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Live and Learn (Friends & Sins #1)

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  258 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Set in her hometown of Newark, NJ, this popular bestselling author brings you a hip, sexy, and drama-filled story of four friends with choices to be made, sins to be forgiven, and lessons to learn.
It's 24/7 money to burn, it's fancy houses, designer clothes, and luxury cars. It's leaving no-pay jobs and crumbling projects to have everything mad cash flow. And best friends
Paperback, 278 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Dafina
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Felicia A
Mar 10, 2009 Felicia A rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fiction
I'd actually give this 3 and a half, but not 4 stars. Having read the sequel first, and not given it a fabulous review, I can say that reading this one while the sequel was still fresh made the sequel better for me.

One of the things that made these two books annoying for me is that all four main characters have given names: Latoya, Keesha, Monica and Danielle, but they all have nicknames: Cristal, Moet, Alize and Dom, and the author keeps switching back and forth between them, so it's like EIGHT
Dm rated it really liked it
Nov 15, 2009
Jun 01, 2010 toya rated it really liked it
Good urban story of the ups & downs of , faith, family, relationships & friendship. Looking forward to the sequel 'Show and Prove'.
Jun 09, 2010 Kellee rated it really liked it
I just finished this book and it was really good. Not a dull moment. I could have done without all the sex scenes. One problem with the book was all the name-brand dropping. It started off on like the 3rd page and was so repetitive throughout the book. The author had already done a great job describing the way the characters dressed, so I felt it was a little unnecessary to state every brand name each time an outfit was described.

The other issue is that Dom, Cristal, Moet and Alize are all nickn
Malissa Poole
Oct 27, 2012 Malissa Poole rated it did not like it
When I start reading a book, I have to finish it! I think I started this book 2 years ago, got to page 2, and I could not finish this mess! But being true to my rule, I have picked this book up again(idk why?!) and I will finish it.
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Feb 13, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had owned this book from the beginning but just got around to reading it. I loved the storyline even with all the issues these4 friends had.
Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels rated it it was amazing
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Nov 12, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it
Good book but all the name-brand dropping was over the top. It was truly annoying. I loved reading the book from the different points of view and such it was really good. It started slow at first but midway through the book was really good. I enjoyed it but I enjoyed Message From a Mistress and Mistress No More better because the action started on first page. :)
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Ashley Teagle
Apr 08, 2013 Ashley Teagle rated it really liked it
I really got into this book! I liked how Bryant made her characters evolve...nothing annoys me more in the urban fiction genre than characters who don't develop. The cliff hanger at the end drove me crazy...thankfully this is an older title and I was able to get my hands on a copy of the sequel "Show and Tell."

Overall this is a good book for fans of urban fiction. There are a few racy love scenes and plenty of drama. Fans of chick lit would also like this title because of the emphasis on friend
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Black Carrie
Jun 09, 2014 Black Carrie rated it it was amazing
great book I loved the cover for some odd reason ! Alize is my favorite :)(: . Live and Learn is a very entertaining novel. This book is filled with drama and held my attention to the very end. Some parts made me mad then sad !
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Nov 02, 2014 Teaguem2005 rated it liked it
Took me a minute to finish this book but not because it wasn't good . Pretty funny dialog at times. Shows every thing good to you isn't necessarily good for you
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May 02, 2015 Xzavia Adams rated it it was amazing
Aaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyeeeeeee!!!!!!!! Live than ever. I read this book year's ago and been looking for it ever since
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Niobia Bryant was born and raised in the Central Ward of Newark, New Jersey to Letha and Ernest. She has one brother, Caleb. She credits her mother for introducing her to books at an early age.

Bryant was educated in the Newark Public Schools system and graduated from University High School, eventually earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Science
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