Ready for a family filled contemporary romance? I might have just the thing..
Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson
Genre: Contemporary/ Romance
Publisher: Harper Fiction
Date Published: 27 May 2021
Print length: 368 pages
Trigger warnings: Grief, loss
Kerry Fuller has worked at Joy Strong’s knitting shop – Strong Knits – for years. And she’s had a secret crush on Joy’s son, heartbreaker Jesse Strong, for even longer.
When Joy unexpectedly passes away, Jesse vows that he will keep the shop open, no matter what. And with no idea of where to start, he reaches out to Kerry for help. Soon Kerry is teaching Jesse all the knitty-gritty parts of the business – all the while trying to keep her heart from getting broken.
The longer they spend together, the closer they become. But Kerry doesn’t believe their relationship can last longer than she can knit one, purl one. It’s up to Jesse to prove her wrong…
I saw the sweet cover a while back and knew I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to participate in this blog tour. Of course I was guilty, as I often am, of judging a book – this book – by its cover.
Real Men Knit presents itself as a cute, sweet romance with the added extra of knitting. Upon reading this book, though, I discovered that there is more to it than that. The book begins with the aftermath of the death of the matriarch, Mama Joy, who has not only nurtured the very different Strong brothers’ but she has also run the knitting shop — Strong Knits alongside. Yes, it is about how these boys — and Kerry — get the shop up and running, but this book is a sharp, emotional showcase of how it feels to lose someone who meant to much to so many (something I think a lot of us will have experienced over this past year).
Admittedly, the book felt as if it took a long time getting started but — I will say — I did enjoy it once it did.
It was a bit predictable, and the romance wasn’t as electrifying as I thought it might be, but it was an easy, family filled story which filled me with comfort…even if I know I’d be hopeless at knitting!
A Few “Thank Yous”
I wouldn’t have been able to participate in this blog tour, or read this book, without Anne Cater (of Random Things Tours and Random Things through My Letterbox) so I just wanted to say thank you for my spot and for organising the blog tour.
I also want to thank the publishers, Harper Fiction, and the writer Kwana Jackson for allowing me to read an E-Arc of this book via NetGalley. I enjoyed it and I hope others do, as well.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author and native New Yorker, Kwana Jackson aka K.M 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. A longtime advocate of equality and diversity in romance (#WeNeedDiverseRomance), Kwana is the mother of twins and currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband. When not writing she can be found on Twitter @kwanawrites, on Facebook at facebook.com/KmJacksonAuthor, and on her website at www.kmjackson.com.
You can buy Real Men Knit here.
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