Book Review of Property of the State by Kiki Swinson

Title: Property of the State

Series: The Black Market, Book 3

Author: Kiki Swinson

Publication Date: January 28, 2020

Genre: Urban Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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Property of the state is about a woman’s actions catching up with her. Misty was a pharmacy employee who found herself in some trouble while dealing with an abusive boyfriend named Terrell.  She in self-defense kills him. At the beginning of the book, Misty is arrested and is going to jail for that crime.

This book made me wonder if the mistreatment of inmates truly does happen. Misty is placed in facility that had an hidden agenda, which becomes very clear as the story progresses. What I liked about her character is her transformation from the start of the book to the end. Misty went into the prison as one person but the events that happen truly changed her.

Her main goal was getting out of the prison, but also to stay alive. She didn’t know who to trust or what actions she’d have to take, which made for an entertaining book. I’m glad that I read the first two books in this series, which helped me going into this one and helped me invest in the characters.

I recommend Property of the State to Urban fiction readers, but suggest them read the first books in the series to get the full story.


Book Review of Hands Up by Stephen Clark

Title: Hands Up

Author: Stephen Clark

Publication date: September 28, 2019

Genre: Cop Thriller

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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I will admit when I first started reading this book, I believed it was another white cop killing a black man and all the political mumbo jumbo that comes with it. I had the wrong mindset but the characters changed my mind. Hands up was about a white officer named Ryan Quinn, who did indeed shoot a black male named, Terrell Wakefield, but it was more about how those involved handled the incident.

This book had some realistic characters with normal reactions to what they experienced throughout the story. Kelly is the victim’s father, who left the family, but is trying to right his wrong since returning while dealing with his son’s death. Jade Wakefield is the victim’s sister who is defensive, stubborn, negative and won’t forgive her father. She is also the one who wants justice for her brother and will do whatever she can to make it happen. Jade is a very manipulative character and the main one I didn’t like. Officer Ryan Quinn,  is trying to work through forgiving himself for his actions, but is also keeping a secret about the incident.

I enjoyed the storyline, the characters and how the book ended. I was thrown off with the point of view because some were in third person and Ryan’s in first person, until I got further into the story. I will say having Ryan’s point of view in first person made me relate to him more. I was able to figure out some of the twists in the story, but it didn’t take away from my experience of reading the book. I forward to reading more of this author’s work. I recommend, Hands Up to readers of urban fiction and cop thrillers.


Book Review: Small Town Love by Michelle Stimpson and Michelle Lindo-Rice

Title: Small Town Love

Author: Michelle Stimpson and Michelle Lindo-Rice

Publication Date: November 19, 2019

Rating: 5 Stars= Non-Stop Page Turner

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Small Town Love by Michelle Stimpson and Michelle Lindo-Rice is about family, friendship, loss love and faith.

Best friends are hard to come by and Jhavon and Sean cherish their friendship. When Jhavon is killed it changes not only Sean’s life but the lives of Jhavon’s sisters Jazzy and Niya.

This book captured my attention on page one. The plot is well thought, flowed and was easy to follow. The characters are well-developed and easy to invest in. Jazzy’s character annoyed meet the most because she acted like the constant victim. It was as if she was miserable and wanted everyone else to be as well. Niya was a little naive and shy at the beginning of the book, but I enjoy the start of her transformation and look forward to see how her story will end. Sean’s character was my favorite. He was loyal, caring and even sensitive, which is needed more in male characters.

Having read several books by each of the authors, I was very impressed with Small Town Love. The story flows as if one author wrote the book. It is evident these authors have a connection in their writing styles, which was perfect foe this story. I can’t wait to read book two in this series.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.


Book Review: The Temp by Michelle Frances

Title: The Temp

Author: Michelle Frances

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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I’ve been in the mood for a page-turning thriller and I definitely found it with The Temp by Michelle Frances. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m glad I started with this one.

The Temp is about a young woman looking to break into the filming industry, by receiving a chance meeting with a producer she admires and how quick dynamics can change. The twists and turns in this plot were perfect. The characters easy to invest in especially as the story moved forward.

I believed Emma was this horrible character plotting against Carrie until I read more into the book. Carrie was needy to me and a little selfish especially with having a baby she knew would cause issues. Adrian was my least favorite. He was arrogant and only thought about himself. When I got to the end of the book I was satisfied, but you’ll have to read it to find out what I mean by that. This was a well-written book about the things people will do to get to the top and to stay there. Secrets always come back to bite. It had me on the edge of my seat trying to find out what Emma, Carrie and Adrian would do.

I like this author’s writing style and believe she did a wonderful job keeping me interested in the story till the end. I look forward to reading the rest of her work. I definitely recommend, The Temp, to those who love suspenseful thrillers and mysteries.

*This was a leisure read. This book was not provided by the author or publisher for a review.