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Desperate Hoodwives (Bentley Manor #1)

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  2,430 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews

In the first book of a drama-drenched new series, four unforgettable women will do anything to escape the hood.

From their front stoops at Bentley Manor, longtime residents Miz Osceola and Miz Cleo have seen just about everything and know all too well that there's no happily-ever-after in the projects. There's only the desperate need to g
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Touchstone
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Saysha Wilson
Mar 13, 2008 Saysha Wilson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers who love drama

This book was sinfully delicious! The four characters, Devani, Lexi, Molly and Aisha gives readers a peek into their worlds in Bentley Manor, the projects. Aisha is married to a drug dealer thats doing time in prison, Devani has her eyes and heart set on a NFL player hoping and praying he's her meal ticket out of the projects, Lexi has five kids and four baby daddies, but is happily married to a man who is not the father of any of her kids and then there's Molly...the white girl
Brooklyn Darkchild
Jun 25, 2008 Brooklyn Darkchild rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of non stop,dramatic storylines. You don't have to be into Urban Fiction to enjoy this book.
Recommended to Brooklyn by: I was captured by the title
Know what that was???
That was Five Stars, Baby. Flyin Atcha.
Woo, these chicks can write. The interwoven storylines never disappointed. Aisha and Lexi had the most distinctive voices, but by the end of the book all the characters came alive for me. The only drawback???
There was one character I wished had a happier ending.
She really deserved it.
Shameless Hoodwives?
Here I come.
Nardsbaby Reader
Wait and See

Aisha, Devani, Lexi and Molly have a few things in common. Mainly, they each hate Bentley Manor, the run down projects they reside in.

Aisha, unlike the other women, has the money to get out of the hood, but her man does his work illegally so she has to wait for him to not only acquire something legit, but also serve his time. While she’s being diligent and being by her man’s side, money isn’t coming in like it once was and Aisha’s forced to make decisions on her own. Not ready to fa
Dec 11, 2008 Junisha rated it it was ok
This book makes a person, especially a feamle think about a lot of self determination. It is a good thing that these females have to will power to get out of the hood, but it is the independants that matter. I think thier dependancy, or "plan" for getting out by latching on to a man is not really a good thing. Like the fact that the a mother with 5 children cant depend on anyone of her children's fathers is bad. But if a female is really determined, she can do it on her own. I have heard often a ...more
Redd Monroe
Dec 03, 2014 Redd Monroe rated it it was amazing
This book had me gone. I love it & it taught you a lot about life . The goods & the bads of it... Mainly the bads .

Molly: I loved her ! She was one of my favorite characters... She showed love to a black man losing everything and everyone in her life . Junior is his name.. Her family is even disowning her for this love. It's crazy .. And she is so blind to his wrong doings but everyone else see its & tries to forewarn her but she doesn't listen . It's eerie to her. Junior has her so
Lesa Divine)
Feb 23, 2009 Lesa Divine) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-it, i-own
My Spring Brake Read. (April 15 and Finished April 17)

Overall book was great. Wished it was lots more drama in it like Shameless Hoodwives and Hood Life. But, have to admit I still kept turning the pages.

Aisha was a miss know it all thinking she better then everyone around her because of the money, clothes and her man. But, he ends up locked up and she had to fiend for herself to be able to keep living the life she only knew how but, al the end everything exploses in her face. Her pass comes and
Oct 14, 2015 Tiffanie rated it really liked it
Devani lives in Bentley manor with her mama. Current dating a nfl player. She just found out he got traded and is going to be leaving and she comes up with a plan to make him take her with him......get pregnant..:.which she does. But is it his? One quick screw with his man whore cousin and a broken condom might make it his.
Aisha met a big time drug dealer married him and they try to be on low so they live in Bentley manor too. But he got busted and is locked up waiting for trial looking at 10 y
Nov 23, 2008 OOSA rated it really liked it
Home Sweet Home

