Book Review: Find You a Real One (YA / Coming of Age Romance) by Tanisha Stewart 5 ‘Incredibly Touching’ Stars

Yes, incredibly touching is all I can say. Book #14 of my #100BooksChallenge. I have said this before, I can struggle with the YA genre due to my age and being so much older, it can be hard to connect. Of late I have found two authors who have sucked me in from page one, with distinct characters that I’ve found hard to forget. Find You a Real One for me, as I read, I felt like I was not reading YA with characters under the age of twenty– purely due to the plot. I quickly checked I had already pre-ordered book 2 when I finished! From what I understand the author wrote this when she herself was in high-school, all I can say is damn! Wow

About The Book:

Shorty is cool with almost everyone she encounters. She has her heart set on Marcus, but Reggie is feigning for her attention.

Elida is not the most popular girl, nor does she feel like she’s the prettiest. She’s got her eyes on a few guys but the feelings are never mutual.

Shorty and Elida connect and forge a friendship that is surprising, unlikely, and rejected by Shorty’s day one, Janie. Is Janie simply harboring innocent best friend jealousy, or is there something deeper beneath the surface?

Follow a story of friendship, heartache, growth, and betrayal in this sweet, yet poignant two-part Friends to Lovers Romance series.

Five stars!!

I’ve read this author’s work before and I became a fan in around 2019/ early 2020. I’ve found that she has a Midas touch when it comes to developing characters that you really feel drawn to, and have a very strong presence in the story. By this I mean the characters (for me) just seem very real. From the way they talk, act, and even if there are a lot of them ( this author tends to have a large character line up in her stories), you can always without a doubt tell them apart and they differ so they stand out. I really enjoy this, and in Find You a Real One she did not disappoint. The characters even though they are young are very well developed and like-able. The story-line was just to die for, for me as a reader. This is because it touched on soooooooo many issues from family dynamics, relationships, adult ones with parents, as well as the actual characters, abuse, friendship, and much more. There were parts that were touching to read in a sense that I could not imagine the life situation ( no spoilers), for the characters. Especially a very touching one that one character– ‘Shorty’ was going through. Then there was the story-line for the boys and how they were moving forward, and a very special character I became fond of Elida. I’m really not one for spoilers so I won’t say too much, but I will say that if you enjoy books with a touch of romance, reality, a strong element of ‘coming of age’ themes, and you’re cool with an urban setting I’d really give this a read. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited to at the time of this review. I totally enjoyed every ounce of it, I read it in just two sittings, it was hard to put down. 5 touching stars from me. I’d say that this author is a very talented story-teller with the YA and ‘coming of age’ genres. I would not hesitate to read them, even though I personally find them hard to crack, sometimes!

Book Review:African Short Stories Adventures of Kalulu The Hare 3 stars!

#100BooksChallenge book #13 a few weeks back, I randomly found this book via Kindle Unlimited as a recommendation. I do love short stories and of course African fables.

About The Book:

The short stories in this book are typical African folktales from rural Copperbelt Province, Zambia. Sit, relax and have a good laugh. The short stories are funny, but they also convey timeless moral messages of African wisdom. These african folktales stories are usually told, in villages, from generation to generation, in the evenings by a big fire, just before going to bed.

In villages children have very close relationships to their grandparents who teach them what they need to know about life. The african folktales stories almost always teach a moral lessen. Unfortunately, even in Africa, children growing in big cities do not have this chance because their evenings are spent watching TV or surfing in internet.

In most of these stories animals and people live together, mingle with each other and sometimes Kalulus (Hares) marry human beautiful girls. This may sound strange because a hare can not, for instance, cook or marry a human princess. The truth is that the animals in the stories are not animals in the real sense. They are just character representation of people who behave in certain ways.

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This was a very entertaining collection of short stories, clearly aimed at younger readers or to be read to them. Each story was enjoyable to read as, as an adult you could put things into context and imagine the animals as ‘types’ of people or personalities you may come across in life. As I read I hoped each story would have some kind of ‘moral of the story is’, that adults could take away. While I really enjoyed reading them all, and they were certainly entertaining, I found it hard to pick up a moral or lesson! Or what I could really show my son or a younger person as a ‘moral’ in life. Really for me this short read was all about entertainment factor, it was an okay read. I would read more of these short stories if the author were to publish more, but I’d love to have more deep and meaningful endings. That said they held me interest and I would recommend it as a short, quick read to pass some time, or when you fancy something more light-hearted to read. Three stars from me.

Book Review: Broken Reality (Conspiracy Theory Thriller Series #1) 5 stars!

