are! Hotter than the fires of Hades and more steamy than the sauna in that bathhouse!!! LOL! I absolutely love how Lily writes her love scenes. The chemistry jumps off the page and her boys just ooze passion! I had to dab my face a few times whilst I was reading them. Noah and Robert are perfect together. When they went on their trip to Europe, I had loads of swoony moments. Now that was pure unadulterated romance...until they get back and it all goes to hell in a handbasket! You could sort of see it coming couldn't you Tina?Tina: Oh girl… it was too good to be true, right? It takes him a while but finally Robert realises he can’t play his games anymore and regardless of the fact that he never believed in love he suddenly knows that Noah is more than a fling and a willing sex partner. But it seems to be too late, Noah has already gone back to Chicago and has left stubborn Robert behind.Btw… that parting scene with Higgy, Robert’s cute older neighbour almost broke my heart! When she begs him to stay and not give up on Robert… OMG, that scene was a tear-jerker par excellence!Macky: Awww yes, Mrs Higginbotham! I adored her, she's one of those supporting characters who you just can't help falling for because she's so lovely and so sweet! I did cry at that point... that scene really got to me too. I wanted to shake Robert so hard because you could see he was wavering but typical bloody stubborn man he just couldn't say the right words! What is it with these guys? Having said that, I do love it when they have to really work for forgiveness... He he!!! I am so evil!Tina: An Evil Macky? No, I never want to meet her! But back to the book… I guess we shouldn’t go in any more details… but somehow I can’t stop talking about those two gorgeous guys. LOL Okay Tina, pull yourself together!However, Heart Knot Mine is a heartwarming yet gut-wrenching read that brought tears to my eyes, along with some big smiles. Noah and Robert’s journey to love isn’t easy, there’s so much heartbreak, self-doubt and self-deception going on, more than once I had the urge to smack one Brit’s pretty head damn hard!I really enjoyed this emotional and passionate story. Noah's struggle with his sexuality is portrayed realistically. Lily has created two vastly different characters and woven their lives and story together seamlessly, they both have their own strengths and weaknesses, but try to find happiness nonetheless.Macky: Oh there's SO much more to this story than we've touched on, our musings are just the tip of the iceberg, but I know what you mean Tina girl... I could natter on about these two beautiful men all day! I just adored this book. It's sizzilingly sexy, it's romantic, it's poignant and tender... and there's also much more to Noah and Mitch's storyline, that you guys will get to see too! I think Lily has nailed it with Noah and Robert. I'm a massive fan, I love all her books especially her 'Let The Light In ' series and didn't think she could beat Liam and Jax in the sexy romance stakes but I honestly think 'Heart Knot Mine' has just crept into the lead for me! I sat and read the book in more or less one sitting, once I started I couldn't put it down and I felt so sad when I'd finished it, I could have carried on with these guys for a lot longer so I'm praying that somewhere down the line we get to catch up with them both again... I mean lets just put another teaser in there Tina. The ending ( **sigh**) is perfect... But.... there's definitely more to come from this this fantastic group of characters. Pretty please Lily!Tina: Ditto Macky! Overall, Heart Knot Mine is a sweet, sometimes angsty story of two men who struggle a lot but truly find their place in the world and a great love to complete each other. It has the perfect balance of romance, heartbreak, intrigue and sweaty sex that all us fans of the M/M genre crave. Although Noah and Robert do get their HEA I would love to see more from those two in a future sequel. And doesn’t Noah still have a score to settle with his brother? Just saying… :)What about we leave now and head off to Sinfully Sexy headquarters? Lily wanted to come over and answer our nosy questions. We need to polish the flutes and chill the bubbly. Maybe we can prise a few top secret infos on a follow up story from her.............MACKY!Macky: Oops, sorry? .. What was that Tina? I was just daydreaming about that "sweaty sex" LOL! Okay hon, you go sort out the ice bucket, I'll go plump the cushions on the couch and see if Lily's arrived..... LILY!!!!!!!!!!Read the interview, watch the video teaser and get the pre-order link here:

