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My Mother's Man

My Mother's Man by O'Sharra My rating: 4  of 5 stars SYNOPSIS Growing up in a household filled with younger siblings had never been easy for young and beautiful Jeanette Bell. With a mother who only cared about herself and her men, she was forced to learn how to parent sooner than she should have. Cooking, cleaning and being her mother's footstool was just a small portion of the hell Jeanette had to deal with, and she did it all with a smile on her face.  Mason Vactor is an all-around ladies man and there was no doubt he loved the ladies. Fine, fly, and hardworking, his charm was sure to get him any woman he wanted; even Netta. Witnessing the abuse Jeanette endured while sharing the same bed with her mother, Mason develops a soft spot for the young teen and her son. So when Nett's mother threw them out with no place to go, he was there to pick up the pieces. But what happens when he turns the sweet, innocent, girl he once adored, into his doo

Money, Blood and Conscience

Money, Blood and Conscience by David Steinman My rating: 3 of 5 stars SYNOPSIS An idealistic American TV producer starts a charity for famine victims amid Ethiopia's civil war. “You’re not in California here,” Ethiopia’s rebel leader-turned-prime minister reminds him. “This is a different world.” In 1993, a prince and princess from Ethiopia’s 2,500-year-old Solomonic Dynasty reached out to an international revolutionary who’d played a behind-the-scenes role in the overthrow of Haiti’s notorious “Baby Doc” Duvalier. Could he help free Ethiopia’s most famous political prisoner and liberate its people from a reign of terror? Now, that revolutionary, David Steinman, has drawn on his extraordinary, real-life adventure to write a novel about Ethiopia’s present-day struggle for freedom. Part investigative journalism and part parable, it depicts the cover-up of a holocaust and raises questions about the ends and means of Western policy in shadowy places. Money, B

Addicted to My Baby Daddy

Addicted to My Baby Daddy by Lady Lissa My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars SYNOPSIS Addicted to My Baby Daddy is a story that will definitely leave you with conflicting emotions. Julius is a playa who is torn between two women, his baby mama and his girlfriend. As he runs between both houses trying to keep both women happy by telling them what they want to hear, his luck runs out when someone decides to run interference. Will Julius be forced to make a choice between the two women or will he continue to try playing both sides of the fence?  Bianca has been in love with Julius for the past five years. She has put up with so much from him hoping that one day they will find their happily ever after. When Julius finally pops the question she sees that there is a future for the two of them, but can Julius change his ways and commit to one woman? Is it really in the cards for him to be with Bianca?  Ka’Maya is Julius’ girlfriend who is tired of competing with his baby mama. When K

The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series (Books 1-14)

The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series (Books 1-14)  by J.R. Ward My rating: 5  of 5 stars SYNOPSIS The  Black Dagger Brotherhood  is an ongoing series of  paranormal romance  books by author  J. R. Ward . The series focuses on a society (the "Black Dagger Brotherhood") of  vampire  warriors who live together and defend their race against de-souled humans called  lessers . The first book in the series was published in 2005. There are 18 books to date.  Ward's  Fallen Angels series  is set in the same universe and has some overlap in characters, but little overlap in storylines. The series has also spawned a spinoff the  Black Dagger Legacy. SHORT BOOK REVIEW This series was the first paranormal series that I truly fell in love with immediately. From the introduction of Wrath in Dark Lover, who fell in love with a half-breed who came in rocked this reluctant King's world. The Brotherhood resides in the shadows of Caldwell, NY. Fighting those who dare

Preacher Finds a Corpse

Preacher Finds a Corpse by Gerald Everett Jones My rating: 3 of 5 stars SYNOPSIS A lapsed divinity student who is fascinated by astrophysics finds his best friend shot dead in a cornfield. It looks like suicide. Having returned to his farm roots near Lake of the Ozarks, Evan works as a skip tracer for the local car dealer. He learns his friend was involved in a dispute over farmland ownership that goes back two centuries - complicated now by plans to make an old weapons facility a tourist attraction. First in a new Mystery-Thriller series. BOOK REVIEW Finding your friend in the woods dead of an apparent suicide should or would be a jarring experience. Our protagonist, Evan Wycliff, a former divinity student, now skip tracer is placed in that very situation. However, all may not be what it seems. Jones does a good job of placing the reader in each moment. He took great care in describing each scene.  I could see why he added see so much detail i.e. the step b

