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Review: How to Knock a Bravebird From Her Perch by D. Bryant Simmons

Posted 29 June, 2015 by DLWhite in Reviews 2 Comments

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The Morrow Girls
D. Bryant Simmons
Fiction
Bravebird Publishing
January 2, 2014
340

In the wake of her father’s sudden death Pecan marries the up-and-coming boxing sensation Ricky Morrow. When she begins to doubt that desperate decision she finds herself on the receiving end of Ricky’s violent temper. Scared for her life, she hunkers down in this marriage of convenience as the babies and fists keep coming. Will the abuse ever stop? Will Pecan and her girls live happily ever after?

A poignant addition to literary and African American fiction, this award winning novel explores the choices that contemporary women must face and the consequences of domestic abuse. If you love dynamic female leads and succinct yet poetic storytelling, this novel is for you.

Not a huge fan of half stars but I’d give this book  a 3.5 star review if I could. For most of this book I was hanging on by my fingernails. The story was realistic and gripping without being gratuitous in its violence. I understood what was happening without needing exposition and I all at once was frustrated with and had sympathy for the simple girl who fell in with a man before she even knew what life was about.

Toward the end, however, the conclusion felt rushed and so many details glossed over. So much time spent unraveling the story… So little time wrapping it up.

The writing is real, true to life and envelops the reader in Pecan’s world in a way few writers manage to accomplish. I would not hesitate to recommend this title and I plan to pick up the next book in the series.



#SampleSunday- Same Time Next Week: She’s Just a Chick, Right?

#SampleSunday- Same Time Next Week: She’s Just a Chick, Right?

Welcome to another Sample Sunday! we are just about two weeks away from the release of Same Time Next Week, so I’m sharing another sample from that project today. It is a LONG Snip in which we meet Rod Phillips, reigning prince of rock and one of Jackson’s oldest friends. This scene takes place after Jackson and Shelby begin dating and Jackson is determined to keep his budding love life under wraps.




ARC Review: Yours All Along by Roni Loren

ARC Review: Yours All Along by Roni Loren

Oh em gee. Why do I torture myself with Novellas?! They’re just too short and I always want more and this novella was no different. This is my first male/male romance (of course I have read the menage romance/novella but something about having Evan in the story makes it different than a male/male) and I must say that Roni ‘eased me into it’. I can’t imagine the depth of skill it takes to write a scintillating sex scene from a point of view that you have never experienced… but as we well know, Roni is one of the best at writing scenes that make you feel like you’re in the room.





Blog Tour Review: RENEWED by Harper Miller

Blog Tour Review: RENEWED by Harper Miller

I have to say that I am enjoying this neat series from Harper Miller, all centered around a steamy little website called KinkySingles.com. The first story, Ironic was BLISTERING hot and Renewed is no different. From the cover to the epilogue, I was drawn into the inevitable union of Tanya and Kenji. Also, Miller is reminding me of my affinity for Asian men. Kenji sounds.. delightful. And by delightful I mean DAMN HOT.



Review: The Right Kind of Trouble

Review: The Right Kind of Trouble

CCJ has very quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her easygoing style doesn’t hinder her ability to breathe life into three dimensional characters and realistic situations. What I’ve always loved about Christina’s books is that I feel like they could be you or me or the gal next door. I can relate and commiserate and there is always a happy ending for a person that looks like me.