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.

Book Review: Let Her Go by Jay Ashlei

Date Read: August 6, 2021
Published: June 12, 2021
Pages: 284

Book Synopsis:

Darnel Reid was a normal fifteen year old girl, enjoying high school, getting good grades, and preparing for her future. But then, something horrible happened that started a chain reaction of tragedy in her life. Now, at 30, she has learned to exist, finding deep connections with people and with life impossible, subconsciously anticipating the next horrible thing. When a strange man comes into her life making a ridiculous accusation against her, she’s convinced that this is the tragic event that will finally kill her.

Arnold “Wood” Woodington is a successful businessman, trying to distance himself completely from street life. Drug money was simply a means to an end, and now he wants to make his father proud and honor his deceased mother. His biggest hang up is his best friend who refuses to give up a life of crime and go legit, like Wood. While Wood is battling with an inevitable decision about his friendship, he learns of a situation that could cost him everything he’s built, as well as his freedom. He must revisit the life he wants to leave behind, and take care of the woman who might be behind it all.

My Review:

This first-time author snatched my entire soul. This was a romance novel, but it wasn’t the main point. This book was about healing and survival and the author had me hooked from the first page. This story was beautifully written. These characters gave me life even when they were draining me emotionally. And I absolutely LOVE bomb side characters. We get some great supporting cast with this one. The author left us hanging hanging at the end though 😒 lol I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next.

Book Review: The End Game: The Sun Book 2 by Rae Lyse

Date Read: July 16, 2021
Published: February 6, 2021
Pages: 398

Book Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

I’m a sucker for a good sports romance book. When I downloaded this story I never imagined how much it would pull me in or the life lessons that awaited me on the pages. I was engrossed with this story from beginning to end, and I honestly, I was disappointed that there weren’t more pages for me to fall in love with once I got to the last one. I’ve never read anything else from this author but I’m looking forward to discovering more of their work. I can’t wait to read this over again.

Book Review: Not Good Enough For You by Renée A. Moses

Date Read: July4, 2021
Published: May 1, 2021
Pages: 265

Book Synopsis:

Lyric Phillips is ready for love. For the first time ever, she believes that something worth having may exist for her. She always did what made her feel good with no cares for anything else until it caught up and bit her. She ultimately changed her mindset, vowed celibacy, and tossed her bad habits. When the new Lyric falls in love again, her past trickles in with an agenda.Elijah Grant is a youth pastor for his father’s church. He loves working with the kids but being their pastor was not his calling. After mishaps from his past, he fell in line to get back into his father’s good graces. Now, he’s ready to step down and move on. Breaking the news to his family may mean more trouble than it’s worth.

My Review:

The first book in this series was the first book I read from the author and I knew then that she’d be added to my list of go to reads. I picked up book 2 without reading the synopsis, because I didn’t care what was coming next. I just knew I needed more from the characters. The same with book 3 and 4, although this time around I was hoping for more on Nina and Mekhi. That wasn’t what we got, but I fell in love with what we did get. Babyyy. This book was everything. I loved Lyric and Elijah. They may just be my favorite couple of this series. I didn’t anticipate the focus on Lyric, but I’m happy that ended up being the case. She was a beautifully flawed character and I’m glad she got her happy ending. Now Elijah. Elijah gave me fine ass Ezra vibes. For those who read Love Belvin, you got the reference. Had me sitting here like, that’s a pastor, you can’t lust after that man. Lol but whew. And the icing on the cake, the side characters. I LOVE me some side characters with big personalities and we definitely got plenty of those. I’m hoping we get one more book, just for a little more closure with Nina and her babies. I FELT for those kids throughout this book. Clearly I enjoyed this read. Renée, shout-out to you. You did your thing.

