Amanda’s review ~ Knot Again by Kawana Jackson

Posted July 29, 2022 by Sharon in Amanda, Mainstream, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Amanda’s review ~ Knot Again by Kawana JacksonKnot Again by Kwana Jackson
Published by Penguin on July 26, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial, Fiction / Women
Pages: 336
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3 Stars

One of...
USA Today's Best Rom-Coms of July
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Sometimes fireman Lucas Strong feels like he can only find any peace and quiet at the local laundromat, where every day is rinse and repeat -- until a fateful run-in with his high school crush.

Hoping to attract more customers to his family's knitting shop, Lucas Strong participated in an FDNY charity calendar and accidentally became a local celebrity. The only place he can find solace is Scrubs--a 24/7 laundromat where he can disappear for a couple of hours. But Lucas's soapy sanctuary is shaken by an inquisitive little girl with a late-night interest in knitting, whose mother is his old school crush.

Sydney Harris knows that Harlem is like any other small town, and everyone is probably whispering about how she left such a good man--and a good life--behind to wash and fold laundry by the pound. If only they knew the truth. But Sydney will always put her daughter's happiness first, even if that means moving back to Harlem and facing her past.

What Sydney never expected was to see Lucas again. A long-forgotten attraction kicks into high gear as Lucas and Sydney start to spend time together at the laundromat, and they must decide if this is true love or just an infatuation, thin and fragile as a soap bubble.

The small town feel she creates along with the realness of the situation made this an okay story but I wish it had given me the feels like the first book. ~ Amanda – Simply Love Books

 

Knot Again is the second book in the Real Men Knit series and it is a second chance at romance story. Sydney and Lucas were high school friends and they had a small crush on one another. He thought he wasn’t good enough for her and didn’t declare his feelings when she left for college and never returned home again. Now she has returned to Harlem as a newly divorced single mother and needs to find a way to make it on her own. She’s also back to also help her ailing grandfather and his laundromat business. When she sees Lucas again she’s aware that there is that strong attraction is still there and wonders what if or did they miss their chance at love. After the success of the first book Real Men Knit, I was looking forward to reading more about the Strong Brothers and the knit shop.

The characters and the storyline had the potential but somehow missed their mark on the development of the romance and their connection. The story spent too much time reminiscing of the past on both characters part and with each encounter they were in I wondered if they were going to do it or weren’t they. I can understand Sydney hesitating to jump back into a relationship because she needed to get her life on track again and stand up on her own. It was nice being a trophy wife but it doesn’t pay the bills and there had to be more than working in her grandfather’s laundromat. Lucas was dealing with the notoriety of being in the FDNY calendar and his misplaced guilt over the death of both his mothers. A couple of things that played in their favor is that family and friends all wanted Sydney and Lucas to have a second chance at the ‘one that got away.’

I love the small town feeling that the Harlem community have when everyone knows your business and the banter between the brothers was genuine and loving. The small town feel she creates along with the realness of the situation made this an okay story but I wish it had given me the feels like the first book. Knot again might have missed the mark but I’m invested in reading more in the series to see the other two brothers get their stories.

3 Stars

About Kwana Jackson

USA Today bestselling author and native New Yorker, Kwana Jackson aka K.M Jackson spent her formative years on the A train where she had two dreams: (1) to be a fashion designer and (2) to be a writer. After spending more than ten years designing women’s sportswear for various fashion houses, Kwana took a leap of faith and decided to pursue her other dream of being a writer. A longtime advocate of equality and diversity in romance (#WeNeedDiverseRomance), Kwana is the mother of twins and currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband.

Posted July 29, 2022 by Sharon in Amanda, Mainstream, Reviews / 0 Comments