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10 thoughts on “Real Men Knit

  1. says:

    While this definitely fallsunder 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 orderMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.


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    have decided it s illegal for me to dislike books that are supposed to cheer me up i m declaring itreview to come 1.5 or 2 stars which isswoon worthy a a book boyfriendb a hand knit sweatersound off in the comments below but it s B i am spending this month reading books by Black authors please join me book 1 The Stars and the Blackness Between Thembook 2 Homegoingbook 3 Let s Talk about Lovebook 4 Why I m No Longer Talking to White People about Racebook 5 The S have decided it s illegal for me to dislike books that are supposed to cheer me up i m declaring itreview to come 1.5 or 2 stars which isswoon worthy a a book boyfriendb a hand knit sweatersound off in the comments below but it s B i am spending this month reading books by Black authors please join me book 1 The Stars and the Blackness Between Thembook 2 Homegoingbook 3 Let s Talk about Lovebook 4 Why I m No Longer Talking to White People about Racebook 5 The Selloutbook 6 Queeniebook 7 Red at the Bonebook 8 The Weight of the Starsbook 9 An American Marriagebook 10 Dear Ijeawaelebook 11 Sing, Unburied, Singbook 12 Real Men Knit


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    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 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 shine.I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader


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    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 wasof 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 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 wasof 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 although not that romantic 3.5 stars It was sweet but very weirdly paced Review to come I honestly can t remember if I downloaded the eARC of this or not but just in case Many thanks to Berkley for the copy in exchange for an honest reviewI don t want the FTC to arrest me Credit Josh Bennett heck yes to men knittingi still remember my knitting phase i could knit a good scarf Goodreads Blog Pinterest Reddit LinkedIn YouTube


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    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 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 the youngest brother is determined to keep the business going and recruits long time family friend and knitting expert Kerry to help revive the store Kerry has been crushing on Jesse forever, but he has always been a player So what will happen when these two end up working so closely together Andimportantly will the knitting store stay strong This was such a charming story I loved all these characters The Strong Brothers were quite scrumptious and I love their banter Kerry was a sweet girl who I would love to be friends with Jesse and Kerry were cute together and I liked their slow burn romance My one Kniggle with this book is we never really got to know these charactersthan just on a surface level I knew both Carrie and Jesse were dealing with things from their past, but we really never got into it and they never really discussed it with one another This book however was the perfect set up for future books, so I m hoping to get to know these characters better in the future A sweet story that made me smile and want to learn to knit.This book in emojis Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book All opinions are my own


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    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 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 now have to decide whether to keep the shop running or sell it Damian is a corporate financial analyst, Lucas is a firefighter and Noah is a professional dancer They are all busy with their careers and do not have much time to dedicate to their mother s business Only Jesse, who still hasn t found his place and passion in life, feels the shop is Mama Joy s legacy and plays an important role in their community, and therefore they should do everything possible to keep it open.Kerry Fuller practically grew up in Strong Knits shop and Mama Joy gave her as much love and attention as she did to her sons Kerry has worked there part time for almost ten years This quiet bookish girl knows everything there is to know about running a yarn shop Kerry volunteers to help the brothers as she feels she owes it to Mama Joy s memory This means working closely with Jesse, who she s been crushing on for years, but who doesn t see her as anything but a childhood friend An explosion in a neighbouring building makes her home uninhabitable for up to six weeks Jesse and her brothers are happy to offer her a temporary home in their flat above the shop, which means spending eventime in close proximity to Jesse Kerry is a grown up woman, capable of taking care of herself and deciding what she wants, but what does Jesse, who has a reputation for being a bit of a player, want and is he ready for it Kerry is strong and independent and very easy to like and care about, but there was also a bit of not like the other girls vibe, when she is compared with Erika, Jesse s casual bedmate, and also at work with Allison She is tired of other people deciding what is the best for her, and I totally understand and respect it, although I still have a few niggles about her going for a relationship with Jesse at that particular moment.JesseHe is immature and insecure and has to do a lot of growing up, but I loved the way he dedicated himself to his family business, and the way he interacted with Errol, a little boy who was bullied at school.Whether you classify it as women s fiction or romance, Real Men Knit is about family and community I loved the location and the diversity aspect of this book My favourite supporting characters are the OKG, the Old Knitting Gang, Mama Joy s old friends who used to come to her shop for their knitting and gossiping sessions and who have hearts of gold.This book isn t perfect The beginning was info heavy and generally there was a lot of inner monologue Yet, I found it difficult to put down I wanted to knowabout the brothers and whether they would be able to save their family business I hope this was the beginning of a new series, as each of the brothers deserves their own book In knitting there s never a problem that can t be fixed When you make something by hand, whatever you make takes time, patience, concentration and your energy You should value that So, when you give a gift you should do it with a clear intention and your pure heart With his love, their love, he d never give up He d just keep on knitting.Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion


