By Any Means:Going Against The Grain

What’s up yall? Hope everybody is doing well, living well, drinking water and all that…

But back to what’s important. This review tho.

Today’s book is By Any Means: Going Against The Grain by TN Jones

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I’ll try to keep it brief, because there’s never a dull moment in the book.

The book starts off with main character Michelle Brockton. Exceptional single mother, in school, has a wonderful job, a beautiful 6 year old daughter, and a loving best friend who is always there for her when she needs her. She also has a brother, Mitchell, who has been exiled from the family for wanting to be with a white woman….I guess that put shame on the family name.

But anyways…

Things take a terrible turn when Michelle ends up losing her job due to scandal and crime, and it causes her parents to turn their backs on her. Needing a way to pay for everyday living, as well as school, she decides to turn to her best friend for help, and to see if she can work with her.

(Her best friend Sayvton is a hostess for BDSM gatherings, which is something Michelle turned her nose up at towards the beginning of the book.)

Moving on to Jeffrey Lawrence, the son of the Governor, and business owner. He wants Michelle badly, and the feeling appears to be mutual even though neither one of them says a word to each other. Seriously, Jeffrey will sit at the park on Michelle’s lunch break to just stare and admire her. In reality, that’s creepy as hell, but TN writes it in a way that it’s romantic.

He’s stuck in a loveless marriage, being practically forced into a relationship with his wife Jolene, who isn’t his cup of tea at all….as he prefers sistas 🙂

But like Michelle’s family, the good Governor doesn’t want his name ruined, so Jolene will have to do…until Jeffrey decides he doesn’t care anymore and wants to live his truth and be with the one lady he truly wants.

First off, let me just say….this is what 50 Shades WISH it was. I don’t think I’ve read anything like this, and I mean that in a good way. I tip my hat (or…my wig, because chile I don’t even wear hats) off to Ms. TN Jones because this book was AMAZINGGG!! I can see this book being turned into a movie for real….it could even be a show!

I felt like I was super involved…it’s a lot of realistic things happening in this book, and it sheds light on the dirty dealings of how some of these people operate when they are in a position of power.

The ending had me jumping up and down because whoever is plotting on Jeffrey did it with such finesse…..and she cut it off in a way that has me really itching to see what the hell is going to happen to EVERYBODY, because everybody got some type of drama going on in the book.

There was a tiny scene in the book that made me laugh (I’m sure it wasn’t meant to be funny) when Jeffrey goes in on Jolene and talks about her pale vagina. I hollered!

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE GO DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK! I swear, you won’t regret it! And when you done, go find you a white man….cuz they in right now.

Click the link right now to download By Any Means: Going Against The Grain

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By Any Means:Going Against The Grain

Ain’t No Secret Safe In The Dark

Hey Hey Hey!

Back at it again with another review…and this one…whew…caught me off guard!

Today’s book is Ain’t No Secret Safe In The Dark by Sharmeka Ballard

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First, let me just say…this book gave me life!

I can’t really explain it, but it was a different read in terms of how it was written. I like how there were different characters, but it focused on one person so I didn’t feel like I HAD to keep up with multiple characters. (Not a bad thing, but it was a pleasant from the norm)

The only issue I had with the book, was the ending felt rushed, and got rid of one of the characters without really going into detail as to why.  It felt like it ended too soon. Maybe it’s me being greedy, but there were a few things still left to be resolved.

The book has three characters she focuses on, who all happen to be best friends:

Joy, a boutique owner who is going through a divorce during the beginning of the book from her husband of seven years. This is particularly messy because her husband, Paul cheated on her AND had a baby with the woman. It looks like Joy still wants Paul throughout the book, but you find that to be false halfway through. Joy has been seeing someone for over a year, and when the divorce is finally final, she still doesn’t want to let everyone know who her new man is….because…it’s somebody she has NO business dating. LMAO….I had my mouth open for that reveal.

Keyshia is the fast paced friend…the one who wants to do whatever and whomever she pleases because you only live once. And that’s all fine and dandy until the girls go on an out of town trip, and something happens to her that puts a stop to how she lives. It gets even worse when she finds out she’s pregnant, and gets another piece of news that will change her life forever. It’s a true cautionary tale to live your life, but to not be reckless with it.

And last, we have Cheryl, the therapist who can give the best advice in the world, but certainly cannot take her own. She finds out her husband Chuck is cheating…not only cheating, but with a friend of the family. This causes her demeanor to change, and she ends up having an affair of her own.

