Book Reviews

Book Review: She’s Obsessed by Nick Haskins

Title: She’s Obsessed

Author: Nick Haskins

Genre: Urban Fiction

Publication Date: 7/30/2020

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Purchase at Amazon.com

About The Book

In the suburbs of Chicago, Jayceon and Leah were all set to start their new lives together as husband and wife. In Jace, Leah thought she married the perfect man until she accidentally stumbles across his deleted secret that quickly turns her sanity, and their marriage, upside down.

The night before Jayceon marries Leah, he hits the record button on his iPhone when the curvaceous dancer—Jessica Fox—from his bachelor party makes her way back to his hotel suite. Soon after, the nasty recorded mistake comes back to haunt Jace, and the stripper, in the worst way possible.

The life Leah planned with Jace rapidly spins out of control when she becomes obsessed with the X-rated video, and the girl in it. Leah will do whatever it takes to right her new husbands wrong, even if it means getting rid of Jessica Fox for good . . .

My Thoughts

Jayceon aka Jace’s slip up comes back to bite him in this urban fiction novel. Sometimes having strippers at a bachelor or bachelorette party may not be the right entertainment. The characters figure this out a little to late.

This was a typical novel about man doing things without thinking and the wrong person finding out about it, his wife. I will say Leah’s reaction was unexpected and she may have taken it to far. I can relate to her, but the reaction was a little extreme. It was hard to believe Jace didn’t think about photos and videos on his phone being in the cloud. It was also hard to believe he didn’t know that his wife had some serious issues. Jayceon would step up at time but I wondered if he was scared of his wife. I will say that Leah was a determined character and willing to take care of anything that got in her way.

It was a fast paced book and true to Haskin’s writing style. Some of the descriptions leaned toward erotic romance and took away from the story in some areas. Overall, the storyline was interesting and Leah’s character kept me reading. If you like books with drama and nice twists, She’s Obsessed is for you.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Influence by Carl Weber

Title: Influence

Author: Carl Weber

Genre: Legal Thriller, Urban Fiction

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Purchase at Amazon/ B&N

About the Book

When famed attorney Bradley Hudson learns of his youngest son Langston’s arrest for drug trafficking, he immediately assembles a team of lawyers and investigators, including members of his own family, to build a defense. With his reputation for being a shark in the courtroom, Bradley is confident he will get justice for his son—until he realizes he will be going up against an old foe, Assistant District Attorney James Brown. Is the ADA allowing his personal history with the Hudsons to influence his handling of the prosecution?

To complicate matters, Bradley discovers that his older son, Lamont, a young lawyer and Bradley’s right-hand man, has secretly been planning his exit from the family law firm to get out from under his father’s shadow.

Desiree, Bradley’s only daughter, is fresh out of law school and quite reserved compared to her siblings. She’s the good girl who doesn’t normally like to rock the boat, but in what could be considered the worst of all timing, she is secretly dating a man and a woman, and both relationships are on a collision course. Given the problems her family is facing, now is not the right time for Desiree to introduce
more drama to the mix, but she just can’t seem to help herself.

As if fighting for one son’s freedom and fending off the other’s betrayal isn’t enough pressure, Bradley is also in the middle of his own love triangle between his ex-wife, federal judge Jacqueline Hudson, and his current wife and jury consultant, Carla. He knows how much is at stake if his family’s drama spirals out of control, so he’ll do everything within his power to keep it all together and prevent his son from landing behind bars. With his trademark dramatic style, Carl Weber introduces readers to the Hudsons. Only time will tell if they can stand united, or if the legal dynasty of Bradley Hudson is about to come crashing down.

My Thoughts

A family of lawyers.

An Assistant District Attorney wanting revenge.

What could go wrong? Probably everything.

When the Hudson’s find out one of their own has been accused of drug trafficking, they go into action to get him and his friends cleared. Several obstacles get in the way. James, the assistant district attorney is hellbent on bringing Bradley down. Will his son Langston have to pay for his father’s past transgressions?

Every power family has some type of dysfunction and the Hudson are no different. The daughter Desiree can’t decide on who she wants to be with man or woman, while trying to prove she is a capable lawyer. Lamont the eldest is wanting to step away from his father’s shadow by making it on his own. Langston is being accused of drug trafficking, but stands his ground and stays loyal to his friends.

Jaqueline, the children’s mother is a federal judge, who is trying to forget what happened in the past while trying to save her son. Bradley the head of the family is known for being the best, a powerful lawyer but his tactics are not working so well this time.

In this legal thriller, a family unit and friendships are tested. There are so many hidden agendas in this book, but worth reading. Carl Weber does not disappoint and I like a book featuring a strong black family.

Rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Meet The Author

Meet The Author: Interview with Nick Haskins

Stopping by Authors & Readers Book Corner today is Nick Haskins is the author of On the Edge of Heat, Jamal, My Husband’s Wife, Betrayed and his latest novel, She’s Obsessed. Nick was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio where he currently resides. After years of aspiring to become a film and TV writer, he began to shape his creative dreams and released his first book in 2011. Nick has been actively working on building his catalog of work, and readership, with plans to become a full-time writer.

Q & A with Nick Haskins

A&RBC: How did you get started in the publishing industry?

NH: I started writing stories when I was very young. I stopped for many years until I fumbled across a Mary B. Morrison book. From there, I became fascinated with her work, and others, and wanted to entertain readers the way they entertained me.

