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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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🍭Sweet as sugar, hard as ice, hurt me once, I’ll kill you twice!🕵

📚 Sugarland 📚

TITLE: Sugarland
AUTHOR: Jo Dee Sanders
PUBLISHER: Aquarri Publishing
SERIES: Yes
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Alluring

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Meet Sugar, a mysterious and vengeful woman originally from a small town in Georgia, as she returns to the Carolinas to deal with her shameful and disturbing history with a group of three very flawed friends.
Malcolm, married to a sexy and adventurous vixen, Sampson, a crooked police officer on the prowl and Deke, a petty, downtrodden criminal with a crush on Rochelle, who happens to be Malcolm’s wife, all have a past of individual transgressions with Sugar, who now seeks redemption from each one of them.
Unable to forget how the unscrupulous people of her past defiled her, Sugar falls into a lapse of insanity and returns with a steamy, conning and morale-less alter ego, who brings all hell with her–and she wears a mask!

 


 

REVIEW:
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

What circumstances can transform a woman child into something more than anyone could ever imagine?  For Sugar, the mysterious girl from Georgia, the deadly secret she harbors will soon come to light.  The enigma she holds is hidden under her masquerade a part-time dancer in a hole in the wall shack nestled quaintly in the depths of North Carolina.  And Sugar is their headliner, bringing men from all walks of life to the small establishment to get a glimpse of her treasures.

Deke, the d.j. at the current establishment, has plans to become more than his present life.  Dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, come to fruition when Sugar enters his world.  Teaming up with his longtime friends; Malcolm and Sampson, the trio merge together once again to form the hot new club: Sugarland.

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The bond of the triplets run deeper than they even imagine.  Rochelle, Malcolm’s wife ties them to a deeper past transgression.  The vixen of more than one eye, Rochelle chose money over love long ago. Will she ever realize what that choice will cost her, or will it be too late?

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When I started this erotic thriller, I didn’t know what to expect.  The tone of the book is more of a mystery thriller than an erotic book.  Although there are some sexual scenes it wasn’t the type that leaves the reader saturated and wanting for more.  The pages keep flipping and flexing the mind, making you wonder who is Sugar?  Although I figured it out about halfway through, I was intrigued to see where this book was going.  Is vengeance best served cold or sweet?  In this  book, I’d say revenge is best served Sweet, sweet like sugar.  I’m looking forward to the next book Sugar-free!  

 

💔 Bruises fade but the pain lasts forever 🎭

📚 At Least I didn’t KILL Him by Kenni York 📚

TITLE: At Least I didn’t Kill Him
AUTHOR:  Kenni York 
PUBLISHER:
SERIES: No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️  Gripping 

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Love shouldn’t hurt…especially not physically. Janelle Hampton is living the picture perfect life, but no one knows anything about the heartbreak and dysfunction that constitutes her marriage. Determined to no longer be a victim and have taken all she can take, she finds herself acting out of character and doing the unthinkable. This eye-opening, heart-wrenching short story depicts what it’s like when a woman has reached her breaking point. Affairs of the heart can often prove fatal and in the end love can become war.


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REVIEW:

Janelle and Oliver Hampton seem to live the picture perfect life.  Married during their Junior year of college, the Hampton’s to most are the couple to be.  However is living the life on the outside, enough?  Janelle suspects her husband is a cheater, all the pieces are there she just needs to fit them together like a puzzle.  But does the overall picture show the truth or what she wants it to be?  Could Janelle and Oliver go on to live happily ever after?

 

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The signs are right there girl, Runnnn…..do not walk but Runnnnn….  Life for the Hamptons are not what they appear to be, and Janelle has grown tired.  But what does it take to push one woman over the edge?  When will enough be enough?  Janelle soon finds out that loving the wrong man, may be a carry a heavy weight to pay.

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Cuz when a woman’s fed up…It ain’t nothing you can do about it…It’s like running out of love (Insert R. Kelly here)  Staying a little too long, when the love is already gone causes deadly consequence’s.  At the end of her rope, Janelle thinks there’s no other way out of Oliver’s abuse.