Now pause.

When she started having this affair, I assumed it would be the husband of somebody we already knew in the book, but I was hella wrong. There’s a bigger secret that’s much juicier than what I thought. You will definitely need to read to find that out….because….um Sharmeka had me thinking I solved the case already LOL!

Cheryl….lemme tell ya’ll…she went IN on Chuck multiple times throughout the book. She cussed dude out so bad, she started to hurt MY feelings! It wasn’t meant to be funny, but I found myself chuckling a lot. She reminds me a lot of myself when I’m upset and felt I’ve been done wrong.

I did admire the friendship these 3 ladies had, and I wish they had the strength to let each other know what was going on in their lives. I felt if they had that support, things could have gone a little differently. (look at me talking like this ain’t a book)

All in all, I really enjoyed this book, finished it sick and all.

So click the link to download Ain’t No Secret Safe In The Dark 

$3.99 on Amazon (It’s worth the $3.99 for real)

Ain’t No Secret Safe In The Dark

I’ll Love You Till Death

What’s up fam?

Back again with another review! Today’s book is I’ll Love You Till Death by She’ Marie.

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Let me just begin by saying I assumed this book was about domestic violence based on the title..I was wrong…somewhat. LOL!

The main character is Sasha Parham, and it starts off with her getting released from prison after being there for 5 years due to drugs (read the book for the backstory on that) and returning home to be reunited with her boo, drug kingpin, Sean aka the Dope Man.

Basically the book revolves around Sasha and Sean’s frustrating ass relationship. Sean obviously has an issue staying faithful, as he was doing this and that with females while Sasha was locked down. But now that she’s back, he’s having a hard time adjusting that part of his life. And it gets even more difficult when he tells Sasha that there’s a woman claiming she’s pregnant with his baby.

The woman constantly taunts Sasha, and even manages to jump her while SASHA is pregnant, and she ends up going into labor early, delivering a little baby girl.

You also see throughout the book, Sasha longing to be something, somebody besides the girlfriend of a kingpin. She wants to have something of her own, so Sean opens up a shop for her, but it seems to be more so her sister’s shop as the book progresses, because she’s always there, and Sasha is always dealing with Sean’s BS.

There’s also many times where she leaves…but comes right back and it was just getting on my last nerve. Like Sasha…get it together girl! It’s obvious Sean feels like he can do whatever he wants because he provides a lifestyle more people would kill for.

The book really didn’t get interesting until the end, when Sasha reveals something to Sean, and pulls a gun on him. The gun goes off, and it ends with her putting the gun to HER head…and then She’ hits me with a “what happened?”

But luckily, there is a part 2 so I can find out if she pulled the trigger  🙂

I do feel like there were 2 major scenes in the book that should have been explained more…I felt they happened and then it was brushed off like they were not a big deal. I feel those 2 incidents could have developed Sasha’s character a little more. My soul is black, so I have no problem dismissing people…so I do wish she would have requested a little more respect from Sean or left him for real.

But other than that, it was a pretty good read.

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I’ll Love You Till Death

Leaving My Heart In Your Hands

Hey ya’ll hey!

Back from a brief hiatus! I had to get my mind right after reading nonstop for a month straight, but I’m ready and somewhat refreshed.

Today’s book is Leaving My Heart In Your Hands by J. Renee

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The book’s main characters are Lavish and Brielle, 2 best friends who moved from New York to Atlanta for a fresh start…and to attend college.

You get a brief look at their lives in this book. Lavish and Brielle became close after Brielle comes to stay with Lavish and her foster parents after Brielle’s father gets sent to jail, and her aunt is revealed to be a lazy, trifling heffa with a nasty, perverted boyfriend.

Brielle has a passion for fashion, but decides to attend school for criminal justice, as her father is being accused of something he didn’t do, and after 10 years, she is more than determined to bring him home. However, this consumes her to the point she doesn’t really have a life, and given what happened to her when she was younger, she isn’t really interested in having a love life.

Lavish ended up in foster care after her mother passed, and for the most part takes care of herself and Brielle with the money she received upon her mother’s death. Lavish ends up having a hard time letting go of her former love, Diante, after he ends up in jail…and wants her to forget about him.  That’s easier said than done for her which is crazy because she still thinks about this dude even after 4 years!

That slowly fades away though after she decides to give Versailles a try, and he turns out to be the best thing to happen to her!

Brielle also decides to find love with Versailles’ friend, Romello.

