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A Christmas Yarn

by CC Bridges

Librarian Gavin MacCauley isn’t expecting any surprises this holiday season. It’s the usual rush of helping patrons, and knitting items to donate to the local hospital. But his world is turned upside down by the cutie who walks into knitting club looking to learn how to crochet a scarf.

Jonathan Mercier has just moved to town and is desperate to find a new craft for his traditional, handmade gift for the aunt who adopted him. When his elderly neighbor strong-arms him into attending the library’s knitting and crochet club, he falls hard for the kind (and hot!) librarian running the class.

But with Christmas coming, and time running out to finish the gift, will these two find the time for each other?

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“Still working on that baby blanket, Janice?” Gavin stopped to ask. Janice had pulled her chair a bit away from the group and sat hunched over her blue and white yarn, an intense look on her face.

“Why did I decide to do basket weave stitch again?” She ripped out another line of work.

When it came to the projects he crafted for charity, Gavin stuck to simple stitches. It made it easier to churn out a lot of baby hats very quickly, but he understood the temptation to try something new. After a while the same pattern got boring. Mixing it up sounded fun, until you were twenty rows deep into a project and then had to rip out the entire thing because you misread the pattern.

“You could always start something new?” It would certainly be less aggravating.

“No. I will master this.” Janice narrowed her eyes as she attacked the yarn.

Gavin respected that kind of stubbornness. He stepped away, not wanting to disturb her concentration.


His attempt at silence was spoiled by the meeting room door banging shut. Gavin jumped at the sound. Everyone at knitting club knew to catch the door before it closed, so whoever had walked in had to be…

The most gorgeous man Gavin had seen in ages. His mouth went dry.

The guy had dark curly hair and a square jaw, black eyebrows, and perfect pink lips. The navy coat he wore couldn’t hide his height, revealing long legs encased in denim. Still, Gavin itched to see what was beneath those shiny black buttons, wondering if that body met his expectations.


About the Author

CC Bridges is a mild-mannered librarian by day, but by night she writes about worlds of adventure and romance. When she's not busy solving puzzles in an escape room, she can be found diving into comics or binge-watching superhero movies. She writes surrounded by books, spare computing equipment, a fluffy dog, and a long-suffering husband in the state of New Jersey. In 2011, she won a Rainbow Award for best gay sci-fi/futuristic novel.