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The Side Nicca Next Door Series

The Side Nicca Next Door  Series by N'Dia Rae My rating: 3 of 5 stars This was a pretty good story from a drama perspective. It was structured and developed. The characters and their own storylines as well as how they intertwined with each other made for an interesting and entertaining story. The outcome was a bit predictable but still good. It was interesting watching the lies, betrayal, and karma play out.

Sinful Cousins

Sinful Cousins by Terri Brooks My rating: 2 of 5 stars Hayley and Parker, 21-year-old "cousins", have fallen in love. After the revelation of their love to the family, a brutal attack occurs and their story of healing begins. They have to figure out how to come together to get back to the love they once felt. The family has to figure out how to be there for each other and the young couple as well. The plot was solid and the content relevant. For this to have been a truly stellar read, the story would have had to have been written true to its region and research on a few topics would be helpful. The family is from Arkansas, but then it changes to Alabama. They are southern either way. The verbiage chosen throughout 75% to 80% of this story severely disrupted the flow. I'm a Southerner and we don't usually refer to young men as lads. For example this comment from one of the mothers regarding give the father's needs after hearing some disturbing ne

Midnight Comes with the Dawn: The Vampyir Plague

Midnight Comes with the Dawn: The Vampyir Plague by Darlene Burns My rating: 3 of 5 stars Description Women. Infected blood. Rotting corpses. Welcome to the world of Katrine Baten aka Midnight. She is one of the oldest existing Vampyirs and only surrounds herself with eye candy. But something is destroying not only her world, but the human world as well. Together with her lesbian coven by her side, she tries to seek a cure. And what she discovers may change the course of how she lives as a lesbian Vampyir forever!   Book Review Queen Katrine feared and revered by many African countries is turned into a Vampire in order to fulfill her destiny. Her maker Darius comes to her to reveal that her deceased father was his best friend and knew what he was, which makes her acceptance of what she is to become no easier. Fast forward Katrine is now known as Midnight and is the leader of a lesbian clan of Vampires. A plague is killing not just humans, but Vampire kind as well

Deadly Temptation

Deadly Temptation by Linette King My rating: 2 of 5 stars A young woman with a seemingly dark past marries up and is estranged from her family. She is caught by one of her in-laws with her lover. From this point, the drama ensues. The story was flowing well and the characters, while not developed, were somewhat interesting. However, after the reveal of Jazmyne' s past and her husband's outburst, the story loses control. The epilogue has an odd entry about a yoni steam that fits nowhere and so the end came across as odd. Yes, it is hard to fully develop a short story, but I like for them to still make sense. This odd ending and minor errors make this an okay, quick read with missed potential. View all my reviews

Dropping Panties In The Pulpit

Dropping Panties In The Pulpit by Tutu Da Author My rating: 1 of 5 stars This book involves two couples - Pastor Omar, Los, and their wives. The couples are tied together through the streets and through the church. I will preface my comments by stating that 1) I did not complete the story and 2) I liked the scandalous title and gorgeous cover and did not read the synopsis before I downloaded. I feel like I may have received a flawed copy of the book. There appeared to be little to no editing or formatting in place. I had to stop after chapter 5 because it was simply too confusing and chaotic to continue. Each page if not paragraph was riddled with errors. Poor transitions, incomplete or jumbled sentences, lack of punctuation and incoherent dialogue all added to the confusion. I could not get a feel for the story or the characters, which is a shame because I think this story held good potential. Will I try other work by the author? Sure, I would not let one book turn m

Seen, Never Heard : A Twisted Love Story

Seen, Never Heard : A Twisted Love Story by Miss J. My rating: 3 of 5 stars This was an interesting take on mental illness and rape. The characters were somewhat developed, but not enough to provide their motivations. I felt as if this was a snippet of a full story. Maybe it (the story) was billed as a "short story" and I missed it. The topic was a good choice. The book was properly formatted and had a good editing job. I think it fell short on character and plot development. I have a few unanswered questions. They are: 1. Why the extreme hatred from the father? stepmother? stepbrother? when I asked the stepbrother replied, "You were here first." This hardly seems like a reason to set up a gang rape. 2. Why did Jayce keep coming back? 3. What happened in Cain's past? Did I miss the reason he evolved into the person we met? View all my reviews

