#FridayReads- Let’s Talk About Books!

Posted 6 November, 2015 by DLWhite in Writers Read 2 Comments

Hey and welcome to this infrequently celebrated #FridayReads, the “talk about all the books I’ve been reading” edition! The other day I was looking through my Goodreads ‘read’ shelf (I’ve read 115 books this year, FYI) and I thought….. I’ve read some pretty awesome books lately. So I want to chat about them!

I picked out ten of the best books I have read in the last few months. I left out anything I felt ‘meh’ about, because who cares? Not me! Shall we?


10. Entwined by Harper Miller 

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This just came out yesterday so it’s HOT off the shelves. I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy and LOVED IT. It is a romance, it is erotica, it is interracial, it features M/F/F sex. So there’s all your intro info.

I rated this book 5 stars. From my review:

The surprise, once they meet in the hotel room, was more than pleasantly spicy. This wasn’t my first threesome but I could. not. stop. reading. Miller makes writing great sex scenes look easy (I know from experience that they are not), flowing from one element or scene to another, making each person’s experience simultaneously full.

I love that these stories are mainly beginnings… I love beginnings. Two people dancing around each other, each succumbing to mutual desire, all happening on a website for folks who like things a little more exciting than the norm.

Find author Harper Miller HERE.

9.  It Isn’t Cheating if He’s Dead by Julie Frayn

23543666I just discovered this author via a NaNoWriMo group, and you know how you get kinda sad cause you could have been reading them all along, but then you’re kind of happy because you can read their backlist without having to chew your fingernails off while waiting for the next book?


I did not review this book because I was so busy trying to get to her next one… Julie is wonderfully talented and a gifted story writer and her tale about a woman whose missing fiance– who is mentally ill– struggles to move on after he’s found dead gave me great emotional elements to include in my own work.

I rated this book 4 stars.

Find author Julie Frayn at her website HERE or Goodreads HERE.

8. The View from Here by Rachel Howzell Hall

 I’ve recently been scouring the Internets for authors of color (black women specifically) that write books that aren’t romance. Fine if there is a love story in it but I want the focus to be more than two people falling love. There’s NOT A THING wrong with romance, but I found myself swimming in it after I discovered so many amazing authors, especially indie authors, that were doing their own thing. I needed something different and in my search I came upon Rachel Howzell hall, author of crime/ suspsense and literary fiction novels.

This book was completely moving and absolutely page turning. Nicole Baxter is pretty sure her house is haunted and after her husband dies in an accident, is also sure he’s haunting her. You will find yourself not completely sure that it’s all in her head and you might join her in her crazy. Fantastic read.

I rated this book 4 stars.

Find author Rachel Hall at her website HERE or Goodreads HERE.

7. Buying Time (Angela Evans #1) by Pamela Samuels Young

 Ms. Young is another author I discovered in my quest for writers of African-american fiction, specifically crime novels. This was one of those reads that was a bit twisty and turny and so engrossing. I couldn’t put it down and didn’t dare try!

Waverly Shaw is a down-on-his-luck lawyer who stumbles upon a potentially lucrative business just when he’s about to hit rock bottom. In his new line of work as a viatical broker, Waverly comes to the rescue of people in desperate need of cash. There’s a catch, however, his clients must be terminally ill and willing to sign over rights to their life insurance policies before they receive a dime. But Waverly’s clients start dying sooner than they should.

I rated this book 5 stars.

Find author Pamela Young at her website HERE or Goodreads HERE


6.  This Tender Melody by Kianna Alexander

24944842 This book was an amazing read! I was excited about it from the moment I heard that it would Kianna’s Harlequin Kimani debut and she did not disappoint. From my review:

The heroine, Eve is so relatable. As the daughter of the owner/CEO of a software design firm, she’s worked her entire life for the position that’s being virtually given away to Darius Winstead. On sight, he is handsome and so sexy… but since he’s trying to take her job, he’s the enemy. He doesn’t even look old enough to be a CEO and her father has brought him in to run the company instead of her? And though there is that animal magnetism between them, attraction be damned!

I rated this book 4 stars.

