Review: Street Divas

Street Divas
Street Divas by De’nesha Diamond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Street Divas” by De’nesha Diamond was hot…red hot!!! The author immediately brought me into the book. The action started right away. The scenes were painted bright and vivid, and the characters were well-written. I mean, I felt like I was living on ShotGun Row, I could just feel Python’s pet snakes crawling all around me, and I started to hate LeShelle’s throne with a passion. Ms. Diamond really outdid herself here. I really enjoyed how the events and people connected, like how Cousin Skeet ended up being “Supercop,” and Mason ended up being Terrell’s long-lost brother. Ms. Diamond had me all wrapped up.
The only criticism I would give is that the book was a cliff-hanger…I was wondering what was going to happen next when the movie ended, did Momma Peaches end up leaving Issac and marrying Cedric, and what happened to Python’s and Yolonda’s baby, but the cliff-hanger’s okay because I’m already getting ready to read the next book to check out what happens in this street-lit drama.

I give it 5 stars.

P.S  “Street Divas” was provided by Tasha Parker, owner of Books & Beauty Bookstore in Memphis, TN, in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Stealing Candy

Stealing Candy
Stealing Candy by Allison Hobbs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Stealing Candy” by Allison Hobbs was riveting, suspenseful, played with my mind and down-right dirty all at the same time. Being an avid reader, it’s very rare that I discover a book that can do that all for me, but I’ve really suceeded here. Ms. Hobbs paints a picture that’s leaves you so open and so vulnerable that you can’t help, but come back for me. She sheds light on a very important social topic – sex trafficking…detailing the story of an ex-con named Bullet who believes twenty-something prostitutes are too old to mess with for his pimp game so he prefers to go for what he calls “his candy.” He has stolen three underage girls and, by using manipulation, violence and head-games, has forced them into selling their “goodies” for cash to support his lifestyle, his bankroll. He eventually has them believing that they even can grow to love this life, and theirs is better off with him because nobody else cares. But, he forgot about one person…Saleema Sparks. She decides to search for one of the girls, and ends of gaining so much in the process…love, self-worth, self-examination, but she also gets murder.
“Stealing Candy” had me on the edge of my seat…even while I was grocery shopping because even though I always have my 3-year old daughter right there with me anyway, I found myself pulling her closer, making sure she was within my eyesight. My 10-year old niece was with me as well, and I kept saying to her “Stay near me…you need to stay close to me.”

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “Stealing Candy” was recommended and provided on-loan by my co-worker, Gwen Clark.

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Review: Delirious

DeliriousDelirious by Daniel Palmer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Delirious” by Daniel Palmer was awesome…Charlie Giles, a software entrepreneur is on top of the world…he has money, success and a great future ahead of him; however, he’s missing some of the most important things in like like family, friends, love…Getting to the top hasn’t been easy for Charlie, but he’s made it…even if he’s had to bump a few heads along the way.

However, when someone suggests that Charlie crash a company meeting on a subject that will affect his product, everything starts spiraling out-of-control. Soon, Charlie finds himself at the mercy of someone who’s trying to sabotage him – he starts thinking he’s crazy, that he’s written these horrible notes, and, worst of all, that he’s murdered in cold blood.

If you read “Delirous,” it will definitely take you on a ride…it’s very suspenseful. It really takes you on a roller coaster ride, and each chapter leaves you panting for more…

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “Delirious” was provided courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

* Daniel Palmer also sent another advance uncorrected proof of “Delirious” that will be given away to a lucky reader that responds to this review.

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Review: Miles Away… Worlds Apart

Miles Away... Worlds ApartMiles Away… Worlds Apart by Alan Sakowitz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Miles Away…Worlds Apart” by Alan Sakowitz was very enlightening…detailing the crime committed by Scott Rothstein, Sakowitz sends us through a world mixed with crime, greed and mystery…even murder. All the makings of a really great read, and best of all, everything’s true. He describes in great detail the dealings of Scott Rothstein, how he brings his Ponzi scheme to life and the experiences of Mr. Rothstein’s downfall of himself and the people around him.

However, what places “Miles Away…Worlds Apart” in a class all by itself, is that Sakowitz also compares the life of Scott Rothstein to the hospitality, kindness and values of his family and friends, and people in his community. By doing this, he engages his readers to learn of a different world where greed is not the driving force and riches are not the goal, but where people are actually valued and their worth and respect is the same across the board.

While reading this book, I learned a lot…I learned how easy it is to get caught up in something that can tear your world apart. I learned that some people will sacrifice their family and friends, and even their business to get what they want. On the other hand, I also learned a lot about kindness and love, and what another person will do, even if they don’t know you, to help you get what you need and want.

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “Miles Away…Worlds Apart” was received courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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