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More Womanish by Angelia V. Menchan

What we’re reading this week! 

419XbJoDkDL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgMore Womanish: She Survives is more stories of women, real women with real ish that they are always in the struggle to survive. Review for Womanish: WomanIsh. Yes…it’s all that the title enamored and more. Angelia Vernon Menchan once again has stepped outside of the usual and fully embraces real life stigmas many won’t address. Menchan takes the reader on a situation-based ride varying from love, self-esteem, lack of respect, pitfalls and even further questions the security of one’s stability while married. Not only does she utilize the muse smartly, she shows counsel and guidance, post story. For an author of Menchan’s realistic writing style and candor, she has touched me on more than one occasion in her past works. One thing is for certain, “WomanIsh” is a must read for 2016! Highly recommended for women of all walks of life, book clubs and the like. Loretta R. Walls CEO, Nu Cherte Publishing

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🚬 There are things known, things unknown and in between is the truth. ⚖

📚 Rose Gold by Walter Mosley 📚

TITLE: Rose Gold
AUTHOR: Walter Mosley
PUBLISHER: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
SERIES: Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Incredible Storytelling 

Rose Gold is two colors, one woman, and a big headache.

51d2OeHAh0LIn this new mystery set in the Patty Hearst era of radical black nationalism and political abductions, a black ex-boxer self-named Uhuru Nolica, the leader of a revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth, has kidnapped Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a weapons manufacturer, from her dorm at UC Santa Barbara. If they don’t receive the money, weapons, and apology they demand, “Rose Gold” will die—horribly and publicly. So the FBI, the State Department, and the LAPD turn to Easy Rawlins, the one man who can cross the necessary borders to resolve this dangerous standoff. With twelve previous adventures since 1990, Easy Rawlins is one of the small handful of private eyes in contemporary crime fiction who can be called immortal. Rose Gold continues his ongoing and unique achievement in combining the mystery/PI genre form with a rich social history of postwar Los Angeles—and not just the black parts of that sprawling city.

 


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Easy’s back!  After a near death experience, Easy Rawlins returns to the P.I. scene.Set in the 1960’s with hippies and drugs and radical life, Rosemary Goldsmith has been kidnapped.  Roger Fisk contacts Easy to help with the search, with some reluctance Rawlins takes on the job of finding Rose Gold.

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As with most Mosley novels, the plot moves forward with several intense subplots that move the prose along smoothly.  A black boxer is accused of various crimes, a child is stolen and romantic obsessions occur.  However, none of that deters Mosely to get to the bottom of what happened to Rose Gold.

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Walter Mosley is one of my favorite authors, his descriptive language, and vivid prose brings to life an era long since past.  The Easy Rawlins series is one that will live on for eternity.  I highly recommend.

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🏈 Touchdown…when love leaves the friend zone and lands in the end zone❣️

📚  Her Perfect Catch 📚
TITLE: Her Perfect Catch 
AUTHOR: K.L. Brady
PUBLISHER: Lady Lit Press
SERIES: Yes (The Playmaker Series) 
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Adorable Romance 
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A CATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

Sometimes love is in your grasp and all you need to do is hold on…

Nerdy, struggling sports writer Melanie Vincent needs a miracle when her dream of running a nationally recognized blog hits a snag due to low readership. After Mel is gifted a pair of Super Bowl tickets for years of faithful dog sitting, she has a chance encounter with her favorite football player, star wide receiver Jet Jamison. Their fateful meeting leads to the inside scoop on the biggest story of her career…and just maybe the love of a lifetime.

 


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REVIEW:

Love is right before you…if you just open your eyes.

Melanie Vincent is the hidden face behind the struggling sports blog, The Vin Report.  Her best friend Dylan agrees to be the face of Mel Vin.  With everything invested in the Vin Report, Melanie is afraid she won’t last past the next few months.  As her birthday approaches, her friend gives her tickets to see her favorite sports team in the playoffs.  Attending with Dylan, Melanie misses the perfect catch, thrown by C.J., Jet Jamison’s brother and it knocks her out.

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Meeting Jet Jamison, Melanie doesn’t reveal who she really is, leading Jet to believe her name is Dylan.  Insert trouble here.   Football’s bad boy Jet Jamison, really needs to turn his image around.  And after his first date with Mel as Dylan, he believes he’s found the perfect mix of a woman.  She has it all, brains and beauty.

