Knot Again is the sequel to Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson. This time around, we follow FDNY firefighter Lucas of the Strong brothers. It’s a year later and the brothers are still reeling from the death of their adopted mother Mama Joy. Lucas is battling other demons in the form of also still grappling with the death of his biological mother, who died in a fire when he and his younger brother were kids.
Allie’s childhood bully and adult nemesis Cole is also her brother Adam’s best friend and radio co-host. The two are always instantly at each others’ throats hurling insults on sight. It’s hard for Allie to avoid seeing Cole after traveling home to Tennessee from NYC for the first time in 4 years. She’s there not only to celebrate Christmas, but to lick her wounds from a recent break-up. Fun fact: we first met Allie in Gleason’s Falling.
Falling by G.G. Gleason is a cute, yet spicy friends-to-lovers read. I loved the sexual tension and comfort level between Connie and Josh. The whole time I was reading it, I kept wondering: why couldn’t I have a lifelong best friend to fall in love with? Life would’ve been much easier. It would’ve saved me from the agony and defeat of hopping on and off these damn dating apps.
Confession: I added Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson to my TBR because of the cover. Timbs & that title? C’mon! How could I not be intrigued? I also added it because my niece likes to knit. I was sure she either read it or would want to read it, and we’d be able to chat and bond over it. Sure enough, when I forwarded it to her, she had already read it. #ProudAuntie
Kindred is a gripping novel. There isn’t a single character for whom you don’t develop feelings for, whether it’s sympathy, empathy, disgust or hatred—as strong as that word is. Even though we learn of Dana’s family’s past, we can’t help but to worry about her future.
Even though Juice is a fictional character, I had to apologize to him for side-eyeing him for one-fourth, ok maybe half or more, of this novel. Even after planning a surprise and beautiful Divorcemoon for Books during which he took her to a kinky bookstore and blew her back out all up and through the AirBnB, I was waiting for the Big Reveal of his devious and nefarious ways causing the divorce filing.
During a trip to Vegas, Grace Porter aka Porter wakes up with fuzzy memories of getting married to a mystery woman the night before. There’s a note written on the back of a business card placed on a pillow. This impulsive act is a far cry from the reserved and disciplined person that she has always been. The trip itself is a gift from her close friends in celebration of completing her PhD. She’s only in her late 20s.
Those of us still banished outchea know the dating pool is full of piss. I contend it’s full of floaters. (Gross? Yeah, well, wait until you read about the guy’s home that was so disgusting it gave her breathing problems during her one and only visit.) Somehow, J.R. (and I) still have the audacity of hope. There even seems to be a small glimmer at the end…