#100BooksChallenge book #11 this is a free download and I really do recommend it! I came across this author via book promo and clicked on the cover to learn more. So glad I did. This was a bite sized read that I whipped through in one read, then read book #2 (review to follow) straight away.

About The Book:

Gary Davis has everything going for him. His wife is a loving, supportive gem and his kids adore him. And he’s about to close an important deal for the family business. It’s the biggest deal of his life; one that will change his life forever—so says his mother.

On his way to the wild African continent to close the deal, the unexplainable happens: the man who had been sitting next to him on the plane disappears. The flight attendants, however, are adamant that Gary had been alone during the entire flight.

As his perception of reality shifts and his world falls apart in a foreign country, Gary turns to the only person he feels he can trust—Amanda Tait. Unsure of Gary’s intentions, she decides to help him figure out what’s happening to him.

Broken Reality: The Prequel is the introduction to Rhiley McCabe’s exciting new five-part mystery thriller series.

Step into Gary Davis’ tumultuous world, where all is not what it seems…

I really didn’t know what to expect this this novella, I saw the book cover for part two first but decided to read the prologue first. It’s definitely a fast paced thriller with lots of action, engaging dialogue and like-able characters. To me the character Gary seemed very British from his banter and talk, it was not until later I realised he is not. William, the other main character, is also very witty and like-able. The story takes place mainly from when Gary is on the plane, and there’s a blur over what’s real and what’s not. I really enjoyed the characters, plot, even the jumping around in storytelling. Which some may feel is ‘choppy’, but I found that it really helped to show the ‘black outs’ of memory that Gary was experiencing. I also loved the idea of going to Africa on a mission in this fast paced thriller. The author does a good job at engaging you and keeping you turning pages. Overall, I feel like I’ve found a series that I really would like to follow and read more of. It seems like each book is a bite sized short story that progresses so here goes! Five stars I recommend this free download as a good introduction to the author’s writing and the series.

Book Review: ‘Across the River’ (Historical Fiction Novella) 5 ‘wow’ stars!

#100BooksChallenge book #10! This is a FREE DOWNLOAD on Amazon as I write this, the first book of a three part series and wow! It was so enjoyable, as soon as I finished I downloaded parts two and three.

About the Book

Part black. Part Irish. Part Lumbee Indian.

Wholly determined to protect her family.

Naomi Jackson made a mistake. Born in the tumultuous years following the American Revolution, she embraced change, excitement, and adventure. So when the Devil Bill Williams swaggered into town, she launched into his arms, determined that her love for him could overcome all obstacles.

It couldn’t.

Now she has two young children, a life of misery, and a hopeless, desperate desire to escape.

Then David Oxendine arrives for a Christmas visit – and things will never be the same.

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Across the River – an 1800s Black / Native American Novella is the first in a series of novellas about Naomi Jackson’s heartfelt, challenging life. These stories are based loosely on author Lisa Shea’s real-life ancestor, Naomi Jackson, who was born in 1784 in Guilford County, North Carolina. Naomi’s father had been taken from Northern Ireland as a child, while her mother was mixed-blood black, Lumbee, and Irish. Each novella has a cliff-hanger ending, much like Naomi’s life.

All proceeds from the Naomi Jackson series benefits local battered women’s shelters.

An important note for readers of my various series. Normally my content is quite “clean” with little to no swearing, violence, or physical intimacy. With this being based on the immense hardships my ancestor struggled through, I wanted to be authentic to the issues she rose above. This book therefore includes period-appropriate harsh language as well as several scenes of conflict. I gave a great deal of thought to including these and feel they are necessary to fully convey the trials she overcame. I apologize to those who feel uncomfortable reading that style of material.

Please feel free to contact me at my website if you have any questions or comments – I thrive on your feedback.

Five ‘wow’ stars!

This was a very quick read, around two hours a novella length story, that packs a real punch for the length. I found the author’s storytelling and writing style to be very engaging, it kept me turning pages. If there’s one thing I love, it’s a well crafted fearless female, stuck in a hard situation but determined to get out. Especially if there’s children involved. Naomi Jackson to me was exactly that as I read, and given the historical setting she’s in this made it even more powerful and interesting to read her story. I found Naomi Jackson really like-able from the start, I felt for her and the sacrifices she made to ensure simple things her children had. I also admire the way she had to be so smart with Bill (her partner). He may have ‘felt he was in control’ really Naomi was – manipulation, so she could do what she needed to do.

Across the River touches on an aspect of history not often spoken about, not only were people of colour used as slaves by whites, so were white Irish people. Of course, I knew this myself, this is often why people of colour and Irish people ‘bond’, because they both were mistreated by whites historically. I liked this, it’s not shown enough or even recalled in history that this demographic of people suffered too.

