Series Spotlight – From The Hood With Love by BriAnn Danae

From The Hood With Love

Despite her unsavory upbringing, Loriana Simms vows not to let the fast, gritty lifestyle of the hood dismantle her innocence. With dreams of leaving what she calls home behind, Loriana’s plans are abruptly placed on hold. While her circumstances have, in some measure, matured the bashful teen, they have also left her in an immense amount of distress. No longer meek to the world around her, Loriana comes into her own as a woman and finds herself caught up in the likes of the young hoodlum, Projex.

With a known reputation in the hood for his insolent way with words, outlandish behavior, cold pen game, and disgustingly handsome good looks, Bryshon ‘Projex’ Emery snatches Loriana’s unprepared heart. Stuck in his grind as a true hustler, Projex has hardly any time on his hands for a companion. Though the moment he crosses paths with Loriana, Projex jokingly pledges to change her last name. When one wrong decision ends deadly, Loriana is pressured to choose between the life she once knew and the one her heart belonged to.

The hood has caused an extra layer to thicken around their hearts, making it seemingly impossible to peel. Love didn’t seem to be in the equation for either of them. Will his addiction to the fast life cause their pretentious relationship and lives to fold before it can bloom? Or will the two take heed and remember where they came from?

From The Hood With Love 2

Dismayed at what she now has to consider her life, Loriana tries her best to balance it all. The unforeseen death of her mother has her suffocating in grief, feeling as if she’s lost it all. While struggling internally, she smiles on the outside to save face. That’s until she can no longer keep up her façade.

When she least expects it, the breath of fresh air she was desperately gasping for is given. On a rollercoaster with her emotions, wondering how her first love became her first heartbreak, she finds herself. Those good days she prayed to God for had finally came around. Blossoming into a young woman, Loriana steps into adulthood with a vengeance. Coming after everything her heart desires, including new love, she holds nothing back.

While Projex never thought the fast life he lived would catch up to him, it does and in the worst way. Figuring he can conquer it all, he bites off more than he can chew and finds himself in a jam. Just when things begin to look up, life reminds them that this wasn’t a fairytale. This was real life…from the hood. You either sank or swim.


From The Hood With Love 3

While Loriana thought she’d made progress on discerning the people in her life, nothing prepared her for the untimely news she’s hit with. People show their true colors, forcing her to cut someone off. She finds herself in a whirlwind of emotions trying to make amends with the man she loves most, as Projex shuts down all advances between them. But only for so long with Loriana’s persistent efforts to win him back.

Trying his best to remember how far he’s come, Projex makes a decision that’ll indeed cause drama between his family and in his life. Never having been the one to take his L’s in stride, Projex gives Loriana a taste of the person she met years ago. It was clear the love they shared hadn’t wavered, but her loyalty had. In his eyes, there was no coming back from what’d she’d done, and Projex made it very clear where their relationship stood.

The balance this group of young adults struggles to find makes their lessons learned much more worth it. Not everyone is meant to stick around in your life, but how could they not when they were destined to be there? In this finale, Projex and Loriana’s hearts are tested beyond what they could imagine. Their love is one the hood raved about and missed. But could they withstand all the turmoil that came along with it?


Christmas In The Projexs (From The Hood With Love Book 4)

May the hood never change us. Only mold us. Act as a guide to navigate us to exactly where we’re supposed to be in life. In love.

To the places we’ve called home, friends we gathered on the way and cherished some enough to become family. Head bows to the real ones we’ve lost. Not everyone makes it out, but you can make it.

Those L’s really meant lessons. We’ve learned them. Loved through them. Leveled up from them. Gained an understanding of them.

To the hood… thank you, with love.
Merry Christmas!


Book Review: Christmas In The Projexs (From The Hood With Love Book 4) by BriAnn Danae

Date Read: January 1, 2022
Published: December 23, 2021
Pages: 107

Book Synopsis:

“I ain’t just from the hood. I am the hood.” – Projex

May the hood never change us. Only mold us. Act as a guide to navigate us to exactly where we’re supposed to be in life. In love.

To the places we’ve called home, friends we gathered on the way and cherished some enough to become family. Head bows to the real ones we’ve lost. Not everyone makes it out, but you can make it.

Those L’s really meant lessons. We’ve learned them. Loved through them. Leveled up from them. Gained an understanding of them.

To the hood… thank you, with love.
Merry Christmas!

My Review:

This was such a perfect ending to such a great story. I will forever love Projex and L-Boogie. To see their growth as both individuals and partners from book 1 to book 4 was magical. I didn’t know what to expect in anticipation of this series coming to an end, however the holiday touch was perfect. There’s just something about the that time of the year that makes things that much sweeter. Looking forward to rereading this series from beginning to end. BriAnn, you did that! From BGBG With Love ❤️

Brown Girl Book Geek Favorite Reads of 2021


I read 115 books this year and some of those storylines were a whirlwind. Shout-out to all of the authors who got me through 2021. Check out my favorite reads of the year, these gems stood up and showed out!

Favorite New to me Author

Rilzy Adams was that chick for me this year! I saw her name a lot on Bookstagram and when I finally decided to check her out, I was hooked! I binged her catalog for about a month. She was hands down my favorite New to me Author of 2021.

Check her out here!

Favorite Series – Top 5

Four of the authors on this list were new to me authors. And they all put their foot in these series. Even the one’s that left me hanging from book to book.

Favorite Reads – Top 10

Book Review: From the Hood With Love 2 by BriAnn Danae

Date Read: March 31, 2021
Published: March 25, 2021
Pages: 422

Book Synopsis:

Dismayed at what she now has to consider her life, Loriana tries her best to balance it all. The unforeseen death of her mother has her suffocating in grief, feeling as if she’s lost it all. While struggling internally, she smiles on the outside to save face. That’s until she can no longer keep up her façade.When she least expects it, the breath of fresh air she was desperately gasping for is given. On a rollercoaster with her emotions, wondering how her first love became her first heartbreak, she finds herself. Those good days she prayed to God for had finally came around. Blossoming into a young woman, Loriana steps into adulthood with a vengeance. Coming after everything her heart desires, including new love, she holds nothing back.While Projex never thought the fast life he lived would catch up to him, it does and in the worst way. Figuring he can conquer it all, he bites off more than he can chew and finds himself in a jam. Just when things begin to look up, life reminds them that this wasn’t a fairytale. This was real life…from the hood. You either sank or swim.

My Review:

Whew. Y’all this book started out having me in my feels. It kept me there for a large chunk of it, because the grief was so prominent. You could feel it oozing from the pages, and rightfully so. That would be me. But I loved the people that Loriana had around her. They held her down. Support is everything. Her and Bryshon still gave me heart eyes. Now there were some instances that popped up that foreshadowed parts of the book for me towards the end, BUT even with what I thought I knew, the author proved I didn’t know squat. Now I’m anxiously awaiting part 3 low-key side eyeing the author lol. This book was what I needed.