They're the residents of Bentley Manor...Aisha Cummings, wife of a big time drug dealer awaiting trial, searching for a way to continue supporting her fabulous lifestyle...Devani Rodgers, a dime piece hoping that an unplanned (and unwanted) pregnancy by her pro-athlete boyfriend will be her one-way ticket out of the hood...Lexi Mitchell was a victim of good sex, five children and four babies' daddies later she's found a husband; good sex is now a thing of the past...Molly Jefferso
Dec 19, 2009 Ebony rated it it was amazing
I learned that u cant really trust men and just trust everyone one you see just because they give u the time of day i learned hat if u got 4 kids and all the baby daddys failed it s time to give it up and just be friends and i aalso learned thet men aint always what they appear to be everyone has secrets and junior happen to actually wanna stick his thing in to anything and Luther just been there to catch him in his horny rude but i think thats really fucked up that junior had to go for his ex- ...more
Jan 23, 2009 Adrienna rated it did not like it
This book is labeled as a sexy urban tale written by two authors under pen names (pseudonyms). If you are into erotica, vulgar language, and no real plot just sex and cheating throughout the story, this book may be for you. It also felt like the same vibe just different characters names--married woman, cheating husband, and gay relations of men that leads to infecting their lovers with HIV. Same old story with nothing for me to latch to! I will try to read "Shameless Hoodwives", hope no more jiv ...more
This book was about desperate females depending on men to get them out of the hood. This book tells about four young girl wanting to get out of the hood. The story is told by to older ladies who were told the same thing as these young girls. Aisha is a young girl who thinks she has it all when she married her thug that is until he got locked up leaving her with little funds and a promise. Aisha used to this custom lifestyle not knowing what they have in store for him
May 08, 2009 Emily rated it did not like it
I thought I would try out a little urban romance. This book did ok until it got to the end and it totally fell apart. I am not sure the writing was great or anything like that but it kept me involved. It had a pretty good amount of sex and the dialect was good. The end however was ridiculous. All the desperate hoodwives came to different bad endings. I think the author may have been trying to preach on the dangers of fast living but it didn't come across to well.
Dec 30, 2015 reneeNaDaBomb rated it liked it
Life in Bentley Manor is a family affair in the hood. Relationships as well as a friendship are pushed to the limit every single second of the day. That's the life for Lexi, Molly, Aisha and Devani, along with the front porch queens, Mz. Cleo and Mz. Osceola, respectively. Oh Lord, please help Smokey, Luther and Jr living dat life! It's a sad one with more than a few unhappy endings.

Interesting story. I gave it 3 ***.
Jun 05, 2016 Mserika rated it it was amazing
*****The Scarlet Letter
DFWM....The characters really compliment each other and each are unique and bring their own personalities to the story. I actually grinned, laughed out loud because I felt a part of the story - truly an amazing feeling to be so immersed like this, and I enjoyed every minute of it!
Mar 26, 2013 LaTonya rated it liked it
This book was alright. The book was really slow for me & it took me a while to read it. The book really picked up at the end & got really good with shocking twists & turn. I'm definitely going to read the rest of the books in this series.
Sep 10, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it
I am surprised about how good this book really is. I have been disappointed with urban fiction lately but this one was wonderfully ghetto and a great read. The plot is good, believable and funny. I'm glad I gave it a chance.
Jan 25, 2008 Sy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves drama
WOW! Really that one word describes this book. There were laugh out loud parts of this book and just plain jaw dropping parts. It took less than 2 days to read because I just couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen next.
Sep 09, 2008 Keyona rated it liked it
At first I was disappointed because I thought it would be a "hood" book. The only thing hood about this book is where the main characters live.However,it was some crazy stuff happening in this book. What really got me was the end. This book proves that men are the root of all EVIL!!! lol
Nov 10, 2016 Tish rated it really liked it
This book started off slow for me but ended up being really entertaining. It will make you laugh one minute and upset the next. I was hoping that the ladies would become friends rather than just being connected by the apartment complex. Overall, this was a good read.
Nicole Garcia
Feb 10, 2015 Nicole Garcia rated it it was ok
I read this book a while back it was given to me from a friend.
This is not really my type of book so I really don't feel the need to review this book. If you are into a sexual erotic desires then this book is for you.
Courtney Kendrick
Dec 16, 2012 Courtney Kendrick rated it really liked it
It was not as good as The Coldest Winter Ever, but it was more of a sequel than Midnight which sucked. It made me sad at times, but if you are looking for another good read from Sister Souljah then this is it.
May 27, 2016 Hailey rated it really liked it
The women in Bently Manner understand the struggles of life and try everything they can to get out of their current situation and into a better life. This book will leave you shocked and eager to continue the series.
Kia Jones
Jan 28, 2015 Kia Jones rated it it was amazing
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Eva Leger
Aug 15, 2008 Eva Leger rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Eva by: Shannon
Definitely a great start to this series. I was hooked from the beginning. I was planning on reading something else in between this and Shameless but once I got to the end of this I knew I couldn't. Definitely two great authiors!
Mar 04, 2008 Kellee rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who is in to Urban Fiction
I finished this book and like everyone said, it was a page turner. I thought it was pretty decent. I expected it to be better because of the rave reviews. I will be reading "Shameless Hoodwives" when that comes out. I am also willing to sell this book.
May 21, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
another page turner. Story line flows. Even with several different people being written about in the book the story still flows. Although alot of drama this type of issues happen everyday. Book is very real.
Feb 03, 2010 JazzyRacquel rated it really liked it
♥ This Book Was Sooo Good ♥ Keeps You On The Edge Of Your Chair Wanting More ♥ A Must Read Straight Out Of The Projects ♥
Apr 24, 2014 Latonya rated it it was amazing
great book. unexpected ending.
Desiree Watson
Jan 19, 2013 Desiree Watson rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Urban fiction complete with ghetto girls and their drug dealing men. Read this book in 2010.
Trina Robinson
Sep 25, 2011 Trina Robinson rated it it was amazing
All I can say is WOW!!!
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