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Saturday, December 31, 2011

NEW REVIEW: Latisha N. Patterson - Airing Out Dirty Laundry

Latisha N. Patterson
Airing Out Dirty Laundry
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5 out of 5 books


Five friends with different personalities and lifestyles are thicker than thieves. Damisha, Kori, Jamyya, Skye, and Jasmine each have a secret in one way, shape or form. But like the old saying goes, “What’s done in the dark will come to light.”

Skye has the perfect life looking from the outside. She has a career, a caring boyfriend and a wonderful child. But no one knows the hell that Skye is secretly living in. Omar is controlling, insecure and is constantly stalking her every move. Will these issues eventually tear at their tight relationship? Will Skye reach her breaking point and fall into the arms of another man?

Damisha has never been the settling down type. Her philosophy is to beat a man at his own game. Damisha slowly finds her life is spiraling out of control when she realizes she is falling in love with two men. Will Damisha choose the good guy, or will the bad guy win her heart?

Jasmine is finally getting her life together after a few unfortunate setbacks. Possibly becoming an entrepreneur and having a good man by her side, things are finally going right for a change. But things are not always as it seems and the person who is causing havoc and chaos is someone she never would expect to commit the ultimate betrayal.

I could hardly put this book down. Latisha N. Patterson did an excellent job of capturing each of the five main characters. 368 pages seemed like nothing because this was definitely a great read.  This is a great debut novel by this author, and I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for drama, friendship, pain, love, consequences. You will find all that and much more in Airing Out Dirty Laundry.

Reviewed by Kristin for Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Age Lavelle - Spring Fling

Age Lavelle
Spring Fling
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4 out of 5 books


I didn’t know what to expect when I began reading Spring Fling by Age Lavelle. All I can say is to keep your seatbelt on because this book is full of twists and turns. Alisha is a college student who has everything going for her: looks, brains and a great relationship with her boyfriend, Deonte. But things are not always what they seem. Deonte is a star athlete who everyone is rooting to go pro. He has every woman at his disposal, but Alisha is who he chose. Deonte tries to do everything right, but his addiction to woman, sex, and trying to keep a deep dark secret will cause a tornado of effects.

Spring Fling was a read that I would definitely recommend. Age Lavelle touched on many subjects and showed that a person is only skin deep, and sometimes a person will act the way you want them to, even though their true feelings lie somewhere else. Suppressing your true feelings can be a bomb ready to explode. This book spoke on many risqué subjects including "the down low," sex escapades and much, much more. You will not be disappointed with Spring Fling.

Reviewed by Kristin for Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Ice-T - ICE

Ice-T
ICE: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood
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5 out of 5 books


ICE is a memoir from rapper/actor ICE-T. ICE-T talks about everything in this book. From his childhood to his current life, readers really get to know ICE-T the man as well as the celebrity. He gives you a bird's eye view of the music industry and how he transitioned into an acting career. ICE-T even talks about fatherhood and the complications that come with it, which people will be able to relate to. He gives you a behind the scenes look at the hit TV show Law & Order SVU as well as the movie New Jack City. ICE is a good memoir for anyone who wanted to get to know the raw and uncut ICE-T.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Tyrese Gibson - How to Get Out of Your Own Way

Tyrese Gibson
How to Get Out of Your Own Way
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4 out of 5 books


How to Get Out of Your Own Way is a memoir by Tyrese Gibson, and it's about different lessons in life and love. Gibson talks about his own struggles in his personal and professional career and how he learned from them. He gives very sound advice on a multitude of issues such as finding one's purpose, watching the five people you hang around, and how to be a master of your own environment. This book is in no way preachy, which is wonderful. The thing that would have made this book a little better is if there was a little more back story to how Tyrese achieved success in the music industry. How to Get Out of Your Own Way is a good first effort for Tyrese Gibson.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: William Fredrick Cooper - One Season (In Pinstripes)

William Fredrick Cooper
One Season (In Pinstripes): A Memoir
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4 out of 5 books


One Season (in Pinstripes ) is a true story about author William Fredrick Cooper's job as a maintenance attendant during the inaugural season at the new Yankee Stadium. This story is peppered with Cooper's own personal life experiences as well as interesting baseball facts. It's like you're right there with Cooper as he interacts with various celebrities and public figures at the stadium. You can tell that this author has a real love for the game and for life. You can almost hear the roar of the crowd during the baseball games while reading this book. One Season ( in Pinstripes) is the perfect book for any sports fan.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Kimberla Lawson Roby - Secret Obsession

Kimberla Lawson Roby
Secret Obsession
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4 out of 5 books


Paige Donahue has always been jealous of her sister, Camille, since they were kids. Paige always felt that her parents doted on Camille more than her, and she has always resented her for that. Paige feels that Camille's life should be hers and devises a plan to take her brother-in-law away from her sister. But when her plan backfires, Paige goes down a dark and twisted road that no one is prepared for.