(ARC) Book Review: The Sweetest Charade by Jadesola James

Date Read: June 20, 2021
Published: June 22, 2021
Pages: 241

Book Synopsis:

Delysia Daniels didn’t intend any of this. Accidentally tagging the wrong person in a slightly racy photo could have happened to anyone. But when the slipup gains her thousands of followers and a much-needed opportunity, she takes full advantage. Fake dating an uptight history professor complete with the proverbial stiff upper lip will raise both their profiles, if she can just get him to agree.Dr. Alexander Abbott-Hill isn’t delusional enough to believe his sudden popularity is due to his fascinating lectures. Agreeing to a high-profile, all-expenses-paid trip across the country isn’t exactly a hardship, although getting along with an online influencer might be. But he doesn’t plan on Delysia. She’s smart, beautiful, and far more…everything…than he’d imagined.Fake relationship aside, neither of them is very good at pretending. Add their instant attraction and undeniable chemistry, and it isn’t long before they realize this fictional relationship is going to change their lives—just not the way they thought.

My Review:

These characters gave me “don’t judge a book by its cover” vibes from the beginning and I loved it. The progression of their relationship was a joy to read. Predictable in ways, but enjoyable nonetheless. Their meeting was super random though lol I couldn’t leave that part out.

*I received an ARC of this title from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*

(ARC) Book Review: Dirty Plays by Emma Salah

Date Read: June 7, 2021
Published: June 8, 2021
Pages: 224

Book Synopsis:

He’s playing a dangerous game. And winner takes all. Aidan Thomas is staying at his brother’s apartment while his own home is being remodeled, but the apartment isn’t as vacant as he was led to believe. Pushed out of her own place by a rent increase, Letty Garcia, his sister’s gorgeous best friend, is staying there too. The involuntary cohabitation is a temporary solution, one they can both endure unscathed.Maybe.But the intense attraction that’s long lingered between them sure is making things hard.Cards. Truth or Sexy Truth. For these red-hot roomies, no game is off the table. But all bets are off when heartbreak-veteran Letty wants to keep things light and fun—and Aidan starts playing for keeps. With both of their hearts on the line, the stakes have never been higher. Game on.

My Review:

I enjoyed this story, but I wanted more. There was a lot of character development individually, however we didn’t get enough of the main characters as a couple. I wish there was more to the relationship throughout the meaty parts of the story. I didn’t know about the first book, so I’m definitely going to go back to read it.

*I received an ARC of this title from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: Can’t Catch Me by Alexandra Warren

Date Read: May 29, 2021
Published: May 27, 2021

Book Synopsis:

Returning to her hometown was not in the plans, and neither was falling for her former best friend…Briyana Hayes can’t seem to catch a break.The job offer she expected after taking an unpaid internship at a major shoe company didn’t come through. The friend who’d offered her a place to stay suddenly gave her forty-eight hours to vacate after a misunderstanding. And when she’s forced to move back to her hometown to live with her father and his mistress-turned-wife, it almost seems impossible for things to get any worse… until she runs into her former best friend who’s only gotten fine with time.With his sixth season as the starting linebacker for his hometown Houston Skyhawks on the horizon, the only thing Lance Hawkins is looking forward to is another year of getting paid and chasing accolades. But when he discovers that the girl he once considered his best friend is back in the city, he quickly finds himself intrigued by a different kind of pursuit after seeing how attractive she’s gotten.Even with the fallout of the past, their undeniable chemistry as friends makes it impossible for the two of them to remain distant. And once romantic feelings get involved, it doesn’t take long for Briyana and Lance to find themselves on a journey of not only reestablishing what once was, but also exploring what could be.

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My Review:

Alex is hands down my favorite author, but then she went and combined my two favorite tropes, friends to lovers and sports romance. AND she did the damn thing. This story was beautifully written and full of dialogues that had me highlighting as I read. I love the full circle we were able to witness with Yani and Lance’s relationship. And I love when side characters have a personality you actually look forward to reading when weaved into the actual story. Each one highlighted gave me plenty of laughs. Shout-out to Gerald, Ahmad, and both sets of parents lol I’m already looking forward to reading this again. #SandyCheeks 😂

Book Review: Crave: A Reverse Harem Romance by Shae Sanders

Date Read: May 6, 2021
Published: January 28, 2021
Pages: 332

Book Synopsis:

I said I’d never love another man again. I had no idea I would soon fall in love with four of them.

