How to Raise an Honest Rabbit (Granby Knitting, #3)
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How to Raise an Honest Rabbit (Knitting #3)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  799 ratings  ·  126 reviews
A Granby Knitting Novella

Everything about Jeremy has always been a lie—including his last name. When one grift too many ends in tragedy, Jeremy goes straight. But life’s hard for an ex-con, and Jeremy is down to panhandling and hope when Rance Crawford offers him work at a tiny alpaca farm and fiber mill. Jeremy takes him up on the job, thinking this could be his last chan...more
ebook, 180 pages
Published October 24th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 23rd 2012)
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Kaje Harper
4.5 stars. The joy of this book is watching Jeremy slowly overcome his past, discover who he can be, and learn to trust himself and others.

Jeremy grew up with a grifter father, moving from one con to another. His childhood life was unstable, unloved and based on a series of fictions so continuous that he can no longer remember his own real name. His worth was measured in how well he could lie and what value he could add to the cons that supported him and his father off other people's money.

I enjoyed this story.

Jeremy was adorable. For all his street smarts and time spent in prison, he was still a kind of naive and vulnerable character. I loved how he would talk to cover up his insecurities in the beginning, although I did find his inner thoughts a bit confusing at times.

The writing was a bit too flowery for me in parts and I found myself wanting to get on with the story so to speak.

An enjoyable read and a nice lead in to the next book to keep us interested.
Sweetness to the Fullest I wish someone could bottle this book or something because I smile instantly when either Aiden or Jeremy come to mind.

This story is the second story for us from Rance Crawford's Ranch...We met Craw and Ben last winter...We also met Aiden and Jeremy but this time it was their story and it was pure sweetness.

Jeremy was a con man, since he was a boy his daddy had him work as his partner in con jobs. But one night things went wrong and Jeremy barely got away with his life, h...more
Nov 01, 2012 Ami marked it as dnf
DNF-ed at 20%

I know that I'm probably the odd duck in case of Amy Lane's stories. I can't always get into her stories. I just don't put all of the Amy Lane's that I DNF-ed (and yes, there are few) in display. I know I will get stinky eyes because of it *grin*.

This is just one example...

When I roll my eyes on Jeremy's rambling -- because the way he talks, he surely is not smooth enough to make me believe that he's a conman that manages to fool ladies, the story just lose any charm. If Jeremy is 2...more
Now I'm tempted to try the pattern and knit some special gloves
while waiting for Knitter in His Natural Habitat.

The picture fits.
Aiden (the much younger Top) is keeping Jeremy grounded.

Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

4.75 stars

If I had my way, Amy would keep writing this series FOREVER. I'm not kidding, sexy men who knit + Amy Lane's writing sans angst = the best thing ever and totally meant just for me. That's how I feel. I love this series because if you ask me, not nearly enough people knit, especially men. Reading about them, therefore, is like a fantasy come true. And I love these men. The first story, The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters has always b...more

I found the first book in this series cute. This one? Just about ripped my heart out. It had cute moments but wow, Jeremy No Last Name made my heart hurt with all the things he did and his inner voice. (view spoiler)

I loved how Aiden was there all through this prodding at Jeremy. Teaching him and being his friend and kicking his ass when he needed it. Will of iron...more
Heather C
Do you want to smile? Like really big and goofy for several hours? Then READ THIS BOOK!!!

You don't even have to read the Critter book because I totally did it backwards and read this one first. I was just soooooo sweet and awwdorable I couldn't put it down!!

*sigh* I do love those virgins!!

Now I have to read Craw and Ben's story!!
Nov 01, 2012 Candice marked it as did-not-finish
I have read good reviews on this book and I like the authors writing, however at this time, this book is not for me and I stopped around 30%. The character of Jeremy and his inner dialogue and the way he acts is just frustrating me and just not making this an enjoyable read. I may try again at a later time.
Well, we all know why Amy Lane is dubbed the Queen of Angst. She specializes in hurt/comfort and sometimes the hurt sort of takes over and becomes just a tad bit too much. As predicted there was a lot of angst in this story but this time it was just the right amount and it balanced out neatly with the right amount of comfort. Which made me a very happy bunny indeed. It was almost cathartic to read this fluffy and soft story full of yarn and yearning; I must admit to reaching for my box of Kleene...more

It was good. There were some analogies that really moved me. And it was lovely watching Jeremy come into himself and find a home. That was beautiful.

There also some elements that didn't quite work:

1. I've found in a series that all books following the first lose, to varying extents, the magic that lit up the first. When an author has to write within some constraint, even if it is one she set herself in obliging herself to adhere to characterisations etc formerly established, there is some mea...more
Lauren Lewis
This was a fantastic read. Amy Lane is one of my favourite authors and I swear it sometimes feels like she can do no wrong. Mostly, I love the way she writes with such wonderful emotion and good humour. I fell in love with Jeremy from the very first page. His story was so moving and beautiful - I teared up a little at times, but I also smiled a lot too. What I really liked about How to Raise an Honest Rabbit was the amount of wonderful analogies Amy used - it's something that features a lot in h...more
4.5 fabulously furry stars. <3 Loved Jeremy as the narrator and thought the pace (even with the huge time jump in the middle) worked very well. Aiden was just whom Jeremy needed to pull him out of his drifter/grifter lifestyle and make an honest rabbit man out of him. Could've done with a tiny bit more on why Aiden loved Jeremy so much, but other than that, purr-worthy purr-fect in its furriness. :)

