Title: Knit Tight (Portland Heat #4)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Expected Publishing Date: April 12, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Page Count: 112
Rating: 3 Stars
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…
♦ Personal Thought ♦
We’re back at People’s Cup coffee shop for the fourth installment of Portland Heat. Two years after his parents’s death barista Brady was still juggling between his job and taking care of his teen sister and three young half siblings. Knit Night at the coffee shop was a mix of hell night and eye-candy time ever since a Knit lady’s nephew Evren joined in. Leaving New York to care for his sick and dying Aunt, Evren also had no much time personal life. He was also wary of Brady’s bisexuality due to past relationship’s failure. But the sparks between them could not be denied.
Both main characters in this book were stand up guys who loved and put family first. There was a few times when Brady’s sister started throwing entitled bratty attitude that had me wish Brady could be stricter. And while I could understand Evren’s wariness, he was rather judgey on Brady’s behalf; and Brady being Brady was too quick in wave away his apology (and it was a lackluster apology at that).
Their slow development from being friends to closer friends to friends who kissed to… something more were, I don’t know, weird I guess. To me it felt like Evren put Brady on a string; he’s ever so eager looking for a sign while Evren, imho, took advantage of. It’s rather one-sided really.
I think this is the third book I read in three month where a gay character couldn’t fully trust the bi one to be faithful and not suddenly changed to safer side. Only this time I didn’t feel as satisfied with the way it resolved and they finally came together.
On the family part, this story was a sweet and emotional mix for both men. Brady’s younger half siblings and Evren’s aunt were endearing. I personally liked this book better because of them (Brady’s sister turned out to be not so bad later on. Much later). All in all, this novella is a nice addition to the series.
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.