Secret Obsession is an interesting story about what happens when jealously and envy rears its ugly head. You can tell from the very first page that Paige is a very disturbed woman who is not at all happy with her life. The lengths that Paige goes through to steal Camille's husband in this book will leave you in shock. There is also a dark family secret that is revealed that really ties this whole storyline together. Kimberla Lawson Roby has brought us another winner with Secret Obsession.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Tavorris Robinson - The Deadman's Curve

Tavorris Robinson
The Deadman's Curve
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3 out of 5 books


Christopher “Bird” Clark is a man that started in the streets hustling as a young man. Wanting to get away from the street life, Bird decides to finish high school and go to college to further his education. A chance meeting with an older fellow student pulls him right back to the streets. Bird eventually grows up to be a dominant force in the streets, but at what cost? With old enemies plotting against him, Bird fears for the life of his family as well as his own.

The Deadman’s Curve is an interesting tale about a young man who has to choose between the streets or living life on the straight and narrow. Robinson did a good job with the development of characters for this story, but there were a few editing issues. Throughout the book, it was hard to tell when things were occurring and how much time had passed. It is mentioned in the beginning of the book that Bird was thinking about the past, which was the early 1990s. But then for the rest of the story, you have no idea what year it is or if the book ends in the present day or not. The reader is left to assume the exact time period by the ages of certain characters. There were also some situations that were just left open by the end of the book that leaves you with more questions than answers. The Deadman’s Curve is still a decent debut by Tavorris Robinson.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Amaleka McCall - Hard Candy

Amaleka McCall
Hard Candy
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4 out of 5 books


Candice Hardaway is the daughter of a New York kingpin that had plenty of money and influence. Candy's world turns upside down when she comes home from school and finds out that her whole family has been murdered. Dazed and confused, Candy turns to her hitman uncle, Rock, for support. Rock had performed many hits for Candy's father over the years. When he took Candy in, she wanted Rock to teach her how to get revenge on her family's killers. Candy goes out and vows to take out everyone responsible for murdering her family. But does she have enough skills to take down these vicious killers by herself?

Amaleka McCall shows us what can happen when someone is out for revenge with Hard Candy. You see the growth of Candy from a scared teen girl to a young woman on a warpath to avenge the deaths of her family. This story moves at a good pace and readers really need to pay attention to this storyline, especially toward the end of the book. Hard Candy is another good read by Amaleka McCall.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Dwayne S. Joseph - Eye For An Eye

Dwayne S. Joseph
Eye For An Eye
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5 out of 5 books


Lisette is back to help wives teach their husbands a lesson. But this time Lisette has other partners to help her out. All is going well until they get a request from a woman that Lisette is a little leery about, but she accepts the case anyway. The business gets dangerous as someone from Lisette's past is out for revenge and is determined to make Lisette pay with her life.

Eye for an Eye is the perfect sequel to Home Wrecker by Dwayne S. Joseph. Although her actions are quite dubious, Lisette is a character that you will root for until the very end. There is a lot of surprising twists in this story that will have you on the edge of your seat and yelling at the book. Joseph did an excellent job of providing a true conclusion to this story. Eye for an Eye is a fast paced page-turner by Dwayne S. Joseph.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Tracy Brown - Aftermath

Tracy Brown
Aftermath
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4 out of 5 books


Misa has confessed to murdering Steven Bingham, her sister Camille's brother-in-law, for abusing her son. Meanwhile, Camille's husband, Frankie, is out for revenge against Misa for the murder of his brother. But Frankie has other issues when Camille announces to him and his mistress that she's pregnant. Misa and Camille's friends, Dominique and Toya, are back with their own set of problems. Dominique's daughter is suddenly missing, and someone from Toya's past comes back into her life that she's not prepared for.

