I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Kwana Jackson
Released: May 19, 2020
Published by Berkley
“…it was a great idea, but I felt like it really fell short on execution.”
~ Under the Covers
As readers we have all been in a situation where we have been really anticipating a book, then, when we finally crack it open and jump in it isn’t all that we hoped it would be. This is my experience of Real Men Knit. I originally picked it up because I loved the cover and then, when I looked into it more, I loved the concept. A man running a knitting shop? Friends to lovers? Slow burn? Sign me right up.
But, I got to about 60% before I decided to stop reading, I realised that this wasn’t going to get above a 2 star rating, so I decided to move on and read something else. For me, this book seemed to slowly meander but not really go anywhere. There was a little bit of sexual tension between the hero and the heroine but there was no real movement forward, they just seemed to fancy each other. I got to 60% and there had been no deepening of the relationship; they weren’t even really friends.
There was also too much inner monologuing going on. They think a lot (and fairly repetitively) about their feelings but never express anything. This served not only to really slow the pace of the book, but it made the relationships appear shallow. A central focus of this story was the difficult bonds between the hero and his brothers and their shared grief over their mother’s death. But, I didn’t really fell that. Instead it felt like a group of judgmental strangers were in the room; I didn’t get the complex mixture of love and frustration that accompanies siblinghood.
This book didn’t really work for me, it was a great idea, but I felt like it really fell short on execution.
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