Book Review: Her Forever Fling by Kimmie Ferrell

Date Read: May 14, 2022
Published: August 24, 2021
Pages: 189

Book Synopsis:

Can Elijah show Melissa he is exactly what the doctor ordered?

Dr. Elijah Grayson isn’t looking forward to presenting at a medical conference. Until a chance meeting provides this cardiothoracic surgeon with the adventure he’s looking for. Spending the week exploring a picturesque French Caribbean island with a beautiful, smart, and intriguing woman reintroduces Elijah to emotions he hasn’t felt in a long time—if ever. Still, navigating a new long-distance relationship and a demanding career is challenging, but he will do anything for the woman who captured his heart.

Melissa Gaines hasn’t stopped thinking about the sexy doctor who helped her check off items on her island bucket list. However, when a job opportunity in a new city brings her face-to-face with Elijah again, Melissa must decide if her deep-rooted fears—thanks to a devastating breakup—outweigh her growing feelings for the handsome surgeon. And maybe he’s the prescription she needs to liven up her life.

My Review:

I love that our lead characters were older. We get a lot of stories about people finding love in their 20s, which are great. However, that doesn’t happen for everyone, so I loved that our characters have lived a little. They’ve gone through some things. It was nice seeing love blossom between people on the 35+ side and their chemistry on point. I enjoyed watching them build something through spending time and just vibing, and that the focus wasn’t completely on the sexual chemistry. This was a first for me by the author, but I’m definitely adding her to my list so I can explore more of her work.

7 Black Romance Books Featuring Thick Madame’s

Just as in real life, our black kings and queens in the literary streets create heroines who come in all shapes and sizes. I figured it was about time I gave the spotlight to women who looked like me; P.H.A.T 💁🏾‍♀️. Pretty, hot, and thick for those who don’t know. Shoutout to Mo’Nique!

Nia Badi is THAT girl! Except… …she doesn’t feel like it lately. On the night before her 21st birthday, this award winning music video director, thriving entrepreneur, and girlfriend to one of most influential rappers of her generation, feels anything but celebratory. Indeed she’s fortunate to live at the intersections of love and luxury. However, the ramifications of a jarring event have Nia questioning if she’s truly happy with where she is in both her career, and her “couple-goals” relationship. As she ventures down this new path, will her relationship survive her 21st Birthday? At just 25, Boyden “Bizzy Boy” Miller is living every rap mogul’s dream. Money, stardom, and astronomical success. With chart dominating influence, and a sold-out iconic world tour, what more could he want? Simple: his Nia. During his longest tour of their relationship, she’s been nothing but encouraging, yet he can feel her getting antsy. But when an unorthodox demon from his past rears its toxic head, jeopardizing both his mental health, and cosmic connection to the love of his life, Boyden is forced to reassess his plans. Will Boyden confront his past in order to be the man he needs for both himself and his Nia? ***This novel contains profanity and sexual content. If you do not like those elements in your romantic reads, this is not the book for you.***

Vance Etienne has lived his life on his terms. He enjoyed a fulfilling marriage until the sudden death of his wife scarred him emotionally, but not enough to deter him from being a great person and father. However, things go haywire when his daughter’s boyfriend makes the horrible decision to assault her, changing Vance’s life forever. Although she is twenty-one, she’s still totally dependent on him as she matriculates through college. After suffering the consequences of the decisions he made in regards to the abuse she suffered, he meets a woman that possesses him from the moment their eyes meet. He soon realizes that Jennifer Monroe is offering what he’s been craving since the loss of his wife.

Jennifer Monroe has literally pulled herself from the slums of her past to become a better woman. After being in an abusive marriage for twenty years, she finds herself sinking into a depression so deep she contemplates suicide. Being a retired social worker, she takes advantage of programs to help herself get back on track, falling in love with who she is all over again. Her gained self-confidence becomes evident and she longs for something that she didn’t have for most of her marriage to her ex-husband. Love. The night she meets Vance Etienne, the father of a young woman in her life, she knows he’s her one. But somehow, she finds herself thinking of the past with her ex-husband more often than she should.

There’s no doubt about what Vance and Jennifer feel for one another. Can they let the hurt of the past go to focus on their future? Will their pasts be willing to release them from its grasps to pursue an intentional and all-consuming love?