  • Sunne
    2019-06-23 05:18

    Hm...two stars means "it was okay"....before I get a shitstorm of comments I just wanted to remind everybody of this and books are still a matter of taste. So what doesn't work for me might be your cup of tea. I'm going to explain:Large parts of this books are narrated, they are "telling" not showing. If you like that...fine, there are even parts that focus very much on "creating" the atmosphere, describing the surroundings. The writing is good, that's not my problem. Unfortunately I was already bored in large parts by Noah's musings, so that didn't help at all.Noah - our narrator. Girl, you are very girly. The author tried to sell me a thirtysh guy who first finally finds out guys are his thing while watching his exchange partner's homemade sexvideos? (The way those are described I think Robert must had have a whole camera team in his bedroom, in every video both his facial expression and his dick can be seen clearly...oh..and isn't that creepy..wait, I'll come to that later)And his next step is a bathouse? Shy guy really gets his first experiences in a bathhouse? Okay, let's get over this. But the moment Noah and Robert are meeting, Noah is the epitome of virginal blushing smitten teenage girl. Seriously, he is like putty. So, if you love being told that they traveled through Europe, this is your book.Robert - the other guy. Who leaves the key to his private videos to someone you don't even know? And now back to the creepy factor. He has a hidden switch on the DVDplayer that triggers the camera? Do all his conquests on camera even know that they have been filmed? I think the author wanted to portray Robert an out and proud, sexually active gay man. I experienced him as a bit too sleek, too smooth guy with no depth through the most parts of the book (and don't forget the creepy).The way they handled their "relationship" up until Noah went back to the States was for me highly implausible. Actually, this was the moment the book finally got a touch of action and life (and saved it from DNF). Finally there was a bit more showing (I really liked the friend) and some real emotions. Now, what does it say about me and the book when I think the suffering after a separation is better described than the whole love before? (Yes, it says we are not very compatible)You can roughly describe the book in three parts. First third is Noah's self discovery, second third is the too smooth "fairy-tale" part love story with Robert, third third is the best part, Noah's "getting his feet back on the ground, finally being himself with all the consequences (and there are...we have our grain of homophoby in this book, too). Of course there is a HEA or HFN. It comes very sudden and fairy-tale like at the end.I might add that I had problems with some of the flowery wording of the diry talk for example like "Does your bud want to blossom again?". I mean, seriously? I don't like sentences like "My cock gushed like a fountain,..." or "You're going to make he shoot a river." Exaggerations like this make me roll my eyes. This is just not my cup of tea. If you like it, fine. So - let's summarize: If you like telling instead of showing and flowery sex talk, it's your thing. Otherwise I wouldn't recommend it.

  • Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
    2019-06-17 05:55

    I am unsure how to rate this book. Some parts were a stellar 5 and then other parts were a 3. So I’m gonna go with 3.5-4 stars.Kudos to the author because she sure made me feel alot of feelz and I didn’t roll my eyes ONCE.I did cry and get angry, I did smile and laugh. A wound of those said emotions always end up with me advising that this was an epic read.But there’s something holding me back.(view spoiler)[I am not avert to cheating. I know a lot of readers out there are. Refuse to read a book where cheating is a basis. I’m ok with it, makes the angst more real and I’m 100% an angst junkie.This wasn’t cheating though. This was disrespect. This was no care at all. This was a direct SLAP in Noah’s face. DIRECT. There is something called conversating. Like “Hey Noah, lets go to the bath house and get it on with other people in front of each other. How do you feel about that?Putting myself in Noah’s shoes. I almost vomited. I wanted to slice Robert’s balls off. I wanted to beat the ever living shit out of him. I can’t even FATHOM what went on in his head.And that right there is my problem I think. (hide spoiler)]We had 1 POV throughout the entire book. Noah’s. Robert remained a mystery. I couldn’t get what made him move the way he did. He lost his parents over bigotry. And that’s a hard pill to swallow. I get it. I do. But you had a loving grandmother that raised you and took you to gay clubs no less. So why the self-pity of not needing or wanting love? I just didn’t get it. I didn’t get him. I pretty much didn’t even like him close to the end. I felt as if he didn’t do enough to deserve Noah.Noah~ Dear sweet Noah. He pretty much took to gay the way I take too food. His light bulb went off and that was it. No self doubt. No questions. This is me, and that is all. I liked that. If he had blinders on for 80% of the book so be it. He was in love. For the 1st time. 1st love is bliss and rainbows and cookies and hugs and kisses. And then 1st love can be heartbreak and tears and OMG I hate life and OMG I’m so sad. He had a lot of mountains that he had to pass and he did so with dignity. If only he made Robert grovel more.The sex was amazing. The taken virginity. The 1st kiss. GAH, I’m a sucker for sexy ass kisses. This book did not disappoint on the hotness factor. It was a stellar 5.“That one kiss was the best sex I ever had.”Best line of the book right there.Mare~Slitsread["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jennifer☠Pher☠
    2019-06-14 03:06

