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.
I was impressed with the character of Lauren. In some ways she is extremely mature and responsible… has to be, to be 20 years old with a four year old and just about to graduate college. It takes a strong person with a level head to remain friends with her child’s father– because that is what is best for that child– and to know that said child is in good hands with her grandparents while she keeps her life on track to provide a good life for Harper.
Lauren wasn’t counting on meeting older, handsome, sexy “Ty who has his stuff together”. I feel like she did everything to put him off, but to his credit he stood his ground and acted like the mature, responsible man he presented himself to be. Ty was not without his issues, with an ex who wouldn’t let go of a broken engagement and a mother who vies for attention at every turn… just graduating from his PhD program was enough stress. Pile on meeting a new woman who has her own thing going on just throws another cog in the wheel.
I love a character that I can hate and there are a few in this story. Ty’s mom, Mehki’s mom, Jamila… can ALL walk off a cliff. Ion’t eem curr how mean that sounds! LOL… We know good and well that there are some women who’ve got some CATTY up in ’em. I love reading a book where I am sucking my teeth, frowning, talking to the pages as I turn. And Mehki, frankly, was just all kinds of WRONG all the way through. I loved every second of it.
I had the pleasure of reading this novel ahead of publication and when I tell ya’ll that CCJ puts her FOOT in some books, I’m not lying. If you love black romance with a realistic tip, getchu some Christina C Jones. Her backlist is chock full of good reads.