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…
Real Men Knit focuses around the lives of four African/American/Korean brothers who are all adopted by Mama Joy. The story starts shortly after Mama Joy’s funeral when the brothers have to decide between them what is going to happen to Strong Knits, the yarn shop their mother owned and loved dearly.
Jesse, Lucas, Damien and Noah all have very different ideas of what should become of the shop that has been a long standing part of the family. When it feels as though they are getting nowhere, Jesse is thrown a lifeline by Kerry. She has worked at the shop for many years and loves it as much as he does. Soon enough between them they start concocting a plan to try and sway the remaining brothers that keeping the shop is the best outcome for all of them.
This was a nice, easy read that I easily lost myself within. The storyline is light hearted and has a real sense of hope and fun weaving its way throughout. The characters are delightful and realistic. The Strong brothers all have their own unique personalities, along with their share of flaws which makes them all the more human!. Despite their differences of opinion, the bond that the brothers share is really moving and warms your heart.
Of courser there is a romance bubbling away alongside the family drama, and I have to say I do love a slow burner where the characters slowly grow as individuals before pulling together at the end. This was certainly a fun read!.
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.
*Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours, HarperCollins and Kwana Jackson for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*