Here it is! ‘Low Down and Dirty’, the Review

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Low Down & Dirty by Addison Moore

Low Down & Dirty(Volume 1) by Addison Moore

Published by Hollis Thatcher Press, LTD. 2017

Cover Design by: Gaffey Media

Received as an Arc from Author but is currently on sale on Amazon so head there now!

First of all, a huge shout out to Addison and Kathy for this amazing ARC!

When I have an Addison Moore book in my hand, I know I will be laughing, swooning and just binging on the words she knows how to wield so well in these books.

Low Down &Dirty is one such book which literally begins with me bursting at the seams with LOLs. Harlowe Hartly is down on her luck. She feels sick, just lost her job and loses her home- all in the span of less than a day.

She finds herself going to her bestie, Raven.

Raven suggests she live with her brother.

What Harlowe did not count on was falling for the dark haired, blue eyed male version of her best friend. Levi turns out to be super hot and charming.

But Levi has a few secrets of his own.

Annnnnd Raven issued a serious notice to the both of them:

Do not fall in love.

Let me just add a side note here in case you are still wondering if Levi and Harlowe’s story is worth it. Levi is the most honest and intense man ever. In the bedroom, on business, friendships, whatever- he has secrets but who doesn’t? Harlowe’s entire being just can’t resist him, even with a threat hanging over both of their heads…

As I said before, I prepared myself for giggles and pure romance where the guys’ words sweep you off your feet.

The banter between Levi and Harlowe, the surprising scenes, the tension was pure reading ecstasy for this book.

I think the word gift/gifting was used way too much, but otherwise this book was hot.

P.S. 3AM: Kisses fans will be pleased to reunite with old characters in this one!

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Driven By Desire by Ambrielle Kirk ( a review)

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Driven by Desire(Rugged Series, #1)by Ambrielle Kirk

Published: Second Edition-March 2016

Received for free through InstaFreebie.com

Cover Design by ResplendentMedia.com

After reading this review, you will want to click ambriellkirk.com to learn more!

Alright, so after traveling through D.C with the last book, this book by another author now takes us through “HotLanta” or Atlanta Georgia to be more precise- where a sexy biker crew knows how to handle bikes and women.

Tanya is in Ocho Rios for a friend’s wedding, when an extremely good looking stranger drifts into her life.

Fresh from a breakup, Tanya does not want to enter any kind of relationship with Marcus, but with that devilish grin he wears, those alluring tattoos, and deep silky voice, maybe she can play with him just a little while…?

Before long, Tanya finds herself sinking into Marcus’s world and she imagines herself a part of him.

However, Marcus surprised me.

He may be “tatted” up and riding bikes, but this man is a CEO and he knows how to keep his cool under any circumstance. It is Tanya that rattles his soul though. His thoughtfulness, his sweetness and the O.M.G moments they have between the sheets will have you licking your fingers and looking crazy.

I enjoyed this book immensely. There were quite a few grammar errors (who doesn’t have them?) and a slight POV mishap, but it’s a bump in the road, easily crossed.

If you like bikers, tattoos, and incredibly hot romance, I think you ought to grab this one! This one earns 4.5 scorching purple hearts from me!

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Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren(a review)

Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren
Published by Dafina Books(2017)
ISBN: 978-1-4967-0872-4
Book received for free from Netgalley

Note: This book can be categorized as Christian Fiction but has a few disturbing scenes and language you may find distasteful.

Her Secret Life was actually a pretty good book. It had all the right ingredients.

Including the ingredient for annoyance.

Onika was born to a cracked out black mother and handsome Puerto Rican father/pimp.

Her grandmother, Earlene ends up raising her in a strict, religious home.

Every day Onika and her grandmother prayed for her mother to be healed by God and for years that never happens. Coupled with Earlene’s ornery attitude, Onika eventually gives up on Church and God completely and no one can blame her at this point.

Eventually, Onika earns a full scholarship to a prestigious college in Washington, D.C. where she meets a handsome guy at least ten years older than she and that is when things get really interesting…

 She was Judy’s child. It was inevitable that she’d be addicted to something.  [Quote from Her Secret Life, 2017]

My Reaction:

Onika, Onika.

She is not my favorite character at all.

The book itself is actually quite good. It kept me up reading very late, I talked my husband’s ears off about it, so yeah it was pretty good.

The author wrote in a way that makes me believe she actually knew these people. I think this is what made me dislike Onika all the way around.

Onika comes off as proud and even intelligent. Then she’d turn around and do something utterly dumb.

There were times in the story where I lost all pity for this girl and I feel bad because I knew people who have been in bad situations like her so she has every right to feel like she need to keep her life private.

But to lie to everyone…?

Then disrespect those helping you?

I could not take it anymore. When I lose connection to a character, the story is lost for me. I began rooting for Graham(Onika’s new love interest) and enjoying Charmagne’s(Onika’s benefactor) character. Even though Charmagne was a holy roller and attributes every single thing to God all the time, she had a Christ-like attitude and was refreshing to the story.

This book also touches on issues such as colorism, drugs, and Christianity/Churchianity.

Again, a very nice book, but I abhorred Onika’s character.

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Wow, Room 42 is a Mind Trip(a review)

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Room 42 by D.K. Cassidy(Published in the “Immortality Chronicles” created by Samuel Peralta)

Pluto Press*Book received from Instafreebie.com

Visit D.K. Cassidy and while you’re at it, you are DEFINITELY going to want to download Room 42!

On April 15th the year 2145 at 42 minutes past midnight, “The Event” happened.

Everyone became immortal…and sterile.

