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The Hood Life (Bentley Manor #3)

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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  575 ratings  ·  43 reviews
In the third and final installment of the Desperate Hoodwives trilogy, hailed by the New York Post and Essence as a “can’t-miss new series,” a pimp, a killer, a playa, and a drug dealer struggle to get their game right in a sizzling novel where leaving the life and trying to go straight is a deadly option.

Tavon, better known as “Sweet,”...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Touchstone
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Eva Leger
Feb 15, 2009 Eva Leger rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all urban fiction readers & readers following the series already
Recommended to Eva by: reading the whole series
This is definitely a five star for me. I was waiting and waiting for this to be released and when I finally got it and started reading- I was disappointed. I thought The Hood Life was going to be more about the Bentley Manor men from the previous two books, the ones that lived to the end of Shameless Hoodwives anyway. But this is about an entirely new set of men.
I guess it's obvious, by my five star rating that I got past my sadness about the characters and fell in love with the new ones. There...more
Nardsbaby Reader
I Go For Mine

Over the years, drugs, gang violence and neglect created terrible conditions for the residents of Bentley Manor. In fact, Bentley Manor has become synonymous with the problems associated with public housing. A pimp, a killer, a player and a drug dealer utilize this to their advantage.

Davon Taylor, the pimp, learned early on the importance of supply and demand. As a kid growing up in Bentley Manor with a mother who sold herself to afford a better way, he soon just took over the rein...more
Brooklyn Darkchild
Feb 14, 2009 Brooklyn Darkchild rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anybody who loves a great story
Recommended to Brooklyn by: I read the other books in the series

Everybody knows there’s hella drama up in Bentley Manor. Them Hoodwives alone had enough drama to last until the twenty-second century. But the dudes…Oh my Lawd! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: nobody does Hood tales better than Mink and Diamond. Hood tales are a Dime A Dozen these days, with trite storylines featuring Pimps and Ho’s practically jumping off the shelves begging to be bought. Unfortunately, most of the stories these days make me holla for my money back.
Even the ones I’v...more
OOSA
The Hood Life is All We Know

There is nothing as interesting as other people’s lives, especially when it’s filled with drama. And drama best describes Bentley Manor. In this Bentley Manor edition, the lives of four males are chronicled.

Pimping came naturally to Tavon “Sweet Diamondtrim” Johnson. Can the same be said for his parenting skills when he learns he has a teenage daughter?

Kaseem became the man after his best friend, Maleek (DESPERATE HOODWIVES), caught a federal bid. Is Kaseem built fo...more
Lesa Jones
This book was good it's about 4 men living there life in Bentlye Manor.

Sweet is a well known pimp that makes his money pimping women even his own mom. Sweet try to live life with his wife that is welling to try to let him have his own downlow life from time to time with one of his prostituts. Sweet then try to do the daddy thing when his daughter after fifteen years pops in his life for the first time.

Demarcus is a killer. He leaves jail thinking postive about starting over and getting on the s...more
Darnetta
Move over ladies of Bentley Manor! The men have definitely taken over in The Hood Life by Meesah Mink and De'Nesha Diamond.

