Can we just bask in the sexiness of that cover for a second? Mmmmmmm. Also, I had to add that quote because – GRAY JOGGING PANTS! Ladies we all know wCan we just bask in the sexiness of that cover for a second? Mmmmmmm. Also, I had to add that quote because – GRAY JOGGING PANTS! Ladies we all know when the weather starts getting cool, it’s our favorite time of year. Gray sweatpants season. If some of y’all don’t know what I’m talking about, hit the Googles and thank me later.
I enjoyed Let Me Love You from start to finish. Everett “Big South” McClain is a multi-dimensional character. He’s a famous rap artist and he hooks up with his fair share of women but when he meets Jo, all bets are off. Their first meeting left a lasting impression on Big South and he started pursuing Jo with determination. Jo knew who Big South was. She’s a fan of his music. But she wasn’t going to go down that path of falling for a rapper. But South is persistent. And fine. And sexy as hell. Turns out he’s a really decent guy.
It took me a moment to warm up to Jo. At times she was frustrating but she slowly grew on me. Both Big South and Jo have to deal with trifling ass exes getting in the way. I liked that once Jo and South were a couple, there weren’t any stupid conflicts to break them up as a plot device. Sometimes when authors throw a conflict out of the blue into the mix just to have the make up in the end kind of ticks me off. Sometimes that plot device isn’t necessary. Just let the couple be together and deal with any issues that come their way as a couple.
Let Me Love You – the title says it all. Jo wasn’t open to being with Big South because of his public persona but he won her over by showing his true self. I loved every character in those book (except Jo’s boss and the exes) and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Big South has a lot of brothers so I got my Kindle charged up and ready to go. I’m ready to read about the rest of the sexy McClain brothers....more
This book was over-the-top and not in a good way. I didn't get a good grasp on who the characters were. Why was Val soooooo upset about not being ableThis book was over-the-top and not in a good way. I didn't get a good grasp on who the characters were. Why was Val soooooo upset about not being able to have kids? Like, we didn't get any inside glimpse as to why this hurt him so much. He came off as cold so when he gets the upsetting news, I wasn't able to connect with his pain. Also the fact that Zoey grew up with the brothers (she moved in with the Romanovsky's when she was 14) and calls them her brothers, then starts having sex with Val...ewww. Although Val continuously would say that Zoey is not his sister. So I guess that was the author's way of getting rid of the ick factor. I skimmed most of this book. It didn't do much for me so I won't be reading the rest of the series....more
I’m always down with supporting black romance writers. Black romance authors don’t get their shine or recognition like their white counterparts. I reaI’m always down with supporting black romance writers. Black romance authors don’t get their shine or recognition like their white counterparts. I read a lot of black romance, the majority of it self-published, so I’m always super excited when I see hype around a “traditionally published” debut black romance author. I immediately fist-pump like it’s my win as will.
The description of The Wedding Date immediately drew me in (along with the cover. So cute!) I don’t mind reading a Romantic Comedy in book format. I just don’t want to see it as a movie. I’m weird that way. And getting stuck in an elevator and being a fake girlfriend for a hot guy who’s a groomsman at his ex’s wedding? All the yeses that ever yesed!
Quick plot summary – Alexa and Drew get stuck on an elevator. Drew needs a date to his ex’s wedding. He asks Alexa. She says yes. There’s mutual attraction. They hook up after the wedding. The hook up turns into a long-distance “thing.” Both are too stupid and immature to tell the other person how they feel. Hurt feelings happen because of said stupidity and lack of communication. These two are professionals and in their 30s but have the maturity of 16 year olds.
The first part of The Wedding Date started off really strong for me. Drew was charming. Alexa was falling for the charm. I felt the mutual attraction between the two characters. Race wasn’t a big issue for them but it became an issue to Drew’s friends. He needs better friends. (Alexa is black. Drew is white.) With this book being described as a romantic comedy, I was expecting to laugh or at least giggle a little. That did not happen. Sorry, the jokes about cheese and crackers were not funny. Were they supposed to be? Once the post-wedding hook up happens and Alexa and Drew decide to continue their “thing” past the wedding weekend, that’s when both of these characters got dumb real quick.
