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An Unlikely Christmas

An Unlikely Christmas by D S Pais My rating: 3 of 5 stars Synopsis A shy dancer steals her heart, but she remains in oblivion. Her actions show that she cares for him, but her mind is not willing to accept. She has changed his personality since the time they have met. The story unfolds with the two of them being at the same place, she not believing in love and he falling apart from her due to her own indifference. What happens next? Book Review The story centered around Atticus and Penelope and their love story after meeting in college. The story was told from a third-person pov with no dialogue from the characters.  It's been a while since I've read a romance that didn't allow the characters to express themselves. However, there is no hard rule that says that has to happen.  But, I think for this story it was needed in order for this reader to connect with the story. The author did a good job of telling the stories of the characters.  While the writin

Diamond in the Dirt 1-4

Diamond in the Dirt  1-4 by Carde'l Edens My rating: 4 of 5 stars Synopsis The Diamond in the Dirt series is a coming of age story that captures the unforgettable moments of its main character's life. Real is trapped inside of poverty and pain but still has a heart of pure gold with a mind sharp enough to cut himself through any situation. Real strives to the best of his ability to beat the odds. As time passes by the multiple screw balls life threw at him shapes and molds him into being a straight-up lion in a concrete jungle. his loyalty, brainpower, and gangster will be tested. Will he fall victim to the deadly vices that come with the game, or will he overcome it all and reign supreme like the street king he claims to be                                              Book Review This story centered around a young man named Real. This coming of age story of one man 's introduction to the streets. He lost his father as he was born and essentia

Til My Casket Drops

Til My Casket Drops by Ca$h My rating: 3 of 5 stars Synopsis On the run from the law, Mayhem seeks refuge in a new city. But what he soon discovers is that New Orleans' niggas are even grimier than the dudes he left dead in Atlanta. Lines are crossed; friends turn into bitter rivals and the only certainty in Mayhem's life is death and bloodshed until he stumbles upon Keedy, a diamond in the hood. When they meet, it's true love at first sight-hood style. But the price they must pay to be together could be death. Mayhem fears nothing. Keedy has nothing to lose. All they have is each other as death closes in on them, threatening to obliterate their epic love. Will they succumb to the laws or their enemies? Or will true love and their always handy guns be their shield?                                                        Book Review I listened to this book on audible. The story centered around Mayhem and his life of bloodshed and destruction. I didn'

Fueled By Revenge

Fueled By Revenge by B.B. Hughley My rating: 5 of 5 stars        Synopsis Born and raised in the gutter of Detroit's Westside, to a drug addicted mother, Jaxsyn Blackwell was no stranger to hardship. Growing up, Jax had no time for freeze tag or barbie dolls. Instead she had to figure out how to silence the grumbling coming from her stomach, protect her sister, and pray her mother would return from her latest binge that could claim her life. Jaxsyn's life was hard, but typical for growing up in The Dirty Glove. The only difference between her and other kids, was her need for more. Jax used the people around her as examples of what not to become. She maintained a 4.0 GPA all throughout high school and before the ink could fully dry on her and her sister Zionna's diploma, they were packed and on a bus out of Detroit. Messiah Knight is the President of "The Knight's" Motorcycle Club and a highly respected businessman. Sih and his brother Nashon

What My Sister Didn't Know

What My Sister Didn't Know by Janie De Coster My rating: 3 of 5 stars Synopsis Saphire married Clay Matthews, a handsome, down to earth and loyal man who worships the ground her designer shoes walk on. But no matter how hard she tries to love him, her heart yearns for another. ​ Gade, Saphire's younger sister, married the man of her dreams. Lamonte Singletary is everything a red-blooded woman could ever want in a man. After the birth of their son, life has been picture perfect. That is, until Joe Burrels, a bittersweet memory from the past, returns with a haunting secret he is determined to reveal. ​ Now the bond of sisterhood could be destroyed forever.                                           Book Review Two sisters who were like oil and water find themselves attached to the same man. The story tells the fallout from this trio. Unfortunately, I could not connect with the story or the characters. While it was an easy story to follow, it was filled with

Legacy of Fear

Legacy of Fear by A.J. McCarthy My rating: 4 of 5 stars Synopsis What dark secret is hidden in her past? What evil has been handed down through the generations? Emily Burton found happiness in a small, picturesque town on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Her sense of peace and security is shattered when she’s brutally attacked, and an innocent person is murdered. The authorities believe the incident is random, until Emily becomes the target of further violence and threats. With the help of her enigmatic neighbor, she uncovers an eerily similar crime that dates back sixty years. Could there be a connection between the two attacks? Did malevolence stretch its deadly arm across generations? Emily is convinced there’s a link, but she needs to find it before it finds her.                                      Book Review Initially, I was pulled in with this story. The main character was attacked and the hunt was on for the culprit. The primaries had solid chem