    I am going with 4★'s at the moment but can seriously, with some thought, see this easily getting another 1/2 or just as easily losing a 1/2. If I just go with my overwhelming emotions I am going to say 4.5★'s, if I take those emotions and think of the pain I felt it could change to 3.5★'s easily. So, I am going to stick to the 4★'s and call it a day. I couldn't put this down. I found it such a beautiful journey. I was overcome with happiness reading about Noah and Robert's Summer. It was fun, romantic, hot as Hell and easy. I was completely swept up in it. Of course, I knew where it would go, you could feel it through the entire journey. I knew it was coming but the way it happened utterly wrecked me. I can't talk to much about it because really, I want to keep this at the rating I have given it. Too much thought could change it. So, even through my heartbreak I hoped and longed for a HEA and couldn't read fast enough to see where this story would end. As it always seems with endings, they often feel too rushed and I long for more. This one was no different but it left me with a smile, so even wanting a little bit more, I'll take the end I was given and leave the book with a happy heart. Read.

  • multitaskingmomma
    2019-06-16 22:58

    Original Blog Post: Blog Tour, eARC Review, & #Giveaway: Heart Knot Mine by Lily VeldenReview by: multitaskingmommaMy Rating: 4.5 of 5 StarsThis 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.

  • Aerin
    2019-05-30 01:02

    3.5 starsWhen I started reading this book I thought it was great. I loved the narrator's voice. I loved Noah and his personality. He was very frank in appraising himself and while he was trying to find different reasons to explain away his new found attraction to men, he never once tried to lie to himself.I loved the first part of the book, it was an interesting journey full of discovering one's true self. It was entertaining and sometimes funny. I simply loved watching Noah become a new confident person. But then the time came when Robert returned to England. It all went downhill from there. I really felt Noah's attraction to Robert while he was watching those sex tapes, but when they actually came together it was lacking in chemistry. It was a lot of sex crammed in a few chapters and it didnt impress me. I wanted more direct dialog between them rather than Noah telling us what Robert said and how he said it. It would have made a huge difference. But after Noah returned to the US, it started picking up for me again. Maybe it was the lack of constant sex. I loved how unapologetic Noah became for who he was. He took the risk of losing his family in order to be honest about who he was and I love him for that. And I liked his resolve in keeping himself away from any contact with Robert. He was strong and determined to move on, even though it proved to be extremely hard for him. The end kind of threw me for a loop. No resolved family problems. Noah's brother is a bigot and a homophobic jerk, but I was hoping they would hash it all out. Either they were going to work things through or lose contact forever, but I wanted some kind of closure. I hope Ben will have a book of his own and maybe then we'll see some more of Noah and his brother. I can only hope.

  • Jeff Erno
    2019-06-17 06:48

    I wasn't quite expecting such a powerfully emotional impact. This book and the storytelling within its pages delivered quite a wallop, leading the reader through an emotional journey of highs and lows worse than a roller coaster ride. I savored the delightfully slow buildup leading into the romance. Then the full-on passion erupted and swept me off my feet as my heart soared to the highest peak only to suddenly come crashing back to earth, devastated and utterly crushed.The story at first seemed like a gay-for-you romance, the central character Noah being introduced as heterosexual. A more holistic view of the man, however, leads me now to believe he was the type of guy who's searching his whole life for who he his. It's not until he finds love that he really figures it out. It's not until that trans-formative epiphany that his life finally makes sense.Robert, on the other hand, has known and embraced his sexual orientation since early on in life. But his self-acceptance hasn't come without a cost. Abandoned by his folks, he develops very thick skin and learns to survive. These survival skills don't allow him to trust many people. And they certainly don't allow him to open his heart and really love another human being. Until... Noah.Don't pass this one up! Please, if there's any single book I've read over the past couple years that I'd call a MUST READ, this is it. But prepare yourself. Get a full box of tissues ready.

  • Momshell
    2019-06-23 04:58

    I thought I was going to like this book a lot when I started reading, Noah's voice was intelligent and his despair was very palpable. Throughout the book his character was consistent and the choices he made were all the right ones: he was open minded to all the changes in his life, where anyone else would have been scared he was determined.I liked his self discovery, how he found an outlet for his new feelings without compromising what he felt was important.Robert, on the other hand, was perfect while he was absent and when he first went back to UK, their summer trip together was romantic, but we never got to experience the transformation in Robert's heart because the dialogue between them was nonexistent; then he pulled that DVD out and it went south for me from there on.There were unresolved issues, and a disconnection at the end that I can't understand. One moment Jon was there, he had become Noah's best friend and was moving into Noah's and when Robert came back he was gone, not a single word about Jon again. Mitch disowned Robert and that was that. No hope and no finality either.Did Robert and Noah decided to go to New York together or... who knows?

