Book Review- “Powder” By Peter Mack, 5 Really Good Stars! (Crime Fiction/Love n’Hustle)

Thank you to Peter Mack for a free copy in exchange for an honest review! Do you remember when I reviewed Stone De La Bru   ? This is a novel by the same author. Man what a read *giggles*. When I spoke to him after he defined his genre of work as ‘love n’ hustle with a thriller, crime fiction vibe’, after I tried to place it in a category in the last review. I would agree I really enjoyed this ‘love n’ hustle tale.’  Let’s get into the review.

About the Book

Nipsey Hussle’s murder rocks the streets of Los Angeles as the Black Revolutionary Underground, under federal investigation for drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime, loses members to Spider, a Satanist, murdering his way to Ayana Cherry who’s saved by an arrest for the year-old murder of her boyfriend at Applebottoms Gentlemen’s Club.
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Ayana returns to Los Angeles to assist her ailing mother when she finds love in an unsuspecting place, and in a man who is as mysterious yet familiar as he is wealthy.
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Prada enjoys a life of privilege and luxury. She travels the world and is adored by wealthy men for her secret treasure. But there’s something missing in her life.
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A mission of sexual intrigue brings Ayana and Prada together to save one from her past and the other from her future. The result will haunt them both.
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Prada is called in to deliver Spider to Stone Sweetwater, a BRU member, when Ayana”s fiance and BRU moneyman is gunned down just as the BRU family embarks on a billion dollar economic platform in partnership with Nipsey Hussle.
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What follows is the execution of a plan that includes sexual blackmail, torture and deception to capture Spider, free Ayana, return exiled BRU members, and restore order to the Black Revolutionary Underground.
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Love can be conditional Loyalty must be absoluteBoth come at a price.
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This novel also features Brenda (Brenda: Barely Legal), Nutcracker (S’Murda At Sweetwater Manor), Rev. Mathias Lovejoy (A Neighborly Affair), Starla ( LICKS: Dirty. Nasty. Daddy.) and Stone Sweetwater ( The Family Sweetwater) with excerpts from complimentary novels.
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POWDER serves as the culmination of interwoven narratives from reader favorite novels, detailing the BRU family and the common goal they all share.
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POWDER also includes exclusive author photos and a Pascal DuPree Writing Gems Podcast interview of the author which reveals the motivation for his vision.
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Peter Mack is the pen name of Isiko Cooks, recipient of a 2015 PEN America Center book prize for his memoir, FILTHY: Innocence Lost. He is President of Peter Mack Presents, LLC; founder of Signature Peter Mack Apparel, and author of over 25 books. He is from Los Angeles, California.
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Learn more about this dynamic novelist and business owner. Interviews. Reviews. Videos. Bio. Pics. Social Media links and more at http://www.PeterMackPresents.com*Contact:Email: Isiko.raymond@gmail.com
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Kim’s Review 5  Really Enjoyable Stars

I don’t even really know where to start, there is so much I enjoyed about this book. I genuinely really enjoy the author’s style of story telling and delivery. I find it frank, raw and authentic of urban life, but at the same time mature.

I find this author creates some very believable, realistic and mature characters. Given the genre, where his work touches on the drugs, money and ‘hustle’ of urban life in LA, it’s not stereotypical. Do you know what I  mean? The men are mature, in age, mindset and very powerful.  ( Could be as the author I believe is a mature man himself, like over thirty I mean he’s lived life). They are rich, but not from petty street crime they are organised business men, dabbling in a few illegal things LOL. I loved the male line up. All bar one character, Spider the role he plays in Ayana’s demise is so sad. That said, we are not meant to like him. The female line up is just as great, they are beautiful women and highly respected. Not cheap ‘hoes’, they are women of power, good standing and have good street cred too.

Characters- well developed, believable and left me feeling like I want to know more. This book ties in a few of the characters from previous books. My favourite so far being Stone Sweetwater. I would like to read all of their backstories. I found it extremely creative to tie in a bunch of characters in one story.

Plot- I did not really understand or have good knowledge of Nipsey Hussle, me  being British and so far from the streets of urban west coast USA, forgive me I had to hit Google to understand. He was a very powerful man too, and after reading I felt that the plot really does pay tribute to him. The plot also is so engaging, I was up very late at night with this book, sometimes until 2.00am with a 6.00am wake up looming. It’s fast moving too.

