My Love and His Loyalty 3 by Nikki Brown

My Love and His Loyalty 3 by Nikki BrownMy Love and His Loyalty 3 by Nikki Brown
Series: My Love and His Loyalty #3
Published by Leo Sullivan Presents on December 19, 2016
Pages: 182 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Unlimited

Going to jail for Knowledges murder is the last thing on Trina’s mind. Her family was always two steps ahead of the enemy and this time is no different. Her biggest concern was making Detective Thompson pay for everything he’s tried to do to her family but when a blast from the past shows up and shakes things up, Trina realizes that somethings are more important but that doesn’t last long when Detective Thompson strikes again.
Chaos is still trying to get over the shock of being shot and almost losing his life. He is struggling with the fact that he is not one hundred percent but when the chance to come face to face with Trey presents itself all of the doubt leaves his mind and he is in full “Chaos mode” but is he really ready?
Baby is still trying to figure herself out and with a new prospect on her heels she may just get what she’s been looking for but not everyone will be happy for her.

Stone and Slick are working overtime to make sure that their relationships are everything that Starr and Paige could ask for but with drama at every that may not be the couple’s reality. When you have love and loyalty anything is possible right?

After the first two installments in Nikki Brown’s My Love and His Loyalty series I didn’t know what to expect from this crazy bunch and the people dumb and delusional enough to go against them in the last installment, but I was definitely on board for the ride.

The one thing that really shocked me as I was reading My Love and His Loyalty 3 by Nikki Brown was how tolerant I was of Trina’s character. Usually I’m not a fan of mama queen-pins or bosses because in the past characters with these qualities they are either doing too much, aren’t accepting of change, or both and irk my nerves as I read about the influence they have not only on their children but the story in general. Trina’s character though was so dang savage and yet a lady-like that her character was an instant favorite, I think Wayne helped level her out in a lot ways that prevented her from getting to the female boss characters I spoke of earlier.

The one character that really stood out to me was Chaos’ character, or the final version of it. The intricacies of his character was done so well that even though I loved me some Stone, Shine, and Slick he was definitely a favorite. I am a sucker for the unhinged types and Chaos definitely fit into that category.

While Chaos might’ve been a favorite character, my favorite couple would have to be Starr and Stone. Not only did the author give more page time to these two but their chemistry and ability to work through things together was intoxicating.

I love that with every Nikki Brown story I read she focuses on the importance of family and this element is quickly making her a beloved author of mine.

I felt that for My Love and His Loyalty 3 the ending was very satisfying and tied the series up well. I’m also glad that Brown included the holiday scenes for everybody because since it was almost Christmas when I read this it felt appropriate.

She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4 by Shvonne Latrice

She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4 by Shvonne LatriceShe Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4 by Shvonne Latrice
Series: She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta #4
Published by Leo Sullivan Presents on October 27, 2017
Pages: 365 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Unlimited

In the final installment, Ricky must deal with the mind blowing news his grandmother has just revealed to him. Feeling like he's all alone in being betrayed by people who were expected to be loyal to him, Ricky soon realizes that the person who can understand his situation completely has been right by his side all along. Draylah too has her own troubles to face, the main one dealing with someone she thought she'd lost but has been able to reunite with. However, there is a big block in her road to bliss, and Draylah is beyond ready to take it out. Will the couple be able to continue to keep that undying flame of love burning, despite their hefty issues? Or will things finally be too much for the troubled beauty and her heartless gangsta?

Also back for the final round are the other couples who are no strangers to difficulties and betrayal. With one couple seeking the ultimate revenge on those they feel have wronged them, another coming to an unfortunate and unforeseeable end, and the last finally realizing just what they have in one another, these unions will surely be tested one last time.

Seeing as this is my second, or third, time reading She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4 by Shvonne Latrice I decided to place my focus elsewhere this time around. I focused more on Draylah and Ricky, and Bia and Kito simply because I felt that I didn’t give them enough of my attention with all of Qamar’s craziness.

With that being said though, I was able to FINALLY glean what Qamar’s purpose, in my opinion, was. After interacting with the author after each release for this series and seeing her own distaste for Qamar’s character I think I’m able to understanding Latrice’s genius behind the construction of his character. He was purposed to constantly make the other characters appear normal, sane, and well put together, especially RickyAK.

With all the craziness that has gone on in this series so far I’m glad the author chose to focus more on the closure of both Draylah and Ricky’s backgrounds. For Draylah it was getting custody of the her little girl who was stolen from her, and for Ricky it was avenging his mother’s death. The same could also be said for Bia and Kito’s storyline seeing as Bia was finally closing the chapter that she started in the first installment and starting fresh with Kito who also had a dangerous past but was living differently because of it.

The crazy thing about the entirety of the She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta series has been the growth/maturity of Ricky’s character. The fact that his character has essentially stayed the same, but you can sense the maturity of his character really places him high on my favorite book bae list.

It’s awesome that the author chose to create a Christmas story continuation for this series because I truly wasn’t ready to say goodbye to everyone at the end of She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta 4. In the moments when I’m extra petty I get to thinking that Mischief and co. deserve a Christmas story as well but sadly that’s not going to happen, *cries internally*.

