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[Review] Bed of Lies by Shelly Ellis

Posted 26 April, 2016 by DLWhite in Reviews, Writers Read 0 Comments

[Review] Bed of Lies by Shelly EllisBed of Lies by Shelly Ellis
Published by Dafina on April 26th 2016
Genres: African American Romance, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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"Shelly Ellis is a new favorite to our list." --Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling authors
Secrets and scandals are a way of life for the Murdochs of Chesterton, Virginia. But the lies that bind them may end up tearing them apart…
With his drama-filled marriage behind him, Evan Murdoch has finally found happiness with his longtime friend turned fiancée, Leila Hawkins. But when his party boy brother, Terrence, is seriously injured in a car accident, a gossiping press puts the family back in the spotlight. Soon Terrence could face a lawsuit--and much worse, if his vengeful half-brother, Dante, has his way. Terrence's only bright spot is journalist C.J. Aston--but is she really on his side, or does she have another motive?. . .
While Terrence struggles to recover from his injuries, Paulette, the little sister of the family, is struggling with a secret: she's pregnant, and unsure whether the father is her blackmailing ex or her husband. Amid the turmoil, Evan does his best to stay above the fray, but a shocking revelation makes that impossible--he's a Murdoch after all, and trouble seems to be their business…
Praise for Another Woman's Man
Nominated for a NAACP Image Award
"A fast-paced and very gratifying story." --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

*birdman handrub*

People? People.

First of all, if you have not yet read Best Kept Secrets,  snatch that baby up and read it, because while Bed of Lies COULD be standalone, you’ll get much more enjoyment if you read BKS first. Because. HONEYYYYY the drama.

Second of all, I’m kind of a reluctant romance fan. I don’t read every love story that comes down the pipe, so something has to draw me to it. If there’s drama AND some good lovin and a couple I can root for, I’m in there like swimwear. Bed of Lies is IT!

I won’t go into the story because, like it’s predecessor there is really SO MUCH going on that my review would be ten paragraphs long and who wants to read that when they can read the book? But lemme just give you some highlights:

1. Leila and Evan still make my heart sing.
2. Terrance… poor, po’ Terrance. Shelly put a brother THROUGH it, but he came out knowing himself much better than when he went in… and he got himself a lil love interest!
3. Paulette– this woman about made me SICK worrying about her! She’s still hiding stuff, still not letting people in her life help her handle stuff until it’s too late and she’s up Excrement Creek. Also? Your husband? Uh. GIRL. GIRL. There’s a secret in this book that… *averts gaze*
4. Dante.  I really want to bust a cap. Have wanted to since Best Kept Secrets and he don’t get no better in Bed of Lies.

So, in summation… this. book. rocks. Vivid, amazing, sex scenes (YAAASSSS), realistic characters, eye catching drama and a pace that’ll make you wanna put the book down for a hot second and take a breath. Shelly Ellis became an author to watch out for after I read two of the Gibbons Gold Digger series. Then I saw Best Kept Secrets and jumped right on this series, because if I don’t catch a series in the beginning, I’m generally not patient enough to catch up.

Get this book. PUT IT IN YOUR FACE. You’ll be glad you did.

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[Review] The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey-

[Review] The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey-

Eric Jerome Dickey has always been a detailed, decadent writer. From one of the first books I ever read by him, Friends and Lovers, I appreciated that I felt like I was ‘in the scene’, like I could go to LA and drive around, because he’d been so descriptive, down to the number of streetlights one might encounter on Crenshaw Boulevard. So when one sits down to read an EJD book, one should not expect to skip and flit over details.



Sample Sunday: Leslie’s Curl & Dye- May the best man win

Sample Sunday: Leslie’s Curl & Dye- May the best man win

Leslie Sutton and Kade “KC” Coleman find themselves at odds when a KC opens a family salon that directly competes with Leslie’s small town beauty shop. But when Potter Lake’s Mayor reveals his true motivations, the two must set aside their squabble and work together to save the sweet, southern, slow moving town– and of course saving each other along the way.

As always, this is unedited and subject to change.




#SampleSunday: Leslie’s Curl & Dye -“Your mouth is big as I don’t know what.”

#SampleSunday: Leslie’s Curl & Dye -“Your mouth is big as I don’t know what.”

I… am not sure what this story is or where it is going, but on my way out the door one Friday evening, something started writing itself in my head and Leslie’s Curl & Dye won’t go away. It’ll probably be a short story… I don’t know. We’ll see where it goes!  Anyhoozle, I wanted to post something new since Sam’s is still revving up. Hope you enjoy and I hope you see more. NOTE: This is a long snip, so grab a cuppa and take a seat!