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Narrated by Philip AlcesRance 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 chalkeNarrated by Philip AlcesRance 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.©2011 Amy Lane (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press...

Title : The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters
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The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters Reviews

  • Nick Pageant
    2019-02-27 03:21

    Updating my review to say that, because of this series, I now knit! I just made a hat and am ridiculously proud of myself.This whole series is awesome. I love every one of the books. They're great comfort reads - like a warm pair of mittens for your heart. Okay, back to knitting.

  • Ingela
    2019-03-07 05:24

    Written November 11, 20143 1/2 Stars - A cozy winter tale A new short Winter M/M. I listened to the 2:30 hrs audiobook edition narrated by Philip Alces.Sweet as sugar and so charming!There is absolutely nothing not to like about this Christmas novella. Well written, fun and excellent told by a skilled storyteller (Ms Lane) and a perfect narrator voice (Mr Alces).***********************************************************The alpaca rancher and fiber mill owner Rance Crawford is a self-proclaimed grumpy bastard. When the young charming Ben McCutcheon becomes his new neighboor is Rance very aware that Ben makes it a grand total of two gay men in their tiny Colorado town. Rance mission is now to make sure that Ben is kept warm during the cold winter, every last piece of him - especially his heart. ***********************************************************Read and feel that cuddling soft feeling and just yearn for a white winter and a warm home knitted hat. I LIKE - irresistibly cute

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-03-07 10:28

    The way to a man's heart is through his cock...cozy. When 20-something-year-old Ben, with the light-up-the-room smile, inherits his aunt's property in Granby, Colorado, Rance Crawford, a man of few words and even fewer woo-them tactics, can't believe his luck. There's finally another gay man in town! Ben has Craw at hello. The rest is a courtship, and knitting. I can't even sew on a button, but halfway through this book I wanted to grab some Alpaca wool and knit a hat or two. Low on steam, but high on feel-goods and fluffy critters. Warning: Total sweetness wrapped in a wool mitten; Christmas not required to enjoy; may cause sudden urge to cuddle a bunny.

  • Barbara➰
    2019-03-05 03:24

    Rance is a crotchety alpaca fur yarn maker dyer knitter. Whew lol. The only gay man in his small town, he becomes intrigued by his new neighbor Ben. Ben has just moved into his great-aunt’s house from California. Rance decides Ben needs help to make it through the winter but he also begins his courtship through knitting. And some very interesting knitting indeed 😉This was super cute and funny. It’s a sweet and short read. I think it could have benefited from some things fleshed out a bit more but still very enjoyable. I would recommend it in between heavier reads or if you just need something quick.PS You can learn how to make a cock cozy at the end 😂

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-03-07 04:46

    Amy Lane working her angst-free skills in an adorable novella about knitting men? What's not to love??This really is a book about courting, which I adored. I am a sucker for a good build-up to physical intimacy and I got that here, which is rare in a novella. Rance sets about courting his new neighbor, Ben, by gifting him little wooly handmade trinkets. I have a weakness for big oafy men in M/M that have trouble expressing their emotions but are secretly fluff-balls inside (sub-genre much??), and Rance fit that description to a T. He was very adorable and I liked his instant chemistry with Ben. I think I would have liked to get to know Ben a little more, but it is hard with single POVs to get the full scope of the other character. I also could have done without Rance calling his man-bits his "pee pee" <--- things a grown man should never say! However, I'm being very nitpicky. This novella was super sweet and super fun. Can't wait to move on to the next! *Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

  • Ariana
    2019-03-12 06:40

    *4,5 stars*Absolutely loved it.Not only is gruff and grumpy Crawford adorable in his 'simplicity', Amy Lane's use of wool producing prodecures and knitting as metaphors for falling in love is totally brilliant and very clever. (and that knitting pattern at the end made my day ... )Excellent for a short novella and so far the best this Christmas!

  • BubblesHunty Honest & Direct Opinions
    2019-03-10 07:28

    Starts at 1% and ends at 93%Ok story I liked both the main characters and although there was a lot of knitting and yarn talk none of it bored me or anything. Probably would have gave it five stars but I didn’t like Stanly and he was in too much of the book either in the scenes or Rance thinking about him. This is also just probably me but the barn /animal references were just too much (too many of them used) for me and some were a little gross. But that’s probably all just me. And I only say that so you know why I gave 4 and not 5 stars. And as much as I did enjoy this story, I don’t understand why it is in a Christmas anthology since it ends before thanksgiving but since it is one of the best (maybe even the best) stories released in the anthology I won’t complain about that other than this one run on sentence. If you were going to read one book from the anthology I would 100% recommend you read this one, it is cute and even though we didn’t really get to know a lot about Ben or see him that much he was likeable