House In Virginia

House In Virginia by Tsu Surf My rating: 3 of 5 stars                    Synopsis Meet Karen Dunlap and Jovan “Jo” Saint: a young, loving couple living the way that many in their mid-twenties are in hoods of New Jersey. Karen is working a minimum wage job, while Jo hustles on the block with his right-hand, Pop. For the five years that Jo and Karen have been together, Karen has been by Jo’s side no matter his struggle because she sees and believes in her man’s potential. Yet, Karen cannot deny that she wants more, to leave the hood, and live a comfortable life of ease. Jo is desperate to come up in the game, not only for his own comfort but for Karen as well. However, before Jo has the chance to sweep his woman off of her feet, a boss, Kway, easily gains Karen’s attention with the glitz and glam of his lifestyle. However, everything that glitters isn’t gold, and Kway is a dull and ugly, cancerous individual that affects the lives of every woman he touches with his neg

Never Should've Let You Go 2: A Hood Love Story

Never Should've Let You Go 2: A Hood Love Story by Elle Kayson My rating: 5 of 5 stars     Synopsis  Reality-TV star Nahla Sullivan was willing to put it all on the line to prove her love to super-producer Zion Brown. Yet, once the obvious obstacles are out of the way, the couple finds that being together won’t be as easy as they’d hoped—especially not with an unexpected enemy determined to destroy what they’re trying to build. A web of lies and secrets, spun around them in the past, threatens their future. Nahla’s co-star Zanaida Brooks was done with security expert Wraith Ford. Seriously. Done. Until the dark chocolate dream of a man insisted on inserting himself in her life at every opportunity. Just when Zanaida decides she might have to give their relationship another chance, Wraith crosses a line she had clearly drawn. Wraith refuses to apologize for doing what he felt he had to do to keep her safe. Zanaida would just have to get past her trust issues to s

Fuck Boy: Jaded Gems Vol 1

(Click to add to Goodreads) Fuck Boy: Jaded Gems Vol 1 by Solomon Hillfleet My rating: 4 of 5 stars                       Synopsis Fuckboy. A term used to describe a man whose dealings with women is far from respectable. For Solomon Hillfleet, it became more than just that. It became a way of life. In the book, Hillfleet takes us through the mind of a fuckboy using accounts from his own experiences dating and those of his close friends. Starting with friendship and ending with love, the memoirs use each experience to provide gems of knowledge for the reader and helps them to understand the mindset of a misunderstood group. Gripping and unapologetic, it is an honest look at the relationship dynamics of the 21st century. The culture of online dating, ghosting, and other elements are examined. It forces the reader to answer the questions: What is a fuckboy? Am I one? And if so is it my fault? Beginning at 18 and leading up until 30, Hillfleet examines the male psyche and t

Key's to the Attic: Sam's Revenge

Keys to the Attic: Sam's Revenge  by DC Taylor (click image to purchase)                                         Description In The Dark Underworld, It isn't Many People You Call a Friend. But Sam Has Had The Luck Of Finding a Good Friend. Unfortunately His Life was Took From Him, Follow Sam Through The Dark and Gritty Streets Of Maryland and New York. As He Seeks Revenge While Trying to Crown Cecil The New King Of The Game.                                         Book Review " A man is considered a man by the principles that he does not believe in but the principles that he upholds no matter the situation." This debut novel by the author was one that centered around Cecil and Darren's coming of age and Uncle Tan Sam's revenge to those who have crossed him.  Uncle Tan Sam made calculated moves in the streets. He moved "weight" and tolerated no disrespect not even from his immediate circle.  A circle that would soon expand into a few pe

Love, Lies and Blood Ties

by Courtney Marie Description Siblings Amir and Ameena have learned to depend only on each other, living through the psychological abuse of their Uncle Jabar, a gun runner in Sudan. They’ve learned to adapt in a violent environment, creating a way to survive under his roof. When their mother realizes the damage done to her children by the hands of her brother, she ships them off to start a new life in America. However, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, especially if that side is the concrete jungle of NYC. The siblings quickly realize that America can be just as cutthroat as their homeland, so their skills are quickly put into effect. What started as a means to keep them fed and a roof over their heads turns them into a well-known kill-for-hire duo. Ameena enjoys the life she and Amir have built, despite the hard work she feels she constantly has to do to keep them going. Always the loner, she decides to let people in, but not everyone has good intentions

