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Book Review: Sign On: Nights Like This By AshleyNicole — September 13, 2020

Book Review: Sign On: Nights Like This By AshleyNicole

Date Read: September 12, 2020
Published: August 18, 2020
Pages: 49

Book Synopsis:

It’s raining, it’s pouring– Wait, nobody’s snoring. They’re in the bed, or on the couch, or maybe the counter… and will definitely have a good morning.

Elsy’s sad because her work husband disappeared. He pops back up, and the weather isn’t the only thing churning.

(This is a novelette)

My Review:

This was fun, flirty and sexy as hell. But it was short, just enough to get your palette wet. But sometimes you need something like that, so this was a great segue read to get me back on my black romance train. I got sucked into another world for a week or two there 😣 and it was great lol, but back to Elsy and North!

With a shorter read, author’s have to grab your attention from the get-go and Ashley didn’t disappoint. The visuals she described made you feel as if you were right there with the characters.

Without ever meeting each other in person, Elsy and North were the other persons constant. Their connection was strong and genuine. I loved the way their physical meetup was done. It was cute and fit the relationship they had already established via their back and forth banter via chat.

With all of that being said, READ THIS. But don’t forget, it’s a novelette. So don’t expect a full length novel that you can sit with for hours. This is not that.

Book Review: Whoa.: An “Oops!” Spinoff Novella By Alexandra Warren — August 23, 2020

Book Review: Whoa.: An “Oops!” Spinoff Novella By Alexandra Warren

Date Read: August 23, 2020 
Published: August 19, 2020 
Pages: 101

Book Synopsis:

“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. 🙂

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My Review:

Alex does a bomb job of making me wish I was in the leading lady’s shoes. Usually it’s simply tied to the fine ass men they luckily get paired with, however this time with Mali was so much more. Mali was a Boss, emphasis on the capital B. I loved how hard she worked to make sure her business and her brand was a success. She wanted her own wins and she refused to ride her mother’s coattails.

Now, Walter. I never thought someone with a name that sounds as if they were born 60 years old could turn me on. Walter was absolutely Whoa. He was everything you want in a grown man. Upfront and unafraid to let his intentions be known. His listening skills and ability to pay attention to the smallest details turned me into putty. Welcome to the book bae club DJ Whoa.

I love that although this was a novella, we got a complete story and I wasn’t left hanging. And the chemistry between Mali and Walter was off the charts. And it was refreshing to read a story where there were no outside forces creating a wedge between the main characters. Just a bout of self-reflection that we all need from time to time.

Alex never fails to deliver a relatable body of work. And that’s an amazing gift that we all, thankfully, get to benefit from.

With all of that being said, READ THIS. I already want to pick it up and read it again.

Book Review: Impromptu Seduction (In The Heart of a Valentine Book 8) By Stephanie Nicole Norris — August 12, 2020

Book Review: Impromptu Seduction (In The Heart of a Valentine Book 8) By Stephanie Nicole Norris

Date Read: August 8, 2020
Published: August 2, 2020
Pages: 280

Book Synopsis:

Raised as a debutante, ladylike, and reserved, London Jones has stepped into unknown territory. From the moment her life collided with a man who should’ve been off-limits, a bachelor with a hot reputation—staying out of his way was the sensible thing to do. However, she finds herself caught in a tangled web of passionate fervor whenever he comes near. So much so that her ability to place a barrier between them becomes a futile battle. The heart wants what it wants, and London’s heart yearns for him.

Borboleta…

She was the impetus of his desire. The only one who captured his eye for more than a moment and beckoned his soul to blend in beautiful bliss with hers. For software engineer Kyle Valentine, his attempt to hold back the hedonism that struck whenever they were together threatened to be his undoing. His heart yearned to connect with London’s soul, and soon he finds himself questioning if he’s worthy of her love. But now that he’s gotten next to London, determination becomes the motto for his pursuit and his ultimate will to hold on to her, forever.

*CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE*

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My Review:

The sensual sounds of Seduction by Usher came to mind when I began this story. The melody and lyrics make you feel sensuous, sexy, and erotic. Stephanie delivered just that from the gate with Kyle and London. Unlike most, this book was my introduction to the Valentine men and their love stories. It won’t be my last though. I knew from the first chapter in that I would be going back to read the first seven books in this series. Kyle was as smooth as they come, but he took us through a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Love, joy, grief, excitement. The overabundant need to protect. Some would describe London as a unicorn, rare. I don’t like to give away spoilers, so I won’t go into detail as to why I categorize her as such. However, shoutout to Stephanie for not making me feel like there aren’t more of us out there like London. Another thing, London knew what she wanted, and she pursued it. Gave me a few pointers.

