Knitter in His Natural Habitat by Amy Lane
Stanley’s life took a left turn at a knitting shop and hit a dead end. The closest thing he’s had to a relationship breaks things off to date a “nice boy,” and none of the pretty young things in Boulder’s limited gay scene do it for Stanley. He needs to reevaluate whether working as a floor designer for a series of craft stores is really where he wants to be.
Then Stanley does a peculiar thing: he starts to live the life he fell into. Stitch by stitch, he knits his life into something meaningful. Just when he does, Johnny, the store’s new delivery boy, walks in.
Johnny is like no one Stanley has ever met: he doesn’t believe in quickies in the bathroom and has a soft spot for theater and opera. There has to be a catch. When Johnny’s dark past comes back to haunt them, Stanley realizes how much he loves his cushy life in the yarn store—but he’ll give it all up to keep the man who makes his ordinary life extraordinary.
This is the fourth book in the Knitting series by Amy Lane. I have enjoyed this series with its humor, real life characters, and its life lessons all wrapped up in knitting. We go outside the insular little farm to the big city of Boulder to Craw’s ex, Stanley. Stanley is aging and is realizing since “losing” Craw that there might be more to life than a steady stream of meaningless sexual hookups. It’s not long after that that he meets Johnny and finally starts opening his heart to a real relationship.
The author’s use of description and referencing it all to knitting is an interesting tactic. I loved seeing all the other couples from the series and getting a little update on life. Stanley wasn’t quite what I was expecting. He wasn’t very solid to me. He kept aging himself with the hair plugs reference. I know that is part of the character because of his life before and how crippling aging is in that world but it really threw me off this character. I didn’t really like him as much as I would have expected. The author has always done well with connecting me to the main characters she writes about. In this case I feel like the story was pushed. It just didn’t flow and contained characters that just didn’t meet up to the usual standards in a book by Amy Lane.
Johnny was…unknown. There is reference to him talking a lot with Stanley but I get very little sense of his character in the overall text of the book. He remains elusive to me within the story. Stanley for all his talk in the book, as the voice of the story, ends up really giving me very little to work with. These characters do not behave like they should in regards to Johnny’s life. WITSEC and yet here goes Stanley telling everyone. Danger comes and Stanley runs out of town to where there is even less protection. It is never explained how danger even follows Stanley when he runs. Then even with these people in jail the danger to Johnny could still be very present. None of the situation there really rang true to me. NONE of it!
When I don’t consider any of the situations with WITSEC then the story is cute, sweet, and shallow. This is a nice enough story but has a bit too many troubles with it. I would consider this a one off for this author though. She has wonderful work even within this series so there is no doubt I will continue to read her and this series.
Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, in Book Review, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, TJ, Two Roses and tagged Amy Lane, Dreamspinner Press, M/M Romance, Novel, Two Roses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.