Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Review: Promise Me Forever 2 by Coco Amoure


Promise Me Forever 2 by Coco Amoure

The unthinkable has happened after Promise has finally gotten her life under control. For the first time in many years her self-esteem is in tact, she’s found love, and her hope has been restored. Then a slew of issues from her past start to resurface, threatening to turn her life upside down.

Tariq has found love and vows to protect what’s his at any cost. Trouble is it just may cost him his life to fulfill his promise.

All seems to be going well with the core of Promise’s support system. They are happy, well, and abundantly blessed….and it’s about time. Each of them is deserving of love and comes to the table with their fair share of pain from yesteryear. As the drama unfolds, none of their lives remain unaffected. Even as tempers flare and more changes have to be made, they are still the biggest allies for each other.

In book two, which picks up right where the cliffhanger of book one left off, Coco Amoure intensifies this page-turner 100fold. She shows readers what happens when one’s sixth sense kicks in and yet the person second guesses what they known intrinsically. This faux pas causes a series of unnecessary hardships for everyone involved. She also shows what happens when a person’s ego is too large to just “let it go and walk away,” and how nothing but drama and trouble come as a result. There were a number of unexpected twists to this story that kept this reader on the edge of her seat wanting to know what would happen next. Can’t wait to read the finale!

5 stars
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Reviewed by Tumika Patrice Cain

Book Review: Promise Me Forever by Coco Amoure



Promise Me Forever by Coco Amoure

Promise is a beautiful young woman who is caught up in a life of hell. A prime example of what happens to fatherless daughters, when the older Ameechie steps to her expressing his interest she feels she has struck gold. Before too long she was caught up deep in his web of deception…and worse. Like any woman, Promise just wants to be loved and cherished for the amazing human being that she is. Instead, she is immersed in the psychosis and neurotic behavior of someone else’s issues. Hoping that changing herself or toeing the line will make her situation better, she continues to play the fool to the one who claims to love her, but who is more her enemy than anyone else who has ever been in her life.

Ameechie is for all intents and purposes a bum. Oh sure, he works and has a hustle on the side, but that does nothing to change that who he is internally is not worth the time it would take to write about it. What he does have going for himself is an ability to attract women who love him to the core of their beings, even though he has nothing of worth or value to pour back into them.

Deciding she’s had enough, Promise, puts a plan in place to extract her from the hell of this situation. But will the changes come soon enough to give her the freedom she longs for or is her decision too late, leaving her stuck in a life of hell?

Coco Amoure has penned an extremely relatable story of what happens when good girls end up with bad boys. These are characters who could very easily be people that we know in real life. This story is thick with emotion, yet doesn’t wreak with despair. There is hope for the reader that things will change for the better in the lives of these characters, just as a reader would want the situations to change in a positive direction for any person living through this ordeal. As a side note, I love the character’s names in the series. I have a deep appreciation for the well roundedness of this story, that even though it’s tackling some heavy subjects, there is still humor and beauty within its context.  Good job!

4 stars
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Reviewed by Tumika Patrice Cain

Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Review: Crazy In Love by Annabelle Costa



Crazy in Love by Annabella Costa

Have you ever encountered a girl who is the life of the party? Has never gone more than one week without a steady boyfriend since puberty? Is the most beautiful, most popular, most sought out girl in the room? Well that is not Anna Flint. Although cute, with her petite frame and Nordic-looking features, her eccentricities causes everything else about her to pale in comparison. She’s the one no one, not even her family, understands. She’s never invited to parties. She has no social life, no friends, and no potential suitors….and that’s perfectly okay with her.

Bordering on genius, Anna is perfectly content to live in her tidy, structured world, coding and organizing. In her life everything makes perfect sense. It works wonderfully for her. What’s the problem with everyone else?

Matt is a closet nerd, but his good looks and easygoing personality make it easy to miss that. He is the guy next door, All American, athletic type that women fall over themselves trying to impress. He’s living life on his own terms and having a great time at it. If only that pesky ankle issue would go away all would be perfect in his world.

