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
Goodreads
four-half-stars

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
Goodreads
four-half-stars

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*.

Fierce Obsessions by Suzanne Wright

Fierce Obsessions by Suzanne WrightFierce Obsessions by Suzanne Wright
Series: The Phoenix Pack #6
Published by Montlake Romance on June 13, 2017
Pages: 306 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Goodreads
three-half-stars

When raven shifter Riley Porter was given sanctuary by the Phoenix Pack, she let them believe she had left her flock. Reluctant to divulge the secrets of her past, she was still embraced as family. Only Tao Lukas, the protective and passionate Head Enforcer of the pack, was resistant to the enigmatic shifter. Until Riley started to arouse in him something other than suspicion.

Tao doesn’t trust lone shifters, especially ones so guarded—and tempting. But the sexual tension between them is making them both come undone, and vulnerable to more than desire. All Tao wants is for Riley to stay with him and to trust him with the truth of her past.

As Riley’s mysteries come to light, so does a danger that threatens not only her life but the safety of the entire pack. For Tao, keeping Riley safe means keeping her close—forever—as his mate.

I’m really glad that Riley and Tao finally got their story in Fierce Obsession, but it sucks that the overall story fell completely through for me.

I can’t quite put my finger on it but Fierce Obsession felt like a reguritated version of the earlier stories in this particular seris; Greta forever hating, anal sex being a priority, and old pack/flocks causing issues.

Riley and Tao were very compatible and complemented each other immensely, but the drama surrounding their story, as well as the aftermath of their mating got boring quick.

I did enjoy the beginning of Fierce of Obsession and the parts where Savanah and Dexter were present, but sad to say I sort of checked out from the rest of the story.

About Suzanne Wright

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing something, whether it was stories, poems, or even songs – though I can’t carry a tune. I only have one rule when I’m writing a book which is that it has to have a happy ending. Other than that, pretty much anything goes. I write stories that I would enjoy reading and then I just hope that others will enjoy them too.

I was born and raised in England where I live with my husband (a person who doesn’t judge me for hearing voices in my head – how often do you come across people like that?), and my two demanding children.

Casanova and Cassidy: Thug Relationship Goals by Briana Crosby

Casanova and Cassidy: Thug Relationship Goals by Briana CrosbyCasanova and Cassidy: Thug Relationship Goals by Briana Crosby
Published by David Weaver Presents on December 6, 2016
Pages: 218 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Goodreads
four-stars

Meet Cassidy, a beautiful twenty-five year old, with a good head on her shoulders and a loving heart. Being determined to care for those that she loves draws her to a new city. Luckily for her, she ends up scoring a win by getting a position at the Alcatraz of the South - Angola, Louisiana State Penitentiary.
What seems like a promising job, turns out to be something that she has never experienced. She gets sucked in by a force she never knew existed. He's domineering, dangerous, powerful, and of course a thug that you just can't get enough of.
This romance will pull you in from the very first page, and will have you wanting more Casanova... find out how Cassidy copes with this possessive force in Casanova & Cassidy: Thug Relationship Goals.

My gosh it’s been a minute since I’ve read a story where I was so torn on whether the heroine should give the hero a chance or to simply go on the run because he was a bat crap crazy. Who am I kidding, I love the crazy ones, the crazier the better lol.

From the craziness that was going on in the prison to trying to figure out what all Casanova was involved in to learning how he, as a prisoner, was able to run the prison like he did made Casanova and Cassidy: Thug Relationship Goals a non-stop thrill ride I was too scared to get off. The tone of the story was so different than what I’m used to with an African American Urban Fiction story. Right off the bat Cassidy didn’t move or carry herself as the heroines I was used to reading about from this genre/sub-genre, so this immediately grabbed my attention.

The main issue I had with Casanova and Cassidy: Thug Relationship Goals was how different I felt Casanova was once he got out of prison. He went from being this ruthless man who was so in control of everything and savage with it to this almost cookie cutter guy unless he was killing someone. I don’t know, it just felt like I was reading two different heroes.

Also, I got the vibe that everyone that Cassidy met while at the prison should’ve been people that she keep both eyes, ears, and nostrils on because I seriously felt like there was more to them than what was revealed. In book two I hope Cassidy starts to tighten up her circle even more especially with how her one friend started to act at the end of Casanova and Cassidy: Thug Relationship Goals.

I’m crossing all kinds of fingers and toes for book two to be released sometime soon because the ending of Casanova and Cassidy: Thug Relationship Goals literally had my jaw dropping.

Where The Pieces Fall by Blue Saffire @TheBlueSaffire

Where The Pieces Fall by Blue Saffire @TheBlueSaffireWhere The Pieces Fall by Blue Saffire
Series: Lost Hearts #1
Published by Perceptive Ilusions Publishing Inc. on April 3, 2017
Pages: 436 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Goodreads
five-stars

My world is falling apart. I don’t know how to stop my breath from leaving me. She’s my everything, my woman, my life, my love, my glue. She saw me, even as I tried to hide, but I wanted her to, because I wanted her. Now, I have to find my way back, my way back to my Nicole.
At six foot seven, there was no way for me to miss him. I love him with everything I am. That will never be the problem. I need Caleb to remember we are a team and then I need him to fight for that team, because this time, my love alone is not enough.

Where The Pieces Fall was such an amazing story, not just because of the diversity it brought to my reading life but the writing mechanics, flow, and character development was perfect across the board.

For me personally, outside of reading about adult characters who are battling depression or bipolar disorder I’ve never read a story where one of the main characters had autism. Caleb made my heart sing and the way he interacted with those around him was simply beautiful to me. Seeing his world through his eyes was an experience I will never forget and I sincerely hope I find more stories like Where The Pieces Fall.

Where The Pieces Fall was such a beautiful story, the love between Caleb and Nicole was so real and right that I absolutely have no complaints. She accepted him and took him as he came and because of that I would never find fault with that type of unconditional love. Furthermore, she treated him like the man he was and didn’t see him as different or less than, and as bad as I hate to say it I was waiting for the moment when that would happen.

It’s off the strength of Where the Pieces Fall that I know I have found me a new author that has no problem tackling interracial relationships and the social issues that are attached to their union. Blue Saffire did this story to perfection.

I find it really hard to go deeper with my thoughts of Where the Pieces Fall because it seriously has to be experienced and I know nothing I say with do its story justice.