9.10.2015

#BookReview: SECRETS by M.O. Kenyan


Source: Kindle Unlimited
Format: Mobi
Series: No
Author: M.O. Kenyan
Heat Level: Medium Sexual Content
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: Amazon | +Goodreads (Blurb/Shelf It)

My Review

So I decided to try this through Kindle Unlimited, I signed up for it (first 30 days free) to see how I would like it and if I will be keeping it. I have enough subcription services to drive a sane person looney but a book subription I haven't tried so why not this one?

So anyhoo's, this one? well, I could sugar coat it and split my thoughts between what I did and and didn't like but there weren't many things I liked. Charlie is a undercover agent who goes after two Italian mobster brothers. But in order for her to earn her respect in the agency when she goes undercover, she also leaves behind her fiance' Reese who is a top agent for the FBI or something, can't remember right now. She wants to earn her spot in the agency without his backing or her fathers influence who just so happens to be on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. So she leaves behind her boyfriend to go undercover for six years to capture these top mob brothers, well mainly one...Alexandra.

Six years later Reece gets a call or more of a demand from Charlie's father telling him he as to safe guard a little girl close to him. Yep, that little girl is Reece's daughter but he don't know that but everybody else in the damn book did. So yeah, seems Charlie was pregnant when she left Reece but she still went undercover to capture the big bad mob boss. Reese is confused as hell because no one would tell him why he needed to keep this little girl safe. The protection attempt fails and the little girl is indeed kidnapped by Alexandra's brother who wants his brother out of jail. Charlie comes back into the story and she's all shocked to see Reese but not once during the time they are working together to get their daughter back did she tell him, the girl was his. She kept telling him that she would tell him everything after, but before they get the kid back...Reece does indeed find out that the she is his.

Here were my issues.
  • Ya'll know I dislike baby secrets and if folks have to add them in their stories, please for all the love of crackers and cheese, let it make sense. Not one story have I come across where the chicks reason make sense. Now take Charlie, okay...you keep the little girl a secret while the big bad man is after you, I get that. But after he's locked up, you don't tell the man you have his kid? for six years? and your excuse is that since his brother is still out and about, it STILL wasn't safe. But as I read more into the story, neither brother even knew about the kid...huh? 
  • Charlie claimed that she left Reece because she didn't want his or her fathers influence when she signed up to be a agent. Okay...but you got your father's help to get you on the assignment to go undercover to capture the mob guy. Say what now? That didn't make any sense to me at all. 
  • Her fathers attitude towards Reese through the whole book. Dude was mad at this man for straight nothing. How you making demands of this guy and when he ask questions you get angry. You would have thought Reese left Charlie high, dry and pregnant. Uhm, sir didn't your daughter leave him and keep a big ass secret? You help her keep that secret, so why you mad at him? 
  • I didn't get Reese's hot and cold feelings, I didn't get Charlie's either. They confused the shit out of me for most of the read.  Chicks always get mad when dudes are upset because they didn't tell them about a long lost kid, didn't tell him he was your baby daddy. Why you mad? You kept the secret. Reese wasn't angry enough for me especially with nobody giving him information, keeping secrets and shit. I was more mad than he was. Charlie wasn't convincing as a bad ass undercover chick, no she wasn't. 
  • So Charlie was pregnant while she was undercover. Told the mob boss it was his but she had a miscarriage. She went through this unbelievable delivery which lasted 32 hours (yeah, okay...) but was able to get away from the mobster and his goons, contact her father after giving birth to have him come pick up the baby and go back to her job *rolls eyes*
  • Charlie had feelings for the mob boss? Because from the way the writing went, I wasn't sure and I don't think she was sure either. One minute, she was calling him a cruel bastard but there was another part in the story where his blue eyes "did something to her" when he looked at her. Say what now? It was like the author couldn't make up her mind about these two or there was going to be a love triangle. 
  • The story was a all over the place, I didn't know what I was reading at times. Charlie had another name and just not her undercover name, she had the name of Lee. I didn't know who was who at times. I didn't like the jumping around, the break up the chapters...it was choppy. There were typos which I don't usually mind but this isn't a ARC, an editor would have done her good.
The book is $2.99, 82 pages...I read it in a hour. All I'm saying is I'm glad I was able to read this one through KU. I've read Ms. Kenyan's work before and loved it, this won't stop me from reading her other works but this story just wasn't my cup of tea. In my humble lil ol opinion, this book was a mess. 

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9.07.2015

#BookReview: The Ultimate Betrayal by Kimberla Lawson Roby (Contemporary Womens Fiction)



Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Mobi (ARC)
Series: Reverend Curtis Black #12
Genre: Contemporary Womens Fiction/Fiction
Heat Level: None to Medium Sexual Content
Available: BN | Amazon | +Goodreads (Blurb/Shelf It)

My Review

I won't lie and say that I did not have some issues with The Ultimate Betrayal but Ms. Roby was still able weave a very good story. Why? because these characters had real life issues, struggles some might say that we call can relate too. This story revolves around two best friends Alicia Black and Melanie Richardson, both in for all intents and purposes are suppose to be in healthy relationships. 