From this point on in the book, life is going pretty good for them, they graduate, Lavish has a job waiting for her, and they decide to go back to New York for a while. Brielle manages to even find one of the best lawyer’s for her dad, and he even offers her a job.

The book ends with you wondering what happens to Lavish after she leaves the club in a haste from seeing Diante I’m guessing 🙂

Overall, the book was a refreshing read. These were some goal oriented people, and the men were so romantic. I love my fair share of drug dealers, side chicks, and super thots, but this was a nice pace from the norm.

There was a scene in the book that had me in tears. I laughed so hard when Lavish beat Carla and her friends up in the bathroom! It was funny as hell, and I don’t know if the author intended for it to be funny, but it was hilarious!

I am looking forward to find out more about Brielle and her father’s case though…that interested me more than Lavish and what she had going on to be honest.

Lavish seemed a little boring for some reason. I was way more into Brielle.

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Leaving My Heart In Your Hands

Lyric’s Epic Love Story

Hey ya’ll!

Back at it again with another review.

Today’s review is Lyric’s Epic Love Story by Nek Hickmon.

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First…let me just say, I’m sitting here mad as hell at Nek because she left me hanging in this book. I was soooo ready to keep reading until she hits my ass with a “To be continued”

We are friends on FB…so I WILL harrass you if I don’t get another book soon! HA!

OK, now that I got that out the way lemme tell you…

The book’s main characters are Lyric and Epic (clever title makes sense now right?)

Lyric, at the beginning of the book, is on the cusp of graduating high school, and has plans to move out her mother’s house. She’s been selling pills and saving up so she can do just that. In the beginning of the book, you can tell off the bat why she’s ready to move, and I don’t blame her.

First, her raggedy ass sister Kaliyah is always taking her clothes and wearing them…which lets you know she’s disrespectful as hell. And if that’s not enough for you, the heffa is sleeping with her mother’s boyfriend Paul! Tsk.

Anyways, Lyric befriends Epic when he starts selling with her, and she shows him the ropes. They become best friends, despite the small age difference. Eventually they fall for each other, but Epic already has a girlfriend he doesn’t really want to let go (doesn’t want to hurt her …tuh)

The girlfriend’s name is Shae, and she got on my nerves. I see why her and Kaliyah became “friends.” Both of them had 2 things in common: they wanted Epic, and they HATED Lyric. (Read the book to learn more about that) Epic eventually tells Shae to kick rocks, but that’s not it for her. She sets out a plan in motion, with the help of Kane to get Epic back and Lyric out his face.

So of course, once Lyric and Epic are official, bad things start to happen. Somebody is out to get his mother, somebody is out to get him, and somebody snatches Lyric.

But Robyn…

Who takes Lyric?

🙂 That’s for me to know, and you to find out.

This book was everything. It was fluid…every scene moved nicely and fit perfectly together. Nothing seemed rush. It gave a nice element of surprise because I was NOT expecting some of the things that happened, to happen.

I’m glad that it ended the way it did..not really a happy ending, but leaves you anticipating the next book to find out what’s going to happen to these characters.

It’s funny..because I follow Nek, and she seemed so anxious and nervous about the book coming out, and I was reading it thinking, “Girl what was you nervous for????? This book is good af!”

My only complaint…is that there weren’t anymore pages and now I gotta wait. HA

This book just reminds you that not all family cares about you, and sometimes crazy women just can’t let go and will stop at NOTHING to either get you back or ruin your life.

Click the link to buy Lyric’s Epic Love Story by Nek Hickmon

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Lyric’s Epic Love Story

A Bawss Love Story : Empress and Scar

Hey hey hey!

Back at it again with another review.

I’ve been super salty today because I wanted to go see this author, but other things got in the way.

She is everything ya’ll….she gives me life! And she is one of my FAVES! For real for real.

Oh, we talking about the book tho. HA! The book for today is A Bawss Love Story: Empress and Scar by Joi Miner

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Um…I don’t even know where to begin guys. This book had me all the way in my feels.

Like all the way in my feels.

The book has multiple characters, but I will try to focus on Empress. The book is a standalone, so it’s pretty long.

Shatika “Empress” Tibideaux is married to Jayontae “Tae” Tibideaux and they have built an empire together. (an illegal one, but an empire nevertheless) The book starts off with everything going smooth until the Feds come and this is where it gets interesting.

