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Desperate Hoodwives (Bentley Manor #1)

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  1,620 ratings  ·  61 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...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Touchstone
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Saysha Wilson
Mar 20, 2008 Saysha Wilson rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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...more
Lesa Jones
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...more
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
Donna Eagle
not only did I read this one.....I read them all....a must read
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
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
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
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.
great book. unexpected ending.
Brooklyn Darkchild
Jun 25, 2008 Brooklyn Darkchild rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Finished in a night. Worth a read if you like urban tales filled with gritty drama.
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
May 01, 2008 Kellee rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
Mar 18, 2008 Sy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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.
Eva Leger
Oct 07, 2008 Eva Leger rated it 5 of 5 stars
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!
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.
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.
Courtney Kendrick
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. Blue
Jul 27, 2008 Blue rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
This book was so good. I was surprised.... it was juicy from beginning to the end!..I loved it and is currently trying to get my hands on SHAMELESS HOOD WIVES...Happy Reading to all!
Christina Achoe
I liked the book I don't always need a to read a book with a deep plot, sometimes I just want read for entertainment and this was a great book for that. I enjoyed the entire series.
Yes, it was a page turner. But it was also unnecessarily depressing. Drama doesn't have to be that way. I was sorely disappointed in this one. I will not be reading Shameless Hoodwives.
Jan 24, 2011 Shanae rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Avid Urban/Street Lit Readers
This book was so funny! I really enjoyed reading it...there was some really good writing here - great description & complex characters, which you don't really get in urban lit novels.
This book actually meant what the title was DESPERATE. All the girls in this book didnt have one day to say it was actually peaceful and not full of drama. I recommend this book.
This book was filled with drama which for the most part was enjoyable, but some of the scenarios were disturbing and made me uncomfortable. The title totally caught my attention!
Deszion Nasir
If you're looking for drama... here it is! Loved the drama in the book. It was crazy...5 stars because I was suprised a couple of times... that's not easy to do to me...
Wykeitha Benton
No matter where u from. whether it's from the hood or high class society we all have issues and problems. none is no better then the other.
I really enjoyed this book. Lot's of suspense. The story line could have been a lil more complicated though.
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