Shot Through the Heart

Shot Through the Heart by Ms. Bam My rating: 3 of 5 stars One mentally unstable woman dealing with rejection meets a man who is dealing with his own hurt and pain yet remains a gentleman to her despite her nastiness toward him and you have a "love" story. Throw in betrayal, infidelity, murder, a gold digger with a large dose of irrational behavior and you have the makings of "Shot through the heart". I can't say I didn't enjoy it, because I did. The heroine was not likable by any stretch of the imagination. She was not only hard to love but hard to tolerate. However, that is a testament to the author's writing abilities. She did an excellent job of presenting her in that light. She also wrote the Jeremiah character with the patience of Job and a perfect example of many say they want in a man. Honest, loyal and straightforward with his intentions and needs. The supporting characters made scenes with heroine bearable. I was pleasantly su

Goodbye Newsroom

Goodbye Newsroom by Michelle Prak My rating: 3 of 5 stars Anna and Holly are sisters and journalists albeit unemployed. Their lack of income prompts them to launch their own site. The characters were written to be fun, likable and a bit sassy. While the story took a bit to get into, I eventually wanted to find out if things worked out for the two sisters and their entrepreneurial endeavors. It was quick, light and didn't delve too deep into any drama. There was travel, humor, and light sex. If there was any one thing that I had to take issue with it was the confusing transitions from the inner dialogue to the actual dialogue of the characters.  It also left me with at least one or two unanswered questions. I received this ARC from Hidden Gems in exchange for an honest review, which I leave voluntarily. View all my reviews

Avenging Angel: Love & Death in Old Brooklyn

Avenging Angel: Love & Death in Old Brooklyn  Author:   Charles S. Isaacs ;  Publisher:   Black Rose Writing “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves”-Confucius This was the story of a young woman, Cassandra, who learns how to turn her pain into power and Mike the man who shows her that not all men who look like him mean her harm. I knew from the synopsis I was in for a potentially emotional ride and the author delivered. Young Cassandra moves from victim to vigilante. In early 1960s Mississippi, the height of racism and inequality in the south, a young woman is viciously attacked as a message to her family and the black community. The act changes the landscape of her future and sets her on a dark path that leads to her training and arming her mind and body for vengeance. She ends up in New York City with her father and unwittingly is set on the road to healing.   Along the way, she discovers friendship, love, trust and becomes a beacon of stren

The Lady Killer:A Public Service Announcement

The Lady Killer:A Public Service Announcement by Sa'id Salaam My rating: 3 of 5 stars Entertaining and Informative First, you are appalled and entertained reading the sexual exploits of the "lady killer". Second, you are informed with statistics and factual information. This was a great tool to educate the masses. Sadly this "lady killer" exits, he just comes in a different package. But keep in mind his counterpart "man killer" exists. View all my reviews

While He's Sleeping She's Creepin' Series

While He's Sleeping She's Creepin' by T'Ann Marie My rating: 4  of 5 stars This review relates to the series as a whole. Sy'Heir/Paige/Dayona/Sneak/Trish Syion/Jazmine/Trech/Sasha This story delves into the relationships of the people above. We have a good girl and a good guy both love those in their lives openly and freely only to be mistreated until they are broken.  They both have to deal with betrayal, emotional abuse and the death of two key characters all while trying to maintain some integrity and peace in their lives. However, fate leads them to each other and their healing.  The characters were developed even the character who provided comic relief in the form of trusty sidekick, Nori. I would love to get a novella on her.   I enjoyed seeing the growth and vulnerability of the male characters well those who were meant to show it.  There were instances of misspelled words that were noticeable but were not great in number. The title of e

A Medium's Birthday Surprise

A Medium's Birthday Surprise by Chariss K. Walker My rating: 3 of 5 stars After her parent's death, Becky Tibbs was gifted with the ability to be a medium. She had little experience with the big bad world, but she did know the afterlife. Becky gets a blast from her past in the form of an ex-boyfriend. She has set out to discover what happened to him all those years ago. We get to see what happens in life and death. However, the story doesn't dive too deep into the afterlife so as not to take on a serious tone. The story has an almost superficial feel as far as depth so as not to take on a serious tone. The author keeps it light, cozy and fun and it was the right choice for this book. The characters were developed and there were enough layers to the plot to keep you engaged. If I had a complaint, it would be the number of errors. I good proofreader would catch those before publishing. View all my reviews