This for me was a very gripping story, I just knew I’d enjoy it and the author didn’t fail to deliver! As soon as I finished the book I downloaded the other two with a feeling of, ‘wow what happens next?’ Normally I don’t like cliff-hangers but if done well, and the book managed to grip me enough without a conclusion at the end then I don’t mind! It’s a hands down 5 star read from me. I recommend this series starter Across The River, if you love historical fiction, love reading strong females, or love to read about different historical experiences. Give Across the River a Try.

Book Review: This Life I Lived ( Memoir) by Angelina Wilson 5 Eye Opening Stars #100BooksChallenge

Book #8 of my #100BooksChallenge! So I came across this book on Facebook, and if there’s one thing I love it’s nonfiction books! I’m a big memoir fan, no matter the subject matter, even if I’ve never had the experiences of the person in concern. I find memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies so interesting to read. This Life I Lived was no exception to this.

About the book:

Angelina shares with you, her life’s journey. She opens up about being a victim of molestation, rape and domestic violence. Speaking on such a sensitive topic is very difficult, but her main goal is to help and inspire other’s who were placed in similar situations. Breaking the silence of her past, she now lives by the motto, Speak up. After so many year’s, she was finally able to find her voice. With a tarnished past, she now hopes to have a brighter future.

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5 eye opening stars

Now this is a very short memoir maybe around forty pages, that said don’t be under any illusion about the depth of it. The author does go into detail (graphically at times), about the experiences she had with her abuser. What struck me was the age she experienced this, and how far she appears to have come. She was under ten years old! But now a founder of an abuse survivor’s organisation. As I read through it was easy to place myself in the scenes she detailed. By the time I finished I could see how this memoir would really help others. People who need the support that she is offering now, for people who need to move forward after trauma, or who are still experiencing trauma. I enjoyed this memoir, I closed the book like ‘wow, my goodness.’ I mean this not to say I enjoyed reading about the abuse or heart-ache, I enjoyed seeing the author’s change of direction, journey, strength, and bravery to actually write about it. I would have loved details about how life took shape, and how she got herself together, once her abuser was sent to prison. That said it’s worth a read if you enjoy this genre and hearing people’s stories. 5 eye opening stars for me. Free to read on Kindle Unlimited at the time of this review.

Book Review: ‘Autumn in Connecticut’ by E.S McMillan ( Romance) 4.5 Heart-Felt Stars #100BooksChallenge

Book #7 for my #100BooksChallenge, I’ve had this title on my Kindle since last summer, really glad I read it. I just love these bite sized novellas that you can read in a few hours, if that. I’ve never read anything by this author, when I finished I felt that this was a really good introduction to her style of romance writing.

About The Book:

Autumn
I thought I had more time. I thought I was going to be different from my mother and her mother before her. I did everything right and still, all I have is six months left.
After receiving the news that my short life was almost over, I made the decision to stop what I was doing and open up my notebook to the page of things that I wanted to do and see before I closed my eyes forever.

Jax
I stepped up! I signed my name on the dotted line and bravely served my country. I did and saw things that no man ever should. When my time was up and it was time to go home, it hit me. I was not the same bright-eyed and bushy-tailed boy who left home. All I wanted to be some peace and quiet. I found it at Arrington Farms & Orchards with Old Gus and his apple trees.
When these two broken souls cross paths will they be able to let go of the anger that consumes them and let in the love they both thought they would never have?

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4.5 heart-felt and touching stars

I enjoyed the novella. It was such a heart-felt, touching, and very unexpected story. The latter I mean in terms of the actual story-line and journey Jax and Autumn go on. It was a smooth read, very easy to get into, and the characters stood out well. It was easy to place myself in the shoes of each character. Without giving too many spoilers Autumn has the world at her feet, she’s a young lady in her twenties living with her best friend. She finds out some life changing news, and decides to live her best life! She takes a trip away from her home town, based on the news she receives. (It’s not great by the way). There she meets Jax, and a whole new direction follows for them both.

This bite sized novella intertwined many aspects where the characters in the present day, are linked via the past. It almost felt like a ‘fated’ romance for her and ‘second chance romance’ for him. Overall it was nice reading, and very refreshing to read a story where bad news is delivered but it sets the characters on their true path, before fate really does take over. An interesting romance in many ways due to this unique spin. Life is not a bed of roses. I really liked it! My only wish list is, I would have loved to know more about Autumn’s mother and her relationship with her dad– the family dynamic here, why she fled away. 4.5 stars from me, I would read more from the author. I recommend this novella if you like contemporary romance, interracial romance, romance with a difference give E.S McMillan a try. Free on Kindle Unlimited too at the time of this review.

