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Real Men Knit

Written by: Kwana Jackson
Narrated by: Keylor Leigh
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"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.

©2020 Kwana Jackson (P)2020 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"A big-hearted, warm, funny story of community, family and unexpected romance, Real Men Knit is an absolute winner. Kwana Jackson never fails to give me exactly what I want in a book: a messy family, characters who fight for what they want, believable and delicious romance, and a setting that’s as much a part of the story as the people in it." (Kristan Higgins, New York Times best-selling author)

"Such a fantastic read, complete with an emotion-filled romance, and a cast of characters I’m so looking forward to seeing again." (Nalini Singh, New York Times best-selling author)

"I loved every word of Real Men Knit. It’s a sweet and satisfying slow-burn of a romance about what knits us together as family, friends, and lovers. I can’t wait for the next installment of the Old Knitting Gang!" (Lyssa Kay Adams)

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  • S.Kai
  • 2020-06-25

FADE TO BLACK SEX SCENES! Sad face

Wanted to Like this more than I did *Spoilers*

- I like the premise of the book.
-This book should not be in the romance section. I’m going to give it a bad review because it was miscatogorized. It is women’s fiction or Young Adult. A cute little story of a family of hot dudes and one falls in love with the clerk cool. But dear gawd a missed opportunity for steam.
-I like that they are a tribe of brothers, do I smell sequel?
-I loved to see brown people with brown people issues in harlem dealing and worrying about bad landlords and gentrification.
-The brothers being as diverse as they were gave me some hope for some good swirl action later. I wish other characters were introduced for them.
-I wanted to like this book a 5 outta 5.
-This book was too dam slow. It was over half way through the book when they kiss for the first time.
-The book was front loaded with backstory and information that I felt could have been spread out throughout the book mor authentically.
-The foreplay was nice and then…. WHATTTT fade to black????? Give me the sex. That's why I’m here.
-I never got the chemistry from Jesse. He seemed immature and Kerry seemed unequally yoked with him. Now Lucas...yes
-The characters were very 1 dimensional for me. For example Erica the girl who liked Jesse was a stereotypical mean girl. It doesn’t read authentic. There was a great opportunity to see the dynamics of the brothers bond and we saw little of that.
-This burn was too slow and the writing style for me felt choppy.

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  • Smile
  • 2020-05-26

A good weekend listen for knitters and crocheters.

I enjoyed the book because in many respects being a long time knitters and crocheters it was like spending time in my favorite local Yarn Store and spending time in a community of friends. Give a high five for true love. I am wondering if the author is going to have each of the remaining brothers find True love true yarn and knitting or crochet hooks. I’m hoping the author makes this into a mini series.

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  • Itsben1
  • 2020-07-14

Cute, but...

Cute story, but a bit boring at points which made it drag. It would've been great to have more of an explanation of the relationships between the brothers and their interest in Kerry. Also, the performance would've been great with a Black woman as the narrator. There were several colloquial phrases and opportunities to punch up the text that were missed because of the narrator. Overall I would recommend.

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  • Kshaw
  • 2020-06-29

Happy Tears at the End

So good. Just what I needed. Loved the story and how knitting was woven in.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-06-23

good book

I really didn't know what to expect when I started this. I just picked it out on a whim. But I really like the story and I like the fact that guys doing do knit!

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  • PMA1984
  • 2020-06-19

Quite Enjoyable, I hope the brothers get stories,

This was a really enjoyable story. Believable characters, lovely story arc. I really hope the brothers all get their own stories and HEA.

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  • MrsBS3
  • 2020-06-17

Real Knitting, Real Lives

Wonderful story of real life issues and characters you can not only relate to but fall in love with. Would love additional books about the rest of the brothers, Val and Gabriel.

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  • NYC Girl
  • 2020-06-17

Real Men Really Do Knit!

This was a Great Book all the way around. I really enjoyed the symbolism and vivid pictures painted in the writing. Each chapter had me wanting to get to the next and the readers voice add extra steam to the story! I Highly Recommend this Book!

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  • Kelsey G.
  • 2020-06-16

Great, uplifting story!

This was my first Kwana Jackson novel - and first time hearing narrator Keylor Leigh - and won't be my last! I fell quickly for the characters and am hoping they each get their own book because I want them all to get HEAs. I was not expecting a "closed door" romance but the chemistry was great! 🔥