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.

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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 

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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

Gangsta’s Paradise

Today’s book is Gangsta’s Paradise by Latoya Nicole

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First, let me say…Latoya…I need part 2 like…right now. NOW…NOW…NOW!

I’m gonna be honest…first half of the book…I was thinking these characters are weird and crazy, I don’t wanna read anymore. And then I got invested and wanted to find out what was going to happen next!

These are some of the characters from her No Way Out series, but you do NOT have to read those 2 books to understand what’s going on, but trust me, after you read this book, you will want to go back and read them like I’m going to.

Ok, Ok…so let me tell you.

The book starts of with heiress to the Garzon cartel, Paradise Garzon being sent away to the States to go live with her aunt until it is safe for her to return again.

Her aunt happens to live on the same block as Suave (Kendyl) and Gangsta (Kenneth), where she meets Gangsta twice in the same day. Once, when he asks for her number, and again when he ends up saving her from her aunt’s perverted boyfriend.

….At that moment, Paradise realizes Gangsta is bout as crazy as her ass, and she is dead set on “training” him to unlock his true potential and make him one of the most feared men in the world.

I’m leaving the incident out that unlocks this because: 1. I don’t want to spoil it 2. It’s disturbing lol All I can say is that they have some fucked up parents!

Anyways….

Suave ends up giving Gangsta money to leave since he cannot contain the demon inside him, and he doesn’t want him messing up his chance at becoming the drug lord he wants to be, and that puts the nail in the coffin for Gangsta’s emotions.

The book fast forwards to 10 years later, and Gangsta is now 29, feared like no other, and is one of the most sought out contract killers. Paradise trained him so well, he shows no emotion, and now it’s starting to bother her (ugh, women)

Now she wants children and affection, but Gangsta cannot offer either, and he tells her that multiple times.

Little does he know, there’s someone in his life that is plotting against him and wants to be feared just like he is….so they take Paradise and Gangsta has to call on Suave after all these years for help.

And the crazy thing about this all…is that I ended up loving Tank (Suave’s wife) She seemed like the only person in this book with some sense!! LOL! I wanted to beat Gangsta in the head so many times because it was obvious who had Paradise and he just kept looking the other way.  But Tank and Suave seemed to be on it immediately.

By the end of the book, Paradise still isn’t found, Suave is all shot up, and Gangsta finds out who is behind this finally!

This was a really good book you guys. I wasn’t bored, it was easy to read, I was entertained. I was disturbed. I was mad. I was happy. I loved it all! And now I want to read more about Tank because she became my favorite! And that’s what being a good author is all about. You know you are doing the damn thing when you make people want to go back and read the other books you have!

But for real Latoya, I need part 2…I know you said it’s coming…but…I don’t know if I can wait until next week!

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Gangsta’s Paradise

The Other Woman’s Heart: 1 & 2

Today’s book…is actually kinda 2 since I won’t be doing a review tomorrow. (I say kinda because I don’t want to spill much of 2)

The Other Woman’s Heart 1 & 2: She’s My Forever, He’s My Eternity by Ashley Robinson

Okay, let’s jump right into it. The book has a few characters, but the main ones I’ll focus on right now are Westley Gibson and Reagan Holland.

Westley is an entrepreneur (owns his own trucking company) married to attorney Janet Gibson, and they have 2 kids. From the jump, you can tell Janet is kinda snooty, and only cares about money, and it’s mentioned many times that Janet does things only on her time. For instance, Westley tells her they should try counseling, and she scoffs at the idea until later on in the book…but we’ll get to that in a minute.

Reagan is a school teacher, and an aspiring author. She also has a son, and a best friend London. (She has her own set of problems chile, but you will have to read the book) She loves her job, but she also loves writing and has been looking for a way to get her big break.

