The Rundown | September 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020



I seriously needed to bring my monthly wrap-ups back to the blog. Welp...here we go. 

Bookish Content:

It was a pretty decent month. I did however feel like my reading mojo was ready to jump out of the window. I realized that books long in length just aren't holding my attention like they use too. To be honest, some stories (imo) are just repetitive as hell the longer the story is. I always feel like "didn't I just read that?" while scrolling back... it's quite exhausting. This is where novella's and novelette stories have shined a bright light.  They have really been a life saver lately and then with the world burning all around us...yeah, thank good gravy for shorter stories. There are only a few authors that can keep me interested with longer stories and I'm just going to stick with them. Below are the books I read in September. My top read this month is The Never List by DL White with Ashley Nicole's Nights Like This series coming in second. 

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Tarot and Journaling Content:

I bought two new tarot decks and a oracle card deck. The Tarot Black and Gold edition, you can find the video HERE. The oracle deck will be a October unboxing and the other tarot deck will probably be an November unboxing because I found an tarot deck based on The Nightmare Before Christmas and I had to get it! So yup, there will be two unboxings in October. 
As far as journaling, I need to get better. But I swear, the more I think about writing down my thoughts...my head hurts, lols. This current atmosphere is filled with toxicity, I just can't. So what I want to do and plan on doing is more creative jounaling. Just pictures, washi tape and doll stickers. Hopefully, I'll have my first post up the first to second week of October. 

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Personal and SM (social media) Content:

What a gahtdamn year! 2020 is officially the year of WITEF (what in the entire fuck). Drama, a pandemic, dumb shit and a even dumber president. I am tired and all I have to say is if you are one of those people who still are saying "they are both the same", then I know you just hate BIPOC and poor people. You're a racist bigot and yeah, you can unfollow me and this blog. 
There will always be drama in the book community, I've come to realize that and I'm just going to sit with my popcorn and watch it and maybe throw in a cent or two...

(Keenan from SNL)
me literally 😂

Folks seem to be more worried about subscriber counts than talking about the actual books they claim they started whatever platform their on and I'm like...okay. Do I sound like a bitter becky? maybe but I'm just calling what I see. The performances on sm has gotten pass the point of ridiculousness. Folks went from talking about safe spaces for Black creatives to dancing for books...chile, the mess of it all. But at the end of it all, it is what it is and people have short memories even the folk that are being constantly told they need to do better. It's exhausting af. Hopefully, 2021 will be better. If not, queue the popcorn. 

The Rundown:

In short, 2020 has got to go. I try not to get to personal and tell all my business on sm. Life has been rough and at my big ol age, I find myself learning how to adjust to certain things around me. But my prayer is that the rest of the year be prosperous and abundantly fulfilling not just for myself but also for you and your family. Stay safe, keep washing your hands and for the loving of gawd, where a mask. 

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Talking Books | The Never List by DL White

Tuesday, September 29, 2020


Published: September 25, 2020
Books by DL White
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: BN | Amazon 
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I really did enjoy this romance. Esme' and Trey are an easy couple to love. 

DL White gives us less drama. Instead she gives us two people whom are nuanced and complex, they have their own set of issues but manage to still make their budding relationship work. Here in The Never List, we have Esme who is about to turn forty and hasn't done much of anything and when I tell ya'll this woman hasn't done much...she hasn't. Trey and her cousin O'neil clowning her were hysterical. Anyolways, Esme after meeting Trey in the most craziest way ends up working with him on a deal he must broker on behalf of his father. These two getting to know one another was touch and go because I was reading like...do they really like each other lols. But while working, Trey decides to help Esme with her never list which is a list of things she hasn't done but with a whole lot of arm yanking from her cousin, she agrees to do. Cue the hilarity ya'll but also the sweetness. 

What I enjoyed most about this story is that despite their separate issues going on around them, the author decided to keep the romance exclusive between our couple. Nothing got in the way of Trey and Esme getting together. The chemistry between them was the perfect amounts of steamy and wittiness. Also, the banter? just read and you'll see. I know we talk about realistic themes in romances but DL White really does have the dime on it. 

The Never List gives readers substantial elements of a contemporary romance read while staying focused on its romance. Highly recommended read here at Brazen Babe Reviews. I say add it to your reading list asap. 

*CW: conversations referencing mental illness.

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Tarot Deck Look-Through | Black & Gold edition (Waite-Coleman Smith)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020



Hey Babes,

"And if you don't know, nooow you know" - Biggie Smalls. 

I love tarot cards and this will be another deck unboxing. I do them occasionally here at the blog.