Aftermath is a decent sequel to Snapped by Tracy Brown. This book picks right back up where the prior book leaves off. All of the beloved and hated characters are back, and they're still trying to solve their issues. The majority of the storyline was dominated by Misa's trial, while the other characters' stories seem to be almost secondary. Camille was acting so clueless in this book sometimes that you wish that you could just slap some sense into her. All in all, Aftermath was a fitting conclusion to this story.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Monique D. Mensah - Smoke Screen

Monique D. Mensah
Smoke Screen
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5 out of 5 books


It is ten years later and Simone, Ryan, Lauren, and Jessica are back. Simone has dedicated her life to counseling young girls who have been sexually abused. Simone is very satisfied with her work, but her mother Jessica wants her to settle down with one man. But Simone enjoys her no-strings attached conquests. Jessica is finding superstardom due to killing her husband and a reality TV show is in the works. Lauren is a defense attorney whose job is suddenly eating away at her consciousness. Ryan is married but is longing for a baby although her biological clock is winding down. In the midst of all of this, there is a female serial killer on the loose known as the Man-eater who seems to be on a killing spree of various men. The question is: Who is it?

Smoke Screen is an explosive sequel to Who is He to You by Monique D. Mensah. Although this is a sequel, you do not need to read the prior book to read this one. Once again, Mensah provides an intense psychological thriller. While the killer is on the loose, you will keep wondering who the killer could be. Once the killer is revealed, readers won't be prepared for the shocking twist that comes with it. With good plot and character development, Monique D. Mensah delivers the goods once again with Smoke Screen.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: G. A. Peach - Hot-N-Heavy

G. A. Peach
Hot-N-Heavy
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4 out of 5 books


Tabitha, Janelle, Kym, and Renee are four plus-sized beauties with even bigger problems. Tabitha owns a successful clothing boutique and life for her is great. She may have found the perfect man, but she may have let him slip through her fingers. Now Tabitha will stop at nothing to get him back. Janelle is having trouble keeping her husband's attention due to his extra-marital affair. All hell breaks loose when Janelle finds out who the other woman is. Kym is too busy trying to keep her risky alternative lifestyle a secret. Renee has had a history of bad relationships and is just looking for true love. Will she ever find it?

Scandal, blackmail, and deceit are the words that best describes the storyline of Hot-N-Heavy. This group of friends have a multitude of problems and situations that aren't always shared among them. G.A. Peach did a good job with the overall storyline in this book. But Tabitha's situation involving a secondary character named Fancy towards the end of the book felt too rushed. There was not enough background information on Fancy to warrant her actions. All in all, Hot-N-Heavy is a quick and fun read.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Michelle Janine Robinson - More Than Meets The Eye

Michelle Janine Robinson
More Than Meets The Eye
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4 out of 5 books


Belinda Wilson is a freelance writer that recently took an assignment to find out what is happening to the growing number of unidentified missing persons in New York City. After a very vivid dream, Belinda wakes up one morning and finds scratches and bruises all over her body. She taps into a world of demons that must survive on sex and prey on humans to do this. Belinda is entering a dangerous world because someone very close to her is not who she thought they were. Will she find out the truth before it's too late?

More Than Meets the Eye is an entertaining supernatural thriller by Michelle Janine Robinson. Robinson flexed her creative muscles by introducing us to the disturbing world of demons, incubus, and succubus. Some of the scenes in this book are so disturbing that it will scare the pants off you. By the end of the book, it seems like there could be a small possibility for a continuation of this story. More Than Meets the Eye is a book for those readers who are looking for something different.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Kayla Perrin - Winter Break

Kayla Perrin
Winter Break
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4 out of 5 books


Didi Randall's world is turned upside down when her boyfriend, Drake, is the subject of a horrible rumor on campus. In order to get their relationship back on track, Didi and Drake decide to accompany their fellow classmates on a winter cruise. But when Didi wakes up one morning and discovers that Drake is missing, she has to figure out if he went overboard by accident or if it was murder.

Winter Break is an intriguing thriller about a vacation going all the way wrong. Kayla Perrin does a good job of mixing a bit of romance with some serious suspense. Perrin also provided wonderful character development in this story. You will be glued to the pages as the twisted plot in this story unfolds. Winter Break is another winner for Kayla Perrin.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Danielle Santiago - Allure of the Game

Danielle Santiago
Allure of the Game
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4 out of 5 books


Arnessa Binds is a young woman who is forced to make money on the streets in order for her and her little sister, Cenise, to survive. Arnessa prides herself on hustling while still keeping a low profile. But when her muscle gets locked up and rival drug dealers want to take over her blocks, Arnessa needs more than just her street smarts to make it. Butta enters the picture and backs Arnessa in the streets. But sparks fly between Butta and Arnessa off the streets as well. Kisa Kane is married with two children and has settled down in Charlotte, North Carolina. But Kane soon realizes that the allure of the game she and her cousin Kennedy left behind is too strong to ignore. Unbeknownst to Kane and Kennedy, there is a snitch among their crew who is helping to take down their empire.

