Title: Knitter in His Natural Habitat (A Granby Knitting Novella)
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Philip Alces
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 11/14/2012
Audiobook Release Date: 01/11/2014
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
A Granby Knitting Novella
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.
My View – Story:
I started this one without having read any of the previous novellas in this series. I felt lost and did not really connect to any of the characters. If I had continued listening to this one at this point, I would have given this story a poor rating. However, I decided that it wasn’t fair to the author or the reader to do this, so I put this one aside and picked up the previous stories. Once I did this, I had a whole new appreciation for these characters and their story.
In the previous novellas, Stanley came across as an unlikable character. But in this one, the reader gets to know him better and can see that appearances are sometimes deceiving. While Stanley may be bitchy and cold on the outside, he is really a good person just looking for fulfillment in life. While he may not have expressed it well, Stanley was hurt when Craw left him because Stanley was in his own form of a relationship. It was this life event that forced Stanley to take a look at who he was and what he wanted in life. It is this revelation and his subsequent actions that show he is really a good man and a likable character. I really connected with him and felt that while the love story may have been super fast, it wasn’t really for Stanley. He has been waiting his whole life for that connection and Johnny fit into that place.
Johnny on the other hand was a mystery to me at first. His instant insistence on dating Stanley and Stanley alone, and the way he seemed to just know Stanley’s history, confused me somewhat. But then as the story progressed, I started to like the Johnny/Stanley relationship because it showed what a good man Stanley really was. I also loved that this story had snark and humor, but had meat. With Johnny’s past coming back to get him, Stanley is forced to make hard decisions and to grow emotionally to deal with things. It made this a really satisfying relationship.
Finally, I just want to say JEREMY!!! OMG JEREMY! Jeremy stole the show at the end and I love him even more. I can’t wait for the next book.
My View – Narration:
I felt this narrator did a good job on this story. His voices for the characters were distinct and spot on for what I would picture for these men. His accents were great and the emotion came across easily.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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