15/100 The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur Bearing Mammals by Amy Lane

Original Review: 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.

Slight Update:

I have found several books that involve wool and various processes related to them incorporated in a fictional series.  Often they are under the Cozy Mystery genre, but the details are wonderful anyway.  This book, and the series, do contain a lot of graphic gay sex, which is not really to my taste.  I do still find the characters, what you see of them outside of the sex haze, to be likable and easy to relate to.

If you don’t like graphic sex, or have issues with M/M romance, then stay away from this series, and probably this author.


14/100 Spinning in Her Grave by Molly MacRae

I am really enjoying this series. Once in a while there is a small portion that drags, and I am quite sad that there are only five books to this series. In this installment we open with a man wanting to shoot at people from the upper windows of The Weaver’s Cat. Okay, so he is planning on using blanks and it is a part of a reenactment skit, but still the thought is fairly appalling. Of course Kat refuses, but things never end there. Pretty soon we have spinners, tourists, and a body on the ground. This convoluted, and fun, addition to the series is a great way to while away a few hours with some great friends. For a fun and funny mystery with a lot of crafting check out this book!

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10/100 The Vampire’s Werewolf Bodyguard by Liv Rider

If you ignore the two or three graphic sex scenes then this is a decent gay werewolf/vampire romance.  A werewolf bodyguard is having trouble keeping control of his instincts so he is laid off of his security job for a month.  A vampire drank blood that was tainted in an effort to poison him so his sire decided he needed a bodyguard.  Vampire and werewolf meet, the attraction is instant.  So on, so forth, there is a great twist to the mystery, and the standard ending.  It really wasn’t bad, the world building was there but sort of skimmed over.  I would like to know more about the world that they are in, but I’m not invested enough to actually read another book by this author.  Decent, not great.  This is a very fast paced book with a couple of very graphic sex scenes.  So if you are looking for a light read with some steamy gay bits in there then this is the book for you.

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4/100 The Changeover by Margaret Mahy

This book was the 1984 Carnegie Medal winner.  One of my colleagues has challenged the community college I work at to finish one or both of the reading challenges: Modern Mrs. Darcy as well as Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge. For this book I have decided that it falls under “A book you can read in a day” for Mrs. Darcy, and “A classic of Genre Fiction” For book riot.  Sometimes life takes you in a circle, you remember something about a book and you just HAVE to re-read that book.  This need brings you to another, and another, until you have a set of books that you HAVE to re-read.  Fortunately for me, I was able to find Changeover fairly easily and it was just as enjoyable now as when I was 15.  I do really love the story, which is really strange for me.

This melancholy tale of evil, illness, and a budding romance sort of wound in there, is not the kind of thing I really like to read.  Sad books tend to depress me, but this one seems to have enough hope that I can get over the sorrow.  Even now I cannot tell you why I like this book.  It makes me cry, I despair, I hope, even knowing how things will end.  I really wish that this were part of a series.  That I could find out what happens to Sorry, to Laura.  I hate that there is a conclusion, but no real conclusion.

“Well, I think I love you,” said Laura.  “So maybe that’s what makes the difference.”

If you are looking for a book about sight and insight, a fast paced book, that will rend your heart out of your chest and put it back again then this might be the book for you.  A young girl with a bad feeling watches her little brother wither away knowing that someone can help her, but he isn’t sure that she really needs his help.  All of this set in New Zealand somewhere in the 1980s-1990s.

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1/100 Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

If you enjClean Sweepoy fantasy that isn’t to heavily involved in world-building, those that let you learn about the ‘world’ that the characters inhabit as you read along, then this is the book for you.  While Andrews’ world is very different and complicated the reader/listener is not treated to an hour of someone describing the universe you are thrown into, rather as interesting things come up, werewolves are from outer-space, they are brought up, explained and we move on.  Are you completely immersed, understanding every nuance of this new world, no, but you are certainly intrigued enough to wonder what you will discover in the next novel.

This was a fun, quick read, with fascinating characters and a bright new take on werewolves, vampires, and other fantasy concepts.  If you are looking for a fast, fun, Clean, romance to read, while still discovering a whole new world with amazing characters, then this might be the read for you.   The characters were kick butt without being vulgar or crude.  The depiction of gentlemanly and courtly behaviors were charming without being overdone.  The main character was both feminine and strong, a very hard balance to achieve.  The characters did not tug on my heartstrings, nor did I become emotionally involved in them, but I am still fascinated by them.  I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to listening to the rest.

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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!

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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.