Sistah Girls, they don’t call February the month of love for nothing. Romance reigned supreme for me but hey that’s nothing new. Romance rules!
These books though…three of them are new releases and two are new to me authors. Here is what I read and loved in February!
5 Stars for Clear Water by Nina
“He deserved so much more than what he allowed himself to be subjected to. Not only with Tracey but women period. It was like her brother took what he could get not realizing he was worth so much more.”
-Thoughts of TJ, sister of Daly
Pavati Porter is young and gorgeous with a big heart. After meeting Daly at his sister’s hair salon, Pavati finds herself helping him out in a major way by babysitting his baby brother.
A baby brother that was abandoned by his mother leaving Daly to care for a younger sibling once again. Eventually, Daly discovers that he and Pavati share a common connection–a connection that neither of them saw coming.
I was beyond happy to be back in Porterland! The Porter brothers will always have space in my book-loving heart and now Pavati will join them. Nina does a great job introducing readers to Pavati Porter and getting to know her world through her, her friends, and her family.
I’ve always loved Daly so seeing him finally get some play was beyond enjoyable. Of course, there are some other characters and storylines in here that could most likely get their own book. I’m curious to know what’s next from this author.
5 STARS for Tempted by Danger by Endiya Carter
“Between being the baby of five kids and finding out you were only born to save someone’s life, it would make you view sh*t a little differently.” -Dymon Danger
Dymon Danger is a no-nonsense businessman. Dymon took over his family’s business after a major scandal threatened the Danger empire.
Dymon, the youngest of his siblings was tasked with saving the company and exceeds all expectations. He runs the company with an iron fist, despite that, everything changes when his new assistant arrives.
Quinci Everly is not what he expected yet everything he needs. He knows, which is why he does everything he can think of to make her quit.
I absolutely adoooored this book! I did not want it to end, these two captivated me with their witty remarks and quick comebacks with one another.
Endiya Carter really knows how to suck a reader into her stories. If you’ve not read Tempted by Danger, I suggest you do so, trust me, you will not regret it.
4 Stars for Unravel Me by A.J. Davidson *My first time reading this author*
Turning back to face Amber, I asked her to sit down. “It’s plenty of reasons why I choose not to dress provocatively. At eight years old, I was molested Amber…” -Queen
Queen has turned tragedy into triumph when she opens her center to help nurture and care for the children in her community.
One child, in particular, Isis, captured Queens’ attention and her heart. At the same time, Dominic, the father of Isis finds himself falling for Queen soon after the two share some not-so-nice words with one another.
When Isis starts to exhibit behaviors that sadly Queen is all too familiar with things begin to take a dark turn.
The book is filled with scenes that may trigger the reader. Therefore, if you have issues with rape and child abuse this book is not for you. On the flip side, I did find myself laughing out loud multiple times.
Between Dominic’s mother and brother, I was in hysterics. I thought the author told the story well, it was a fast-paced quick read. There were grammatical errors, but it did not ruin the book or story flow. Overall, I enjoyed the book.
3 Stars for, For Heaven’s sake: A Rosehill City Novel by Sabrea Marie *My first time reading this author*
‘Heaven hadn’t turned him away, especially since she had every right to. He hadn’t come through when she needed it, but she had done just that for him. He would never forget that.’ – Thoughts of Shia
After Shia Moore is released from prison, he finds himself trying to gain his footing in a somewhat changed world that expects him to be the same Shia.
His family thinks he’ll go back to his street life, and his friends anticipate him running the streets with them. Heaven Cortez offers him a job at her bakery. Shia initially is not feeling the job but his new boss, oh he’s digging her.
The pair may not hit it off at first, but things take a steamy turn. Meanwhile, Shia’s old life is calling, will he answer the call? You gotta read to find out.
Sabrea Marie writes a sweet love story between two souls just trying to find their way. Not sure where this author is from, but I noticed some local similarities with Philly and the surrounding counties.
The author showcased Shia’s life after prison, and how facing your family, friends and ex-lover can take a toll on your mental. It was a quick read and I enjoyed it. Also, it was definitely a good selection after reading something heavy.
4 Stars for Forever His Reason: A Love Bred From The Block Special by Antoinette Sherelle
“It doesn’t matter. Once you plant that seed of doubt, it’s always there. Just buried deep but waiting for a reason to sprout.” -Shanice
Zodiac finally has the girl his heart has yearned for, Reason, making sure he keeps the girl is the goal.
His endgame is simple, never let her forget she’s his Reason. In her mind, he’s walked away before so how does she know he won’t do it again…
Completely in love with these two, Reason and Zodiac are one of my fave couples from 2021. I watched them grow as I read book one, A Love Bred from the Block.
In Forever His Reason readers get to see exactly what these two are up to as their forever is really just getting started. Of course, forever comes with a few doses of drama but it’s all worth it in the end. I tip my hat off to Antoinette Sherell for an awesome follow-up read.
IF YOU’VE READ ANY OF THE BOOKS FEATURED I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!
For The Curious: Now, I don’t know how others base their ratings but the following is how I base mine and why. The writing style of an author holds major weight for me. Even though I have a few preferences, I’ve decided to go by a template with regards to how I judge a book to avoid being biased.
How appealing are its characters, how well do they develop, plot developments, how descriptive is the writing or lack thereof. Then I follow it by looking at the author’s ability to properly foreshadow future events, resolutions to major and minor events, and how well the author carries multiple themes and/or plotlines throughout the book.
Basically, judging the story’s overall structure which should be important to any writer, and because of all of this, I am extremely stingy with giving out Stars.
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