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New Release Review! KNIT TIGHT by Annabeth Albert (Portland Heat #4)

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Title: Knit Tight 
Author: Annabeth Albert
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Genre: LGBT
Format: Ebook

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


This was such a sweet romance!

It didn’t exactly start out that way–well, it did, and then it veered temporarily into “What the heck?” territory, but by the ending it was back to sweetness. Evren just needed to get his head out of his butt over Brady’s being a bisexual and learn to truly let others (mainly, but not strictly limited to, Brady) in to help him with all of the crap that life was sending his way, and then everything was back to feel-good romance land again.

Well, except for the part that made me cry.

But then Brady and Ev were back to making me sigh happily, so… 🙂

I loved Brady’s character–not much of a surprise, since we see the whole book from his point of view (with the exception of the small snippets of Ev’s knitting blog which we get at the beginning of every chapter except the first one–loved this device, BTW!). He’s got so much on his plate, with his four younger siblings that he’s been responsible for since the death of their parents–seven-year-old twin girls, a ten-year old brother, and nineteen-year-old sister who helps up to a point, but who also wants to be a “normal” nineteen-year-old girl. Between work and his family, his dating life has been nonexistent. And then he sees Ev across the busy coffee shop…

Ev’s a bit harder to like at times. At first he’s all cute and flirty–until he finds out Brady’s orientation. He’s had bad experiences with two bisexuals, and says he won’t chance it again and shuts Brady down. But then he decides friendship is doable, only they both clearly want more…anyway, he’s lucky that Brady is patient. And that he really, really likes him. It also doesn’t hurt that Ev’s so good with kids… 😉

This was my first book from this author, but it won’t be my last! Even though it’s 4th in the series, Knit Tight worked just fine as a standalone.

Rating: 4 / B+

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Meet the Author:


Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

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Tour Schedule:

Tuesday, April 12 – Book featured at A Title Wave
Wednesday, April 13 -Book featured at Harmonious Publicity
Thursday, April 14 – Book featured at Voodoo Princess
Friday, April 15 – Guest blogging at Write and Take Flight
Monday, April 18 – Book featured at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, April 19 – Interviewed at The Review From Here
Wednesday, April 20 – Book featured at I’m Shelf-ish
Thursday, April 21 – Book featured at Quest for More
Friday, April 22 – Book featured at From Paperback to Leatherbound
Monday, April 25 – Book featured at E-Romance News
Tuesday, April 26 – Book featured at My Bookish Pleasures
Wednesday, April 27 – Book featured at The Literary Nook
Thursday, April 28 – Book featured at A Taste of My Mind
Friday, April 29 – Guest blogging at Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews
Monday, May 2 – Book featured at The Dark Phantom
Tuesday, May 3 – Book featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner
Wednesday, May 4 – Book featured at Book Cover Junkie
Thursday, May 5 – Book featured at A Holland Reads
Friday, May 6 – Book featured at A Bookworm Lodge
Monday, May 9 – Book featured at Around the World in Books
Tuesday, May 10 – Interviewed at Curling Up with a Good Book
Wednesday, May 11 – Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Thursday, May 12 – Book featured at The Hype and the Hoopla
Friday, May 13 – Book reviewed at Alpha Book Club
Monday, May 16 – Book reviewed at Becky on Books

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