March was good to me Sistah Girls! A few of my favorite authors dropped new reads. However, I made sure to try out some authors I’ve never read before as well.
My monthly recap features two new to me authors along with three of my faves that just so happen to have current new releases. Here is what I read and loved in March…
*Book Club Pick of the Month*
4 stars for B Side by Zahara (New to me author)
‘There were layers to Rory. Things she buried deep inside. We were just getting to know each other. I could see through her though. Like myself, her pain ran deep.’ -Sin
Aurora Mason is a traveling nurse. When she suddenly finds herself facing betrayal she uses it as a way out of a horrible situation, much to the dismay of her mother.
Dealing with rejection as a child is something that unfortunately Aurora has carried into her adulthood. When she finally meets a man that for all intents and purposes is made for her, things seem to be moving in a good direction until she is once again met with a life-changing event that happens suddenly.
My heart broke for Aurora. She has such a strong desire to please her father but it’s so unhealthy.
Connecting with Sin was a turning point for her. He became what she needed, and she became what he needed. The two made for a perfect pair. There is also a twist in their love story that I did not see coming. This was a great pick for our March book club selection. If you haven’t already, I suggest you check it out.
4 Stars for Like I Want You by Shantae (New to me author)
“What have you been holding in?” -Jreu
“I’ve been holding on to this feeling. A truth that I’ve been too afraid to share with you, or anyone else for that matter.” -Kia
“And what feeling is that?” Silence. -Jreu
Jreu is a ladies’ man, he’s not looking for anything serious and as far as he is concerned, he will spend his life that way. Kia is still dealing with the heartbreak of her previous relationship and is in no way looking for love.
When Jreau and Kia cross paths he finds himself intrigued by her. When their one-night stand turns into multiple nights both Jreu and Kia realize maybe they can have more.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good romance. I fell completely in love with Jreu and Kia!
Shantae did a great job keeping readers engaged with this couple. As I read, I couldn’t wait for these two to interact, each scene with them was electric. Jreu has this playboy charm that bounced off the pages and Kia held her own whenever she was face to face with him. I look forward to reading more by this author.
3 Stars for Conflict Of Interest 2 by Chenell Parker
“I know I’m not crazy. I told you that I always felt like somebody was watching me.” -Sin
Book two picks up right where the first left off. A big revelation takes Yesinia by surprise and sends her into a major tale spin, one that has her ready to go back to New Orleans.
Yesinia gets to meet her new boss which simultaneously changes the status of Yesinia’s new budding relationship with her boyfriend Ross. Knowing that he and Yesinia have something worth fighting for, Ross refuses to back down, he follows his heart and goes after Yesinia.
One of the great things I enjoy about Parker’s stories is how she allows things to come FULL CIRCLE with her characters.
It’s almost like her signature to allow characters who were wronged to eventually get their lick back. So, why 3 Stars? Honestly, I gave this book 3 stars mainly because part two did not keep my full rapt attention the way book one did. At one point I actually put the book down for a few days, read something else, and then came back to it to get the conclusion of the story.
4 Stars for Take It Down books 1 & 2 by Nicole Jackson
‘Cam couldn’t believe that this was life. After watching her man practically get beaten half to death, she’d sacrificed herself to save his life. She’d basically made a deal with the devil and now it was time to pay the piper.’ Inner thoughts of Cam
Cam and her boyfriend Dontre find themselves in hot water after robbing the brother of a hustler who is now out for blood.
Cam does the unthinkable, she sacrifices herself for Dontre’s life. The problem is trading herself for her boyfriend completely begins to change both of their lives. Leaving her relationship with Dontre on life support.
This was a pretty quick read, and it had some grammatical errors. Nevertheless, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. If I had to describe this book series in three words, those words would be. HOT LIKE FIRE!
Nicole Jackson does a good job with this page-turner. When I saw that she released a part two I found myself completely enthralled with Cam and Sahmere’s story. If you enjoy urban erotica this is the book for you!
4 Stars for Fat Ma: An Erotic Novel by Nicole Jackson
“…I gotta know what’s in it for me?” -Khyro to Desire
Beggars can’t be choosy some say, when Desire becomes desperate to get out of her abusive relationship the least likely person comes to her aide, Khyro the husband of her cousin Tabitha.
After Tabitha reluctantly agrees to allow Desire to stay at her home the cracks in her marriage with Kyhro begin to be exposed. Soon after, Desire finds herself connected to Kyhro in more ways than one.
Ok, so immediately after reading Take it Down 1&2 I went straight into Fat Ma. I couldn’t help myself, the writing in Take it Down spurred my interest for more of Jackson’s erotic tales.
Now, I will admit, the editing is not 100% but the storytelling is on point. She spins her erotic tales with just enough spice. Read the book, I totally recommend it!
4 Stars for That’s all Me (The Beginning) by Cion Lee
“Are you seeing what I’m seeing?” Neffie asked. She’d already peeped the scene. “Tell me what you see?” Keemya urged, hoping her eyes were playing evil tricks.
That’s All Me (The Beginning) takes readers back to the ’90s where we get to meet the three Martelle brothers: Justin, Jordan & Julien.
We find out how they each met the women they love and how through ups and downs this crew has managed to remain solid.
Sheeesh! If you thought the younger generation had drama, I’m gonna let you know right now, they got it honest.
This crew proves the term I get it from my momma to be 100% accurate. If you read and loved any of the That’s All Me books, you must check out the OG’s. Believe me, when I tell you, it’s a MUST!
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, and 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.