Detective Devon Jenson returns to his hometown of Detroit only to find out that the people that he grew up with have changed. He has made his life betDetective Devon Jenson returns to his hometown of Detroit only to find out that the people that he grew up with have changed. He has made his life better by trying to uphold the law. People are getting murdered over drugs. They aren't just any people, but they are his old friends. He is making it his business to find out who is doing the killing. He gets so involved in the case, that he will doanything it takes to bring justice to the City of Detroit.
"At one time, Detroit held the promise of becoming the model for middle class integration, until the arrival of the crack cocaine epidemic that started in late 1985. The dream of middle class prosperity faded along with the city's few white citizens who realized that crime and crack were there to stay" (location 221 on Kindle)
Dr. Brooks comes into the picture. She knows that black men turn to the streets because of they way they are brought up. They grow up in homes were they are abused and where life on the streets is the only option. Even though they are forced into the streets, she can't understand why her people can't just get along. Why do they always have to fight? The violence became personal to her in his story.
Damu was in the Marine Corps. He did everything he could to help his family by sending them money. When he got out, he never wanted his brothers Darren and Ricardo to be without whatever they needed. He also talked about the strength of Piranhas and the pride of the lions. That added a very interesting touch to the story! Here is part of a quote from Damu:
"This country was founded on the backs of two of the greatest crimes known to humanity -- the robbery and genocide of the Native Americans and the kidnapping and enslavement of Africans. Damn near all of the so-called founding fathers took part in this historical crime yet they are celebrated every year during the holidays and in history class..." (location 528 in Kindle)
I am from Michigan, so I was very glad to read a book by a Michigan author! Shaka shows you what life on the streets is like. He doesn't glorify it at all. He is sending a message. Yes, dealing Crack is one way to attain money, but is the expense of losing your family worth the risk? What is more important--money or life?
I could see this book being made into a movie. I think it would be especially good to show young people how life on the street can really mess up your life. The flipping between past and present confused me a little at first, but I didn't find it hard to switch my thinking back and forth.
Crack Volume 1 really gripped me from beginning to end. I felt like I really got to know the characters. The descriptions were very vivid and made me feel like I was right there in the story. Shaka's writing is amazing, and I look forward to reading Crack Volume 2! I highly recommend that you read his books!
I Was I Am was such a powerful book. Sometimes people do things they regret and they have trouble getting through it. Allison Moore writes about her lI Was I Am was such a powerful book. Sometimes people do things they regret and they have trouble getting through it. Allison Moore writes about her life and how she overcame events that happened and made herself a better person.
"Hope is in your story; you just have to re-write it. There is nothing too hard for God. He did it for me and He will do it for you, you just have to believe. "It is finished" Jesus said." (p.10)
Allison Moore did not have an easy life to begin with. She was put up for adoption. Her parents were young, and her father didn't even tell his parents about her because he was afraid. Her grandmother was also pregnant and she just didn't have time to take care of another baby, so this one had to go. The people that adopted Allison were in their 50's and had so many kids--to many to even handle. They had strange ways of punishment too.
Allison did everything in her life to try to fit in and get people to like her. She always acted like everything was okay, even though it really wasn't. Little did anyone know, that she had an addiction. That addiction eventually led her to prison. Her time in prison helped her to see who she really was.
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." Barack Obama (p.152)
"For the first time I realized that everything that happened to me since birth was all a part of Gods master plan for my life. As I reflected on all my past experiences, each held new meaning. (p. 193)
I was really moved by this book. Despite all of the things that Allison had to go through in her life, she came out a better person. I highly recommend this book....more
I've never watched the television series 24, so I can't really compare the two. The book started out great! The vice president went into a bathroom thI've never watched the television series 24, so I can't really compare the two. The book started out great! The vice president went into a bathroom that was supposed to have been secure. Someone was hiding in there. They had plans on assassinating the vice president. From there the action just didn't stop!
The main character Melissa was a great character! I really hope to see more books from the author with Melissa! She was a tough woman and really made the story. Some of the other characters were a little hard to keep track of at times as to who was who though.
