Series: Portland Heat #4
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Page Count: 112
Published: Lyrical Shine, April 12, 2016
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…
Oh dear. It’s been quite a while since I finished this story but I put thoughts down right after I finished lest I get lost in the expected-yet-no-less-affecting emotional turmoil later. This was a sweet story. One of the biggest and sweetest suprises for me was one of the heroes, calm and collected Evren. He happened to be Turkish, and guess who else could relate? Yep, reading a character from your own country is, as you might expect, not something I come across in my reads. So yeah, that was a nice surprise. So far in the books I’ve read, I’ve had to decipher Scottish dialect, ask my sis for translations of French words, tried to use my rusted Italian to understand words in Spanish, but this was the first ever in a book there were foreign words, so to speak, and this reader knew their exact meaning. What a pleasant feeling.
It should be no secret that I really love Annabeth Albert’s Portland Heat series. I’ve been reading them since book one, and what I expected to be sweet, short and to the point, pleasant romances turned out to be deeper than they appeared. I think in almost all of them I must’ve gotten teary eyed at least once, and simply had that connection with the characters that every reader looks for. And KNIT TIGHT was no exception. Never mind Evren being Turkish, though having seen firsthand just how difficult it could be to be a gay man in the country, I also felt a great deal of sympathy for Brady. He was a young man who tried to stay upright under the pressure of a family on his shoulders-three little kids and a teenage sister.
These two meet at the most tumultuous times of their lives, and try to make it work in a maze of emotional drama. I admired their strength, and adored their friendship-despite Evren’s initial struggles against it- and their romance.
As I sit with my too-used tissue next to me, I’m adding four spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge, and try not to remember the sleepless nights I’ve had thinking of all the food that’s mentioned here. I swear, when this diet is done, I’m going on a binge of baklava.
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