Empress decides to take the charge for Tae (he begs her multiple times to let him do it, but you will learn that she is hella stubborn and does what she wants to do), but she wants to ride or die for her man. (not me, tuh…he woulda been in there…but then it wouldn’t be much of a story now would it?)

She ends up getting a few years, and things don’t work in her favor while on the inside. She has one of the CO’s sleeping with her husband (the reason escapes me right now because I’m hype)…and this particular CO ends up pregnant, and Tae ends up leaving Empress ass in there while he is parading this heffa around town.

Once she gets out, sigh…basically ya’ll Tae ain’t shit.

For MULTIPLE reasons.

He tries to kill his mother.

He has multiple women doing his dirty work.

He turns his back on his wife and her brother, who helped him when he had nothing.

He wants to raise his children to become lil demons.

He doesn’t give a damn about nobody but himself.

He’s a snitch.

He’s a bitch.

OK. Now that I got that out the way. Let’s talk about Scar right quick. Carangelo “Scar” de la Cruz is heir to a cartel in the DR, and his father is on the run and left Carangelo in Empress’ brother, Show, care. Obviously, he falls in love with Empress, but she has her head so far up Tae’s ass, she pays him no mind until Tae shows how much of an evil troll he is…and it’s up to her to end his reign of terror.

Which was frustrating as hell, because one of my favorite characters die…and I feel it could have been avoided had Empress stopped being a chump.

But I understand.

Who is my favorite character you ask? Tae’s mother.

Read the book to find why. 🙂

It’s a long book, like I said…but it’s VERY entertaining. And I’m not just saying that because it’s Joi. I found myself laughing, being mad, being annoyed…I even cried a few times. I became emotionally attached to some of these characters. I felt Pablo’s pain. I wanted to KILL Tae. I wanted to slap Empress a few times.

I wish, however…that I was able to read more about Empress and Scar…I NEED a follow up on them…pretty please Ms. Joi?

Click the link to read A Bawss Love Story: Empress and Scar by Joi Miner.

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And then let me know what you thought!

A Bawss Love Story : Empress and Scar

Love, Lust & Secrets: A Chi-Town Love Affair

Ya’ll know what time it is!

Book review time!

Today’s book is Love, Lust & Secrets: A Chi-Town Love Affair by Manda P

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I can’t spill too much, because I honestly want you to read it! This is so juicy! HA! Finally, a book where the man is damn near perfect and it’s the WOMAN holding secrets.

The main characters are Apu Washington and Aji Kint. Apu is one of the top stylists in Chicago. Hair is her life! Her IG is dedicated to the many heads she has done, and she is always doing research to perfect her craft. She’s about her business ya’ll! She’s made it a rule not to date anybody she works with, or any clients who come in…that is until she meets Aji.

Aji…sigh. Oh Aji. He’s a businessman, and single father to Ali. (I love these 3 letter names…so easy to remember) He has a community center dedicated to helping the youth, and when he’s not there, he’s with his son, teaching him how to be the perfect gentleman. But all is not perfect in his world, as he has to deal with bi-polar baby mama Veda, who wants nothing more than for them to be a family. She reminds me of somebody I know in real life, but this is a review…not a shadefest.

Anyways. He comes across Apu during her lunch run, and again when he ends up being her client. She tries to uphold her rule, but he eventually breaks her down. They start (slowly, but surely) falling for one another, but Apu has a second job that nobody knows about. I mean some people know but they don’t KNOW KNOW.

Babayyyyy….that second job threw me for a loop. Manda…why you do me like that? I thought it would have been a secret child…a hidden penis…something…(I’m kidding….I’m kidding)

But like I was saying…she has another “job” nobody knows about, as she goes to great lengths to keep those 2 worlds apart. Like my luck, as soon as her contract is almost up, someone is leaving her clues that they know who she is.

They don’t want to burst her bubble though…they just want her. And they are going to get her. Even if it’s involuntary.

Boom.

I know, I know.

But Robyn…

What’s her second job?

Who wants her?

What you mean involuntary?

What happens with Aji?

Read. The. Book.

Love, Lust & Secrets: A Chi-Town Love Affair by Manda P

99 Cents on Kindle, FREE with Kindle Unlimited

This book..was everything. It’s a banger! (Did you know you can’t hashtag banger? I tried…and IG shut me down ya’ll) I read the whole thing, even with my son scratching me to the Gods. So good I’m ready to stop typing so I can read part 2 (yup, there’s a part 2 boos)

 

Love, Lust & Secrets: A Chi-Town Love Affair