Author ~ Annabeth Albert
Publisher ~ Lyrical Shine
Publication Date ~ 12th April 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/m Romance
It’s no secret that Portland, Oregon, has some of best restaurants, shops, and cafés in the country. But it’s the hard-working men who serve it all up that keep us coming back for more...
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…
Knit Tight is a MM contemporary romance and the fourth book in Annabeth Albert’s Portland Heat series. I am a huge fan of this series and this author with her fun and heart-warming books that leave you clenching your heart and happily sighing. This book was no exception. From the first page I was hooked and wanted to see just how things would play out between the coffee barista with more than he can handle on his plate and the sexy freelance knitwear designer who has recently come to Portland to look after his ailing aunt.
Twenty-three year old Brady, a talented coffee barista, has a lot on his plate. After both his parents died in an accident, keeping his family together and raising his younger siblings all fell on him. To say that he has an extraordinary amount of responsibility on his young shoulders would be an understatement. But, what other choice does he have? His siblings depend on him. Needless to say, Brady has absolutely no time for a social life. Forget about dating!
Brady meets twenty-eight year old Evran at the weekly Knit Night event held at the coffee shop. Every week a horde of ladies descend on the shop with their baskets to commune and discuss all things knitting. A big part of this event is Evran’s aunt who is the owner of the local yarn shop. Evran has come to Portland for an indefinite amount of time to assist his aunt who is going through cancer treatments. The attraction between Brady and Evran is immediate; however, both men have a lot to deal with in their personal lives. Plus, there is also the fact that Evran does not date bisexual men which Brady happens to be. Is it even worth it for our two protagonists to give in to the connection they seem to share? Is it just heartbreak waiting to happen?
When the attraction between the pair becomes too hot to handle, Evran and Brady can’t help but venture down the road of lust and flirtation. Finding the time for each other proves to be an uphill battle. With Brady’s familial obligations and Evran’s aunt’s health going downhill with each passing day, can they learn to rely on each other for the comfort and companionship they are both so desperately craving? Brady was such a lovable and vibrant character despite his situation. He was the one that definitely pushed for more. Despite his hesitations, Evran could not help but give in and succumb to Brady’s charms. I loved how they both slowly chipped away at all the carefully-placed layers that were guarding their hearts. This was a tender, sweet and sexy tale as we watch the two men go from a friends type of situation to something more. Can both men learn that it is okay to accept help and allow someone in enough to see them at their most vulnerable?
All in all, Knit Tight was a wonderful addition to this series. I love how real the characters this author creates seem to be. Brady and Evran were no exception. They had their flaws but in the end all that matters is finding someone who accepts you, the good and the bad. Someone who wants you to fulfill your dreams and perhaps make some new ones with you. This is definitely a series to check out for lovers of the M/M genre. Highly recommended.
Faith. It was such a funny, strange thing. For so long, I’d had none, and he’d almost had too much, but now we’d both found the one thing worth going all in on: us. What started as a small thread, the skinny yarn Ev used for socks, was now a hefty ball of hopes and dreams and a future we were going to make happen.
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