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Grand Opening 2: A Family Business Novel

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  519 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Published August 29th 2017 by Urban Books
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Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed most of this story, however, a tighter, more refined end would have would have resulted in a higher rating. 6 of 10 stars
Cheryl James
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is an extension of the Family Business series. This book is not a strong read as the actual books in the series are but what can I say I love the Duncans!! Now on to Family Business #4.
Family Business book#5 comes out some time this year, YAY!!
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Good story, but it had too many grammatical errors and/or typos.
Maya B
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban, series
Nice continuation of the characters. I must admit I did not find this one as exciting or as entertaining as the first book. Overall, the story line did hold my attention.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This storyline just keep getting better and better! Wow are there secrets in the Duncan family! I was so glad of the outcome with Miss Bettie. Donna is interesting to say the least. It will be interesting to see where Mr. Weber takes us next because there is a lot more to this back story of how the Duncan's came to be. I hope we don't have to wait over a year again! There were a lot of grammatical errors, hence the 4 star rating but I look forward to much more in the future!
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I swear Carl Weber is going to kill me with these Duncans. I am going to have to go back and read the Family Business series from the beginning again.

I thought LC's kids were a mess but I see he and his brothers and their women started this chaos. Now you add Miss Bettie to the mix. I really want to know why and how the hate started between LC and Larry. All the Duncan brothers seemed so close. I have a feeling there will be a book three coming soon.
This read is seems like something is missing like many skipped parts but ok whatever🤷🏽♀ ...more
Kelly Carter
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weber delivers again

Carl Weber does for urban literature what Stephen King does for horror. Carl Weber is the new generation's Donald Goines, Iceberg Slim. Thrilling, hardcore yet classy and highly readable, no matter what your taste, the Duncan's just can't be put down. I've never read a sequel to a prequel. LOL. This one makes you want more. If you haven't yet, be sure to read all of the "Family Business" novels. You won't be disappointed.
Shannan Harper
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second story into the beginnings of The Duncan Family and why they act the way they do.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, after reading a few heavy books, I really needed this read. I love the way his characters continue to devlop with each book. This was not my favorite book in the series, but much needed and enjoyed learning how LC got to be such a big man. Its like Carl is in my head answering questions as I ask him to tell me about the Duncans!
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite, 2017
Ok so I'm a Carl Weber fan, and The Family Business Series & The Grand Opening Series are off the chain.

With that being said, The Grand Opening Series are the pre-quels to the Family Business Series. It gives the history of how the Duncan's built their empire.

Quite interesting history, I might add. I enjoyed the urban novel. Them Duncan men ain't to be F@ed with, and the women ain't either. Especially Miss Bettie & Chippy.

But don't just take my word for it, get your copy and leave your o
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I took my time with this one...Shirley was not one of my favorite characters in this book
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Banging my utensils on the table screaming, more more more!!!
The characters are so vivid, so lively. Just when you think you know the entire story, they keep coming back with more, back story, and it is so stimulating. The Ms. Bettie, mama situation was super juicy, and unexpected, she is tough as nails. She is the mother of boys.
My lingering question, is how Chippy, went from a working whore at Big Shirley’s to bourgeois wife of a car/drug dealer. I know how, but it was interesting. You know h
Jolie Lynette
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finally finished #GrandOpening2 by @iamcarlweber. I just can't get enough of the Duncan family. The second installment of this timeless throwback had me on the edge of my seat with more and details and moments of omgs flying out of my mouth. I enjoyed getting to know more family members by blood and by wanna-be blood: especially the oh-so bougie Donna who has an extensive past with the Duncans, Shirley who had me guessing the whole time and Lil Mama putting her two cents in the mix. Overall, t ...more
Amloid Mesa
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excitement, from Beging to End. A must Read

Most books start off slow with small hurdles the characters must get through in order to clime the staggering last up hill climb to the climax we have all been waiting for. G.O.2 Does non of this. The book swiftly moves from the slow opening paragraph to the hellacious, gripping all encompassing ending. The only complaint I have is it was way to short read it in two sittings, mostly a binge read. From the moment Lou calls Donna it's on. Well done. Also
Shavonna Futrell
Family Business Drama!!!!

