books reviews · Romance

Real Men Knit by

2.5 stars

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 more time they spend together, the more 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.

The idea of the book, a bunch of grownup men responsible of a knitting shop, and this cute girl is helping them out, this slow burn fling thing going on, it sounds adorable, IT IS ADORABLE!

It has dual POV, Jess’s ( one of the boys) and Kerry’s ( the girl helping them out).


The characters were so in their own head than in the actual situation, a simple dialogue would take a whole chapter because between each sentence they say out loud, the character would think a million thoughts and of course we have to know all about it, don’t we?
It’s not like they were indecisive, both of them were super characteristic, meaning that they personality was so out there, and so distinctive, but still i would get extremely bored from how they thought about everything, and how every little word reminded them of something before, and God it kinda got on my nerves.

I like quick scenes, quick reactions, lots of back and forth between characters, and i didn’t get that here.


the whole thing can be themed as family drama kinda story, which is great, i love me a good drama, especially that we had 4 boys with 4 incredibly great and different personalities, even though we don’t get their perspectives, i really enjoyed their background story, and all the scenes they were in.
And the Romance, was just beautiful
It was this kind of a slow burn, but as i said the main focus was the family drama, so it came second after it, but it was so beautifully coordinated.


4 thoughts on “Real Men Knit by

  1. I had trouble with this one and DNF it. I think I got through about 25% and really didn’t care for the family dynamic. I requested the ARC because of those four boys wanting to honor their mom’s memory. It just didn’t read true to me. Also, I’ll admit, the slang took me out of the moment. I’d stop and think about what the words meant rather than living in the emotion of their intent. I just was not the right target for this one I think! I’m glad to have read your review and saw that you had problems too even though not exactly the same as mine, but knowing it wasn’t just me, helped! I hate not finishing an ARC. Good review!

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    1. Ohh I’m sorry you didn’t like it that much, yeah i believe it had a very targeted readers, and i don’t know, if they tuned down the drama a lil bit, it would have worked😂😂
      I hate DNFing an ARC too, but if it’s not for me, then it’s not for me😂

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