My love for this story isn’t just centered around the bond between Kyle and London. The family dynamic between the Valentine’s, and even the Jones’, was something to idealize. London’s relationship with her parents was sweet, it sort of reminded me of the relationship I have with my parents. Now that Valentine bond, that was beautiful. From the relationship shared between the siblings to relationship they shared with their father. The men were mouthwatering, they were educated, they were successful, and they were black. I love stories that characterize our men as something other than street dudes looking for ways to make quick money. Rich from legal businesses and have a strong father figure in their lives that isn’t afraid to show them love and affection. Daddies boys.

To wraps things up, this was fun and sexy. I also loved the unpredictable storylines Stephanie weaved in. They were a nice addition to the romance oozing from the pages. And I can’t close out without mentioning Kyle and that darn Borboleta. Babyyyyy 😳🤤

Read this.

Book Review: One Last Shot (Nymphs & Trojans Series Book 2) By Alexandra Warren — July 30, 2020

Book Review: One Last Shot (Nymphs & Trojans Series Book 2) By Alexandra Warren

Date Read: July 27, 2019
Published: July 24, 2019
Pages: 280

Book Synopsis:

As a professional basketball player, Selena “Sharpshooter” Samuels seemingly has everything going in her favor. Playing for her hometown, playoff-bound team, the Nashville Nymphs. Playing under a knowledgeable coach who she adores. Playing for a franchise that’s well respected and family-owned. But the potential dynasty she’s trying to build comes under threat when a new assistant coach is hired; an assistant coach who she may or may not have had a huge crush on growing up.

DeAndre “Dre” Leonard hasn’t had it easy. After being banned from the league as a player for violating the drug policy, his world came crashing down. But now he’s back and ready to rebuild his reputation, starting with a coaching opportunity with the sister team of his beloved Trojans that includes one of the best women’s players in the game; and arguably the finest woman he’s ever seen.

Selena and Dre both want the same thing; to have a successful season. But as they spend more time together chasing a championship, that shared goal slowly begins to change from a title… to each other.

*CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE*

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My Review:

I love a good sports romance, it’s a favorite of mine. From beginning to end, this story kept me captivated. The relationship development between the main characters was something we all hope for, someone that’s your best friend and your lover. I loved the vulnerability and sensitivity that we got from Dre. The drive and determination that we got from Selena was something to be admired.

I would recommend this book to readers for the story-line itself, however I can’t conclude this review without giving kudos to the work Alexandra put in outside of simply creating this fictional world. I respect the hell out of the research Alex did on the WNBA and it’s players. She shined a huge light on some of the issues they face and she did it in a dope way. If you never paid attention to women’s basketball before picking this book up, I’m sure Alex piqued your interest enough to make you want to check out a WNBA game. Make sure to check this out. If you love Sports Romance, it won’t disappoint.

Sidenote: Go Sparks! 💜💛

Book Review: RESISTANCE, a love story By Nia Forrester — July 26, 2020

Book Review: RESISTANCE, a love story By Nia Forrester

Date Read: July 21, 2020
Published: June 24, 2020
Pages: 88

Book Synopsis:

Kai is an accidental activist, drawn to protest only because the alternative—to not protest—feels unimaginable in a turbulent time like this. And Lila is a longtime social justice warrior. At least in theory. Trying to find their footing and independent voices in the middle of a new movement, they just might find something else—a new love.

My Review:

First and foremost, Rest in Peace George Floyd. Nia did an amazing job of capturing the mixed emotions many of us felt as we absorbed the news and witnessed the video of George Floyd’s murder. This book was delivered right on time with the social climate of today. From the peaceful protest to the riots, the characters in the book display the difference in reactions we all had during the height of unrest. The depth and emotions we felt from the characters was real, it was like looking in mirror.

When I read the synopsis, I had no idea how Nia was going to convince us that Lila and Kai could develop a romantic connection in a setting such as a protest. When you hear stories of how couples meet, you wouldn’t expect for them to say “Oh, we met marching in the streets during the protest”, but she did it. The relationship that developed between Lila and Kai during such a small window of time was refreshing. Their “get to know you” conversations went beyond the surface level information we give out when first meeting someone. Nia gave us insight into an aspect of interracial relationships and biracial children that I personally have never thought about.

To wrap things up, this story and the writing were more than great. The story was short, but those eighty-eight pages were powerful. There’s no way, as a reader, you don’t take something from the words Nia delivered.