The story was full of action and suspense. If you like to read thrillers, then I would recommend this one! I am looking forward to reading more books by Steve DeWinter! ...more
I've really never read a book quite like this one. After all, if someone saw me reading this book with the title "Is Your Man Gay?", they might wonderI've really never read a book quite like this one. After all, if someone saw me reading this book with the title "Is Your Man Gay?", they might wonder if I am reading thinking my man is gay. No, not the case at all. This book was sent to me for review by Tonja Ayers.
If you think your man may be gay though, you really might want to pick this book up! The author states, and I agree, that there is nothing wrong with being a gay man. To each his own. This book is targeting the gay man that has a significant other that is female and is lying to her about who he really is. Read this book to find out the signs that your man may be gay. The author also brings up the subject of HIV/Aides and why a gay man might have picked you to be with.
If you are questioning your man's sexual preference, or if you are just looking for a quick book that is very entertaining, you definitely want to pick up this book! I was very entertained and learned a lot from this book as well! ...more
This is my first book by Tracy Brown. I joined the "We Love to Read Book Club" on Facebook. They are reading Aftermath by Tracy Brown this month. I waThis is my first book by Tracy Brown. I joined the "We Love to Read Book Club" on Facebook. They are reading Aftermath by Tracy Brown this month. I wanted to buy it, but then realized Snapped was the first book, so I bought both of them.
I am so glad that I was led to this book! Tracy Brown really did a great job building the characters and really giving them personality. There were quite a few characters and I was worried that I would get confused, but I didn't. You really have to pay attention when you are reading this book to keep everything straight, but that was one thing that I really liked about this book. It made me really think!
Camille really should have done more with Frankie, but he should have tried harder to involve her in his life too. Misa really seemed to take advantage of Camille by having her watch her son Shane all the time. It was nice of Camille to do that, but she really should have put her foot down and told her no once in a while. It really would have been good for Misa and may have prevented a lot of problems. Misa was really worrying too much about her love life when she should have been taking care of her son! Camille and Misa's mom finally let them have it and told them both what they should be doing. It's about time! What happened with Shane though at the end really surprised me.
I want to find out in the next book what happens with Dominique and Jamel. She was so good to him, and I really hope that things work out for them. People were putting her down for what she was doing for him because he is incarcerated, but have hope that he will come out and they will be together. What happened with her daughter Octavia really surprised me toward the end.
This book definitely was full of drama and was a page turner! The end definitely had me wondering what is going to happen in the next book, since I was left hanging at the end! I was sad that this book was done, but I am so glad that the story will continue in Aftermath! I highly recommend this book!...more
Oh was this book ever a breath of fresh air for me! I've never read anything by Elaine Flowers before. After reading this book, I can tell you that itOh was this book ever a breath of fresh air for me! I've never read anything by Elaine Flowers before. After reading this book, I can tell you that it sure won't be my last!
Never As Good As The First Time was my first introduction to Elaine Flowers and her writing. I loved this story! Melinda and Germaine really thought they could have their cake and eat it too. They thought hey, what's wrong with meeting up every two years and having a fling together. Melinda loved her husband, but he really could have been more adventurous in the bedroom. I'm not saying that makes it okay to do what she did, but come on and live a little Bernard. He did scare me a little too though. You will probably need a kleenex for this one because what happened toward the end of the story really made me tear up.
The Letter was a very short story, by short I am talking 10 pages. Even though it was short, it was such a sweet story about a man finding a letter and getting all excited about getting together with the person who wrote it. He had quite a surprise in store for him, and so did the author of the letter!
Daddy's Maybe was also an awesome story. Kendra was cheating on her husband with Brad. She had cheated on him before, but they moved to a new town and he thought maybe her cheating ways were done. Anyway, the end of this story was very shocking!