Even though this book was filled with sugary sweet themes of love, and trust, I still loved it.
It was, what it was, and that was a fluffy story that was perfect to read curled up on the couch under a blanket with the dog at your feet.
I really enjoyed Jeremy, his outlook in life, and how much he related to the rabbits.
A very cure book, I recommend to everyone who enjoys a shmoopy HEA!
Serena Yates
Once you start lying, and possibly conning your way through life, it is hard to stop. When it's something you've been taught from when you were very young, it is almost impossible. Jeremy, the main character and narrator of this story, makes a decision to break with old behaviors and become "honest". Unfortunately, that is far easier said than done. What this story shows is not only the problems society will throw in the way of an ex-convict, but also his own internal battle with the new concept...more
This is definitely a sweet, interesting read. Jeremy grew up as a con man's son, so when his father is killed on a con gone bad, Jeremy tries to go straight. Only he doesn't know how or what to do with himself. Rance Crawford (from The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters) takes him in and Craw and Aiden show Jeremy what it means to be an honest man. It takes a lot of work to keep Jeremy from rabbiting; Jeremy constantly has one foot out the door, ready to run away from all the hones...more
Pete W
Oct 26, 2012 Pete W rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
This one have dabbed my eyes 7-8 times through out the book (so no need to say it was touching and heart-wrenching). Jeremy voice was very clear to me and I can relate to him on some aspects.

It was also nice to see Ben and Rance and their relationship from a different perspectives that added facets to their characters. Of how things do happens behind and without Rance.

Too bad that there were quite a few things that left hanging without answers. (view spoiler)...more
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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...more
Gads! It's like I lived inside Jeremy's head. What a great story. And not all fluffy like I thought it might be. Jeremy's a grifter looking for an honest living and Aiden's a boy who works at Jeremy's new place of employment. I felt how on edge Jeremy was the entire time and how badly Aiden wanted to help him. Wonderful, just a sweet read that almost made me cry but not quite!
Dec 09, 2012 orannia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
Four and a half stars. I loved Jeremy. I loved following his thought processes (and how he related to rabbits :) - it all tied in beautifully. I just wish it was a longer book - I'd love to see what Amy Lane could do with a character as broken in the way Jeremy is when she has more words :)
Love this book! How comes that in other books it's getting on my nerves - the reappearing of the past and the story setup of the next installment - but not in this one? Must be Amy Lane's wonderful writing style. Can't wait for Gianni's story.
Jan 04, 2013 Harper marked it as m-m-to-read
Shelves: books-i-own
Such a cute cover! :)
I'm not a knitter, have never been a knitter and to date have no inclination to begin knitting. I can appreciate being given a well-knitted scarf or beanie but am totally not a gloves person. I do appreciate the visual and colorful beauty that can be found in dyed wool/yarn and I am a sucker for touching soft fluffy angora wool.

Amy Lane is to be commended for weaving so many wool-knitting-dyeing-gift-giving elements into her Knitter series and YET not managing to put off readers like myself with...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
In The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters, I was intrigued by Jeremy - the ex-con man that told tall tales, could never shut up and seemed a little shifty at times. This story is told before, during and after the first book. It starts years before and tells of how Jeremy was, what made him clean up his act and how he ultimately got to Granby, Colorado. It tells of his slowly developing friendship with Aiden and the feelings that come after.

This was a very sweet and heartwarming st...more
Grammy 1
Well, Amy Lane fans...We asked for this and Amy has responded. Since her success with The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur Bearing Critters (Knitting Series) which was a novella from the Dreamspinner Press 2011 Advent Calendar package "I'll Be Home for Christmas, we all wanted more of Rance’s world with his new lover Ben McCutcheon. We wondered all through that book about the “relationship or not” between Jeremy and Aiden. We all had questions about them, and also wanted more info about Ariadne....more
Another sweet story from the Knitting series, Honest Rabbit has more struggle than Fur-Bearing Critters. Of course, this is expected off the bat, as we're being told Jeremy's story (and Aiden's as well), and Jeremy has a much darker past than Ben and Rance. Jeremy is a panicky little rabbit, and he is consistent throughout the story, even when he's maturing. It will be reader dependent on whether this is a good thing or tiresome. I found it well executed, since trauma and life-history don...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This was a very heartwarming story following Jeremy, a young man who was raised by his father to be a con artist like himself. Jeremy witnessed his father's murder and afterwards couldn't bring himself to continue to con people. Unfortunately, he was sent to prison for two years and when he got out he found it very difficult to find honest work. He ran into Rance Crawford, owner of the farm and knitting mill featured in The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters and Craw gave him a cha...more
This is a very good companion to The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur Bearing Critters. At the very beginning I was trying to figure out where in the timeline this story fell, but it became pretty apparent when Ben wasn't in the picture.

Loved finding out more about Jeremy and Aiden and how their relationship developed. Jeremy was such a sad character, but truly he is saved by the love of his "family" in Craw and Ariadne and Aiden. I loved the things that kept him grounded - the mittens, the curt...more
Pamela Su
I love, love, LOVE this story!

It's so sweet and heart-wrenching and absolutely wonderful.

Poor Jeremy was so damaged and lost. He had so many fears and insecurities, it was hard for him to trust the friendship and support he was receiving from Rance, Aiden and the rest of the people in the community.

Watching everyone work so hard to make Jeremy feel save and loved was a joy to read. I felt a pang each time Jeremy would try to pull away.

Aiden was a perfect foil to Jeremy. He was so determined and...more

So, here's the thing. Real life is not always easy or fun. Sometimes it's filled with hard pointy things with rough ragged edges that hurt when you bump into them. Amy Lanes Knitting series protects you from all that. This book was , without a doubt, a warm cozy blanket to wrap yourself up in. Her characters are heartbreakingly beautiful on the inside, where it really counts. I'm pretty sure they're dam hot on the outside as we'll. This was a sweet, wonderful read. No sporks to be found. Put th...more
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