  • AnnMarie
    2019-06-01 04:05

    I thought this was a great story, obviously I am a fan of the author and her writing style. Lily Velden has an uncanny ability to express pure emotion and love from the boys in her stories.My heart broke for Noah. Thinking for so long there was something wrong with him. Finally understanding his own realization to who he really is was just exhilarating as he took baby steps to his self discovery and acceptance.Robert was even more heart broken. Never having love and his own walls he built around his heart just made me so sad.When these two come together is was just amazing attraction, sparks, lust, fun, hopes, dreams, and love.But of course the author just couldn't let them be in their joy. Nope, she had to throw us on her emotion roller coaster and take us for a ride! The hurt was just palpable, realistic, but oh wow did it hurt!!Beautifully emotional story you won't want to miss!!

  • JLOluvsbooks&dogs
    2019-06-06 06:08

    This is not a fast, fluffy or easy comforting read. It is in-depth, full of emotion and a heartfelt journey of two men. One mc in particular, but ends up a journey for both, and it's not quite a GFY but similar. There was some angst but it fit the story and made it more believable. In some ways it felt too long and rather descriptive (I admit I skimmed a little) but the author does have a way of making you feel right there in the middle. Thie story had a different type of voyuerism that was interesting to read. Overall I really enjoyed it and felt as if I got something out of it instead of just a few hours of entertainment.

  • Amazonaute
    2019-06-19 06:57

    Not bad. A coming out story. guy all grey and depreseed until during a hours exchange hs is in the UK and sees rude videos of his house swap having fun with mem. Then he goes back to the US all sad and depressed again.

  • Pianisuparse
    2019-06-07 00:03

    4.5 'This was super hot, I loved the way their relationship developed and I found Noah's journey of discovery interesting, believable and again fucking hot. Would have been more I just again wanted a little more time with them. May be there might be a little novella or something, cos they so deserve one. Noahs friend Jon was a cool character too would love to see him get a HEA' stars.

  • Jody
    2019-06-14 06:17

    Noah has always felt as if something was missing in his life. No matter how many women he was with he never felt complete. He was living his life but never fully experiencing it until he got the chance to switch lives with a teacher overseas. It's an eye-opening experience that sets him on a journey of self-discovery that completely changes his life as it opens him up to the possibility of love and the heartbreak of familial disappointment. This swap also affects Robert as his carefree love life unexpectedly becomes serious. He soon has to decide if putting his heart on the line one more time is worth the possible pain or let the chance at happiness slip through his fingers. From start to finish this is an intensely emotional story, particularly in addressing the emotional conflict Noah is going through. He was so lost at the start and didn't know why which made his transformation compelling. Realizing that he was living a lie when it came to love was a shock to him as well as those around him, but you could easily see the weight lifting off him as he slowly started embracing a different lifestyle. He was shy and uncertain at first but quickly gained confidence as he realized how perfectly this new life fit him. His attraction to Robert seemed obsessive at first but in a clever plot twist their connection was allowed to flourish in a more substantial and personal way. Noah wasn't afraid to admit his true feelings to Robert and was willing to walk away in order to be happy. Throughout it all he was a brave man willing to sacrifice everything for love which made me like him all the more.We don't get to know Robert as deeply, his emotional growth is done without our witnessing it. He experienced the loss of his beloved grandma, the only relative to accept him for being gay, many years ago and it's made him guard his heart closely ever since. Revolving relationships are how he lives his life now but it's clear they leave him empty. Seeing him form a real connection with Noah was heartwarming and showed a man who's charming, sweet, and comfortable in showing affection. Putting a definitive label on it though had him running as he didn't want to experience another loss. When Noah walks away though it will take a grand gesture for Robert to get him back and that gesture shows just how well Robert knows him and put a smile on my face.This was an engaging read that I found myself easily immersed in as Noah's story was at times heartbreaking and heartwarming, though it dragged a bit during Noah and Robert's holiday excursion. The issues Noah has to deal with from his family are realistically depicted but left unfinished at the end, though there's a bit of hopefulness in the future. Along with intense emotions being dealt with there was lots of sexiness going on. Noah started out slowly but quickly embraced his newfound life, learning from others but saving himself for Robert. These two scorched the pages in numerous sexual interludes that showed their deepening connection through subtle looks and touches. Ms. Velden perfectly balanced all this to craft a story that was not only hot but profoundly emotional too and has written another satisfying story that fans of the m/m genre will definitely want to read.

