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It was obvious to everyone but them they were all wrong for each other. Riley is a free-spirited boho writer and Shawn is a magnetic and charismatic rapper, riding the highest crest of his career. She doesn't understand his world and he sure as hell doesn't understand hers. And what's worse, while he's never committed to any woman before, she's committed to someone else. S ...more
Kindle Edition, 522 pages
Published June 27th 2012 by Nia Forrester
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Alexis *Reality Bites*
SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
4 STARS out of 5
Genre: Urban Romance

"When I’m with you, I’m with you. And what happens when I’m not with you doesn’t matter." That was their deal. And it worked. At first.

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“But you’re right; a lot of rap isn’t poetic, but it isn’t supposed to be. Some of us aren’t poets; we’re the town criers, putting out the word on what’s going on in the streets.” He emptied his glass of the last of his beer.
“Don’t be so
Michelle [Helen Geek]
06/07/2015 -- Re-read

I think this is the third time I'm reading this book. Why? It's just that good. It does something for me. I knew I had this business trip coming up and wanted to read the newest book in this series so I planned to start from the beginning.

Shawn and Riley are interesting to me. They are extraordinarily talented people who struggle with the normal relationship stuff we all struggle with. The background may be a bit different, but on the inside, they have the same insecuriti
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my third attempt to read this book, but I've finally gotten through it, and, as with the other books in the series, really enjoyed it. My problem was that I knew there was some angst coming up for Riley and Shawn, because I'd already read some of the other books. And as the angsty bits loomed, I kept putting the book aside 'for another day'. But this time I pushed through. Yay.

This is the first book in this terrific series, but obviously it doesn't have to be read first, because I got ho
DNF @ 66%

I admit, it's my fault for not reading other reviews first but
I can't believe I almost wasted my whole day on this. I'm going to apologise first if this whole review/rant is not coherent because I'm just so angry.

For the safety gang, let's just say this book is not up your alley.

The underlying premise involves cheating (I'm not going to label it as a spoiler because it's already stated in the synopsis) because the H and h's relationship started out as an affair. Riley already had a boyf
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I opened this book I hoped it would be good I got just what I wanted because it really a good book . This book is about what it takes to make a relationship work. In this book Shawn and Riley meet fall in love and get married most books end at that point but this Book is about the commitment of being in a marriage that is the hard part. The commitment part of the relationship is what makes this book good. This is not a fairytale this is a real love story with real problems.Riley and Shawn f ...more
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story was unbelievable amazing from the first page to the last. While I was reading it about 4% of the way through I thought wow, is this story really this good. The answer to that was 100% yes, even at the very beginning Riley and Shawn just drew me in. We get to read about the development of this relationship from the very first meeting, through their tumultuous courtship, through the good, and the very bad times. If you like a long, thoroughly satisfying book this is for you. Yes it is s ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
I had to give this book five stars just for the surprise factor! Nia Forrester was a new name to me, and I read this book on a whim. I am so glad I did I cannot even explain. The description of the story left a lot to question. I was, and still am, so surprised by the depth of this story. I fell in love with all of the characters, now matter how much I didn't want to. I was worried that the entirety of the story would be based around a love triangle, but it was at about 10% that the love triangl ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, kindle-book
This was a freebie and also the first novel that I have read by Ms. Forrester, and all I can say is WOW!!!! The chemistry between Riley and Shawn was so powerful from the very beginning, they came from totally different worlds and had so many different views or at least that’s what they thought…..What was supposed to be a interview with a “Rapper” turned into one of the best nights of Riley’s life……LOVE AND HIP HOP IN IT’S FINEST………This is a must read so if you are looking for a new author PLEAS ...more
Angeline Bishop
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There are very few new authors that can weave a story that examines the complexities of black love and stereotypes, with such candor and depth as Ms. Forrester. Her versatility and emotional range appear limitless as she illustrates many aspects of black devotion, while illuminating the madness of K-Smooth's chaotic media frenzied world.