This was a very quick read.  Crafting a short story that pulls you in from page one is a skill not many can acquire.  The story needs just enough details, just enough characters, and a strong plot to move it along easily.  This author accomplished all of that with this book.  This was my first read but definitely, won’t be my last.

 

👾 Monsters don’t sleep under your bed, they sleep inside your head 🏊

📚 The Lake 📚

51UQQTXxcsL._SX374_BO1,204,203,200_TITLE:  The Lake
AUTHOR:  Tananarive Due
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin
SERIES: No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ 30 Minute Read Horror/Sci-fi

A free short story taken straight from the pages of THE MONSTER’S CORNER, an all original anthology from some of today’s hottest supernatural writers, featuring stories from the monster’s point of view.

In THE LAKE, Abbie LeFleur, a lifetime Bostonian, who hides her scales, webbed feet, and an incredible hunger for people, has relocated to Graceville to start her life anew when she sets her eyes on a young student in her English class.


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Review:

This short tale follows Abbie, a recently divorced school teacher moving from Boston to Florida in search of a new life.  After impetuously buying an old house and private access to the lake it sits on, Abbie believes she’s made the right choice for her life.  However, what she doesn’t know is that you’re not supposed to swim in the lake…

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Unluckily for Abbie, the townspeople, the realtor, and even her new co-workers never warned her about the lake.  Things happen to those who swim in the lake.  Soon after her first dive in, Abbie starts to have dreams, but not just normal dreams.

Abbie becomes fixated on the lake when she’s not inside her body aches for it.  When she dives in, even the large alligators fear her. What has she become?

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This was a very quick and suspenseful thrilling read.  I’ve only read one other book by the author but it most certainly won’t be my last.

 

 

🎭 Reading give us someplace to go when you have to stay where you are 🌟

🎧 A book is a gift you can open again and again 📚

Generally, I don’t review the books I listen to nightly on audio, but this has been a slow reading week for me.  So I thought I’d share some of my listens/reads from the week.  I’m not writing reviews for them, however, I have rated them all on Goodreads.  Below includes the synopsis and link to purchase, maybe you’ll find something you like as well.  ~L

 

TI16139598TLE:  Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
AUTHOR:  Katie Alender
PUBLISHER: Point
SERIES: No 
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️  Suspenseful 

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Heads will roll!

Paris, France: a city of fashion, chocolate croissants, and cute boys. Colette Iselin is thrilled be there for the first time, on her spring break class trip.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place around the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours the sights, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they discover that the murder victims are all descendants of people who ultimately brought about Marie Antoinette’s beheading. The queen’s ghost has been awakened, and now she’s wreaking her bloodthirsty revenge.

And Colette may just be one of those descendants . . . which means she might not make it out of this trip alive.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of betrayal, glamour, mystery, history–and one killer queen.


 

51oWcFXgZuL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_TITLE: Moth to a Flame
AUTHOR:  Ashley Antoinette
PUBLISHER:  Urban Books
SERIES: No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Hard-Knocks living

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In the little city of Flint, MI, the good die young and the people left standing are the grimiest of characters. With reign over the city’s drug trade, Benjamin Atkins made sure that his precious daughter, Raven, was secluded from the grit that the city had to offer. But when Raven’s young heart gets claimed by Mizan, a stick-up kid in search of a come-up, there’s nothing Benjamin can do about losing her to the streets. She chooses love over loyalty and runs off with Mizan, but her new role as wifey soon proves to be more than she can handle.
Puppy love always feels right, but things turn stale, and she soon finds that everyone she loves has disappeared. All she has is Mizan, but when hugs and kisses turn to bloody lips and black eyes, she realizes that Mizan is not who she thought he was.

Raven becomes desperate for a way out, but this time, Daddy can’t save her. Every time she finds the courage to leave, fear convinces her to stay. Like a moth to a flame, Raven is drawn to Mizan, even though she knows he’ll be the death of her.

When the hood life she chose becomes unbearable and the only way out is in a coffin, what will she do?


