by Shelly Ellis Genres: African American
, Contemporary Women
, Crime Drama Format: AudioBook
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
**SPOILERS ARE COMING. **
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.
Toss in the trappings of a life that, in their own ways and for their own reasons, they’re trying to leave behind, plus the women who seem to want to “rescue” them, and In These Streets is quick-but-packed read about three men who learn that sometimes you can’t count on anyone but those who’ve known you the longest and the best.
I am already poised for book two, because in true Shelly Ellis form, this book leaves you wanting more, more, more!
Grab some popcorn and a drank and sit down with this book… you won’t want to stop until the end!
Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel by Jayne Allen Genres: African American, Contemporary Women, Fiction Buy on Amazon Goodreads “Black girls must die exhausted” is something that 33-year-old Tabitha Walker has heard her grandmother say before. Of course, her grandmother (who happens to be white) was referring to the 1950’s and what she observed in the nascent times of civil rights. With a coveted position as a local news reporter, a “paper-perfect” boyfriend, and a standing Saturday morning appointment with a reliable hairstylist, Tabitha never imagined how this phrase could apply to her as a black girl in contemporary times – that is, until everything changed. An unexpected doctor’s […]
Today is #WIPWednesday but, gloriously, I do not have a WIP. Yesterday I decided that aside from a fun story for the fanfiction archive, I am done writing for publication for the year. I am tired, my brain is tired, I would have loved to publish four books this year, but my miiiiiiiiinds tellin’ me nooooooo.
Aannyway, I wanted to share a snippet from Curl & Dye with ya’ll. If you haven’t read it and need some convincing, look no further than Reading Romance In Color’s review of Curl & Dye. She enjoyed the small town but still black centered dynamic and the grown & sexy aspect of KC and Leslie’s relationship. Speakin’ of grown & sexy…
Sometimes I feel extremely fortunate to know some super talented, entertaining writers. Farrah Rochon is among them, and one of the best I have ever read. I thought the Bayou Dreams series was good… and then came Maplesville. And then she restarted the Holmes Brothers (which was her first book) series. Cherish Me is Book 7 in this series and every gotdang one of them is so good.
I highly encourage everyone to grab this book, put it on your list, and then sit back and relax and enjoy the read. This isn’t a fast paced wham-bam-zoom storyline. This is a beautifully drawn-out tale that’s finally able to be told.
I think one of my favorite parts of the book is the letters. They let the story play out, in the words of Roy and Celeste, even though they couldn’t be in the same room. Ms. Jones recently shared a piece about how technology can affect and script communication between characters; sometimes a novel has to be set in a time and a place that makes communication difficult. At one point in the book, there’s no way for one character to contact the other, leading one to walk right into a trap, per se… the tension that that situation built was palpable and effective.
Saidah’s Christmas memories have been warped by personal tragedy. A chance encounter brings her unexpected love and a new outlook on life.
Here’s to finding love where you least expect it!
Bill’s plan does not go unfulfilled. Being away from DC gives Janelle the perspective she needs and had not considered. Her mind begins to turn– about the “safe” direction that her life was taking and whether that path was as safe as she considered it; and about whether a woman could fall for a man completely different than she’d ever known.