My Baby Is a West Coast King by Shvonne Latrice

My Baby Is a West Coast King by Shvonne LatriceMy Baby Is a West Coast King by Shvonne Latrice
Series: My Baby Is A West Coast King #1
Published by Leo Sullivan Presents on January 1, 2017
Pages: 327 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased

Laine Loren is an aspiring model, hoping to somehow make it out of South Side, Chicago, and away from her predator uncle and cheating boyfriend Tarik. When she gets the chance to move away to Los Angeles, she hops on it and doesn't look back. Laine's plans to focus only on her career and nothing else, are suddenly thrown to the wind when she meets the dangerous and unbalanced Mischief.

Mischief, a music producing banger from Compton, only cares about three things; music, his money, and his brothers. Having to be raised by his aunt, because he was born to unfit parents, he's callous, rude, frank, and downright out of his mind. Upon meeting Laine, Mischief finds himself interested in the tough beauty, while trying to still maintain the life he has lived from day one.

With secrets, lies, and betrayal laced through each page, this budding love story between the Chicago beauty and the Compton terrorizer is sure to keep you on your toes.

There aren’t many Urban Fiction stories that leave me feeling some type of way, but My Baby Is A West Coast King and its sequels really set the standard for what I’m now going to be looking for from this genre. I’ve told y’all time and time again that I really love me a crazy and/or unconventional alpha male hero/character, so for Mischief to encompass all that and then some automatically sold me on this story; it didn’t hurt that Lanie matched his crazy either lol.

I seriously want to marry My Baby Is a West Coast King because it had everything I love in my romance. Mischief really is unlike any hero I’ve read before, he’s simple yet complex, if that makes sense. With that combination and the fact that Shvonne Latrice created a heroine that was his perfect half made me fall in love with this story even more. Laine was the perfect partner for Shai, aka Mischief, because they were both completely unhinged and each found their other half in each other with no lack.

Shai was definitely that man that you can’t help but love and at the same time make you question your sanity as to why. I can’t really explain the intricacies of his character because you really have to read My Baby Is A West Coast King to understand even the small percentage that I’m trying to express within this review. He’s not certifiable but you constantly think that he should be because of how he maneuvers.

The only issue I had with this story, and it doesn’t reflect on the overall experience of My Baby Is A West Coast King, were the lesbian sex scenes. Call me a prude or whatever but these type of scenes just don’t float my boat, and if these scenes aren’t your cup of tea skip over them like I did. Regardless of those particular scenes, the characters that were opposed to everything that was Mischief and Lanie & co., were about held no reservations about causing chaos. They were seriously bold and a little unhinged for the shenannigans they got up to, as well as the craziness they inflicted on the main characters.

My Baby Is A West Coast King was so good and an instant favorite that I binged the remaining books in this series within a day!

A Hustler’s Tears by Natasha Raynor

A Hustler’s Tears by Natasha RaynorA Hustler's Tears by Natasha Raynor
Series: A Hustler's Tears #1
Published by Leo Sullivan Presents on October 11, 2016
Pages: 220 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Unlimited

Sexy Haitian and former hustler, Truth is officially out of the game and ready to live a legit life with Emilie Baptiste and their twin sons until a ghost from his past drops one heck of a bombshell on him. Emilie is devastated and is unable to hide it. Her devastation pushes Truth away because he feels that she should put her feelings aside and ride for him. The more Emilie acts out the more it pushes Truth away and the both of them begin to fear that the damage isn't able to be undone.

Samir Adams is happily married and faithful. His only flaw is running the streets, but he has no intention of stopping any time soon. Going for a short visit to North Carolina to visit his God brother, Jules Baptiste, changes Samir's life in more ways than one. On top of being shot, he discovers that his wife, Charity, isn't who he thinks she is, and it rips his heart from his chest. Samir vows to never love again, but once he meets a sexy pharmacist, he has to ask himself if that vow is actually a realistic one.

Crucial and his girl, Kennedi, are settled into their new home in Miami and waiting for the birth of their child. Life is great until a freak accident breaks both of their hearts and changes the course of their relationship. Crucial doesn't know how to handle his grief, and it's not the first time that he pushes Kennedi away, but it could be his last. Fed up with his treatment of her, Kennedi begins to question if they are meant to be.

Truth, Samir, and Crucial play no games in the streets, but their women are their weakness, and they all learn the hard way that hustlers feel pain too.

It been a while since I’ve read an Urban Fiction story and I’m glad, somewhat, that A Hustler’s Tears was the first I dived back into.

When A Hustler’s Tears first started I immediately became glad that its story wasn’t going to bog me down with multiple storylines right off the bat, leaving me to utilize my multitasking skill to keep up with who’s who and what drama encompassed their world. In fact Natasha Raynor did a good job of slowly easing her readers into who each character and/or couple’s storyline was so that confusion wouldn’t be the first thing we would be hit with.

The first couple we were introduced to were Truth and Emilie, then the next couple was given their in-depth introduction, and from there Raynor continued on with this trend throughout the beginning of A Hustler’s Tears until all four couples were revealed. In doing it this way Raynor was able to break down the intricacies that made up each couple so that as we read we would know their background and present situations that would then explain their battles as the story went on.

I will say that there were some couples I didn’t care for, but the characters that kept me the most entertained were Truth, Adrika, Jules, Lyric, Samir, and Diamond. With the other ones I’m not saying they weren’t entertaining or interesting just that their storylines were too out there for me to take seriously, especially when a few of their actions had major consequences.

I do want to continue on to see what happens to the characters I liked more but I’ll wait, the synopsis for part two doesn’t seem all that appealing right now especially after the way things ended in A Hustler’s Tears.