Suspense, thrill and organised crime– there is a lot of suspense in this plot, like what will happen to Ayana, Spider and Prada. It kept me glued.

Element of romance- YES!! Can you believe it, there’s a romance sub plot up in here!! I enjoyed watching love bloom too.

The ending- at the end I fully understood this author’s hashtags #dotheworkearntheperks etc and it made so much sense and tied up. I loved that!

Overall, I am a true fan of this author’s work, and plan to read the books I have downloaded. I find his work interesting and his background interesting too. It’s so different from typical works of the street lit or urban tales. Due to the character line up  being mature, with more mature motives too, and very diverse.  The stories seem to be based on a group of people with real status. I would recommend this author’s work to all those who love crime fiction, street lit that’s mature, and urban tales, and real life drama based fiction that’s  entertaining. Yeah, five stars from  me!

 

 

Book Review- “Under The Mistletoe” by Siobhan Kinkade. (Short Story Romance), 5 Well Written Stars!

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About the short story

Military widow Rhea Blackmon is forced by her late husband’s best friend Sebastian to attend Fort Mitchell’s Christmas party, much against her will. All she wants is to go home and be alone but Sebastian has other plans. He has a present for her; one that she will not soon forget.

 

Kim’s Review 5 Well Written, Surprising & Heart Warming Stars!

I came across this publisher on Facebook, offering avid readers the chance to read some free books. I picked this book as the title drew me in,  I do like Christmas themed stories and I’ve never read a military one. The first thing I have to say is it’s just twenty pages, and therefore a short story. That said, it deserves five stars I feel from  my reading experience,  it’s length did not in my view as a reader take away anything at all. Yes, I did want more,  when a reader says that it’s never a bad thing, a compliment to the author! We loved your work. Here’s what I loved about this little romance story.

Development– Like I said, this story is just twenty pages, but I found as soon as I read the first few pages the author really did do a great job at showing how the main character felt, over the loss of her husband. In such a short story,  the feelings are developed well, I appreciated  the author’s ability to draw me right in, and  make me care about this lady’s story and her loss.

The writing style- clean, crisp, and a plot that moved along. I was very engaged. Read it in one sitting.

The surprise twist-  my five star experience as a reader really was here! There’s an unexpected twist that just touched my heart. I don’t like to give spoilers, let’s just say it’s everything a romance lover could expect. The twist in the plot made me go ‘ohhh wow” and giggle a bit.

Overall, five stars from me, a well crafted short story and a good example of how to write an engaging plot in such little words. Romance was there, love, loss and happiness. What more could you ask for? I’d read more from this author!

Also free on Kindle Unlimited to read.

 

 

 

 

Book Review-‘An Affair In Las Vegas’ Book #1, By Rachell Nichole (Romance) 4 ‘Adorable’ Stars! #amreading #romance

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We have some rainy and stormy weather today, my son’s birthday party is called off as he is very ill and sleepy, what else is there to do but read? Recommended to me by Kindle Unlimited ‘An Affair in Las Vegas’ I stumbled across this romance series, and it was a good recommendation. I have never read this author’s work and to be honest it was very surprisingly different! Read in a few short hours also, I am for sure reading more. Let’s get into the review.

 

Blurb

Does what happens in Vegas truly stay in Vegas?

Dawn has only ever wanted one thing: to provide a life for her daughter in New York City, away from the small-town minds of her family and her upbringing. She has fought hard to become hotel manager, and one of her first duties is to attend a conference at the Marietta Las Vegas. But when she meets Barnaby, the man with the job she’s always wanted, there was one thing she didn’t count on. A sizzling attraction that won’t be denied.

Barnaby has always had one goal in life: to help people. He’s found his calling as manager of the Marietta Times Square, and since his past failed relationship, has focused all of his energy on being the best manager he can be. This year, that means helping to run the Marietta Hotels second annual Hoteliers’ Conference in Vegas. But as soon as he notices Dawn in the crowd, his focus instantly splits, his desires for her swift and fierce.

When he realizes the attraction is mutual, he doesn’t waste any time seducing her to his bed. But when he suspects she’s hiding something from him, he worries that maybe he’s just destined to attract two-timing women to his life.

Can what began as a fling in Vegas turn into something more once they’re home in New York? Or does what happen in Vegas truly stay in Vegas?

