Monday, June 27, 2011

Differences - Brian W. Smith

Death is the final act and for those who are left behind closure is a hard act. Brian W. Smith’s Differences is the tale of those left behind. The Jackson siblings are mourning the loss of their father, Conway. Conway was the rock of the Jackson Family as their mother had passed several years before. Hardworking, Conway owned his own business to provide for his family. Upon his death, Conway’s hard work was able to leave his children a nice inheritance but there is a catch…..Conway’s children all have their own issues and secrets with each other. His will states that in order for them to collect they will have to work together to figure out where the money is located.
The Jackson siblings have not been a “family unit” in years. The oldest Beulah, is the church-going lady but under those church hats are some buried secrets so deep that if they ever saw the light of day it would rock several worlds. Norman, the second in charge and first boy is the epitome of a frat boy. He went away to school and never looked back. He drives his expensive car, custom suits, mixers and motivational speeches. Norman looks the part, but what really lies beneath? Thomas is the third born. He is a cop and seems to be the most grounded. With a wife who is expecting and daughter, Thomas wants his American dream. Gayle is a daughter that is hurting. She hides her pain through gambling and other measures. Lemar is an ex-con that stuck and can’t seem to move past it. He is on a “hamster wheel” of destructive behavior that with guidance he can finally get off. The baby of the family, Tanya is the outspoken free spirit. (Think Tamar Braxton) Tanya says what’s on her mind at all times.Conway pairs his kids up into handpicked teams, knowingly pairing up some of children that haven’t spoken to each other in years. Having to work together, they are forced to face their issues head on despite the repercussions. 

Brian W. Smith’s tale of what happens to those who are left behind after a death is a page turner. Family can easily turn once money is on the table. Brian Smith weaves the story of siblings who’s father’s final wish for his family to come together and stay together. You know these characters as we all have at least one of them in our own families. His tale of healing and redemption is a feel good story and keeps you rooting for these character until the very end.

5 out 5 Stars

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Deadbeat - Brian W. Smith

Dead Beat...

How would you explain to the child you raised that the father you told him was dead is actually alive? How do you explain to the son you walked away from that you truly love him and it wasn't him that you walked away from?

Deadbeat is a book that stays with you. Brian W. Smith's tale of a son headed down the wrong path and the parents that have their own problems.

QJ is a kid that is angry. Angry at his mother who put her new relationship before son. Angry at the father whom he thinks is dead. After a chance encounter, his whole world is changed.

Hanging with his boys, two thugs who are headed down the wrong path, QJ discovers his father is not dead but alive and well and living on the streets.

Quincy Senior is man broken. The love of his life hurt and scarred him so deep he may never recover. Rather than deal with the issues and pain, he chooses to mask the pain with drugs and alcohol. This sends him on a downward spiral until he loses it all: his home, his job and most of all his son.

Carmen aka Cookie is a woman who is out for self. She chose to jeopardize her home thus sending the wheels in motion for the destruction of Quincy Senior. She is a relationship with Terry, whom treats her son like crap. She chooses to believe Terry over the people who have always had her back.

These characters stay with you. Through the book you discover the ties that bond. Quincy, with all his problems, is the only one that can teach his son to be a man. Through their interactions, QJ is learning valuble life lessons that only a father can teach his son. Carmen through out her anger unwittingly gave her son a gift, the gift of his father.

At the end of this book, you find yourself wanting, no needing more. The end for me was equivilent of someone changing the channel right before you find out who the murderer is. Mr. Smith pulls you in with these character, that you feel invested in them. You find yourself rooting for some and hating others. This is a book that you will not be able to put down.

5 stars!!

All Up In My Business - Lutishia Lovely

This book caught my attention right away. I wanted to be all up in the business of the Livingston family. I absolutely loved the love and devotion that they had for one another. You see there are so many men who are willing to step out on their wives, which these men seem to be nothing short of a breath of fresh air. They were so unwilling to give up so easily.       

This book was filled with drama, love, and did I mention drama.  With all of the possible cheating going on, I couldn't put this book down. Mrs. Candace found a young tender thing to give it to her right, while he gave her something so wrong. How can someone claim to love someone and make such bad decisions? 

This book left me wanting more, but I have to wait until September 2011 for “Mind your own business”.

5 Stars

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Daddy By Default - Pat Tucker

This story surrounds two married couples and a scandalous lady that no one knows! Roxanne and Parker are married and have tried to have a baby to no avail. James and Serena are going through a divorce.

Serena's jealousy gets the best of her as the plot thickens throughout the book and things start to come out. Enter Lachez and the drama she brings.

This book is a wonderfully written and very informative look into our system.

5 stars

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Next Door Nympho - C.J. Hudson

Author C.J. Hudson stays true to the title of his book – Next Door Nympho because the main character and her best friends are true nymphomaniacs to the fullest. Diamond Robinson can’t seem to satisfy her sexual needs – she wants SEX and doesn’t care who she gets it from. Every dog has their day, and when Diamond’s day comes she is in for a BIG surprise.
This book is full of drama, backstabbing, lies, and secrets.  The author does a good job keeping the attention of his readers because there is never a dull moment. Diamond, Essence, and Angie are all holding secrets that are bound to set off a train wreck once they are discovered. I found myself taking a break from this book because I was so mad with these characters, but I keep reading because I knew I was missing out on the nonstop drama. There were a few typos and grammatical errors but not enough to take your attention from the antics of Diamond and her friends.
4 out of 5 Stars


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