cover image How to Knit a Wild Bikini

How to Knit a Wild Bikini

Christie Ridgway, . . Berkley, $7.99 (293pp) ISBN 978-0-425-22193-8

Ridgeway's frothy latest (after Bachelor Boss ) combines Malibu beachnik appeal with trendy knitting Zen. Malibu & Ewe is a knit shop run by Cassandra Riley. There, hip knitters gather every Tuesday for Knitter's Night. Nikki Carmichael is new to knitting and to Malibu, where she is the new personal chef for Jay “Hef Junior” Buchanan, 32, a dedicated playboy who edits NYFM (Not Your Father's Magazine ). Nikki resists his attentions, but opposites attract, and steam rises in the kitchen and in the bedroom. Ridgeway mixes in savory subplots concerning Jay's visiting teen niece Fern and Nikki's friendship with Cassandra. (June)