The Half Sister

The Half Sister by Emelle Henry My rating: 3.5  of 5 stars SYNOPSIS Desiree Maddox, an overworked underpaid child advocate returns home to Baltimore to help her ailing mother. When her mother passes she finds a letter from her that reveals the true name of her deceased father. To make matters worse, an old flame continues to harass her. Her spiraling world comes to a screeching halt when she adheres to the letter's instructions. Desiree, no longer an only child, meets with her two sisters. On a newfound journey, along with her sisters, she finds more than an extended family. Amongst siblings, secrets, betrayal, and love, she also finds herself. BOOK REVIEW Desiree's story was one of despair initially and evolved into one of self-discovery and love. Desiree never quite learned to love herself and she carried that lack of love and low self-esteem into her 40s. She was betrayed by the one parent she had in her life. She had an unstable ex and his wife stal

Blog Tour - The Fixer Upper by Maggie Mae Gallagher

The Fixer Upper Maggie Mae Gallagher (Echo Springs, #1) Published by: Blushing Books Publications Publication date: September 6th 2019 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance Abby Callier is more in love with Shakespearean heroes than any real man, and she’s beginning to wonder if there is life for her outside the pages of a book. It doesn’t help that her esteemed parents tend to view her as they would one of their science experiments gone wrong. On the eve of finishing her dissertation, she escapes her staid existence to live in the house she inherited from her Great Aunt Evie in the small town of Echo Springs, Colorado. Because, let’s face it, when a woman starts comparing her life to horror films, it might be time for a break. Sheriff Nate Barnes believes in law and order and carefully building the life you want. In his spare time, he has been remodeling his house in the hope that one day it will be filled with the family he makes. But Nate doesn’t like drama or c

He Got Me Series: Four Black Stories of Cheating, Creeping and Who Cares!

He Got Me Series: Four Black Stories of Cheating, Creeping and Who Cares! by Just Bae My rating: 4 of 5 stars SYNOPSIS Black men have guilty pleasures too, this collection of 4 filthy, erotic stories delves into the sinful ways of cheating alpha male fantasies. Antonio: a hot and steamy threesome between the star basketball player, his raunchy teammate and his always-compliant wife... Jalen: this married high school teacher is more than tempted by his former-student. But is a college girl, former student too taboo? Jamal: a married track star, two-timing with his teammate, while his partner's hiding the biggest secret... Tyson: sexy male college basketball player, hooked on a freshman at Georgia Tech he's been grooming but who's really in charge... BOOK REVIEW Each short story was filled with developed characters. What was offered in the way of the storyline had me wanting more at the end of each.  Just as I got into the story, I was droppe

A Thug Like You

A Thug Like You by Pebbles Starr My rating: 4 of 5 stars SYNOPSIS Sky is a shrewd single mom making her way in the world by working as a bottle girl at an LA nightclub, where she secretly pockets the establishment’s share with the help of her best friend Zuri. Sky’s unscrupulous means of getting by haven’t caught the attention of the owners of the club who just happen to be the biggest crime family in LA, the Kasabian Cartel – at least not yet.  Unknown to Sky, there’s drama unfolding behind the scenes in her personal life as her boyfriend Blade’s lies slowly start to unravel, as well as his secrets – like the fact that he is engaged to another woman. Meanwhile, Sky’s crazy baby daddy who is behind bars on drug charges is up for parole and plans to come home to reclaim what’s his.  Just when you thought things couldn’t get more complicated, Sky’s childhood friend Ryzen who has secretly carried a torch for her is reunited with her after sixteen years. He is determ