Two of my favorite authors got together and wrote one very good book. Grand Opening 2 takes you back to Way Cross Georgia to visit the Duncan's early years. There is a lot of omg moments, if you have been keeping up with The Family Business Series some questions are answered and some more questions have entered in your mind you will want answers to. I really hope we continue to get more background info to answer the many more questions I have. I really enjoyed this book.
As usual, this book took us on one hell of a ride to find the abductors of Ms. Bettie. Remember she is the OG of the Duncan family. I laughed and cried at the 👦z strongarming eveybody in the small town of Way Cross, GA. Even going to Atlanta and shooting up people on their own property. Of course the Duncan's found what was needed to make their family whole again.

Five***** rating for the entertaining story and because I finished in one day. Could not put this book down until I read every word.
Lakecia Allison
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Smooth transition to follow up the characters but the ending was too jumbled. What do I mean? So much was going on in this story and the ending was rushed with too many unanswered questions. Shirley cannot be trusted but she is amongst them at the end like nothing happened! Are they really trusting her with Levi again? Is her baby going to survive with all the bourbon drinking and smoking? Are Lou and Donna in love?

I almost rated lower because the grammatical errors were getting on my nerves! D
Monique Golden
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying the family business series and all the unexpected loving relationships that happen. I can only imagine what it is like to reconnect with a parent after a long time and then losing them again.

This book shows you that everything that glitter is not gold. Some people who seem to have your best interest at heart are only out for themselves/revenge. During this read you'll see that family should stick together.

Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

Surprisingly this is one of the better novels I’ve read about the author. Even though the formula of having 8-10 characters and their individual POVs remains true here, they were all distinct enough to be memorable.

Also I was pleasantly surprised when all of the dots actually connected for once!. Typically there is some random bubble that goes off in its own direction but in this case everything seemed to tie in to a pretty solid knot.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loving this ‘70s feel storyline. Shocking surprises as character’s developments unfold. The Duncans are truly an amazing family, that I enjoyed reading about. It is fun to read the back story of LC & Chippy, and I eagerly anticipate reading more about them. I enjoyed this five star read, recommend to any searching for a great book.
Nichole Jones
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment

I so enjoyed the storyline and characters, it was definitely a page turner with lots of creative twists and turns. I'm sure there will be a 3rd one, so I'm counting down until it comes out. Also, I'm so excited about Family Business 4 coming out in a couple days. Keep em coming Mr. Weber!
Patrese Hert
Thank God

After reading so many horrible horrible books.... FINALLY a REAL author. Develops characters. Has an actual plot. Everybody isn't selling drugs and disrespecting women like it's the coolest thing in the world. Very well written. Only like 4 typos. Actual editing. Not having sex in every single chapter. Such a breath of fresh air.
Jay Williams
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
REALLY Good book..Now I want to start over with the Family a lot of insight to the Family. I gave it 4 instead of 5 because the last several chapters seemed rushed to finish instead of the consistent pace the rest of the book was going for. But worth a read if you read the first one.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Really good series. I really didn’t realize how invested I was in the Duncan family and their clan. Some good plot twists and unexpected storylines will keep me coming back. Can’t wait for the next one!
Angela Burnett
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

This was a pacifier, I am just ready to see how the story goes. It was good too see how LC started his luxury car business. I just a little ready for the end of the story.
Dawn L. Hardman
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was better than part one. It continues regarding how the Duncans got their start by taking over the south. I did not see the part about the Chippy/LC/Donna situation coming. Ms. Betty is an OG. This book is a true page turner. I read in one day.
Cebrina Sanders
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carl Weber has done it again

I can't get enough of thisnseries. He can't write them fast enough. Now on to the Family business 4. I love the Duncan's and their deep, dark world of illegality. You've got to read this book. Hurry up Carl Weber.
Joyce Hudson
Great book,
So many secrets were revealed.
Remembered Donna from the Big Sam days and when she visited LC when he got shot and she and Chippy let her see LC.
Caught up on a lot people Big Shirley, Levi, Lou, Larry and LC.
The shocker Junior.
Margaret Wingfield
A wonderful suspenseful page turner.

Mr Weber does an excellent job of developing characters . The reader is able to relate to the m members of the family . The reason for the mother's capture was a cliff hanger! Excellent work!
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Carl Weber is a New York Times and #1 Essence® bestselling novelist.

In addition to his writing, Weber is the founder and publisher of Urban Books and in 2005, he was named Blackboard's Publisher of the Year. He is the owner of the Urban Knowledge chain of book stores and a past recipient of Blackboard's Bookseller of the Year award.

Weber graduated from Virginia State University and holds an MBA in