Alicia Black is the daughter of Reverend Curtis Black and you meet her in book six of this series. Now the series itself is focused on Curtis Black and all of his "preacher ways" but book 11 and 12 focus on his adult children. Do I say read it in order? idk. You may want to read book 6 before you go into book 12 to get a bit more information on Alicia but this one, I will say this can be read as a stand alone because the author does give you a good background on these characters and their issues. 

Alicia is set to re-marry her first husband Phillip , they divorced the first time because she cheated on him and now in this book, she's cheating on him again with the same dude that broke up their first marriage. 


Melanie  and her husband  Brad are having a different set of issues.  Melanie who has been verbally abused by her parents, mainly her mother since she was a child has morphed into something all together different and it is affecting her marriage to Brad and friendship with Alicia. But Brad has a secret, a big one. 


Lawt and Jeezus where to start with this one? I will say that I felt more sympathy for Melanie than I did for Alicia. In my eyes while reading this book, Alicia was weak...oh so very weak. Her guilt from betraying Phillip during their first marriage drove him to the brink of insanity in The Ultimate Betrayal. I couldn't get behind her excuse to marry this man again when she KNEW that she did not love him, at least not in the way a woman is suppose to love her husband. Her excuses to continue to sleep with the man who broke her marriage in the first place were just unforgivable. You haven't seen this man in SIX damn years since his conniving (which I just felt he was) butt got locked up but you see him again and you feel some sort of pull? sorry but fudged all that nonsense. AND if you felt some strong ass feeling towards this man, then at least be woman enough to break it off with your fiance'. Her lies and deceit pissed me off to the high heavens and all the praying and crying she did DID not sway her in my favor. Asking God for help and then to continue to cheat on your now husband (because her and Phillip did remarry) is something I can't abide with. She knew, KNEW she did not love Phillip so why even remarry when she was cheating AGAIN with that man? I didn't get it, I refused to get it and I was just done with her character. 


Melanie. Ugh, Melanie was messed up. Her parents were not good people, they just weren't. Her mother in particular would fuck with Melanie about her weight even as an adult and it affected her, her entire life. Now, Melanie is in crisis mode...not eating to the point where she becomes anorexic. Her abuse of her own body is ruining her life, her career and her marriage. Brad is trying to be there for his wife as he knows the hold her mother has on her but he has is own secret, a secret he knows that will for sure drive Melanie away from him forever. The lies and secrets are breaking this marriage apart and  both Melanie and Brad aren't sure if their union will survive it. The ultimate betrayal with this couple is more than Brad's secret and Melanie's eating disorder, it's Melanie's mother too. As Melanie deals with her sickness, her mother is betraying her in the most worse of ways and I will tell ya'll I was shocked...mind fucking blown. I could not believe someone would do this to their own child but reading this woman's character throughout the book, I can't say that I wasn't surprised

Ms. Roby throws enough scriptures around in The Ultimate Betrayal but I don't think she was preachy. Her goal I would like to believe is to get you to see how even "church folk" ain't all that divine, holy...perfect. Good story with enough drama to make your head spin, but what stopped me from giving this a 4 or a 5 is Alicia's character and I explained that enough. 


One story I felt something for, the other? well the person I felt bad for in all of it was Phillip as he was a innocent victim to a woman who couldn't make an adult decision. I had many issues with this one...oh so very many but it does not take away from Ms. Roby's writing...she did that cause let me tell you if Alicia was real and my friend? girl bye! we would be fighting. 


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9.05.2015

#AudioBookReview: Jungle Fever Duology: A Ghetto Girl Romance by L.V. Lewis (Contemporary Romance)



Source: Purchased
*ARC of the Duology (eBook) provied by author for review
Format: Audio Books
Series: The Ghetto Girl Romance Quadrilogy
Author: L. V. Lewis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Strong Sexual Content
Available: BN | Amazon | +Goodreads (Blurb/Shelf it)

My Review

Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever, starts off this duology with Keisha Beale meeting Tristan White who will be backing her and her friend Jada's new business venture, a music store and recording studio. Upon their first meeting Keisha and Tristan are attracted to one another but Keisha is not going to ruin this opportunity for their new company or else Jada will kick her ass. But Keisha being who she is (the kind of educated ghetto girl that speaks her mind) does that anyway when she all but basically tells Mr. White to kiss her ass when their first meeting doesn't go well.

To make up for her lack of professionalism when they initally met, Keisha is offered a deal so that Tristan will back their business but she also agrees to become his submissive AFTER they do the first do to squash that heat and pull they both experienced upon first meeting. Jungle Fever goes into the start up of the uncoventional romance that Keisha and Tristan both agree upon. Keisha goes in as a newbie sub but she has the help of her friend Jada (who is already in the lifestyle as something of a switch but more of a dominant female) and of course Tristan. He guides her into it smoothly, I won't lie when I say the sex scenes (BDSM and vanilla) had me sweating and panting like a woman starved (I seriously need a new boyfriend, lols), it was erotic as all hell and I will tell you that I was there for it all, okay?!

