Book: Knit Tight
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.
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Book: Double Full
Series: Nice Guys #1
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Page Count: 275
Published: Kindle Alexander, October 8, 2013
Source: Hodgepodge Shelf
Up and coming football hero, Colton Michaels, makes a Hail Mary pass one night in the college locker room that results in the hottest, sexiest five days of his young life. However, interference after the play has him hiding his past and burying his future in the bottom of a bottle. While Colt seems to have it all, looks can be deceiving, especially when you’re trapped so far in a closet that you can’t see your way out. When ten years of living his expected fast-lane lifestyle lands him engaged to his manipulative Russian supermodel girlfriend, he decides it’s time to call a new play.
Jace Montgomery single-handily built the largest all-star cheerleading gym in the world, driven by a need to forget a life-altering encounter with a handsome quarterback a decade ago. His reputation as an excellent coach, hard-nosed business man, and savvy entrepreneur earned him respect in the sometimes catty world of competitive cheerleading. When Jace learns of his ex-lover’s plans to marry, his heart executes a barrel roll and his carefully-placed resolve tumbles down without a mat to absorb the shock. Can his island escape help him to finally let go of the past and move his life forward?
This was a surprisingly more emotional book than I expected. Reading the blurb, I thought a somewhat traditional, albeit very much appreciated, romance, but what I got went a little deeper.
We meet the two heroes when they’re in their college years. Despite this book being labeled as New Adult, a genre that’s generally referring to protagonists in their college years, early twenties, and the fact that we spend some considerable time with Jace and Colt during these times, this book was not a New Adult book. I’m specifying this for those who’re meticulous with their genre reading. Even though we see how their deep bond and their relationship started when they’re both in college, the majority of the story takes place ten years later, when both the heroes are in their thirties. I’m hoping this does not count as spoilers. Like I said, for those who’re particular with their reading, this book might be a miss, but I wouldn’t want it to be.
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