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Never Again, No More 3 -Karma's Brew Release Day!

  NOW AVAILABLE!!  Never Again, No More 3- Karma’s Brew by Untamed Synopsis : In part 3 of the dramatic Never Again, No More Series, Trinity, LaMeka, Lucinda, and Charice are back with brand new drama. Although they seem to have escaped their pasts, they find out saying never again, no more is easier said than done.  Trinity has moved on with her first love, Terrence, and has seemingly left all her troubles behind. However, when you have a past named Pooch, it can and will come back with a vengeance.  After LaMeka barely escaped the death grip Tony had on her, her life has truly come full circle. However, she fears her sordid past is not distant enough to fully embrace her new lease on life--and then again, neither is Tony.  Weathering storms is one battle that Lucinda is used to, but when she falls in love with Aldris, those stormy days are a thing of her past. That is until Aldris's past delivers them a shocking surprise. She'll find out weathering storm isn't the problem

Gangsta's Paradise

Gangsta's Paradise by Latoya Nicole Synopsis -  In the No Way Out Series you fell in love with Suave and Tank and wanted to know how did Kendyl "Gangsta" Jamison become so cold. So I bring you Gangsta's Paradise. A tale of murder, sex, lies, and deceit. Murder has always come easy to Gangsta and it never took much to set him off.  Utilizing his strengths and urges to kill, he become the enforcer in his brother's up and coming empire. Killing people for sport was satisfactory for him, until he met Paradise. The daughter and heiress to the Garzon Cartel, she takes Gangsta under her wings.  Teaching him everything she knows, Gangsta is now one of the most feared men in the game. Now a contract killer that most people compares to Lucifer because of his signature ways for killing, he has become a God in the streets.  Until someone decided they wanted to take his spot. Capitalizing on his weakness, Gangsta has now found hisself trapped in a world of lies

After Paris

After Paris by Marie McKinney Synopsis -  If you can’t fall in love in Paris, where can you? Emily Chambers ran away to Paris to heal her broken heart. Because, really, where better to do that than the city of love? Just her luck she finds the perfect crush in a French tour guide… Just in time to bid him adieu. That’s okay. A few perfect days together and a few swoon worthy memories to last her forever, she’ll take that. Only… Emily finds herself toting home something a little more permanent than her Eiffel Tower key-chain. Nick Wyatt wasn’t looking for love but that’s exactly what he finds in a bubbly, doe-eyed, big-hearted brunette. Problem is, she’s leaving in a few days. Bigger problem is she thinks he’s a French tour-guide named Jean-Luc. A not-so-chance reunion two years later leads to a second chance. This time he’s not letting her slip through his fingers. Book Review - This was a fun romance with enough realism to make you believe it could happen

No Way Out: Memoirs of a Hustla's Girl Series

No Way Out: Memoirs of a Hustla's Girl by Latoya Nicole Synopsis -  Growing up on the mean streets of Chicago Tank wants nothing more than to leave the ghetto that has caused her so much pain and despair. Drugs and the street life is all she knows. But she soon starts to realize she doesn't want that life anymore. If she stays in the only city she knows more than likely she will end up dead. So she decides that it is time to move on to another city and another life. But as the time reaches near for her to leave she is faced with an abusive cheating boyfriend, backstabbing friends, and a lying side piece. Tank is now stuck with the decision of leaving the place that caused her so much hurt or seeking revenge to only find that no matter how much a girl from the hood wants change there is. Book Review -  I found this series because of the Love & War Series. It moved fairly well and delivered a good amount of drama. I was not as invested in

Love and War: A Hoover Gang Affair Audiobook Series

Love and War: A Hoover Gang Affair by Latoya Nicole My rating: 4 of 5 stars Synopsis -  The infamous Hoover gang; Babyface, Blaze, Quick, and shadow has taken Chicago by storm. Not your average street thug, Bank robbers by day and club owners by night they continued their reign to the top. they never trusted anyone enough to allow them in their circle, the moment they did, all hell broke loose. Zayn "Blaze" Hoover lived by a code "never trust a female, hit and quit" until he met Drea. He did everything differently and gave her the world. He was ready to change his ways until someone set him up and all signs led to her. Zavien Shadow Hoover was the youngest of the crew, but he never wanted the females that came along with their lifestyle. He was engaged to his first love Shirree and ready to make her his wife. After a big argument and a night of drinking, shadow does something that could jeapordize their love forever, but in order to get

