Hey Sistah Girls! I hope August’s reads were good for you! Me? Well, I spent most of August rereading some of my faves, and then at the end of the month, a few releases I was waiting for were released.
I also decided to try new to me author Joan Vassar. Have you heard of her? I’m sure you have and if not you will today! Here’s what I read and loved in August…
4 Stars for The ALPHA BET CLUB: Apricot & Blackberry (Novella 1&2) by Kimille Apricot (novella 1)
‘Rich men don’t like to wait. Wasted time is wasted money.’ -Apricot
The Alpha Bet Club is the top of the line. Owned by three brothers, it is described as a massive seven-story building located downtown in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Known for being the ultimate player’s paradise.
It houses a nightclub, a gentlemen’s club, a restaurant, a hotel, and a casino. When Apricot gets requested to spend 24hours with her Gold Card Member something happens between the two. Their connection is powerful. After Apricot decides to walk away from what’s right in front of her she soon learns that the man she connected to like no other has plans to make her a more permanent part of his life.
The ALPHA BET CLUB: Blackberry
‘I don’t walk on stage. None of that slow strutting and sexy sashaying for me. No dragging things out to build the audience up. I’m an Explosion! BOOM! I run out to the pole as soon as the first bars of Travis Porter’s Make It Rain starts playing.’ – Blackberry
Blackberry is used to fulfilling men’s fantasies. However, the tables quickly turn when a Gold Card Member becomes the real-life man of her dreams after a trip to the Doctor’s office. Unfortunately, soon after a visitor from her past resurfaces.
My Thoughts On both
Kimille never disappoints! And she definitely is having fun with this series of novellas. Anyone who knows my preferences will tell you that I tend to avoid novellas like the plague. LOL! I’m just not into them. However, I do make an exception with a few authors and Kimille is one of them. I highly recommend The Alpha Bet Club to romance lovers looking for a quick sensual read. Please note: As the author states these are insta-love novellas.
5 Stars for Introduction to Love and Self by Joan Vassar
‘How could he be an effective husband and father when he couldn’t offer the one thing that a man is always in search of…identity?’ -Seven
When a young adolescent Seven saves a young girl named Lisa from the abandonment of her parents, he has no idea that one day he and that girl will reunite and fall in love.
Seven comes from the struggle. Fighting to survive after being teased relentlessly about his mother, known as the neighborhood heaux. Things take a turn for Seven in adulthood. He essentially becomes a success, and his success leads him to once again cross paths with Lisa.
His whole life Seven has only known his mother Betty as his only family. Unexpectedly, his siblings and mother, are introduced to family members that he’s known nothing about, and his life takes a turn. This deeply affects the connection between him and Betty but this also affects his relationship with Lisa. It is truly his Introduction to Love and Self.
I look forward to reading more books by Vassar. She is a new to me author that has my undivided attention. I went into the book blind. I did not read the synopsis. The first thing I noticed was the writing style. After a few chapters, I looked the book up and figured out why the book read the way it did.
If you’ve been a reader dating back to the late 90’s early 00’s you’ll immediately pick up on the writing and storytelling style. If it’s not something you’re used to no worries, you’ll adjust quickly because the story completely pulls you in.
When they smile you smile and when they’re sad you feel it cloak you as if it’s your own sadness. I highly recommend this book to all romance lovers!
4 Stars for Yadi’s Tale (The Burner Boyz MC Book 1) by Dominique Thomas
‘With Yadi she felt like a different Liberty. Actually, she felt liberated.’ -Liberty
Abandoned as a child, Yadi is one of the lucky ones. He gets adopted by a loving woman that desired to have a son but was sadly unable to conceive.
His connection to his adoptive mother eventually leads him to The Burner Boyz, a biker gang. Yadi is not looking for love yet without warning he finds it with Liberty.
Liberty is just trying to keep her head above water. She’s working multiple jobs to make ends meet. Yet readers quickly learn that Liberty is at a disadvantage and Yadi refuses to see her be defeated.
I’m currently reading Uno’s Tale (book 2) by Charae Lewis and will be following this series closely. I enjoy a good biker series though the biker club drama is weaved into pieces of the love story, the love story is the focal point.
This was a pretty quick read for me, and I found myself entertained with all the twists, turns, and drama. If you’re looking for a fun read, check out Yadi’s Tale!
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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