The love story of Hip Hop rap star Kendall Shawn (K Smooth) Gardner and writer Riley Terry gives readers a deep look into the budding love of an A-List media per
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story renewed my desire to explore new books. I had been searching and taking suggestions on what to read. Nothing could hold my attention. Then out of the blue when I wasn't really looking I found this wonderful story. Finally, good writing. I loved the story. An examination of relationships indeed. Ideas of what a relationship should be, when it should be, how your ideals and ideas about relationships are challenged when they do not fit into another persons idea or ideals about relationsh ...more
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Solid 3.75 Stars

If you love a good "Rock Romance" (like me) all you have to do is replace the rock with some R&B/Rap, switch the dynamics a bit with the main characters and supporting cast, and that's what you'll have with "Commitment" But dare I say it? This one takes you a bit deeper as well. With the social/political stigmas that come attached with this profession from both sides, black & white. There are no pointing fingers here. No blame game going on. It is what it is. And that's exactly w
Oct 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I was excited to read this book, partially because I had heard how good it was. It was definitely a page turner in the beginning and I enjoyed the relationship between Riley and Shawn. The supporting character were also interesting, however I felt the Keshia situation drug out longer than necessary and after the dust settled it kind of fell flat. I think it could have been wrapped up at least two chapters sooner. It took me a lot longer to finish it, because I felt there was really nothing left ...more
Love Belvin
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It’s taken a while for me to write a review because I don’t have many ways to articulate just how crafty a writer Nia Forrester is. As a reader, I want to escape into the world of contemporary romance. Sometimes I like lofty plots and exaggerated storylines. And there are times I want everyday people and normal circumstances. Nia gives both, somehow having the ability to make fiction so real.

I won’t get into the plot of “Commitment” or how original and/or unique it was; I will simply say she di
Andrea Chambers
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aye!!! I read Ms. Nia Forrester's series out of sequence! Did it matter? Nope!!! 'Commitment' by Ms. Nia Forrester is where it ALL begins :)

We have polar opposite lovers trying to make sense of their polar opposite worlds. Riley - the conscious poli-sci, all natural around-the-way chic chick girl falls for hip-hop king, the uber handsome, the uber sought-after K-Smooth. Happily ever after? Something like that. But all of the in between stuff will literally blow. your. mind. Download your copy a
Teresa Mcmillian
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I️ am not sure why I️ am just now diving into this series. This book was everything! I️ enjoyed it and was reading at every available moment I️ had.
L.V. Lewis
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Riley and Shawn aka “K Smooth” Gardner had me from their first encounter, when their easy, erudite banter leapt off the page at me. Wait, Nia Forrester’s writing style had me from the first sentence. Yeah, that’s a more appropriate beginning for this review. It’s not often that you read a story about the black romantic experience that is this intelligent and well-informed. When you are an African American young woman who has lived a life comparable to the Huxtables (which oddly I allude to in my ...more
M.J. Kane
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's not often that I find an author who writes the way I do, Nia is one of them. Though we use different point of view voices for our characters, the message is the same: real life, real characters. Mistakes happen, yet it's okay. We (character's included) make mistakes (if they didn't what would we read about???) Mistakes help us to grow as people and in our relationships. It's real life at its best...and at times, worse.

