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💞 Can a messy past stay hidden?🏘

📚 Second House from the Corner  📚

TITLE: Second House from the Corner
AUTHOR: Sadeqa Johnson
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press
SERIES:  No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ 4.5  Drama unfolds 

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shftc“A captivating tale to savor about a woman whose buried past threatens her picture perfect family life. Felicia is a wonderfully flawed, compelling main character, one who has stayed with me long after I finished the book. A winning novel from a writer to watch.” -Benilde Little, bestselling author

Felicia Lyons, a ­­­­­­­ stressed out stay-at-home mom, struggles to sprint ahead of the demands of motherhood while her husband spends long days at the office. Felicia taps, utters mantra, and breathes her way through most situations, but on some days, like when the children won’t stop screaming her name or arguing over toy trucks and pretzel sticks, she wonders what it would be like to get in her car and drive away.

Then one evening the telephone rings, and in a split second the harried mother’s innocent fantasy becomes a hellish reality. The call pulls her back into a life she’d rather forget. Felicia hasn’t been completely honest about her upbringing, and her deception forces her return to the Philadelphia of her childhood, where she must confront the family demons and long buried secrets she thought she had left behind.

From a phenomenal fresh voice in fiction, comes the compelling story of what happens when the dream falls apart. Sadeqa Johnson’s Second House from the Corner is an unforgettable tale of love, loss, rediscovery, and the growing pains of marriage.


 

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REVIEW:

Felecia Lyon Haynes is a married, stay at home Mother of three and part-time actress.  The book starts off with a steady pace, of Felecia going through the motions with her life and family.  Many times she seems overwhelmed and wishing for a departure from the life she has.  When she rushes out one afternoon to the movies, her life takes the turn she wasn’t expecting.

Although Felecia loves her family and life she has, being a stay at home mom has gotten mundane and the voices in Felecia’s head often tell her she’s not doing enough or are unworthy to do more.  Her husband Preston is controlling.  His love for her will be tested in ways neither of them expected.

After a strange unexpected phone call, Felecia is assailed with the past she longed to forget.  The caller brought about memories Felecia never disclosed to her husband nor anyone else in her current circle.

This book left me with many questions, is love stronger than the past.  Should a wife disclose everything she’s ever done to her husband?  Should the husband be able to forgive transgressions that happened before him?  Did Felecia make the best decisions when it came to her husband, the children, her past?  Although most of these questions were answered in the story-telling it did spark some deep thought.  I enjoyed the book, I wanted to scream at points and thought girl, you better not let that ish happen!  I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

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🎭 Be the guardian of craft, shock value only last so long! 👀

📚  What That Mouth Do?  📚

TITLE: What That Mouth DO?
AUTHOR:  Eros
PUBLISHER:  King Publishing Group
SERIES: No
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Crapulent Tryst

Purchase book:  http://amzn.to/1Ttc2v0

51iTnhGn85L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A girl-cation in Miami is all they really wanted; some honest fun, enjoying the blue skies and sunshine on the beach. But what they found was so much more. They never considered the nightlife, with the high rollers, big ballers and sexy men with their good looking bodies.

So, was Miami really the right place for the three best friends to go on a girl-cation when they were dealing with so many personal issues?

Roxy was in the middle of a rocky relationship; Karen has a drinking problem; and Tay is a hoe, not just any kind of hoe, but a lay on her back, get on all fours, however, you want it kind of hoe if the price is right.

What That Mouth Do? Is an erotic roller coaster of a read!

 


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REVIEW:

Before I tell you how I feel about this book, let’s first talk about the cover and title.  I posted the book on social media and immediately got inboxes, text, and emails about it.  The title is very suggestive and a phrase that men use when trying to pick up a woman.  I personally find it a bit offensive, for a stranger to ask me something like that and quite often delete them from my social media.  Shock value has pros and cons.  The same way it can attract certain readers, it also turns other potential readers away.  Books are judged by their covers while some may think this cover is good, maybe even great most will turn it away. When you are publishing your book and designing your covers, think about the main target audience.  Would they like to be seen reading your book in public?  Does it have mass market appeal?  My two cents: Be wise in your choice, it could mean more or fewer dollars in your bank!

 

Girl-cation: A vacation with our girls, whether from college, work or anywhere we’ve made a connection. No husbands, boyfriends, or children allowed. Our right to walk away for a few days and just be!

