Background: I started reading Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson in the first few days California went under quarantine due to COVID-19 so it took me a few chapters to finally be able to fully concentrate. I wanted to love it so much, but in the end I just didn’t connect with it.
Recap: This one follows Jesse Strong after his foster mom, Mama Joy, passes away. Done with being known as the brother who breaks hearts and doesn’t do much with his life, Jesse decides to convince his other foster brothers to let him try and save Mama Joy’s failing knitting shop. Part-time shop employee Kerry Fuller adored Mama Joy and practically grew up with the Strong boys in the knitting shop (she’s also had a crush on Jesse since she first stepped into the shop). The more time the two of spend together trying to save the store, the more their chemistry is undeniable.
What I liked:
-I really enjoyed the setting and the knitting shop itself & I loved the sense of community of the knitting shop.
What I didn’t connect with:
-It never really felt like anything happened. The story just flowed from page to page, but nothing new came about. Even when Jesse and Kerry finally got together, it didn’t feel special. And there was never really a problem or climax to the story. It was just Mama Joy passes, Jesse took over to save the shop, Kerry offers to help, they start hooking up and the story is over.
-I wasn’t a huge fan of the other brothers. It wasn’t necessarily them, but more the dialogue between them. Basically, the dialogue just felt awkward between them. It was hard for me to get through it at times.
Rating: 2.8-3/5 stars
Steam Level: 🔥🔥/4
*I received an arc courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.