“Happiness is a warm blanket.” – Charles Schulz
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 244 Pages
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: After three years of waiting for “rabbit” Jeremy to commit to a life in Granby—and a life together—Aiden Rhodes was appalled when Jeremy sustained a nearly fatal beating to keep a friend out of harm’s way. How could Aiden’s bunny put himself in danger like that?
Aiden needs to get over himself, because Jeremy has a long road to recovery, and he’s going to need Aiden’s promise of love every step of the way. Jeremy has new scars on his face and body to deal with, and his heart can’t afford any more wounds.
When their friend’s baby needs some special care, the two men find common ground to firm up their shaky union. With Aiden’s support and his boss’s inspiration, Jeremy comes up with a plan to make sure Ariadne’s little blackbird comes into this world with everything she needs. While Jeremy grows into his new role as protector, Aiden needs to ease back on his protectiveness over his once-timid lover. Aiden may be a wolf in student’s clothing and Jeremy may be a rabbit of a man, but that doesn’t mean they can’t walk the wilds of Granby together.
Review: There are a variety of things I could start off saying about this book: I could talk about all the ways in which I love that Amy Lane has taken a frightened, wanting, needing, hoping, and now desperately honest man and transformed him from an aimless grifter to the man who’s fully grounded and entirely invested in his desire to live somewhere far enough away from his past that he lives well enough to be worthy of the people he loves. I could talk about all the ways that man’s kindness and courage and conscience led him to sacrifice himself so he could feel he’d put paid to a karmic debt that nearly cost him is life while offering others a future.
I could talk about the ways in which the stains on this man’s conscience so completely contrast his innocence, the way his inability to trust that he deserves to be loved and to be a part of the family that’s built itself around him, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, contrasts so completely with the fact that he’s loved so fiercely.
I could talk about the ways in which this small town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains has become this vast world where readers can go and feel as though they’re visiting with old friends; where everyday things such as simply existing, a baby being born, reaching out and extending a helping hand to those in need are things that don’t weave their way into a story filled with action and suspense; that’s not this book. This book is home.
I could talk about so much more, but suffice it to say Blackbird Knitting in a Bunny’s Lair is happiness, the Granby Knitting Series is happiness, and it succeeds in taking all that happiness and wrapping itself around you like a warm blanket.
This book is Amy Lane’s unique and wonderful way of taking all the pain and family and friendships and joy she can collect and then knitting it all around her readers within the furry-wooly context of a warm hug of words that snug up next to our hearts and make us smile and sigh. She’s taken a man who’s terrified to believe and paired him with a man who’s bossy and stubborn and sometimes impatient, and is a little terrified himself of losing the only man he’s ever loved.
Sentimental? You bet it is, and I loved every single word of it.