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Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson
Published by Berkley on May 19, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 enjoy knitting and couldn’t miss reading a romance with a knitting shop. Real Men Knit was a fun romance with some great characters. I would have preferred a bit more of developing them, than some of the off-track internal thoughts of the two main characters, Jesse and Kerry. I also could have done with less bickering of the brothers. Not everything felt quite authentic, but I did have some emotional connections.
Kerry was awesome and I loved seeing her strength while she helped the community and the brothers. She took some risks to get things she wanted and improve her life. I enjoyed her progression in the story.
Jesse had his own journey and he really did work on himself. He didn’t have issues before, but other people had some issues with him. It was really a matter of him deciding on his priorities in life and spending time there.
I did hope there would be a bit more time on the business, as that aspect was a bit vague. I love the parts which were included like the hats and the Instagram stuff. The story has developed a great set of characters which could be furthered, along with loves for the other three brothers. I hope we might see more books in this world.
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