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Talking Books | Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston

Friday, September 18, 2020


Master Of Poisons Book Cover

Published: September 8, 2020
Tor.com
Genre: Fantasy
Available: BN | Amazon 
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Master of Poisons was a enjoyable read for me. This story revolves around two different characters tasked with massive tasks; both face challenges to achieve the goals set out for them. 

As far as character develop, I enjoyed both Djola and Awa on page. 
Djola whom even though exiled must still find a way to save his world from the poison that is quickly consuming it and Awa whom even though sold must focus on her training. The times she and Djola were on page as they connected through Smokeland was special. 

What works for Master of Poisons is the worldbuilding. Its fluid and strong. Andrea Hairston does an outstanding job of keeping readers invested in the worlds she created; real and spirit. With that said, there were times when I had to push through the book as the flow at times felt...contrived. 
I do feel like most readers and will state that this one will more than likely require a re-reading but still Master of Poisons is a story worth your reading time. 

At the end of it all, Masters of Poisons is properly listed as a epic high fantasy book and if you're a fan, I think you'll appreciate the telling of this tale Andrea Hairston has blessed us with. 

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

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Series Review: Nights Like This by Ashley Nicole

Thursday, September 17, 2020

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Hey Babes! I hope your week is going good. Today, I'm talking a whole ass series! I came across Ashley Nicole's Nights Like This series while searching for quick hot reads and it sure enough delivered. These are all novelettes so I'll just give a short sumthing sumthing on what I thought about each book. There are six books so far and the stories covers twelve people who hook up on a night of a really bad thunder storm in their state.

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Sign On tells the story between Elsy and North who have cutest work relationship that turns into a hot night of passion. North works in IT and is always helping Elsy with her computer, this starts a easy work friendship between them even though they haven't seen each other faces yet. I loved the easy fun banter between these two and when they decide to take their work relationship past the office, yes ma'am! We all need a work husband like North. 

Quitting Time tells the story between Aleigha and Brett. Ever dreamed your boss took a trip down a flight of stairs? lols. Aleigha can't stand Brett's ass and why did he have to look so damn good too? lmao. Just reading Aleigha being all Ms. Petty towards Brett was hysterical. But when she suddenly quits because she just can't stand his mean ass anymore. Brett shows up to her apartment during the middle of a literal storm and shows Aleigha just how "petty" he can be. Whew! Ever dreamed your boss would blow your back out? I bet you Aleigha is glad she doesn't have to leave her job now, lols. 

Going Down tells the story of Shanti and Tacir. Neighbors. Silently passing one another on some nights as they make their way home. This is probably the most serious book in the series as Shanti is dealing with a parent who has dementia. After a long work night at the hospital and then a incident with her dad, she runs into Tacir...again. With the storm raging outside their building; Shanti finds the rest and relief she's been needed for a while now....thanks to her new neighbors big hands and body. 

No Strings tells the story between Veah and Chanse. Musicians and friends with benefits. The relationship is easy and simple. Because of Chanse's touring schedule, its no hassle for him and Veah to hook up when he's in town. But what if the fwb relationship starts to get shaky because one friend is starting to feel more than what they both promised not to ask for? The night of the storm, Veah and Chanse decide after a very nasty, fiery "I missed you" sex session that their relationship just may be ready for the next level. 

Cancelling Plans tells a story between Tissa and Grey. Childhood friends. 
Tissa just broke with her ex-fiance' and Grey is in town visiting his parents. On the night on the storm, they go where they never thought they would as friends. I would say this was probably the better description of a one-night stand in the series. Both Grey and Tissa aren't looking to continue with a romantic relationship, just one night of intense sexual relief.  

Graveyard Shift tell the story between Nyree and Carson. Doctors who work together but can't stand one another. A past sexual relationship between them didn't quite work out and now these two are walking around the hospital being mister and missus petty boots towards one another. Listen, talk about cackling while reading...these two lols. But anyolways, on the night of the storm both Nyree and Carson reheat an old flame that they thought had long died. But honey, it didn't. That sucka was about to burn the whole hospital down. Lucky, they barely had any patients....

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As a whole, I really enjoyed this series. The author did a good job of fleshing out the stories she wanted to tell in each book even with the short amount of pages. And I loved that she had different tropes through-out the series as well; enemies to lovers, one-night hook ups, friends to lovers, work place loving and other things in between, well done. Also, for these stories to resolve around one night of a storm going on around our characters was spectacular. It truly bought out the erotic parts of the stories. Note, some of the stories will cross because the some of the ladies know one another and that was another great aspect of the series I enjoyed as well. I have my favorites but out of the series, I think Graveyard Shift was my top read. If you're looking for and impassioned and lively series to read in-between those long books, then I highly suggest giving Nights Like This a go.