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Her Perfect Catch is a perfect mix of clean romance and comedy with a dose of drama.  I enjoyed the beginning of this series and look forward to seeing where the game takes Mel, Dylan and Jet in the future.

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⛪️ The Darkness has blinded his eyes…🎭

📚 A Sinful Calling 📚

TITLE:  A Sinful Calling
AUTHOR: Kimberla Lawson Roby
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing
SERIES: Yes (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel) 
RATING:  ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Contemporary Fiction 
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51Qw5nEv3ML._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgDillon hadn’t been called by anyone. He’d called himself and he wasn’t ashamed of it. But no good can come from . . .

A SINFUL CALLING

Two years ago, to everyone’s surprise, Dillon Whitfield Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister, and then founded a church right in the center of his living room. Today he’s pastor of a 1,000-plus-member congregation, and new members are joining weekly. Sadly, behind closed doors, Dillon is far from being a saint. Dillon has become more like the man his father was thirty years ago-consumed with money, power, and lots of women. His family may have let bygones be bygones, but they continue to keep their distance.

Not Alicia, though. This daughter of Curtis Black joins Dillon’s congregation, leaving her father’s church behind. The family has forgiven Alicia for marrying Levi Cunningham, the former drug dealer she had an affair with, but once Alicia realizes they will never fully accept Levi, she decides to see her family less and less. She and Levi are truly happy, however, guilt from her betrayal of Phillip and its aftermath casts a shadow over their wedded bliss.

But when Raven decides she wants a higher position in the church and Alicia hides a devastating secret, the entire family is affected in ways they don’t see coming. In the end, no one will be able to trust anyone . . . and for very good reason.


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REVIEW:

The Black’s are back….The Black’s are back!!

Dillon hadn’t been called by anyone. He’d called himself and he wasn’t ashamed of it. But no good can come from . . .

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Book 13 focuses on the lives of Dillion Whitfield Black, the first born child of Rev. Curtis Black and his daughter Alicia.  When Dillion returns to Mitchell with plans to take over Mitchell’s mega church position, he didn’t count on real salvation taking root in his life.  Married to Raven, Dillion’s relationship with the other members of the Black family are non-existent with the exception of Alicia and her husband Levi.  As their bond grows strong, secrets hidden by both Alicia and Dillion begin to unravel and threaten to tear both of their lives apart.

After being ostracized from her family after her first husband’s death, Alicia struggles with some issues, she’s afraid to tell anyone including her husband Levi.

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Will the lesson’s taught weekly during Sunday service, by Rev. Black finally hit home.  Faith, Love, Family, and forgiveness are all lessons that continually go around.

Over the years I’ve enjoyed all the books in the Curtis Black series, and this one was no different.  Kimberla Roby tackled many issues such as depression, alcoholism, mental illness and family virtue and wrapped them all up in a pretty package that anyone could comprehend.

🗿 No one can hurt you as badly as the people you love.☠

📚  Library of Souls 📚

 

TITLE: Library of Souls
AUTHOR:  Ransom Riggs
PUBLISHER: Quirk Books
SERIES:  Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Peculiar Adventure 

51JX3zbRjuL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.


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The third in the trilogy, Library of Souls picks up where Hollow City left off.  After the explosion and capture of Miss Peregrine and some of the children,  Jacob and Emma set off to find them.  To rescue them.  And to save, themselves from the wights.  Jacob has finally come into his own peculiarity and is learning one of his other abilities is to communicate with the hollowgast.  This particular ability comes in quite handy as the adventure takes off.

When their search for the others leads them to a loop called Devil’s Acre, we are introduced to new characters.  The boatman, Sharon, a dark and seedy character becomes a crucial help for the two children since the only way to Devil’s Acre is by boat.  However, this doesn’t come without cost.  When the children end up with Bentham, they truly have a fighting chance to save Miss Peregrine and the others, but only if they put their trust where the enemy lies.

This book was far more an exciting adventure than the last.  It focuses on Jacob and his growth as a peculiar child helps propel the book forward.  While this book wraps up most of the loose ends nicely, it does leave open the possibility of more to come for the peculiar children.  Their lives in the loops may end but the adventures will surely continue.  This YA book much like the Potter series is suitable for adult enjoyment.

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🗿 Circumstances don’t make you what you are, they reveal who you are chosen to be! 👊

📚 First Kill Wonder 📚

 

TITLE: First Kill Wonder
AUTHOR:  R. Jerome Brooks
PUBLISHER: Prodigy Gold Books
SERIES:  Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Dramatically Captivating 

Pre-order today for the release on 6/16/16 First Kill Wonder

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.


