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Real Men Knit

(Real Men Knit #1)

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  7,570 ratings  ·  1,628 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 h
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 19th 2020 by Berkley
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Most romance novels are incredibly unrealistic, for many reasons including “men are usually not nice, let alone extravagantly loving” and “wait, these two people managed to meet without some sort of app” and, last but not least, “this romance manages to start out grand and romantic and continue to be grand and romantic without one or both parties realizing they were actually falling for an idea of a person and not this actual person, as exhibited by the fact that said beloved idea of a person wo ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This book unfortunately was just.. kinda boring? I feel like nothing really happened for the majority of the book, and then when things were actually happening I didn't feel much of any chemistry between the two main characters. This book wasn't bad, it just wasn't for me. Womp :c ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Real Men Knit is an engaging story full of heart. Four brothers lose their adoptive mother, who happened to own a knitting shop in Harlem. They come together to save the shop.

Oh my gosh, I loved these characters. Mama Joy was once their foster mother and later adopted the brothers. There are sprinkles of love and romance in here, and I was completely smitten with how the men were written in this book.

Definitely check this one out if you are looking for a refreshing story where the characters s
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
After digesting this book further, I am dropping my rating to 3 stars. This book just doesn't warrant anything above that rating.
This was marketed as a romance but it, in my opinion, wasn't that. This was more of a contemporary family fiction with heavy themes.
I liked the way the story carried out and I liked the dynamic between Jesse and Kerry.
That said, the pacing was really weird and felt kind of clunky which took away from the overall enjoyment. Overall, this book was sweet and heartfelt al
mina reads™️
May 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Real Men Knit is a story about four adoptive brothers struggling to keep their family knitting shop open in the wake of their mother's death. Jesse Strong, the youngest but least ambitious sibling decides that he will reinvent the shop and make it better than ever with the help of his childhood friend, Kerry Fuller, and the story takes off from there.

I have to say that this book really disappointed me, I was unbelievably excited for this one but it just felt incredibly flat. The first half, may
Wow. I'm not sure what happened here. I thought I was going to enjoy this one, but nothing and I mean absolutely nothing worked for me .

Real Men Knit is about four adopted brothers who lose their mother and have to work together with their family friend Kerry to keep her knitting/yarn business open. While reading the beginning of this novel, I thought that I was going to get this amazing romance that may have even introduced a conflict within the four brothers over who loved and would end up dat
Berit Talks Books
Family, Romance, and yarn. Kwana Jackson’s debut was bursting with hope, heart, and brotherly love. At its core this was a story about a family coming together after the loss of their beloved mother, Mama Joy. Jesse, Noah, Lucas, and Damien may not be related by blood but they all have a deep tied to one another and are grieving the loss of their adoptive mom. The family has owned a knitting shop in Harlem for a long time, but it might not make financial sense to keep the business going. Jesse t ...more
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

Contemporary romance. Diverse.
After the death of their adopted mother, Jesse, Noah, Lucas and Damian decide to keep the knit shop in Harlem open. The community and neighbors have come to depend on the safe place. Kerry worked at the knitting store and has been a regular at the shop since she was a child. Kerry has been in love with Jesse since they were children. Without Mama Joy keeping the community knitting, will the shop survive? Jesse and Kerry team up to make
Penny Reid
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-authors
Such a fun, straightforward, sweet, uncomplicated, lovely read. It's about brothers who inherit their (adoptive) mother's knitting store in Harlem. Charming escapism. We'll be doing a read-along for this book in November. It was exactly what I needed to read with all the chaos going on in the real world. Loved it! ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss2020
Real Men Knit has a very interesting premise. We meet our protagonists on the day after Mama Joy's funeral. This amazing woman, who adopted and raised four boys from the foster care system, passed away following an unexpected heart attack. The community is griefstricken and you can feel how loved and admired Mama Joy Strong was and how much her family and her neighbours are going to miss her. Her yarn shop was a special place full of kindness, peace and calm, so rare nowadays. The four brothers ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

2.75/5 Stars

Full review HERE

Real Men Knit is a book about family, the importance of legacy and community, and romance. I was hoping to like this book a lot more, but unfortunately this wasn't the case. Even though it wasn't a bad book per se, I found the pacing to be a bit off. The beginning was extremely slow, it was all about the shop and the backstory of the characters, which was interesting
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
I have no clue what happened in this book except one big nothing...
a beautiful cover though, I just couldn't care about the book..
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 and not treat her like a sibling/maternal figure. The ending felt abrupt because I wasn't satisfied with how their journey ended. It's a cute premise and the author nicely set up the other three brothers' stories.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange
Jan 19, 2022 rated it it was ok
I adored the premise of the book, men that knit, foster-turned-adoptive mother/family, and it being a romance. I was just so sure I was going to love it but unfortunately I did not. It wasn't terrible but the plot wasn't engaging and the chemistry on the couple wasn't really there. Not my cup of tea ...more
book bruin
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: berkley
3.5 stars

I knew that I wanted to read Real Men Knit from the moment I saw the adorable cover and read the blurb. It ended up being more women's fiction to me than romance, but there are definitely romantic elements and a nice slow burn between our two main characters. Throw in some forced proximity and it was an enjoyable ride.