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Journal With Me #8

Wednesday, September 16, 2020



Hey Babes! Happy Hump Day 😊.

I hope your week has been going well. It's been a minute...I think...since I've done a Journal With Me so here she goes: 


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Fridays Are For Netflx | The Untamed

Friday, September 11, 2020

IMAGE: Netflix Cover for The Untamed, two men in period Chinese clothing
credit: Netflix

So I found this beauty of a drama (Chinese) while surfing my Netflix feed one night. It started off slow but it gets interesting real quick. 

What's it about: The Untamed is based off a novel called Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation (Mo Dao Zu Shi). It tells the story of two cultivators Wei WuXian and Lan Wanji who are caught in a power struggle between clans. Wei WuXian is caught up the most though and there is a plot to get rid of him. His clan and friend Lang Wanji have no choice but to go against him. 

While searching the internet, I found so many synopsis's, my head started to spin lmao. So here are the Netflix TV series and the Goodreads meanings. 

Right, now I'm on episode 29 and there are FIFTY! But at this point, my boo Wei WuXian is in big trouble and the clans have decided to take him out...I am truly upset about this. 

I can't tell you too much because like I said I'm only twenty-nine episodes in but The Untamed is so moving and swoon worthy. Swoon because there is a underlining romance between Wei WuXian and Lan Wanji. 

We aren’t the only ones obsessed with 'The Untamed'. It’s become a global phenomenon. Here's how 'The Untamed' cracked cultural barriers.
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There are smoldering looks, teasing, and the such but no grand statements of I Love Yous. It's okay, I know its there and that's all that matters, lols. From my reading, I came to to find out because of China's ban on certain subjects in media, a full fledged romance between Wei Wuxian and Lan Wanji could not be filmed...booo!

There is much going on in The Untamed and like I said, it takes maybe two through four episodes for watchers to get truly invested but I suggest watching all episodes because there is a story behind each one that will lead up to the catalyst this is sure to be epic. But right now, everybody except Wei WuXian is pissing me off. Like I know this is a TV show but why can't anyone see that he is being set tf up?!  

Me while watching:
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I really be looking around confused and mad...in my own house 😂

Anyolways, if you love sweeping period drama like myself. I think you will love The Untamed. The scenery is breathtaking and so are the characters. Although there are multiple sub plots, they're surrounded around mystery, murder, magic, fight scenes and hilarity from Wei WuXain. Don't forget the romance. Oh and zombies...yeah zombies. 

In short, its a good drama to get caught up in. 

Also, during my search to find out about the original plot, I discovered that there is an anime and a comic. Bye to my weekend, lols. 

Have a good weekend Babes and Happy Reading! or whateva you have planned 😁.


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A Dual Review: D. Rose | Warmth and Love on Repeat

Tuesday, September 8, 2020


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Published: April 24, 2020
Rosebud Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: Amazon
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Warmth was a cute moments workplace romance for me...let me tell you why. 

Raj and Tessa start off as just what Tessa wants, not a romance but more of a fling. You see, Tessa doesn't want what can at times come with romance but Raj does because he is starting to fall for her the more time they spend together. The crux is getting Tessa to jump in the car and ride along. 

For the most part, I enjoyed Warmth. I do think the issues were a bit over expounded. I got where Tessa was coming from. Oh girl, I did but not once during their “relationship” did Raj prove at any moment that he was a fuck-man. He was always upfront and honest to her when they were together so her going on and on about her past relationships got old real quick. Trust, I know we carry baggage but when a man say fuck that baggage; girl drop them bags, pull up your panties and get in that damn car! Lmao. 

But at the end of it all, I enjoyed Warmth for what it was. A sexy romance with some very heated moments between our couple. Raj was on his grown man and Tessa needed to catch up a bit, it was good to see them come together at the end. 

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Published: September 2, 2020

Rosebud Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: Amazon
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First of all, this cover! Magic I tell you. It is beautiful.

Love on Repeat gives us the story of Yael and Royal, two music lovers who embark on a romance that was so sweet and pure. Royal is bae, okay. The way he took care of and continually assured Yael that he was in it for the long haul? Listen, yes this man is bae. Yael wasn’t super insecure but past relationships; intimate and familial had her moving with big caution. I got it but it damn worked my nerves while reading, thank gawd for Royal because I was like Girl

All and all, I enjoyed Love on Repeat as well. It’s another story where I felt like the issues were again over expounded but D. Rose gets us to an ending that is so beautifully done, I couldn’t even be upset anymore, lols. Yael's and Royal's romance is a stellar example of how having patience is key.

