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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.
About the Author
A native New Yorker, Kwana Jackson had two dreams: (1) to be a fashion designer and (2) to be a writer. After studying fashion design and graduating from FIT, she spent ten years designing for various fashion houses. But after having twins and juggling both them and fashion, Kwana took a leap of faith and decided to pursue her other dream of being a writer. Since then she's won RWA NYC's Golden Apple Author of the Year Award and is a daily advocate for #WeNeedDiverseRomance. She currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband, their twins and a precocious terrier named Jack who keeps her on her toes.
“Jackson unspools another sassy and sexy love story, following Real Men Knit (2020), in a series that will hook romance readers with its focus on a multicultural community that makes this Harlem neighborhood feel like a cozy small town.”—Booklist
Praise for Real Men Knit
"Readers who adore snappy family banter and feel-good romance won't want to miss this one."—NPR
"A big-hearted, warm, funny story of community, family and unexpected romance, Real Men Knit is an absolute winner."—Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author
"Such a fantastic read, complete with an emotion-filled romance, and a cast of characters I’m so looking forward to seeing again."—Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author
"Gorgeous, funny, sexy, smart."—Penny Reid, New York Times bestselling author
“I loved every word of Real Men Knit. It’s a sweet and satisfying slow-burn of a romance about what knits us together as family, friends, and lovers. I can’t wait for the next installment of the Old Knitting Gang!”—Lyssa Kay Adams, author of Isn’t It Bromantic?
"Kwana Jackson combines everything I look for in a story: family, heart, romance; and knits it into the perfect reading experience."—Farrah Rochon, USA Today bestselling author
“Kwana’s characters and vivid world-building leap off the page in this hilarious and heartwarming frenemies-to-lovers story.”—Andie J. Christopher, USA Today bestselling author
"This emotional, funny, and sexy friends-to-lovers romance introduces us to the enticing Strong brothers & has me clamoring for more!"—Priscilla Oliveras, USA Today bestselling author
“Like a hand-knit sweater, you’ll want to wrap yourself up in this delightful love story.”—Tracy Brogan, USA Today bestselling author
"Reminiscent of Four Brothers, but completely original, Real Men Knit is heartfelt and romantic, hitting just the right notes of emotion."—Kennedy Ryan, Wall Street bestselling author
“With love and laughter, Kwana Jackson's contemporary romance Real Men Knit captured my imagination and held it from the very first page. I loved this book!"—Jenn McKinlay, author of Wait for It