ROMANCE

Real Men Knit

Berkley. May 2020. 336p. ISBN 9781984806505. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Strong Knits, a Harlem yarn store, has been a community staple for years. It was Kerry Fuller’s safe harbor when she was a kid and her employer when she got older. When Mama Joy, the store’s owner and Kerry’s surrogate mother, dies suddenly, she is sure Mama Joy’s four adoptive sons will sell the business. Jesse Strong knows he has a reputation for his lack of commitment but is determined to not let Mama Joy’s legacy be so easily sold. He recruits Kerry to help him get the shop up and running. Kerry knows she needs to be focused on her own future now, but she finds she can’t let her longtime crush down. After an issue at her apartment, Jesse and Kerry begin working and living together, which makes it much harder to pretend they aren’t attracted to one another. With hearts and the future of Strong Knits in the mix, saving the family yarn store truly becomes a labor of love.
VERDICT Jackson, writing for the first time under her new pen name, has created a relationship where sparks fly and a compelling family for her to plumb in future installments of the new series. Put this in the hands of K.M. Jackson (As Good as the First Time) readers, yarn lovers, or anyone who enjoys a contemporary romance series involving a dynamic family. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]

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