Book Review: ‘ Oh What a Night’, By Nika P (AA Romance Novella) 4 Unique Stars! #100BooksChallenge

What a really unique story, and in some ways thought provoking. Book #6 of my #100BooksChallenge. I stumbled across the book via another review posted on Facebook. The review sold it to me. I really enjoyed the ‘difference’ in this love story. It’s also free to read on Kindle Unlimited.

About The Book:

Ari has had it with relationships. One loser after another in her quest to get over the “great one”. What Ari doesn’t realize is when you’re not looking is usually when the right one shows up….
Lennox is tired of women with high standards and no substance. He wants someone real but he has responsibilities that keep him from venturing too far…
What happens when an unlikely match is placed in a circumstance that they need to depend on each other for survival? What happens when one night leads to so much more?

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4 unique and thought provoking stars!

I’m not even going to lie, I got into this author’s writing style so quick! From page one the main character Ari really kicks off. I read very quickly and I woke up one morning at 10.a.m. rather than 6.a.m., because I was reading this look. I found the character’s very interesting, I found the story-line very interesting, then there was a really unexpected turn. This made the story even more so interesting, and very unique. I was so happy to experience this and to see how things would play out. This novella is a quick read, but really does hold a ‘moral of the story’ vibe to it, if you allow yourself to be opened up to it. Ari and an unexpected male cross paths, he’s struggling with a sense of who he is, and is in an interracial relationship. Ari is pretty heart broken with a story of her own.

At the same time, this is where I would have LOVED the author to deep dive into this. Both Ari and the main male character she becomes involved with (via the plot twist), experience a deep shift in their personality, thought process, and who they are as people. This was clear to see from their chapter POV’s, the author did a wonderful job at showing this. I felt as a reader I could feel the change in Ari and her main man as individual people. However I felt that it was skimmed over just slightly, especially the male! I would have loved to be shown his ‘change of heart, maturity, and new outlook’ he had following when his path crossed with Ari’s. For example the inner struggles he may have faced, as his change of view was deep! So deep it was like he was a brand new man, no longer who he was. I would have loved that. That said, I still enjoyed this and loved the message, characters, and how the author so uniquely penned this story. It really was rather touching to read. As a first time reader I would for sure read more of her romance. 4 unique and touching stars from me! I’m glad I read it. It’s so unique and has a strong message I could never not read anoher book!

Book Review: ‘ His True Protectors’ ( Menage Romance/Mystery) 4 ‘Spicy’ stars! + $10.00 Giveaway. #100BooksChallenege

 
 
His True Protectors
True Detective Series Book 2
by Lynn Chantale
Genre: Mystery Ménage Romance
 
 
 
Revenge is his game, and Black Hemlock is willing to do anything to settle the score.
For years, Black Hemlock has been biding his time, sulking that bragging rights to a long ago cyber heist was snatched from him. Throw in betrayal and a broken heart, and he has the perfect motive for murder.
Once more True Detective Agency is called in to assist in finding the perpetrator, this time using Carson as bait. Fearless and capable, Carson has no problem going head-to-head with a killer with a penchant for poison.
As the trio delves into the lives and deaths of the victims, a buried secret could destroy them all.
 
**Contains Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence and strong language. Also contains strong BDSM themes**
 
 
 
His True Love
True Detective Series Book 1
 
 
In a small town, in a popular bar, beautiful women disappear. This could just be a coincidence, but private investigators, Carson, Matt and Nathalie don’t believe in them. So they go undercover.
However, when one of the missing women turns up dead, the trio is disturbed to learn the woman bore a striking resemblance to Nathalie; they increase their efforts. When Nathalie disappears from the same bar, Carson and Matt will do anything to find her.
 
*Contains explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and descriptions of violence.*
 
 
 
 
Lynn Chantale resides in Southwest Florida and she is determined to enjoy all that life has to offer. She has a mad affinity for milk chocolate, preferably Dove chocolate truffles or the caramel-filled squares (Godiva is acceptable), and plays the bass guitar when the Muse begs for a bit of distraction.
She’s a multi-published author in ebooks and has recently stepped into the self-publishing world. So far both experiences have been rewarding.
 
 
 
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4 Spicy Stars!