“Because sometimes all it takes is the first date…”

For Malinda Woods, growing her business is a top priority. And in her opinion, that’s only possible if she eliminates all distractions.

That means no going out, no getting caught up in the daily hype of social media, and of course, no dating. Until she’s set up on a blind date with the perfect man who’s equipped with everything necessary to change her mind.

Whoa.

Note: This novella takes place during the same time frame as Oops! and does contain major spoilers for that title. It is highly recommended that you read Oops! first before going on Malinda’s journey. 🙂

Yetti, Hayes, and Keys sibling love and loyalty. Their circle is tight, and no one comes before family.

After surviving a traumatic childhood, all three brothers are left a little unstable, with hearts of stone. It drives them to succeed in the streets, but creates a void where matters of the heart are concerned. Together, they run an empire that has allotted them money, respect and power, which of course fuels tensions and has enemies lurking in the shadows. Either way, they stand tall and they stand together.

Yetti especially was dealing with some serious demons, one of which was forced by his mother choosing his life over hers. His past has made him unwilling to open up, and his motto in life has basically been hit and run as far as women were concerned. Their only benefit to him was to satisfy his needs. No connection, no emotional commitments until he meets the one woman who can turn his life and his heart upside down.

Keys is set in his ways and enjoying life by his own terms. His status has placed him in the position to have just about any woman he sets his sights on until he runs across Asha. Their first encounter was one for the records. She took control and forced him to play by her rules This only fueled Keys’ curiosity and had him chasing her for more.

Hayes is the baby of the family and seems to have it all together, with a long term girlfriend and beautiful baby girl, you’d think life should be perfect, however new struggles seem to be finding the two of them daily.

The streets aren’t kind when it comes to matters of the heart and defending your empire. Hopefully they will all find their way out with their hearts intact.

Neil McClain is the screw-up, the one everyone hopes will win but expects to lose. He wants to live a better life, one that his late mother would be proud of, but his belief in himself is weak.

Sage Moniba is in need of a major miracle or she’ll be forced to give up the only life she’s known.

Neil is searching for freedom from the demons of his past.

Sage is in desperate need of help.

Could it be that what each one needs resides in the other?

“Worried about it, I’m putting pressure. You’ll only cut me if I let you. No, we ain’t doing this just for pleasure. Either learn me or I’m a lesson.” — H.E.R

Work.
Health.
Finessing.
That’s the hierarchy of Finley Thomas’ life. The loc-haired, stenographer was raised by a proud gold digger and against her delight, she inherited mischievous qualities from her mother. After receiving a devastating prognosis, the twenty-eight-year-old finds herself wrapped in a double-life and overly preparing for a day that may never come. Amid her downward spiral, Finley’s small circle is cracked, giving outsiders the chance to snatch her from her comfort. Mounted in the crosshairs of a fraudulent deal, Finley finds herself confronted with her secrets and forced to move her ears from her pockets to her heart or end up in the dark alone.

Business.
Family.
Business.
For five years, that’s all Preach Carbine has thought about. Knowing the weight of his last name, the meticulous man has always been strategic with his moves and as a member of a notorious street family, the arms dealer is known for meditating one minute and cutting out tongues the next. Nonetheless, with Preach knocking on thirty, he is ready to set aside family traditions and put his dreams in motion. On the flip, a tainted arrangement triggers the high-powered man to turn his scope to the people he loves and a woman he can’t seem to shake.

It’s been said that seeing is believing. What happens when one’s vision is blurred and the only thing you can trust is what you feel?

Yana is fresh out of a dull three-year relationship and while she wants to focus on her, Yana’s best friend Jelly has other plans. After being dragged to a popular nightclub, Yana meets a man that makes her reconsider being single, the only problem is he comes with more baggage than she can carry.

Rex is the man of every woman’s dreams. He’s paid, fine, and knows how to treat a woman, but he can’t seem to keep one. It could be because the other women in his life refuse to stay out of his business. His big sisters Vickie and Nu-Nu are dead set on making sure no gold-diggers get too close to their baby brother. Then there is his mother, Linda. She doesn’t mind going to great lengths to prove that no one is good enough for her son. This overbearing mother gives meddling a new meaning, the only problem is this time around it might come back around and give her a taste of her own medicine.

Sit back and enjoy the ride, it should be interesting. After all, mama knows best right?