  • T.M. Smith
    2019-06-18 23:11

    The gay version of The Holiday! Noah would be Cameron Diaz, and Robert would be Kate Winslet.Noah Daniels and Robert Callinan share a desire to do something more with their lives. Both are college teachers, Noah in America and Robert in the UK, but they are both tired of their mundane lives, searching for something different... something more. So they swap jobs, lives and houses for 6 months. Robert is eager to learn more about his American counterpart, studying the pictures of him scattered throughout his home and pumping Noah’s brother, Mitch, for more personal information. Noah is fascinated with idea of Robert and upon inspection of the man’s home, he finds Robert’s secret DVD stash. Noah has always felt like there was something inside him that didn’t click, like there was something he was missing. When he sees Robert on screen having lots of sex, in various positions, with various lovers, everything finally clicks. Noah is gay, and he is enamored with the man he is watching. Noah recognizes something in Robert’s eyes though in the videos, a longing for something more, something missing.Through lots of late night conversations over the months they are sharing each other’s lives, Noah and Robert decide to meet and take their summer break together, touring the UK. It’s on this vacation that the two become lovers. Noah is young and fresh and his crush on the slightly older sexy man soon grows into something more. Robert is slightly jaded and not quite ready to admit that Noah has wrapped himself around his heart, like a knot.I absolutely LOVE Lily Velden. I have read all her books and I love the way she is very detailed and descriptive without being overly descriptive. You are captured by her characters and she has a way of making you ‘feel’ like you are right there with them, no matter the circumstance. They are always three dimensional, realistic and flawed in some way. That makes them human which is what makes her books so fantastic.As you travel down the road of self discovery with Noah you will laugh, you will cry and your heart will break for him. He goes through so much and his world is turned upside down in a very short time. Robert could have easily been an unlikable character, but Velden wrote him in such a way that the reader was captivated by his charm and understanding of his hesitancy.Sexy, passionate, endearing and romantic... even if there is a little heart break in there as well. For those folks out there that refuse to read a book without a happy ending, I’ll tell you that you will get a happy ending, just not exactly how it is delivered. This is definitely a must read, it will have a permanent slot on my kindle so I can re-read it whenever and wherever and all the time!** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews ** http://www.mmgoodbookreviews.wordpres...

  • Kathleen
    2019-06-18 03:58

    Even with a rewarding career as a college professor, Noah Daniels has always felt like something has been missing in his life: true love. When Noah is offered the chance to participate in a teacher exchange program in England, he embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery that will surprisingly change his outlook on his sexuality and love in an unexpected way.In Heart Knot Mine, author Lily Velden weaves a passionate and heart wrenching tale set in Chicago and London that follows college professor Noah Daniels journey of sexual self-discovery.The reader is easily drawn into Noah's journey: from the time he swaps respective houses and colleges with his British counterpart, college professor Robert Callinan; to his gradual sexual awakening and self-identity; to the friendship and romantic relationship that develops between them.Noah's sexual identity is awakened when he discovers Robert's collection of male pornography, and as his long distance relationship develops with Robert, the attraction and romantic feeling of love develops between them. Can Noah put his heart on the line for a chance at love and happiness, or will it slip away when his lifestyle change is wrought with emotional and dramatic family conflict?Heart Knot Mine is a deeply intense and emotional story that will pull at your heartstrings. You can't help but feel compassion for Noah as he endures emotional conflict as he gradually discovers his true sexual identity, and the realization that he is falling in love with another man. As Noah embraces his new lifestyle, the reader follows the development of his romantic relationship with Robert, it is filled with enough passion and scorching sexual interactions that vividly deepens their connection. Then there is Noah's emotional family drama and conflict that is so heart wrenching, you can't help but want to smack the crap out of his insensitive family members. Noah's personal journey takes the reader on a roller coaster ride that will have them experiencing the full gamut of emotions.Heart Knot Mine is a profoundly passionate, endearing and emotional M/M romantic story that will leave the reader wanting more.Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book Tours. http://jerseygirlsizzlingbookreviews....