Elaine Flowers is definitely an author to watch! I loved this book so much, and I am looking forward to reading her other two books that I have on my bookshelf! I am very impressed by her writing and how she created characters that really came to life for me. I didn't have any problem getting into each story and then going to the next. I would highly recommend this book!...more
Megan wasn't out looking to have an affair. She just happened to meet Carlos on a airplane and they hit it off. Nothing happened at first, but then thMegan wasn't out looking to have an affair. She just happened to meet Carlos on a airplane and they hit it off. Nothing happened at first, but then they got in contact with one another later.
Yes, Megan was married to Willem, but their marriage wasn't exactly perfect. She wouldn't have sought what she did from Carlos if it had been. Willem didn't really seem like he wanted much to do with Megan. She needed someone to love her, and he just wasn't giving it to her. I am not saying that I think it is right to have an affair, because I am not. If you read this book though, you will see what Carlos and Megan had. He treated her like she should be treated, and it's really no wonder why she kept going back to him to get that. Actually, Megan's husband told her that whatever she is doing is great and to keep it up. She was happier than ever!
When you read this memoir you will find out what Megan's life was as a child. She didn't have an easy life, and I think her need for love really started back then. She tried to make things better at home when she was a child, but it didn't turn out the way that she had hoped it would.
When Carlos got sick, Megan really wanted to take care of him and get him the best care possible. Being as she was just his mistress, things could not go by what she wanted. It was all ultimately up to Carlos' wife Emma. That's part of being a mistress. Megan could be there for him when times were good, but when they got bad, she just kind of had to sit back and hope that his wife would take care of him and make all of the right decisions.
I really loved this book. It was so full of emotion and love. I really got mad at Carlos sometimes though. I thought he should just leave his wife and be with Megan. I think Megan and Carlos were really true loves. I don't think Megan should have any regrets about her life. She found out what it was like to truly be loved by a man, and I think it must have really helped her marriage to Willem in the end. ...more
This book was told by 12 year old Haddie Bashford and takes place in 1962. Haddie lives in a small town in Maryland where everyone knows everybody's bThis book was told by 12 year old Haddie Bashford and takes place in 1962. Haddie lives in a small town in Maryland where everyone knows everybody's business. It reminds me a lot of the town where I live. Haddie just wants to get out of the small town and move to the big city!
Haddie was raised in a home where African Americans were considered friends. She didn't view them as any different than anyone else. When things started happening in her town, she really experienced the fact that racism existed. Katharine Russell does a good job in this book of describing the segregation that existed in this time period.
I wanted to read this book because I loved Katharine's book "A Pointed Death" and gave it 5/5 diamonds. I thought Deed So was an okay book. I really am not big on historical fiction, but I wanted to read more of Katharine's work. I just felt like this book is a little slow moving for me, and I didn't really get into it as much as A Pointed Death.
I just have to say that I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the Pointed Death series!
Another great short story by Tonja Ayers! I am totally reading this book for review purposes, but if you are a ho, this book has information that youAnother great short story by Tonja Ayers! I am totally reading this book for review purposes, but if you are a ho, this book has information that you really need to read!
First of all, if you are a ho, you can't be thinking that the man that you are being a ho with is obligated to you in any way. No matter what, his first priority is and always will be his wife. Do you want to find out what your place is, well the four categories for women are: 1. wifey, 2. boo, 3. bitch, 4. ho. You need to read the book to find out what the person in each category means to the man.
Tonja Ayers really does an excellent job of spelling out what your place is if you are a ho. If you are a ho, I highly recommend this book. Even if you aren't, you will be highly entertained! Tonja Ayers uses humor to address a very serious issue! ...more
My first reactions when I finished: Wow! This book was amazing! I also said: "What--that's it?", "What happens next". The author left me wanting more!
MMy first reactions when I finished: Wow! This book was amazing! I also said: "What--that's it?", "What happens next". The author left me wanting more!
My Review: I had to take a break while reading this book and read another book for a book tour. I didn't want to put this book down AT ALL. When I was able to get back to it, I had no problem picking up where I left off.
Laela and Quinton seemed like the perfect couple, but they both had issues that they needed to deal with. He had so many women in his past, but he wanted to turn a new leaf and marry Laela and be faithful to her, but can he? Laela, on the other hand, would like to try a threesome. Who would be #3 in their threesome, and will they even go through with it?
