The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters

The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing CrittersTitle: The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters (Granby Knitting, #1)
Author: Amy Lane and Philip Alces (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: September 24th 2014
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5

Blurb:A Gay Book Reviews 5+ star read!

A Granby Knitting Novella

Rance Crawford is an alpaca rancher, fiber mill owner, and self-proclaimed grumpy bastard. When sweet, charming tenderfoot Ben McCutcheon moves onto Crawford’s rural road, Rance is very aware that Ben makes it a grand total of two gay men in their tiny town, and even though he is instantly, painfully smitten, any move he makes could be simply chalked up to being hard up. Using his best weapon and favorite skill, Crawford launches an awkward, wordless effort to make sure Ben is kept warm during the cold Colorado winter, every last piece of him – especially his heart.

Belens Audio Book Review

Rance Crawford is an alpaca and sheep rancher, owns a fiber mill, does most of his own spinning along with his best friend (the appropriated named) Ariadne, and has the social skills of an amoeba. I loved this character so much it’s not even funny.

When charming and socially adept Ben McCutcheon inherits his great-aunt’s property next door, Rance is suddenly floored by this vibrant and beautiful man. So much so that he immediately moves out of his comfort zone to woo Ben. With his knitting.

I’ll tell you this book made me want to learn how to knit. Even though it hasn’t got a lot of steam at first, the UST is there, and the steams builds until it finally explodes. Deliciously so. Full of feel good moments and low on angst I absolutely LOVED this story.

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More than that though, I ADORED the narration by Philip Alces. I’ve never listened to him before, but WOW was I impressed. I loved everything from start to finish and wouldn’t change a thing.



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Copy generously provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.


I am a sarcastic, opinionated and filthy-mouthed book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I just love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), I like a little BDSM when I’m in the mood and love a good ménage story. I go hetero too…I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Perfect Imperfections Forging the Future Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots Wolfsong
How to Walk Like A Man  After School Activities When I Grow Up Carry the Ocean The Lightning-Struck Heart
Red Dirt Heart The Shearing Gun Manties in a Twist The Half of Us Dirty Heart
Ethan who Loved Carter Fast Connection The Mating of Michael Fight the Tide Sunset Park

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