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Heartbreak of a Hustler's Wife (A Hustler's Wife #3)

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  545 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Long live the Queen of Hip Hop Lit!

Nikki Turner is back with another explosive, page-turning sequel to her #1 bestselling novels A Hustler’s Wife and Forever a Hustler’s Wife.

Yarni Taylor is a successful corporate attorney who wants nothing more than for her husband, Des, to renounce his hustlin’ ways and commit to his life as a pastor—especially after someone tries
ebook, 224 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by One World/Ballantine (first published January 1st 2011)
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Me'Tova Hollingsworth
I really liked this book, but I was heartbroken on how it all ended. The story was great, but it left you wanting to much more. It was to the point where the readers were left hanging. I enjoyed reading about Desember. She was a definitely a Hustler's Daughter, just as much as Yarni was a Hustler's wife. I wanted to see how Des responded to Yani's ultimatum. I also wanted to see how Des and Fame's relationship would play out. If there is going to be a Part 4 to this series, then I can understand ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Monique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to urban lit, Nikki Turner is definitely the Queen. This is the 3rd installment for the hustlers wife and Yarni is not the lawyer, first wife or hood chick to be messed with...she can slay you from the courtroom, church house and the dirty streets. Des, her gangsta husband turned preacher, doesn't know who is out to get'em but he isn't worried because Yarni always has his back. Just when things go from bad to worse, the family devises a plan that is crazy enough to work. We are lef ...more
Shar Rowe
Oct 24, 2011 Shar Rowe rated it really liked it
I listened to this book last night on audio it continued to tell the story of des and yarni. In this book 3 des finds out that he has a daughter he never knew he had, I now understand why the reviews on this novel was so mix. Even though it was a good book I found this book to be very short and found the ending to be be rushed. I wonder if there is going to be a book four?
A quick disclaimer before I jump into the actual review: In preparation for an urban fiction genre study at work, I am reading several popular titles/authors. Because urban fiction is geared primarily towards an African American audience, it's not my place to judge the quality of these novels. Therefore, I will only try to highlight the characteristics of each story & leave the personal reactions out of the reviews.

For readers who have read the other books in the Hustler's Wife series, this
Ticara Johnson
It was ok, certainly passed the time at a job i HATED! lol
Tiffinee Brown
Feb 06, 2014 Tiffinee Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this whole serious by Nikki Turner. As always with her books it was a very descriptive and easy read. I enjoyed the book. The writer made this story so detailed I actually could imagine myself being the characters. The drama in this series of books was awesome. The ending however left much to the imagination. GREAT SERIES of books. Often times when the book is a series the author runs out of things to write about and the final book gets to be very boring but not this writer it was good u ...more
May 23, 2011 Pearl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes but beware that it is a short read.
I give this book 2.5 stars although I enjoyed it, I wish it had been longer. Des playing with God as a preacher and still living the life as a gangster worked my nerves — I know this is fiction, but I still don't like mixing the too . Yarni in this book almost seemed like she was going to give up her being a lawyer to defend her street hood husband. Even Des mother Joyce had some thug actions in this novel. Joyce held a secret from Des for eighteen years that he had a daughter (Desember). Desemb ...more
Jun 12, 2013 Caim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fiction
The last book I read of Nikki Turner's was 10 years ago---as an easily impressionable young girl, the allure of the “drug lifestyle”, glamor, and spontaneity of Des and Yarni’s life is what kept my reading. Though Turner has been consistent in her writing style, I found the plot and instances in this “novel” to be extremely elementary and un-developed. She relied too heavily on her readers’ knowledge of each of her character’s history and the newly introduced characters were shallow in descripti ...more
Aug 09, 2016 Madlyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book edition was just as crazy as the second book. The series should have never started. Gangster life is not even close to what the hustler wife is like. Yes every women is going to go through some trials with her street man and the jurisdictional system. The hater's not are jealous . But the real streets hustlers and players are totally different from the book. And not every hustler is a murderer nor are there family's associate with the street life.
Dee Cherry
Jul 19, 2015 Dee Cherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fiction
Although it's been a while since I've read A Hustler's Wife, & missed Fovever, Heartbreak Of A Hustler's Wife was written with enough pertinent information that I was able to continue the series without difficulty. Des & Yarni continue to be quite the couple. Yarni's strength was shown as she appropriately handled situations that bombarded their lives. I thought Desember was a good addition as she brought more drama to the story. Good read
Jun 19, 2015 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! Page turner from beginning to end. Yarni & Des are back, picking up right where they left off. Des, hell bent on finding out who shot him while Yarni just wants him to be greatful and stop playing with God. In this installment the church is robbed, Des' 18 year old daughter Desember is introduced along with her drama and more drama unfolds. Will Yarni still be that ride or die Hustler's Wife or has she reached her breaking point?
Eva Leger
I don't know why I didn't review this when I read it. Now I don't remember enough to get in depth. I'll go with what I remember but be forewarned - it won't be much.
The editing was about what you'd expect. It's far from the worst I've seen and also not up to par with the average edited books out there.
I feel that Turner would have been better off keeping this to a 1 or 2 book minumum instead of the 3 or 4 books it actually is. While I do love the characters and enjoyed reading about them the st
Mar 18, 2014 divana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