Now that I’ve given you a little run down on these two, let’s get down to business. Westley has been tired of how Janet treats him like a third child instead of her husband…so he comes across Reagan, who is everything he wants and needs Janet to be for him. She’s supportive, caring, and tends to his needs. She treats him like a man. Of course Westley promises her that he will get a divorce, but after 4 years of waiting…it doesn’t look to be happening.

The difference in this story is…Westley actually really DOES want a divorce! But with Janet being a lawyer, and his business popping off, he knows she will take him to the cleaners.

Reagan ends up meeting publisher Grant, who take her under his wings, and with the push of London, they get a little close…which lights a fire under Westley’s ass to make his decision to leave his wife.

Under law, however…they have to go to counseling/mediation for a year. (Janet knows this of course…so the ball is in her court) This puts yet another hold on Reagan and Westley being together out in the open.

Janet eventually finds out about the affair through Terrence…Westley’s best friend and accountant! He goes through great lengths to find information on Reagan, conversations between her and Westley, her and London…everything.

Why is he doing this? Because he’s in love with Janet. HAHAHA! Terrence was a crazy hot mess…I couldn’t stand him. Honestly, in the beginning, I was guessing he was gay and wanted Westley for himself.

(I’m leaving out the divorce proceedings out for a reason….read it…READ IT! It’s juicy)

Anyways, the book ends with Grant waiting on a decision from Reagan to move away and start fresh…and Westley proposing to her.

My issue with the book: The editing was weird. Lots of misspelled words, and in certain chapters, the words were really huge and would fade back into a decent reading size after a few pages, and there were hardly any paragraph breaks, making it really difficult to read. I became frustrated and struggled trying to finish the book. I started reading Thursday night and didn’t finish until 3 this morning. It was a bummer because it was a really good story. I was hooked from the first page!

—- PART 2 —-

Reagan tells Westley yes, and completely blows Grant off…

BUT..she has to talk to him because he is the publisher. (duh) They end up getting close again after the engagement goes up in flames when Janet pops up pregnant, claiming the baby belongs to…*drumroll please*

Westley!

So again, Grant wants her to move…

And she does.

But this time…she’s the wife. And not the side chick.

BOOM!

Yes, I know I like to leave you guys hanging, but I don’t like spoiling ALL of the good stuff 🙂

Part 2 was formatted MUCH better and it was easier to read. I finished part 2 in like 35-40 minutes! It did seem a little rushed, but I think that was my judgment considering I was reading it at 4 in the morning. LOL! I’m glad Reagan finally got her happy ending, and Grant seemed like a really great guy. Westley seemed like a great guy too, he just didn’t have the ability to love the way he wanted to.

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then click for part 2 The Other Woman’s Heart 2 by Ashley Robinson

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The Other Woman’s Heart: 1 & 2

Secrets of a Side Nigga: Episode 1

Hey ya’ll Hey!

Back with another review!!!

This is gonna be a quick one because the book itself is pretty short!

Today’s book is Secrets of a Side Nigga: Episode 1 by Quan Millz!

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Okay…lol…so the book is about Rodney Williams aka “A-Rod”…he just got out of prison for movin’ weight.

Obviously, being a felon..it’s hard to find steady work that pays decent, and he doesn’t want to go back to the streets so he asks his friend for suggestions.

LMAO! So here’s the catch…his friend’s sister Meka…has a business, and she wants to hire Rodney.

He has nowhere to stay, no money…nothing. So he takes her up on her offer.

I’m laughing because Rodney thinks Meka is 9 years old!

This book is a hot ass mess, and I’m pretty sure Quan did this on purpose…

My side was hurting the whole time I was reading it because it was that crazy!!! Rodney talking about Meka had me in tears. Now I’m wondering what’s up with her.

Is it weird I want to read more about Boss Bitch Meka??? LMAO!

Short people, 9 year olds, 20 inch penises….it’s hilarious.

It’s a short read…so read it! It made me laugh, and got me pumped for the day.

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Secrets of a Side Nigga: Episode 1