Real Men Knit Cover
Title: Real Men Knit
Author: Heat: Re
Genre(s): Romance Contemporary
Tropes: Friends to Lovers
Tags: f-m straight Black author of color #ownvoices black New York City knitting crafting
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Synopsis from the Creator:

When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop.

Jesse Strong is known for two things: his devotion to his adoptive mom, Mama Joy, and his reputation for breaking hearts. When Mama Joy unexpectedly passes away, he and his brothers have different plans for what to do with Strong Knits, their neighborhood knitting store. Jesse wants to keep the store open. His brothers want to tie off loose ends and close shop....

Part-time shop employee Kerry Fuller has kept her crush on Jesse a secret. When she overhears his impassioned plea to his brothers to keep the knitting shop open, she volunteers to help. Unlike Jesse, Kerry knows the “knitty-gritty” of the business, and together they make plans to reinvent Strong Knits for a new generation.

But the more time they spend together, the stronger the chemistry builds between them. Kerry, knowing Jesse’s history, doesn’t believe their relationship can last longer than she can knit one, purl two. But Jesse is determined to prove to her that he can be the man for her forever and always. After all, real men knit.

Review: Real Men Knit, by Kwana Jackson

[fa icon="calendar"] May 22, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Melinda

As a fan of Kwana Jackson’s other pen name K.M. Jackson I’d been looking forward to her debut under this name with Berkley. The summary alone delighted me because it screams complex family dynamics and the idea of grown men trying to figure out how to run a knitting and craft business really appealed to me.

The romance between Jesse and Kerry is sweet and a bit of a slow burn but is also low angst, which honestly I needed right now. I really liked Kerry in particular and loved seeing her stand up for herself as things went on. And the Strong brothers made me sit up and say ask what is behind each of their stories exactly Ms. Jackson!?

What delighted me the most about this book was the setting and the community. It did veer slightly more towards women’s fiction than romance for me but there is a solid HEA so that’s a small quibble and one I wouldn’t argue with anyone over because I really did love this.

But this almost had a small-town in a big city feel to it because of the strong sense of community Jackson brings to this one. Which makes sense to me, as I’ve read her K.M. Jackson Sugar Lake series. The secondary characters are what made the community aspect shine so bright and honestly, one of the reasons I cannot wait for more of this series. I want to visit all of them again immediately.


Content Warnings: death in the family (in the past)

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Melinda received an advance copy of this book from the publisher for review.

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