REAL MEN KNIT by Kwana Jackson
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
I loved the unique premise of this story, four strong sexy men trying to keep their adoptive mom’s knitting shop open. How could I pass that up? Jesse is the classic wanderer of the brothers; in that he never keeps a job or woman for long. Not a good reputation when he wants to convince his brothers to keep the shop open and capture the heart of a good woman. Kerry has known the brothers all her life, spending a lot of time with them in the shop. I liked her, but couldn’t understand why she was short-tempered with Jesse, yet he became so attracted to her – physically and emotionally. I’m one that has to believe the attraction. The physical part of the romance was mostly behind closed doors, so I wish the author had shown more emotional closeness in their actions and not just in their inner thoughts.
I liked Kerry and Jesse’s story and hope his brothers get their own, especially the crabby and secretive Damian.
*Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
A Native New Yorker, Kwana Jackson spent her formative years on the A train where she had two dreams: (1) to be a fashion designer and (2) to be a writer. After spending more than ten years designing women’s sportswear for various fashion houses, Kwana took a leap of faith and decided to pursue her other dream of being a writer.