How to Raise an Honest Rabbit is book 2 in the Knitting series and this time, we get to know two of Rance’s employees, Jeremy and Aiden.
This book has a longer timeline than book 1, which takes place over a few months, but this one takes place over a few years. Jeremy grew up as a con man, following in his father’s footsteps, using his boyish good looks to con unsuspecting men and women. After Jeremy is saved while he father is murdered in a con gone wrong, Jeremy tries to get his life sorted out, only to end up in jail for two years.
Once out of jail, Jeremy can’t find any work and he’s living on the street when he meets Rance, spinning some story about how he’s going to law school eventually and he just needs a chance. Rance can see straight through the bullshit, but underneath the gruff exterior, he’s a sweet heart, and he hires Jeremy to come work for him at his yarn mill.
There, Jeremy meets Aiden, the boy next door who is in high school. From the moment he meets Aiden, he’s half in love with him, but nothing happens since Aiden’s under age. Aiden, on the other hand, cannot stand Jeremy since he never shuts up. Jeremy learned how to talk to keep him out of trouble, but he never figured out how to stop talking.
Years pass and the two men become friends, and around this time the events of the 1st book are taking place. Jeremy and Aiden eventually realize that they’re both gay and realize they have an attraction for the other. What’s surprising about this book is that the much older Jeremy isn’t the dominant one in the relationship and seemingly bright and squishy Aiden has darker bits to him and he’s able to force Jeremy and give him what he needs.
As in the first book, there’s a great deal of knitting going on, but it’s done seamlessly throughout the book, so it doesn’t seem like an odd add-in. Knitting is what they do to find themselves, and the results are fantastic.