Book Review: The Piece I Needed by A.S. Wilson

Date Read: November 12, 2021
Published: October 2, 2021
Pages: 92

Book Synopsis:

Khaleef and Danai are engaged and madly in love—until Danai finds evidence of betrayal. Khaleef is driving home when she calls to break off the engagement and tell him not to return home. When his car spirals off the road and crashes, leaving him with a brain injury and amnesia, Danai finds herself torn between the love and the pain she feels.

Having put her career on the backburner, Danai sees the opportunity to get back to her old self and the dreams she had before she fell in love, but she puts her dreams on hold again to help Khaleef recover and attempt to restore his memories. Determined not to jeopardize his recovery, Danai vows to wait until he can handle hearing that their relationship is over. However, as they spend time together, trying to recover memories and building new ones along the way, Danai realizes that their relationship might just be the piece she needs to put together the life of her dreams.

Can she forgive and forget, or will she find herself moving on?

My Review:

I couldn’t fathom being in the shoes of either main character in this book. Couldn’t imagine my life being flipped upside down, twice, in a matter of minutes and then being left with making life altering decisions. On the flip side, I couldn’t imagine waking up to a life I couldn’t remember and feeling in your gut that the person you’re being told you chose to spend the rest of your life with can’t stomach being near you but is doing everything in their power to care for you. All while trying to piece your life back together mentally. I wanted this couple to win, despite their circumstances. I couldn’t help but root for them. I thoroughly enjoyed this short read from beginning to end. Definitely one I’d recommend.

Book Review: Wicked: A Sexy Halloween Short by Té Russ

Date Read: October 31, 2021
Published: October 28, 2021
Pages: 56

Book Synopsis:

It’s Halloween season. The time of year when inhibitions are a little lower and boldness is a little higher. The perfect time for Annecia and Xane to be a little…wicked.

My Review:

Miss Té. Girl. This gave me so much life. It was sexy as hell and left me wanting more. The chemistry between the main characters was scorching. And when they acted on that chemistry, babyyyy. Let’s just say, I was inspired 😂

Book Review: A Love that Melted A Capo’s Cold Heart by Miss Jenesequa

Date Read: October 12, 2021
Published: May 1, 2021
Pages: 408

Book Synopsis:

After fleeing her hometown for ten months due to her broken heart, Danaë Westbrook is summoned home and forced to get her act together. No longer fond of her free-spirited nature, Danaë’s father wants the apple of his eye to put her brains to use and makes her his newest employee. The weekend before starting her new job, or imprisonment as she calls it, Danaë takes a spontaneous night out with her best friend and the night leads to an innocent game of Truth or Dare. A game that soon lands Danaë in the path of a dangerous new attraction.

Cassian Acardi is a man of few words, but when he speaks, you sure as hell are going to listen. The tragic loss of his daughter made an icebox form where his heart once was. Leaving no room for him to care about seeking a genuine romantic connection. His family’s empire is his number one priority in life. As a boss, he’s used to being the one that sets everything in motion. So when Danaë approaches him first, placing him in the passenger seat, Cassian is intrigued. However, he tries to suppress his curiosity about the gorgeous stranger who boldly stepped to him, until their paths cross again. This time, neither of them can run from fate’s hypnotic pull determined to bring them together.

Could Danaë be the one to melt the cold-hearted Cassian or will Cassian fall victim to his inner demons, convincing himself that he doesn’t deserve love and ultimately pushing Danaë away for good?

My Review:

This was funny from start to finish and sexy as all hell. I thoroughly enjoyed this storyline and the characters. The characters were unique individually. Their backgrounds and the ins and outs of their life were eyebrow raising at times. Each had moments where I wanted to yell at them for their stupidity. The author made me feel like I was dealing with a couple of friends. I rooted for them though. Their vibe was just natural. And did I say sexy? Baby, whew. Cass had Trey Songz playing in my head on repeat. Pick any of his kinkiest songs, it doesn’t matter which one. It’ll fit lol can’t wait to read more from this author.

Series Spotlight – The Sun Series by Rae Lyse

Saving Sunflower

Dominic DeBlanc is a wayward street hustler and part-time rapper constantly running from a past that haunts him. With a bleak outlook on life, he finds himself teetering between two worlds—a seedy one where he’s not guaranteed to see his twenty-second birthday and a promising one that might bring him recognition for his talent. After a chance encounter with a peculiar waitress, he finds himself engulfed in a friendship he never knew he needed. However, his complex life and reckless decisions challenge their already complicated bond.

The Endgame

Josiah Joseph is trouble—at least that’s what everyone says about him. Jade Taylor can’t help but to agree with their sentiments. He’s a hotheaded football player and one of her most lackluster students. She’s a young mother and a laser-focused teacher’s assistant, counting the days until graduation. After the two cross paths at a wild party, Jade makes a discovery about the volatile quarterback that sends her on a quest to understand who Josiah Joseph is and why he’s suddenly become enamored with her.