Series Spotlight – The Harris Sisters by Renee A. Moses

Meet the Harris Sisters ~ Noelle, Nina, & Lyric

Nina and Mekhi Fuller have it all together on paper. Love, family, and successful careers. However, Nina being a business owner requires the type of time and commitment Mekhi isn’t ecstatic about giving up. Success demands sacrifice. Will their love for each other be enough to survive temporarily unmet needs?

Noelle Harris wants to find the type of love her parents had. Man after man, she searches for the one that will give her the love story of her dreams. Devin Simmons blows into her world, making her feel that her dream could finally come true. His prior life will challenge her hopes. But when you know what you want, you fight for it.

Lyric Phillips is an honorary Harris since she’s known Noelle and Nina since elementary. She has everything she wants: a man who loves her and multiple others that please her in any way she deems necessary. What more could she ask for?

The Harris sisters will soon find out that life can throw anything at any time. Whether they bring it on themselves or get caught in a situation beyond their control. Fall in love with these ladies on their road to happiness.

The Cost of Loving You

I Thought I Knew You

Never Stopped Loving You

Not Good Enough For You

I Want It All With You

(ARC) Book Review: The Long Game by Rachel Reid

Date Read: February 23, 2022
Published: April 26, 2022
Pages: 453

Book Synopsis:

To the world they are rivals, but to each other they are everything.

Ten years.

That’s how long Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov have been seeing each other. How long they’ve been keeping their relationship a secret. From friends, from family…from the league. If Shane wants to stay at the top of his game, what he and Ilya share has to remain secret. He loves Ilya, but what if going public ruins everything?

Ilya is sick of secrets. Shane has gotten so good at hiding his feelings, sometimes Ilya questions if they even exist. The closeness, the intimacy, even the risk that would come with being open about their relationship…Ilya wants it all.

It’s time for them to decide what’s most important—hockey or love.

It’s time to make a call.

My Review:

I absolutely loved Shane and Ilya in Heated Rivalry, and the chemistry was still there in The Long Game. While Heated Rivalry was a great start to capturing the awareness of their feelings towards one another, The Long Game was a true insight into their actual relationship. A look at their core.

This storyline was beautifully written in a way for us as readers to witness the continuation of their romance. It was the more we didn’t know we needed. This felt like a whole new beginning, one I’d love to read more of.

Thank you to NetGalley for my advanced copy!


Book Review: I Want It All With You (The Harris Sisters Book 5) by Renee A. Moses

Date Read: April 21, 2022
Published: April 4, 2022
Pages: 191

Book Synopsis:

Happily divorced with two kids and a growing business, Nina Harris Fuller has everything she worked so hard for. The only thing missing is the man of her dreams by her side. After enduring a devastating heartbreak, Nina focuses on what she has instead of searching for a love that she may never find.

Victor Ellis knows heartbreak all too well and became the friend Nina needed. As the manager at one of her restaurants, he’s grown to love her from a distance. Finding a way into Nina’s heart is not easy, but Victor’s ready to step up and be the man she needs.

My Review:

I will admit, I was a part of the crew that was hoping Nina and Mekhi worked things out. But that was definitely early on. As their story unfolded over the course of each book, I was thrilled to see how things finally played out. I love the phrase “happy looks good on you” and Nina finally got that. It was a treat to witness it unfold. Victor was love personified in all aspects that mattered most. And as always, witnessing the bond between the three women was such a joy. And the babies!! Gah. I love how those babies loved their mom. People always talk about how hard mom’s go for their kids. Which yes, there’s no love like it. But the love kids have for their mother, especially when the relationship is truly solid, it’s 🙌🏾. It reminded me of my mom and I, and anything that does that touches my heart. My mom is my best friend yall. I thought I needed closure on Nina’s story a long time ago, but getting Lyric and Elijah unexpectedly before we got to this point was worth it. Seeing the love progress between Nina and Victor and the kids was worth it. The end of this series was such a treat. Phenomenal job Renee. Y’all, read this.

Book Review: A Beautiful Surprise: The Davenport Dynasty by Robbi Renee

Date Read: April 19, 2022
Published: April 9, 2022
Pages: 168

Book Synopsis:

Kismet or Karma?

Fate or Far-fetched?

Love or Lust?

Friend or Foe?

