Mini Reviews

Here are some quick reviews of books I’ve read the past month and a half. Life got in the way and I haven’t had much down time to read. I hate when that happens. 😦

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00066]The Follow 2: Blocked by Eliza David

King and Shauna are deep in their relationship. Things are going great for both of their careers. King is tasked with producing the soundtrack for an upcoming film. It’s a great opportunity but unfortunately he is experiencing writer’s block. This causes tension in King’s and Shauna’s relationship because Shauna isn’t familiar with the process that King goes through to create music. Things gets worse when King asks his former flame to help him write the song.

I loved revisiting King and Shauna. Both of them got on my nerves with their issues and juvenile ways. There was a lot of immaturity going on it’s hard to believe these people are professionals and in their early 30s. I enjoyed the book despite King and Shauna being too stupid to live. LOL! I will say that I felt like the author took the easy route with Shauna’s relationship with someone from her job. Made it too easy for King to be the good guy even though he was no way innocent in his behavior.

Rating: C+

princessofzamibiaPrincess of Zamibia by Delaney Diamond
Dahlia and Kofi had a whirlwind romance that ended in heartbreak and distrust. Kofi returns three years later to claim the heir to the Zamibia throne. He gives Dahlia two options: return to Zamibia with him or live without her son.

I love a second-chance romance and secret baby romance. My two favorite tropes. I would have liked it better if the hero wasn’t such a prick in the beginning. I didn’t like Kofi for most of the book. Yes he was hurt that Dahlia kept his son from him but he never gave her a chance to explain her side. Also, he doesn’t trust her due to some shady dealings done by her boss that Kofi thinks that Dahlia did. Again, Kofi would not listen to Dahlia or let her clear her name. His high-handedness was annoying. Yes he’s royalty but he was also an arsehole. The romance moves pretty quickly. There’s some added drama (which I thought was unnecessary) towards the end but alls well that ends well. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

Rating: C

somethingspecialSomething Special by Tiffany Patterson
We met Gabriella and Jamal in the Safe Space series. Their relationship was contentious in that series and nothing has changed. The sexual tension between these characters was off the charts. It got to the point where I yelled, stop arguing and bone already! I enjoyed this book a lot. I could not put it down. I loved revisiting Chanel and Xavier (from Safe Space series). I will say that the last bit of the book, the author added, in my opinion, unnecessary drama with a new character. I felt that it was out of the blue and interrupted the flow of the story. Everything was going smoothly and to throw this wrench in the plot took me aback. And then it was resolved rather quickly. Why add it at all? Thankfully it didn’t ruin the book for me.

Rating: B-


Review: Let Me Love You by Alexandria House

letmeloveyouTitle: Let Me Love You
Series: McClain Brothers, #1
Author: Alexandria House
Published: Februray 5, 2018
Pages: 322
Publisher: Self-published
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: C+

Favorite quote: “And this motherfucker is wearing gray jogging pants.”

summary from Goodreads:
Trying to put past hurts behind you is hard when your ex is a fool, but buoyed by child support and alimony, Jo Walker is moving forward with her life, pursuing a career, raising her little girl, and trying to live in peace. She believes she has all the bases covered in her world. But what about her heart?

Rap legend Everett “Big South” McClain is divorced, too, knows all about failed relationships, and has relegated his love life to casual connections rather than pursuing something real. That is, until he lays eyes on Jo.

She’s exactly what he never knew he needed.

He’s what’s been missing from her world.

Will she accept what he has to offer and let him love her?
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Review: The Bittersweet Bride by Vanessa Riley

bittersweetTitle: The Bittersweet Bride
Series: Advertisements for Love, #1
Author: Vanessa Riley
Published: January 29, 2018
Pages: 259
Published: Entangled Amara
Genre: Historical
Source: Netgalley
Rating: C
Purchase: Amazon

summary from Goodreads:
Widow Theodosia Cecil needs a husband to help protect her son. The former flower seller turned estate owner posts an ad in the newspaper, and no one is more surprised than she when her first love, the man she thought dead, reappears.

Ewan Fitzwilliam has been at war for six years. Now, the second son of a powerful earl is back but his beloved Theo needs a husband and will not consider him. She believes Ewan left her—in desperate straits—so she denies the feelings she still harbors for the handsome, scarred soldier. Theo and playwright Ewan must overcome bitter lies and vengeful actions that ruined their youthful affair. Theo must reveal her deepest secret in order to reclaim the love that has long been denied.
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Review: Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

tempestTitle: Tempest
Series: Old West, #3
Author: Beverly Jenkins
Published: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 384
Genre: Historical romance
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: C

summary from Goodreads:
What kind of mail-order bride greets her intended with a bullet instead of a kiss? One like Regan Carmichael—an independent spirit equally at home in denims and dresses. Shooting Dr. Colton Lee in the shoulder is an honest error, but soon Regan wonders if her entire plan to marry a man she’s never met is a mistake. Colton, who buried his heart along with his first wife, insists he only wants someone to care for his daughter. Yet Regan is drawn to the unmistakable desire in his gaze.

Regan’s far from the docile bride Colton was expecting. Still, few women would brave the wilds of Wyoming Territory for an uncertain future with a widower and his child. The thought of having a bold, forthright woman like Regan in his life—and in his arms—begins to inspire a new dream. And despite his family’s disapproval and an unseen enemy, he’ll risk all to make this match a real union of body and soul.
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What I’m Watching: Grown-ish

I absolutely love Black-ish. It’s one of the best shows on TV right now. It reminds me of the Cosby Show but less wholesome; more real. When it was announced that the oldest character, the daughter Zoe, was getting a spin-off about her adventures in college, I was not enthused. Yara Shahidi (the actress that plays Zoe) is great on Black-ish, playing the oldest sibling who is too cool for everyone. She’s self-absorbed, popular, fashionable, a little shallow with hints of depth. I wasn’t sure that Yara could carry a show on her own. She has proven me wrong. She has proven the masses wrong because Grown-ish has already been renewed for a second season.


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Review: Scoring with the Wrong Twin by Naima Simone

scoringTitle: Scoring with the Wrong Twin
Series: WAGS, #1
Author: Naima Simone
Published: January 15, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Pages: 175
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Purchased
Rating: D

summary from Goodreads:

Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves … again. Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister.

After a bad break-up, Zeph hasn’t been big on second chances—and even less with trust. But he finds himself giving please-call-me-by-my-middle-name-Sophia both. The woman he’d dismissed as a spoiled cover model is different from the first time he met her. Quirkier. Funnier. Definitely sexier. What started as one night turns into another…and another…and another…

Still, Sophia can’t go on keeping her secret from him. But telling Zeph the truth will mean losing him for good.
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Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

weddingdateTitle: The Wedding Date
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Published: January 30, 2018
Pages: 320
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Rom Com
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: C-/D+

summary from Goodreads:
A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.

On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other…

They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…

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