A Toxic Kind of Love

A Toxic Kind of Love by Bella Jay My rating: 4 of 5 stars " A relationship without trust is like a car without gas, you can stay in all you want, but it won't get anywhere." unknown Where book 1 had me on the fence, book 2 had me in my feelings. Landon and Waze were the perfect examples of a before and after. Landon was the before you decided to change your "whorish" ways and Waze was the man you became when you chose to grow. Self-love is important and the author did a great job of showing that from Addy's perspective and even Landon's. This story was engaging and kept my interest without fail. I'm looking forward to the spinoff, as well as, Tessah's story. This was a well-written story. Great job! View all my reviews

A Forbidden Hood Love

A Forbidden Hood Love by Tyanna and elle kayos My rating: 3 of 5 stars Kari, Cobi & Rita lives were changed once love entered their lives in the form of the Kincaid brothers. This book touches on overbearing parents, domestic abuse and blended families. There was potential for some major drama and action, but the story stayed on the fringe of both. The couples were cute and well written. There wasn't any one thing that stood out to give it a "wow" factor for me. It was safe. But, I do enjoy the writing of both authors and will be reading more. View all my reviews

Obsessed with my Wife's Best Friend 1 - 4

Obsessed with my Wife's Best Friend by Lady Lissa My rating: 3 of 5 stars Book 1- Dallas, who is married to Tierra, is in love and lust with her best friend Tangi. The story chronicles his obsession with Tangi. Tangi's betrayal to Tierra and their friendship. When his place in Tangi's life is threatened, he is prompted to confess and leave his wife. This is when the story truly picks up. There wasn't a lot of movement, but that is due to the repetition in each chapter. The story was a quick and moderately paced read. There was not a rush to the cliffhanger. It flowed fairly well. There were a few errors, but nothing to distract from the story. I did enjoy the story and am looking forward to part two. Book 2  The story picked up where book 1 left off. Dallas' obsession with Tangi reached an all-time high. He took his stalking up a notch and became vengeful when he didn't get his way. Tangi had finally found love, but she still has to c

Love and Loyalty Series

Love and Loyalty by Pressure and Empress My rating: 3 of 5 stars Note: This addresses the series as a whole. Nard and Empress as teenagers and had an instantaneous connection. Two teens who seemed, at least on the face of things, as complete opposites. They were drawn to each other. One good Being with someone who leads a dangerous life like Nardo you have to think that Empress was going to end up hurt or killed. As their mutual attraction blossomed the couple became "cutesy", but one thing that remained was the loyalty and love they had for each other through snitches, jealousy, betrayal, and prison. The authors delivered a well thought out series that while book 1 was a little slow to start for me book 3 ending strong. The manifestation of their hood love and all the cast of characters involved was well written with good formatting and developed characters. Good job to his duo. View all my reviews

Sight Unseen

Sight Unseen by T. Ashley My rating: 3 of 5 stars Description Sixteen year old Morgan Alexander has been kept in the dark for years. It wasn't until she met the boy next door that the secrets from her childhood was brought to the light. Will Morgan be able to cope through it all? What path will she choose, and is it the right one? Book Review This was a good young adult paranormal/action read. You get a little teen angst with an underlining current of darkness. The feel of impending doom and darkness intensifies when Morgan and Casper meet sharing their first kiss. Setting in motion a battle of light against dark. The story was moderately paced with a clear plot. The characters were somewhat developed, but the background for each primary was not clear enough for me.   As those who are "different" is revealed evil is revealed. The structure and formatting are well done. I think the author did a good job of setting up for a new series. While this was not for

The Wives We Play

The Wives We Play by Briana Cole My rating: 3 of 5 stars Kymira's tale of youthful ignorance. She enters into a poly-marriage unaware that it would change her life in unimaginable ways. The story was an easy, slow listen. The story picked up during the last hour of my listen. Writing the lead character as a superficial former "party girl" who was looking for an easy "in" to the good life was perfect. She got the "in", but not the easy. She consistently put herself in situations to be victimized in search of the almighty dollar. Not even the love of her life could pull her from it completely. Before it's all said and done there is murder, childbirth, betrayal and a walking dead moment. The characters were well developed and the plot while predictable was well written. This author knows how to weave a story that pulls you in even if you don't like the characters themselves. Oddly enough, I was more drawn to the brother and best frien

