Published by Dafina Books on November 27th 2018
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They beat the odds and turned their lives around. But now three best friends will go head-to-head with ambition, deception--and each other . . . Derrick. Ricky. Jamal. One's responsible; one's still a player; one's upwardly-mobile. Sentenced to the Branch Avenue Boys' Youth Institute at twelve, they grabbed the chance for better futures. They stayed tight even when their lives diverged--but the times . . . they are a-changing.
New deputy mayor Jamal is anti-corruption, which means severing ties with Ricky, now a "criminally-adjacent" businessman. But political power plays and unrequited love will lead Jamal to a lethal choice . . .
Ricky doesn't mind running a front for DC's biggest drug dealer, but when he pursues a sexy customer at his strip club and discovers she's a cop, any wrong move could end Ricky's good times permanently . . .
Now the Institute's new leader, Derrick is torn between his job and his fianc�e, Melissa. But when a cute new instructor who supports him and his mission arrives, he wonders if he should leave Melissa behind, not the Institute. However, this dilemma is nothing compared to a problem brewing right under his nose, and the fallout will strike at the heart of the three friends' bond--and put more than their survival on the line . . . Praise for Lust & Loyalty "Ellis has created another phenomenal novel." --RT Book Reviews "The secrets, scandals, and surprises will keep fans turning at a furious pace." --Booklist
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ok so listen. I have been waiting for this book to hit Netgalley for months on months, so as soon as I downloaded it, I put my face in it! I was mad because I was out of town for work and I couldn’t just steal away and devour this drama filled, captivating, entertaining story of three boys turned men who’ve had no one else to count on but each other… until now. I wish I could review this without giving away major plot points but I TRULY don’t want to ruin this story for anyone, so I’m going to give it the old college try.
The foundation storyline is gripping all by itself. “Pretty Ricky”, “Sinclair” aka Jamal and Derrick all met at the Branch Avenue Boys home way back in the day. Since they were 12, they’d been taking up for each other, supporting each other, but now, as adults, the trio seem to be growing and changing, listening to voices that are louder than their homeboys. The conversation and familiarity between the three is obvious, easy going and evident. These men are brothers, the kind you choose.
Each of them have their own storyline that propels the book forward, generating interest and intrigue with every chapter. As the men try to break away from each other and remove the bonds that held them since they were 12, the stories begin to intertwine, ratcheting the level of drama. Just when something got hot for Ricky, Jamal’s life would heat up, and then Derrick, who seemed to be the most stable of all, had a blowup.
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! In These Streets is available TODAY TODAY TODAY at the following online retailers or bookstores. ALSO ON AUDIBLE!