Real Men Knit
When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop, while dealing with life and love in Harlem.Jesse Strong is known for two things: his devotion to his adoptive mom, Mama Joy, and his reputation for breaking hearts in Harlem. When Mama Joy unexpectedly passes away, he and his brothers have different plans on what to do with Strong Knits, their neighborhood knitting store: Jesse wants to keep the store open; his brothers want to shut it down.Jesse makes an impassioned plea to Kerry Fuller, his childhood friend who has had a crush on him her entire life, to help him figure out how to run the business. Kerry agrees to help him reinvent the store and show him the knitty-gritty of the business, but the more time they spend together, the more the chemistry builds. Kerry, knowing Jesse’s history, doesn’t believe this relationship will exist longer than one can knit one, purl one. But Jesse is determined to prove to her that he can be the man for her—after all, real men knit.

Real Men Knit Details

TitleReal Men Knit
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 19th, 2020
PublisherBerkley
ISBN-139781984806505
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Adult, Fiction

Real Men Knit Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    While this definitely falls more under the umbrella of family fiction, the slow burning romance was a nice addition to the mix. If you're looking for a feel good novel that allowed me to visit Harlem in a way that the author has experienced it, please give this one a pre-order!*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    [Credit: Josh Bennett]-----------------------hell yes to men knittingi still remember my knitting phase. i could knit a good scarf| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | Reddit | LinkedIn | YouTube |
  • Jessica *The Lovely Books*
    January 1, 1970
    Im in love with love. This monthFebruaryis all about love. So Im happy I was able to read such a well-written and fun read about four hot brothers that knit! That being said, this book doesnt come out until May but I promise it will be out before you know it! Read it then come back and discuss with me!Jesse and Kerry are the female and male lead you love to root for. Sure, Jesse is a bit of a ladies man, but it didnt take away from the sweet side that had Kerry falling in love with him. For good I’m in love with love. This month—February—is all about love. So I’m happy I was able to read such a well-written and fun read about four hot brothers that knit! That being said, this book doesn’t come out until May but I promise it will be out before you know it! Read it then come back and discuss with me!Jesse and Kerry are the female and male lead you love to root for. Sure, Jesse is a bit of a ladies man, but it didn’t take away from the sweet side that had Kerry falling in love with him. For good reason! Mama Joy is the lovely lady that raised (and adopted) four boys that couldn’t be more different. They’re brothers though and it comes as a shock when Mama Joy passes away.Then comes the whole she-bang of what to do with her knitting shop. Jesse wants to keep it, while the brothers want to sell it. He’ll do anything to keep that from happening. So, that’s when his childhood friend comes into the picture with helping him save the shop.Along the way, we meet so many wonderful characters that will no doubt have the potential to be in follow-up books. I'm here for it when it happens :) Jackson has written a romance for the ages and I for one am a new found fan!*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 Stars. I wanted to like this much more than I actually liked it. Full review to come.
  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Publishing: More books like this, please.
  • Simone
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing like a fun book to read during the midst of all the world weary pandemic. This was definitely a great one to step outside your head and step into a world filled with yarn and romance.Real Men Knit starts off with a passing. Mama Joy's knitting store "Strong Knits" in Harlem has been an institution. But when Mama Joy dies suddenly, it's up to her adopted sons to figure out what to do next with her shop. While three of the four brothers would much prefer to sell the store especially since Nothing like a fun book to read during the midst of all the world weary pandemic. This was definitely a great one to step outside your head and step into a world filled with yarn and romance.Real Men Knit starts off with a passing. Mama Joy's knitting store "Strong Knits" in Harlem has been an institution. But when Mama Joy dies suddenly, it's up to her adopted sons to figure out what to do next with her shop. While three of the four brothers would much prefer to sell the store especially since it's already in financial trouble, Jesse, the youngest brother, wants to keep it open in honor of their late mother. However, the only thing Jesse understands is women and knitting and not a lot of knowledge on running the store. Good thing Kerry girl is around to help. Kerry is an employee of Strong Knits who just graduated from college and figuring out her next steps. While she works part-time at the knitting store, she's also working at the community center teaching and counseling kids. While still figuring out her next steps, she volunteers to help Jesse with keeping the store open.Just one thing; they've been secretly in love with each other for years. They don't know it and mostly because Kerry's observed Jesse's dating life since he was in high school and none of that sounds like something she'd be into. But as Kerry's apartment building falls apart, Jesse offers to let her stay above the store with him. You can probably guess what happens next.There's definitely a lot of heart in this story. I love that Kwana Jackson brings her culture and shares Harlem. I absolutely love the community feeling you get with the cast of neighbors and even the kids that come to the shop for lessons and activities. I really loved the premise as well with two characters with very different personalities coming together.I also love the knitting references. There were a lot, but it wasn't too daunting so if you're not normally a knitter you won't get caught up in the jargon. I loved seeing the scenes of Jesse knitting hats, but I wanted to see more from the brothers as well.However, the story wasn't my favorite. I thought it was really cute, but it took some time to get into the story. For the first 100 pages, it felt like the story was about the shop, what they're going to do with it, and learning about the characters' pasts and how they all come together through Mama Joy. And as great as that was, I had some doubt that this was a true romance. As a women's fiction, I thought it was lovely, but then it switches over to a romance and the story starts moving a little more quickly. It almost felt rushed at the end because things wrapped up really fast and everything sort of worked itself out. Not that that's a bad thing, but I wish there was more balance. Much of their backstory is front loaded and the romance is back loaded. I would have liked to see it all incorporated a little bit more.
