Heart Knot Mine by Lily Velden (5 Stars)

Noah finds out in a very unique way that he is gay. As he and Robert develop a friendship across the world, while living in each other’s homes, Noah also begins to falls in love with Robert. Although a bit slow to start, with a tad too much descriptive details of items that held no interest to me, the connection I eventually developed with Noah and Robert was very deep. The majority of the story is Noah telling us everything as opposed to us being a part of watching it happening. While this usually doesn’t work for me, it’s hard to argue with the results.

Once hooked, I couldn’t put the book down except to dab my eyes. I became emotionally invested in everything that happened to Noah and Robert. There are a lot of masturbation and voyeurism scenes in the story when the two aren’t together, and several steamy sex scenes once they hook up. The story builds up to some moments that are heart wrenchingly beautiful and poetic.


Originally reviewed for Swept Away By Romance. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.


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.

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