5* Review: Know Your Place by Shelly Ellis

Posted 30 April, 2019 by DLWhite in Reviews 0 Comments

by Shelly Ellis
Genres: African American, Contemporary Women, Crime Drama
Format: AudioBook, eBook, Paperback

Okay. Y’all.  I promise I am calm.

You know when you’re reading something REALLY good? Like, engaging. The scenes play out like a movie, complete with sound effects, pan in, pan out, etc? And the dialog is so real and the action so intense that you have to get up and pace while you read cause you DON’T WANNA KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT but you GOTTA KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

This. book.  To be fair and full disclosure, I’m a fan and I am fully invested in the Branch Avenue series, but COT DAYUM Shelly Ellis can write a book!

KNOW YOUR PLACE starts where IN THESE STREETS leaves off, so *yes you need to read book one first*and yes this book has a cliffie… you will live. Read Ellis’ other books while you’re waiting. As I said, this book picks up where the last book left off, so



Ricky has turned informant to stay out of jail and in an effort to answer some questions, comes face to face with much more than he was looking for. Informing on Dolla Dolla never sounded easy, but somehow it’s 100 times harder than he ever imagined it would be. When Ricky gets a taste of what could happen to him when Dolla finds out what’s being said (and who is saying it) he knows he’s living on borrowed time.

Derrick’s love life is a HOT MESS and let’s not talk about his work at the Branch Avenue Boys Center– it’s been infiltrated by a ruthless thug. I mean, Derrick maybe just needs to spend some time alone and figure out what he’s feeling and who he feels it for, because a fist fight with his best friend at a high class fundraising banquet involving his ex?

That ain’t it, chief. Ain’t the move son.

Jamal, who has become much closer to the Mayor over time, discovers some secrets about his boss and trying to right a wrong sends everything skidding sideways. An unjust death and a threat of exposure turns Jamal into a man we never thought we’d see.

Suffice it to say, life is turning these men upside down and inside out and everyone in the near vicinity is affected. The way this book is set up, Ellis will bring you to the very edge… and leave you wondering, hoping, wishing and praying for the outcomes you need to see in the conclusion of this incredible series.

A side note: Not a fan of cliffhangers? Aight, but buy it anyway. Then you’ll be ready when book 3 drops later this year!

Know Your Place publishes April 30 2019. Your face deserves this good read!

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Success didn’t come easy for three best friends from the streets. And now dangerous choices and reckless desire will push their bond to lethal limits . . .

Arrested during a city-wide raid, Ricky must inform on D.C’s drug king pin, Dolla Dolla—and find the woman who loved and betrayed him. But revenge is a slippery slope that’s putting a target on his back . . .

Institute head Derrick hopes reuniting with his fiancée will keep his secret affair with a colleague in the past. Unfortunately, one of his students is hiding Dolla Dolla’s major stash—and Derrick’s attempt to do the right thing will have shattering consequences . . .

Jamal’s backroom deal with D.C.’s corrupt mayor is giving him everything he thought he wanted: money, power, and women. But murder and the unexpected return of the woman he’s always loved is getting him in way over his head. His attempts to manage the damage will put him and his friends at killer odds to be the last man standing . . .





Shelly EllisShelly Ellis is a NAACP Image Award-nominated women’s fiction/romance author and creator of the Gibbons Gold Digger and Chesterton Scandal series. Her fiction writing career began when she became one of four finalists in a First-Time Writers Contest when she was 19 years old. The prize was a publishing contract and having her first short-story romance appear in an anthology. She has since published ten novels and was a finalist for 2015 NAACP Image Award in the Literary Fiction Category, a three-time finalist for the African American Literary Award in the romance category (2012, 2016, and 2017), and a finalist for the 2015 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in Multicultural Romance category.

She is married and lives in Prince George’s County, Maryland with her husband and their daughter. Visit her at her web site www.shellyellisbooks.com.

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