Title: Blackbird Knitting in a Bunny’s Lair (Granby Knitting #4)
Author: Amy Lane and Philip Alces (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: January 26th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romace
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
After three years of waiting for “rabbit” Jeremy to commit to a life in Granby—and a life together—Aiden Rhodes was appalled when Jeremy sustained a nearly fatal beating to keep a friend out of harm’s way. How could Aiden’s bunny put himself in danger like that?
Aiden needs to get over himself, because Jeremy has a long road to recovery, and he’s going to need Aiden’s promise of love every step of the way. Jeremy has new scars on his face and body to deal with, and his heart can’t afford any more wounds.
When their friend’s baby needs some special care, the two men find common ground to firm up their shaky union. With Aiden’s support and his boss’s inspiration, Jeremy comes up with a plan to make sure Ariadne’s little blackbird comes into this world with everything she needs. While Jeremy grows into his new role as protector, Aiden needs to ease back on his protectiveness over his once-timid lover. Aiden may be a wolf in student’s clothing and Jeremy may be a rabbit of a man, but that doesn’t mean they can’t walk the wilds of Granby together.
This is book #4 in the Granby Knitting series and all about healing, love, and friendship. Once again, Philip Alces narrates with sublime ease and as smooth as good caramel (and as sweetly). The narration is seamless and I listened while driving on the turnpike for hours, which helped with the whole trance-like state.
At the start we find ourselves with Jeremy in the hospital, crying out, and needing, his boy. There’s the long recovery period, Jeremy’s struggle with his rabbiting ways, and Aiden’s frustration and need for Jeremy to recuperate.
NOTE: This is not a stand-alone – make sure to sure to read The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters (Granby Knitting, #1), How to Raise an Honest Rabbit (Granby Knitting, #2), and (especially) Knitter in His Natural Habitat (Granby Knitting, #3) BEFORE starting this one.
What I loved:
The story is told from both Jeremy and Aiden’s POV. I loved getting Aiden’s perspective.
“Don’t save it for later. Wear the scarf now. Craw’ll knit for you. He’ll knit until his fingers shrivel, and when he can’t knit, I’ll knit, and Ariadne’s baby’ll knit. But don’t save love because it’s ‘too special’ to wear. You wear love every day, and it’ll never wear out.” Oh, he believed that. With every touch of his father’s hand to his mother’s face, he believed that about love. With everything in him yearning for Jeremy to come home, to just be there to argue with, Aiden believed that about love.
Catching up with some of the cast of characters. Though, I would have liked to have gotten more time with Stanley and Johnny.
Sweet, broken, damaged Jeremy being the one to think up ways to help Ariadne, Rory, and Persephone even while struggling with his self-worth now that his face (his money-maker) is damaged and subsequently dealing with the fear that he might not be honest enough for the town.
I adored seeing the love, passion and trust between Jeremy and Aiden. Getting a real perspective of their relationship growing from its initial stages into the (hopefully) lifelong bond they’ll share.
What I could have lived without:
I loved a lot about the story, but there were some things that dulled the polish for me a bit. This installment in the series didn’t hold my attention as much as the others did. It was overlong and I struggled with the pacing. Also, the thing I hated most about Jeremy and Aiden’s relationship (Jeremy referring to Aiden as “Boy”) was CONSTANT.
Neither thing is a deal breaker, it just made me put it down twice before resuming. It doesn’t overshadow the loveliness of the story and this (final?) installment rounds out the series nicely.
One of the things in the book is the reference to the Beatles “Blackbird” – Thanks to Amy Lane I had Sarah McLachlan’s version stuck in my head, so I’ll leave you here with a link to that wonderful version of the song.