Body By Night, Perfect Summer Read!

Body By Night is that summer read that will inspire you to get your body goals in order, your friendships in order and your love life together. I was quite surprised with this book and although there were one or two minor bumps in the road, I do recommend the story to you.

So here is the snippet from Amazon.com:

Zuri Day sizzles with a seductive story of one woman’s quest to take control of her life.  .  .while experiencing an attraction too explosive to resist.

D’Andra Smalls has had enough. She’s tired of being overweight, she’s had it with her overbearing family, and she’s fed up with settling for any guy who’ll have her–especially since she caught her boyfriend cheating with her best friend.

But working out and avoiding delicious food is easy compared to resist the charms of Los Angeles’ hottest personal trainer, JaJuan “Night” Simmons. Six feet of chiseled muscle and fine chocolate, he’s challenging her body in all the right ways–and proving there’s a sensitive, caring guy under the good looks. Their shared career goals of promoting health and fitness bring them even closer together. But D’Andra feels it may be too much of a good thing. After succeeding in taking command of her life, can she risk losing control of her heart?

I wish that Night and D’Andra could have had more conversations and time with each other. Many times she was dealing with her hectic home life, the job- and then when she and Night do come together it is during sex or is mentioned in chunks of paragraphs. The sex scenes were off the charts though 🙂

Again, this should have made the overall experience kind of odd, but the storyline is really good and the message in the book is even better.

To find more stories by Zuri Day, find her online on her Amazon Page.

‘The Sun is Also a Star’ An Honest Review

“But here is a true thing: Almost everything in the night sky gives off light. Even if we can’t see it, the light is still there.”- (The Sun is Also a Star, Yoon, N. pg.336, 2016)

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The Sun is Also a Star is out in theaters May 17th, and when I realized I had the book on my Kindle shelf for almost a year, I jumped right on to reading it so I can get an idea of what this writer is all about and also to have some mental notes to compare to the movie. (You know that has to happen)

The Sun is Also a Star is a tale of two people who meet each other one day while going in opposite directions of expectations. Natasha and her family are about to be deported back to Jamaica in 12 hours and Daniel’s on his way to a college interview(he does not want to have); he finds himself drawn to the girl(Natasha) with the big pink headphones and bigger hair.

They meet.

They fall in love.

But will the universe grant them their one wish?

My Reaction:

I’ll be honest here. The concept of the book and the characters kept me reading. Surprisingly I am a fan of Daniel and Natasha’s father. Daniel is a hopeless romantic, a poet. Natasha’s father wants to accomplish at least one dream before he dies. I completely get it.

Natasha is a stars, moon, and hardcore facts girl. She does not believe in love. I get that too. She is about to be deported and her mom and dad’s relationship is terribly strained.

What I did not enjoy too much, was the “flip flop”. I feel bad even saying this because the few snippets from other minor characters’ point of view REALLY interrupted the flow of my reading. Clerks, paralegals, people’s histories and yada yada yada. I just…did not like it. It served its purpose, but maybe another time I’ll be ready for that.

This does not mean the writing is bad, or that story was bad. Quite the contrary, it was good.

Very good.

Very, very good.

Again, this is because of Natasha and Daniel. There were scenes where Daniel made me swoon and then there were hilarious, embarrassing moments that left my mouth agape.

I definitely want to see the movie just to see it on screen and say , “Hey, I actually saw a love movie!” Which I rarely do. I prefer to read romance than watch it.

The Sun is Also a Star is so much more than a love book. It is a story about following your passion, wherever it leads you and not giving up.

Comments? Thoughts?

Post them below!

~The Write Web

#AfrofuturisticBooks, Black Ghost by L.L. Farmer

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“Her husband had fought for a country that hated him. And she, well, she wasn’t hated. Pearl was rendered invisible through indifference. She didn’t count in the black struggle because she was a woman, and she didn’t count in the woman struggle because of her blackness.”(Farmer, L.L. Black Ghost: pg 293, 2018)

It’s Woman’s Month and while reading Book 2: Black Ghost of Warrior Slave series  I realize it has so many elements in it that I can only write about one.

