Book Reviews

Book Review: Is He Even Worth It? by Nyeshia

 

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Is He Even Worth It?

Nyeshia

Publication Date: February 22, 2015

3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

This is a short story about a recently single, college student named Teresa Scott. While out at a nightclub with her girlfriends she encounters a handsome man Terrin Jones. The pair hit it off but while trying to establish something new they had to get rid of the old baggage from their previous relationships.

Nyeshia’s debut was okay. The storyline was average but I do feel like it lacked pertinent information in order to get a good feel of the characters. Nyeshia could definitely benefit from a good developmental editor. There were some grammatical issues but I overlooked them as I was trying to get into the story. My advice to this author is to give your readers a little bit more. All characters have a story and we as the reader want to hear it. Good luck to you and I’m looking forward to more from you. I give Is He Even Worth It? three stars.

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

Reviewed by Tracy Cooper

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Multi-Book Review: The Marshalls, The Lesson and Unrestricted Chains by Cynthia Blue

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The Marshalls

4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Moselle, along brothers, Phoenix and Rocco and younger sister Skyla were taken in as juveniles by Eloise Marshall. Each one escaped bad familial situations, which by fate or circumstance Ms. Eloise was there to offer them a loving and stable home. Even though they were not blood relatives, the bond between the adopted siblings would prove to be stronger than any blood relatives they used to have. In adulthood the siblings face challenges that test their bonds while also dealing with the demons from their pasts.

This story is filled with action, sex and intrigue that keeps readers enthralled just enough but it leaves you wanting more from the characters and the storyline. I enjoyed the characters enough that I can see a sequel about the Marshall siblings. I recommend The Marshalls to others.

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

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The Lesson

3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

This book was an entertaining read. There were three stories about individuals that sought to find satisfaction and didn’t care who they hurt to feel good. In the beginning, Professor Robin Terry expresses his disdain about his wife’s insecurities to his mentor Dr. Braxton during a casual lunch meeting. Dr. Braxton spends the lunch giving him examples of individuals he’s known that were in similar situation as his mentee Robin.

In the first story he talks about Hope and Cyrus. This couple endured many ups and down throughout their relationship due to the countless indiscretions and acts of infidelity by Cyrus. While Cyrus cared about no one but himself and continued to hurt the ever forgiving Hope until a series of events ends with a shocker.

As Dr. Braxton concludes the story about Cyrus and Nicole it has an effect on Robin and their lesson is supposed to teach him a lesson…but does it?

I enjoyed this book and wished it was longer than the 18 chapters I read. This couple’s story was the most intriguing and could have been expanded upon by the author. I felt there were a few grammatical errors and incomplete pieces within the storyline but it didn’t cause much of a distraction. This book was a good read and I give it three stars.

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

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Unrestricted Chains

4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Appolonia has been married to Quinton for ten years and as unconventional as it was, both look forward to their future together. Over the years Appolonia has enjoyed her lifestyle due to Quinton’s successful brothel business. She also received special treatment as the only female correctional officer at the all male Ryder Penitentiary. By garnering the attention from her supervisor to forging a forbidden friendship with a prisoner named Dewayne, Appolonia is always going to reap any benefits she could.

There is also another side to Appolonia, which after befriending Dewayne her secrets come out, and she is forced to deal with her horrid past head on. Although their friendship crosses over into to forbidden territory Appolonia and Dewayne question themselves of what could have been if their situations were different. Readers will go through this rollercoaster ride with the characters which before you know it is over before it starts.

This book was a quick read yet it was chock filled with multiple, detailed and explicit encounters between the characters. I liked this book and for those that like erotic then this book is for you. This is the second book by Cynthia Blue that I have read and I see that she has the potential to go far in the book industry. I give this book four stars.

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

All Reviewed by Tracy Cooper

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Double Book Review: Because I Am A Girl and Goodbye Unanswered by John E. Kato

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Because I Am A Girl

John Eldard Kato

Publication Date: December 9, 2013

4 Stars=Great Page Turner

This was a novel about a young African girl named Shamim. Shamim was raised in a home where her family stayed true to their cultural beliefs. Shamim was expected to be married off to the man of her father’s choosing for a dowry. Shamim wanted to get an education and if she did what was expected of her she would have to drop out and assume the duties of a wife. Shamim was headstrong, strong willed and she was going to stand up to her father. She wanted to pursue her own dreams but that would mean she would have to flee.

This story shows how a young girl stands up to defy traditional and cultural norms by trying to choose her own path in life. Many young women can see the importance of being educated and independent and making their own choices, even if it means being disappointing the people you love. In the end she overcame and proved that all she needed was a chance to do it her way.
Nicely written story and I enjoyed watching Shamim find herself and then become successful despite being estranged from her family. This is a good read and I give it four stars.

Reviewed by Tracy Cooper

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Goodbye Unanswered

John Eldard Kato

Publication Date: November 30, 2013

3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

Vanessa and Paul are siblings struggling with the loss of their mother. Due to the mother’s passing the children are separated after a decision by the family’s clan. Vanessa would move away from the village to stay with an aunt and her brother would remain at home with his father. The father decides that the household can use a female caretaker and her son would serve as a playmate for Paul.

His daughter Vanessa is living in a rural area where she began farming and doing chores as the others. Her living conditions were adverse compared to where she had come from and her aunt didn’t find schooling to be important. Vanessa constantly worried about her brother and hoped their situations would not be long standing.

Paul on the other hand feels hat new caretaker shows favoritism towards her son and Paul’s appearance shows the lack of care. Vanessa finds that her father’s focus has shifted from them and he has become preoccupied with the caretaker and her children. The siblings feel slighted and find that their father has some secrets of his own which are revealed when Vanessa returns home for a visit.

This was an interesting storyline although I must admit it took me longer to get through the story, which made it an average read for me. I appreciate the author highlighting African life for youth. Their experiences and challenges they are faced with are exhibited through his storylines. I can hear their voices loud and clear through his writings and that is a plus.

Reviewed by Tracy Cooper

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Book Review: Untraditional Love in The Dark by Victoria Warren Jackson

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Untraditional Love in the Dark

Victoria Warren Jackson

Publication Date: June 14, 2012

4 Stars=Great Page Turner 

Samantha is a woman that many women can relate to especially being unlucky in love.  After going through the ups and downs of dating Samantha thinks she’s found the one in Isaac. But there is something about him she can’t put her finger on until after the wedding ring is on her finger. Daring to discover why her prince is no longer charming; Samantha soon finds waiting longer for real love may not have been so bad.

Untraditional Love in the Dark is a book that most women will be able to relate while following Samantha as she reminisces about past loves, relationships and having to deal with problems in her marriage. Reader’s hearts will go out to Samantha as I found myself cheering her on hoping she would rise above it all.

This book was well written that will pull into the story as if you were right there with the main character. I enjoyed Untraditional Love in the Dark and recommend it to others.

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

Reviewed by Tracy Cooper