Book 4, Portland Heat
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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…
Praise for the Portland Heat series
“Tremendously charming and sexy.”—RT Book Reviews on Served Hot, TOP PICK
“A really enjoyable story.”—Joyfully Jay on Baked Fresh
“Sometimes an author just gets everything right…Absolutely perfect.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews on Delivered Fast
I want more Brady and Ev!
Knit Tight is the 4th book in the Portland Heat series but you don’t need to have read the other books to enjoy this one and there is no cliffhanger. I have read all of the books in this series and I loved all of them. Baked Fresh was my favorite but now it’s tied with Knit Tight.
This book stirred up my emotions and just about broke my heart in places. That’s about the highest praise that I can give a book. I know not everyone likes an emotional read but they are my favorite kind of story.
Knit Tight is told in first person POV by Brady. Brady is a barista who works hard and is trying to keep his family together. When his mother and step-father were killed in a car accident he fought to take custody of his younger siblings even though he was still young himself. The love Brady has for his siblings, and his desire to care for them, is amazing.
Evren (Ev) is visiting his aunt Mira to help out with her yarn store while she undergoes treatment for cancer. Customers from Mira’s store visit Brady’s place on Wednesday’s for Knit Night. Things can get pretty wild on Knit Night and Evren steps in to help calm two customers after coffee gets spilled on their knitting projects. Brady is immediately taken with Ev and wants to see him socially not just when he comes for coffee. Things get off to a rocky start when Ev finds out that Brady is bi; Ev doesn’t do bi and he stops coming in to get his daily coffee. They finally agree to be friends and Ev resumes his daily coffee habit.
I wish I was better at putting things into words about how much I liked this book. The way Ms. Albert writes Ev’s dialogue is so good I can “hear” his New York, with a side of Turkish, accent. His speech pattern has a wonderful lilt to it that I really enjoyed.
Another thing I enjoyed about this book is that Evren loves to knit and design patterns. Most chapters begin with a passage from his blog, Evren’s Yarnings, which are fun to read and can be very poignant – especially the ones towards the end of the book.
Brady’s trials and tribulations with his family are skillfully worked in and around his and Ev’s budding relationship. This book is so much more than a story about Brady and Ev. It’s about their love of their respective families and the lengths they are willing to go to for them. I guess I should also mention that the sexy time between Brady and Ev is HOT! :-)
I am amazed at how well developed the characters are in this story – especially since it’s only 132 pages long; it seemed much longer and I definitely mean that in a good way. Portland Heat is a series that I can highly recommend. If you like MM stories with lots of feeling you will love these books.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
A Romantic Coronary RollerCoaster 4.4 /5
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Judging a Book by it's Cover:
Two men in close embrace wearing thick knit sweaters in neutral colors. Title and Author graphic is in contrast to the cover, standing out nicely without being over-powering.
First-person POV from Brady's perspective.
Brady is the top barista at The People's Cup (coffee shop co-owned by Chris [book 3] and Randy. He's the legal guardian to three young siblings and still cares for his eighteen-year old sister. Struggling to keep afloat and always worrying about social services taking the kids, he's been forced to grow up and mature faster in the past year & still doubts himself daily. Evren (Ev, to his friends) returns to town to care for his ailing aunt, Mira. Mira owns the yarn store down the street and started Knit Night that gathers weekly at the coffee shop. Brady and Ev's chemistry is immediate, but Brady's bisexually presents a roadblock for Ev as he's had bad experiences in the past. At last, they both agree they need a friend, who else would understand the pressures of being a sudden, unplanned caregiver to family like one another? The bond of friendship evolves, but hurtles are still in place. It takes a tragedy and a lost opportunity to pull them closer once again, but there are still many choices to be made and obstacles to overcome.
I liked these two. Both men were trying so hard to be strong and independent, but came to learn how much stronger they could be when they had someone on their side, even if it was late-night calls or quick lunch breaks. I'm not a crier, but this one choked me up in a few places... there's real emotion there. For being just over 100 pages, the plot is full and rich, there is enough dynamics and content to truly impress. The secondary characters ranged from whimsical knitters to Brady's varied siblings, each providing another layer of depth and personality to the story. While there were plenty of conflicts and obstacles along the way, they all managed to be resolved in a realistic manner. There was some predictability, but sometimes there are only so many outcomes that can be had, so I am not concerned by this minor issue. The conclusion was solid. All points that I made notes on were addressed in the end, efficiently. A solid and satisfying ending was delivered.
Overall, I very much so enjoyed this installment of the Portland Heat Novellas. It can stand alone, but Annabeth Albert writes such fluid and charismatic books that you'll want to read them all.
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.4 ~ Stars: 4.5, if 1/2s were allowed!
By: Tina J / Happily Ever Chapter
A sweet story with real tear-jerker elements and a slightly too pat ending. But, I read to escape reality where endings are all too often unhappy, so I enjoyed it and will read more from this author. (Wish she'd add a bit more heat though ;0)