38-41 Granby Knitting Series by Amy Lane

Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters

This is the only series that I have found that incorporates a wool mill into the books in a meaningful way. Given that, it is a gay romance with some touching and heartbreaking scenes. This book is not m/m to the exclusion or derision of other types of couples, if anything the orientation is just taken as fact and treated as any other couple. That is not to say that this book does not include any graphic sex, they all seem to.
This is the start of a decent series, if you don’t mind M/M romance. The characters are a little odd, but I love that it is set in a wool mill with very accurate (to my knowledge) explanations of the processes involved.

How to Raise an Honest Rabbit

This is the only series that I have found that incorporates a wool mill into the books in a meaningful way. Given that, it is a gay romance with some touching and heartbreaking scenes. This book is not m/m to the exclusion or derision of other types of couples, if anything the orientation is just taken as fact and treated as any other couple. That is not to say that this book does not include any graphic sex, they all seem to.
This is a good story about a man who emotionally beats himself up, but really is a good man after all. As the characters grow up, physically in some cases and emotionally in others, you can’t help but like them a little more. It really is a short book, but there is quite a bit of emotional development.

Knitter in His Natural Habitat

This is the only series that I have found that incorporates a wool mill into the books in a meaningful way. Given that, it is a gay romance with some touching and heartbreaking scenes. This book is not m/m to the exclusion or derision of other types of couples, if anything the orientation is just taken as fact and treated as any other couple. That is not to say that this book does not include any graphic sex, they all seem to.
This is a story of a gay playboy that happens to run a knitting store for a lovely woman who decides that he is tired of his club hopping ways. He takes up knitting, he loved the colors but never thought of knitting before, and finds himself. Then things begin to heat up! This was a pretty good read, there are certainly some heart-breaking scenes in there but the overall book was good.

Blackbird Knitting in a Bunnies Layer

This is the only series that I have found that incorporates a wool mill into the books in a meaningful way. Given that, it is a gay romance with some touching and heartbreaking scenes. This book is not m/m to the exclusion or derision of other types of couples, if anything the orientation is just taken as fact and treated as any other couple. That is not to say that this book does not include any graphic sex, they all seem to.
This book in particular is a poignant look at two characters that became a couple in the second book in the series. They are very sweet characters and I enjoyed reading about them as they grew as people. There are some elements of one of the other characters pregnancy, she is female, and some other background drama that can be heart wrenching. This was a decent read, and I really enjoyed the Fiber Arts aspect of the book!

Happy Reading!

23/100 Prince of the Moon by Megan Derr

This is a heart wrenching book, I found myself crying for the prince at one point.  In this book taking out the crimes of the mother on the son is taken to the extreme.  While the prince is allowed to grow up and there is no physical abuse visited upon him the effects of neglect and emotional abuse are certainly present.  Then one day a man comes, a witch, that the prince had written to so that he could break the curse his mother laid upon the land.  From there love blooms, well you’ll have to read the rest to find out how it turns out.

There were a couple of scenes of graphic sex, but most of the plot was heart rending and sweet.  If you like a good Gay Romance with a fragile prince and the dashing witch come to rescue him *except that’s not why he really came* then this is a good book for you.

20/100 The Painted Crown by Megan Derr

It’s like it is my fate to be reading about depressing characters right now.  Admittedly things perk up but at the beginning the self-flagellation in this book can be a bit much to take.  Really, the Prince is having a tough time of it, but things do get better.  I enjoyed reading much of this book, partially because there wasn’t that much explicit sex.  Okay a bit toward the end, but this book took a very good perspective on Demi-Sexuals and individuals that need to have a deep emotional connection before sex even enters into things.

This was a very good book.  Full of emotional turmoil and a lot of adventure.  It is fairly fast paced with a good amount of angst thrown in.  If you are in a bad mental place then don’t read this book.  If you like reading about angst and self-flagellation then this is a good fit for you.

19/100 A Tooth For a Fang By Liv Olteano

This book sort of sucked.  Admittedly there was a lot of character development. I really began to feel for the characters but then they would do something stupid or insensitive and there goes my sympathy right out the window.  I really do like the universe.  Most of the characters are funny and easy to get along with.  Honestly, Travis might not be a complete jerk however his is not that far from it.  For Rick this is a very confusing time in his life.  He just broke up with an abusive boyfriend/boss, goes on vacation, is thrown into the paranormal world, then before his 2 week adjustment period is over he has Travis as his mate throwing him into the paranormal world and confusing the heck out of him with hormones and mating drives.  Then Travis goes and does something sweet (not to mention the tantalizing hints that Travis has been messed with on the partner front).

There are parts that are quite amusing, but really, if you want an emotional roller coaster combined with a lot of really explicit sexual innuendo (I skipped over as much as I could without losing the plot) Then this is the book for you.  One of the very few positives that this book has going for it is the utter lack of Mary Sue’s.  Nothing in this book is perfect, finding your mate isn’t a done deal (you can still hate them) the Lycans and Were’s can make mistakes, the stinky troll is a sweetheart, there are faults and flaws throughout this book.  Since I like my escapism there was a little too much reality for my taste, but the overall plot was not bad.