Jameson Davenport’s sexy swag is undeniable in Haven Pointe. The youngest son of the Davenport family dynasty, Jameson is not a man who promises any woman tomorrow. What you see is what you get. And what the ladies get from Jameson is an unforgettable night of fiery, thigh-aching passion. But what happens when his playboy behaviors are no longer fulfilling?

Giselle Dean, owner of Bonafide Beauty Boutique, is a pretty, curvaceous beauty, and wellness extraordinaire who’s more than ready to ring wedding bells with her fiancé. However, love plays unsuspecting tricks on her when she finds herself massaging more than her best friend’s injuries, causing her to reflect on what she really wants… or who.

Jameson and Giselle find themselves in unfamiliar territory. However, it’s one filled with unexpected pleasantries and revitalizing passion. What happens when best friends collide? Is it a beautiful surprise or a hideous catastrophe? Check out Jameson and Giselle and see how they tow the line of becoming lovers and friends.

My Review:

Y’all ever read a book and talk outloud to a character the whole time because they’re irritating your soul so good? That was me with Giselle 😂 I think it is a true gift to be able to craft a story that pulls your readers in that thoroughly. I was reading the words but I was visualizing the story so vividly. Definitely something worth sitting and enjoying in one sitting.

Book Review: Sweet & Sour by Sedona Rose

Date Read: March 15, 2022
Published: February 17, 2022
Pages: 69

Book Synopsis:

Arrogant, know-it-all baseball player Sonny Roswell is back in his hometown after signing a lucrative contract with the city’s new baseball team. After an insulting incident with the local barista, Cherish Mack, Sonny is forced to do the one thing he never does: apologize. Sonny’s quickly caught off guard by the shy, sweet single mother who never steps out of line and whose only focus is her son and school.

After getting closer during a Valentine’s Party, Sonny encourages Cherish to step out of her comfort zone and experience an unforgettable night.

My Review:

If you’re looking for a quick read full of spice, then this is a good one to pick up. While there wasn’t a lot of actual relationship development in this story, in my opinion, I did enjoy the focus on stepping out of your comfort zone and allowing yourself moments to be carefree.

Pick Your Poison: Single Father Black Romance

I know we typically get lists like this around Father’s Day, but today is my dad’s birthday and in celebration of my favorite guy, I thought I’d share some amazing single black father’s I’ve come across in some of my favorite black romance novels. There’s just something about a fine ass guy loving on his kids. Whether they’re comfortable with the role or still getting their bearings, I love to see single dad’s get their parenting on. Check out these books featuring single dads of many walks of life that will steal your heart and your attention.

School may be out, but class is still in session…

After a hectic school year with her classroom of first graders, Nova Grant is desperate for a break. So when her best friend invites her to spend the summer down in Miami, taking the vacation is a no-brainer. The only thing is, her best friend’s husband had the same idea, inviting his friend Guy Thompson to stay in the condo Nova was already guaranteed.

Set up or accidental… Fate or coincidental… the attraction between the two is undeniable from day one. But with their days under the sun numbered and plenty of lessons to learn between them, Guy and Nova still find themselves teetering the line of lust and love, even if it’s only for the summer…

Trying to put past hurts behind you is hard when your ex is a fool, but buoyed by child support and alimony, Jo Walker is moving forward with her life, pursuing a career, raising her little girl, and trying to live in peace. She believes she has all the bases covered in her world. But what about her heart?

Rap legend Everett “Big South” McClain is divorced, too, knows all about failed relationships, and has relegated his love life to casual connections rather than pursuing something real. That is, until he lays eyes on Jo.

She’s exactly what he never knew he needed.

He’s what’s been missing from her world.

Will she accept what he has to offer and let him love her?

***This novel contains profanity and sexual content. If you do not like those elements in your romantic reads, this is not the book for you***

The week of the culinary conference was Xander Northcott’s time to shine. Fresh out of a long-term relationship, he cemented his newly single status by accepting Piper Andrews’s invitation back to her room that first night. It was all fun and games until a few months later, when he received a phone call from the woman he barely knew.

She was pregnant—with his child.

Heralded as a culinary savant, Angel Saint Rose studied alongside the world’s best Chocolatiers. It wasn’t just a job for her. When honing her skills with chocolate confections, she was in her element—until she received a phone call that changed her life.