Dr. Vivian Toujours for 75 years, has been working on a cure for this strange disease. In a world where everything lives forever- except one organism(read to find out!), what is a scientist to do?

My Reaction:

This story grabbed my mind and f#!&d with it. What’s even more cool, is the author even admits in her bio that she hopes to mess with our minds.

Good job, D.K.!

But seriously deep down, my psyche wanted a conclusion or some kind of sequel. I read this story as if I was there in the year 2145 and needing answers. For such a short work, the story highlights possible political and social scenarios- all plausible to me.

One question I need answered right now:

Can we please have a part 2 of some kind?

Just kidding! I know the power of the short and D.K.Cassidy wields it well!

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Sample Saturday (Sycorax’s Daughters)

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Sycorax’s Daughters

 

Sycorax’s Daughters by Kinitra Brooks, PhD.

Publication Date: Cedar Grove Publishing(February 21, 2017)

Print and Kindle Editions Available

If you’re like me, you download free samples of interesting books on Kindle(app) to see if they are worth your dollars.

Every Saturday I’d like to feature up and coming books I’d like to read and share. We will see how this goes!

Why did I sample it?

  1. The first story begins with a woman named Thistle and a dude named Wilder going through a dark forest just to meet her mom…like who would do this? Spooky!
  2. I am just so tickled that this is a collection of 28 horror stories and 14 horror poems.
  3. The meaning behind Sycorax’s Daughter(Sycorax was the deceased sorceress in Shakespeare’s Tempest(1611)

If you have read the book already, let me know. I am actually thinking of ordering the print version when I can(hopefully soon!)

Until then I will put it on my Goodreads shelf.

Happy Reading!

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Five Fiction Books That Changed My World

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Without further ado, here is the list!

  • 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult, is hailed as a “raw and important work” about school violence. A teen is picked on mercilessly and eventually becomes something to be very afraid of. This book opened my eyes up to the seriousness of bullying.

We all know it is serious business, but Picoult wrote the story from an angle that felt as if many voices were speaking at once. I learned that writing with care and the art of research is important in any story.

This particular series follows a five thousand year old blonde vampire named Sita who we are supposed to hate, but I couldn’t help but relate. She is depicted as fully human with her own struggles and enemies.

I am not ashamed to say I cried a little. Perhaps because of the series ending and not necessarily what happens in the end..? Bottomline: If a vampire story can make me cry, then it was a good darn book. Also, if I can empathize with a wicked vampire, I can empathize with anyone, right?

  • Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews– need I say more? With Lifetime cranking out the books to television and Andrews’ books continue to pop up at Walmart, Bookstores and online in an unending ghost written foray, these books remain popular.

This book was probably one of the first books to keep me up at night.

There I was, 12-13 years old reading a gothic fiction about children being left in an attic so long that confusion, incest and other problems arose. That book made me understand that sometimes family is just in blood only. Anyone can hurt you.

Flowers in the Attic is one of those richly dark travesties of literary treasure and genius.

  • Seed to Harvest Series by Octavia E. Butler was a masterpiece. Still is. I bought the thick tome off of Amazon one year, maybe 2011, and dived right into it.

Patternmaster/Seed to Harvest, dates back to pre-slavery Africa where Anyanwu is gifted with shape shifting abilities, while Doro can literally jump his spirit self into other bodies. It awakened my own need to write sci/fi this good. It reminds me of the “Black” version of X-Men, but so deliciously written.

  • The Station Series* by Trish Marie Dawson gave me chills and sweet thrills. This book showed me that writing about a sensitive topic such as suicide can be dealt with using fantasy, research and great insight(and an amazing author!). In the series, Piper Willow dies and wakes up at The Station, where suicides go and become mentors and volunteers to people on earth who are considering suicide. The goal is to prevent people from committing suicide in the first place. Romance was high in this series too.

It gave me a new perspective on death in general.

It is not the end but a new station in existence. No one has the concrete answers but fiction allows us to play with what the answers could be.

Those are the five books which have changed my life in some way.

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Fatal by John Lescroart

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Fatal by John Lescroart

Publication Date: Atria Books(January 24, 2017)

ISBN: 978-1-5011-1567-7

eBook ISBN: 978-1-5011-1569-1

Disclaimer: This book was received from Netgalley for free for my unbiased opinion.

Update to my review: I have given this book five stars on Goodreads but barely. There were some loose ends I needed for the author to quickly tie up. But do you know what I realize?

I realized fairly quickly that the events which occurred in Fatal, created experiences for each character. Experiences which led further into the darkening plot. The terrorism attack, the dinner party, even some of the dialogue between Detective Beth and the ME(Medical Examiner)- all for a reason.

I hope you pick up this book and I’d love for you to discuss it in the comment section below!

Fatal is about the rippling, crippling effect of infidelity and how those damaging ripples can be- well, fatal.

Kate Jameson seems to have the perfect marriage and wonderful children.

One day, she and her husband are invited to a dinner party where she meets Peter who is also married and suddenly Kate can’t get him out of her mind. She becomes fixated with wanting to sleep with him.

She does.

It’s like everything you thought you knew about people was a lie. (Fatal, 2017 eBook)

The consequences literally break hell loose and now Beth along with her partner Ike, is sent on a goose chase involving murderous plots and the cost of marital discords.

My Reaction:

This book was amazing. John Lescroart weaves a legal thriller like no other and left a bombshell of smoke in his creative wake.

Fatal’s strengths as a novel stands on the suspenseful plot twists, the tenacious, tactful, Beth Tully, and the resounding clear message that one night can destroy several lives.

I highly recommend this one!