  • T.A. Webb
    2019-03-06 03:48

    “Simple is good,” he said. “I’ve lived through complicated. Complicated hurts. Simple sustains you. Complicated makes you hungry for simple.” Rance Crawford is a simple man that has a simple life. His alpaca ranch and yarn spinning business is successful. He has a couple of good friends. Good employees. And a buddy he visits every few months to take the edge off when he needs it. He is also a crusty, blunt and hard-to-get-along-with man. Ben McCutcheon moves into his dead great-aunt’s one acre farm next door to Rance. A self proclaimed “Bug Man”, he cleans up computer code for game companies. His life has been more complicated. His heart broken. So a move to the small town of Granby, Colorado may just be the best thing for him. One look at the wide open sky, open and honest all around him, and Ben is hooked. And then he meets Rance, with his sharp edges and blunt ways and his alpacas and his knitting and his magical, beautiful yarn factory. And Rance looks at Ben and sees a younger guy who stirs things up in him about making a life together, things he hasn’t thought about before, things that make him want, and make him open and get him to thinking. With a simple knitted hat, Rance begins his courtship dance. Stitch by stitch, slowly, surely, weaving Ben into his fabric and making Ben’s beautiful green eyes part of the color palate of his life and heart and wants and needs. “Do you have any idea how high your heart can soar in a place like this?” And with a man like this? Amy Lane has taken the fabrics of these two men, the rough wooly whites and blacks and reds of Rance, and the softer beautiful golds and greens and browns of Ben and spins them into a lovingly crafted, exquisitely made mating dance between two very different men with gentle souls. I was right there with them – circling each other, shy signals given and received, and small tokens of affection and, dare it be, love offered. And the prose. The beauty is in how very very simple and elegant Ms. Lane's thoughts and descriptions are. She offers such truths in such a loving way. Because, like Rance, she doesn’t knit for just anyone. "'Only folks I love,” (s)he said, trading naked heart for naked heart." And she loves us. I always walk away from a book by Amy Lane feeling cared for, loved, and treasured. This gem of a story could not have come at a better time – treat yourself to a small gift this holiday season. Or anytime. A story from Amy Lane is a balm for the soul. Tom (reviewed for the PRG - Paranormal Romance Guild)

  • Lauraadriana
    2019-03-07 05:35

    A crazy little thing called love almost literally comes knocking to Crawford's door, and he goes out and finds a way to keep it.Crwaford farms alpacas and other critters, makes yarn to sell and knits lovely things for those he loves. He's a bit lonely out there in his farm in Colorado. The man is ornery, but he is so kind and he wants not to be lonely anymore. So when the very pretty (and gay!) nephew of his recently deceased neighbor moves in next door. Crawford starts a courtship by knitting. Crawford is not a man of many words, but he gets his point across nonetheless.This story warmed my heart. Crawford was so dear and Ben was just THERE with him. Everything about him said "I'm here Crawford, just come and get me.!". What sweet men these were.Loved this story, the men, the critters, the knitting. Amy Lane has been an "awesome story making machine" this year. Those knitting instructions at the end of the story are priceless! :O)Get some hot cocoa and go read this, you'll be smiling THE WHOLE TIME!

  • Denise H.
    2019-03-22 03:21

    ***** This is a simply wonderful short story ! It is touching, adorable and fun ! The comparison between yarn making and people wooing is awesome ! Rance, 30s, Ben, 20s.And, there is a knitting instruction for a cock cozy and more.Highly recommended ! ENJOY ! ===================

  • Susan
    2019-03-21 03:27

    4.25 starsThis was exactly what I needed! Such a warm and fluffy read. I loved it.I absolutely loved Crawford. He was gruff and came across as the silent type, who didn’t really wanted to interact with anyone. But what people didn’t see is that Crawford just doesn’t know how to talk to people. He would love to make friends all over town, he just has no idea how.But when he meets his new neighbor Ben, he is instantly smitten. But how to make Ben know Crawford likes him….? By knitting stuff for him of course! It was just adorable how Crawford kept knitting things for Ben, so Ben wouldn’t be cold.This was just such an adorable story. And with the knitting and the cold weather there, this was the perfect autumn/winter read.Now bring on the rest of the series.

  • MsMiz (Tina)
    2019-03-05 06:24

    So perfect for the holiday season. The message of the story "just because you put a mating pair in a pen doesn't mean one of them's going ass-up for the other one‟.This was a delightful story about really great people in a little hard to get town close to Boulder, knitting, lots of animal stories and analogies and two unlikely a pair falling in love (and eventually end up ass-up!

  • Simsala
    2019-03-05 09:41

    I had problems to get into the story - everything related to yarn and knitting is completely alien to me - but it was easy to fall in love with the characters.A sweet and funny Christmas-season story.

