Boss Chicks in Black Romance [Part 2]

Black girls. Black women. We are magic. We are strong. We are some of the fiercest bosses out there. Every now and then I come across a boss chick who makes her presence known, like “Blaw Tadow, Watch Out Now” in the words of the Original Queen Bee. And since y’all loved the first list so much, I figured it was time for a new one!

Briyana

Micaiah

Mina

Skylar

Melissa

The Harris Sisters

Neriah

Valarie

Giselle

7 Black Romance Books Featuring Thick Madame’s

Just as in real life, our black kings and queens in the literary streets create heroines who come in all shapes and sizes. I figured it was about time I gave the spotlight to women who looked like me; P.H.A.T ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ. Pretty, hot, and thick for those who don’t know. Shoutout to Mo’Nique!

Nia Badi is THAT girl! Exceptโ€ฆ …she doesnโ€™t feel like it lately. On the night before her 21st birthday, this award winning music video director, thriving entrepreneur, and girlfriend to one of most influential rappers of her generation, feels anything but celebratory. Indeed sheโ€™s fortunate to live at the intersections of love and luxury. However, the ramifications of a jarring event have Nia questioning if sheโ€™s truly happy with where she is in both her career, and her โ€œcouple-goalsโ€ relationship. As she ventures down this new path, will her relationship survive her 21st Birthday? At just 25, Boyden “Bizzy Boy” Miller is living every rap mogul’s dream. Money, stardom, and astronomical success. With chart dominating influence, and a sold-out iconic world tour, what more could he want? Simple: his Nia. During his longest tour of their relationship, she’s been nothing but encouraging, yet he can feel her getting antsy. But when an unorthodox demon from his past rears its toxic head, jeopardizing both his mental health, and cosmic connection to the love of his life, Boyden is forced to reassess his plans. Will Boyden confront his past in order to be the man he needs for both himself and his Nia? ***This novel contains profanity and sexual content. If you do not like those elements in your romantic reads, this is not the book for you.***

Vance Etienne has lived his life on his terms. He enjoyed a fulfilling marriage until the sudden death of his wife scarred him emotionally, but not enough to deter him from being a great person and father. However, things go haywire when his daughterโ€™s boyfriend makes the horrible decision to assault her, changing Vanceโ€™s life forever. Although she is twenty-one, sheโ€™s still totally dependent on him as she matriculates through college. After suffering the consequences of the decisions he made in regards to the abuse she suffered, he meets a woman that possesses him from the moment their eyes meet. He soon realizes that Jennifer Monroe is offering what heโ€™s been craving since the loss of his wife.

Jennifer Monroe has literally pulled herself from the slums of her past to become a better woman. After being in an abusive marriage for twenty years, she finds herself sinking into a depression so deep she contemplates suicide. Being a retired social worker, she takes advantage of programs to help herself get back on track, falling in love with who she is all over again. Her gained self-confidence becomes evident and she longs for something that she didnโ€™t have for most of her marriage to her ex-husband. Love. The night she meets Vance Etienne, the father of a young woman in her life, she knows heโ€™s her one. But somehow, she finds herself thinking of the past with her ex-husband more often than she should.

Thereโ€™s no doubt about what Vance and Jennifer feel for one another. Can they let the hurt of the past go to focus on their future? Will their pasts be willing to release them from its grasps to pursue an intentional and all-consuming love?

โ€œBecause sometimes all it takes is the first dateโ€ฆโ€

For Malinda Woods, growing her business is a top priority. And in her opinion, thatโ€™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 sheโ€™s set up on a blind date with the perfect man whoโ€™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 Malindaโ€™s journey. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yetti, Hayes, and Keys sibling love and loyalty. Their circle is tight, and no one comes before family.

After surviving a traumatic childhood, all three brothers are left a little unstable, with hearts of stone. It drives them to succeed in the streets, but creates a void where matters of the heart are concerned. Together, they run an empire that has allotted them money, respect and power, which of course fuels tensions and has enemies lurking in the shadows. Either way, they stand tall and they stand together.

Yetti especially was dealing with some serious demons, one of which was forced by his mother choosing his life over hers. His past has made him unwilling to open up, and his motto in life has basically been hit and run as far as women were concerned. Their only benefit to him was to satisfy his needs. No connection, no emotional commitments until he meets the one woman who can turn his life and his heart upside down.

Keys is set in his ways and enjoying life by his own terms. His status has placed him in the position to have just about any woman he sets his sights on until he runs across Asha. Their first encounter was one for the records. She took control and forced him to play by her rules This only fueled Keysโ€™ curiosity and had him chasing her for more.

Hayes is the baby of the family and seems to have it all together, with a long term girlfriend and beautiful baby girl, youโ€™d think life should be perfect, however new struggles seem to be finding the two of them daily.