Black Ghost picks up where Black Borne leaves off. The immortal demon hunter, Neema thought her biggest worry were demons, but nope. She has the ngoma to worry over. The ngoma are spirits of humans that want revenge and because they are not demons Neema has a hard time trying to subdue and banish them and she has already been killed by one before.

Flanked by Jasen(a former boyfriend from over thirty years ago who is now a cop) and demon Shapeshifter Alastor, Neema is about to learn that the past truly never dies.

My Reaction:

I could not put this one down. I tried hard to do other normal, human things, but to no avail. I enjoyed learning more about Neema’s power and I actually feel sad for her because she never got to experience real pure love- well, maybe she did with Priest but her life was cut down short and now she chases and kills demons. Even though I appreciate her skill with a sword and her hardcore badass-ery(yes that’s a word in my world), I sometimes want her to be looked upon and desired, maybe even held. Some scenes, small as they may be made me smile though because a little caress, a gaze, a word can go along way.

But isn’t this real life as well? When we are not rendered invisible with our styles mocked at the same time, we are treated as “strong”, nurturers, the side kick friend with great advice- I digress.

On to the serious stuff….A Spoiler or Two, Sorry!

The quote above sums up the experience of a black woman.

There is nothing worse than apathy which stands apart from love and hate. As a black woman, the ghostPearl was not seen as beautiful nor ugly by society, she existed to be ignored. It’s kind of like being a tiny ant. We know they are around and we see them, but we don’t care that our sneakers mess up their homes, we don’t mind squashing their bodies and spraying chemicals on them to kill them. They can’t fight back against us.

I know, crazy example, but it’s true. Black women always have to be the loudest and comical just to be heard and when we are quiet like a mouse- then we are considered stuck up.

Neema blasts through the stereotypes because she realizes her path and accepts it. She is tall, dark and is a protector but at least even she knows she need help every now and again.

I am excited about the next adventure for Neema. Book 2 ended on a note that begs for a continuation…

XOXO,

Ericajean

Black Borne by L.L. Farmer #AfrofuturismBooks

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On my quest to finding “afrofuturistic” books with strong female leads, I lucked up and found Black Borne by L.L. Farmer.

Let me tell you about this book, just a tiny bit and give my brief reaction…

Neema was born a slave in New York in the 1700s, since then she has hunted demons and is immortal(how that came to be, you’ll have to read to find out), anyway in present day, she is fated to go on a journey to solve a mystery about a dead young woman who may have been dabbling in something she shouldn’t have been. The Seven Sins, death demons, and Baal himself appear in this exciting, refreshing novel.

My Reaction?

  • Excited
  • Refreshing
  • Thrilling

It was so good to find a darker toned woman on a book cover holding a sword and the book is also well paced with occasional glimpses of the past, but even that is exciting because as Neema tries to solve the mystery, you grow curious about her past and much that is revealed is amazingly chilling. The infusion of intricate weapon design, fighting, and even a brief romance (a very tiny spark though,  this one is NOT in the Romance genre!)makes this book top notch.

If you are looking for a book where demons actually are demons and something fresh, yet hardcore, I suggest this one.

Book 2: Black Ghost is also on Amazon!

Thank you for reading,

Ericajean

My Free Month of Kindle Unlimited(the experience)

 

When I had Kindle Unlimited for free for thirty days last month, I did not know what I would be getting into. It’s amazing what you discover when you are reading for FREE. During that time I wanted to look for books that were by black writers but not anything “too street”- even though there is nothing wrong with street, I needed a mix of “While You Were Sleeping”  with “Love Jones” and Whohoo! I found it.

Tiya Rayne’s Alpha was super amazing. It had everything:  love, sci-tech, action, hot sex- yum.

*To be honest, I don’t think it was EXACTLY 30 days, but whatever, it is cheap to have per month(9.99), and they were generous enough to allow me to read free books. If you haven’t tried Kindle Unlimited, you will need to. It saves money if you are a Book-a-holic like me.

Here’s a juicy review form me on Stay With Me” by Alexandria House. Follow all my reviews on addicting books on my Amazon Page!

Ryan Boye…Mm Mm Mm, a self-professed womanizer who never sleeps with the same woman twice, finds himself needing to lease a room from Angela Strickland a.k.a. 4C Angie(I know you have to remember her if you read House’s other books). Anyway, Angela leases the room to the fine Creole with the sexy accent and even though she is completely through with relationships, something about Boye makes her “love come down”. Boye is just as fascinated with Angela and it is so hilarious how he is breaking all the rules for her and doing crazy things just to get her attention, I think it is cute actually.