Once a Ho' Always a Ho' Series

Once a Ho' Always a Ho' by Lady Lissa My rating: 3 of 5 stars                          SYNOPSIS This is one hot mess of a crew consisting of four friends, but with a friend like one of these, you don’t need any enemies.  In this gut-wrenching, jaw-dropping series, Delondra is the one at the center of attention. With absolutely no care in the world, this heartless chick will mess with whoever she likes, whenever she wants, and however she desires, all for the almighty dollar. Stepping carelessly on friends, strangers and anybody else, that will make her bank account grow, Delondra is down. But what happens when the tables are turned? What happens when she finally meets a man who is not willing to play her game?  Then there’s Syria… her man Clemson stepped out on her, but she’s been keeping that little tidbit of information to herself. What will happen when push comes to shove? Will she be able to let go of those insecurities and say, ‘I do’? Or will she fina

Loving a West Coast Menace: Jahquel and Brooklyn's Story 1 & 2

Loving a West Coast Menace: Jahquel and Brooklyn's Story  1 & 2 by Thea My rating: 3  of 5 stars SYNOPSIS What is a man to do when he wants to be just like his father? But what is a father to do when he wants his only son to be greater than he was? That's the question when it comes to Jahquel Jackson; a young street-savvy man that wants to take the world by storm. He's not the average drug dealer that you'll find on the corner. He's his own man that's selling his own product; Spaceship.  Jahquel Jackson is adjusting to making a name for himself in Las Vegas Nevada. He desperately yearns to follow in his father Klayton’s footsteps, but Klayton wants Jah to be better than he ever was. However, Jah is determined to honor his legacy and invents a potent form of ecstasy called Spaceship. He works under the tutelage of Vegas and Reign, but now he wants to branch off and pave his own way in the drug game. He is focused on taking over the streets

The Bluff

The Bluff by Xavier Smith My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars SYNOPSIS The gritty tale of a street legend narrated from his personal perspective. BOOK REVIEW This cautionary tale of a young man who chose to drop out of high school over the shame of his circumstance only to end up in the streets and in love with the woman who started him down this path. The story's message was a good one of a man who glorifies street life and thinks "street cred" is the most important thing to have. Your heart goes out to the protagonist, who was abandoned as a baby, by his teenage mother. The choices he makes fueled by ignorance and lack of guidance are heartbreakingly graphic. There were a few times as I read that I thought "if only he". If only he had someone early on to tell him he mattered and that material items were not important in the grand scheme of things. If only he had trusted his gut. If only he...... The author did a good job of pulling you into the w

The Realest Thug Chose Me

The Realest Thug Chose Me by Tabitha Sharpe My rating: 4 of 5 stars SYNOPSIS In the city of Nashville, Pluckerz, a known urban lounge, opens its doors to all types of people, thugs, drug dealers, and even lovers.  Makiyah Martin is a young woman in school, on her way to becoming a physical therapist, when she stumbles upon Ricky, a local retired thug who now has his riches from the food trucks he’s pushing all over town. Ricky is everything Makiyah openly hates but secretly loves. When a chance encounter between the two occurs while enjoying hookah and BYOB drinks, Makiyah is instantly hooked by his charm and forwardness.  Ricky, who was looking for love in Makiyah, quickly finds it, and sparks like the end of a joint fly when the pair become a couple. As life would have it, Ricky’s got skeletons in his closet that Makiyah chooses to accept, and some of those bones belong to his bitter baby mama, Trinity, the mother of his first-born son, Marlo.  Even with past

The Amulet of the Goddess

The Amulet of the Goddess by John Darr My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars SYNOPSIS This should have been an easy first case, at least that's what the Mount Vernon Social Club thought. Find out why a ghost is still haunting a family's home. Simple, right? But a sinister force is at work when Jonah and the others are ambushed during their investigation. Something is amiss in Mount Vernon. With Wick and Kevin's assistance, the M.V.S.C. uncovers a plot by the Alliance mole seeking an amulet to unleash a powerful goddess who will wreak havoc and chaos upon the mortal realm. Jonah and the gang must stop her. However, unbeknownst to Jonah, the key to stopping this madness has been locked away in his mind for eight, long years. BOOK REVIEW This is a young adult fantasy with a black protagonist, which happens not nearly enough. The third in a series. I had not read the previous installments and thus am not aware of some of the backstory. That being said, I think the world t

