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Dirty Sexy Knitting Mass Market Paperback – June 2, 2009
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About the Author
Christie Ridgway has never lived east of the Pacific Ocean, north of San Francisco, or south of San Diego. To put it simply, she's a California native who loves to travel but is happy to make the Golden State her home. She began her writing career in fifth grade when she penned a volume of love stories featuring herself and a teen idol who will probably be thrilled to remain nameless. Later, though, after marrying her college sweetheart, Christie again took up writing romances, this time with imaginary heroes and heroines. In a house full of males one terrific husband, two school-age sons, a yellow dog, and tankfuls of fish, reptiles, and amphibians Christie makes her own place (and peace) writing the kinds of stories she loves best.
Top Customer Reviews
This was my favorite out of the three books. The two main characters each had their flaws and they fit well together in spite of and because of them. Cassie with her big heart has rescued a tortured Gabe from bar after bar, drunken spree after drunken spree over a two year period as he mourns for his wife and daughter who were killed by a drunk driver.
In Dirty Sexy Knitting, the two find their way to love.
True love--especially in romance books--never runs smooth and these two are no exception! There is chemistry between them, the plot is good, and there is some suspense through a series of unexplained fires and sabotaging.
The negatives of the book include Cassie's big heart which makes her seem a bit like a doormat. Gabe wallows in self-pity about his wife and daughter's death long after he should have started some healing. The person behind the fires and sabotage is a bit unbelievable as the author did not lay a proper foundation in my opinion for him to be behind the acts.
This is a good solid addition to the contemporary romance genre. Although it is not necessary to read the previous two books with Nikki and Juliet's story, it would help make the story more cohesive.
Dirty Sexy Knitting by Christie Ridgway is really a fun, sweet read. I loved the references to yarns, and crochet and knitting. I am fiber artist myself and could really relate to this part of the story. Gabe is a tortured hero. He has lost his family, and he feels like he failed them when they were alive. He didn't give his all to them. He could have done things better. He is wallowing in his guilt and pain when we meet him. Cassandra is witty, creative and resourceful. I love her spunk. She has tons of spunk. She doesn't allow herself to wallow too long. She is able to evaluate her life and take stock of it. I liked that about her. She is not weak. She has hung in there a long time waiting for Gabe. Hopefully it will be worth the wait. When these two get together the chemistry is off the charts. But Cassandra has many misfortunes happening to her and her knitting shop. Is someone trying to kill her? If so why? The hint of mystery will keep you turning the pages of this novel. When you want a sweet, sexy romance with a hint of intrigue you want Dirty Sexy Knitting this is the third book that concludes a really good trilogy everyone should own.
Cassandra Riley owns a knitting store called Malibu and Ewe and at the age of 30 has tracked down and established a relationship with her two half sisters (previous books : How to Knit a Wild Bikini and Unravel Me). Cassandra is determined to find their biological father. In addition to this quest, Cassandra has a weakness for her troubled landlord, Gabe Kincaid who in turn is haunted by his own demons. This is Cassandra's story...
Ridgeway's sense of humor and understanding of people shines in this enjoyable read.
But, it looks like Mother Nature isn't even playing along as the night of the party there is a mudslide closing off her road.
Marlys is also back in Dirty Sexy Knitting and she might just finally have met her match in Dean.
The culmination to the adventures of the Malibu & Ewe sisters was an emotion filled suspenseful ride that I thoroughly enjoyed. Ms. Ridgeway brings the story of Cassandra to life and I was very glad to see her finally decide to let Gabe go, no matter how hard that would be. But, maybe absence will make the heart grow fonder? I do have to say that the title brought a few eyebrows up when I was reading it at the dentist office. If you want a great summer beach, or fall porch read, than you need to pick up Dirty Sexy Knitting. Or heck, pick up all three and enjoy the reading.
Note: While Dirty Sexy Knitting is part of a series it can be read as a standalone book, though it was more fun to read the entire series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the Malibu setting and the cast of zany characters. A quick, light romance with a mysterious twist. I would recommend it!Published on January 2, 2013 by Paula Cummings
The conclusion to the trilogy (which I still think should be a quad), this book focuses on yarn shop owner Cassandra Riley, who is reaching a benchmark birthday (30! Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Beverly Diehl
Christie Ridgway has become a favorite of mine. I was looking forward to the completion of the series and was not disappointed. Read morePublished on May 14, 2011 by Contemporary Critic
I had high hopes for this book. The story of Cassandra a yarn shop owner who finds her half sisters (from a sperm donor) and is always trying to rescue people seems like a fun... Read morePublished on January 29, 2010 by C. A Scovel
This series is about three women who mothers visited the same fertility clinic and after doing some research they found out they are 1/2 sisters. Read morePublished on August 19, 2009 by cb
So far, this is the best book I have read all summer. I had been waiting for Gabe and Cassandra's story and I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by IndigoRaiyne