Friday, June 19, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

Real Men Knit
by Kwana Jackson

"If you're looking for an easy charmer, this is the novel for you."—Shondaland
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.
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Momma Says: 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Real Men Knit is marketed as a multicultural romance, and I suppose it is, but it's so much more than that. This is an absolutely charming story of family, friendship, community, and finding your place in this world, and as an added bonus, we get some romance in there too. This is a completely engaging book from page one, but the characters are where it really shines. They're well rounded and interesting, and - well, real, they just feel real. Of course, that just adds another layer to an already good story, plus it's pretty easy to root for a couple when you feel like you know them. The romance here may have been between Jesse and Kerry, and I don't know if there are plans for a series or not, but I'd love to get each brother's romance in turn. The book is well written, fast-paced, and in a crazy world full of troubles, it's exactly what we need - something to leave us smiling. 

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group

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