"If you're looking for an easy charmer, this is the novel for you."—Shondaland
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, their neighborhood knitting store. Jesse wants to keep the store open. His brothers want to tie off loose ends and close shop....
Part-time shop employee Kerry Fuller has kept her crush on Jesse a secret. When she overhears his impassioned plea to his brothers to keep the knitting shop open, she volunteers to help. Unlike Jesse, Kerry knows the “knitty-gritty” of the business, and together they make plans to reinvent Strong Knits for a new generation.
But the more time they spend together, the stronger the chemistry builds between them. Kerry, knowing Jesse’s history, doesn’t believe their relationship can last longer than she can knit one, purl two. But Jesse is determined to prove to her that he can be the man for her forever and always. After all, real men knit.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Knitting, a favourite hobby for millions of Americans, is trendier than ever—and that makes Real Men Knit a winner in our book. The story revolves around Jesse Strong, who’s determined to keep his family’s Harlem yarn store afloat after the death of his mother. Jesse relies on the knitting and business expertise of employee Kerry Fuller, who knows that her swoon-worthy new boss is somewhat unreliable, unable to commit to anything (or anyone). We love how Kwana Jackson’s romance underscores the importance of small, locally owned shops as community institutions and gathering places. This comforting novel and its themes of found family will warm your heart.
Longtime friends partner in first business then pleasure in this light, refreshing romance from Jackson (the Sugar Lake series, written as K.M. Jackson). Jesse Strong, one of four adopted sons of "Mama Joy" Strong, has lived a fun-filled, irresponsible life, but he's forced to finally grow up following Mama Joy's death. Deciding not to sell his mother's beloved Harlem knitting store, Strong Knits, which doubles as the Strong family home, Jesse turns to family friend and Strong Knits employee Kerry Fuller to teach him the business side of things. Kerry has crushed on Jesse since they were kids, but she hides her feelings, believing that playboy Jesse views her as just a friend. But as they band together to run the shop, a maintenance mishap in Kerry's apartment leaves her temporarily living with Jesse. Working and living in such close quarters, their chemistry only grows. Jackson eschews manufactured drama and miscommunication, giving her couple a relatively painless path to love. Jesse's delightful brothers bring an extra helping of light and laughter to the story, and their distinct personalities will have readers excited for them each to find love of their own in future installments. This smooth romance goes down easy.
I loved this book. It was rich with culture and descriptions. Kerry & Jesse had great chemistry. I’m looking forward to the next bin the series. I want to see what Lucas gets up to in particular.