 

Kim’s Review 4 ‘so different and adorable’ stars

I really enjoyed and liked the first part of this series,  as a first time reader  I liked  how the story picked up quickly  it had good pacing for me. I also really enjoyed that the author decided to spin a rather different tale, featuring a single mother who goes on to find a man who is so good for her and her daughter.

Without giving too many spoilers both characters Dawn and Barnaby have their own ‘baggage’ from past relationships. However this does not come to surface until they need to depart the conference they meet at. The push and pull and tension was enjoyable and realistic to read.  Overall I feel that the issues both characters had from the past, and even relationships with their parents really helped to develop the story, and their reactions to events that happen in the story.

I also really enjoyed the character’s themselves, Barney is such an unassuming man…not to mention a bit of a freak in the sheets!! He is slightly older than Dawn and his sexual experience showed, I enjoyed the way the author played on this. He is also British so as a British reader I liked it!

Dawn is a like-able and very relate-able  younger female, her background, current place in life and attitude to survival felt realistic and enjoyable to read. 

The story also had a very good twist at the end to bring the two together, as they depart ‘leaving what happens in Vegas in Vegas’ , and they don’t part on good terms. But all ends up well with unexpected twists.

Overall, this was a very  steamy, different and adorable story line that ends well. It’s also rather steamy in places too which I did enjoy!  I will be reading the rest of the Las Vegas Series, but first ‘An Affair Across Times Square’s’ blurb at the back of this book looks good,  following a murder trial I’ll start here with this book.

Four really good, adorable and enjoyable stars from me.

Free on Kindle Unlimited too!

 

Book Review; A Lustful Love Triangle, by Nikalos (Urban Romance) 5+ Stars!!… Lawrd, That Was Good!

I have never read this author’s work before or heard of him, but after reading this novel I know he is super talented. The twists, turns and emotion he pulled from me a reader, I really hope he does not give up writing. I came across this urban romance on Facebook, the blurb pulled me in and the fact that it’s a male writer…writing in the romance genre?  After reading I just know  the world of urban romance is blessed to have his talent. I just loved the unexpected story twists, rawness and yes…there’s plenty of steamy parts too! let’s get into the review.

Blurb

Sasha is married to a wonderful man named Ryan, who will give her the world if she asked for it. She plays the role of the perfect wife and mother to their two beautiful kids, but Sasha still feels as if something is missing out of her life. When Sasha learns that her husband, Ryan, is possibly having an affair, Sasha finds her perfect world crashing down before her eyes. Sasha learns a fatal truth that Ryan isn’t the perfect man whom she thought she had married. Champ have just been released from prison and goes back home, hoping that him and his baby mama, Trina, can pick up where they have left off. When he learns that Trina may have moved on he decides not to pressure her to get back with him just yet. Instead of chasing behind Trina and trying to get her back, he decides to put all his energy into finding a job and getting back on his feet.

When Sasha runs into Champ one day, something inside of her is awakened and she begins to feel things she has never felt before. The lust and chemistry between them both are explosive and mind blowing. Hearts will be shattered, betrayal will run deeper than ever, and blood will be spilled. Everyone have secrets but how far are you willing to go to keep them? Once Sasha gets a taste of Champ, she paints him as a man who can give her everything that her husband cannot give. But Sasha will soon learn that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. How far is Sasha willing to go to be with the man who she claims can love her? Will she walk away from her family or will she stay and try to be the loving wife that she so desperately needs to be. Champ have turned his life around and is trying to be the best father that he can be to his little girl Faith, but once he learns that his babymama Trina is moving up north for a better job opportunity his heart is shattered into small little pieces. The only thing that keeps him going is the love that he is starting to feel for Sasha. Even though he knows deep down in his heart that Sasha will never be his, he still accepts her into his life and gives her the love and attention that she isn’t getting at home. Will the love that Sasha and Champ share with one another survive or will the odds be against them?

 

Kim’s Review 5 Plus… I Loved It All, Gimmie More Stars!

Okay, so as a first time reader I loved everything about this story, the plot, characters, writing style, and it was very steamy and sexy in the right places. I found it hard to put down. The author’s style of writing kept me turning pages as the chapters are pretty short, but always end on a cliff hanger so of course I had to keep reading. I’ll be honest I was up a few nights until about 2.00 a.m reading. Here’s what I loved.