I, Skye Bellamy, escaped to this little mountain town to start anew. To focus. It was supposed to be easy, because If there’s one thing I know how to do, it’s reinvent myself. 

But a series of unfortunate events lands me right next to my favorite R&B boy band from back in the day. And they still look good.

Angelo’s the cocky one. Jamal is the strong, silent one. G is the gorgeous, sensitive one. And Matt, well, Matt’s not on my radar and for good reason.

But I’m already on theirs. 

I’m supposed to be working and they’re supposed to be rehearsing but temptation abounds and I soon find myself in their clutches…or maybe they’re in mine. It’s hard to say. But no matter how happy we are with our little arrangement, we’re all hiding something and it’s only a matter of time before it all blows up in our faces. But in the meantime…

We fall.

***This is book 1 in the Crave Series. Crave is a reverse harem romance, which means the heroine doesn’t have to choose; she can have any or all of the guys she wants. Sometimes at the same time. There is no cliff-hanger but this is the first in series so the story continues in the next installment.

My Review:

“Can a black girl do it?” That was the overarching theme of this book and it was bomb. I’ve never gotten a book of this nature with a black woman at it’s core, which was the whole point of the story within the story. I love that Shae wrote this. This book showed that it’s okay to put your happiness first, no matter what society says is acceptable. Each character had reasons to both love and hate them, and that’s what made me love the story all together. While this does leave you with many unanswered questions, anyone reading this review is lucky, because part 2 is already available. I’ve been wanting to read Shae’s work for quite a while and I must say I wasn’t disappointed. Looking forward to reading more of her work.

(ARC) Book Review: The Family Recipe by K.T Egan

Date Read: May 3, 2021
Published: May 4, 2021
Pages: 337

Book Synopsis:

When a NYC baker’s grandfather dies, she inherits his house in a Pennsylvanian small town. Crushed by his absence and the new responsibility bestowed upon her, Cheyenne has a choice to make. In order to fulfill her grandfather’s wishes, she has to leave the life she knows in New York, along with her thriving business, and make a new life for herself in the small town where she spent her childhood summers. On top of her grief, it all seems like too much to bear—that is, until she’s acquainted with the handsome maintenance man in charge of the house’s upkeep.

My Review:

The momentum from K.T.’s first book definitely carried over into book 2. I was really looking forward to this story, because the first was so beautifully written. Book 2 didn’t disappointment. I loved Cheyenne’s story. The story centered around starting new chapters in your life, navigating grief, second chances, and embracing change. It was such a sweet story and it was well written. And I’ve never lived in one, but I’ve always been a sucker for small town living and all the quirks that come with it. We got plenty of those quirks with this one.

*I received an ARC of this title from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: Forever & Always: Addicted To Hood Love by Kaylyn

Date Read: April 19, 2021
Published: April 6, 2021
Pages: 369

Book Synopsis:

Time doesn’t heal all wounds . . .At 19 years old, Trace Gryffon, has suffered irreparable damage. Hardened by unresolved trauma caused by greed and disloyalty, Trace decided long ago he can’t get hurt if he doesn’t let anybody in. That goes for everybody- including his family.Trace was in hell, but he wasn’t the only one suffering. His older brother, Tyus Gryffon, faced some deep rooted issues of his own…. an unexpected meeting occurs when Messiah fears for a strangers life and takes a chance on saving it along with her roommate Luvly.Four different paths, all fighting an addiction- the need to feel real love. After being hurt and tending to old wounds that never got a chance to heal, will love be the antidote for the pain?

My Review:

This wasn’t a book I would typically read, but it came across my radar and I decided to give both the book and the author a shot. The story was unpredictable. I’ll give it that. The author did an awesome job with the details she provided throughout the story. Each stone that was uncovered left you even more invested.