 

12813630TITLE: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
AUTHOR: Holly Black
PUBLISHER: Little Brown
SERIES: No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️  Vampire/Dystopian 

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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

TITLE: I am the New Black
AUTHOR: Tracy Morgan and Anthony Bozza
PUBLISHER: Speigel & Grau
SERIES: No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Enlightening

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The outrageously funny, heartbreaking, and surprising story of Tracy Morgan’s rise from ghetto wiseass to superstar comedian.

Who is Tracy Morgan? The wildly unpredictable funnyman who rocketed to fame on Saturday Night Live? The Emmy-nominated actor behind the sly and ingenious character Tracy Jordan on the award-winning hit sitcom 30 Rock, whose turbulent personal life often mirrors that of his fictional alter ego? Is he Chico Divine, the life of the party–any party, anytime, anywhere–getting ladies pregnant everywhere he goes? Or is he a soulful, tender family man who emerged from a hardscrabble ghetto upbringing and, against all odds, achieved superstardom, raised a solid family, prevailed over a collection of lethal bad habits, and is still ascending new heights and coming into his own? The answer is: Tracy Morgan is all that. And a bag of potato chips with a 50¢ soda.

When he was just a boy living in the Tompkins Projects in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, being funny was about survival. With the right snap, Tracy could shut down the playground bullies who picked on him and his physically disabled older brother. And with a wild enough prank, he could exact revenge on whoever stole his Pumas at the community pool. Later, being funny was about escape–from the untouchable sadness of his father’s death, from the desperation of the drug dealer’s trade, from the life-and-death battles waged on the streets of the South Bronx in the age of crack. But these days being funny is about living his dream–a dream born in the comedy clubs of Harlem and realized on shows like Martinand Saturday Night Live, where he was a cast member for seven years, and in movies like The Longest Yard and Half-Baked.

With brutal honesty and his trademark take-no-prisoners humor, Tracy tells the story of his rise to fame, with all its highs and its many lows–from the very public battles with alcohol and diabetes that threatened both his career and his life to the private and poignant end of his twenty-year marriage. In his singularly warped and brilliant way he muses on family, love, sex, race, politics, ambition, and what it takes to bring the funny.

Hilarious, inspiring, searing, and touching, I Am the New Black is a fascinating peek inside the minds of one of the most compelling and defining comedians of our time.


 

 

30371TITLE: Temperatures Rising
AUTHOR: Sandra Brown
PUBLISHER: Bantam Books
SERIES: NO
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Seductive 

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Darkly handsome with an arrogant edge, architectural engineer Scout Ritland is the kind of American man who spells trouble. Chantal duPont should know, for she has experienced the best and worst of the country and its people—including one who broke her heart. Yet here she is, home on sultry Parrish Island, putting herself in the way of another bold Yankee. This time, however, it’s for a good cause: Scout is the one man who can help her village, and she’s not about to let him get the better of her—no matter how much she may want to.

Fresh from completing his work on the island’s new luxury resort, Scout’s ready for a little recreation—though being kidnapped and shot isn’t on his agenda. But when he catches sight of an exotic beauty with electric blue eyes, events quickly spin out of control. Scout should be outraged to find himself held captive, but an abductor as alluring as Chantal makes it hard to stay angry.

Soon Scout is swept up by Chantal’s need to help her people—and the role he is to play in her ambitious plan. With each passing day, the work and the woman present him with challenges he could never find at home. But as the project progresses, intrigue and adventure burn hotter than the island’s volcano—and two people who have met their match in each other face a future that could tear them apart….

🐺The wolf changes his coat, but not his disposition. 🐺

📚 A Beauty to His Beast 2: An Urban Werewolf Story 📚

AUTHOR: Natavia
PUBLISHER: Shan Presents
SERIES:  Yes
RATING: 3.5 ☕️☕️☕️ Shifters

 

51EAELY7x9L._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_Kanya and Goon are back with their pack. Their lives should be filled with blissful times after the birth of their pups, but new and old enemies are emerging with treacherous agendas. Kanya is having a difficult time adjusting to the nature of her beast, the rules of the pack emerging with her beast is becoming overwhelming. What happens when Kanya’s beast test her mate’s?

