eARC Book Review: Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert

25937705Goodreads Synopsis

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…

I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Before I requested this book I did a bit of research -as we do- and found out that Knit Tight is Part 4 in the Portland Heat series but while it’d be better to read them from the beginning, it reads just as well as a stand alone. Okay, so the basis are covered.

Knit Tight focuses on Brady, world’s best barista, or so his customers think. Brady was an extremely likeable character and I fell in love with him immediately. The way he describes things, fawns over Evren and takes care of his family was so believable. Sometimes I forgot I was reading a fictional book and not going through someone’s real life. All the problems faced in this book, the situations the characters are placed in were totally realistic. This is what I want in a story like this. I have to be clear that this was romance and you all know I feel about that particular genre but this is what I mean when I say, ‘yes, let me continue turning pages’. There were your cliche moments, and I was babysitting while reading this (please do not babysit while reading this book. There’s some major adult content involved and it’s kind of inappropriate), there were your sexy times that was through the roof because of how amazing it was. My point is, and I cannot say this enough; this book was REAL!

Brady being openly bisexual has no problem admitting this and speaking his mind if he feels the other person is being unfair. There is some stigma that Bi people are untrustworthy and indecisive and boy am I glad the issue was addressed in this book.

“I’d choose the one I was in love with and wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I’m not picking an ice cream flavor. Not that it’s going to happen any time soon, but I’d pick a partner. Not a gender.”

And I think this quote right here deserves all the awards. I usually read LGBT stories where the character is either Gay or Lesbian, so seeing a Bisexual character was a welcome change for me.

The emotions I felt while reading this book ranged from ‘Oh no, you didn’t!’ to ‘Girl, grow a pair and face your problems’ with a little bit of ‘OMG I love you two!’. I was major fangirling and I’m not ashamed at all. I laughed a lot throughout this book, I ‘awwed’, I shed a tear or two and I just loved it so much.

When Brady would look at Evren and see perfection, I would think that yes, Evren is a pretty amazing character…of course everyone has flaws and this was dealt with as the story progressed. The author didn’t skirt around it and if a problem/obstacle was placed in front of a character, it didn’t go away. Once again, thank the book gods for realistic fiction!

At the beginning of each chapter after Evren is introduced, we get little snippets from Evren’s blog. I found these refreshing. They weren’t much but they made me smile. Knitter Evren who’s a totally family guy and cares is just perfect! What more could a person ask for?

The supporting characters were pretty great too. They had small roles but were pretty helpful to people in the neighbourhood and I liked seeing this.

This book was amazing and I’m proud to say I did not blush (much) when it came to those *ahem* scenes. I can’t wait to read more of Annabeth Albert’s books.

Read: 8 March 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 12 April 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Annabeth Albert


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