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  • Laura • lauralovestoread
    January 1, 1970
    RTC*thank you Berkley Romance for the gifted copy
  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    I love the premise of this book, I love the Strong brothers, and I especially love Kerry! Jesse and Kerry are perfect for each other, and their romance gave me all the feels! This story has it all...love, romance, friendship, family, community, and some sexy times! Im already obsessed with a couple of other characters I think need to be together in a future book! I love the premise of this book, I love the Strong brothers, and I especially love Kerry! Jesse and Kerry are perfect for each other, and their romance gave me all the feels! This story has it all...love, romance, friendship, family, community, and some sexy times! I’m already obsessed with a couple of other characters I think need to be together in a future book!
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  • aarya
    January 1, 1970
    A soothing and low-angst romance. Its slow-paced compared to my normal preferences, but it fit my no-stress quarantine mood. It took me a while to warm up to the hero, and I wish he had grovelled more. I don't want to say that Kerry deserves better, but... Kerry deserves better. I liked Jesse; I just wanted him to prove his love to Kerry more. The ending felt abrupt because I wasn't satisfied with how their journey ended. Still, I enjoyed the setting and am looking forward to other books in the A soothing and low-angst romance. It’s slow-paced compared to my normal preferences, but it fit my no-stress quarantine mood. It took me a while to warm up to the hero, and I wish he had grovelled more. I don't want to say that Kerry deserves better, but... Kerry deserves better. I liked Jesse; I just wanted him to prove his love to Kerry more. The ending felt abrupt because I wasn't satisfied with how their journey ended. Still, I enjoyed the setting and am looking forward to other books in the series. It's a cute premise and the author nicely set up the other three brothers' stories. Discussed in SBTB podcast for quarantine reads: https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/p...Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram
  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first book by this author and I definitely enjoyed it. If you like reading about family dynamics, tight-knit communities, childhood crushes, fun social media ideas, and a player who doesnt settle down until hes with the right girl, I recommend this book! While I have some experience knitting and crocheting, the book would still be enjoyable and easy to understand for a reader with no familiarity with yarn-based crafts. Ma Joy was a community staple who owned a shop in Harlem called This was my first book by this author and I definitely enjoyed it. If you like reading about family dynamics, tight-knit communities, childhood crushes, fun social media ideas, and a player who doesn’t settle down until he’s with the right girl, I recommend this book! While I have some experience knitting and crocheting, the book would still be enjoyable and easy to understand for a reader with no familiarity with yarn-based crafts. Ma Joy was a community staple who owned a shop in Harlem called Strong Knits and adopted 4 boys who grew into very different and handsome men. At the start of the book, we meet the brothers and we learn that Ma Joy has passed away, leaving the future of the shop in jeopardy. We are introduced largely through the perspective of Kerry, who has worked in the shop since she was a quiet young girl and is like a member of the family. Kerry has always had a crush on heartbreaker brother Jesse. We get both of their POVs throughout the book. Jesse and Kerry partner to try to save the shop, and end up living under the same roof in the process. Their attraction cannot be ignored and sparks fly. Both Jesse and Kerry contribute strong ideas to the goal of saving the store.I am a sucker for job details in a good book, and we got lots of detail on shop displays, events, and crafting projects, and we also learned about Kerry’s other job in the community center. I absolutely loved the social media marketing approach for the shop’s reopening, including the title of the book. This would make a wonderful feel-good