Allure of the Game is the long-awaited conclusion to this three part series by Danielle Santiago. This story brings back some old favorite characters and introduces us to Arnessa. There is plenty of non-stop drama and mayhem that you would come to expect from Santiago. The only thing that would have made this novel even better is if there was more background and focus on Arnessa. It's like Arnessa was introduced to readers in the beginning of the book and then faded into the background as the storyline progressed. Allure of the Game is an entertaining novel that was long overdue for Danielle Santiago fans.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Noel Dejesus - Sexed By Six

Noel Dejesus
Sexed By Six
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2.5 out of 5 books


Each character's actions in Sexed By Six were based off their impulses, and rather than making mature decisions, they impulsively did whatever they wanted. Of the six main characters, all but one had the ability to resist his impulses and care enough about consequences to think through an act.

After four years of dating, Jasmine (Jazz) is still looking for Jay to settle down and put a ring on her finger. What Jazz doesn’t seem to get is at this time, Jay has it all and there really isn’t any incentive to marry. She’s beautiful, he’s calling her his fiancé, and he has a host of friends and a great job. But still, he wants more and continues to satisfy his impulses outside of the relationship. Once again, Jay is on the prowl, adding yet another notch in his playa belt. This time he meets a stranger who turns his life upside down. But karma is something different, and it is written that “as she has planted, so does she harvest; such is the field of karma” Watch out Jay!

Four months ago, Will met Keisha and they hit it off. He fell fast for her. You see, Will was waiting for THE ONE, and in his mind, THE ONE was Keisha. So when she told him that she was pregnant, Will never missed a beat and began preparing to be a father. But as quick as he received that news, Keisha had another surprise for him waiting in his bed when he returned from work.

Also part of the six we meet Demarcus, one of my favorite supporting characters. What started as a booty call continued ringing that way for Dee and Tyra. Unfortunately Dee let curiosity get the best of him. Impulse directed his actions and his evidence was laid out for Tyra to see when she returned home.

Sexed by Six: Balancing Lust and Deception explores the mind of six characters, as their lives entwined together into quilts of lust, love, and deception. The chapters are written from each characters point of view and filled with his or her emotions. The storyline is real and the voices are right on point. Unfortunately, I had issues with this book. I understand the author wrote this book while in Afghanistan (thank you for serving), but more care should’ve been taken with the editing. The job was poor and resulted in this reader not caring much for the characters or swimming my way through the errors, it was very distracting. At one point in the book, the correct word to use would’ve been “might” but the end result was “my”. Had this not been a review book, I would’ve filed it under “File 13” because of the errors alone. But all in all, the story was REALLY good.

Reviewed by Missy for Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Timothy Michael Carson - Love's Damage

Timothy Michael Carson
Love's Damage
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2 out to 5 books


Love's Damage by Timothy Michael Carson tells the story of Kenton, Anjel and Shawna and the ups and downs of their love relationships. Kenton thinks he has found love, but when the person he loves the most commits the ulitimate betrayal, it scars Kenton and hardens his heart against love. He begins to meet his conquests online and only one person seems to capture his heart, but it may be too late. After his many sexual trysts, he realizes too late that he could have had a shot at true love. Will he be able to let go of his past hurts to move forward and give love another shot? Anjel refuses to accept the fact that her former fiancee no longer wants her. Anjel is determined to get him back, no matter what she has to do...even if it means slashing his tires. Anjel is borderline crazy in love...literally. Shawna is Kenton's cousin. After being heartbroken, Shawna develops the mindset to use men for what they can give her, even if it's just one night of pleasure...never wanting to go down the path called love ever again.

Love's Damage by Timothy Michael Carson is a story of friendship, heartbreak and mending. In reading this novel, I noticed the author kept making reference to what song was playing (unnecessary to the storyline) or what each character was wearing (again, unnecessary to the storyline.) The storyline with Anjel could have made for a suspenseful read if the author would have gave more detail to some of the things Anjel was doing instead of just stating them in one paragraph. The story lacked any real suspense until the last twenty pages or so and then something climatic happened and then the story just....ended. With a little more development  Love's Damage could have been a better story.

