65/100 A Tangled Yarn by Betty Hechtman

This fifth book in the yarn retreat series is awesome.  It really is better if you read these books in order, but I don’t have 3&4 on Kindle so I have to read them in paperback.  I’ll go back and read them soon!  You can easily read these out of order if you do not mind spoilers, the characters are fun and funny.  The crafts mentioned tend to be interesting, I wound up learning finger crochet and arm knitting when my mom read the books, and the personality conflicts keep everyone hopping.  With all of the pressure on Casey during these retreats, balancing baking, the retreat, a murder investigation, and two guys interested in her, she must just sleep between retreats!

If you ‘re looking for a fun, fast paced, fiber oriented mystery then this is the book for you.  There is a bit of romance, but it occurs at a reasonable pace.  In Romance Novels boy meets girl, or boy, or girl meets girl, and the next thing you know you have to skip five pages+ for a graphic sex scene.  There is none of that here, though something is alluded to from book 3 or 4 so I’d better get reading!

Happy Reading!

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64/100 Silence of the Lambs Wool by Betty Hechtman

This is one of the funniest books I have read in a while. The constant series of mishaps that occurs every time this poor woman tries to put on an event. If you don’t mind a little murder with your crafting, and a few quirky characters then this is the series for you. They do not get into the crafting in much detail, don’t expect to learn how to spin from this book, but you get a decent overview into how much work these various crafts really are/can be.
Between the quirky characters, the fast paced plot, the bumbling shop owner/baker, and the murders (don’t forget the murders) this is a decent book. I really enjoy reading about people that have the same passions as myself.

60/100 The Painted Crown by Megan Derr

This is a gay romance, if that offends you do not read this book.
This novel of political intrigue, people trying to find their way, heartbreak, and newfound love is worth a second look. This author manages to balance her characters, giving them enough flaws to seem real without making them out to be horrible people. The prince, reviled by his own father, is to be held captive by their enemies for several years. They tell him they will treat him as an honored guest, but their resentments begin to get the better of them, they do better later on. While the prince is feeling lonely a friend stumbles upon him. This new person is having issues and, unknowingly, asks the prince for advice. This causes friendship, and later more, to bloom. If I tell any more I’ll give away the good parts, but suffice it to say the prince’s new friend has a couple of secrets of his own.
There is gay sex toward the end of this book, if that offends then don’t read or skip those parts.
Happy reading.

 

48/100 Vengeance in Death by J.D. Robb

Eve does not really believe in Vengeance. She believes in justice, and that you don’t have to like someone to do the right thing. I think this is why I like her so very much. She is compassion even as she embodies justice and doesn’t let one get in the way of serving the other. I love how tough Eve is, how stubborn Summerset is and how they begin to learn more about each-other. The plot is good, the little digs about Catholicism are a bit annoying but honestly the Church has always been a good, easy target. Let her write about a killer based on the teachings of another religion like Buddhism, Muslim, or even Baptists; just wait for the outrage to sound. But two books (that I can remember) where the killer perverted the Catholic Church, well that’s alright. I know, it sounds like whining, but the facts stand. Other than that, if you don’t take all Catholics as mass murderers (and to be fair she wrote a book about Satanism too) then I really is a good book. The plot is eventful and, well I don’t want to spoil it…but I felt sorry for the killer. Hard to say, but true. Happy Reading.

46/100 Purity in Death by J.D. Robb

This was a great book that I had forgotten existed.  I was looking for the second appearance of Jamie Lingstrom, thinking that the book with Deena McMasters was his second appearance, I had completely forgotten about this book. I vaguely remembered some of the events and their consequences but this book went largely ignored by me.  It is lovely to go back and re-read these books.  Since I, unfortunately, do not find myself with the time to actually sit and read, I am listening to them on audio.  Admittedly it is a pain to have to fast forward past the steamy bits while I’m driving, the rest of the books are lovely.  I will soon look into getting all of the older books that I am missing on audio and see how I like them.

For a fast paced murder mystery full of intrigue and a lovely central couple this is a great read.

Happy Reading

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!

26/100 Loup Garou by Mandy M. Roth

This was barely more than a waste of time.  The premise was interesting, the characters had some potential and if time had been spent developing them this might have been an interesting book.  I can overlook some graphic sex, but when the majority of your plot line is jumping from one bout to another I get bored.  There were some interesting parts about being part-fey part-vampire; as well as childhood secrets.  There was just enough potential for me to keep reading, but I certainly cannot recommend this book unless you like a lot of sex.