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Back to Your Love

(The Southern Gentlemen #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  36 reviews
First in a mainstream contemporary romance series featuring successful, tight-knit former fraternity brothers from Kianna Alexander.

What would you give for a second chance?

Xavier Whitted has a lot on his plate. As a hardworking businessman, mentor to troubled teens, and aspiring politician in his Southern hometown, the daily demands never let up. A weekend at the beach for
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Pouting Always
Imani Grant is a gorgeous dermatologist whose always the bridesmaid never the bride, but at her college roommate's wedding she runs into her high school sweetheart Xavier. Not only did Xavier break her heart but he's running for councilperson and her past would disrupt his campaign so Imani tries her hardest to keep her distance even as Xavier continues to pursue her.

I hope everyone realizes that they should take my reviews with a salt of grain because every book has it's intended audience and
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I really like that this series is based on men in a fraternity and shows them in a very positive light. There can be lots of negativity when it comes to fraternities and sororities, so I always enjoy a book that isn't negative.

Imani and Xavier were high school sweethearts that reconnect at a mutual friend's wedding. Xaviar isn't shy about wanting her back in his life and sometimes I thought he was too pushy. But I did appreciate it when he did take a step back. Imani has a secret that will affec
Dr. Imani Grant is in Atlantic Beach to be a bridesmaid, again; it doesn’t help that her mother is always pestering her to get herself a boyfriend. Imani’s college roommate Georgia is getting married, which makes her think of Xavier Whitted, Imani’s high school boyfriend. To Imani’s astonishment, Xavier is the best man! Xavier had ended the relationship 10 years ago, and they both went their own way. Xavier is now a respected businessman, active in the community, and intends to run for city coun ...more
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Madison  Monroe
I was really stuck between the 2 star and 3 rating scale because this book was hard for me to finish. The writing was okay and the plot was present, but this book just dragged on for me. Maybe it’s the fact that the hero is so perfect and their second chance at love came too easily, but nothing about this book excited me. This book tells the story of Xavier, who is an accountant, politician wannabe, youth center volunteer and Imani, who is a dermatologist. They were high school sweethearts, but ...more
Having your life in order, and finally feeling as if you are in control of your own destiny is important to Imani. Now a doctor with her own clinic, she’s overcome tremendous obstacles, personal and professional to get where she is. Of course, her mama still thinks all isn’t as it should be – her baby should be married by now, and when there are grandbabies to love and play with, she’ll know that her daughter is finally settled and one less thing to worry about, much. Now back in her hometown to ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hell-to-the-no
2 yawn-inducing stars for BACK TO YOUR LOVE.

When HS sweethearts Dr. Imani Grant and Xavier Whitted reunite years later at a wedding, the sparks are just as potent as all those years ago. Imani is the one woman Xavier hasn't ever been able to forget, and if the budding politician has his way, she'll be the wife he's been longing for. But Imani's got some skeletons in her closet, ones that could derail Xavier's political aspirations before they even get off the ground. Will they find their way as
Nov 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I had such high hopes for this book when I read the overview on the back cover, but I was sorely disappointed almost from the beginning. With that being said, this may have just not been a good book for me.

I thought the initial character development for Imani was great! Strong, independent woman starting her own business who is overcoming a terrible event that happened to her in college. I loved how her story-line was set up but things went south as soon as Xavier showed up. All she talked about
Lost and found soulmates
This is my first book by this author!! sometimes we find our soulmates very early! and sometimes we do stupid things and lose them thank goodness this couple from each other again. This is a sweet story of love found and lost with a little sizzle to it.
Nadine Jones
This was recommended by NYPL as part of their suggested titles for Black History Month. It looked fun, I want to read more romance, and this is a new author for me, so I borrowed it and dove right in.

Unfortunately, the "meet cute" portion to open the story is incredibly clunky. Imani and Xavier were high school sweethearts, he broke her heart, and ten years later they meet again at the wedding of mutual friends. (He's the best man, she's one of the bride's best friends - how likely is it that th
K.E. Hamilton
I’m starting to think rekindling romances are becoming my new jam. I like how the hero and heroine's shared history means we don't have to sit through the getting to know you parts. This romance isn’t clean or anything but it is just such a sweet romance. From Imani’s family to the kids Xavier counsels this books full of characters who love each other in all meanings of the word

This book takes place in Raleigh, North Carolina and just has an amazing sense of community and world building, I was n
Xavier Whitted and Imani Grant were high school sweethearts, until Xavier broke Imani's heart. But now years later, Xavier wants a second chance and he's not about to give up on winning Imani back, no matter how much she tries to push him away. However, when Imani's past threatens to derail Xavier's future prospect as a candidate in the race to win the city council seat, will Xavier trust in their love or will he crush Imani's heart all over again?