  • Addictive
    2019-06-17 01:14

    I started Heart Knot Mine in trepidation because the first few pages were kinda dull, than I kinda got into it because the story reminded me of that movie with Cameron Diaz and that ET girl…Drew Barrymore! I knew I would remember her name. That movie was cute, so I thought ok I’m in for an ok read where I’m going to have to skim through pages just to find out what happens.But then…I got almost half way in when Noah lands in London, and OH-EM-GEE! I was glued. Let me just tell you, I didn’t read the blurb for the book. I mean I think I read it when I signed up for this tour, but let me tell you. I totally forgot what this book was about, I even forgot to read it until the day before my posting (which is why the review is late).I would suggest not reading book blurbs and just diving into books, that way you are totally surprised (if you like surprises). Noah and Robert are both teachers and decide to house swap, and teach at their respective schools for a year. As Noah gets comfortable in Robert’s home, he decides to explore. Finding a mystery key on the keychain that Robert gave him, he searches high and low for the lock that the key goes to. He finally finds the lock and what’s behind the lock totally flabbergasted me, as well as Noah.Robert had a collection of home porn movies. Noah was instantly intrigued. And it wasn’t long before he discovered why he has been so unhappy all these years’ it turns out Noah, the so called ladies man was really gay.To make a long story short, he fell in love with Robert through his home movies. He takes being gay in stride, but coming out proves harder than he thinks to family and friends.I absolutely loved Heart Knot Mine. The beginning was not that great, but once I got into it, I could not put it down for a second! Well, not until my Nook battery went out and I had to charge it. That was good timing since it was 2 in the morning.The love story between Noah and Robert is heart breaking and so sweet, Noah takes to his lifestyle like..like a fish to water. I would recommend reading Heart Knot Mine and putting Lily Velden on your to be watched list.

  • Hendy Hendrawan
    2019-05-30 04:10

    Since English is not my first language, I'm a bit struggling to understand some words which is in this book is quite advance from my usual reading. Well, I think this is the first time I read M/M book that using this kind of literature, poetic, romantic and superbly cheezy. But hey, there's no romance if there's no cheezy on the side right?This book is based on Noah POV, a ladies man, handsome, manly (so he said), Art College teacher and straight. Well, at least until he saw XXX videos of Robert, an English Art Teacher in his London apartment. The thing is, Noah which is live in Chicago, got offered of exchange program with Robert. So, they switched their home to each other for 6 month. Noah to London, Robert to Chicago. One day, Noah accidentally watching Robert's private house video (you know what I mean *wink*) from his private collection. Since then, Noah's sexuality is in a big question mark. He's deffinetely so turn on by watching Robert's sex videos with a bunch of different guys! (uuughhhhh I wanna kill my self). So, hiscurious phase begun.. From gay bath house to gay club.. Until Noah finally met with Robert in the flesh..Three things that bugs me and freak me out, though.1. Noah claimed he's manly (ofcourse) as a "straight" ladies man. But then he's so girly everytime I read what's inside his head. Needy, clingy, uber sensitive. He should be more grounded and calm, considering he was a straight man. *sigh*2. My jaw dropped when I knew about Robert's sex videos. My God! Man-slut is one thing, but recording 'em? That's whole other level for me. He's and Art College teacher for pete's sake! What was he thinking? And I'm sure none of them boys was aware of being filmed by him. Then what more insane is, Noah like -scratch that- he loves those videos and fell for him. I'm a bit confused and dissapointed. Well, I'm not gonna sorry for being a man's man.3. The monologues are too long, I kinda skipped a few part.The end was sweet though :)

  • Julie Hayes
    2019-06-05 03:17

    Noah Daniels’ love life is—to put it mildly—unsatisfactory. None of the women he’s been dating really do it for him, but he doesn’t know why. None of them strikes a spark inside of him. What’s the matter with him? His brother Mitch and his wife Miranda have spark—in spades. Noah wants what they have. Why can’t he have it too?When the opportunity arises for a job exchange—he’ll go to London for a semester and teach art at central Saint Martens while his British counterpart takes his own position in Chicago—Noah decides to go for it. Maybe he just needs a change.He settles into the other guy—Robert Callinan’s flat, and becomes familiar with his new surroundings. He meets Robert’s next door neighbor, Mrs. Higginbotham—a very friendly older lady who welcomes him with a casserole. Noah does some exploring of London in the week before he’s due to start work, and he likes what he sees.While settling into his new digs, Noah makes an interesting discovery—some homemade porn DVD’s—featuring Robert. Noah can’t seem not to watch—or his body to react. His inadvertent voyeurism starts him on a voyage of self-discovery he’ll never forget.More than just a holy cow I’m gay book, this is one man’s discovery of who he really is, one that will take him to some very interesting places, especially as he finds himself increasingly drawn to the star of the DVDs—the man whose bed he’s sleeping in.But, as with most such journeys, there are ugly truths to be learned as well. I cried in places, laughed in others—and found a lot of heart in these pages. Most importantly, I felt.I first read Lily Velden in her story, Hunter or Hunted, in the Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust anthology. I knew then she can write. This book more than confirms that. Her style is classic and descriptive, her characters well-drawn. I look forward to reading the next book and see where Noah goes from here. Well done, Ms. Velden, well done!