That Bona Fide Hood Love: Zoli & Pride 1 & 2

That Bona Fide Hood Love: Zoli & Pride by Kennedy B. My rating: 3 of 5 stars This story was okay. The author set a slow pace and kept it all the way through the cliffhanger. The characters were interesting, yet safe. I can't really say that I know them. You ever feel like someone told you about their lives, but you still don't know them? That is how I feel about the characters in this story. Maybe it was because the story stayed on the cusp of action and drama never quite giving in fully to the reader's desire for either. While the story was somewhat predictable, the author still took us on a very descriptive lackadaisical ride to get the end. She took her time describing this exciting city and how its rich culture shapes & moves you. For me, Zoli & Pride were almost secondary to the city itself. I can't blame her. The city even its pain is still THAT city. You have to experience it to know what I mean. That's not to say what the autho

Mobbin' for a Bellshire Boy: Married to the Gang Series

Mobbin' for a Bellshire Boy: Married to the Gang by Tabitha Sharpe My rating: 4 of 5 stars Fast-paced and drama filled This story pulled me in from page 1. I loved the setup was clear and the storyline was easy to follow. Bama and Brazil were soulmates torn apart by family obligations. Seven years later they are reunited in an unlikely way and it is like nothing ever happened. The anticipation to see how the re-kindling of their love affair would be taken by those who were now in their lives made for an anxious reader. The Author delivered on every front for me-character development(except Kya), execution, format, content, structure. Her team put out a great start to a series. If I had one thing to say that would be I would like to know what was in Kya's background that made her mother treat her so coldly as an adult. It was eluded to that Kya did some "bad things". What were those bad things?  I'm looking forward to seeing the gang in action i

A Real Kind of Love

A Real Kind of Love by Bella Jay My rating: 3 of 5 stars I'm a little on the fence with my rating for this book. On the one hand, I love a good love story. I love when love wins. I love seeing the promise, the struggle and the ending to love. This book gave us a woman, Avelyn, who was not interested in love. It was unwanted in her life. She was bitter. Enter, love in the form of Dasiah. In their journey to love there was disrespect, a lot of angst, self-discovery, anger and yet there was very little in the way of romance. I didn't necessarily feel the chemistry between the couple. I'm not sure if that is why I was not convinced this was necessarily about love, but maybe another four-letter word-feel. Learning to feel, communicate and accept love. Both characters needed to grow, but Avelyn's character was the most difficult. I am not certain if that character's reactions -that sometimes made little sense- is what kept me at bay. I like the Author an

Blinded Series

Blinded by Sabrina Rose My rating: 3 of 5 stars Book 1- Emerald, Candy, and Yasmine –three young ladies all making their own money and wanting the love of a good man- enter Trey, Nas, Yasir & Vito. These couples move fast, working through misunderstandings, and egos. This urban fiction story captured my interesting immediately. The characters were interesting and the storyline was a strong one. However, there were definitely times that were confusing to me due to incorrect word usage and unclear transitions from one character’s dialog to another. I would have liked some backstory on the characters as well. I felt like I missed huge “chunk” of the story that the time jumps didn’t explain. The score is attributed to the grammatical, spelling and editing errors. All that being said, the story is a good one and I am on to book 2. Book 2- This story opened by giving us a little background on how Synthia met Nas. It was a nice twist revealing her connection to Candy

Metamorphs: Return of the Legion

Metamorphs: Return of the Legion by Yuri Jean-Baptiste My rating: 4 of 5 stars The story pulled me in immediately. Who was the key? Who were these beautiful and hideous beings? Tell me now! Yeah, I’m a little impatient, but I digress. I loved how the family tried to feel Tristan out to see if he had any “interesting or weird” happenings occurring to him yet. The author pulls you into each scene with such descriptive writing that you truly become invested in the characters. I remember feeling anxious waiting for the reveal of powers or the outcome of a potential confrontation. The author delivered developed characters with an action-packed plot. Part one of this series was engaging and well-written. I will be reading part two. View all my reviews