Plot- This is not your typical ‘ he said she said’ ,’ baby daddy and mama drama’ ‘ or  love triangle’ story line. It’s raw, yes but it’s full of emotion and realness with an outstanding plot in my humble opinion. The way the characters come full circle and have a connection was not something I saw coming. I found it all very realistic based on the country it’s set in as a British reader. I also found the relationships between the characters realistic. In addition to this, without giving spoilers there were a few things I just did not see coming, which completely drove the plot to a peak, and I mean peak! That kept me turning pages. Overall, it is a well plotted out story. The pace is fast, things happen and draw you in.

Characters- There were some nice ones, typical ones , relate-able  ones and then there was  Champ.  *Smiles*  he was such a sweetheart, just thinking of his character really makes me smile. I have no idea where the author found the inspiration for him, but he is a swoon worthy  bad boy turned good man and ‘book boyfriend’,  for those of us who love these kind of leading males in romance. I found him to be a cool guy, based on how he grew so much from the moment he left prison, to the moment he ends up a married man.

Sasha…hmm, well you know as much as she was great to read, I did feel sorry for her. She is a classic example of a woman who really was scorned toward the end, love is so powerful and I felt her pain.

Heat level and emotion–  As I type this I am laughing a little as the heat level in this book is high, there’s a lot of sex which I don’t mind at all. It’s well written, and at times I did think “hmm, he has done a good job with that scene.” I was rather impressed as I have read sex scenes written by men, and find it all rather drab or in personal  and could not really connect with the writing style and story telling. I never had that problem.

This story line is also rather    very emotional in places. I few tears did prick up for me towards the end.

The ending– This is where my reading experience went from 5 stars, to 5 plus. The way it ended for me, you understand where the author is coming from when he says ‘love is a powerful drug, don’t misuse it.’  It was also a fast paced, and moving ending. Overall, for me as a reader I am giving this novel 5 plus stars as I felt every word, it was not typical of the urban romance genre, it was steamy, raw, realistic, enjoyable and I want more from him! Good job, 5 plus stars from me. Available on Amazon now!

 

Book Review; ‘When Love Matters’ ( Non-Fiction), by Jessica Minasian – 3.5 stars

This was a super quick read a few hours if that. Thank you to NetGallery for a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I found this an interesting approach to love and relationships,  but unbalanced for the average reader. Let’s get into the review.

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Kim’s Review 3.5 Interesting Stars

Well, after browsing the non fiction section the cover and title caught my eye for sure. The blurb also pulled me in, as well as the advance praise for the book. With my own interest in universal laws and esoteric subjects, I was so intrigued at how this could be connected to relationships, love and even the concept of ‘soul mates’.

Here’s what  I loved

  • The logic.
  • The alternative way of looking at relationships,  love and connecting with others.
  • The idea of a ‘practical’ informative book, using science.
  • This book is for everyone no matter your relationships status.

I  enjoyed the scientific aspect of this book to start with as I read, as it touches on astronomy, how the universe, planets and solar system work. Areas I naturally enjoy this made it very easy for me to follow the direction of the book. However, while it helped hold my interest personally,  it also hindered the book’s overall purpose and main direction – to help others and inspire them when it comes to love and relationships, regardless of  being married, single or looking for love. I felt the heavy delivery of science took the book in a different direction, almost a pure academic direction. Given the genre, I  feel more balance between science and ‘self-help’ ‘inspiration’ is needed.

I would imagine an average reader who does not have GREAT interest or even knowledge in astronomy, astrology or the science of the universe and its function might become turned off quickly.  In addition even if you love these things like me, this probably is not what you may expect, or even hope to read mostly about, based on the book’s blurb and gene.  Too much science  took away the beauty of ‘self help’ and ‘inspiration’ when it comes to the subject matter of relationships, love and soulmates. This was the main downfall for me as a reader.  Too much science, less practical every day language and content.

Overall, it is a very interesting read ( if you like science), and the concept is intriguing, but the approach to delivering the  message  could be better balanced, for general readers and just generally.  Sadly, the book does need a bit more formatting and editing for readability too. But if you love the subject matter of the universe and it’s function, how it impacts on life here on earth this could be for you.  Note that the ‘ inspiration’ or practical ‘self help’ may not be fully gained, due to the balance of the content. 3.5 stars from me. More balance could have easily increased my enjoyment and overall star rating!

Book Review; ‘The Crystal Alchemist’ (Non Fiction), by Karen Frazier- 5 Very Informative Stars!