movie with depth, chemistry, and humor, someone please make this happen! The characters and relationships felt real and the community was nicely fleshed out, we met Jesse’s exes and dear friends of Ma Joy, Kerry, and Jesse. I also loved the incorporation of cultural and community references, and how the book outright tackled the perception of men who knit. I will say the main romantic conflict was due to a lack of communication, and that drives me a little crazy. It was somewhat salvaged by the input from Jesse’s brothers and Kerry’s best friend, who provided a dose of sanity. The ending of this book was also very sweet, if a little short. I would have liked one more scene or epilogue. I am hoping for more books for characters introduced in this book!*Review copy received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Jamie Beck
    January 1, 1970
    Another winner from Kwana Jackson...and with three more Strong brothers in the mix, readers can look forward to this series. Although Mama Joy is dead, I loved her and think we all need someone like her in our lives! As usual, the author masterfully creates a wonderful sense of family and community with this foster-sibling set and the knitting shop community. Kerry is a great heroine and in addition to the romance, I enjoyed her personal arc with her mom, too. Jesse is the bad boy with a good Another winner from Kwana Jackson...and with three more Strong brothers in the mix, readers can look forward to this series. Although Mama Joy is dead, I loved her and think we all need someone like her in our lives! As usual, the author masterfully creates a wonderful sense of family and community with this foster-sibling set and the knitting shop community. Kerry is a great heroine and in addition to the romance, I enjoyed her personal arc with her mom, too. Jesse is the bad boy with a good heart, so i liked watching him and Kerry overcome the issues keeping them from admitting their feelings. I recently started to learn how to knit and now wish there was a store like this near me! Thanks to the author for the ARC!!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I contributed this review to Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!Special thanks to Kwana Jackson & Berkley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.Real Men Knit is a sweet & tender novel about family, community & hope. From the very first page, I am rooting for Kerry and Damian. They are childhood friends that are really more like chosen family. In the wake of Mama Joy's death, Kerry, the Strong I contributed this review to Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!Special thanks to Kwana Jackson & Berkley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.Real Men Knit is a sweet & tender novel about family, community & hope. From the very first page, I am rooting for Kerry and Damian. They are childhood friends that are really more like chosen family. In the wake of Mama Joy's death, Kerry, the Strong Brothers & the community share the grief of the insurmountable loss of Mama Joy. Jackson fills the pages of Real Men Knit. There is so much here. Each of the Strong men has a history of foster care. Meanwhile, Kerry has her own issues with her mother & is trying to navigate new opportunities in her career. Kwana Jackson does a great job tackling some touch & deep issues without making the story too melancholy. While I love nothing more than a great binge read, I highly encourage you to take your time with this one. I love the fights and conflicts between the brothers. Each are navigating the world without their mother figure. Through her writing, Jackson addresses the very real feeling of grief, loss, and heartache. The conflicts are believable & authentic. As a reader, I so appreciate that! My fingers & toes are crossed for a sequel and/or a series. Jackson does a great job introducing readers to each of the Strong men. I have enough information about each of them that I truly hope we get more. Also, Kerry's friend Val definitely deserves a HEA too! I want more of the OKG too! Give me all the lowdown on the knitting ladies who Kerry loves so much. Read Real Men Knit if you're in the mood for a tender love story peppered with real and authentic heartache. This novel is a good reminder for us all to see hope in the future even when it seems all may be lost.