The streets arenโ€™t kind when it comes to matters of the heart and defending your empire. Hopefully they will all find their way out with their hearts intact.

Neil McClain is the screw-up, the one everyone hopes will win but expects to lose. He wants to live a better life, one that his late mother would be proud of, but his belief in himself is weak.

Sage Moniba is in need of a major miracle or sheโ€™ll be forced to give up the only life sheโ€™s known.

Neil is searching for freedom from the demons of his past.

Sage is in desperate need of help.

Could it be that what each one needs resides in the other?

โ€œWorried about it, Iโ€™m putting pressure. Youโ€™ll only cut me if I let you. No, we ainโ€™t doing this just for pleasure. Either learn me or Iโ€™m a lesson.” โ€” H.E.R

Work.
Health.
Finessing.
Thatโ€™s the hierarchy of Finley Thomasโ€™ 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, Finleyโ€™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.

Business.
Family.
Business.
For five years, thatโ€™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 canโ€™t seem to shake.

Itโ€™s been said that seeing is believing. What happens when oneโ€™s vision is blurred and the only thing you can trust is what you feel?

Yana is fresh out of a dull three-year relationship and while she wants to focus on her, Yana’s best friend Jelly has other plans. After being dragged to a popular nightclub, Yana meets a man that makes her reconsider being single, the only problem is he comes with more baggage than she can carry.

Rex is the man of every woman’s dreams. He’s paid, fine, and knows how to treat a woman, but he can’t seem to keep one. It could be because the other women in his life refuse to stay out of his business. His big sisters Vickie and Nu-Nu are dead set on making sure no gold-diggers get too close to their baby brother. Then there is his mother, Linda. She doesn’t mind going to great lengths to prove that no one is good enough for her son. This overbearing mother gives meddling a new meaning, the only problem is this time around it might come back around and give her a taste of her own medicine.

Sit back and enjoy the ride, it should be interesting. After all, mama knows best right?

Disney Goes Bookish, E-Book Stack

I saw a fun book stack featured on #Bookstagram and decided to join in. While the books on this list aren’t Disney-related, Disney characteristics did inspire each choice. Keep reading to see my Disney-inspired “book stack’.

๐™‹๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™:

A fictional land or setting you would want to live

Building 402 gives me apartment envy yโ€™all. I want some neighbor friends like these lol.

The Building 402 Collection
by Alexandra Warren

๐™‡๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ˆ๐™˜๐™Œ๐™ช๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ:

A book you flew through

๐™”๐™ค๐™ช ๐™‚๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐˜ผ ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™„๐™ฃ ๐™ˆ๐™š:

A book with characters you’d like to be friends with

Whole crew is lit. Check out the whole Prototype series to get the full picture. Oh! And Jacinta gave us a Glimpse in the life of our favorite couples following the series! Check that out, too.

The Prototype Series
by Jacinta Howard

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™‰๐™–๐™ข๐™š๐™จ ๐™๐™ก๐™ฎ๐™ฃ๐™ฃ ๐™๐™ฎ๐™™๐™š๐™ง:

A character that made you swoon

Grayson ๐Ÿ˜

Capture My Love
by Tay Moโ€™Nae

๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ช๐™ ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™– ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™–:

A book that gives you all the feels

I wasnโ€™t trying to have yโ€™all boo hoo crying with my selection ๐Ÿ˜‚, so Iโ€™m giving yโ€™all a safer โ€œin my feelsโ€ type of read.

Before We Fall
by Rilzy Adams

๐™„ ๐˜ผ๐™ข ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™–๐™ฃ๐™–:

A book with a strong female lead

There were 3 strong ladies in this book and I couldnโ€™t not recognize them for their differing strengths. Cevyn, Ayte, and Mrs.Opal โค

Gravity
by Ashley Nicole

๐™‡๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™‚๐™ค:
A book you DNF

This one just wasnโ€™t doing it for me, but if you decide to read it, let me know your thoughts!

The Other Side of the Pillow
by Zane

๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™’๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ˆ๐™ฎ ๐™‡๐™ž๐™›๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™œ๐™ž๐™ฃ:
Book on your TBR the longest

Ima get to it, I promise ๐Ÿ˜‚

Dinner at Samโ€™s
by D.L. White

๐™„’๐™ข ๐˜ผ๐™ก๐™ข๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š: Next book on your TBR

This whole series has been bomb, can’t wait to start this ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

May December
by Nia Forrester

๐™”๐™ค๐™ช’๐™ง๐™š ๐™’๐™š๐™ก๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š:
A book you’ll always recommend

Because Prince will forever be bae, Bella doesnโ€™t take no ish, and Alex is my fave ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

In His Corner
by Alexandra Warren

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: 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 โ€œreallocatedโ€ 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.