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.
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.
Set in DC, Really Love is a love story centered around Isaiah Maxwell (Kofi Siriboe), a struggling artist (a painter), who falls in love with Stevie Solomon (Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing), a law school student with affluent parents. His parents nag him to get a real job, while her parents are less than ecstatic about her union with Isaiah. The two first crossed paths, briefly, while attending an art show for Isaiah’s artist friend played by Michael Ealy. When they meet again, officially, they discover that they share mutual friends in a couple. Stevie is friends with the girlfriend played by Jade Eshete (who is absolutely gorgeous). Isaiah is friends with a character played by Tristan “Mack” Wilds.
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Theo and Maddie eat so much pizza that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be jealous. There are so many mentions of ordering pizza when they hang out during their months-long relationship that I, barely a pizza fan, bought a frozen pizza when I went grocery shopping. It was not on the list! Neither were the Klondike bars, but I digress. It’s debatable if my cauliflower crust three cheese pizza can hold a candle to Theo’s preferred roasted garlic, which sounds divine, but it was sufficient in the moment.
In Pretty Brown Eyes, a novella, Mescia meets Alex on her way home from celebrating her parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. All of Mescia’s sisters are either married or engaged. Not her. She’s still reeling from the end of her three-year relationship with ex-boyfriend Devon. Thank goodness she lets down her guard and receives the real treatment (and sex) she deserves and craves.
The Worst Best Man was a fun read. The characters, including Lina’s family, were well developed with their own background stories that tied into how they supported Lina. There are no mixed feelings when it comes to Lina, Max, or Andrew. I like that Sosa sprinkled in plenty of Portuguese, Brazilian customs, and delicious-sounding dish descriptions that made me want to hop onto Seamless and search Brazilian restaurants that deliver to Bed-Stuy. I’ve only had a few Brazilian eating experiences, one being on the company dime at Fogo de Chao. My taste buds were not the least bit disappointed with the savory meats and side dishes. The same can be said for my experience listening to The Worst Best Man.