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  • Sally Kilpatrick
    January 1, 1970
    Four hot brothers who knit.That's really all you need to know, but I'm going to tell you more anyway. Kerry Fuller is part of Mama Joy's found family so it's only natural that she wants to help Mama Joy's four adopted children keep their yarn store home open. It's also natural that she would be attracted to any one of the Strong brothers because they are each hot. Unfortunately for her, she's always been attracted to Jesse, the youngest brother who's a bit of a player and ne'er do well. Jesse is Four hot brothers who knit.That's really all you need to know, but I'm going to tell you more anyway. Kerry Fuller is part of Mama Joy's found family so it's only natural that she wants to help Mama Joy's four adopted children keep their yarn store home open. It's also natural that she would be attracted to any one of the Strong brothers because they are each hot. Unfortunately for her, she's always been attracted to Jesse, the youngest brother who's a bit of a player and ne'er do well. Jesse is determined to keep the yarn store open and to do right by everyone including Kerry--even if that means denying that he has feelings for her.Real Men Knit was funny and warm and hopeful. My favorite part was how Jackson used knitting terminology metaphorically and what meaning that brings to the fact that in knitting you can't mess up. You just undo your stitches back to the place where you messed up. Also, she subverts expectations that men shouldn't cry or otherwise express their emotions. Or that they shouldn't knit.Did I mention that between this and one of Phyllis Bourne's stories, now I want to learn how to knit? At any rate treat yourself to Real Men Knit.
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  • Read In Colour
    January 1, 1970
    I'm fairly new to Kwana Jackson's writing, but I'm in love with her story lines and her characters! Though I knew instinctively that Jesse and Kerry would fall for each other, it didn't take away from the loveliness of their romance.I also appreciated Jackson for giving us not one but four men, hopefully setting readers up for sequels, with each sequel featuring a different brother and his potential romance. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more about the Strong brothers.
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the concept and liked the characters, but the prose was clunky and there were a number of awkward sentence constructions and grammatical errors. I hope that, since this was an ARC, some of the construction issues can be fixed before final publication because the premise has so much promise and potential.
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    This one was so cute. I had been craving a fun light-hearted romance and that's exactly what this was. The Strong brothers are a group of adopted sons of a woman named Mama Joy. After her passing, her sons are left to keep her infamous knitting business afloat. While that is happening, his lifelong friend and patron of Mama Joy's store comes on to the scene to help them out. What unfolds is their slow burn, back and forth romance. So cute and fun, the perfect "beach read." When this one comes This one was so cute. I had been craving a fun light-hearted romance and that's exactly what this was. The Strong brothers are a group of adopted sons of a woman named Mama Joy. After her passing, her sons are left to keep her infamous knitting business afloat. While that is happening, his lifelong friend and patron of Mama Joy's store comes on to the scene to help them out. What unfolds is their slow burn, back and forth romance. So cute and fun, the perfect "beach read." When this one comes out, definitely go pick it up, I flew right through it. Thank you to penguin random house for the advanced reader's copy.
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  • Merline
    January 1, 1970
    Cute friends-to-lovers romance about family and friendship. It took a while for me to get into it because the writing felt a little bit clunky and nothing happened in the first half, but once I became hooked around the 50% mark, I couldnt put it down! I hope my boys Lucas, Damian, Noah, and my girl Val get their own books. RTC.ARC provided by publisher through Edelweiss. Cute friends-to-lovers romance about family and friendship. It took a while for me to get into it because the writing felt a little bit clunky and nothing happened in the first half, but once I became hooked around the 50% mark, I couldn’t put it down! I hope my boys Lucas, Damian, Noah, and my girl Val get their own books. RTC.ARC provided by publisher through Edelweiss.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    This was so cute and I loved the characters. I really hope there are more books coming -- I'd love to see the other brothers and Val get their own stories!
  • Really Into This
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah contributed this review to Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!Special thanks to Kwana Jackson & Berkley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.Real Men Knit is a sweet & tender novel about family, community & hope. From the very first page, I am rooting for Kerry and Damian. They are childhood friends that are really more like chosen family. In the wake of Mama Joy's death, Kerry, the Sarah contributed this review to Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!Special thanks to Kwana Jackson & Berkley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.Real Men Knit is a sweet & tender novel about family, community & hope. From the very first page, I am rooting for Kerry and Damian. They are childhood friends that are really more like chosen family. In the wake of Mama Joy's death, Kerry, the Strong Brothers & the community share the grief of the insurmountable loss of Mama Joy. Jackson fills the pages of Real Men Knit. There is so much here. Each of the Strong men has a history of foster care. Meanwhile, Kerry has her own issues with her mother & is trying to navigate new opportunities in her career. Kwana Jackson does a great job tackling some touch & deep issues without making the story too melancholy. While I love nothing more than a great binge read, I highly encourage you to take your time with this one. I love the fights and conflicts between the brothers. Each are navigating the world without their mother figure. Through her writing, Jackson addresses the very real feeling of grief, loss, and heartache. The conflicts are believable & authentic. As a reader, I so appreciate that! My fingers & toes are crossed for a sequel and/or a series. Jackson does a great job introducing readers to each of the Strong men. I have enough information about each of them that I truly hope we get more. Also, Kerry's friend Val definitely deserves a HEA too! I want more of the OKG too! Give me all the lowdown on the knitting ladies who Kerry loves so much. Read Real Men Knit if you're in the mood for a tender love story peppered with real and authentic heartache. This novel is a good reminder for us all to see hope in the future even when it seems all may be lost.
