Published by Shelly Ellis on February 5th 2019
Genres: African American Romance, Contemporary Women
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She’s used to baring it all . . . but baring her heart is a whole different story.
Down on her luck and broke, Jennifer Dudley long ago traded dancing in the chorus line for swinging from a stripper pole to make ends meet. She’s hoping an offer to come back home and teach dance at her old performance academy will be the opportunity she needs to fix her life. When she moves in with—and falls for—a fine software developer with brains and a boyish smile, she decides she might be well on her way to a second chance at success—and love. But her X-rated past may come back to haunt her, compromising her newfound happiness and hurting the ones she loves the most.
My Review: 5 stars
Thanks to HoneyMagnolia and the author for a complimentary copy of this book. *greedy fingers* I absolutely loved it, in fact, I read it twice.
I don’t know if it’s fair to say, because I loved the previous books in this series as well, but I feel like author Shelly Ellis saved the best for last. All three heroines left a life behind to work at MacLaine Dance Academy to try to save the place from being shut down. Bina, Monique and now Jennifer find themselves in a place they’d always called home.
I felt like this book was gritty, much like the feel of Ellis’ other current series, IN THESE STREETS (if you’ve read Book 1, there’s actually a surprise in this one!). Jennifer is as down on her luck as can be, moving from the chorus line to the strip club and just when you think things couldn’t get worse, they do.
After a serious threat, Jennifer ends up renting an AirBnB room from hunky Blair (yes, visions of Mr. Blair Underwood should dance through your head) and his cute-as-heck Boxer Horatio. Both become her saviors. I have to admit, a dog sells a book for me. If I fall in love with the dog, it’s a TKO.
Blair has his own issues– a redirection to his life, a… difficult… significant other ( Shelly always writes that one character I LOVE to hate) and now a new tenant. I won’t give away what happens, but suffice it to say it is lush and… mmhmmm. Like others, I could have handled a novel length story on this couple.
Love Grind is a fitting finish to this novella series that I wish had more installments. I’m always sad at the end of a Shelly Ellis series. I don’t want to know a world where her work doesn’t exist!
This is a great fun read. YOU NEED IT. Get this book and put it in your face. You won’t regret it!
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About the Author
Shelly 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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