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    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


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    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 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, maybe even the first 65%, of the story nothing is happening Jesse and Kerry experience some mild mutual attraction but it feels like they barely have any notable interactions I did not feel any chemistry or relationship development between these two and only in the final 50 pages is anything even mildly interesting happening in regards to them You could say this is a slow burn but for me, a slow burn would have hadfun and intrigue to keep me engaged but this was just so boring A few positives were that I appreciated the complexities of the dynamic with jesse and his brothers Loved the emphasis on community and family Also i liked the friendship between Kerry and her best friend, Val.However, I really don t think the writing style was for me either, it felt a bit clunky and some of the dialogue was awkward In addition to that fact, the beginning was info dumpy and repetitive in my opinion The ending was really abrupt as well It just felt like a whole lot of nothing and then the author realized she had to wrap her story up somehow and threw everything of note into the last 5o pages I just really wanted to knowabout the knitting shop and the changes they were making I wantedfun banter and angsty friends to lover feels, but for most of the book it felt like Kerry was babysitting Jesse rather than being wooed by him Sadly, all I got was incredibly lukewarm feelings over my most anticipated release


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    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review 2.75 5 StarsFull review HEREReal Men Knitis a book about family, the importance of legacy and community, and romance I was hoping to like this book a lot , 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 interestingThe ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review 2.75 5 StarsFull review HEREReal Men Knitis a book about family, the importance of legacy and community, and romance I was hoping to like this book a lot , 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 enough, but definitely not the reason why I started the book Then the romance started and it was all very quick, maybe too much for my taste.I liked the Strong brothers and I enjoyed reading about them and their sibling relationship Plus, they had some good conversations that made me laugh.Kerry and Jesse s story was just okay and that s what s mostly influencing my rating for this book This novel is advertised as a romance and I feel like the romance part was lacking and could be better Even though they had some nice moments, to me it all felt quite superficial and I would have liked somein depth conversations and just something better in general


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    3.5 starsI knew that I wanted to read Real Men Knit from the moment I saw the adorable cover and read the blurb It ended up beingwomen 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 3.5 starsI knew that I wanted to read Real Men Knit from the moment I saw the adorable cover and read the blurb It ended up beingwomen 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 was a highlight of the book and I loved how they supported and pushed each other The Old Knitting Gang OKG This mish mash of women, all with their distinct personalities and quirks, were so much fun I loved how they came together for the Strong siblings, Kerry, and the neighborhood, and I had a huge smile on my face during the grand reopening scene The diversity and setting I felt like I was right there in Harlem and the neighborhood itself almost felt like a secondary character Thanks to google, I also now know what a chopped cheese sandwich is The cast of characters, especially the Strong brothers, felt like a celebration of individuality Family I loved that family in this book was by choice, not blood It s an active choice that our characters make every single day All of them different, not just physically, but united together by love I would have liked to see a littleabout Mama Joy and her time with the boys though.What didn t quite work for me view spoiler Jesse I ended up liking him, but the reformed manwhore is always a tough one for me I found it hard to believe that he had secretly harbored any feelings for Kerry while growing up and for most of the book, his interest in her feltlike a crutch than actual love He was overly territorial jealous and his hot and cold behavior gave me whiplash I understood his abandonment issues and his feelings of unworthiness regarding love, but I think I just neededdevelopment between him and Kerry They didn t even seem to be that friendly with each other at the start, so I would have liked to seetime spent with them actually getting to know each other away from the store I also neededgroveling A LOTThe OW OM drama I really just didn t need it It only served as a reminder of what an insensitive manwhore Jesse was and how jealous and petty our characters could be hide spoiler The pacing It took me a bit to get invested in the story and then I felt like the end wrapped up very quickly and too conveniently The author did a great job setting up possible future books for the other Strong brothers I d love to find outabout grumpy grump Damian , but it s Kerry s BFF, Val, who I really want to read about Overall, this was an enjoyable family story, but I didn t love it as much as I hoped I would I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book


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Real Men Knit 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 Have Different Plans On What To Do With Strong Knits, Their Neighborhood Knitting Store Jesse Wants To Keep The Store Open His Brothers Want To Shut It Down.Jesse Makes An Impassioned Plea To Kerry Fuller, His Childhood Friend Who Has Had A Crush On Him Her Entire Life, To Help Him Figure Out How To Run The Business Kerry Agrees To Help Him Reinvent The Store And Show Him The Knitty Gritty Of The Business, But The Time They Spend Together, The The Chemistry Builds Kerry, Knowing Jesse S History, Doesn T Believe This Relationship Will Exist Longer Than One Can Knit One, Purl One But Jesse Is Determined To Prove To Her That He Can Be The Man For Her After All, Real Men Knit.