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Blog Tour: Knit, Purl, a Baby and a Girl by Hattie Bell

Knit, Purl, a Baby and a Girl | Hettie Bell

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Release Date: March 30th, 2021

Publisher: Carina Adores

Buy Links:

Harlequin.com: https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781335688002_knit-purl-a-baby-and-a-girl.html

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Blurb

Some people can’t wait to have babies. They’re ready for it—with their perfect lives and their pregnancy glow…

Poppy Adams doesn’t have a perfect life, and she wasn’t ready for the positive test. An unexpected baby—Poppy’s unexpected baby—won’t exactly have her family doing cartwheels. But she’s making the right choice.

Right?

Poppy’s totally got this. She just needs a little encouragement, and a knitting group is the perfect place to start. Baby blankets, booties, tiny little hats—small steps toward her new life. But she feels like she’s already dropped a stitch when she discovers the knitting group is led by the charismatic Rhiannon.

It’s not exactly a great time to meet the woman who might just be the love of her life. While the group easily shuffles around to make room for Poppy, it’s not so easy fitting her life and Rhiannon’s together. With the weeks counting down until her baby arrives, Poppy’s going to have to decide for herself what truly makes a family.

Excerpt

It doesn’t take long for everybody in the group to set aside their own projects to focus on me and mine.

Grace has my ball of yarn in her hands, twisting the strand between her fingers critically. “If you’re knitting for a baby, you should really consider a nice bamboo…”

Louise is scrutinizing my choice of project. “You know, I started with dishcloths, then graduated to scarves. It’s not as glamorous, but it does let you get the fundamentals down.”

“Oh, my, no.” Mary flips the free pattern card I picked up in the craft store and scans the back with critical eyes. “You don’t want to do this, this is for a completely different weight of yarn than what you’ve got here. Where did you pick this up? They should be putting these patterns next to the suggested yarn. This one calls for fingering. What you need to do is get an account on Ravelry and find a pattern that’s been user-rated so you know it’s accurate and suitable for your skill level, and do that. You can search by yarn weight on there, too. This yarn is a DK…” She pulls out her phone, trailing off as she opens her web browser.

Damian, who has been sitting silently so far, takes this chance to finally speak up. “Do you have needles?” he asks plainly, no judgment in his tone. Nobody else has bothered with that crucial detail to this point.

Now those, at least, I do have. I reach into my purse and pull out the needles I scavenged from my last failed scarf project. I hold them up for the group’s inspection proudly.

“Poppy, no!” they say in unison, and even Damian joins in their exclamation of dismay. “These will never work!”

My shoulders slump. “What? Why?”

Louise clucks at me. “Much too big! Too long for a tiny baby pattern and too thick for this yarn. You’re going to end up with stretched out knitting full of gaps and holes.”

The familiar urge to just give up and quit hits me hard and fast, like a gut punch. I gust out a breath, slumping in my seat.

A hand closes around my shoulder. Rhiannon. “Hey, don’t feel bad. First time I tried to knit, I got my needles secondhand from the thrift store and accidentally bought two different sizes.” She laughs and shakes her head. “Here. If you don’t mind that they’re not high-tech Addi Turbos, you can borrow some needles from me.”

“She needs a pattern first,” Mary puts in. “And personally I think she should start by knitting mittens before she graduates to booties.”

“I guess that sounds all right.” I know they’re just trying to help, but I feel overwhelmed and outnumbered. But what would the alternative be? For them to sit there focused on their own projects, socializing with each other and ignoring me as I struggle?

It’s Rhiannon, once again, who calms the chaos, both the stuff going on around us and the stuff in my head. “Okay, okay, give the girl some space, now. Mary, can you search Ravelry for a pattern for a set of mittens and booties? And Grace and Louise, can you wind Poppy’s skein real quick so she doesn’t get stuck untangling yarn barf on her very first project?” My fellow stitch n’ bitch members nod, immediately turning to their tasks. She turns to me. “I left my straight needles with the rest of my stuff back at my place. It’s just a short walk from here. You wanna come and keep me company?”

“You’ll need a size five needle by the looks,” Mary calls, eyes glued to her phone.

Rhiannon looks at me expectantly, awaiting my answer. I get the sense that if I said no to her invitation, she’d be totally cool about it. But I don’t want to say no.

“Sure, yeah. Can I leave my stuff here?”

