#BookReview: Need You Now by Mika Jolie & Word Of Honor by Tiana Laveen (Contemporary Romances)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Source: Author
Format: Mobi (Kindle)
Published: November 19 2014
Series: Martha's Way #2
Author: Mika Jolie
Genre: Contemproary Romance
Heat Level: Medium/Sensual Sexual Content
Available: BN | Amazon | +Goodreads (Blurb/Shelf It)

My Review

The second book in Ms. Jolie's Martha's Way series, this story picks up on the romance that is developing between Liliana Serrano and Adam Aquilani. You see, Lily and Adam started sleeping together in the first book. In the beginning, neither of them want anything long term and they pretty much convince themselves that their mutual attraction wouldn't go beyond sexual. But of course fate has other ideas and these two are now destined to be tied together forever because of Lily's pregnancy.

This was another story I enjoyed immensely, both Lily and Adam were such flawed and realistic characters. Lily loves Adam but doesn't want him to stay with her because they are having a baby together, she wants more. Adam, well...he was such a complex character for me (in a good way though). He wasn't going to give up on Lily in convincing her to marry him but Adam had a rough really rough childhood and even though he was raised by amazing adoptive parents, it forever reflected how he deals with relationships.

Ms. Jolie again add these amazing quotes at the beginning of each chapter, preparing you and her characters for an emotional journey...I love it! And can I say how much that I love that Lily is Puerto Rican? like the diversity of this series is out of this world. Lily and Adam must decide if their love for one another is worth the winding trail that this author puts them on, are they ready? Another welll done story from the vineyard. She had me up and down and I would be lying if I said that I didn't enjoy the ride.


Source: Purchased
Format: Mobi (Kindle)
Published: August 8, 2015
Series: From Race To Remdeption #2
Author: Tiana Laveen
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Unconventional)
Heat Level: Strong Sexual Content
Available: BN | Amazon | +Goodreads (Blurb/Shelf It)

My Review

This is a continuation of The N Word. In Word of Honor, you pretty much have Aaron and Mia coming together and deepening their relationship as a couple. Aaron is out of jail because of his now friend Marcus. I'm so glad that more of Marcus's story was added here...I liked that he wrestled with his decision to help Aaron but in the end decided to do the right thing. Aaron and Mia have to deal with many things in this continuation but mainly since he is no longer part of his nationalist group, his and Mia's lives are now in danger.

As I've said in my first review, Aaron's road to redemption was nothing short of amazing BUT he still was a character in growth..get what I'm saying. Ms. Laveen did not write him to change overnight. Aaron still had his struggles and his demons. He was still a angry man but now his fight is against the very same people whom he called his brothers. He is also going through issues with his baby momma who hates that Aaron is with Mia and I'll also add that she hated him because of his decision to move beyond the hatered in his life. Aaron is trying to to be a better person but like he said to his ex "It's people like you who make it so goddamn hard!". No Aaron knew he would not be a completely good person and he was changed, he DID start to see beyond just the color of one's skin BUT he was still the same man who would do anything to protect his family; he was not to be played with. Mia continued to be her but I agree with Aaron where she kept blinders on when it came to him. She wanted Aaron to be good down to the bone and he knew that he couldn't. He knew that there would be things that he would never tell Mia about himself and that is a real thing. We also learn more about Aaron's siblings and get to see him interact with them, which was great to read.

A little preachy in some spots and looonnng, I still think this was a wonderful story and a great wrap up to the first book. Again, all the characters were great in growth. Ms. Laveen just doesn't give you a story about how some folks feels about the race of another group but with as with Marcus's case, she writes about how we are sometimes faced with the mistreatment from folks in our communities.

This is definitely a book that will stay with me for awhile.

*this rating is for both The N Word & Word of Honor

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