This is the first book I've read by Ms. Alexande
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Danielle
Book provided by Sourcebook
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Back to Your Love by Kianna Alexander is one roller coaster ride. Epic in every way. Two former lovers are reunited. Brought together at a friend’s wedding. It’s there and then, that both of them will feel the magnetic pull to each other. Their love never ended. It will take everything they have to get over the past and into the future.

Kianna Alexander has created a perfect steamy read with deep emotion
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was a fun quick romance to read. I really liked the characters but some things were off in the book for me. The two main characters meet at mutual friends' wedding after 10 years ...and those friends live in the same town but while the groom makes multiple appearances the bride never does? Also the language was hit and miss for me - sometimes it felt a little stilted. But I still wanted to know what happened to the characters and read it in 3 days.
Klarissa Shaninghous
This is the first book I have read from this author and I have to say I enjoyed it. It told the story of Imani and Xavier and how they were each other's first loves and how they never got over one another as time went on in their lives. I enjoyed going on their journey from the beginning and learning what made them part ways, but then to read how they were able to find there way back to one another as well. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
#rippedbodicebingo: originally read for beach read/beach town, but turned out the whole story wasn't set at the beach, just the first bit!

Characters felt flat and plot was thin: I also got frustrated with the hero AND the heroine a lot. (Especially when he didn't believe her about something important! UGH!!! Drop that guy like a hot potato!)
Blinded by past mistakes and hurts Xavier Whitted and Imami Grant must over come. Great story, not a big fan of audio books, this reader was outstanding she took you their with each character. Kianna you wrote one hell of a story and she brought it to life. Thank you both.
May 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I received an ARC from the publisher, Sourcebooks. This may have been the first African American contemporary romance I've read, and I enjoyed it.
This book felt like it dragged on a bit.
Shannan Harper
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Brothers of Theta Delta Theta series. Xaviar and Imani were high school sweethearts that ended up going their separate ways after a break up. They reconnect at a friend's wedding and go through a lot of challenges when trying to see if their relationship can be reconciled. I enjoyed the two main characters, as well as the secondary characters, and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Back to Your Love 'Back to Your Love' by Kianna Alexander is book One in the "Brothers of Theta Delta Theta"series. This is the story of Xavier Whitted and Imani Grant.   This is the story of second chances at love.  This was a sweet, easy and all around feel good book.  Xavier and Imani are reunited at a friends wedding.  Xavier is a hardworking business man that lends his time to trouble teens.  Xavier is a dream as a romance hero and was easy to love for me. Imani is a great leading lady to t ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: con-rom
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Back to Your Love was a tender second chance romance by a ‘new-to-me’ author, Kianna Alexander. Southern charm was abundant, and our main characters’ complicated pasts and lingering feelings created issues, but their HEA was worth every moment leading up to it.

‘She was the missing piece of the puzzle.
In order for him to be truly happy and at his best, he needed Imani by his side.’

I really had a good time with Back to Your Love,
C bond
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

loved it. great chemistry
Danielle Urban
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this contemporary romance.
Jessica Call
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*****Goodreads First Reads Winner*****

First off Fraternity Brothers is a new one in romance novels to me so I'm happy that it's not a overdone choice which made it that much better for me. There's a lot going on in this book. Forgiveness, history between the characters and rekindled love. Second chances are my favorite and this was done well. I read a lot of romance books and I believe that sometimes you can go back and fix what was broken and go on to your happily ever after. This book was fun
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
ARC provided for honest review from NetGalley

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Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice second chance romance i really enjoyed it a great read for a lazy weekend.Will be checking more of Kianna's books out.A great read would recommend
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Back to Your Love was a good second chance at love romance – right up until our hero turned into a jerk, and I could not get back into the love part of this story after Xavier’s reactions to Imani’s “secrets”. I had serious doubts bout just about anything this man said after the way he tore into the woman he’s supposed to love. No. Although I was technically done with this couple at this point, I did finish the book just in case there was redemption down the line. Ev
Jennifer Copeland
Back to Your Love was a great book!! I enjoyed the chemistry between Xavier and Imani!! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, for-review, kindle
I thought his was a cute second chance story. With so much time lost, there was a lot of trust to rebuild. The couple was cute together. The one thing I didn't love about it was the reaction of Xavier to the reveal of what happened to Imani. For me, it kind of showed his a bit of his true character. If he loved her, why wouldn't he believe her? She really gave in way to easily in the end and should have made him work for her forgiveness. There were also a few too many pop cultural references for ...more
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