Training My Heart to Love You

Training My Heart to Love You by Monica Walters My rating: 5  of 5 stars SYNOPSIS Kortlynn Hebert has learned how to be positive in every situation. Growing up in a single-parent home, her mother taught her how to love herself and to have self-respect. That was an important lesson, especially for a plus-sized woman. Kortlynn realized early that the person that should love her the most was herself, however, that didn’t keep her warm at night. It didn’t softly kiss her lips. Loneliness is prevalent in her life, but that doesn’t make her desperate. While there had been relationships with men, they just didn’t measure up. Not wanting to be a notch on anyone’s belt, Kortlynn chooses the path of celibacy and focuses even more on herself. Until one day, out of the blue, this angel drops right in front of her. While she is skeptical of his motives, she’s in awe of his good looks and pleasant personality. She meets Zayson Ardoin in a professional atmosphere, but things soon t

Rockin’ His Chain, Wearing His Ring: Jumma & Trouble

Rockin’ His Chain, Wearing His Ring: Jumma & Trouble by Dymond Taylor My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars SYNOPSIS Trouble turned playboy to family man, has a few secrets untold that could destroy everything he and Jumma, has worked so hard to accomplish. After going through the ups and downs to win over his now fiancé, Jumma, Trouble finds himself wondering, is his bad-boy days really behind him. Has he locked Jumma down for all the wrong reasons? It’s no doubt about it that he loves her but is that enough for him to do right; considering the fact she took bullets behind him and bear his child; all while being paralyzed from the waist down.  Jumma loves Trouble with everything in her. There’s no other person she rather be with. Unless that’s how she felt until Trouble starts displaying odd behavior. She wants to believe she is losing her mind but she’s so in tuned with Trouble, she knows something is up. His time at home has slacked drastically and he takes more trips o

Audiobook Blog Tour- The Smallest Thing

Author: Lisa Manterfield Narrator: Charlie Sanderson Publisher: Lisa Manterfield  Length: 8 hours and 28 minutes Released: Aug. 9, 2019 Genre: Young Adult Fiction The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from 10 generations who never left their dull English village, and there’s no way she’s going to waste a perfectly good life that way. She’s moving to London and she swears she is never coming back. But when the unexplained deaths of her neighbors force the government to quarantine the village, Em learns what it truly means to be trapped. Now, she must choose. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and, to her surprise, the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit? Inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlin

Deadly Secrets: Brothers That Bite Book Series Books

Deadly Secrets: Brothers That Bite Book 1 by E. Bowser My rating: 3 of 5 stars SYNOPSIS Secrets can be deadly in this college supernatural thriller. Taria and Michael attend Morrison State University where Taria is in her last year of college studying investigative journalism. As her and Michael’s relationship flourishes; strange and unusual circumstances ensue resulting in mysterious and horrible deaths around campus. As the race against time begins to find the person behind all the carnage and blood-lust, unbeknownst to Taria there is more to Michael than meets the eye. Her best friend LaToya who is studying Fashion Photography is dating Quinn whose aloof nature is a bit out of the ordinary to some. The plethora of local missing person’s cases sparks Taria’s suspicions as she begins to investigate what is happening. Who is committing these murders and why? As the clues become more intense and revealing; the danger is around every corner ready to pounce.   BOOK R

The Perfect Blend

  The Perfect Blend  by Olivia Rose                                                                 My rating 4 of 5 stars SYNOPSIS Sky Turner lived a simple life. She worked, then went home. After suffering from a devastating breakup, she decided to pull back from the dating world. Until...  One spill of her coffee, altered the cycle of her life. Xavier Parker was living life, case-by-case. Being a divorce attorney, he witnessed the many downfalls of marriages. Even with a recent breakup, he believed that there was someone out there to fill the void he often felt in his personal life. He also knew that he had already found her... In a coffee shop, of all places. Sky and Xavier may have different views on relationships. But one thing's for certain-- you never know when love might spill all over you, even if it's disguised as hot, steamy coffee. BOOK REVIEW Who knew spilling a steaming cup of coffee on someone would lead to love? Our co-protagonists, Sky, pai