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I do like the way D. Rose approaches different subjects in both reads. In both books, she takes on toxic masculinity and how it affects men in their intimate relationships. Raj had a lot going on outside of his relationship with Tessa but he never let it affect how he felt about her and his pursuit of her. The man was tired of being the “strong” one in everyone’s life. I’m glad the author put that on page. Same thing with Royal, growing up without his father in his life… the author could have totally taken this story in another direction. I was happy to see that Royal was such a loving and caring person. Now, these women...lols. Nah, in all seriousness; I’m happy to see more messy, insecure Black women on page. Yes, we can be educated and have all the goals checked off of a list but we can still be not sure of what we want in relationships and we damn sure don’t have to settle even if the man in front of us might be it. I love that D. Rose gave us two women who weren’t so sure if happily ever after with a man was for them. She put men in their paths that were willing to show them that it could be without being misogynistic assholes. Yes, it can be much to see women like this on page (that’s the bitter hoe in me mad talking because my forever is taking...forever, lols) but I for one “love to see it”. I also enjoyed the way the author covers family relationships because chile….even family can be “a lot” and kudos to the author for spotlighting them in her stories and how they affected the way her characters moved at times. 

I’ll have to dig more into D. Rose’s catalog but I say if you love romance that might be a little messy with some sweetness mixed in, definitely give her a try. 

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Talking Books | The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

Monday, September 7, 2020


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Published: September 1, 2020
West Virginia University Press
Genre: Literary Fiction
Available: BN | Amazon
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Not going to lie, this is probably the only book of short stories I will ever recommend. Let me tell you why. A collection of them usually don't work for me, they don't make any sense all balled up together while leaving the reader confused. At least for me they do. 

BUT Deesha Philyaw pulled up a chair...in my face and said girl, I got something for you! Whew.

Women and the Church. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies will give you every piece of what some may love about the Church and what some will heavily dislike about it. Deesha Philyaw covers many conversations that go on in the Black community and the Church is at its center. Poverty, abuse, colorism and infidelity (mainly with the man/or woman that is supposed to not lead the flock astray. 

Every story packs a gut punch and some are more powerful than others but they all hit a spot...a nerve...a memory. Whoa. 
"But maybe you should question the people who taught you this version of God. Because it's not doing you any favors."

"As your body begins to feel like a home, your courage grows. It grows bigger than your mother's chastisement in the parking lot after service the first time you go to church unbound."

"family full of women, and we had to worst time with men. The good men died young, and the terrible ones stayed just long enough to make you wish they would die. God forgive me."
I gobbled this book up in a couple of hours. Its definitely a book to had to your reading shelves. You can also pull it off shelf and ask your visitors...have you read this yet? especially those holier-than-though friends/family members. I will definitely be adding it to my physical library cause I'm that family member that will have folk clearing the room and maybe side eyeing me as well 😂.

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

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Book Tour | Scandalous Secrets by Synithia Williams

Friday, September 4, 2020

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SCANDALOUS SECRETS BY SYNITHIA WILLIAMS

Can they do what’s right…without betraying their hearts?

IMAGE: couple; black man with woman sitting in his lap facing one another

Senatorial candidate Byron Robidoux always does the right thing. And, after years of focus and dedication, his life and campaign are going exactly to plan—until a blackmailer jeopardizes everything. No one is supposed to know that thirteen years ago, Byron told a lie to protect a college friend. And now that lie could destroy his career…and threaten the woman he never stopped loving.

Zoe Hammond hardly recognizes the refined and handsome politician Byron has become. The last time she saw him, he was the friend who saved her life by claiming to be the father of her unborn baby. For that, she’d do anything for him. Except Byron’s world of wealth, reputation and deceit isn’t a place where Zoe or her daughter belong. But when a menace from the past comes calling again, staying with Byron is best for them all. And, as the searing attraction between them builds, they soon realize some things are worth fighting for…especially love.

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ABOUT SYNITHIA WILLIAMS

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Synithia Williams has loved romance novels since reading her first one at the age of 13. It was only natural that she would one day write her own romance. When she isn’t writing, Synithia works on water quality issues in the Midlands of South Carolina while taking care of her supportive husband and two sons. You can learn more about Synithia by visiting her website, www.synithiawilliams.com

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A Dual Review | Truth or Dare by Danielle Allen - The Rose That Got Away by Christina C. Jones

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Image: Two Book Covers: Truth or Dare by Danielle Allen, The Rose That Got Away by Christina C. Jones


Hey Babes, 

I have another IGTV review for ya'll. Enjoy. 



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