Tay, Roxy, and Karen all decided it was time for a girl-cation and Miami was the place to be!  Tay, the single and loving it chick spent her days partying and looking for the next cum-up.  Roxy is stuck in a three-year relationship warp with Marcus. She doubts it’s going anywhere.  After a blow up with her man sends her on girl-cation with teaching him a lesson in mind.  Karen is happily married to Keith, who’s not feeling the whole trip, especially with Tay.

These ladies must’ve forgotten that only what happens in VEGAS stays in VEGAS.  Miami is another world and what happens there could wind up front page news.

There’s much more that could be said about this book, but it would give away too much.  So I’ll wrap up this review by saying; if the author chose to retitle and recover this novella he could reach a higher audience.  This is a story that’s urban, yes but it’s also contemporary and dramatic.  While there are very sexual scenes it’s not an overly erotic book.  I can only recommend it to people who are willing to look past the current cover and see the world trapped between it.

⚾️ Don’t judge someone just because they sin differently than you do❣️

📚  Hittin’ it out the park 📚

TITLE:  Hittin’ it out the Park
AUTHOR:  Allison Hobbs & Karen E. Quinones Miller 
PUBLISHER: Zane Presents
SERIES: ?
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️ Scandalous 

51BIphyo8QL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_Secrets abound in this scintillating, drama-fuelled novel about a love triangle between a multi-millionaire baseball star, his wife, and the groupie who’s trying to ruin their marriage—if a long-held secret doesn’t destroy it first.

Cheryl Blanton is married to a superstar baseball player who has won three Gold Gloves and recently signed a $120 million, five-year contract with the New York Yankees. He’s wealthy and handsome, and all the groupies are after him, but Cheryl is gorgeous and her sex game has her man on lock. There’s just one little secret she’s been keeping from him: her husband doesn’t realize that she’s nine years his senior. And so far Cheryl’s had no problem hiding her age—her husband only has eyes for her. That is, until twenty-one-year-old Sexy Sanchez comes on the scene.

Sexy blatantly goes after Cheryl’s man, and a series of catfights ensue between them. Cheryl realizes she’s in the battle of her life to keep her man and plots to get rid of her nemesis. But when she hires a private investigator to dig up some dirt on Sexy, she discovers that getting rid of her rival might not be easy, and could also reveal some devastating secrets she’d rather keep to herself…


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Whew…whew! Where do I begin!! This book starts out with the woman-child Cheryl Blanton.  Struggling with an addicted Mother, Cheryl is forced to do what she has to do in order to survive.  Her struggle leads her to a man that changes her life…

Randall Alston is a young country boy hoping to make it into the big leagues of Baseball.  After being invited to a major party by one of the New York Yankee’s scouts, Randy first encounters Cheryl.  Seeing him beyond the bad hair, pimply face and extreme southern drawl, Cheryl isn’t  initially attracted to Randy.  However after a night of unbridled passion, Randy is smitten and Cheryl isn’t that far behind.

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Life for Randy quickly changes after signing a major contract to play for the New York Yankees… (Who knew baseball was so exciting!)  The duo marries and quickly become the IT couple of major baseball.  

Sexy Sanchez is living her life like it’s golden…well at least in her mind it is.  Sexy moves to the beat of her own drum.  Her goal, to seduce and take other women’s men.  There’s no man that won’t succumb to her feminine wiles.  She uses exactly what she has to get what she wants, and right now she wants Randy Alston.

As this book plays out, the drama and scandal that unfold will leave you breathless.  These women are not into playing fair, they are only playing for keeps.  Just like the game of baseball, though, after three strikes…your OUT!  The question is who’s gonna be on the outs?   Sexy or Cheryl?   Although I really enjoyed this book and recommend it, the ending left too many open ends.  I hope there is a sequel to follow soon.

💞 People fall in love in mysterious ways ❣️

📚 Joy & Pain: Latter Rain Series 3 📚

TITLE:  Joy & Pain
AUTHOR:  Adrienne Thompson
PUBLISHER: Pink Cashmere Publishing
SERIES: Yes Latter Rain Series
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Enchanting 
Grab your copy of book 3 in the Latter Rain Series Joy and Pain

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Hyacinth Manor matriarch, Rosa Stark, is known for her wisdom and guidance when it comes to matters of the heart. That is, until the matters concern to her own heart. When she stumbles upon the man who could be her soul mate, will she look past preconceived notions and give love a chance?9592_1138290162868331_6404505175498167078_n


Rosa…Rosa…Rosa!

Being  62 and never married is getting the best of Rosa Starks, owner of Hyacinth Manor.  After being privy to the magical love that occurs at the manor and specifically Room Ten, Rosa starts to doubt she’ll ever find her soul mate…the love of her life. Yet even in her moments of doubt, higher powers are working things out in her favor.

