A Granby Knitting Novella
Stanley’s life took a left turn at a knitting shop and hit a dead end. The closest thing he’s had to a relationship breaks things off to date a “nice boy,” and none of the pretty young things in Boulder’s limited gay scene do it for Stanley. He needs to reevaluate whether working as a floor designer for a series of craft stores is really where he wants to be.
Then Stanley does a peculiar thing: he starts to live the life he fell into. Stitch by stitch, he knits his life into something meaningful. Just when he does, Johnny, the store’s new delivery boy, walks in.
Johnny is like no one Stanley has ever met: he doesn’t believe in quickies in the bathroom and has a soft spot for theater and opera. There has to be a catch. When Johnny’s dark past comes back to haunt them, Stanley realizes how much he loves his cushy life in the yarn store—but he’ll give it all up to keep the man who makes his ordinary life extraordinary.
A good solid read from Ms. Lane. I think book #3, How to Raise an Honest Rabbit, is still my favorite of this series, but I enjoyed this one. Not super steamy but nice relationship development, if a bit fast. More of getting to know Stanley than the two of them together. That was okay, since it made it more the story of Stanley maturing and finding love, although I would have liked to get to know Johnny better. Although book #1, The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters, was meh for me, I am glad that I met Stanley in passing to at least have a basis. Similarly, we knew some about Johnny from Jeremy’s book.
Not much to say other than that. It’s the same narrator as the other books, and I still like him. I do think that he could have done a better of job of making Johnny’s voice more uniquely Italian/East Coast/mobster, as it was relatively neutral, but I wouldn’t have wanted him to sound like a caricature either.
I did accidentally read the blurb for book #5, Blackbird Knitting in a Bunny’s Lair, and unfortunately there was a bit of a spoiler that made the climax of this book less… climactic. But if I hadn’t known I would have been on the edge of my seat, and it was a good lead in to follow up with Aiden and Jeremy in the next book, and I can’t wait! I’ll reiterate that I really like this series in audio format because they’re fairly light and the perfect length for a few days of commuting. It’s not Ms. Lane’s all-time best series, but it’s fun and light and I’m quite smitten with the residents of Granby. Makes me want to take up knitting! GAH!