Keora is not willing to give up on her past infatuation of Goon, she will not stop at any cost even if it means sacrificing her heart to an ancient spirit to become powerful. But as time goes on, Keora has another agenda that can even cause Goon and Kanya’s pups their lives. But what will happen when Keora falls in love with another wolf? Will it be too late to stop the war she has created?

In this second installment, secrets are revealed, new and old love is being discovered. Soul mates’ love are being tested, and a war is emerging between packs as they fight to protect the ones they love.


 

REVIEW:

The pack is back!  The drama that unfolded in book one has returned full force in book two.  After Akua learns his true identity and who sired him, he becomes the target of a centuries-old obsession.  Keora, a witch and former lover of Akua in one of his lives, has vowed to have his love back once more.  However, Keora is not just an ordinary witch.  Keora and her sister Adika, Kanya’s best friend were created to be protectors of Akua.  When Keora falls in love, Akua is reborn and the memory erased.  Now that Akua knows his past and his future is taking shape, he’s forced to deal with many obstacles along the way.

The pack is not without their share of challenges as well, Kofi misses his mate in Annubi. Dayo is bewitched, Kanya can not seem to control her beast.  And there is another pack dangerously close to Akua’s territory.

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The Gods are not without flaw either, as the drama unfolds with Keora, Ammon and Naobi face the challenges of being parents and mates.

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As much as I enjoyed book one, I also enjoyed book two.  However, the same difficulties are still present.  Investing in your craft is essential.  Any publisher or author should take as much pride in the process of publishing a book as they do in writing the book.  This book is also riddled with errors. The presentation of print work is everything.  I would love to highly recommend this book, but I simply can’t.  nature photography black snow white

🐺Love me for what I am, not what you want me to be!🐺

📚 Beauty to His Beast: An Urban Werewolf Story by Natavia 📚

TITLE: Beauty to his Beast

AUTHOR: Natavia
PUBLISHER: Shan Presents
SERIES:  Yes
RATING: 3.5 ☕️☕️☕️ Shifters 

51tqDygx72L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Kanya Williamson is a twenty-three-year-old plus-size beauty whose ancestors originated from Ancient Africa. Kanya has been heartbroken from her past that is until she sees a strange figure in the woods. From that moment on her life spirals out of control until she meets, Goon.
When Kanya and Goon start to date, her life seems complete until secrets start unraveling and strange things start happening. Goon has a secret that that he is harboring, he is a werewolf.
Xavier is in love with Kanya but there is a problem, he is a werewolf also. What will happen when two territorial Alpha’s cross paths?
In this exciting thriller, there is a lot of hidden secrets, sex, lies, and lust that will keep you on edge.

 

 


REVIEW:

After a devastating breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Kanya Williamson, like most women takes a break from dating, sex, and men.  However, Kanya isn’t like most women.  Unbeknownst to her, her destiny, written centuries ago is on the peak of coming full circle.

 

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Goon has lived many lives, in the present life, Akua is reborn the son of slaves after his mother and father are lynched.  Akua is left alone in the woods until Kofi finds him and gives him the name Goon along with a new family.  A pack of brothers, Kofi, Elle, Amandi, Dayo and Izra…Wolves.

animals baby wolf wolves wolf cubOn one fateful night, the lives of Goon and Kanya are changed forever.  For Akua, although he has lived many lives his continuous reincarnation erases his memory of them.  Meeting Kanya changes that forever, which is expected when one meets their true soulmate.

For Kanya, the stories she heard as a child passed down from her grandmother to mother are becoming real making her believe she’s going insane.  As their lives unfold, Kanya becomes one with Goon and the ancient prophecies are fulfilled.

As much as I enjoyed reading this book, it also caused me dire pain.  The content although good, well researched and developed is overshadowed by the lack of or poor editing.  The grammatical mistakes are too many to mention.  This book could be five-star quality if the publisher and author invested in their work.  reign creed roleplaygateway wolves victor

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