When life suddenly takes a drastic turn and Rosa ends up in the hospital, Rosa acquiesced to come to terms with certain factors of her life.  After her release, Man takes her home and the Love knocks him right upside the head…

Suddenly smitten with the last remaining single employee of the Manor, Freeman’s happiness also catapults Rosa into fulfilling her desire to find a descendant of Essie and Richard Jardel.  However, the old saying goes…be careful what you look for.

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…You just might find it, wrapped in an unexpected package.  Rosa discovers more about herself as this story progresses.  She definitely learned that even at 62 love can find you.

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I’ve enjoyed each book of the Latter Rain series.  Joy and Pain took on a twist I wasn’t expecting and neither was Rosa!  Feel good stories like these make you realize that love isn’t contained to one certain idea about when it can or will occur.

💟 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

☠ Danger….Watch ya’self…Danger!! ⚔

📚 The Fix Trilogy 📚

 

TITLE: The Fix 3
AUTHOR: K’Wan
PUBLISHER: Urban Books
SERIES: Yes 
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Addictive 

 

D1l07a2v6wS._SL250_FMpng_From Book 1: What would you do if you felt like you were dying and the only thing that could save you was the very thing that was killing you?
Persia Chandler doesn’t know the meaning of the world struggle. After the arrest of her notorious father, she is whisked away from Harlem, the only place she has ever called home, to be raised in an affluent neighborhood in Long Island City. Her mother and stepfather shower her with the best that life has to offer. During her senior year in high school, she convinces her parents to let her transfer from Catholic school to attend public school. That is the start of her problems—but it’s hardly the end.
In her new school, Persia is reunited with the friends she was forced to move away from, and starts to drift further and further from the life her mother and stepfather have built for her. To the sheltered Persia, the Harlem underworld is like one big adventure. Things promise to get even more interesting when she starts dating a dealer named Chucky. He introduces her to his world of sex, money, and drugs, dragging Persia along with him on a long and bitter ride into the bowels of addiction.

In the third and final installment of The Fix Trilogy, two worlds that have been running parallel finally collide.


FROM BOOK 2: Two lives . . . two paths . . . one tragic outcome. The Fix 2 is in and the game is afoot!

The past few months have been a living hell for Persia. Seemingly overnight, she has fallen from grace and found herself scraping rock bottom, all in the name of two lovers—Chucky and cocaine. One was supposed to love her and the other take away the pain, but they’ve both fallen short on their promises. The last time she saw either one of them was the night she almost lost her life.

It has taken a bout of physical therapy and a stint in a rehabilitation center for Persia to be able to start pulling together the pieces of the life she almost ruined. She’s living at home with her mother and stepfather and is refocused on school. For the first time in what seems like forever, she is finally able to enjoy life as an average teenage girl trying to graduate from high school. That’s when they get the phone call that sends everything to the left.

As Persia struggles with her demons, her childhood friend Li’l Monk is embracing his. Under the tutelage of the vicious crime lord Ramses, Li’l Monk is quickly making his way through the ranks of the Pharaoh’s army and creating a name for himself on the streets as a ruthless killer. Just as his father, Big Monk, had always predicted, he is walking a mile in his daddy’s bloody shoes.

As cold as Li’l Monk’s heart is, however, he still has a soft spot for his old friends. When a childhood pal comes to him for a favor, Li’l Monk finds himself with blood on his hands and dirt on his name. When the double cross knocks him out of favor with Ramses, Li’l Monk is left with two options: kill or die.

K’wan delivers another instant street classic that is sure to keep him at the top of the charts.


514nAlUJxDL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_BOOK 3:

Persia Chandler has managed to get her life back on track. Things are calm at home, she’s preparing to leave for college, and she is even feeling confident enough to start dating again. More importantly, she’s drug free and plans to stay that way—until Chucky slithers back into her life. He’s determined to make Persia his again, and he isn’t willing to take no for an answer.

When trying to woo her doesn’t work, Chucky plays hardball and gives Persia an ultimatum: go along with his latest twisted plot, or have her junkie past exposed to the new man in her life, Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Vaughn Tate. Fearing that her dirty laundry will damage not only Vaughn’s reputation but also their budding romance, Persia agrees to Chucky’s terms.

