Super Sock Man by Amy Lane
Length: 118 pages
Donnie’s crush on his sister’s roommate, Alejandro, has gone beyond childhood dreams—and it’s driving Donnie insane! So when Donnie gets a chance to house-sit for his sister and Yandro, Donnie doesn’t feel alone. He’s got all his vivid fantasies to keep him company! Can a little dumb luck—and a little help from a magical homemade gift—help Donnie’s fantasies come true?
Another wonderfully sweet tale from Lane, this one is 100% happy the entire time: no angst, no drama, just sweetness and happiness and the search for completeness. That doesn't mean there isn't depth; it's there, just not terribly deep. There are some meaningful moments and character growth, but overall it's just a happy story with two likable main characters who are searching for happiness and don't have to work too hard to get it.
Great for when you need a pick-me-up or need a story with no pressure.
Originally seen in the GoodReads' M/M Romance's Hot Summer Days anthology, Lane greatly expanded upon the original story, taking a brief and sweet tale and transforming it into a longer, sweeter, slightly deeper story that involves slightly more character development. I don't know if there's a single thing I didn't really like about this story, but I couldn't give it 5 stars since there isn't much depth or brilliance to it (as lovely and sweet as it is).
Once again we're provided with a knitting pattern (still can't knit...) and a sweet story that involves knitted garments. I love Yandro’s grandmother, I'll just say that now. I'm just glad she didn't knit the same thing that Crawford made in The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters...though that would have been hilarious!
For Lane fans who have read Chase in Shadow, you'll get to see more of the events from Donnie's perspective, although this is a completely different story and is nowhere near as dark. However, I'd recommend readers of either book venture to read the other since they complement one another nicely.
I don't really have too much else to say. This is adorable and sweet and I look forward to re-reading it when I need a pick me up!