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  • Ottilee B.
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful low-key type of book that kept me reading until the end! The road between Kerry and Jesse was littered with debris- Jes' past girlfriends- but Kerry won in the end. (Mama Joy was leading the choir: "Hallelujah!") I'd love to read about the other bros. hint!
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  • Jillian Doherty
    January 1, 1970
    Such a fun and delightfully surprising story; I couldn't put it down once I started!I love a story that plunges right into the heart of it - Ch.1 illustrates how Miss Joy brought together her community, hope, and a motley crew of family members while running her beloved yarn shop. When she passes away entirely too soon, they are left picking up the pieces of their lives, finding a new sense of purpose in doing so. Kerry and Jesse have such a great chemistry, along with how they act/react with Such a fun and delightfully surprising story; I couldn't put it down once I started!I love a story that plunges right into the heart of it - Ch.1 illustrates how Miss Joy brought together her community, hope, and a motley crew of family members while running her beloved yarn shop. When she passes away entirely too soon, they are left picking up the pieces of their lives, finding a new sense of purpose in doing so. Kerry and Jesse have such a great chemistry, along with how they act/react with their 'brothers' as well. I hope we get more stories, from their perspectives as well! Far more than a rom-com; the story shares how we self-analyse, and almost missing out on living our best life because we're afraid of ruining what we have. It also sheds light onto male insecurities, female self-respect, and owning the qualities that make us unique - even if they're unusual :) A great read!Galley borrowed from the publisher.
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  • Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)
    January 1, 1970
    Very fun and cute!
  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Real Men Knit is a story about community. The love and care those that are committed to Strong Knits have for the brothers trying to save the shop comes through loud and clear. The work done at the community center with children and the encouragement given to a young boy being bullied becasue he likes to knit was touching. The romance between Jesse and Kerry is very much in the background for most of the book. When it does come to fruition right at the end it's so fast I felt like I was missing Real Men Knit is a story about community. The love and care those that are committed to Strong Knits have for the brothers trying to save the shop comes through loud and clear. The work done at the community center with children and the encouragement given to a young boy being bullied becasue he likes to knit was touching. The romance between Jesse and Kerry is very much in the background for most of the book. When it does come to fruition right at the end it's so fast I felt like I was missing out. But for all the other good things this story accomplishes with it's varied characters it was worth the read for me.
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  • Moon Love
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson delivers the romance and feelings in this beautiful story. The premise of four brothers taking over a yarn/knitting shop in Harlem after their mother dies is unique, especially since most people wouldn't associate knitting with masculinity. Kwana Jackson takes this assumption and turns it on its head. Jesse Strong is the youngest of his brothers, the baby, who still lived at home with Mama Joy. He's not found what he wants to do with his life, but with 4.5 stars!Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson delivers the romance and feelings in this beautiful story. The premise of four brothers taking over a yarn/knitting shop in Harlem after their mother dies is unique, especially since most people wouldn't associate knitting with masculinity. Kwana Jackson takes this assumption and turns it on its head. Jesse Strong is the youngest of his brothers, the baby, who still lived at home with Mama Joy. He's not found what he wants to do with his life, but with the loss of his mother, he finds letting go of her shop to be the one thing he can't do. Loss is difficult to deal with, and seeing Jesse grapple with his emotions and fears, while trying handle these new challenges is emotional at times. He's vulnerable, but not to everyone, and it's endearing.Kerry Fuller too is reeling from the loss of Mama Joy. She and her shop have been her safe haven for so long. Kerry has goals and dreams, but she can't leave the Strong men, especially Jesse, to handle the challenges of the shop, especially when they're unfamiliar with the day to day workings of it. Both jesse and Kerry are likable and easy to relate to. They work well together, and their chemistry is great. I loved seeing Jesse's eyes open to how attractive Kerry is as much as I loved seeing Kerry step outside of the walls she's devised to keep herself safe and focused. The change in Jesse is unbelievable and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him evolve into a better and more confident version of himself.Most of all, I loved the interaction between the Strong brothers. The men have a chemistry and camaraderie all their own. I'm sincerely hoping the other Strong men will get books of their own. Kwana Jackson has written a gem of a book. She not only entertains, but in doing so invalidates societal standards regarding boys and men showing visible emotional reactions and what is considered appropriate for boys and men in terms of activities. I am eager to read more from her!