If you like your characters flawed, don’t mind Gay, can stand mentions of explicit sexual congress, and are okay with mentions of abuse then this is the book for you.  I wasn’t in the mood for a traumatic read but got one anyway.

12 Books So Far

If you have problems with Gay Romance in any form this post is not for you.

Due to my new crafting goal my reading goal temporarily fell by the wayside.  Since I had a few days where I was miserably ill and could not do much more than sulk in bed and read my reading goal has gained some progress.  I reiterate that this year I plan on reading a little bit of everything.  I do not know what it is about this time of year, but I do tend to start out with Gay Romance.  If I follow my past pattern I will then go back to some of my favorites, work my way into a new series obsession, taper off during the summer, then do a frantic read in the fall.  Oh well, maybe things will be different this year, though the Gay Romance part is staying the same.

So Far, I have re-read several books by Megan Derr: Midsummer Baker, Suitable Replacement, Backwoods Asylum,  and With Pride.  In addition I have re-read Dragon Groomer, by Amber Kell.  I have also read several new books by Derr:

The Stable Boy   is essentially a book of a man betrayed by those he should be able to trust forced to sneak his way back to the position that is rightfully his.  Of course there is a curse and mercenaries trying to kill him standing in his way.  All the while his fiance is being tricked by the usurper that betrayed him and took his place.  For all of the high drama this really does read like a bodice ripper, except that all parties concerned in the romance are male.  This is some blatant sex but, as always, I skipped over those parts as much as I was able.

Once Upon a Dream is essentially a collection of short stories that ‘gay up’ traditional fairy tales.  None of these stories have much in the way of character development, they are just a slightly light-hearted poke at traditional fairy tales. This is some blatant sex but, as always, I skipped over those parts as much as I was able.

The High King’s Golden Tongue  is a fast paced book that leads the main characters through a good bit of trauma but everything resolves itself in the end, as a good romance novel should.  *Spoiler alert* Though the high king at first does not take the suitor presented to him seriously, he expected a soldier and instead received a scholar, he quickly becomes aware of the mistakes he has made.  There is some high drama, and emotional trauma, in this fast paced book, but for the most part this book is an easy, enjoyable read. This is some blatant sex but, as always, I skipped over those parts as much as I was able.

The Engineered Throne is an interesting tale of a noble son abused almost from birth by his drunken father, neglected by his drug addled mother, being given the opportunity to marry a prince.  Of course the Noble Son has already made much of himself in the army and engineering corps.  His regiment is quite capable of building bridges and taking down buildings with equal skill.  Naturally the course of love is never smooth and this fairly fast paced novel is riddled with emotional trauma and death defying feats. I confess that this book kept me up most of the night, just to see how the emotional trauma would resolve.  This is some blatant sex but, as always, I skipped over those parts as much as I was able.

Blood in the Water is simply a retelling of The Little Mermaid with some elements of the original version rather than Disney style.  A young mermaid thinks that she fell in love with a handsome prince so she asks the wicked water witch to grant her legs to win his love.  However this is not where we enter, we enter when the mermaid’s brother is called upon by their father to fix the mess she has gotten herself into before she is killed by the witches spell.  The rest of the situation fixes itself rather nicely if you keep in mind it is a Gay Romance.

The Rapier Brothers This was quite an interesting novel.  Each of three brothers, how they view their lives, and stations.  When you first read about these brothers it is easy to cast one as the bad guy, one as the fop, and one has the scullery maid, however this does not explore the complexity present in each of their situations.  For a book that is not very long Derr does provide you with ample opportunities to empathize with each of the brothers and their plights.  I really enjoyed this fast paced novel, a light read even if there are some pathos.

Spell Weaver  Is the last new book by Derr I have read so far.  I will confess, this is a light read as most of Derr’s books are.  Some of the trauma is a little more blatant since the main character is given the option of paying 20% more rent or giving sexual favors to his landlord in addition to only having enough to eat a single meal a day.  Most of the plot goes well, the ending is a little too ‘damsel in distress’ for my tastes.  Everything works out in the end, so I guess all’s well that ends well…if a bit unsatisfying.   This is some blatant sex but, as always, I skipped over those parts as much as I was able.

45/100 Impractical by Megan Derr

ImpracticalThis was a pretty good romance novel.  Two plots intertwining to make a decent story.  Despite the two plots vying for attention the end result was a decent read, rife with a little too much sex and a bit of intrigue.  Watching the characters dance around each other and develop a bit of personality was amusing.  Not what I would consider her best writing but not very bad at all.  A decent read.

44/100 A Suitable Replacement by Megan Derr

Suitable ReplacementA man returns home from his three-year study abroad to meet his sister’s fiance.  The fiance is wondering where his friend, and bride to be, currently is and demands answers of the newly returned brother.  Add in dashes of magic, royalty, a couple of scandals, and you have a pretty good book.  If the newly returned brother was a sister, or the fiance female, then this would be a sweet romantic addition mentioned in romance quarterly.  As it is, the plot moves very quickly without everyone jumping into bed.  The misunderstandings and confusion add a decent amount of depth to the novel.  On the down side you really just want to throttle them both at times and say ‘communication!’  Other than that this is a fairly cute romance novel, a bit of sex but most of the story takes place outside of the bedroom.