A&RBC: I know you were originally going into filming, will you be going back to it? Or do you feel writing books are a better fit for you?

NH: I hope to migrate to TV and film in the future. I’m working on a script right now for a new series I would love to bring to life. That is a big goal I’ve set for myself as a writer that I’m ready to strive to achieve.

A&RBC: What do you love most about being an author?

NH: I love that I’m able to create stories with characters, and plots, and cliffhangers, and a crazy ending—just like the writers I admire—and actually be able to entertain people that I don’t know with something that came solely from me. That is the highest point of being an author.

A&RBC: What has been your biggest challenge as an author?

NH: My biggest challenge as an author has been building an audience. I’ve always been told by family and friends that I was a good writer, so when I first started putting out books I thought I would have massive amounts of readers that would flock to my work just because I was told it was good. I later found out that’s not how it goes.

A&RBC: You are releasing your fourth novel, She’s Obsessed, what or who was the inspiration behind this particular book?

NH: My main inspiration behind She’s Obsessed was to show my readers a different side of my writing style. I wrote my other books based on how I thought I should write if I wanted to be a fiction writer. With my new book, I just went for it, kicked down all of the restrictions and doubts, and wrote it how I wanted it to come out.

A&RBC: Tell us about Leah and Jace.

NH: Jace is a good man, that turned into Leah’s loving great husband, but not before he cheats on her with the stripper from his bachelor party the night before their wedding and records it, but later deletes it. Leah is a no-nonsense chick that’s ready to slice up her new husband after she finds his deleted mistake. Fueled by drugs, emotions, and obsession, Leah takes it too far with Jace and the girl from the video.

A&RBC:  How do you approach researching topics for your books?

NH: Google is my best friend when I’m writing. For She’s Obsessed, I called on my sister, Myranda, a lot since she is the same age as the characters.

A&RBC: Do you usually base your books in cities you live in or have visited?

NH: No, but I would LOVE to visit LA, Potomac, Anchorage, or Chicago.

A&RBC: If you can express your writing style in three to four words, what would they be?

NH: Love. Passion. Drama. Heartbreak.

A&RBC: What new projects can readers expect from you?

NH: I would like my readers to keep their fingers crossed for me that I can birth a new TV series for them.

A&RBC: Where can readers find you?

NH: Please visit my website www.nickhaskinsbooks.com, like my author Facebook page (@iamnickhaskins), and follow me on Instagram & twitter @iamnickhaskins

 

About The Book

In the suburbs of Chicago, Jayceon and Leah were all set to start their new lives together as husband and wife. In Jace, Leah thought she married the perfect man until she accidentally stumbles across his deleted secret that quickly turns her sanity, and their marriage, upside down.

The night before Jayceon marries Leah, he hits the record button on his iPhone when the curvaceous dancer—Jessica Fox—from his bachelor party makes her way back to his hotel suite. Soon after, the nasty recorded mistake comes back to haunt Jace, and the stripper, in the worst way possible.

The life Leah planned with Jace rapidly spins out of control when she becomes obsessed with the X-rated video, and the girl in it. Leah will do whatever it takes to right her new husbands wrong, even if it means getting rid of Jessica Fox for good . . .

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Sneak Peek of Blended Families by Kyiris Ashley

   Jasmine

“A cold chill went up my spine, and something told me that we should quit while we were ahead, but we didn’t. Instead, we sat there and ironed out a plan. Harold told Haley that he would unlock the door and disarm the alarm. After that, Don and Lavon would have about ten minutes to kidnap Superior and get out of the house.”

 

   ShawnKy

            “There was a time that I didn’t care who I killed. If there was a price on your head, then I was coming to collect. I was the best in the business, and everyone knew it. My murder game was crazy, and nobody was fucking with it.”

Blended Families

by Kyiris Ashley

Genre: Urban Fiction

Kim is a beautiful, successful, businesswoman, and co-owner of one of the top urban publishing companies in the country. She is also an author with a host of books on the New York Times best sellers list. She is a mother of three, and has a wonderful husband named Harold. Life is great for them on the outside looking in, but Kim had more than a few secrets.

Shawn is a handsome and successful businessman, and best-selling author. Being co-owner of one of the top urban publishing companies in the country gave him a six figure salary. He also has a beautiful daughter and a loyal wife. On the outside looking in, they were the perfect family of three, but Shawn had secrets.

Shawn and Kim not only shared a company together, they also shared a son, a house, and a life. When their son is kidnapped, Shawn and Kim worked together to find him. Little did they know, they were much closer to the kidnappers than they thought. With the fear of never seeing their son again, Shawn and Kim wake up sleeping beasts that no one was ready for. Letting all parties involved know, there’s a very thin line between life and death.

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Kyiris Ashley is an international selling author from the east side of Detroit Michigan. She won her first award for writing in the fifth grade, and she knew then that she had a passion for writing. She began writing short stories in notebooks, that she would pass on to her classmates for reviews. On leave from her job in the hospitality field, due to the pandemic of 2020; Kyiris Ashley released her debut novel entitled Blended Families.

Even though Kyiris Ashley’s first novel is in the urban fiction genre; she has written other works in different genres under pennames. She prefers not to place herself in a box, and stunt her creative growth by limiting herself to one genre. Kyiris Ashley is currently working on turning her book into a scripted series and movie. While also preparing for the release of the second installment of the Blended Families trilogy entitled; Blended Families 2: Retribution.

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