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Real Men Knit

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  84 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2020 by Berkley
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Nov 11, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr

[Credit: Josh Bennett]


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*
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars. I wanted to like this much more than I actually liked it. Full review to come.
Feb 05, 2020 added it
Shelves: poc, fiction, 2020, romance
Dear Publishing: More books like this, please.
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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, 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! ...more
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 ...more
rachel ☾
Mar 26, 2020 marked it as arc-tbr

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Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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
Jamie Beck
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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
Sally Kilpatrick
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Read In Colour
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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.
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, arc
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 ...more
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.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Sarah 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
Ottilee B.
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!
Jillian Doherty
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Moon Love
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Catherine Heloise
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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
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Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ***
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to the author and FB page Fiction From The Heart page for this ARC.

This was a book that focused on more with 4 adopted brothers from Harlem who took over the shop after their adopted mother "Mama Joy" died suddenly than the store itself and men or women who knit. Mostly focused on Jesse and Kerry who were always in love growing up with Kerry being very involved in the store. I wanted more of keeping the store open than a love story but all in all a pretty good read.

I tried to see
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. It has a lot of elements that I like: the knitting and the knitting store, strong characters and conflict.
But the amount of rambling and internal dialogue bogged down the plot so completely, it sometimes was hard to pick up the trail again.

In the end, this story wasn't a good fit for me.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
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