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  • Catherine Heloise
    January 1, 1970
    Real Men Knit is a gentle romance about finding ones feet and ones purpose after loss. Jesse is one of the four adopted sons of Mama Joy, who owned a knitting shop in Harlem that was the centre of the local community. Kerry was a foster niece of sorts - her mother was around and doing her best, but she grew up in and around the shop and went to work there when she finished school and while she was studying. She now works part time in a community centre but helps out at the shop in her spare Real Men Knit is a gentle romance about finding one’s feet and one’s purpose after loss. Jesse is one of the four adopted sons of Mama Joy, who owned a knitting shop in Harlem that was the centre of the local community. Kerry was a foster niece of sorts - her mother was around and doing her best, but she grew up in and around the shop and went to work there when she finished school and while she was studying. She now works part time in a community centre but helps out at the shop in her spare time, and so when Jesse decides he wants to try to keep the shop going, she naturally volunteers to help him. Add in an explosion and burst main at her apartment that leaves her with nowhere to live except, and you have the perfect set up for a forced proximity romance in which childhood friends can become something more.There was a lot to love here. I’m a sucker for romances where we see groups of brothers or sisters interacting in the background - the mix of affection and competitiveness/jostling to be in charge is always fun. And the combination of flirtiness and protectiveness from Jesse’s brothers towards Kerry is adorable (as is the way they are clearly doing this to wind him up, and he is the only one, including Kerry, who doesn’t see it). I also adored all the Hot Manly Men Doing Knitting bits, and their support and affirmation of a young boy from Kerry’s youth centre who enjoys knitting and is getting bullied about it.Kerry herself is lovely, too - a warm, generous woman who wants to be to others what Mama Joy was to her, but who nonetheless draws the line at being a mother (or indeed, sister) figure to the Strong family.The romance was quite sweet, and the attraction between Jesse and Kerry was well-written. My only complaint was that they both had a tendency to assume the other couldn’t possibly really love them, and reacting accordingly - a sensible conversation could have solved this, though I realise they were both coming from a place of self-protective insecurity.All in all, a charming, sweet book, and I’ll keep an eye out for the rest of the series.
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  • Janye
    January 1, 1970
    Mama Joy Strong had passed away and her four sons dont exactly know how to carry on. She adopted each of them from a harder life and shown them much love. The majority of that love was shown in a yarn shop in Harlem. Now that she is gone, the Strong brothers need to determine which path the store must take.Jesse Strong tends to have a reputation of being a playboy as well as having a low work ethic. None of his three brothers know that what he really wants is to make a difference.Kerry grew up Mama Joy Strong had passed away and her four sons dont exactly know how to carry on. She adopted each of them from a harder life and shown them much love. The majority of that love was shown in a yarn shop in Harlem. Now that she is gone, the Strong brothers need to determine which path the store must take.Jesse Strong tends to have a reputation of being a playboy as well as having a low work ethic. None of his three brothers know that what he really wants is to make a difference.Kerry grew up at the Strong Knits store. It was an oasis for escaping her at times difficult life. Mama Joy meant the world to her and now that she is gone Kerry is lost. Although, she has always felt friendship in the Strong brother, one in particular she has fancied a bit more.In this fun-filled book Jesse and Kerry work together to see if they can build something new out of Mama Joy's store, they also find that they want to possibly build something new with one another.I enjoyed this read. It was a fun way to explore Harlem through the author's eyes. I really enjoy the way she describes the main characters. This was a slow burn romance with some wit, and knit involved.Thank you Edelweiss for this advanced copy. My thoughts are that of my own.
