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Rhyll reviews: The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters

“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.”

Call it ‘wool porn’, call it what you like, all I know is that the second I read the blurbs for Amy Lane’s Knitting series, I was hooked. Ms Lane cleverly marries the worlds of yarn and M/M romance in the series which includes: A Knitter in his Natural HabitatHow to Raise an Honest RabbitSuper Sock Man and (my favourite) The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters.

The Lady Biest is not averse to a bit of man-on-man action, and there’s no way I could resist the allure of manly man-on-man combined with knitting.

What I liked about the book was that there’s no ‘wham-bam-thank you-man’ sex, instead there's an entire "courtship" ritual involving making things for the love interest. These men court and woo their love interest with woollen gifts that take time and energy, making the end product (a piece of clothing) a deeply personal gift. This is especially the case when Rance not only knits for Ben, but designs the yarn, spins the yarn, designs the project and spins the project.

The idea of a man taking the time and care to patiently craft his gift and woo his lover appeals to me, as did the main character’s (Rance) sensitivity and tough-minded practicality.

I also enjoyed exploring the knowledge involved in the profession of fibre mill owner, and learning about knitting (yes, I’m a Home Economics sewing failure) and alpaca wool.

And it’s not every book you buy that comes with free knitting instructions for a cock cozy…