Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
One of Portland’s hottest young baristas, Brady is famous for his java-topping flair, turning a regular cup of joe into a work of art. Every Wednesday—aka “Knit Night”—hordes of women and their needles descend on the coffeehouse, and Brady’s feeling the heat. Into the fray walks a tall, dark, and distractingly handsome stranger from New York. His name is Evren, and he’s the sexy nephew of Brady’s sweetest customer, the owner of the yarn shop down the street. He’s also got a killer smile, confident air, and masculine charm that’s tying Brady’s stomach in knots. The smitten barista can’t wait to see him at the next week’s gathering. But when he tries to ask Evren out, his plans unravel faster than an unfinished edge. If Brady hopes to warm up more than Evren’s coffee, he’ll have to find a way to untangle their feelings, get out of the friend zone, and form a close-knit bond that’s bound to last a lifetime…
I just love Annabeth Albert’s Portland Heat series, but this one fell deep into my heart. First off…knitting. Yes, that’s a true pull for me. Gay knitters in love? Yes. Include Albert’s ability to bring her characters to life in every way possible and throw them into the lively, jumbled world of Portland? Yes, yes, and yes.
Albert introduces us to Brady first, a barista struggling to manage work and family since his parents died and left him the guardian of his siblings. Brady is such a lovely character, he loves his family, acknowledges that life dealt him the worst possible blow and now moves on with the best dignity he can. I adored him. Then add in Evren, a well-known knitter and designer home to take care of his aunt and my love for this story just got deeper.
Evren is the one with the understanding and love of knitting, patterns and fiber. There is an excerpt from his blog at the beginning of each chapter that makes me wish that I could read it each day and see his patterns…that’s how much I connected with him. He’s more tentative, with reason than Brady. His background that comes out plus culture as well as his current situation make Evren’s hesitant moves towards Brady easy to understand and believe. Brady with his pressures and personality? That too makes his brashness and attitude real. Two men with a deep understanding and love for family, wondering if they dare try for something more with each other.
Albert’s writing made this story flow quickly while letting me sink into their lives with ease. I fell in love again and again (as I do with all her Portland Heat stories).
Honestly, I wanted this book to be five times the length. I could have spent days, months with this characters, wrapped up in their lives, the patterns (of course) and a certain sweater that called out for a picture at the end. You know those stories that leave you with a warm, you’ve been hugged feeling? That was this story for me. I loved it. And of course, it sent me running to my knitting.
You don’t have to have read the others in the series, each is a standalone story. I just love them all and recommend not only Knit Tight but all in Portland Heat series.
Cover art by Fiona Jayde definitely works with the knitting needles and sweaters, yes there is a tie in about boyfriend sweaters.
ebook, 112 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Lyrical Shine
Original TitleKnit Tight
ISBN 1601835086 (ISBN13: 9781601835086)
SeriesPortland Heat #4