Thank you to NetGallery for my free copy, in exchange for an honest review. This book was so good to look through, I pre-ordered a hard copy for my bookshelf. I’ve always loved crystals, gems and precious stones, I keep them around the home, car and my desk. What a great book! Let’s get into it

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Kim’s Review- 5 Very Informative Stars

What I loved about this book was the level of detail, from both a scientific and  spiritual  view point. The book covers what makes a stone a stone, a gem a gem and a crystal a crystal scientifically. Something I was not fully clear on. In addition, it then goes into detail about the kind of stones, crystals and gems that can be used  for certain things, and gives a lot of clarity. It also takes into consideration different cultural view points on things like colours of stones, their energies.

The book also is very detailed on things like the history of gems and crystals, how to use them, why you should use them etc.  I would sum it up as an encyclopedia of some sort,  ideal for someone with no knowledge, as well as those more advanced from their previous reading, or understanding.

Not everything in the book will be relevant, this is more like a resource book, you can dip in seek out what you need clarity on, or to learn about and dip out. The book also has a very detailed section on how to assess what kind of stones may benefit you, and how to select stones.

Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who has a fascination with crystals and stones, collects them or would like to learn a bit more about their benefits and uses. From a flick through, I found a few chapters I’d like to explore in detail, and would prefer a hard copy so I can use my highlighter! I can’t wait until it arrives in January. A cool book to have on the bookshelf. Five stars from me due to the level of detail and versatile use, scientific and spiritual view point on gems, stones and crystals to help benefit reader’s understanding on the subject matters.

Book Review; ‘Stone De La Bru’ by Peter Mack (Crime Fiction) 5 ‘need more’stars!

Oh I just love crime fiction and thriller! Well, what do we have here? This is a short novella as an introduction to the full novel S’Murda At Sweetwater Manor. I found this book in a Facebook group, free on Kindle Unlimited, I very much enjoyed it and downloaded the full novel. Let’s get into it!

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Stone Sweetwater plans to marry the last virgin in Los Angeles and adopt his murdered friend’s daughter. When a tenant of an apartment unit he owns is murdered, the investigation threatens to expose his secrets. He offers a reward to the tenants of Sweetwater Manor to find the killer before an eager detective.

 

 

 

 

Kim’s Review- 5 ‘Need To Read More’ Stars

I have never read this author’s work, and like you all know I love this genre, the cover and blurb pulled me in. There’s a murder? We don’t know who done it? Okay I’m interested! Let’s get to the bottom of the mystery.  This is a seventy-two page beauty of an introduction, I instantly connected to the story. The blurb does not give much away, but here’s what I loved.

Story line- it seems like this may be one of those past paced, yet complex ‘who dun-it’ crime mystery/thrillers. From the seventy- two pages I read I was drawn in, it held my attention. The plot itself surrounds Stone, his new affiliation with Bru Familia and rise in the ranks, and also real life- he’s  about to get married and not sure if he should, he also now has the new responsibility of raising the small child of  his murdered friend. Overall, a very good taste of what could be in the full novel.

While all this is going on and we follow his investigations and new affiliation, another body shows up *face palm*.  Stone was close to this murdered female also. They are dropping like flies. But what’s the connection? Is how I felt as I read I need more!

Characters- I immediately liked Stone, because he came across as a very street smart young man,  with a lot of money, respect, powerful and on a mission. But not your typical mean ‘thug in the streets’ and stereotypical ‘gangster’ at all. He seemed level headed, and not someone who is after the wrong things in life with his status, he was humble. I like him. He also seems extremely respectful towards women. For me as a reader I’m not keen on  reading a man in crime, street lit, urban fiction etc who thinks all women are, are ‘bitches and hoes.’ it turns me off, I never got that from him.

The secondary characters  like Stone’s mother, sister and the other female characters all have their own ‘sass’, and were like-able to read and meet. The wife to be though, I’m not sure about her and her game.  I am interested to see how she develops in the full novel.

Overall, from just the seventy-two page novella I read in one sitting, it left me wanting to read the full novel. I found the story engaging, one that could potentially deliver more than expected and rather gripping. I do love a good ‘who dun-it-‘ and really look forward to more. I would recommend this book to all crime/thriller lovers, those who enjoy mafia involvement, links over seas with other nationalities involving organised crime, like the experience of the crime underworld, and want something different other than petty low level drug dealing and street crime in a crime fiction read! Great attention grabber five stars from me.