it wasn't what I expected it was very disappointing it wasn't like the first book that kept me interested and I wasn't
Jasmine Cole

all this drama with des and yanri what's going to happen next dang poor desi can't wait to read the next,t book
Amy Gable
May 28, 2015 Amy Gable rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series, but what kind of ending is that? Guess I'm waiting on the next book.
Adrian Lee
Yarni & Des saga continued in this 3rd edition and it was just ok for me.
Nicole Ross
Mar 22, 2016 Nicole Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audio Book
I quoted this book three times today.
May 11, 2011 Jeanene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed this series. I did, however, have a minor struggle with Des seeing the ministry as a hustle. I got over that hump, because at least he had the heart to admit it, instead of faking it. However, due to the things that happened to he and Yarni, I do believe that in the next installment, we see Des truly making the transformation from the streets to the pulpit. I absolutely love these characters and enjoyed the twist of Desember, Des' daughter. She's something else, just like her dadd ...more
Mar 28, 2014 Ebony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait to read the next book. I want to know what happen when.......
Jun 22, 2014 E G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was quick n cool
Jun 19, 2013 Lunden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Ok. I was really enjoyed this series until this book. What happened to the girl who came to spy on the family? In the last book she had just told Bambi that the guy who sent her was looking for her....The book also ended very abruptly. I mean although they got Cook Em up...what about Chip and Columbo? IDK wasn't feeling this one as much as her others.
I love the fact how one is willing to do anything for love & family. Also one is willing to accept another man's child & put her under your wing.Everyone in this family is gangster & hustlers. I also like the strength of a women when she has her man's back. I can't wait to see how the rest of this story will turn out when I read the other book.
Jun 06, 2011 Tasha marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I have to read the 2 before this book read them years ago but foe the life of me can't remember the story! So trying to read this was hard! I'll put it on pause for now and read the previous 2. See that's the damn problem the sequel to most books come out years later so it's hard to remember the story ESP. If you read alot of books in between... ...more
Jul 20, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think the book filled in a few of the blanks from her previous books but I really feel that it wasn't the best of her work. It's a lot left to wonder not necessary anticipation for next book. I hope the next will answer more of questions or leave a better twist in characters. It really didn't have me wanting more.
A good storyline, not enough to read on.... To be honest this book kinda sucked, I was looking for more from outta Nikki Turner especial since she was bring my girl Yarni back. But point blank period this book started off slow and then wen it finally picked up it just end.
Vi Louise
This was my intro to this series. It flowed easily enough but this felt like a novella with the abrupt ending.
This was the sequel to Natural Born Hustler. Desember is reunited with Des. This book continues Desember 's story while continuing Des Ans Yarni 's story. This was better than Natural Born Hustler.
Apr 22, 2011 Alicia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To me this was not one of her(Nikki Turner's) best books. It started off slow then picked up when the book was getting ready to end. Not One of my favorites. :-(
Charlene Richardson
This book was just okay. It took a while before it even kept my attention and as soon as the action started it was over.
Feb 08, 2013 Sc_goddess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm an absolute fan of Nikki Turner. This book was not her best but I will say that it was pretty good.
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