Reviewed by Leona for Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Tha Twinz - Crime Pays

Tha Twinz
Crime Pays
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2 out of 5 books


Manny Black came to the United States from Colon, Panama for a better way of living. He dreams of becoming rich, no matter how he has to do it, even if it means robbery and/or murder. After crossing paths with a dangerous group of Cubans, he is put in a position that will soon make him and his brother Rico a lot of money, so much money in fact that with more money comes more problems. Rico does not know the extent that Manny has to go to in order to get the drugs from the connect. The primo cocaine that they have comes from more than just that of money.

Rico is Manny's hotheaded brother. Manny is the brains behind the the organization and leader of the M3 Boys, while Rico is the one that handles the ins and outs of the daily operations. When the crime family, the Marielitos, come to the brothers to tell them to stay off their turf, Rico pulls the trigger and kills one of their lieutenants. In turn, this would set off a huge war on the streets. While the bodies are piling up, loyalty and lines are about to be crossed. When it is all said and done, Manny will be wondering who it is he can truly trust.

Crime Pays by Tha Twinz is a book about family, loyalty, friendship, drugs and murder. Aside from the fact that the book had some editing issues, the story itself had some scenarios that were just highly unbelievable and contradicting. In one part of the story, Manny makes it a point to tell his girl not to trust anyone, yet Manny seems to trust people from the start of meeting them. This is not a good business practice, especially in the drug game. Some of the situations in the book had me constantly shaking my head thinking to myself, SERIOUSLY??! Some of the things that happened were simple, especially in the beginning of the story. The story had the potential to be a better story, but unfortunately the execution failed.

Reviewed by Leona for Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: L.S. Childers - A Love Built To Last

L.S. Childers
A Love Built to Last
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5 out of 5 books


Melody Cannon has returned home. The awkward, ugly duckling turned swan left her high profile life in L.A. to start the next chapter in her life. That chapter, however, did not include her childhood nemesis, Clayton Reed. Melody has always been a thorn in Clayton's side. Twenty-five years later, there is still no difference. As long as they stay away from one another, they can co-exist in the same town. All that ends when Melody finds herself in need of an architect again, which just happens to be Clay's line of work. When both of their mothers suggest they work together, Melody and Clayton knew it was a horrible idea. No one could have predicted just how bad! However, somewhere between the insults and name calling, love happened. The question is, will Melody and Clayton realize it before it's too late?

A Love Built to Last was an excellent read! Childers did an awesome job with primary and secondary character development. She made all the characters so realistic and lovable. She does a wonderful job of intertwining the different story lines. Her writing also just flows without having lagging moments. A Love Built to Last was a story that kept you entertained from start to finish.

Reviewed by Tenecia for Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Moses Miller - The Trifecta

Moses Miller
The Trifecta
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5 out of 5 books


Nathan "Nan" Jones is reunited with his family and is living the quiet life in rural South Carolina. Nan thinks that he can finally breathe easy and live a normal life. But he is thrust into the line of fire again when he has to return to Brooklyn to take care of some unfinished business. The question becomes whether Nan be able to return to South Carolina unscathed.

The Trifecta is the explosive third installment to the Nan series. Moses Miller picks up right where The Game of Trife ends, and it holds your attention until the very last page. This story is full of the cinema type action that is found in the previous novels, coupled with an interesting cast of old and new characters. The Trifecta is so good that readers will be satisfied with this book but will be a little sad that this is the end of the series. Moses Miller has proved once again that he is a master storyteller that will hopefully be around for years to come.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Cairo - Deep Throat Diva

Cairo
Deep Throat Diva
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5 out of 5 books


Pasha is a successful owner of a trendy hair salon and is engaged to the love of her life, Jasper. Everything seems perfect until Jasper is sent to prison for four years. Pasha promises to do his time with him and to stay faithful. But Pasha is lonely and decides to keep her promise to Jasper by keeping her legs closed and let her mouth get all of the action...literally. Pasha thinks she has everything under control until her fiancé comes home ready to start the rest of their lives together. Now Pasha has to find a way to keep her dark secret under wraps. But will she be able to stop her extracurricular activities?

Deep Throat Diva is a gritty, seductive novel by Cairo. You see how a woman like Pasha is willing to risk everything just to fulfill her own desires. There are a lot of twists to this story that will definitely leave readers in shock. The moral of this story is that cheating is cheating no matter how you try to spin it. Deep Throat Diva is an erotica lover's dream with a sinister twist.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Norwood Holland - Sleepless Nights

Norwood Holland
Sleepless Nights
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4 out of 5 books


Drew Smith is an attorney that's going through some personal trials of his own. He takes on unsavory clients and has unhealthy dealings with a stripper. Drew is at a crossroads in his life when he has to represent a young client after a deadly robbery. In order to free his client, he enlists the help of his friend, Julio, to bring the gunman to justice. In the midst of all of this, an alarming secret from Drew's past is revealed that was staring him in the face all along.

