Check out our review of contemporary romance Knot Again by Kwana Jackson, if you want a second chance romance set in a tight community this could be the book for you
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Lucas Strong is a local celebrity in Harlem after participating in the FDNY charity calendar to try to get more attention on his family’s knitting shop. He also deals with insomnia, which results in him spending lots of time at Scrubs, the 24/7 laundromat across the street. Sidney Harris is back in town to help take care of her grandfather and Scrubs, which he owns and runs. She just got divorced and moved back home from DC to really focus on her daughter’s happiness. Even if that means she might have to interact with her high school crush Lucas when her daughter starts taking knitting lessons at Strong Knits. Sidney and Lucas find their attraction has returned and they have to figure out what to do about that as they spend more time together.
A second chance romance with all the elements for success, even if it didn’t quite get there in my opinion.
The biggest thing that drew me into Knot Again was the continuation of the Real Men Knit series and seeing the world of the Strong brothers again. I absolutely love Strong Knits and the community that they have built and continue to nurture in their Harlem neighborhood. We get lots of chances to see the four brothers interacting and really being there for each other. Even if that sometimes looks a lot like tough love. We got to see that world get expanded a bit more with Sidney’s family and friends interacting with the tight-knit (no pun intended) group of the first book in this series. Everyone really showed up for Lucas and Sidney when they needed it, which was so great to read about.
It’s Sidney and Lucas’ relationship that I think was the real struggle of this book. They both have a lot of issues that they are dealing with, and I’m not convinced that they really worked through their problems during the book either as individuals or as a couple. They spent very little time actually communicating in a meaningful way, despite claims of that during parts of the book. I wasn’t really rooting for them as I read and I still don’t think I can root for them even after finishing the story. They should each work on themselves before trying to be part of a couple.
Overall, my rating is definitely raised because of the world of Strong Knits and would be lower if it was entirely focused on the romance. If you read the first book, I think it’s worth reading this one to be immersed back into Harlem and the Strong brothers family. I would not recommend reading this book as a standalone without the context of the first book, since the romance is not really that compelling on its own.
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