Book Review: To Love & Betray by Shelly Ellis

Title: To Love & Betray

Author: Shelly Ellis

Publication Date:  November 28, 2017

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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The Murdoch’s are a family I couldn’t help wanting to know. I have attached myself to Evan, Terrence, Leila, C. J., and Paulette as well as despising Dante. Having taken the journey with this family and learning their secrets, reading the betrayals, and enjoying their drama, I’m sad it is coming to an end with To Love & Betray.

Everything comes full circle in this book except for Aunt Ida stepping in to voice her opinions and providing a little advice from the past. Evan’s fear of leaving his family is evident and causing him to act out. Leila’s love for Evan is definitely proven when she rather gives to the enemy to keep her husband out of jail. Terrence shocked me by stepping up to help the family at a crucial time especially to keep everything their father built.

Paulette experiences a lot from her overbearing mother-in-law to her new babysitter turning out to be more than she expected and not in a good way. I loved that it brought her and Antonio closer together making them finally stand in their truth. C. J. shocked me the most because at first I didn’t trust her but in this book I realized she is down for her new family. She truly loves Terrence especially after what she has given up to be with him.

Last but definitely least is that darn Dante. I wanted to jump in this book and smack him. He is one of those characters that tries so hard to hurt others not getting the only one he is hurting is himself. Dante got under my skin because he could have taken the olive branch handed to him and joined the family but he had his own agenda. How is that working out for you, Dante?

I have enjoyed this whole series but To Love & Betray is by far my favorite. I love when a book has me on the edge of my seat. Shelly Ellis has a way of making you want to invest in the characters she shares with you. It is evident in her writing, plot and structure that she cares about her reader’s experience. I look forward to reading more of this author’s work.

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

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Book Review: Her Sweetest Revenge by Saundra

Title: Her Sweetest Revenge

Author: Saundra

Genre: Urban Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars= Great Page Turner

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Mya Bedford has to grow up early in the projects of Detroit because her mother is in no condition to take care of Mya or her siblings. When her mother is attacked, Mya finds who is behind it and decides it’s time for them to fight back. Mya with the help of her father’s advice develops a plan to take care of the people responsible for hurting her family. Mya doesn’t realize what she is getting herself into and the consequences involved. She is determined to make things better for her family and will if she stays on course and doesn’t get sidetracked.

This was a very entertaining book with drama, twist and turns, frustration and cheering as Mya handles her business. She is a character you can’t help root for throughout the book. It is well-written with dynamic characters and just enough hood that will keep you interested and turning pages. The author does a wonderful not over dramatizing the street life or the thugs involved, which makes me want to read the other books in this series. If you are looking for a fast past story that will take you on a journey, Her Sweetest Revenge will not disappoint.

I received this book from the publisher for review purpose only.

Book Review: The Beauty Doctor by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

Title: The Beauty Doctor

Author: Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 3 Stars= Okay Page Turner

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In the book, we meet Abigail, a young woman who dreams of becoming a doctor. She takes a job with a cosmetic surgeon in hopes of learning all she can, but soon becomes infatuated with the lure of what cosmetic surgery can do for a person. Abigail starts to admire what she is learning even though working with Dr. Rome has her stepping way out of her comfort zone, while introducing her to some of the most prominent people in New York. Abigail is doing things she would normally not do because this opportunity means everything to her.

This book touches on women’s roles in this era of time, politics, hint of romance and how concern people were with their looks and cosmetic surgery, which I wasn’t expecting when I started reading it. The characters are ones you either like or don’t like. I will say the transformation Abigail goes through and the actions she takes throughout the book made me invest in her character. This has been by far the strangest book I have read in 2017 but it was enjoyable.

I received this book from the author for review purpose only.

Book Review: Never Trust A Stranger by Mary Monroe

Title: Never Trust A Stranger

Author: Mary Monroe

Rating: 3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

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In this third installment of the Lonely Heart, Deadly Heart Series, Never Trust a Stranger by Mary Monroe, Lola Poole and Joan Proctor-Riley are still up to their same old tricks. Both have gotten used to dating wealthy old men to fulfill their lives that they forget to pay attention to their surroundings. The signs are there for Lola, but it may be too late.

Having read the previous books in this series, I can say that I’ve still not connected with these characters, their thought process or their ideal of relationships. I’m not sure how the author plans to upgrade these characters in the next book, but I’ll give it a try. This writing style seems a bit different from this author’s previous writings.

This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.