Norwood Holland brought a fresh new mystery series with Sleepless Nights. Holland introduces us to Drew Smith, who is a likeable and flawed character. The camaraderie between Drew and Julio is priceless, as they work on this case and deal with Drew's personal problems. This story is filled with intrigue and gritty action that will be a delight for readers. Sleepless Nights is a wonderful start to the Drew Smith series and will have you eagerly waiting for the next installment.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert of Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Arielle Crowell - Mr. Undesirable

Arielle Crowell
Mr. Undesirable
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4.5 out of 5 books


Longtime friends Freddie, Corie, and Damon were three of the most self-centered and egocentric men that lived in the D.C. area. Freddie was the ladies' man because could charm a woman out of her money, car, and panties with just one glance. He was very good at his craft because he couldn't hold down a job to save his life, and the fact that he lived with his momma didn't make it any better. Corie was a married psychologist who didn't know the true meaning of faithfulness. While his wife was taking care of their daughter, he was taking care of his patients in more ways than just helping them with their problems. And then there was the NFL player, Damon. Damon thinks that all eyes should be on him. His ego was bigger than the football field he played on. These three friends will encounter drama, tragedy, and death. Will they prevail and still walk among Washington D.C. as the undesirable men that they are? Or will the new events that happen to them change them for the better?

Mr. Undesirable by Arielle Crowell is filled with so much drama that I don't know where to begin. All I can say is that this book will keep you engrossed until the last page. There are some twists that you would not expect. The author does a great job of keeping the attention of her readers because each chapter gives you enough detail to understand each character and the issues they are going through. While reading, you don't know if you should hate them, laugh at their foolishness, or feel bad for them for what they're going through. The only small issue I had with the story is that there was a lot of grammatical errors. But other than that, Mr. Undesirable is a great read.

Reviewed by Jackie for Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: K'wan - Eviction Notice

K'wan
Eviction Notice
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5 out of 5 books


Being an avid K'wan fan, I couldn’t wait to dive into Eviction Notice. Eviction Notice will take you from the rough streets of Harlem, and all the way to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Kwan starts his journey where Welfare Wifeys and Hood left off, using some of the same characters but also reintroducing some of new characters. Animal was an up-and-coming artist under Big Dawg Records who made it big on the charts, but old habits die hard. When Animal catches a life sentence and is on his way to start his prison bid, he is mysteriously abducted, leaving bloodshed and bodies down. Animal's disappearance has Harlem shook, especially his fiancé Gucci. Is Animal gone for good, or does he have a surprise for everybody in Harlem?

Three friends and roommates named Porsha, Frankie, and Sahara find themselves with an eviction notice after getting conned out of their rent money from the landlord that they are subletting their apartment from. Facing the possibility of being putting out on the street, the girls must raise the back due rent. The girls get involved in all kinds of situations and schemes including stripping, selling drugs, dating a CEO of a record label and to one being accused of murder. Will the girls be able to raise the money they need, or will all hell break loose?

Eviction Notice by K'wan was a great read. Kwan keeps you entertained from the beginning to the end with the gritty trails of Harlem and beyond. When money and greed is involved, you never know what a person will do to get their hands on the cold hard green.

Reviewed by Kristin for Urban Reviews

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NEW REVIEW: Carolyn Moncel - 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover

Carolyn Moncel
5 Reasons to Leave A Lover
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4 out of 5 books


5 Reasons to Leave a Lover is a collection of short stories. The main story centers on a married couple, Ellery and Julien. Ellery discovers that her husband is having an affair, and she then goes through a series of emotions and questions that mirror those that could occur in real life. Ellery questions why her husband is cheating on her, if she is not enough for him, and what is so special about the other woman.

While there are many fiction books that touch on the subject of infidelity, author Carolyn Moncel writes this story as an emotional tale that the reader can identify with. Unlike other books, Moncel shows that the man can feel inadequate and simply want to feel needed in a relationship and that it is not always sex that leads them astray. 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover also shows the emotions that the other woman might experience once they find out that they are the “other woman.”

This collection of short stories was a quick read as each one was intriguing in its own way. I highly recommend this collection to everyone.

Reviewed by Tiffany for Urban Reviews

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