The Truth and Lie of a Broken Heart

The Truth and Lie of a Broken Heart by Chakel L. Ayers-Bennett Synopsis -  Three sides to a story yours, the truth, and mine, Three hands on the face cover the mouth, ears, and eyes, Two sides of me you tried to break and abuse, One man's misery is another man's amusement. Book Review - Kera's story is unfortunately one that is experienced by one too many in silence. The story shows the effects of  experiencing a traumatic childhood event and how those events can color our future when we are not equipped with the proper tools to address them or proper support in our corner. This was a novelette so I expected it to move swiftly. One of the most difficult things is packing enough story in it to satisfy not only the reader but to satisfy the needs of the plot and the characters' development.  In this case, the readers are told about feelings, events, etc. without getting to experience any of it.  There were a few issues regarding the timeline

80's Baby

80's Baby by Ty Marshall Synopsis -  By the beginning of the 1980’s, the Bronx had become a godforsaken slum, making it the ideal location for an epidemic. That epidemic arrived in the form of crack cocaine, which hit the streets with a savage force setting off an explosion of violent crime unlike anything ever seen before. The birth of crack brought with it more money, more guns, and more gangs. The faces of which were younger, hungrier and more vicious than their predecessors. In 1986, Hassan, a student of the streets put those lessons to work, ascending above all other ghetto dons and planting his flag at the top of the drug game. After successfully merging the north and south sides, Hassan ceases control of the largest projects in The Bronx, The Edenwald Houses. With maximum power and unlimited resources he and his crew reign supreme over the crack trade. But what crack giveth, crack taketh away as jealousy, rival crews and the federal government began chipping a

The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within by Linette King Synopsis- Alize’ Bishop had her whole life planned out according to how she wanted to live it, but we all know life doesn’t go as planned. Just as everything she ever wanted was right at her fingertips, a force to be reckoned with turns her life upside down. Nita Avery simply wanted to get rich and have fun, but she realizes how hard it is when nothing goes as planned. She’ll stop at nothing to get where she wants to be. With love on the brain, Shana Smith finds it hard to stay focused. Although her life is filled with uncertainties, the one thing that she’s sure of is her love for Ethan. When you come from the bottom, there’s no way to go but up. Well at least that’s what April Scott believes. But once a certain truth is revealed it isn’t clear for her if her quest to the top is sending her up or spiraling down. Will Alize’ be able to defeat such a force and still come out on top or will she lose everything? Will Anita make

Avery Stone: A Novel

Avery Stone: A Novel by Britney Charmaine Chandler Synopsis -  Avery Stone is the urban tale of a young woman’s struggle to find love—and herself—as she begins a new chapter. While bravely moving forward on her path through life, she is doing her best to follow her pastor’s advice to focus on God, stop searching for a husband, and live her life. Sometimes her irrational life choices lead into roller coaster relationships that test her inner-strength and character. Avery embarks on a journey of self-discovery where she must learn to rely on her faith and wisdom if she is ever going to find her happily-ever-after. Book Review - Chandler has delivered a relatable urban story in Avery Stone. I am not the biggest fan of Christian fiction. Not because it can't be good, but because the ones that I have experienced focused more on scripture and sermon than developing a story. Avery Stone's story is fun, dramatic, and easy to follow. I think the author did

River, Sing Out Blitz

      RIVER, SING OUT BY JAMES WADE   Categories: Contemporary / Literary Fiction Rural Fiction / Crime Fiction / Coming-of-Age Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Date of Publication: June 8, 2021 Number of Pages: 315 pages   “And through these ages untold, the river did act as the lifeblood of all those things alongside it.” Jonah Hargrove is celebrating his thirteenth birthday by avoiding his abusive father, when a girl named River stumbles into his yard, injured and alone. The teenager has stolen thousands of dollars’ worth of meth from her murderous, drug-dealing boyfriend, but lost it somewhere in the Neches River bottoms during her escape. Jonah agrees to help her find and sell the drugs so she can flee East Texas. Chasing after them is John Curtis, a local drug kingpin and dog fighter, as well as River’s boyfriend, the dangerous Dakota Cade. Each person is keeping secrets from the others—deadly secrets that will be exposed in violent fashion as all a

