Knot My Type by Evie Mitchell
Publishing Info: Audiobook, November 2021
Star Rating: 4/5
Back Cover Summary:
He doesn’t do relationships.
She doesn’t do flings.
Everything they thought is about to unravel…
When you say you’re a sexologist, people imagine Marilyn Monroe. They don’t expect a woman who uses a wheelchair. As the host of the All Access Podcast, I’m breaking barriers, crushing stigmas, and creating sexual connections that are fulfilling for my fans. I’m like cupid, but with pink hair and fewer diapers.
Only, I’ve hit a snag. A lovely listener wants some advice about accessible rope play and I’m drawing a big fat blank. Which leaves me with no option but to get out there and give it a go.
Which is how I meet Jay Wood—rigger, carpenter, and all-round hottie.
I’d be open to letting him wine and dine me—only Jay isn’t my type. He’s not a one-girl kind of guy. Monogamy isn’t even in his vocab, and I’m not a woman who’ll settle for being second choice.
But the closer we get, the more Jay has me tied up in knots.
And it’s making me think, maybe I could compromise and accept a little Wood in my life. Even if it’s only temporary.
Frankie’s funny, intelligent, and ridiculously sexy. This should be a no-brainer. A little fun in the sheets, and a little romp with some ropes—simple.
Only the infuriating woman is asking for more. I’m not that kind of guy. I wouldn’t even know how to be that kind of guy. I’m the definition of easy.
It’ll be fine. We’ll be friends. Just friends.
So, why does my heart feel frayed? And why is it I can’t help but consider taking the ultimate leap of faith—tying myself to Frankie. Permanently.
I’m not usually a romance reader but I’m always on the lookout for books with disability rep, and this cover caught my eye. It honestly made me really emotional reading this one. I don’t use a wheelchair, but I’ve been chronically ill for most of my life and seeing this kind of rep just fills me with so much emotion. Never underestimate the value good rep for underrepresented groups can have. There is a scene in Knot My Type where Frankie secretly leaves a party to find an accessible toilet in another building because the bathroom is too small in her partner’s house, and although this isn’t something I’ve experienced, I really related to having to adapt your life as a disabled person and the feelings Frankie went through during this scene.
This is just the kind of disability rep I want to see in fiction. It appeared to be well researched (I can’t comment on accuracy) and it wasn’t a book about disability, it showed a disabled person living and enjoying life, going through all the highs and lows that everyone goes through, experiencing love and passion. Frankie is intelligent, bold, funny and sexy – she is a fully fleshed out character, and her disability is part of who she is.
Not only is the main character disabled, but her group of friends are also disabled! Even though they are only side characters, it’s amazing to see multiple disabled characters in a novel, because so often there is just one token disabled character. They were also an amazing, supportive and fun friendship group. One of Frankie’s friends, Annie, has Crohn’s disease, the condition which I have, and I genuinely cried because I’ve never seen a character with Crohn’s disease before. Annie is the protagonist in the next book in the All Access series so I am really looking forward to that.
As previously mentioned, I don’t read romance very often, so don’t feel I’m the best judge of how this book shapes up in the romance genre, but I found it a fun, enjoyable read, and I loved the two main characters and seeing their relationship develop over the course of the novel. There was communication and respect, and it was a sweet romance. Knot My Type is quite short, but I didn’t mind that. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.