In the past few months, I’ve read a few series launches that were just awesome, so I thought I’d spotlight a few of them today!
Kwana Jackson (who also writes as K.M. Jackson) title Real Men Knit launched a series (likely with the same name) that revolves around four foster brothers who lose their beloved Mama Joy and then have to decide what to do with her knitting store, Strong Knits.
Jesse is determined to keep the store open, a desire which is threatened by financial pressures and his own reputation as somewhat heedless and unmotivated. However, Jesse finds himself driven to save the shop, and when he finds a partner in the part-timer Kerry, who’s been a part of their lives since childhood.
Kerry shares his determination to save the store, but her energy is divided by her work at the area community center and her life-long crush on Jesse, which she’d like to keep hidden, given his womanizing ways.
Yet more than anyone, Kerry believes in Jesse, in his ability to change and his competency, a belief that only grows as he throws himself into making positive changes in the store and connecting with the neighborhood.
But the stakes are high, and a burgeoning relationship between Jesse and Kerry only makes his family—especially his oldest brother who’s especially enthusiastic about selling the shop—more suspicious of him, and it’s up to Kerry to stand up for him and demand that he stand up for himself.
Jackson has written a delightful charmer with this one. It’s sweetly sexy and Jesse especially is a unique character who puts his heart on the line, rising to the occasion as a community builder and next-generation mentor for the kids in his neighborhood. Kerry, who has always believed he could be better if he only put his mind to it, becomes the recipient of the new-and-improved Jesse when he finally finds himself, but also much of the reason he decides to.
The sex is low-key description, and the story is fairly low-conflict, but ultimately it’s a quiet story about a couple who realize how important they are to each other, how important their little yarn store is for their community, and how life-affirming that community is and always has been to them, starting with Mama Joy, and radiating out in waves. Becoming beacons of hope and fellowship means stepping into their beloved Mama Joy’s footsteps, and realizing that their time is here.
It’s clear the series will follow the love lives of the other three brothers, and I’m really looking forward to seeing where Jackson takes them.
Sweet, fun and lovely.
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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