  • Ula'ndi Hart
    2019-03-02 09:48

    Overall book rating: 4Audio Book: N/ABook Cover: 2Well, I enjoyed it. I liked the whole socially inadequate thing going on with Crawford, I think it gave a little kick to the story and Ben, was just sweet.

  • AnnaLund
    2019-03-23 03:26

    For my honest and true view of this book, please read …MORE Goodreads TOS-compliant review (I think, let me know when they tell us what the rules are):"The book I just read is about two (or three) lovely people, written in beautiful language, by a very good and prolific author. I liked it very, very much.It is for sale on Amazon.”DISCLAIMER: My reviews now all have this pretty face, so that all and everyone on Goodreads can stay happy and beatific. I’ll let you know if I change my mind. See the real review above for my thoughts on this book.

  • Kaje Harper
    2019-03-18 05:43

    This was just plain sweet. Crawford is a unique character, blunt, inarticulate, mostly oblivious, and secretly romantic, with a streak of integrity a mile wide. The story is his, and you just go along for the ride. You will find yourself reading with an indulgent smile on your face and a deep desire to hug the man. Or shake him. Sometimes both. Funny, quirky and adorable.

  • Jennifer☠Pher☠
    2019-03-18 11:33

    ♥ Dani. You know me so well and knew I would love this and I did, you are my kind of critter girl! Such a warm and fuzzy story full of critters and pee-pee hard on dances :) Read.

  • Eugenia
    2019-02-26 04:45

    Gruff and tough meets the guy to melt those protective layers away. Fun and quirky. My take home from this book was exceptional and can be summed up in two words: COCK COZY.

  • Kelly H. (Maybedog)
    2019-03-10 10:35

    This was a very sweet and cute story. I loved all the knitting stuff, and the wooing with knitted garments. It was adorable. There wasn't much of a plot, just the romance, but that was okay. I didn't find it dragging at all. The one thing that did irritate me is that there is a significant age difference and there is absolutly no reason for it. The older guy is in his late thirties which is perfect. The other guy is in his mid-twenties, which is completely unnecessary. The story would have worked fine if he'd been even 30. The age difference isn't even acknowledged in the book. At least the younger guy wasn't still in his teens.I just hate the romanticizing of relationships with significant age differences in this genre. Yes, those relationships can work and be healthy, but I've seen so many that aren't healthy at all, where the people aren't equal, the older person is clearly in control, the younger person doesn't have time to enjoy being young or the older person acts younger than their age. I think for a relationship to be successful, you need to be in the same place in life. Yes, that can happen when you're fifteen years apart but I think it's rare.Okay, off my soapbox/milk crate. If you know nothing about yarn and how it's made or knitting, you'll learn a lot and as far as I know from my moderate experience it was accurate. I hadn't heard of sweeps before but it's a very cool concept. My other problem with the book is that everything made, all the yarn and knitwear, is some combination of seafoam or turquoise and rust. Ick. The hat is described as having a little bit of rust at the crown and the "roll-up brim" as also being rust, the rest seafoam. Not only does that sounds godawful ugly, but it sounds really girly. He was a very fast knitter. He whipped up the hat in seed stitch in one evening. I can make a hat in a couple of hours in stockinette, but as the guy says, decreasing in seed stitch is a bitch, plus the stitch itself is very time-consuming as you have to keep flipping the yarn back and forth between stitches. He must be incredibly fast to knit something like that so quickly. It's believable, I do know people who could do it, I'm just impressed.The ending was rushed. (view spoiler)[They move in together a few days after they first kiss. I thought only lesbians did that. ;)(hide spoiler)]3.5 stars rounded up to four because of all the really cool knitting knowledge.update 1/17/15I'm rounding back down to three because my memories of the book are kind of negative.

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-02-23 05:33

    Rance Crawford is an alpaca and sheep rancher, owns a fiber mill, does most of his own spinning along with his best friend (the appropriated named) Ariadne, and has the social skills of an amoeba. I loved this character so much it's not even funny.When charming and socially adept Ben McCutcheon inherits his great-aunt's property next door, Rance is suddenly floored by this vibrant and beautiful man. So much so that he immediately moves out of his comfort zone to woo Ben. With his knitting.I'll tell you this book made me want to learn how to knit. Even though it hasn't got a lot of steam at first, the UST is there, and the steams builds until it finally explodes. Deliciously so. Full of feel good moments and low on angst I absolutely LOVED this story.More than that though, I ADORED the narration by Philip Alces. I've never listened to him before, but WOW was I impressed. I loved everything from start to finish and wouldn't change a thing.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!Copy generously provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review. This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.

