Its Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Published: March 31, 2020
Ballantine Books
Format: eARC (NetGalley)
Genre: Black American Fiction
Available: BN | Amazon
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I love Terry McMillan. She continues to gives us stories about Black women that are relate-able and so very much needed.

Its Not All Downhill From Here tells the stories of friends who are much older in life. We get their POVs as they go through retired life, death, dealing with not so good and good family, and walks down memory lane. INADHFH lets us know that women of a "certain" age don't have to "sit down". They can still enjoy life as they see fit. I enjoyed it for the most part. BUT, this story reads the same as her previous stories and that's what disappointed me the most about it.

I will continue to read Ms. McMillan because of my love for her and her love of Black women but I'm going to need for Sis to open them windows/blinds and gives us some new characters and....some new stories.

This book is for the die-hard fans, it truly is. If you're new to Ms. McMillan (I'm side-eyeing you), you'll enjoy it as well but I would recommend going back through her catalog and trying some of her older works. But at the end of it all? It's Not All Downhill from Here is a okay Goodread.

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Lakewood by Mega Giddings

Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Published: March 24, 2020
Series: NA
Format: eGalley ARC (NetGalley)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
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Lakewood is a good for what it is, a medical thriller and being that this is the author’s debut novel…IMO, it was satisfactory.

I wouldn’t put Lakewood in the realm of scary but there were some intense weird moments throughout the read especially as our main protagonists Lena Johnson starts working for the mysterious organization The Great Lakes Shipping Company. Lena, an already struggling college student is forced to take care of her desperately ill mother after the death of the family’s patriarch. Needing the money that is being offered, she decides being a part of a secret research facility is worth it…until it isn’t.  

With a nice amount of mentions of race, social class, and financial disparity… Lakewood gives the reader a glimpse in what happens when the most vulnerable populations are conned and taken advantage of. The story itself sort of gives you that “Get Out” feel. There were at times, the story felt a bit discombobulated as we quickly switch getting the story directly from Lena to where we are being told the story in the form of Lena telling the reader the story in letter form. Letters she is writing to her friend Tanya.

Lakewood at the end of the day delivered exactly what it was meant to me: a medical horror thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat while giving its reader a “realness” that is draped in reality. 

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Episode 27 | Inevitable Conclusions by Christina C. Jones

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Hey Babes,

Welcome to another show! We are moving this thing along. In this show, I'm talking Inevitable Conclusions by Christina C. Jones, a friends to lovers romance that you must add to your reading list.

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I hope your staying safe as your possibly can during these trying times. Be kind to each other and take care.

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Temporary Wife Temptation by Jacyi Lee

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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Published: February 1, 2020
Series: The Heirs of Hansol #1
Format: Paperback
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Garrett Song needs a wife, Natalie Sobol needs a husband. Should be simple right? Both of our protagonists have a need and they both agree to this fake marriage that will in the end benefit them both. Garrett heading his family fashion empire without the restraints of an arranged marriage and Natalie being a Mom to her niece. Again, should be simple but….

There is always a but, lols. Temporary Wife Temptation delivered IMO the perfect fake marriage deal. I mean, it can be your typical story plot that revolves around these kinds of romances. Two people mutually benefiting to obtain their end goal. But child
listen, when the attraction is high; what is our couple to do? Give into the ever-growing feelings of love or…. seal the deal and walk away? Questions, questions.

What shot TWT to a five-star read for me was the time the author took to give us a peak into Korean culture. Garrett being bound by tradition and family duty while trying to disrespect the family's matriarch…his Grandmother. And Natalie, who was half Korean being so invested in learning her culture through Garrett’s family since she lost her Mother at such a young age.

Also, Garrett was such a grumpy hero. This man had his heart broken before… he was leery of catching feelings (even though he was…).

And although he wanted Natalie to stay after their deal but again tradition…obligations. And then a bit of a scandal….

Jayci Lee did a wonderful job of immersing you into this romance. I wanted Garrett so badly to get out of his head….and his heart. And he did...almost too damn late but we get our HEA.

If fake marriages are your jush…then definitely add Temporary Wife Temptation to your reading list. 

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Journal With Me #5

Monday, March 9, 2020

Hey Babes! 

Happy Monday 😃. 

I'm trying not to slack off with me journal entries and I'm getting better at writing as much as I can. Today's video is just an a short three minute video of some pictures I decided to throw together for this post.  Enjoy. 

I hope your week is full of blessed entries and good books.

Until the next one...lata days!
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March General Reading....

Thursday, March 5, 2020

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Hey Babes! Happy Friday. I am hoping your week went well...good and all of that. Let's pick a card for the month, shall we? 


Key Words:
Unbridled Ambition, Win at all Costs, Sneakiness

Victory comes...yes it does and yes it will. CLAIM IT. But at what price? Be careful in AND with your ambitions babes. Don't step on toes. Resentment is a thing and you don't need any further negativity in your life. Yes, achieve all that is MEANT for you, just be cognizant of how your blessings are giving... and taken. It is perfectly okay to bask in your rewards...however, don't be a asshole about it.

As always, apply this card to the areas you feel it needs to be applied.

Deck Used: The Fountain Tarot

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February 2020 Wrap-Up

Hey Babes! Happy March 😃

February was a pretty decent month! I read some books, did some other stuff...
Here is it all.

A grid of just some of the books I read via the Blogs Instagram...are you following?😇
Follow me on Goodreads to see all I read in the month.

I also did a couple of #YouTube videos... (book review-Nicole Falls New Beginnings seies) (book review-Still In Love by Delaney Diamond) (movie review-A Brothers Honor)

I did a #Podcast episode too!

So you see, not bad at all. Let's hope March goes the same way.

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On the Corner of Hope and Main by Beverly Jenkins

Wednesday, March 4, 2020


Published: March 3, 2020
Series: Blessing #10
Format: eBook (ARC)
Genre: Contemporary
Available: BN | Amazon
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A strong 3.5 stars.

On the Corner of Hope and Main is a cute read. The story is being told for several different POVs but mainly our main protagonists Bernadine Brown.

Bernadine bought the small town of Henry Adams, a town founded by freed slaves. There is a LOT going on in Henry Adams and I'm not talking about just small town secrets and rumors. Almost everybody has a issue and Bernadine is trying to sift through it all while trying to build the town up from its damn near ruination. She's there but there is still a some ways to go. What she doesn't need is the showing up of her conniving ex-husband who wants his revenge against her. A ex-boyfriend who stole from her and who is trying to rekindle a flame Bernadine isn't sure she wants extinguished.

For the most part, I enjoyed on the Corner on Hope and Main. BUT, I strongly advise reading the previous books in the series because this is a continuation of what seems to be many stories going on in Henry Adams. It got a bit overwhelming because I felt like I was missing so much especially with multiple POVs going on. And listen this is book ten! whew whew chile. Ms. Jenkins does however bring on the drama and crazy that tends to come with small towns read and I can appreciate that.

If small town reads are your thing, I would say definitely add the Blessings series (as a whole) to your reading list, I think it would be worth while.

*Thank you to the publisher for the opportunity to read/review.

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