Narrated by: Philip Alces
Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
Everything about Jeremy has always been a lie – including his last name. When one grift too many ends in tragedy, Jeremy goes straight. But life’s hard for an ex-con, and Jeremy is down to panhandling and hope when Rance Crawford offers him work at a tiny alpaca farm and fiber mill. Jeremy takes him up on the job, thinking this could be his last chance to be a good man, and meets Aiden, who is growing into a better one.
As Aiden comes of age, Jeremy finds himself desperate to grow up, too, because Aiden starts looking to him for things Jeremy doesn’t know how to give. Being honest is terrifying for a man who’s learned to rabbit at the first sign of conflict – more so when Aiden gives Jeremy a reason to stay that can’t be packed up and carried in a knapsack. When Jeremy’s past comes knocking at their door, can Jeremy trust enough in Aiden and his new home to answer bravely back?
This was just one of the most enjoyable audiobooks! I freaken loved Jeremy. Right out the gates. The first chapter about broke my heart, but it was still light overall and Jeremy’s voice was perfect. Sweet and funny and self-deprecating, it was a joy to watch him go ‘honest’ and watch his silent crush on Aiden grow.
The knitting and scared-rabbit analogies were perfect, and watching Aiden gentle Jeremy was great. I would have liked a little more of that though. I wanted Aiden to find out Jeremy has loved him all along. I wanted to know when Aiden’s feelings began to change. I did have some confusion with Jeremy’s sexual history, but other than that, everything flowed well.
I haven’t read the first book in the series, The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters, but that one seems to overlap this one so I don’t think I missed anything and I feel fine backtracking for it. But I am glad I started here because super excited for Book 3, Knitter in his Natural Habitat, and I do think this one needs to be read first.
Highly recommend the audio version of this!