Despite their differences, Matt is drawn to the quirky girl who works in the cubicle next to him. For some reason, he just gets her, but he’d never dream of saying anything to her…or anyone else…about his secret crush.  When unlikely circumstances bring them closer together, they find in each other what they have been missing in every other relationship they possess. But are their oddities too extreme and will love rule in the midst of the craziness of their lives?

Crazy In Love is a whimsical tale of two unlikely souls who meet and are drawn together despite their obvious differences. In an industry where all book boyfriends are alpha males, bad boys, or nearly perfect, it was refreshing to read about two people who were so far from perfect they could easily be the guy and girl next door in real life. Although dealing with serious issues, Costa kept the story lightweight and comical as these two people navigate their internal issues, their external environments, and their eternal heart’s cry to find love. This is such a wonderful and sweet reminder that every person is the perfect cup of tea for someone else and that humans can feel okay in their frailties, not seek perfection, and it’s perfectly and wonderfully okay. Even our imperfections are perfect and serve a purpose.

Well done!

5 stars

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Reviewed by Tumika Patrice Cain

Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Review: The Journey of Ruthie Belle by Imani Wisdom


The Journey of Ruthie Belle by Imani Wisdom

Ruthie Belle is a black woman living in the segregated south whose life is far from easy. Orphaned at an early age, Ruthie does what she must to survive. When she meets Arthur, she feels as if life is finally handing her beauty for the ashes of her past, that is until he shows her a sinister side of himself that leaves her shaken to the core of her being. Uneducated, poor, and living during a time when women had no rights, she found herself stuck in hell. As her situation worsened, Ruthie prayed for death to take her, but she learned some prayers just don’t get answered. With her back against the wall, she makes a hard decision and does the unthinkable, a choice that costs her much and stays with her the remainder of her life.

Ruthie has been a faithful, churchgoing woman her entire life. But even good people have damaged and bruised souls. Her journey into death brings her face to face with all of the issues she’d have rather left during her time on earth. As Ruthie walks through her redemption process, she learns aspects of herself and others that changes the entire way she’s seen life.

In The Journey of Ruthie Belle, Imani Wisdom has written a beautiful, emotionally charged story that grabs a reader’s attention from the very first line. She delves into taboo and often sensitive topics with no fear of reprisal. The novel started off with the feel of being written in a literary fiction genre, but as it progressed it seemed to take on a thriller/suspense feel. Her characters are well developed and the plot makes a reader want to know how it all turns out in the end. There were many twists and turns to the story.  This is the kind of book that makes a reader pause to reflect on one’s own life, while also drawing deep emotional reactions to the characters and situations presented. In this story, things are not as they seem, but that is a part of the charm. Although well-written and wonderfully executed, the story could use a good proofread.

5 well deserved stars
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Reviewed by Tumika Patrice Cain

Book Review: COPYCAT by Kimberla Lawson Roby


Copycat by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Tracy is a best-selling author with a nearly perfect life. A good Christian woman, she’s married to her long-time love, has a heart for helping people, and a beautiful relationship with her family. What she doesn’t have is a good close female friend to be a part of her life. After having been burned by ‘friendship’ before, she’s been shy about opening her life up to new friends, even though she’d really like to have one.  Then she meets Simone, a woman who appears to be after her own heart. The ladies have so much in common and it’s so great to have a female confidante. God has finally answered her prayers. Right?

Simone has a past that is wrought with dysfunction and pain.  Despite all of that, she has not given up on her desire to have an amazing life. She’s the perfect friend: loyal, attentive, willing to make herself available. The problem is, others don’t seem to understand her or give back to her all that she gives to them and she just can’t figure out why.

Copycat exposes the warped reality of a woman who has no self-esteem or identity. Like a chameleon, she morphs herself into as much of the person she admires as she can without making the original obsolete. This interesting read takes readers on a journey of one woman’s quest to obtain a successful and respectable life and another’s life being mimicked one action, one purchase, one decision at a time until there remains virtually no lines left uncrossed between the two. Although this is a different style of writing than Kimberla’s norm, it’s still a very good read…one I’m sure many women can relate to.

I received this book from the author/author’s representative for an honest review.

4 stars
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Reviewed by Tumika Patrice Cain