Nobody Can Love You Like Them Roughnecks Do Series

Nobody Can Love You Like Them Roughnecks Do by Shvonne Latrice My rating: 5  of 5 stars Entertainment and Education The entertainment- Cortez aka Belly is cocky, confident and very straightforward. Okay, he was rude as hell and kept a regular"hoe-tation" of 5 or so women that remained loyal to him. Women were constantly trying to get recruited to be on the team.  Blaise is pretty, sexy, smart and trying to forge her own career. All while trying to be a good single mom with only financial help from the father.  It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but when I did, I was all in.  The story had an interesting group of supporting characters. The supporting characters were as much a mess as Belly's harem of harlots.  His "crew" consisted of his brother and 3 friends. One of whom will betray him in the most unbelievable way.  Blaise and her circle of friends were all trying to make a name for themselves in the entertainment world and prov

Carl Weber's Kingpins: Houston

Carl Weber's Kingpins: Houston by Treasure Hernandez My rating: 3 of 5 stars Kim and Donna, sisters who escaped from certain death when their parents were murdered. They were taken in by their Aunt Lisa, who taught them her hustle and how to survive. She was a cold character and I really liked her. Once the last of their family was taken away, they had to find out who was trying to get their revenge. Donna, the thinker of the two, came up with a plan for them to follow. However, Kim the weaker of the two veered from the plan putting them both in jeopardy.  The girls were just trying to make in the world. I could relate. I knew Keraun was going to be a snake. This was a predictable storyline, but it was entertaining enough to keep my attention. I'm from Houston so I was I looking for more references to the city. There were a few lulls when the girls were going back and forth over next steps in their plan or who could be out for revenge. The narrator Ellis Par

The Scopas Factor

The Scopas Factor by Vincent Panettiere My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars This was my first book by this author so I was not quite sure what to expect. From the synopsis, I gathered that the primary male character, Detective Mike Hegan returns to Chicago hoping to put a bad experience behind him. However, his girlfriend Diana, who was a prominent figure and not just an afterthought in the story set him up on a new job. the case leads him from San Francisco to traveling across the country. There are a lot of characters to keep up with so pay attention. With those characters come multiple twists including kidnapping and murder. I did enjoy the Author not pulling any punches and grabbing my attention from the first Chapter. He knows how to pull you in with great imagery. I always enjoy when I can picture and feel what is going on with the characters. The characters were developed including the supporting characters. The story appears to be well structured and good editing was in

Making Good Love to a Bad Boy Series

Making Good Love to a Bad Boy by Breana Morgen My rating: 4  of 5 stars This series is comprised of 5 books, one of which is an update on the  Black family that took place during the holiday season. Three brothers-Domino, Dedrick & Davion-lost their parents early in their young lives. Domino, the eldest, was left as head of the family in charge of finances and their future. He has become a self-made mogul and has little patience for love, relationships, and disrespect.  His stance on disrespect and making his money doesn't change, but one chocolate beauty comes in and changes his whole world with the way she loves him. Middle child Dedrick finds pleasure in his lab. However, when the woman of his dreams turns out to be a "thot girl" and leaves him with a little surprise, he is devasted. Fortunately, he meets someone who is the Myra to his Urkel and opens him up to a new brand of chemistry. Dedrick will have you laughing with his lack of knowledge when

That Bona Fide Hood Love: Kaseem and Kasslyn

That Bona Fide Hood Love: Kaseem and Kasslyn by Shvonne Latrice My rating: 4 of 5 stars Kaseem-hard, raw and a self-made man. Kasslyn- a young woman dealt a bad hand when her mother committed suicide. Two people who were not looking for love. They met due to an arrangement Kasslyn had with his brother. The chemistry between the two was undeniable. I like that the characters were well developed. The formatting and editing were expertly executed. The story moved seamlessly from one scene to the next. The smooth transitions meant no confusion on the part of the reader. The story also moved at a moderate pace. You felt the chemistry between the characters. The supporting characters were all interesting Jamal was a piece of work. Wasn't he? At any rate, I enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend it. View all my reviews

Wicked Rhyme

Wicked Rhyme by J.L. Smith My rating 4 of 5 stars 10 yr old Inez, who had what appears are premonitions.  She kept all of her dreams written down as stories in a journal as her grandmother suggested.  She doesn't know what to do with her gift or why she has it. What does the strange woman in the dream want? This is an excellent short and great start to a series. I definitely wanted to know the rest of the story.