Thank you to Sliver Dagger Book Tours for my review copy, all opinions are my own. My gosh, I read the first book when this book was on tour last year my review is here. It was a very interesting and engaging read. Book two for me give me the same ‘wow’ experience as I read. This is one spicy writer! I love the way she adds some spice and erotica to her stories. It’s so different to anything I’ve read, and at the same time this was the main great reading experience for me. Not only are we following three detectives, they are detectives that are involved mentally, physically, emotionally, and sexually. They handle some dangerous cases and need to close them. So if you like your ‘who dun it’ or detective stories with a touch of romance, with a difference and don’t mind same-sex action give this a try. Without giving too many spoilers the story starts out in where I’d say is a BDSM or ‘swingers’ club. But the detectives are undercover and are there working on a case. The location, setting, story-line for me held me attention it’s just so out of this word ! I recommend this series to open minded readers, seeking diverse characters, but a thrill ride of a traditional detective story. 4 spicy stars for book two from me.

Book Review: ‘A Quirky Guide to Positive Thinking’ by Tonglea White ( Memoir) 5 Touching Stars. #100BooksChallenge

#100BooksChallenge #4. This is a super quick read that I noticed on Facebook. I am a fan of memoirs and literary fiction work. It’s free to read on Kindle Unlimited and it called me to read it. I found this to be touching, but wanted more!

About The Book

Self love came to me late but I wanted to drop some gems off to let you know how I made it. Maybe this will help you and get you on the road to healing. I know you’re going to laugh, cry and look at me in a different light, whether it’s positive or negative, I’m here for it. Enjoy!

5 touching stars

This was about less than an hour’s read, but every one of the pages really did show how the author has conquered all adversity, that life handed to her.
I found this short read to be highly inspirational, hearing the author’s story left me with a feeling of, ‘no matter what you’ll pull through.’ Which is the message contained within these pages. My only wish list is, I would have loved to know more! About the author’s story as I read it with great interest. There’s also some nuggets of wisdom, and the author does tell her story with humour in places. Which was nice to see that she can smile, following all the pain. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read the memoir genre, and has an appreciation for hearing stories of strength, rawness, reality, no matter who concise they are. I hope that this author considers a full autobiography, I would be interested to read it. 5 touching stars.

Book Review: ‘Devil in a Blue Dress’ by Walter Mosley ( Noir Thriller/Mystery) 5 WOW stars #100BooksChallenge

Book #3 of my #100BooksChallenge to read for 2021. After reading this author’s work for the first time, I am gutted that I never dived in earlier! I’ve heard of him, and know how popular his work is, but it wasn’t until a YouTube clip of him popped up as a suggestion that I dived in. I was overwhelmed with choice over where to start with his books, a blog post recommended starting with his ‘Easy Rawlins’ detective series so I did. Being a massive fan of the era this novel is set in, I fell in love hard! Book one has turned me into a fan! I bought the next book. This was a wonderful experience to read, not just a great book.

About The Book:

The first novel by “master of mystery” (The New York Times) Walter Mosley, featuring Easy Rawlins, the most iconic African American detective in all of fiction. Named one of the “best 100 mystery novels of all time” by the Mystery Writers of America, this special thirtieth anniversary edition features an all new introduction from the author.

The year is 1948, the town is Los Angeles.

Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran, has just been fired from his job at a defense factory plant. Drinking in his friend’s bar, he’s wondering how he’ll manage to make ends meet, when a white man in a linen suit approaches him and offers him good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a missing blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

Easy has no idea that by taking this job, his life is about to change forever.

“More than simply a detective novel…[Mosley is] a talented author with something vital to say about the distance between the black and white worlds, and with a dramatic way to say it” (The New York Times).

5 wow stars!

The author’s writing style is so slick it’s unreal, Easy Rawlins is a great character to follow and so authentic too. I had no trouble believing him, or being drawn into his story, as he got himself unexpectedly ‘caught up’ in all the madness over this ‘Devil in a Blue Dress.’ I loved the fact that the author writes his character with ebonic style language ( where relevant), to keep them very real too. I found that the story moved quickly, and there was a lot of mystery over who done what, when, and why. This really kept me interested and I read it quickly. The characters for me were all really engaging, like-able, even if some of them are ‘bad guys.’ I appreciated that this author touches on many of the hardships and reality for black and brown people , and the relationships and POV’s of both black and white people during this era. It added to the richness of the story. Not in a sense that it’s sad, it just made it (for me personally) very raw, realistic, and engaging writing.

Overall, I found this novel to be well written, fun, fast moving, with a great character line up and plot. Just from reading this one book, it’s made me want to read the rest in the series, and other work by the author. I recommend this book to anyone who likes hard-boiled, private investigator genre books. However, has an appreciation for the setting, era, and rawness of Easy Rawlings and his friends. 5 wow stars I really loved it.