Bunny

Desmond Simmons’ life is at an impasse.

After a tragic near-death experience, he’s left struggling to pick up the pieces of an existence that’s grown monotonous. He’s so sure he’s stuck until an old neighbor reappears, turning his new, uneventful life upside down.

While reconnecting, the two embark on a journey that leaves them grappling with their new lives and falling back into a whimsical world full of secrets they created as children to escape reality. They soon learn that outrunning the truth isn’t as easy as it once was, but that doesn’t mean they won’t give it a try.

Book Review: Implied Consent by K.C. Mills

Date Read: September 30, 2021
Published: July 1, 2021
Pages: 244

Book Synopsis:

Gray Jordan, former Chargers quarterback and franchise player, learned a lot of tough lessons throughout his career. However, the worst of all was that no amount of money and fame can protect your heart. After a very public scandal, he quietly walked away from the one thing he loved the most: football.

Skylar Addison is one of the best sports attorneys in the city, so when the firm she worked for “reallocated” her out of a job, she felt as if the rug had been snatched from up under her. Finding out that her ex had her terminated after she decided that she no longer wanted to be in a relationship, only made matters worse.

After a pity party at a local bar and grill, Skylar found herself falling for the type of man she swore she would never think twice about, because after years of cleaning up their careless mistakes, Skylar knew with certainty that pro-athletes and their philandering ways were a fast track to a broken heart.

Unfortunately, sometimes the universe has its own agenda and tests your resolve. There was no resisting Gray Jordan, and Skylar finds herself fighting a losing battle by trying to deny her heart. Gray has his hands full with a woman that proves to be his greatest challenge as of yet, but they both have to get out of their heads in order to prevent missing out on a good thing.

*This is a Standalone novel*

My Review:

More often than not, I find myself reading books that fit this imaginary template for the storyline. It was refreshing to flip the pages of this book and discover that this wasn’t that. Despite some grammar mistakes mentioned in the other reviews, it was easy to get pass them to enjoy the story. I love how the relationship between the main characters was developed. Even more, the relationships each of them had with their siblings was admirable. It stole the story for me at times. We got a different side to the pro athlete than a lot of folks like to depict them. He was about his business and knew what he wanted. And I love a boss chick, we definitely got that with this one. Skylar had moments where she had me looking at her sideways though. However, the sports professional in me loved her hustle and ambition. I love the setup we received for book 2, but I love that we weren’t left with a cliff hanger on the train to getting book 2. Can’t wait to see what’s next with this bunch.

Book Review: Just a Friend by AshleyNicole

Date Read: September 27, 2021
Published: July 2, 2021
Pages: N/A

Book Synopsis:

Oh baby, you…
Being the only girl in a group of guys is hard work. It’s the equivalent to having multiple fathers who think they can dictate every detail of your life.
Harlowe’s been dealing with it for years, but as of late, she’s been wanting to venture out and find love. As expected, the guys think this is a terrible idea. That’s all well and good, but Harlowe is going to do it anyway.
Before she can, one of her guys starts looking at her differently, and she can’t help but look back.
Will they transition into lovers, or will he remain just a friend?

My Review:

I’ve had this on TBR list for so long and I’m so upset it took me this long to get to it! I loved everything about this book and the characters. The dynamics of each relationship was more than enjoyable to read. I loved the way they loved each other, for the most part lol but I don’t do spoilers so you’ll have to read to see what I mean. I highlighted all up and through this read, because there were so many great moments of laughter and pure affection woven into each page. I will say, I’ve never been so affected by the word “yo” in my life 😂

Book Review: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Elle Wright

Date Read: September 18, 2021
Published: May 20, 2021
Pages: 222

Book Synopsis:

I fake laugh every time I think about how ironic it is to be a commitment-phobe relationship therapist who is also the daughter of two world-renowned marriage and family counselors. Seriously, it’s comical!

Want to know how I messed up my life? Getting arrested for stealing a priceless artifact for a tearful client.

Want to know what my biggest problem is? Spending my life teaching women how to break relationships when all I want to do is make a relationship—with him.

Want to know what that makes me? The Break-Up Expert who is questioning everything I thought I knew.

My Review:

I loved this read. It’s my first from the author and it definitely won’t be my last. This coupling was beautiful to witness, individually they were definitely interesting. But together, their energy was gahh 😍. The author had me laughing out loud while strumming my heart strings at the same time. Everything about this storyline was memorable and I can’t wait to read more from the secondary characters! I’m happy I randomly discovered this read and I’d recommend it in a heartbeat.