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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,
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Expected publication: May 19th 2020 by Berkley
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    When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop.

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    Tucker
    Nov 11, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition

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    hell yes to men knitting

    i still remember my knitting phase. i could knit a good scarf

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    Jessica *The Lovely Books*
    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.
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    Christy
    Dear Publishing: More books like this, please.
    Sarah
    Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I contributed this review to Really Into This

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    Happy 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
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    Sara
    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
    Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Sarah contributed this review to Really Into This

    Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com
    Happy 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
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    Merline
    Cute friends-to-lovers romance about family and friendship. It took a while for me to get into it because the writing didn’t feel authentic 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.
    Sally Kilpatrick
    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
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    Jillian Doherty
    Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    The CurvyJones
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    Bookgyrl
    Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
    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. ***
    Crystal
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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!
    Billie
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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.
    Catherine Heloise
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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 ...more
    Andrea Stoeckel
    [book will drop May 9,2020]

    "Though she didn't want to admit it, she was putting a portion of her life on hold for their needs"

    Kerry Fuller and the four boys adopted by Joy Strong were left with a conundrum when Mamma Joy died of a heart attack. What would the boys do withe their legacy: Strong Knits, a touchstone for generations in Harlem. Since Mamma Joy's funeral, the 5 of them were looking toward the future...well, the 4 men were. Kerry, who'd been connected to the store since the 4 boys were
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    Alexis
    Knitting and romance novels are two of my very favorite things and this book combines the two so well. I am new-ish to contemporary romances, and confess that I need to be a bit more diverse in my romance reading, so this book was a wonderful foray into both.

    The characters were well written and jumped right off the pages. While you get dropped right into the mix of the Strong brothers, you feel like you know this group right away (and they quickly steal your heart!). Our heroine Kerry is as
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    Linda
    Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    It's so much fun to read a book that isn't the "same 'ole same ole". Real Men Knit is just that sort of book! The 4 Strong brothers are mourning the loss of their beloved adoptive mother, Mama Joy. Now they need to decide what to do with Mama Joy's knitting shop--Strong Knits. Jesse Strong is the brother that wants to get it up and running again. The family's long time friend/part-time employee Kerry Fuller volunteers to help out. Kerry has had a secret crush on handsome Jesse for years. Too bad ...more
    Katie
    Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Mikaela (Booklover1974)
    First I want to say that I love the title!! So funny and inviting to read. That's also why I downloaded this ARC.
    I can't say that I love the book though. There is way too many repetitive sayings, like how Mama Joy would feel about different things. It's also way too much about Jesse and his life with other women, his past. That gets old really fast.

    When I were at 60% it felt like nothing had really happened and I didn't feel the chemistry between Kerry and Jesse. I think the ending was the
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    Chris Markley
    Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    This is a story of family, and loyalty, and finding a way to break free from the designated family roles. Jesse is the designated screw up and ladies man of the Strong brothers, but after his mother dies he struggles to break free of that role to change his life and save the family business. Kerry's role is good girl that is always there to lend a helping hand and the neighborhood has her life planned out, but she isn't sure that is the life she wants. Can Jesse and Kerry break free of ...more
    Jennifer
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalleyarc
    It kills me to not give this more stars, because I love knitting, I love romance, I love everything about the premise. However, I just didn't feel it. The writing was a little clunky and the romance felt really rushed. I do hope that this is a series, because the other brothers and Val were played up SO much. And if it is a series, then I will absolutely continue reading. This was fun, but it just wasn't my favorite.
    Sarah
    Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: dnf
    Not so horrible that I absolutely couldn't finish it, but not nearly good enough to keep me reading when other holds and ARCs are coming in.

    The narration and especially the dialogue feel clunky and unnatural.

    The main characters are interesting, but fully a quarter of the way into the book it's still all set-up and reminiscing and backstory. Nothing is happening.

    Recommended primarily for mid- to large public libraries where other African American romance authors circulate very well.
    Paula Pergament
    Ms. Jackson’s charming book spends a good amount of time establishing its setting, but this offers readers the chance to travel to New York and a delightful knit shop from their armchair. The story is a slow build, but readers will be glad they spent time with the Strong family as they grieve and try to save their adoptive mother’s knit shop.
    Jessica
    Is this the start of a series? PLEASE tell me this is the start of a series ...more
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