  • Lisa J.
    2019-05-28 06:16

    2.5 stars. Maddening. That's how I'd describe my experience reading this book. The first third is taken up with Noah mooning over Robert like a teenager with a crush on a boy band singer. Noah and Robert swap houses and jobs for a semester. Noah heads to England, while Robert goes to Chicago. During this time, we're told they Skype and get to know each other, but besides a couple of written messages, we don't get to see it. Robert is basically MIA, while Noah becomes obsessed with him. Noah is supposedly straight, but he's dazzled by Robert's sexual prowess and can't stop fantasizing about him after stumbling upon Robert's special collection. Robert and Noah finally meet in person, and Noah's dreams come true -- to a point. Robert is closed off emotionally, or so he says, but the sex is plentiful and flowery. They spend the summer traveling around Europe, and I enjoyed the descriptions of their time in Paris and other locales. It was hard to get a handle on Robert. The story is told from Noah's first-person POV, and most of his musings are about Robert's physical attributions and bedroom skills. I would have loved more conversation from these two.The last part was the truly maddening part. For one, it hit upon one of my pet peeves. (view spoiler)[I don't like to read about the MCs having sex with other people after the MCs have coupled up. Noah's questioning of whether one person would be enough for Robert seemed hypocritical when Noah couldn't stay out of the bathhouse even though he professed to be so in love and miserable. (hide spoiler)]. Instead of being a grown-up and communicating with Robert, Noah mopes around. And when he finally gets what he says he wants, his initial response was a bit ridiculous to me.Robert's POV was much needed. It would have been nice to see what he was up to in Chicago and discovering about Noah. Plus, I just needed a break from Noah.

  • Carly
    2019-06-01 04:16

    The meticulous attention to detail reminded me of The Great Gatsby. Nothing was left out as each scene was vividly painted to include sounds, scents, colors, and even the emotions of each scene.Written exclusively from Noah's point of view, HEART KNOT MINE tells the tale of a successful your man who seems to have it all, but hides the growing dissatisfaction with his colorless life from friends and family. Accepting the opportunity to exchange lives with a fellow art professor for a semester brings him more than a change in location. It launched him into an erotic journey of sensual self discovery.The detachment I felt within the interactions he had with his counterpart, Robert, springs from the lack of insight into his more intimate thoughts and feelings. I felt that filtering the already emotionally reticent man exclusively through Noah's point of view was a mistake that limited my involvement in the relationship developing between them to a detached observation.With a timeline slowly paced over nearly a year, the potential for exploring their relationship on deeper levels wasn't met. The complex interactions Noah shares with his brothe,sister-in-law and nephews is another missed opportunity.I would have loved the same meticulous attention paid to Noah's environment executed within his personal life as well. The tantalizing hints of brilliance are nestled within a storyline that I felt missed its mark overall. I will be keeping my eye on Lily's books in the future as I have the feeling that she is one of those authors who will steadily improve over time.Official Review Pending for Carly's Book Reviews.

  • UnusualChild{beppy}
    2019-05-27 05:08

    synopsis:noah his become bored with his life, so he agrees to a switch with a fellow professor with his college's sister college in london. the men switch jobs, and homes, and noah discovers something that jolts him out of his monochromatic existence: videos of robert having sex with other men. in spite of having never thought of men that way, noah is completely turned on and captivated. after several weeks of watching these videos, he ventures into the bath houses in london to see if he is, in fact, gay. once noah determines that he is gay, robert invites him to stay in london after the end of the term until the next term starts, when noah will have to head back home. when robert gets home, the two of them embark on a sexual relationship, because robert is noah's fantasy, after all. (view spoiler)[noah thinks that they're in a relationship, but when they get back to london, and robert takes him to the bathhouse and wants to have sex with other men in the vicinity of the other, noah is heartbroken and heads home. he breaks off all contact with robert, trying to get over him. there is a hea, but robert has to work for it (hide spoiler)] when noah gets home, he comes out to his brother, and his brother promptly banishes him from the family. what i liked: i liked noah and his journey. i liked that he was open to it, even though it had never crossed his mind that he was gay before. i also liked that he genuinely cared about people and made an effort to be there for everyone. when he had his heart stomped on a little, i liked the fact that he recognized it and took steps to overcome it.what i didn't like: robert was a little bit of a jerk, although he did redeem himself. the fact that he couldn't let anything sway him from his set path of being a playboy was annoying as well.