Friends With Benefits: My Deadly Addiction

Friends With Benefits: My Deadly Addiction by Linette King My rating: 3 of 5 stars A young woman, Bre, who thinks she's doing the right thing by being honest about her intentions. She's had a "bed warmer" for two years and while he wants more she has maintained and stressed to him that it's just sex. Her roommates warned her that Kyle, her friend with benefits, is not keeping it casual. We also have Alexis and Tyrell. their relationship was on the rocks after Tyrell opened up a club and spent his free time trying to make it successful. After a violent confrontation that leads to restraining orders, chokeholds, and a possible deadly confrontation. The story ends. The story was interesting enough, but it feels incomplete. I wanted to know more about the history of the characters. What exactly was in Bre's past. What happened to Kyle to make him so unhinged? What was the fallout between Tyrell/Paul and Alexis? I'm left with so many questions

Coldhearted & Crazy: Say U Promise 1

Coldhearted & Crazy: Say U Promise 1 by Michel Moore My rating: 2 of 5 stars Unfortunately, there was nothing cold-hearted or crazy happening in this book that had so much potential. The introduction of the series spent more than 90% of the book introducing the sisters and laying the groundwork for the series that this installment came out a bit flat. Don't get me wrong what was provided was a solid setup for the most part. The characters were developed. The plot of the series was a good one. Well it is a good one if in the next installment the twins become "coldhearted & crazy'. If that is not the plan, then I'm not sure what the plot is exactly. The story moved extremely slow until the last 30 to 45 minutes, which of course was a cliffhanger. The narrator did a great job. *Remember a Goodreads 2 is an Amazon 3. View all my reviews

Gorillaz in the Bay: Neva Die

Gorillaz in the Bay: Neva Die by De'Kari My rating: 3.5  of 5 stars The rise and fall of a boss and the effects of his actions on those in his gang and in his life. T'Rida's, Jason aka Voorheeze and Gunz three men heavily into the street life and all the spoils and dangers that come with it. This tale of how the Neva Die Dragon Gang became the most feared gang in their area was gritty and extremely raw. The Author gives us an insider's view of what it takes to get their entrepreneurial endeavor off the ground and how to keep it running. Along the way, the characters give us a few laughs, show us that loyalty and respect are important and that they are stronger together. When they go off on their own, someone falls to the very evil that gave them their riches. The passages detailing gang activity or the emotions of certain characters are so descriptive, you can envision each scene. The characters are developed, the work is formatted, and was clearly edited ve

The Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner My rating: 3 of 5 stars Shadow Cove and its residents are hiding a few secrets. I believe this was billed as a thriller, but it was more murder mystery. A wife blindly in love with her new husband and living in an idyllic small town in Washington. After a tragic fire, she Sarah and her husband must rebuild and they end up in a home owned by someone that unbeknownst to them both will change the landscape of their future in an unimaginable way. Three was quite a bit of angst, which was to be expected as we received the story from the heroine's POV. I liked the story in that it was easy to follow and an easy listen. The narrator, Rebecca Roberts, was perfect for this story. I would say 80% of the story was fairly predictable. There was one twist that came out of nowhere and it was quite good. Overall, I enjoyed it. View all my reviews

Symmetry

Symmetry by T.M. Caruana My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars This story was not my normal read. I’m no expert when it comes to fantasy fiction, much less science fiction. This author appears to have combined both into an imaginative tale of young Susy who spent too much time on earth. Her stay not only affected the earth but her powers & memory as well. The author did a solid job of setting up this series, the overall plot and introducing the characters to us. It doesn’t take long for the story to pick up in action so you’ll need to pay attention. Suzy is struggling as are the Knights once it is realized she’s lost more than originally thought. An Oracle’s prediction sets the tone midway through the book. This book also contains a love story. Nina’s outcome was heartbreaking and like the rest of the book well-written. I wonder what is next in the series. View all my reviews