But both Keisha and Tristan have secrets and those secrets will threaten the somewhat shaky relationship these two started in the first place with Keisha pulling out of their agreement as her past comes back and bites them both in the ass something fierce. Jungle fever is told from Keisha's POV.

Exit Strategy, picks up where the first book left off. Keisha pulls out of the relationship and Tristan is pissed. He shouldn't be but he is. He's usually the one to pull out, not the submissive. He knows there is more to what Keisha is keeping from him but she won't divulge that information. But it's not like Tristan hasn't been fully open and honest with her either. He is starting to feel more for Keisha more and more by the day and that is so NOT what he was looking for. Feeling for someone and loosing them is something that Tristan does not want to go through ever again...he went through that when he lost his mother to Cancer. He refuses to do it again. So he lets her go when she leaves even though it is crushing him something fierce.

Keisha loves Tristan that much she is certain of. But she won't let him find out about her abusive past, she won't have him feeling pity for her. So when her panic attacks start to happen again while she and Tristan are in scenes, she wimps out of telling him and forces herself out of their agreement. She also knows that he doesn't want a relationship with any woman and Keisha even given her childhood still wants a future and a family with someone. Yes, she would rather have it with Tristan but she is not going to force herself on him even though it is killing her on the inside.

Exit Strategy, both Tristan and Keisha use it more than once in this second book as they break up, get back together and break up again. They attempt to finagle this relationship and as secrets come out, they are trying to handle a threat that is adding to the strain of their fragile bond. Keisha decides to tell Tristan her feelings for him and it is not the good outcome she expects.With her heart broken and the threat against her life still out there. Will they survive it all? Will Tristan pull his head out of his ass and realize that he is loosing the love of his life? Exit Strategy is told from both Tristan's and Keisha 's POV.

Now usually I avoid books that even reference FSO anything. But I am so mad at myself for taking so long to read/listen to this one. Funny, quirky and cleverly written I can only say that this author has outdone herself with these books. Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever starts off as a parody of the whole FSOG phenom. Take a biracial woman with all the edu-macation her college studies have afforded her and throw a lil ghetto up in her, you have Keisha Beale who cracked me the hell up more times than I can count. I didn't know how to take her at times and trust me, neither did Tristan. Keisha goes into the whole BDSM thought with all of the "oh hell nah, you ain't beating on me" attitude when Tristan offers her the contract but I'm glad after she talked with Jada that she got the whole idea of it right in her head. You get alot of Keisha in this first book and you also meet her faires whom Keisha has made up in her head, her sort of evil/good little angels sitting on her shoulders, Triple G (the good fairy) and Fairy Hoochie Mama (the bad fairy). All through both books they had me dying, doing things like taking swan dives off her shoulders when she broke it off with Tristan, dressing up like little subs when Tristan was dicking her down "really good", fainting and fanning each other with "church" fans...I was done, just done. Exit Strategy moves away from the parody (but it is still prevalent) and takes on the seriousness of both Tristan's and Keisha's dsyfuctions. And they both were tore up from the floor up. Tristan can't and won't commit, Keish can't and won't tell Tristan about her abusive childhood EVEN though it forces triggers out that effects their D/s relationship. You get alot more of Tristan in the second book and why he is so not getting into any serious relationships. It's sad and heartbreaking.

They were both just dumb sometimes despite being the very smart people that they are. I wanted to beat them both up and that is what kills me about romances at times, right? Like these two people love each other to death but won't tell each other *insert eye roll here* lols.  Like I said Keisha moves away from the standard and tells Tristan her feelings so I was feeling that but of course, ya'll know it has to be drama and craziness...man, I just couldn't at times. If I was into BDSM, I would have flogged them both. Anyhoo's I can't say enough good things about these books. Anything that has me at work cackling like a fool gets all kinds of props. Hell, add in the imaginary faires of Keisha's? shitniz! I had too much fun while listening. I have to say I appreciated the funny and the seriousness all thrown up in here. This is a highly recommended read/lisen too at BnB.

As I said Ms. Lewis provided the ARC of Jungle Fever Duology but I purchased the audio's as well. The narrator, Marie Hélène was perfect as she was able to switch between Keisha's and Tristan's voices as well as the side characters. She also pulled off the spanish that Keisha often spoke too being that she was of African-American & Brilizan decent. She very much pulled me into the audio's. Somebody need to contact Ms. Lewis and make her a offer, turn this into a movie or TV show because this I will watch.

I know that review is long but being that I listened to both audio's that couldn't be helped ^-^. And I'll be going out of this one in Triple G & Fairy Hoochie Mama style.

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9.01.2015

Tuesday Jams #139


Want to share that song you been loving like crazy lately? Just grab the image above or make your own...and whether you have a blog or not, you can either leave your link in the linky below OR in the comment section.  You can show a video, a music player..whateva suites your fancy. Just remember to have some fun!
This week I'm going with a song that I absolutely adore. I heard this song a while back (again, back to my found it on Pandora game). I was walking to school and it played and I was like daaayum. Can I love this more? haha. It's catchy and cute. I like catchy and cute. xD

Timeflies - I Choose U


More 80's music...more music to make you feel and get into yourself and feel, lols. This was another one of my favorite songs, another slow jamming group ;D




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