Walk-In Investigation: Streaming Sarah

click for audio sample Walk-In Investigation: Streaming Sarah   by Joyce Kostakis My rating: 4 of 5 stars SYNOPSIS - Walk-In Investigations is like Ghost Whisperer meets ‘Dead Files'. Homicide Detective Katie Hanson learns to channel messages from deceased victims to solve a series of life-changing cold cases. As her current case unfolds, Katie realizes a deceased witness account can be just as flawed as the living. Nothing is as it seems. Sarah and her son Matt give conflicting accounts as to who murdered them. Katie's gut instinct is to believe Sarah, but the evidence doesn't support the testimony. Will channeling the deceased lead her to the truth or cause her to arrest an innocent man ?                                                                     BOOK REVIEW I listened to this book on Audible. The production was well done and the narrator did a good job of breathing life into the characters. This story pulled me in early on. I thoroughly

Life | Fitness | Success:Why Not You? Vol. 1

LIFE|FITNESS|SUCCESS Volume 1 is likely the first of its kind. An inspirational quote book with an autobiographical element wrapped with a slight likeness to a photo book. This hybridized literary/visual project is authored and photographed by Doyen "Dolo" Grant, a well-known fitness entrepreneur based in Brooklyn, NY, USA. The quotes are meant to inspire readers to greatness in all three of the areas mentioned in the title; The biographical portion of this first volume covers his life from early childhood up until high school. BOOK REVIEW  Life | Fitness | Success: Why Not You?  Vol. 1 by @dolofitness  "Perfection is often the enemy of greatness"  Doyen Grant I can honestly say this was the first of its kind that I've experienced - A fitness quote book sprinkled with a few childhood memories and some inspirational images to further motivate the reader. I was not sure what exactly a  fitness/life quote book would look like so I had to

Release Day Blitz - Our Secrets and Lies by Nova Rain

Our Secrets and Lies by Nova Rain Published March 11, 2020 Billionaire's in Dark Suits Book 1 Synopsis: The sins of the father will be paid for by the daughter… Charles Avery can’t pay his debt. The only thing he has to offer is his beautiful daughter Ashleigh. Sweet. Innocent. Beautiful. She’s everything a man could want. And now, she’s been given to me for a week to do with what I please. It’s every man’s fantasy. Yet, everything isn’t as it seems. She may hide her scars from the world… But she can’t from me. Ashleigh is mine. And I’m going to find out the truth. http://mybook.to/oursecretsandlies Author Bio: Nova Rain is an International, Bestselling Romance Author who has a love for creating wondrous, passionate romantic novels with as many twists and turns as a rollercoaster. Nova was born in North Carolina, but spent a lot of time in Paris, the city of love. As a young adult, Nova always found herself day

Bayou City Burning Book Tour

BAYOU CITY BURNING Harry & Dizzy Lark, Book 1 by D.B. BORTON Mystery / Detective / Humor / Historical Publisher: Boomerang Books Date of Publication: May 30, 2019 Number of Pages: 390 Houston, 1961: comedy meets mystery and history.  It's hard to be hard-boiled when your biggest fan and worst critic is your twelve-year-old daughter, especially when she's cracking your case for you and defending you from the bad guys, along with sidekicks human and feline.   Houston is still a cowboy backwater, but Texas politicians dream big. P.I. Harry Lark is out to save the city for President Kennedy's moon mission. Dizzy Lark is out to save Harry.                                                                     Jani Brooks of Romance Reviews Today calls Bayou City Burning “a terrific mystery loaded with humor, lots of excitement, and fascinating, well-written characters” and rates it “a Perfect 10 book.”

"F" Boy: Jaded Gems Volume 1

Fuck Boy: Jaded Gems Vol 1   by Solomon Hillfleet My rating: 4 of 5 stars Description Fuckboy. A term used to describe a man whose dealings with women is far from respectable. For Solomon Hillfleet, it became more than just that. It became a way of life. In the book, Hillfleet takes us through the mind of a fuckboy using accounts from his own experiences dating and those of his close friends. Starting with friendship and ending with love, the memoirs use each experience to provide gems of knowledge for the reader and helps them to understand the mindset of a misunderstood group. Gripping and unapologetic, it is an honest look at the relationship dynamics of the 21st century. The culture of online dating, ghosting and other elements are examined. It forces the reader to answer the questions: What is a fuckboy? Am I one? And if so is it my fault? Beginning at 18 and leading up until 30, Hillfleet examines the male psyche and tackles topics such as toxic masculinity, self-w