Review - Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert

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Knit Tight (Portland Heat series)

Knit Tight (Portland Heat series)
by Annabeth Albert

Tagged: Novella

Brady seems to be one of the rare Portland baristas who doesn't aspire to be something else. He is good at his job, and in any case, raising his three younger siblings after his mother dies doesn't leave him any time to consider something else. Once a week the coffee shop hosts the ladies from the knitting shop down the street. “Knit Night” isn't exactly Brady's favorite night to work, but it keeps the shop busy. However, when the nephew of the knit shop's owner stops by one night, he instantly captures Brady's attention. Evren seems to push all of Brady's buttons. The two men have a lot in common, as well as some fundamental differences, and they're both dealing with family issues that consume most of their time, so it seems that despite a strong mutual attraction, nothing can happen, right?

“Knit Tight” isn't your usual romance story. Although it does manage to trot out a few of the standard clichés, such as two people sensing an instant connection across a crowded room, the book does manage to avoid many of the well-trodden romance tropes. While Brady and Evren may have some common interests, they aren't the perfect fit that so often appears in romance. Their differences are real enough and significant enough to give both men pause about the wisdom of pursuing a relationship. In the end, these issues are not what really gets in the way of romance, and here again the usual plot devices are avoided. What keeps Brady and Evren apart is not some dark, overly dramatized secret, it's just the perhaps mundane but very real pressures of dealing with the other things going on in their lives that they can't ignore. Brady has his three primary-school aged siblings to take care of, with only his younger sister to help, while Evren is dealing with his elderly aunt's terminal illness.

As you've probably already guessed, the characters in this book are complex and multi-dimensional. The story is related from Brady's point of view, and we quickly learn that he's not your stereotypical Portland barista — someone who is just working the job until his stall at the Saturday market takes off, or his band makes it big — Brady has a family to support, he's very good at his job, and he doesn't really know how to do anything else. Evren is a bit more of an enigma to the reader, but that's exactly what he is to Brady as well. We really do get to know Evren through Brady, so we only know what Brady manages to work out. It's a quite natural depiction of how two people get to know each other.

There aren't many sex scenes in the book. Given their situations, Brady and Evren's encounters are mostly short and furtive, but there is a tinge of kink to their more intimate encounters. Brady is surprisingly submissive and Evren seems to know how to use that. However, kink is not a central theme of the story, or even the relationship, so I haven't tagged this with a D/s label. Just be warned that the story includes a bit more spice than the warm and fuzzy cover might suggest.

Although part of a series, the book is a stand-alone work that you can pick up without having read the other books of the series. “Knit Tight” is available from Amazon.

Posted in Book Reviews on April 19, 2016