I was expecting more from Alexa. She got insecure super quick; comparing herself to Drew’s previous girlfriends (who were all white and super skinny). Like girl, seriously? With all that ass and titties and you’re worried about stick-thin Barbies?? Puh-leeze. It’s obvious Alexa needs more black girlfriends in her life. Drew is a dick for taking Alexa to places where his ex-girlfriends were gonna be without giving Alexa a heads-up. Who does that? That is a bonehead move!
It seemed like everything they did centered around food. We were privy to almost every meal and snack that Drew and Alexa consumed but when they went on an actual date or excursion, that was glossed over. Whut?!?!?! The date is how they, and the reader, get to know them and get invested in the relationship! They have a lot of sex, which is mostly fade to black. That’s fine by me. I wasn’t invested in their sexual attraction after they had sex post-wedding because their stupidity started coming through.
I really wanted to like The Wedding Date but the main characters made it impossible for me to want to see them together in the end! They were so immature! They did not communicate. Oh! And Alexa taking A L L the blame for the fight they had towards the end? I don’t think so. Drew had his part in it as well. I’d say his part was a good 80%, Mr. I’m Friends With All My Exes. Mr.s I Can’t Call You My Girlfriend Because I’m An Immature Turd. On the real, Alexa would have been better off with Drew’s friend, Carlos. Maybe that will happen in the sequel, The Rebound. One can only hope.
I will add that what annoyed me the most was Alexa being this educated, professional black woman feeling inadequate when she was surrounded by white women. I did not like that at all. She lost her Black Girl Magic real quick and I did not appreciate that. It’s 2018. We’re not doing this. I expected more from a black female author....more
I am always down for reading a historical romance that 1) Features diverse characters and 2)Add a history lesson or little known historical fact. ForI am always down for reading a historical romance that 1) Features diverse characters and 2)Add a history lesson or little known historical fact. For me it’s a testament that the author does their research and isn’t trying to reinvent history to suit their purpose. I have read too many historical romances where PoC do not exist. In the romance community apparently black people do not exist in the past, present or future. Oh and we don’t play sports either cause the majority of sports romances don’t have a lick of color in them. -__-
There was some controversy about the cover. The stock image that was used for Theo was a white woman when it clearly states in the book that Theo is black and Chinese. I’m glad that the publisher (or whoever) realized their error and had the heroine on the book cover reflect the heroine that’s actually described in the book.
The Bittersweet Bride was just an okay book for me. This is the first book I’ve read by the author so I didn’t know what to expect. This could be classified as a “sweet” romance as there are no sex scenes. Not even fade-to-black sex scenes which is fine. I liked Theo a lot as the main character. She had a rough life and did what she had to do to make sure that her future was better than her past. She genuinely cared for her friends and the people that worked for her. Now Ewan, on the other hand, can go kick rocks. I did not like his character from start to finish and it made me wonder how and why Theo fell in love with him?
Ewan was unnecessarily cruel and vindictive. His feelings were hurt that Theo moved on with her life when it was told to her that Ewan had died six years ago. What exactly did Ewan expect her to do? He was crass and obnoxious. I wanted him to go away. His family is just as terrible, except maybe Jasper.
My inability to connect with Ewan and Theo as a couple prevented me from fully enjoying the story. I think it would have helped if we were privy to Ewan and Theo’s relationship before he went off to war, maybe in a couple of flashback scenes. I didn’t see it for their epic romance. Some parts of the story dragged and I felt that scenes between Ewan and Theo were getting repetitive by them rehashing the same old stuff. At some point Ewan just needed to let it go and by the end of the story as a reader, I don’t believe he fully did.
I will read future works by this author. Hopefully not all of her male characters are unforgiving cads or money-hungry leeches....more