A few months ago, I read Unsuitable Men and fell in love with the charact
Delaney Diamond
Considering I read this book a couple of years ago, this review is long overdue. I’m not even sure how I overlooked writing it. I was an emotional wreck after reading Commitment, but what can I say? That’s one of the reasons why I love this author’s work, and novels like this are the reason I love romance. No matter what bad things happen during the course of the story or in the characters’ lives, it’s nice to get to the end and realize that they can face the future together, leaning on one anot ...more
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Nia Forrester is an amazing writer. I recommend this book because it is an enjoyable well-written story. As a reader, I feel like she puts her heart into every single sentence. I really appreciate that her characters are REAL (as humans we are not all good or all bad) and the situations that they encounter are real. I've been reading Commitment over and over again because it is just that good. You really do fall in love with Riley and Shawn. I also enjoyed how Ms. Forrester weaved social and cul ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
I really LOVED reading this book...out of all the book I've read with about 400 pages this one was 5 stars throughout the book. Most books I read with that many pages either start with 4 stars an I drop down to 3 in the end cause it seem the book was dragging an I was getting bored or started skipping pages for the book to end out of annoyance. This book was really on the realistic side of many books I'm used to...there is one other book that was one of my all time favorite. "The Unwanted Wife" ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: infidelity
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Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5* I really don't know what to think or say hmmm started really strong and was really enjoying it but after a while kinda knew where it was going but was still drawn in...after the 'accusation' the story in my mind fell away...nothing really happened after that and the wait for the decision seemed to be prolonged too detailed like a filler...the ending was also sudden. I give the early part of this bk 4 and the last part 3 so overall that's 3.5. ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
I struggled to finish this book and I actually couldn't finish it. This is very unusual for me. I found that this book is extremely pointless, with childish behaviour that a mature woman or man wouldn't tolerate. It has absolutely no heart. It has no emotion. It is dry. Boring. It is a struggle to read. Sorry. Not for me. ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! What started out as a hot passionate affair grew into a deep and abiding love! I enjoyed the journey Shawn and Riley took and their struggles to stay together. Ms. Forrester writes on a deeper level than most authors out today.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
DNF. Wasn't feeling it. Lacked sass. And I loath infidelity - Riley could be forgiven for forgetting Brian the first time, but after nine months? No. Just no. ...more
Arlena Dean
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Title: Commitment
Author: Nia Forrester
Publisher: Nia Forrester
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Commitment" by Nia Forrester

My Speculation:

What can be said about "Commitment?" It was one fantastic read from the beginning to the very end! It was a long read, and it took me several days to complete it, but it was worth it. All of my questions I had about Riley and Shawn [K Smooth] were all answered from there first meeting, tumultuous courtship, marriage, the accusation, the good, and
Byron Washington
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Long But Worth The Time Spent

This book had my thought processes all over the place. I constantly vacillated about whose side to take in this drama. Shawn was a dumbass, but so was Riley. Oh well, I suppose that's what made the story so compelling.

Well worth the money. Purchase and enjoy.👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diva-books
THE GRAY where Trust and Love Abide....., March 26, 2013

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Well where do I begin.....first i will say I am a reader.. I have been for most of my life. I have been introduced to lots of new authors from recent associations, but Nia Forrester has become another of my True Favorites. I have given Commitment the 5 stars because that is the scale but it was truly worth millions more. I absolutely recommend this b
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Uuugh Shawn!?

I can't be the only one that hated Shawn for most of this book lol. He was so irritating. How do you literally BEG someone to marry you with that weak a$s proposal I might add then go about your way trying to ruin your marriage. I wanted to like him...ended up just accepting that he was like any other man, flawed. Riley irritated me too. The lack of communication was exasperating. Watching them choose to pacify their problems with other people felt like it was going to be their down
Sandy Malone
This book was AWESOME, I loved the way in which the couple met. And i loved the fact that he was a possessive bad ass. It was so hot when he said "I got to put her on Lockdown". I felt the cheating was inevitable from the beginning you cant have women throwing themselves at a man, and him not seeing his better half without something happening. I like the way the Riley just "didnt forget about the cheating" she made him work for forgiveness and trust again.

I love rocker genre books, i know rapper
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“He had never thought in his wildest imagination of marriage as an option for
him. Never believed there was a woman out there that would make him sign up for that particular brand of madness. And, in the abstract at least, it still sounded like madness but this wasn’t about marriage, it was about Riley. With her, he knew that boyfriend-girlfriend shit wasn’t going to be enough. He had to have her locked down.
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