Jholee & Kiandre: A Gangsta And His Good Girl

Jholee & Kiandre: A Gangsta And His Good Girl by Bianca My rating: 3 of 5 stars This author knows how to elicit strong emotions from her readers. Book 1 Jholee and TK's story - Jholee was almost too good of a girl. She was extremely green. TK, the gangsta, and bad boy. I did not like either initially. Jholee, I wanted to say toughen up and smarten up. I did like that the storyline wasn't your typical he's a dope dealer and she's a good girl turned stripper. The route she attempted to take in order to help out her family was not one I've seen in AA fiction that I've read thus far. It was a refreshing change. The story was moderately paced with not a lot of movement, but that is to be expected since it was the first installment in the trilogy. And while I couldn't really connect with any of the characters just yet, but I'm sure it will happen soon enough. I can't say that I felt any chemistry between Johlee and TK despite their scen

The Ugly Side of Me

The Ugly Side of Me by Nikita Lynnette Nichols My rating: 2 of 5 stars Emotionally exhausting tale of anger? misery? I'm just not sure This is my third book by this author, so I am aware of her talent and was ready to enjoy this book. I listened to this book on audio. I’m going to preface my review with the fact that maybe if I had read the book, the way the characters came across might have been different. I was exhausted after listening to this book. I know I am in the minority with how I felt after listening to this book, but again maybe this went over my head. The heroine was so despicable throughout most of the story that I struggled to complete it. I am not sure what the author’s intent was with this story. What did she hope her audience would gain, learn, experience from this tale? Maybe, the book went over my head. I felt disgust, disbelief back to disgust. I read the summary and I knew based on that there would be drama. I thought the storyline had po

I'll Do Anything for My Philly Goon

I'll Do Anything for My Philly Goon by Nakeria Hendley My rating: 3  of 5 stars I felt like I missed some scenes that addressed the quick manner in which Saquon and S'nari fell into a relationship. I think we were kept at arm's length when it came to the relationship. This story was not entertaining when it could have been. No chemistry existed between any of the characters. S'nari's character didn't make sense to me.  The sequel came together for me better than book one.  The characters started to make sense and feel complete. Book 2 was structured and well written from a technical sense. I still felt that the characters could have been more developed so that their actions and reactions make some kind of sense. For example, the cousin's intense hatred didn't make sense. I would have liked to know what motivated it.  The explanation provided didn't fit her actions.  The relationship between the two primary characters also fell into place

Body Count: How Many Is Too Many

Body Count: How Many Is Too Many by Octavia Grant My rating: 3 of 5 stars Novellas can be difficult to give your readers the full experience of who your characters are and what they experience. But, this author did a good job with this one. The great thing about this story was that it could have been the life of a woman or man. You do dirt and treat people as disposable items regardless of their feelings or how it may impact their lives and your comeuppance will be one that could knock you on your ass. The only thing that could have made this better was to get a bit more of the lead characters backstory and how she became so cold and callous. View all my reviews

Work Husband: Some Lines Should Never Be Crossed

Work Husband: Some Lines Should Never Be Crossed by Octavia Grant My rating: 3 of 5 stars Quick and dirty This book hit you with a quick 1 -2 punch. Drama, sex, violence, and betrayal culminated into this fast-paced, well-executed story. Crystal, the primary female character was written so well that you felt her decline into instability.  Rejection after rejection after rejection some can only handle so much, especially when you are already fragile.  This book is a good example of how important communication and transparency is any relationship personal or professional. View all my reviews

Antisocial

Antisocial by Bradley Campbell My rating: 3 of 5 stars New York City Detective Tristan Andretti is engaged and in a career that puts him in the crossfire of a dangerous man with rainbow hair. After that encounter, his world changes and maybe not for the better. We have a time jump that introduces us to a pop star dealing with issues related to an accident and her fame. crosses swords with deadly enemies in the hardest puzzle of his career. The first 7 chapters were engaging and pulled me into the story. However, the story lost me a bit after chapter 8. I could not connect with the new characters or the situation. I think I was waiting for the suspense and danger to show itself. I am assuming that will come about in the second installment. From a technical standpoint, the story was structured and well-written with no errors. The characters were developed and the plot or setup was clear. If the Author brings the suspense and danger referenced in the synopsis or descript