But in classic Alexandria House style, the intimate scenes are beyond the charts sizzling and each character has a past they can’t quite seem to let go.

Another winning book from House. Hands down.

Anyway, check out the links below so you can find out why these books kept me up late.

Alpha by Tiya Rayne

The McClain Brothers Series by Alexandria House

The Strickland Sisters by Alexandria House

Happy reading and stay tuned for more blog posts!

P.S. Affiliate links are sprinkled throughout this post 🙂

‘A Duke By Default’, Another Winning Romance from Alyssa Cole

 

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The Reluctant Royals Series by Alyssa Cole is Heating Up the Winter!

Five Purple hearts by default for A Duke By Default(Book #2 in the Reluctant Royals Series)

I am serious. These books are impossible to put down and I love how each one takes place somewhere different. Read my take on the first book in a previous post.

In A Duke By Default, Portia Hobbs is in over her head with drinking, partying, and sexing random men. Even with her Master’s degrees, she is told by family and friends to grow up and get a handle on things.

Why not apprentice as a swordmaker? Portia decides to head to Scotland and create Project: New Portia. No boozing, no sexing strange men and definitely get her head on straight, but when she meets Tavish McKenzie, her boss. Drinking is definitely the last thing on her mind.

Check out my reaction to this story below:

December 21, 2018

This is a story I’d love to see on the silver screen. It is just that good. Once again, Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series has made me lose sleep.

Duke by Default is hot, passionate, and just all around feel good. There’s swordmaking, Scotland, hot Scottish accents, Queens, Dukes, royals, and pop culture galore.

As part of Project: New Portia, Portia Hobbs goes off to Scotland to be an apprentice to a swordmaker, Mr. Tavish McKenzie. She is soon curious as to how skilled he really is with his hands because Tavish is devilishly handsome and his accent is making her want to demolish her Project New Portia.

A wonderful, delightful story about how we can feel so terrible about ourselves when we compare ourselves to others.

Even with all the passion, all the romance, and an equally posh/historic setting, Portia’s background and family life tugs at your heart.- *Review found on Amazon*

I am excited about Book 3 arriving on the scene April 2019, pre-order A Prince on Paper now to continue the adventure with those who did not ask for royalty, but find the passion of their hearts instead.
~The Write Web

This International Romance Was Voted New YorkTimes #100NotableBooksof2018

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Image courtesy Avon Books

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There’s a reason this book was selected as New York Times 100 Notable books of 2018!

I have never read an Alyssa Cole novel but found A Princess in Theory’s blurb to be interesting enough to purchase the paperback. Go Amazon Prime!

Here’s a snippet of the blurb and my reaction to the book:

From acclaimed author, Alyssa Cole comes the tale of a city Cinderella and her Prince Charming in disguise . . .

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?

 

I was so sorry to have the close this story at the end. I felt like I read a beautiful romantic rom-com with a bit of the fictional Wakanda in it. The character that made me feel- that made me say YAAASSSS was Prince Thabiso. Even when he pretended to be Jamal, he was so sweet and awkward but he knew how to treat a lady in and out of bed. I swear, the yummy hot scenes will stick with you all this Winter.

Ledi, an epidemiologist(studies diseases) was so used to being cast away in life that she called herself “defective Velcro”, no one sticks around. Sure her self-deprecating talk and manner could be off-putting but she had her reasons.

The setting of Thesolo and the description of the seeming “odd” weather in South Africa places you right there in the midst of the cool terrain and the royalty of beautiful black skin.

If you are looking for a book with international romance and adventure this book is a great place to start. I enjoyed the book from start to finish.

Five luscious hearts!

A Princess in Theory is part of the Reluctant Royals Series, Book #1

Also, Last week I reviewed a delicious historical by Beverly Jenkins. Let’s just say I’ll never look at the Revolutionary War the same again.  Please visit my review on Amazon today.

Have you read any good books lately?

Soon, I will post pics of what I’ve been really doing after work… 😉

 

*Oh get your minds out the gutter. I’m talking about something else- LOL*