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REAL MEN KNIT
May 19, 2020
Kerry Fuller is destroyed when her boss at the local knit shop, Mama Joy, passes away. Though she knows no one can replace Mama Joy, she’s also naturally type-A with an eye for a good business when she sees it. When one of Mama Joy’s adopted sons, the gorgeous playboy Jesse Strong, approaches Kerry to come up with a plan to keep the business running (despite his brothers’ misgivings), Kerry agrees to help him. She always considered Jesse to be a worthless player, but when he shows true interest in keeping Mama Joy’s spirit alive in the shop, Kerry can’t help but rethink her feelings about him. Of course, she’s always been immune to his charms, but as the two spend more time together, Kerry can’t help but wonder if there’s more to Jesse than meets the eye.
I love the idea of this book. Sure, the setting of “a successful knit shop in Harlem” is a bit outlandish, but it still gave me pangs of joy. Kerry and Jesse have great chemistry. Their witty back-and-forths are just the right mix of sweet and sexy. Jesse’s brothers add some extra personality, too, which is nice. This book could have been something really special and fun. Unfortunately, the writing is just not where it needs to be—mostly because there’s not enough present-day action or dialogue. The characters will say one or two sentences to each other and then be “reminded” of another time…that happens to lead to eight pages of backstory. Ugh, it’s a boring way to tell a story, and I couldn’t get past it. The book had such great potential, but it just never delivered.
Thanks to Berkley and Net Galley for the ARC!