Title: Knit Tight
Author: Annabeth Albert
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Portland Heat, #2
Main Characters: Brady and Evren
Release Date: April 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
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…
My heart hurts for Brady in this book. He's just in such an impossible position with virtually no choices left. He has 4 younger siblings...the oldest is 18, but the other three are still little and can't care for themselves. Their parents died in a car crash leaving this 23 yo trying to hold them all together on a barista's salary...not an easy thing to accomplish.
Evren just moved to Portland to help out his aunt who's just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She's the only family he has left since his family abandoned him when he came out. Luckily, his aunt stepped up and made his life what it is today. He owes her everything.
Neither of these guys are in a place where they can pursue a new relationship, but despite that, they become friends with the chemistry there that wants to become something more...so much so. And their's is not the normal gay romance. There are certain limitations that Evren puts on them which makes their romance much more cerebral than physical and that's somewhat unusual in romance. I kind of liked that.
But with that being said, Evren is a difficult character. There were things about him that I didn't quite understand. He's very meticulous...definitely OCD and he feels very stilted. That makes his character a little bit harder to love. There is so much already standing in the way of a successful relationship between them...adding in his eccentricities made it seem almost impossible. But Annabeth Albert pulled them through believably.
I did love the knitting/coffee backdrop to the story. Although the book is told from Brady's POV, each chapter starts off with a passage from Evren's knitting blog. I loved that *tiny* insight into his mind. I also loved the visuals of what he's creating. Then you know...coffee is ALWAYS a good thing. I loved the idea of all of Brady's latte art.
Overall, it was an entertaining book. It turned out to be much more emotional than I expected, but I like that in my romance reading.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.