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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

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781335688002

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Knit-Purl-Baby-Carina-Adores/dp/1335688005

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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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Explosively hot and packed full of all the feels

We Have Till Monday by Cara Dee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just like We Have Till Dawn this one is explosively hot and packed full of all the feels.

Anthony, Nicky’s older brother, has been basically cruising through life on half-speed without any great lows but no wonderful highs either when he wins a competition to cook with a famous chef he follows on social media.

But the reader knows that he’s not just won a chance to visit Nashville and cook with celebrity chef August King, but that August’s much younger partner Camden has been plotting ever since he saw Anthony’s feed for the Music Institute he runs with Nicky.

The story evolves in a beautifully organic fashion from the moment Anthony encounters August at the end of his ranch’s drive when he comes to get his bearings after driving from New York to Nashville.

It’s clear from the off that the sexual chemistry between all three men is off the charts. But there’s a complication Anthony hadn’t expected.

Camden is a little who regresses through a number of different age points, some including sexual behaviour, others not, and Camden knows August gets lonely when he’s essentially acting as a single parent when he’s regressed into his non-sexual state.

Which is why he chooses Anthony, he believes he could be the missing link in his relationship with August and help stop him feeling alone.

How this is navigated becomes an integral part of the narrative and Cara unfolds the story, which takes place over such a short period time but never manages to stray into “instalove” territory.

Relatively low angst, a thread of humour running throughout and the aforementioned steaming hot sex, makes this a perfect read.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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This slow slide into love is a gorgeously crafted romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I pretty much love everything Lane Hayes writes, but I must admit to having a real fondness for this rock band series.

A lot of it is to do with the fact that Zero aren’t mega famous. They’re on the way, but still mostly able to just be ‘normal’ guys.

Each book has brought something new to the table and with Starting From The Top we get a bit of an age gap, definitely an opposites attract element and also a smidgen of lost souls finding a home.

There’s a lot to be said for developing a realistic slide from a sex only arrangement through into a friend’s with benefits and then having them fall in love realistically.

Especially when there’re tensions from outside forces including ex wives, growing fame and a visual artist running his own agenda.

But it works brilliantly. Sean slowly unlocks the different boxes he keeps his various pieces of his life in as Johnny provides him with the motivation to relax.

The kids are sweet, Parker’s teenage trials pull at the heartstrings, and all the rest of the Zero and Jealousy crew are on hand to add their brand of chaos.

It’s a seriously hot book, but also has a wonderful sense of warmth and comfort. They might struggle through to their happy ending, but it feels even more real for that.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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