Tavon (the Pimp) was born to pimp if you let him tell it. As a child, he had to get up close and personal with the oldest profession in the book for survival. How else could he make sure his prostitute mother fed them when she got strung out on crack? So his career choice was a no-brainer, but when he is faced with being a father to a teenage girl, can his mind really stay o...more
Nandi Crawford
The final Bentley Manor Tale that deals with the men of Bentley Manor. A pimp, a playa, a drug dealer, a recent parolee out of prison are the principles of the this last installment of the The Hood Life. I have enjoyed the books, and I know that there's a million sad stories from the hood. I know I have seen it for myself, but dang, does it have to be ALL BAD?? although the brothers here are rough, the authors did a great job bringing their stories to light and how they have come to that point....more
Kellee
Jun 05, 2009 Kellee rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Bentley Manor fans, urban lit fans
This was a pretty ok book, but I'm getting tired of all the different characters. Just too many to keep up with. Maybe I'm slow. I don't know. It took me longer than I wanted to read it too which meant it wasn't that much of a page turner, but it still was a decent read. I must admit, all of the main characters endings were not to my liking, but that still makes for a good book. I don't think this is the last of Bentley Manor.
Keyona
These authors are now writing from male perspectives in this newest Bentley Manor tale. In my opinion, the second one was the best. I wasn't impressed with this one very much. Yes, there was drama of course but it was not exciting and it felt forced. Just because the authors switched it up this time bringing the men, they still should have brought the same creative energy they had with the other two books.
Aisha Harris
this book was better then i thought it would be my favorite person is sweets the last chapter of his story is mind blowing i been thinking about it for two days so if you want to read a fast paced story about the ins and outs of the hood for black men then read the hood life one of the best books i have read in a long time
Sy
This book was OK. Not great. It was like they were under contract to write this book. It was not near as good as the other Bentley Manor books. The characters were lacking in depth. Overall the writers half assed this book.
Fredericka
Damn I had to laugh at this book, I mean none of the brothers portrayed in this book had a good ending, I;m kind of wondering is B M still standing.
Bggrlzdntcry
This was my book club selection for August. Two words: HOT MESS! However, it did keep me interested and it's a quick read.
Samsuzie
I'm from Bankhead highway and something.. Ill take that back everything about this book is all to familiar to me!!! BentleyManor sounds identical to the housing projects Bowen homes even some of the people are familier, example Junior in the first desperate house wives book has the same story as real life Carlos Bka shanty lo, the rapper and maleek has the same story as BMF president big Meech, this book is not so great, the stories are real not fiction and bring back painful memories of the now...more
Chanses
this book is about a whole bunch of people point of veiws and storys and there life in the hood.where they grew up , were there were shootings and crime.were people die and people do drug's.Its something like the slumps of america.this book is reality , theres so many people who lives are really like this and theres the pimp , the hoe , the drug dealer the crackhead.

I really like this because its real and i can relate to it.I like this because im from the hood doe like the hood doe like really ,...more
DEMCAEA LARKIN
I loved this whole series!!
Maggie
Take a bad soap opera, a bad porno, mix them together, and convert them into book form, and this is what you get. I wish there was a rating lower than one star. I wish I could un-read this book. If you want to read in great detail what "Tavon" does in bed with twins "Suga" and "Spyce," and how his girlfriend is all jealous of his best-friend/transvestite lover, thenthis might be the book for you.
Mikylah Hutchinson
Feb 22, 2010 Mikylah Hutchinson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone Who Loves Drama.
Meesha Mink the author of some of my favorite series A Bentley Manor Tale. This particular book is about 4 different men. One had a rough child hood and all he knew was money, even if that meant pimping his mother. This book is a page turner it’s really hard to put down once you pick it up. I recommend this to everyone.
Angelia
This is Book #3 of the Bentley Manor Tales and I LOVED it. From the ladies who brought you Desperate Hoodwives and Shameless Hoodwives, they can bring it some more. LOVED all these stories.....they were fast paced and interesting always ending with a TWIST!!!!
LaTonya
This was a fast and good read. I liked that I got to read from the point of view of some of the men of Bentley Manor and I'm wondering if there will be another book in this series......I hope so because I'm always like "WOW" towards the end of the books in this series.
Ajhane Hall
I truly enjoyed this book. It kept me very engaged from the beginning to the end. It has a lot of surprises but it ends with the burning down of Bentley Manor, which is where the main characters grew up. I loved this book and I truly recommend it to everyone.
Diana
Another great book by Meesha Mink and Diamond. I mean, they have worked this series so well that I am very impressed with their writing. I loved this one, and these two need to keep on writing together because they have a special connection.
Unique811
it took me a little longer to read it. overall it was still a good book. i do prefer the first 2 books the women were more interesting. i am also looking forward to them writing a new book to continue this series.
Deontae710 Mcneil
The book is pretty good. The main character takes you on a journey of his life. Hes the complete opposite off what not to do in life.
Amyr
this joint was official, hood life foreal! the characters were dope and stood true to there names. the story verry well writen
Bunnita (Worth Reading It?)
Great end to the triology. I haven't written my review had so it will be posted to my blog. worthreadingit.blogspot.com
Shanae
There is so much I can say about this novel, so as not to spoil it, I will just say this: READ THIS NOVEL!!!
Yvonne
Jul 15, 2010 Yvonne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Meesha and De'Nesha did it again with this book. All the characters in the hood series are memorable.
Daphne Birchfield
If your really into urban literature then you should definitely read this saga!!!!
Ladasha
it was good. but it was sad ayt the same time. who burns a child alive?
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