What I really liked:
- Kerry. She came into her own through the course of the book and I liked that she never gave up her personal goals and dreams. Her friendship with Val
Well, this was one of my most anticipated and I’m so disappointed.

Kerry and Jesse were just meh. She’s a Good Girl and he’s A Player and neither of them seem to grow into anything else but those labels. The brothers had potential, but were easily interchangeable and Kerry’s BFF didn’t add the levity I think she was supposed to. The highlight was the older group of women knitters.

Plot wise, it was a struggle. There’s loads of inner monologue, repetitive conversations that don’t go anywhere, and
Vicky Again
DNF @ 50%

I was sooo excited for this. When my hold came in, I wanted to drop everything and read it (and I kind of did). So it's really disappointing that this didn't click with me.

I love reading adult romance because the authors are masters at writing really engaging stories. Stories that suck you in, stories that you can devour, bleary-eyed, in three very late hours you should not be awake at.

I was hoping Real Men Knit would be like this too--and although it has the setting and the tropes an
May 01, 2020 rated it liked it
This is tough, because had I been expecting more of a story about family with a splash of romance, this would be closer to 4 stars. However, as a romance, I didn't find this wholly satisfying. Some of this is that the male lead was an interesting character, but didn't work for me as a hero in a romance very well. He does learn/grow, but the grovel ultimately didn't match the crime for me. I did really enjoy the writing, and the characters were engaging, so I would try something else from the aut ...more
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

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Feb 05, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well it's my own fault really. I couldn't get this book at my local library (the holds were ridiculous) so I bought it. And I usually have a do not buy an author you are not familiar with rule that I hold fast to. That's because life is too short to be kicking over dollars to a book that can end up irking your very soul. But yep, that's what I did. Bought this book and I can't even donate it (Kindle Edition) so I can't even find some good after wasting my time on this. So high level summary, the ...more
Dear Publishing: More books like this, please.
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 Brothers & the co
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

I have to admit that I wanted to like this book much more than I actually liked it. The synopsis sounded cute and I liked that there was a diverse cast. I was looking forward to some fun family dynamics between the brothers, too. Unfortunately, I found everything that happened really lackluster.

I wasn’t very impressed with the writing, though it did get better as it went on. The first couple chapters were extremely heavy
Lily Herman
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was really excited to read Kwana Jackson's Real Men Knit; I was super intrigued by the unique premise (And give! me! that! sibling! drama!), not to the mention the very gorgeous cover.

Unfortunately, this novel fell a bit short for me on a few fronts. First and foremost, the old saying goes that writers should "show, don't tell," but this book was pretty much all telling. There were a lot more musings and random asides than actual dialogue, and all of it was super repetitive. While I loved some
Ms. Woc Reader
May 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Overall this series has a lot of potential and this book definitely set up the next few books for the Strong brothers but I don't feel like it dove deep enough into Jesse's story or Kerry's story or their relationship for my liking. I don't mind a good slow burn but this one was almost glacial and then rapidly sped up. It was the hints of chemistry between them that kept me turning the pages. And even then it felt more friends than lovers.

And there was not enough knitting! Why was there not more
Yesenia Cash
Jul 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
One star for the book cover, this book is so poorly written is was very hard to understand what was going on. Very repetitive and worded so weirdly I hated every second of it. Total disappointment!
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, series
4.3 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Four boys from different makeups and ethnic backgrounds, brought together by their shared need of, first and foremost, a home, but probably more so the love that that the seemingly irreverent single Black woman had given them.

Instead of romance or women's fiction, I think this story falls under what I'm going to call community fiction; what a perfec
Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)
I really wanted to love this one and while there are some great things here, it ultimately fell a bit flat for me. I might try future books in the series to see how things go because the premise is a cool one. In a nutshell, this first book had too much telling rather than showing, and had a hero that I just wasn't rooting for. I thought the heroine deserved better and unfortunately the point of this sort of romance is to convince me that the couple should be together.

As I said, the concept is
Lisa Wolf
A book about men knitting? Yes, please!

In Real Men Knit, the Strong brothers are all super attractive, muscular, successful men… and they knit. These four adult brothers were all adopted as children by Mama Joy, who rescued them from the foster system and turned them into a family. Mama Joy ran a small Harlem knitting shop that was more than just a play to buy yarn — Strong Knits was a community home away from home, a place to gather, interact, and improve lives.

But when Mama Joy dies, her sons
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