Find author Kianna Alexander HERE or on Goodreads HERE

5. (I feel the need to shout FIVE GOLDEN RINGS here….)  Save Me If You Can by Christina C. Jones

26859212 Is any list complete without CCJ on it? I think not, so I’ll not misstep and leave her off of this list. Save Me is the final, long awaited installment in the If You Can series… now you should know that this book is not standalone and if you try to read it without reading the first two, you will be lost! So gobble up Catch Me if You Can, Release Me If You Can first, then get this one and plan on just doing nothing else until you’ve devoured it. From my review:

I am so glad this book is out and I can stop wondering and obsessing about Naomi, Noelle, Damian, Terry, Savi and the whole crew. This book is the final installment in the ‘If You Can’ series… an overarching story over three FANTASTICALLY Suspenseful and sexy books. I recognize the hard work that it took to keep these lines together and Christina navigated them beautifully. CCJ put her FOOT in this one! 

I rated this book 4 stars.

Find author Christina C Jones HERE or on Goodreads HERE

4.  A Virtuous Ruby (Migrations of the Heart #1) by Piper Huguley

25311325 Piper is another author that I discovered on my quest for MOAR African American fiction. Her Home to Milford College Series hooked me and now I’ll probably read whatever she publishes, including the rest of this awesome Migrations of the Heart series. From my review:

This novel is beautifully written with such a vivid setting, I found myself smiling at the warmth of the Bledsoe homestead and the memories of week-long revival services; and alternately shuddering and nearly shedding a tear at the description of violence against Lona, and then against Ruby. What really gets me is the attitude of the time, that men were ‘entitled’ to what they took, that it was normal and expected and no one was going to reprimand them for mistreatment. How frustrating and debilitating. Respect and freedom and peace of mind were worth fighting for.

I rated this book 4 stars.

Find author Piper Huguley HERE or on Goodreads HERE


3.  Best Kept Secrets by Shelly Ellis

Best Kept Secrets The word that comes to mind, when I think about this book is a Dynasty. Like….a black, literary adult soap opera. So much sneaking around, so much chaos and corruption and folks sleeping with other folks but so and so doesn’t know and you’ll pay me to keep them from finding out….. yeah. This is a new series from Shelly Ellis and I AM HERE FOR IT. Just hand me my popcorn and leave me alone! From my review:

Took me a liiiiiiitle bit to get into it, but around chapter 3, Shelly Ellis had a sis by the eyeballs. The story bounces from Paulette to Leila (high school best friends), to Evan to Dante(half brothers) with some other characters thrown in to round out the wealthy Murdoch Family, well known in Chesterton, Va. Throughout the novel, we take a roller coaster ride through the secrets that each of them is keeping– from the public, from each other.

I rated this book 4 stars.

Find author Shelly Ellis HERE or at GoodReads HERE

2.  The Quarters by Mari Bell

 Quite simply, a wonderfully fabulous southern African-American historical by an author local to me. I don’t read ‘funny’ books but when I tell you I laughed through this book? A really great novel about some unsolved murders… at the very least. From my review:

It is a pleasant surprise when I pick up a book in a genre that I love and get a kick out of something on almost every page. Sometimes hilarious (“He ain’t got no money. I tell you. He ain’t got nothin’ but elbows and ass.”) and sometimes wise (“Never raised a pot that boiled over” i.e. keep your mouth shut), The Quarters will have you writing things down, texting them to your friends, highlighting them in your book so you can remember them and use them later. Te writing is vivid, doesn’t lag, the dialect is realistic but not so heavy that I have to decipher every word.

I rated this book 4 stars.

Find author Mari Bell HERE or on Goodreads HERE

1  Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

 It took me a really long time to warm up to Karin Slaughter. I mean, a ridiculously long time. But now that I am nice and toasty, I have read nearly all of her backlist of thriller/crime novels set in Georgia, including COP TOWN, one of my fave reads from 2014. This book is so typical Karin with the twists and the good writing and the set in Atlanta…. she is an author that I STALK for new material and I must say I really enjoyed Pretty Girls. From my review:

Gritty. Unapologetically so. Teensy bit gory, which I have come to expect from Slaughter. Just….. page turningly, twisty, turny, SERIOUSLY YOU’RE GOING THERE KARIN???? awesome in every way. If you’re a Slaughter fan, I think you’ll enjoy this one. If you aren’t, this one might turn you into one.

I rated this book 5 stars.

Find author Karin Slaughter HERE or on Goodreads HERE


There we go! Ten books I absolutely loved and raved about recently. How about you? What’s on your “I LOVED IT” list?








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