  • namericanwordcat
    2019-03-08 10:33

    I enjoyed this novella a lot and it is a great kick off this this series which I loved. Rance is super gruff and social awkward and a badass sweetheart.Ben is just charming. The setting and the circle of friends and all the knitting are great and come on Alpacas. This is a slow burn and we get much more of Rance and Ben in the other books in the series but the characters while engaging are pretty flat. The courtship is wonderful but the book would have been better with more after they are together time and insight into their pasts and day to day love story.There is one crazy part that almost knocked me out of the book and I can't believe it survived editing where Lane refers to being aroused is a very disconcerting way. It happens twice and then lucky NEVER AGAIN. lol So, a must of the knitter and pretty fun for all.

  • CrabbyPatty
    2019-03-03 09:38

    Rance Crawford, the orneriest cuss in Granby falls hard for city-slicker Ben McCutcheon. This short novella is from Rance’s POV and tells how the (hysterically funny) grumpy bastard win Ben’s heart by knitting him a hat, scarf, mittens and a Very Special Accessory. Loved it!I received an ARC from Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.. My review of the Granby Knitting Stories is at Gay Book Reviews. Check it out!

  • Mary
    2019-03-04 05:28

    People think Rance Crawford is a grouch but he's really not. He's a hero with a heart of a lion, it's just buried under a man with hard edges, who speaks his mind or doesn't speak at all. Take him or leave him. He wants Ben to take him, keep him, preferably forever. Because Rance took one look at Ben and decided that that was the sunlight he needed in his life, it was love at first sight. And so Rance courts him and woos him. It's a big romance in a small place and it built and it's beautiful and there's tension and hope and it would make the kind of movie you get all weepy over at the end and sigh over. It's nice that even when Rance is silent, that Ben hears him. I loved it.

  • Mandy*reads obsessively*
    2019-03-24 05:43

    Super cute story about grumpy Rance ( I don't even think he's THAT grumpy! ;) and his new neighbor Ben.The story feels a lot longer than it actually is, don't know if that's because I had to pay more attention to all the knitting and mill info, or just because Amy Lane knows how to write a big story in a small space.I enjoyed this one a lot and would say it was the best of the DSP Anthology.

  • KatieMc
    2019-02-28 04:21

    How could I pass up an mm book with an alpaca on the cover? It was ok. It is cute. It was cozy.

  • Deanna Against Censorship
    2019-03-05 09:31

    Just a wonderful, sweet story about nice people that made me smile. A holiday present to be read any time of the year.

  • Serena Yates
    2019-02-26 11:44

    I just loved this story; it has humor, a great love story and some intricate patterns and layers that make it very similar to the topic, which is knitting. But not just knitting as in using the wool; since Rance raises alpacas and is a mill owner, the whole process of wool and yarn-making is included as well. This, for me, added to the fascination of the whole setup and I loved learning about the bigger picture.Rance is so wonderfully grumpy, I loved him from the very beginning. He is not very socially adept, but he manages to get hos point across to Ben. Rance is also very considerate of Ben's feelings, which he'd never admit, of course.Ben is wonderful, sweet and totally open to Rance's advances. I loved that he looked under the grumpy surface and saw the real man, not just the grumpy persona. Ben doesn't share any of Rance's concerns about the two of them becoming a couple, but he understands when Rance finally explains.The other thing I really enjoyed was the secondary characters, who need to get their own story at some point, as far as I am concerned. If you like humor in your stories, if like learning more about wool, knitting and living in the kind of cold climate that makes warm clothing necessary, you will probably love this story as much as I did.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Queer Magazine Online

  • ♆ BookAddict✒ La Crimson Femme
    2019-03-22 04:49

    Crawford is a grizzly bear with the sweet cuddly heart of a bunny rabbit. When Ben moves in next door, Crawford can't help but try to show him the secret sweet side of himself. This is a cute story about a guy who doesn't say much but his actions says it all. He's a caring man who makes a difference in people's life. His courtship ritual is hilarious. Crawford's love language is service and providing for the one he loves. Fortunately, Ben can understand this and when they finally get it on, it's a relief.I enjoyed all the tidbits for knitting. I don't knit anymore but for knitters, I'm going to guess all the references enhance the book. I can also state that the ending is awesome with detailed instructions on creating a cock cozy. Now to see who I know who will make one for my spouse...

  • Camille
    2019-03-22 11:43

    Oh, I just loved this one! So sweet...a book with a love that's earnest and unartificial and simple! Yes, I like simple too, and this book had it in spades, that and cock cozies, critters and colourful knitting (never thought I'd be writing such, lol). I'm rambling, but I loved Rance, loved Ben, loved the twins, Ari and Stanley...I loved everyone and everything in it and can't wait for book 2 :-)Oh, and this is very well written too, organically so.

  • Marte - Thunderella
    2019-03-02 08:48

    *** 3,5 wolly romance stars ***Audio edition, narrated by Peter Alces2 hours 26 minutesOverall: 3,5Performance: 3Story: 4Such a sweet story, I really enjoyed it! I haven't listened to this narrator before, he did an okay job.