  • mw138
    2019-06-19 04:53

    Noah Daniels' life lacks color, passion and excitement. He's very successful in his career, has a great relationship with his brother, sister-in-law and nephews, but no matter how hard he tries, he just can't seem to find that special person. When Noah decides to participate in a teacher exchange program, his life is completely changed and the world as he knows it will never be the same.Already a fan of Lily Velden's, I was anxious to read her latest work, and I was not disappointed! The relationship between Noah and his British counterpart, Robert Callinan, is not only sweet and extremely hot, but also very believable. Noah is the type of guy that you can't help but like; he's sweet, responsible and has a good head on his shoulders. Robert is the quintessential British man that could easily make an American like me swoon at the drop of a hat.I enjoyed the fact that Noah's sexual self-discovery was gradual and didn't turn into the gay for you (gfy) trope. There's nothing wrong with gfy, but I appreciated that Noah took steps to try to feel out his new desires before even trying to start anything with Robert. Robert, on the other hand, is out, proud and oozes sensuality and confidence. He's no where near perfect, but the journey that he and Noah embark upon definitely brought a smile to my face.I'm hoping there is a sequel because I would love to read more about Noah's fractured relationship with his family and how he deals with it going forward. All in all, this a great read that I really liked!The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Hearts On Fire Reviews
    2019-06-05 02:51

    Reviewer:RichGenre: M/M Contemporary4.5 HeartsReview:This is exceeding well-written novel. What at first glance may appear to be simply a pedestrian story of man meets man, man gets man, man loses man and then both live happily ever after rises above the pedestrian plain to a very special, well plotted novel.Each man learns something major about himself. Noah learns that he is not only gay but monogamous. Robert learns that sex without love and tenderness becomes empty and not fulfilling. It is well into the novel before both characters actually meet. They are both art professors switching professorships, Noah from Chicago and Robert from London. They switch homes as well and communicate by Skype, text and emails.The strength of this novel is it’s densely plotted frame work focusing on the two backgrounds, similarity/differences, and family life.This is a believable, well thought-out story offering characters without stereotypes. The resulting happy ending is not the least bit contrived; with Noah standing forthright for love over just sex and Robert deciding a man can change and is willing to prove the point.Far from a love conquers all story, the author displays a flair for creating believable situations that do not strain belief. Highly recommended.See Review Here: Hearts On Fire ReviewsFacebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hearts...

  • Dreamer80
    2019-06-24 03:12

    What can I say about this book? Well…let me think…I can say… I LOVED IT!!!! Lily Velden is one of my fave m/m authors since she was just a FFiction writer. Someone could say I’m biased so I can’t give an honest opinion about this book but, you are wrong: if one of my fave authors writes a bad book, I’m in front of the line to say:" You disappointed me with this book of yours."Back to my Heart Knot Mine book's review.Lily Velden has this gift to make you feel every emotion, smell, touch and more. This book is in first person and on Noah’s POV. He’s miserable, he can’t seem to find happiness outside of his job as a Professor. He decides to take part of a project to teach in the UK, living in the house of another Professor called Robert, who will take his place in Chicago. I don’t want to spoil the story but if you want to read about finding Noah true self, his soulmate, feeling his despair, losing what he thought it was his family, finding what it’s true or not, you have to buy this book.You wont be disappointed.You’ll laugh, you’ll blush, you’ll worry, you’ll joy, you’ll fall in love, you’ll sob, you’ll feel empty, you’ll feel betrayed, you’ll feel used…yeah…all of this is part of being human, of living..but remember that sometimes a ray of light can really take away all the dark inside of you.Read this book and you’ll see.

  • Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
    2019-05-30 03:10

    **Copy provided by author/publisher via Eyes on Books in exchange for an honest review**This was such a fantastic read! Emotional and detailed. The first part might have dragged a little, but I loved the way the author made Noah slowly come to terms into his sexuality, especially since he hadn’t been aware of being gay before moving to London and finding Robert’s DVDs.I just adored Noah, although I have to admit that at first I wasn’t too sure about him. As I got to know him, and read his journey into self-discovery, he grew on me. And when he met Robert in person, damn, he just about stole my heart! His reactions, the way he handled everything thrown his way were just perfectly in tune with all that happened and I loved that he stood his ground, even if it was killing him to do so.On the other hand, I wanted to strangle Roberto during the last third of the story. I understood his motivations, but he broke my heart along with Noah’s and I ended up crying with everything that transpired between them. He did make it all better in the end, though, and that's what counts. The book made me laugh, cry and root for the characters to get their HEA, and even if not everything was resolved in the end, it was still so satisfying.This is a story to be savored, and read several times, it’s that good. Definitely a 5 star read for me!