And killed her passion.

When Xander and Angel’s roads converge, can they call on each other to help find their way back?

Past relationships have left Nova scarred. Finishing up school and opening her boutique were her main focus until she ran into Grayson.
Grayson was worried about being a great father & his photography career when Nova ran into him, in the most literal sense.

While Nova tries to run from Grayson afraid he’ll turn out like the rest of the men who broke her heart, Grayson is determined to show her different. Not the one to let go without a fight he’s determined to show her the beauty he sees behind the lens.

Stable, safe, predictable – all words that aptly describe Professor Nadia Day’s life. An existence she’s carefully crafted for herself despite her unconventional upbringing and what, to her, is an unseemly past. More than anything, she wants to forget her unstable history, and the last thing she would ever do is rock the boat when it comes to her life and livelihood.

When retired football player and single dad, Nathan Moore, walks into her psychology classroom, all fine and dreadlocked, he does more than rock her boat – he rocks her world and causes her to question her buttoned-up existence.

Will the professor give in to her desires and become a student of love?

“This thing between us is unexpected for me…”

With her professional basketball career seemingly in her rearview, Micaiah Kennedy is trying to figure out what the future holds for her. Despite working tirelessly through her adolescence and adult years, she’d never quite accomplished the one thing in life that was the highest on her bucket list – playing for the Women’s National Basketball Association. Dreams of hooping in the W dashed, she instead set her sights on playing professionally abroad, going on to excel and make a name for herself outside of the States.

Victor Covington is a full-time single father and professional athletic trainer whose only concerns are making sure his baby girl is doing well and that the players within his care remain healthy and active. The looming unknowns of the pandemic however keep both of these precariously hanging in the balance, compounding his stress.

A serendipitous call from the Nashville Nymphs and an opportunity to check the last item off her bucket list sends Micaiah off to Florida where she reconnects with Victor, a former childhood crush. All grown up and still feeling the draw of attraction from their youth, Micaiah and Victor get reacquainted with one another in the confines of the WNBA bubble. Learning how to navigate in an unprecedented environment while getting closer to one another, Micaiah and Victor embark on a journey and discover that the road to getting what you’ve always wanted isn’t always the easiest.

Set in “The Athens of the South” Nashville, Tennessee, The “Nymphs & Trojans” series is a sports romance collaboration by Nicole Falls and Alexandra Warren that follows two fictional professional basketball franchises – the Nashville Nymphs Women’s Team and the Tennessee Trojans Men’s Team.

What’s done in the dark…

Murderer is a title she never expected to wear. Friend? Sure. Boss? Hell yes. But murderer? Never. If only she hadn’t threatened exactly that, just before someone winds up dead, and her fingerprints are all over the murder weapon.
Always comes to light…

All he wanted was to live a quiet life, without all the danger and darkness of his past. Those plans are blown when he’s accused of a crime he has nothing to do with, leaving him with a hard decision… remain in the shadows, or do what he can to help a friend?

When other crimes start stacking up – the handiwork of an anonymous suspect with an unknown vendetta, they’ll discover something that flips their worlds upside down…

A murder accusation may be the least of their worries.

Once again she’s back! Keisha Ervin that is, with her spellbinding tale of love, family, money and scandal. In this sizzling new story, Keisha introduces you to Mina Matthews. Mina is not your typical around-the-way girl; her dreams of making a life for herself outside the hood are now a reality. At the age of 25, she has her own full service salon, Mina’s Joint, drives a CLK55 and is engaged to Andrew, the son of the Mayor of St. Louis. To most, she has it all. But everything that glitters ain’t gold. Mina’s life is turned upside down when the man of her dreams and childhood sweetheart, Victor Gonzalez, re-enters her life. Suddenly everything that she thought was true is now a lie. Will her loyalty to Andrew overshadow her love for Victor or will the pasts of these two men bring her life to an end?

Busy Pierre is a thirty-year-old music schoolteacher in the big city of Saint Mountains. After a heartbreaking relationship and two years of celibacy, she meets Cress Williams, a successful oil-company owner who sweeps her off her feet and shows her a new world. Their relationship rapidly blossoms into something life-changing, but not every beautiful thing comes easy. A jealous friend and a bitter baby mama add problems to their relationship, problems which leave Busy wondering if she let her guard down to the wrong man for the second time.