One of Portland’s hottest young baristas, Brady is famous for his java-topping flair, turning a regular cup of joe into a work of art. Every Wednesday—aka “Knit Night”—hordes of women and their needles descend on the coffeehouse, and Brady’s feeling the heat. Into the fray walks a tall, dark, and distractingly handsome stranger from New York. His name is Evren, and he’s the sexy nephew of Brady’s sweetest customer, the owner of the yarn shop down the street. He’s also got a killer smile, confident air, and masculine charm that’s tying Brady’s stomach in knots. The smitten barista can’t wait to see him at the next week’s gathering. But when he tries to ask Evren out, his plans unravel faster than an unfinished edge. If Brady hopes to warm up more than Evren’s coffee, he’ll have to find a way to untangle their feelings, get out of the friend zone, and form a close-knit bond that’s bound to last a lifetime…
Okay, somehow this is the second book in a row that I've read where the characters are not at liberty to spend as much time together as they'd like and I can unequivocally say that, no, I do not like that.
Stories with lots of distance and separation during the 'getting to know you' phase make me ragey and don't allow me to mentally invest in their relationship, as I'm not shown how deep their connection runs or why. It's just supposed to have happened. Somehow. Not a fan.
Yes, we're told about a lot of nightly phone calls, but not really shown many in-depth conversations, so other than what happens with Ev's aunt, this one's level of feels was pretty low for me.
I did appreciate how Brady's priorities shifted when 'the big event' happened, but there previously-slow relationship seemed to immediately jump into hyper drive at that point, which felt ridiculously fast, to the point of unbelievable.
As for the 'sexy' parts, well, I found a lot of them fairly awkward.
That trend started when Ev divulges that he's extremely squicked out about getting anything on his hands, then ratcheted up to a full-on eye roll when Brady goes into great detail about his intense love of getting throat fucked. I just found all of that more odd than sexy, sorry.
As the epilogue does cement an HEA, which did help a bit, I'd rate this one around 3 stars, so fairly average, but nothing mind-blowing.
Note: After reading this one, I've definitely come to two conclusions.
1.) For my next book, I want both MC's to be highly available to one another. If they practically live in one another's pockets, right from the get go, all the better. I want to see why I'm expected to believe why they care so deeply for one another.
2.) If I read one more fucking book about hipsters, I'm likely to goddamn snap. Last year, nearly every book was 'gay weddings' and this year it's hipsters. I'm so beyond done with hipsters. Please, make it stop!
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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