“We’re not leaving any time soon,” Damian flaps a hand. “Go, go. Sooner you go the sooner you get back, sooner you get back the sooner you can get started, and the sooner you get started, the more time you have knitting with people who can pick up your dropped stitches.”

“Gotcha.” I nod. “Thanks.”

“Ready?” Rhiannon asks. She grabs a cookie for the road, stuffing it halfway into her mouth and holding it there comically.

I fight down the sudden image of myself biting that half a cookie right out from under her nose.

Wow, do I need some air. And some semblance of hormonal balance.

Instead, I’m getting alone time with Rhiannon.

Crash and burn time, here I come.

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A quieter romance for Charlie and it works beautifully

3-Cover_BestLaidPlansBest Laid Plans by Roan Parrish

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This second entry in Roan’s Garnet Run series gives us Charlie’s story and oh, how my heart hurt for him so many times.

Unlike his brother Jack, who we got to see fall in love with Simon in Better Than People, Charlie hasn’t really ever had a chance at relationships, other than a brief encounter shortly before their parents were killed just before his 18th birthday.

So, seeing how he struggles when he finds himself attracted to Rye and not knowing what to do about it was both heart-breaking and uplifting at the same time.

Thankfully Rye, for all his prickly nature, is actually a truly kind-hearted soul who is dealing with his own demons and his own stumbling steps into a relationship are just what Charlie needs.

There is a little tension here, many of the beats in the story come from Charlie’s growing self-awareness and awakening that he can put himself first and take things for his own pleasure.

There’s a bit of angst, as a whole it’s lowish steam, and it makes perfect sense within the narrative, although there are lots of heated kisses and cuddles which lead to emotionally charged conversations.

But there is also a seriously sexy spanking scene which went in a direction I wasn’t expecting and I loved it all the more for it. Overall, it’s a quiet romance, not a lust-packed one, although the attraction between the two men is still clear to see.

The relationship development feels organic and has few of the irritating misunderstandings or lack of communication issues which are often thrown in just to cause tension.

I liked both characters, but felt this one perhaps lacked a bit of the otherworldly or magical feel which made Better Than People a more engaging read.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this, because I did and I read it all in one go, but I didn’t have that same sense of excitement at the first book, which felt far more significant given the difficulties Simon faced in his daily life.

However, it also stars two fabulous cats, which as a lover of that most magnificent of animals, really made me happy and the usual feel-good, if somewhat in your face, meddling of a small town local community who seek to embrace the newcomer Rye.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Garrett brings another small town romance to life in Unforgotten

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part two of this excellent series from Garrett picks up shortly after the end of book one, however, you could read this one as a standalone and not be lost.

It would be a shame, as Forgiven was a very good second chance, teenage lovers reunited MF romance for Mia and Luke.

This one though is all male and boy what a pair Gus and Billy are.

Gus is Mia’s brother, Billy is Luke’s and they’ve never been able to forget a drunken kiss they shared years before.

Before life turned them down different, but equally sad and lonely, paths and before Luke came home from the Navy to make things up with Mia.

This has all the usual Garrett Leigh hallmarks, it’s rooted firmly in British life, it’s raw and holds no punches back as it explores the mess people can make of their lives without really knowing why they don’t stop it.

It has two men, both hurting inside, both fighting with dealing with siblings who ran away and left them behind to deal with the aftermath of a parent’s death, it has emotional connectivity, unbridled lust, and it has hearts that are drawn together again and again.

There’re hiccups along the way, but it also has the signature dish from any Garrett romance – hope. It brings hope that even two men who’ve never moved on, can find their happy ever after together.

I loved Billy, and I loved Gus, for different reasons. Billy is spikey and hot-tempered, too quick to fly off the handle, but also capable of rescuing a stray cat and giving it a home even when he has nothing for himself.

Gus is repressed, locking away his emotions, hiding himself inside no commitment Grindr hookups and his work, relying on his friendship with Luke for actual companionship, but also a ticking timebomb of feelings just waiting to explode.

The small town vibe felt familiar and realistic, the grudges left because of Billy’s wayward teenage years, the inherent suspicion when he returns, the inability to let go of the past and move forward and, ultimately, the love which grows from the roots of family and familiarity, from never being able to forget that one guy who rocked your world.

The plot beats of the narrative worked for me, they drove the story onwards without feeling like they’d just been thrown in for the sake of it and I enjoyed being on the journey with Billy and Gus.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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