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Aug 18, 2008

How to Knit a Wild Bikini

I love browsing in bookstores even if I sometimes leave empty handed. Today, I found this:

How to Knit a Wild Bikini by Christie Ridgway. Maybe I should give Christie a Verão creation! I was so tempted to buy it, but I have this rule not to get any books until I finish all the books on my night stand. Maybe in a week! I read a few of the reviews on Amazon and well, I think it looks ok enough to be a light read.

Here's one of the reviews:

By H. Grove "owling6683" (Maryland, USA)

Nikki is a chef whose days in the restaurant business are numbered---her bum knee makes it impossible for her to endure the grueling hours on her feet any longer. She lands an opportunity with Jay Buchanan, wealthy playboy. The problem is, he's sworn off women and wants a lesbian personal chef to make sure he won't be tempted to stray from that resolution. Nikki is about to lose her one and only job nibble when, in order to make the neighbor think that he has a new girlfriend, Jay kisses her. She uses the opportunity to introduce herself as his chef and, once the neighbor's gone, to pretend to be the lesbian he was hoping to hire.

I gather there will be follow-on books in the 'Malibu & Ewe' series (that's the name of a central yarn shop), and some of the relationships in this book were used as set-up for later books rather than pay-off in this one. Unfortunately this resulted in some relationships feeling hurried and shallow; there was too much to fit into this one volume.

That said, Christie Ridgway has a knack for uproarious (often scandalous) dialogue and pours plenty of it into How to Knit a Wild Bikini. As Nikki pretends to be a lesbian and Jay pretends to believe her, they have some of the best and most fun lines in the book.

While the side plots did a good job of working certain parallels and complicating the main plot, there were too many side plots and a few too many convenient coincidences. It gave things a rushed and orchestrated feel. Ordinarily that would have bothered me more, but the hilarious dialogue, fun chemistry between the main characters, and so on made up for it. I heartily enjoyed the story, and couldn't put it down once I started!

I'm just curious on how much the author actually talks about knitting a bikini...


Stacy's Designs 88 said...

I just finished reading "The Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs. I think this is a must read for you...knitty gal! It's a delightful story of a group of mismatched gals who form a knitting group in a local knit shop and their funky lives. It's heartwarming. I think I'm going to read it again b/c I blazed thru it the first time like I was watching a movie. :0) Stacy

Verão said...

I will take note of this! Sounds like a light read!

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