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.

(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.

Book Review: Don’t Ever Wonder by Takeah Latimore

Date Read: March 15, 2022
Published: February 14, 2022
Pages: 74

Book Synopsis:

“You’re not just my wife. You’re my better half. Know it and believe it when I tell you I love you, Bugg. True shit, so don’t ever wonder otherwise.” – Ellington Shakur.

February 14, 2017, Ellington Shakur took his wife Eartha out to celebrate her favorite holiday. Not even halfway through the evening, an altercation ensues that changes the course of Ellington and Eartha’s lives forever.

Five years after losing her husband to the system, Eartha Shakur is having a tough time basking in heartwarming feelings everyone around her is experiencing from Cupid’s arrow. When a confrontation at work leads to Eartha quitting her job, the Ohio native has to stop running from herself and embrace the possibility that maybe happily ever after wasn’t meant for her.

Ellington, however, has other ideas for the woman who makes his heart whole. Even behind bars, Ell plans to make this Valentine’s Day one that Eartha will never forget in hopes that she still believes in their happily ever after.

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?

My Review:

Y’all know those moments as black folks where we come across something and our response is “dang, we all really lived the same life”? Consistently sprinkled throughout this short read, I had those moments and they were a cultural treat. I enjoyed the pieces of me and my loved ones I saw in this story. And to top it off, we were given Ellington Tyree Shakur. A man whose love knew no limits. He was a treat all by himself. There were a few things, well really one aspect of the story in general, that caused me to give a side eye. However, it was a personal preference thing and I never hold my opinions of that nature against the story or the author. Sorry not sorry,no spoilers from me lol. I’m definitely down for a book discussion with those who’ve read this gem. So grab your copy and get to reading! This was a good one.

Book Review: Feel Me in the Dark by Tucora Monique

Date Read: February 7, 2022
Published: January 25, 2021
Pages: 182

Book Synopsis:

“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

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.

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?

My Review:

First things first, THE COVER!!! Popping. Now for the story, Tucora did that and then some with this one! When reading the opening pages of this book I never imagined how this story would unfold. A hustler’s mentality is unique because we never know what drives them to do what they do. In this story, we get two. Finely’s story had a lot to unfold, and her layers were presented fabulously. Preach was the epitome of an ambitious passionate thug and he loved hard. I love how their lives intertwined right under their noses, yet they had no idea the other existed. But once they were in each other’s orbit, neither of them could shake the other. In the afterword, the author leaves this message, “In 2021, we explored love through languages. This go around, I wanted to dive into the senses. For Finley and Preach, I’d like to think they caught feelings through the realm of touch.” This was evident throughout the pages and she did a phenomenal job ensuring that the reader could grasp the concept she was exploring.

(ARC) Book Review: Influenced Love by Shellee Marie

Date Read: February 3, 2022
Published: February 12, 2021
Pages: 300

Book Synopsis:

A beauty influencer polls her followers to pick her date and ends up fake dating a fellow influencer, but real sparks fly when she begins to fall for the man behind his image.

After a scandal threatens her reputation, popular beauty influencer, Alivia Fae, attempts to distract her followers by polling them to pick her date. When they pair her up with a fellow influencer, Moe Gava, he takes notice and asks her out. Unfortunately, she soon realizes he’s not as desirable as he seems online.

Despite her disinterest, when it’s suggested that she and Moe start a fake dating relationship, to keep up engagement with their fans, she begrudgingly agrees. As the plan unfolds, she begins to grow closer to his low-key assistant, Travis. Leading her to re-evaluate what she truly wants to influence her life—love.

My Review:

Overall, I enjoyed this story. I am a very goofy person and it had a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, which I always appreciate. Outside of the romance aspect, I loved the way in which the author tackled influencers, social media, and the media as a whole. There were some really good points made. As for the relationships throughout, this story had a lot going on. The main friendship she portrayed had odd moments for me. Pieces that didn’t connect. I liked the portrayal of fake dating and what it allowed the story to blossom into. The romance was slow-burn, but it had a few “okay, then 😏” lead-up moments. As a whole, the way the romance unfolded was adorable. Transparent and obvious, but it was still cute to read. The delivery for this story has its quirks, but I’d read more from this author.

Book Review: Gravity by AshleyNicole

Date Read: January 30, 2022
Published: December 30, 2021
Pages: 244

Book Synopsis:

Something always brings me back to you…
Cevyn has more responsibility on her shoulders than should be legal. It’s fine because she was built for this. She’s the strong one, and she’ll carry the world on her shoulders alone if it means her sister is okay.
Cevyn and Kas have been jumping in and out of each other’s beds for years. Up to now, they’ve enjoyed a string and love-free affiliation. No matter what happens, though, they always end up back in each other’s beds.
Tragedy strikes, and she’s no longer able to bear the brunt of the world alone. Suddenly, her friend with benefits is starting to look like her knight in shining armor. Can they help each other through this dark, painful time and come out the other side as something more?

My Review:

Cevyn, Ayte…. Nyn, Tyn.

Never did I imagine a book would hit me as hard as Broken Clocks by Danielle Allen… but then I read this beautiful work of art. I put off reading this book once I read early reviews, because I knew as an empath it would rock me to my core. It’s hard to put into words all of the emotions I felt reading this story. But before I try… ASHLEY. YOU 👏🏾 DID 👏🏾 THAT 👏🏾.

Ayte was a superwoman. Cevyn was vibranium. Kas was a universe of peace. Both of them. Opal was an angel sent from above. Omere was beautiful. Both of them. These characters touched my soul. Even as I write this review with red, puffy eyes, I know I’ll visit them again.

Book Review: Capture My Love by Tay Mo’Nae

Date Read: January 22, 2022
Published: November 10, 2021
Pages: 326

Book Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

Grayson is the type of male book character you wish you come across in real life. From beginning to end I rooted for this couple. Grayson was grown grown and from the gate, he spoke his mind and kept it 100. I loved it. Definitely a new addition to my book bae list. Miss Nova Rae was a treat as well. I loved seeing her come into herself. 10/10 would recommend.