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  • The CurvyJones
    January 1, 1970
    I don't even pretend to know how to knit, despite always meaning to... but don't fear that you need to have any expertise to read and enjoy this super cute romance. Real men do indeed knit, particularly the Strong brothers. Jesse Strong-- the heartbreaker is completely bowled over by Kerry Fuller, part time shop employee who was particularly close to the former owner of Strong Knits, Jesse's adoptive mother, who they all call Mama Joy. And, not so secretly, Kerry has held a torch for Jesse for I don't even pretend to know how to knit, despite always meaning to... but don't fear that you need to have any expertise to read and enjoy this super cute romance. Real men do indeed knit, particularly the Strong brothers. Jesse Strong-- the heartbreaker is completely bowled over by Kerry Fuller, part time shop employee who was particularly close to the former owner of Strong Knits, Jesse's adoptive mother, who they all call Mama Joy. And, not so secretly, Kerry has held a torch for Jesse for longer than she'll admit. When a mishap at her apartment means they'll be living in very close quarters.....well, magic. But not without a few people butting in and some serious self reflection. It would be so mean of Kwana to intro us to Damien and Lucas without giving them loves as well. I'm just saying.... I expect more Men Who Knit. This is a completely adorable book. Put it in your face and give yourself a cute love story.
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  • Bookgyrl
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I had a bit more time for this review but in short: I really loved and enjoyed this story about family and a friends-to-lovers trope. Jesse (the youngest of 4 hot brothers and they knit!) and his childhood friend Kerry will do anything to save the knitting shop of Jesse's adoptive mom. Great characters and a cute storyline! *** I received an ARC via Edelweiss and this is my honest and voluntary review. ***
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  • MC
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 🦄 Just finished the book- initial review:This book is really cute and really fun in a lot of ways. I really wanted to love this book. It has interesting characters, tons of emotional depth to explore, knitting (!), and hot men. It is also sooooo funny! I was laughing at a lot of the sharp comebacks and Val, the hilarious and sexually liberated best friend. But it has its faults, not only because it still need edits. The romance is seemingly a friends-to-lover trope, although the friendship 3.5/5 🦄 Just finished the book- initial review:This book is really cute and really fun in a lot of ways. I really wanted to love this book. It has interesting characters, tons of emotional depth to explore, knitting (!), and hot men. It is also sooooo funny! I was laughing at a lot of the sharp comebacks and Val, the hilarious and sexually liberated best friend. But it has its faults, not only because it still need edits. The romance is seemingly a friends-to-lover trope, although the friendship part seems almost nonexistent. The main female character, Kerry, acts like she was a light fixture rather than a person in their lives all this time. Whereas the main man, Jesse, was fairly clear that they actually hung out even though they didn’t seem to talk or apparently be close. Both characters, whose perspectives we get, are prone to info-dumping, especially concerning their emotional state and especially in the beginning. Once the romance starts heating up, it felt a little abrupt but at the same time, in my head, I was going,”finally! The romance! No more pining!” So by the time you get there you will have had more than enough of waiting! I did really enjoy this book and I loved all the yarn and knitting. But at the same time I sometimes felt more invested in side characters—little knitting boy Errol, for example. And structurally the book needs some work. It started off particularly slow and it was difficult to get a feel for how much time was passing because so much of the renovations of the shop was just not described until all of a sudden they are actually painting—but apparently not doing anything with the Pinterest stuff mentioned earlier. The emphasis on all the planning with little description of the actual rest of the process and the execution made the whole situation feel lopsided. I received an ARC (obviously) and unfortunately it was full of errors. Some of the syntax made the sentences difficult to understand as well. I’m hopeful that will be fixed in edits. Now the good parts were towards the second half, but I must say I thought a lot more would have happened by 70% in (I read on kindle). Then all of a sudden lots of stuff happens but it doesn’t get the same treatment as some of the more drawn out earlier scenes. So basically there is a pacing issue and a distribution issue. Overall, I really enjoyed the book in spite of its faults. I am hopeful that with some edits at least some of the more problematic errors and syntax issues will be smoothed over. I loved the characters, especially how diverse they were yet all fit together so nicely (a real microcosm of the Strong Family-Mama Joy world). I liked how funny and snappy and sharp the dialogue could be. I’d be willing to read a sequel—hopefully about one of the brother’s, preferably Damien—because I enjoyed it enough. I just needed both more and less from this book.
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