518pkKy+ByL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Naim Butler, a rainmaker, has perfected the art of sentencing mitigation, as a partner with Manhattan power-firm, Baker and Keefe. He’s the kind of captivating and accomplished man that therapists vent too. His bachelorhood is turned upside down when an old flame, Sinia Love, drops a seventeen-year-old son into his lap forcing him to balance this revelation and his budding romance with Brandy Scott. Professionally, Naim’s assigned to prove a man’s innocence of murder is filthy work itself, but catastrophic when an envious lover of Sinia Love’s sets out to kill him while hiding amongst the glitterati of Manhattan’s upper crust.

First Kill Wonder is the author’s seventh novel, but the first under this pen name.

 

 


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Does the path you’re meant to travel stop when a bad decision is made?  Or are like the Phoenix, formed in the fire and destined for greatness, once consumed.  For Naim Butler, he was most definitely formed in the pits of fire.  From dire circumstances, Butler’s life choices were a product of his environment.  However, that wasn’t the end for him, one could call it; just a prelude.  After turning his life around, Butler became the first non-practicing partner at the law offices of Barker and Keefe, a prestigious law firm in Manhattan.  Life for Naim Butler was exceptional…

A fury of events including finding out about his now seventeen-year-old son, Marco and the chance meeting of Brandy Scott sets a change of pace for Butler.  And once again, just like a Phoenix he rises to the occasion and is determined to be the kind of father He wished was a part of his life.

Great books are formed by details they present.  It’s all in the details, and Brooks made sure not to leave them out.  Combining his love of a mystery with a hint romance, Brooks is definitely one to watch.   This introduction to Naim Butler is one I didn’t want to end right away.  The flow and pace were steady enough to keep the reading experience engaging while pulling you deeper into the world of Butler.  I am looking forward to seeing where this series will go.  Five Stars

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💟 To love and be loved in return is everything❣️ 💞

📚 Bonded with Ezra 📚

TITLE: Bonded with Ezra
AUTHOR:  Love Belvin
PUBLISHER: MKT Publishing
SERIES:  Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Ferocious 

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He devised a specific road map of how they’d carry out their covenant—without input from her. She determined she needed to chart a new course in order to stay true to herself.

Perhaps Ezra has been wrong about his gift from above. Maybe Lex has bitten off more than she can chew. At this fork in the road will they continue their detour, or will they find middle ground and a covenant that keeps them bonded for life?

Disclaimer: This series is for mature audiences ONLY. There are three installments to the “Love Unaccounted” series. This installment is a full-length novel that contains profanity, erotica, acts of bondage, domination, and violence. If you do not like dark, racy romance between your pages this book is not for you.

 


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REVIEW:

What is Love?  Love is a variety of complex feelings, states, and emotions that range from interpersonal affection to pleasure. It can relate to a sensation of a strong attraction and personal attachment. Love is an interchangeable word, capable of being used as a noun or verb.

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Lex and Ezra are back, but not quite.  When we left off in book two, Lex’s personal demons had come back to life from the past like a Mack truck barreling down the center of her life.  What ensued afterward, shattered the standing covenant she had with Ezra. Fast forward, Book 3, starts off with the feral Ezra storming into his therapist office.

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In this book, we meet Ezra the man, outside of all the roles he plays.  This book opens the doorway to the man that has shielded himself away from the one thing that could carry him when he needs it the most.  Ezra has to come to term with those things.  His life is so compartmentalized that he doesn’t realize until it’s nearly too late that he cannot close off his heart from his most prized possession…  prince stroke chin

Speaking of possession, the Beast, claims Lex, devours Lex, can’t get enough of Lex…but Let’s be frank, can we be frank…Lex needs more.  Leaving Ezra is one of the hardest things, Harlem World has ever done.  Truly she’s at a crossroads, not only for herself but for those who depend on her and her well being.  Lex more than anything needs to see and feel the covenant between her and Ezra.  Will her wish be granted, her desires filled?

It’s no secret anymore, that although I loved the first book I hated the ending.  I was livid after falling for the duo and then for it to end the way it did, but I digress.  The author came back with ferocity in the following book and all was forgiven.  This book took you to the brink of delirium, tossed you with moments of despondency, engulfed you with vibrant exuberance, and wrapped it all up in love.  The evolution of a man. Ezra is now fully that MAN!!! I highly recommend this series!

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R.I.P. Prince

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