This book was highly erotic and had a great story to go along with it. I really don't think the scenes could have been any steamier! The sex in this book was scorching HOT! I admit, I was highly aroused while I was reading this book. The characters were well thought out and I really felt connected with them. They seemed so real to me. They had so many things going on, and their lives all got intertwined. I was excited to see how it would all end up! I found my heart racing at times and my heart sinking at other times.
I loved also how each chapter was a different character's point of view, and under the character's name the day and time was listed.
I am surprised that this is D.V. Hent's first book. I am really looking forward to reading more of his books!
Favorite Character: Quinton. of course! I want to see what he does next!
Least Favorite Character: Mike. He seems like just a jerk to Simone. I was very surprised what was revealed about him at the end though. I didn't see that coming at all.
Favorite New Words From This Book: Mandingo (p.34) Slorny (p.52)
Favorite Quote (that doesn't give too much away): P 31.
The kiss lingered on my lips; I licked them, hoping to rekindle the sensation, but it was a little too late. My body craved the feeling she'd left....more
This is the first book that I have read by Lisa Gardner, and I want to thank the Pump Up Your Book Tour for letting me be a part of this tour!
Love Yo This is the first book that I have read by Lisa Gardner, and I want to thank the Pump Up Your Book Tour for letting me be a part of this tour!
Love You More was a fast paced book! I was trying to figure Tessa out. What was up with her and her husband's relationship and why did she kill him. I kept wanting to know also what happened to their 6 year old daughter. Tessa really seemed like a good mother. Nobody had any complaints about her, but then when I found out a little about something that happened in the past, I just didn't know what to think. Detective D.D. Warren wants to get to the bottom of what has happened.
This book was really hard to put down and really kept my attention. There was so much action going on, and I really couldn't wait to get to the end to see how it all turned out. I had no idea that the end would turn out the way it did. I was not disappointed in this book at all and look forward to reading more books by Lisa Gardner! I highly recommend this murder/mystery!...more
Presley is a Senior Human Resource Manager at McLaughlin Industries. Right in the beginning of the book, she gets fired from her job. She definitely hPresley is a Senior Human Resource Manager at McLaughlin Industries. Right in the beginning of the book, she gets fired from her job. She definitely has to find some kind of work since she loves shoes and shopping! As you can see from these quotes:
"Enough reflecting, she said to herself, unlocking her door. There were more pressing things to worry about--like finding a new job. The bills wouldn't pay themselves, and she didn't have a sugar daddy in her back pocket. Stepping on the foyer, she kicked off her Jimmy Choo's (she had a weakness for shoes and would rather not eat than go without her favorite shoes), and dug her toes into the thick, cream shag carpet as she hung her coat in the front closet. I'll have to cut back on the shoe shopping now that I am unemployed, she thought to herself. That was going to be more difficult than anything. A girl had to have her priorities." p.14
"Shoes, bags and accessories of all kinds were just as important as food; actually, they were probably more important than food. Right after coffee and before food was probably the perfect priority for accessories." p. 34
She was thinking about what she would like to do for a job. The two things she always wanted to do was be a writer and work at Kentucky Fried Chicken (her favorite restaurant when she was little). Her friend Trevor had talked about her writing for his online magazine. Since she loves to write, she thought maybe she will try that. Her first assignment is to interview the Senator who is from Alkon, her hometown. She decides to go there and do the interview. She figures it will be a good chance to spend time with her friends and family too.
Within a few hours of the time that she interviews the Senator, he is murdered. She finds herself immersed in trying to figure out who murdered the Senator. This is when the book really picked up for me! I am surprised at how good of a detective Presley is, and this really made the story!
Presley's mom still treated her like a little girl, and that was really annoying. If I was Presley I would have told her that she is a grown girl and stop treating her like a child!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! The story really picked up for me after the murder, and I was turning pages to see what was going to happen next! I hope Presley comes back in another book! I definitely recommend this book!...more