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  Purchase gifts from the comfort of your home that... Support Bougie & Bookish Things Can be sent to/from anywhere in the world Are sustainable and eco-friendly Are quick and easy to send Will be loved by the recipient Audiobook gift memberships make the perfect gift! You pick the membership (1, 3, 6, or 12 months/credits), your recipient picks their own audiobooks, and you're supporting Bougie & Bookish Things with your purchase! Here are your options: 1 credit to be used on the recipient’s choice of 150,000+ Libro.fm audiobooks. 3 credits to be used on the recipient’s choice of 150,000+ Libro.fm audiobooks. 6-month membership 6 credits to be used on the recipient’s choice of 150,000+ Libro.fm audiobooks. 12-month membership Shop small. Gift big.   Give back to Bougie & Bookish Things in a big way this holiday season. For $180, you get a 12-month audiobook membership to gift (or keep) and your bookstore gets $90, which can: Offset lost revenue from COVID-19 Pay the li

ChoirBoy

ChoirBoy by Barry Alston Ray Synopsis -  How can one stand when two opposite worlds collide? Anthony Morgan AKA Ant, blessed with the looks and a velvet singing voice that moves masses. But when an in house family secret becomes unbearable, what are the options? What road will Ant take? With characters along for this ride that will be talked about for years, welcome into the unpredictable world of ChoirBoy! Book Review - The author of bringing us into Ant's world as he opens with his incarceration over a situation that was forced upon him by someone who should have been a  protector. After years of suffering in silence and no allies in the home, he takes matters into his own hands and thus begins his incarceration.  This story touched on some very sensitive topics i.e. molestation, parental neglect, a flawed judicial system, pastoral pedophilia, and more. The author told this story through the eyes of not just the protagonist, Ant, but an "intere

Lovesick

Lovesick by Jon Athan My rating: 0 of 5 stars Synopsis -  Mark Murray loves his girlfriend, Rebecca Lucio, but she doesn’t love him. She believes their love has withered away and she has already fallen for another man, but she struggles to formally end her relationship with Mark. But Mark knows everything already—the lies, the deceit,  the cheating . He has a plan to punish Rebecca in the most violent, disgusting way possible. He is going to make her sick...  unbelievably sick. Jon Athan, the author of  Dr. Sadist  and  Scattershot , reinvents the definition of ‘lovesick’ in this disgusting, gag-inducing, and extremely violent horror novel. Book Review - What can I say about this story? The author does warn you that it would "gag-inducing" content and he did not fail at delivering. Mark was for all intents and purposes an average guy that held no exciting qualities. When he discovers his girlfriend has cheated, he sets forth on a pat

The Expert Witness

The Expert Witness by Marvin Mason Synopsis -  Up and coming attorney, Naya Fields, works for the prestigious Chicago based law firm, Moroni, Messa, and Weston. As she works her way up to partnership, an opportunity lands in her lap. Her colleague is tossed out of a settlement meeting, landing him in the hospital and her in front of the one man she never thought she would see again… James Perkins who left her nearly seven years earlier. Now, she must navigate through a pricey deposition that could cost her client hundreds of millions of dollars if not completely ruin them while she tries to overcome the one man who broke her heart. Book Review - Naya, a lawyer, was faced with a  case that put her front and center with someone she hadn't seen in years. The concept of the case was a real life situation. James was a character that I connected to immediately.  This was an enjoyable story. I think it flowed well and the author did a good job of capturing a b

The Take Over

The Take Over by JT Leath Synopsis -  This is a story about the street game, and how he who holds the rank has all the power. Two teenage boys K-Dog and Killa, the brains and the muscles, weren’t anything to be messed with within the streets. They started on a mission to build an empire and take over the streets from city to city. They came up off a play by killing an OG named Pimp, the King of the City, and began their reign. But, will these youngsters end up on top or will they come up short like everyone else?  Book Review -The two friends worked together like a well-oiled machine. They took their ill-gotten gains and made an empire for themselves. Along the way, they had to deal with betrayal and revenge from an unknown enemy.  I think the premise was essentially a solid one if executed right. The story had a strong start, but it seemed to lose its way as it became increasingly harder to follow the line of thought for each character. There were multipl