Title: Granby Knitting Stories
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 524 Pages
At a Glance: A well rounded series with fun knitting patterns included!
Reviewed By: Angel
Blurb: Alpaca rancher and fiber mill owner Rance Crawford is instantly smitten with his brand-new neighbor Ben McCutcheon, in The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters; he just has to find a good way to show his interest. Jeremy, an ex-con hanging on to his last bit of hope, thinks life might be looking up when Rance Crawford offers him a job, in How to Raise an Honest Rabbit, but when Jeremy meets Aiden and his past comes knocking, will Jeremy have the courage to stay and fight? Stanley is stuck in a rut, in Knitter in His Natural Habitat, unsure if he’s happy with his personal life or his professional life as a floor designer for craft stores; then Johnny into his life, trailing a dark past, and Stanley has to decide what he’s willing to give up to keep Johnny. In Blackbird Knitting in a Bunny’s Lair, Jeremy barely survives a horrific beating, and he’s left with the scars to prove it; between the Jeremy’s long road to recovery and a friend’s baby who needs special care, Aiden and Jeremy might find the common ground necessary to firm up their shaky relationship.
Review: Amy Lane is a new-to-me author, and I enjoyed my introduction to her. I had been a bit leery about reading her, as I had heard that she was considered an Angst Queen and I let that deter me for quite some time. I am glad I didn’t let the name completely put me off her, but she definitely earned it through this series.
I laughed, cried, cheered and had several instances of scorn during my read of this bundle. I thoroughly enjoyed Rance and Ben in Winter Courtship. In fact, this book was my favorite out of the entire series. I adored Rance and his cantankerous ways, and the fall he took to get Ben. Ben was such a joy, and fun. I loved that he was the polar opposite of Craw, and they just worked for me on so many levels. I wanted more of this couple, so much more than I got with the series.
Aiden. Ah, Aiden. I so love Aiden, too. He was smart and determined and just a force of nature, but I wasn’t so fond of Jeremy. There was just something about him that I couldn’t quite make myself like about the character, but I stuck with him as he fell for Aiden. I still think Aiden deserved better, but I liked their story well enough. This couple is when I began to learn Amy Lane lived up to the name, and I was glad to see their entire story in Honest Rabbit and Blackbird. Both of these books were lovely, but I still yearned for Craw and Ben.
Finally, as much as I hate to say it, Stanley and Johnny were my least favorite of the group. I liked the characters individually but not as a couple. I have friends like Stanley, and they can be quite bitter at times, so the insta-love, I think, is what put me off the couple. Johnny was the classic mobster with a heart of gold, but they just didn’t work well for me as a couple.
All the characters make an appearance in each of these lovely stories, and I devoured each instant with Ben and Craw the most. It was fun to read them all together, back to back, and I’ll definitely check out more of Amy Lane’s work.
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