Chucky thinks he’s got Persia right where he wants her, but little does he know that she isn’t the same naïve little girl he remembered. There is no way Persia is going to allow him to make her a slave again, even if she has to see him dead to prevent it.
In another part of town, Li’l Monk is discovering that a friend in need isn’t always a friend indeed. After helping his old running buddy, Charlie, out of a jam, he finds himself the victim of a triple-cross when a prominent mobster is found dead and all signs point to Li’l Monk as the murderer. To prevent a war with the Mafia, Pharaoh has passed a death sentence on to his young lieutenant, but he will soon learn that killing the monster he helped to create is easier said than done.

The cards have all been dealt, and now it’s time to play the last hand.

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REVIEW:

Let me start with saying, I started this trilogy in audiobook.  It was a fantastic find.  I’ve only previously read a novella from this author and I did enjoy it.  In Book 1, I met Persia, the poor little rich girl with a heart for the streets and thugs.  Intriguing right!  In Book 2, her story continues, I had an instant dislike for Chucky stemming from the first book. With that being the case, I couldn’t just stop there since book 3 wasn’t on audio yet…so off to Walmart to purchase Book 3.

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The crew is all back.  Persia’s life has come to some semblance of control now that her addiction is under control.  However, that is short lived with the reemergence of Chucky.  Slithering back into town, he’s on a mission and that mission is Revenge with a Capital R.

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All isn’t well however on the home front for Pharoah, Ramses, and Lil’ Monk.  The death of various cartel members is bringing the hood to the brink of war.  A war that neither party truly desires to engage.  Will the deadly games commence or will there an amicable truce?

After a fury of events sets off, Lil’ Monk begins the hunt of his life.  There are things and shadows creeping in hoping to cut down the life of the fearless soldier.  The death toll rises, with people closer and closer to Persia, standing on the brink, will she continue to hold strong to herself and see the light at the end of the tunnel or is she back on shaky ground.

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Snakes can slither into the smallest hole, but when they’re caught the best way to kill them are to chop off the head.  Chucky is a snake that needs his head chopped.  With a hefty bounty, attached will his head soon roll for all the crimes he’s committed?

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Sometimes series seems to go on forever and ever, but to end a series is a feat for most.  This series ended with a BANG!!!  The last book in the trilogy was by far the absolute best.  The author brought you to the brink addiction and cut if off with a slice of his pen. I really enjoyed this book, with a slurry of characters, all well developed and a storyline uniquely told I highly recommend this trilogy!

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🎭Trust takes years to build, seconds to break and forever to repair. 💔

📚  Never say Never 📚

TITLE:  Never say Never
AUTHOR:  Victoria Christopher Murray
PUBLISHER: Touchstone
SERIES: No 
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Tempestuous 

51UZ5XTQ2fL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_In this emotionally charged and inspiring novel, a passionate and dangerous love affair threatens to destroy both a marriage and a friendship.

In this emotionally charged and inspiring novel about a love triangle, secrets between best friends threaten to blow up friendships and a marriage and change lives forever.

When Miriam’s fireman husband, Chauncey, dies while rescuing students from a school fire, Miriam feels like her life is over. How is she going to raise her three children all by herself? How will she survive without the love of her life? Luckily, Miriam’s sister-friend Emily and Emily’s husband, Jamal, are there to comfort her. Jamal and Chauncey grew up together and were best friends; Jamal and Emily know they will do all they can to support Miriam through her grief. Jamal steps in and helps Miriam with the funeral arrangements and with her children, plus he gives her hope that she has a future. But all the time that they spend together—grieving, sharing, and reminiscing—brings the two closer in ways they never planned. . . .


REVIEW:

Can best friends form a bond closer than sisters?  Miriam, Emily and MicheleLee all met in college and their bond became like sisters from another mother.  Each of the ladies took a different path in life, Miriam: a stay-at-home mother of three boys (married to Chauncey best friend of Jamal), Emily: a well-known Child Psychologist, gave up her heritage when she married Jamal, and MicheleLee: lives the single and loving it life as t.v. journalist.

Chauncey and Jamal have been best friends since grade school.  There’s nothing the two wouldn’t do for each other.  They eventually met and married their college sweethearts, who are also best friends.

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The sudden death of Chauncey changes everything for friends.  How will they survive this loss?  Will the grief of losing a husband, brother and friend bring them closer together or catapult them into a dire set of circumstances?

 

This multicultural story of emotion, romance, loss, sorrow and grief will keep you on the edge of your seat.  The author takes us on an engaging ride, slipping in flashbacks that show the bond of sisters and brothers in the story.  Not only does this book tackle broken relationships it also explores the art of forgiveness.  Can you forgive those who’ve broken the sacred bond of trust?  Dive in and find out.

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