The Test Of Love (The Test Of Time book 2) by Angela Monay

The test of love
Second chances are a good thing.  If you are allowed a second chance odds are that you just barely missed the mark the first and you are worthy of a do over.  In relationships it is generally a testament of love if a couple gets a second chance.  The key is to learn from the mistakes from the first time around and try not to make them again.  Is this an easy task?  For some it is no problem but for others some things never change.

Zandra Jones can’t believe her life is going like it is.  She finally got a chance to be with the man that she has loved all of her life and things have spiraled out of control.  First, they finally expressed to each other how they felt about each other.  Then to make their relationship successful Zandra left and went to college so that there was no interference from her mother.  But once she got there all hell broke loose and she ended up leaving to be with her one true love, Pascal.  But she didn’t leave before breaking the ultimate rule and ended up in a situation that could only be fixed in a few months.  Now living with Pascal Jr. alone in their apartment that she once shared with Sr., Zandra is trying to get her life back on track.  Zandra was confused and didn’t know what to do but she did know one thing, she wanted to be happy with the one that she loved.  The only thing is the universe seemed to have other plans.  Will Zandra ever achieve total happiness or is she destined to live a life of misery?

A Test Of Love is the second book in this series and you can see the growth of the author.  While we have the same characters from the first novel you see who she is moving them in and out of the story and keep you interested in the read.  At one point I found myself pausing while reading because I was wiping tears at what was going on.  The characters stayed on my mind about what was happening in their situation well past when I read about it, I like that in a read.  Monay is improving her writing style and the ability to hold her reader captive, and that is a good thing.  I gladly await the conclusion to this series to see which way it is going to go.  Good job Angela!

A Test Of Love (A Test Of Time Book 2) is available for purchase on Amazon.com (Kindle and Paperback).

  • Series: The Test of Time
  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491218835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491218839
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches

 

Former First Lady by Ebony Edwards-Ellis

F2888C8C-F17F-41E5-A7AC-84103F6E1815Being in love and being loyal are basically the same thing.  Being faithful to a private person who faithfulness is due.  What would you do for a person that you are in love with?  Are there things that you will do to prove your loyalty?  What are  you willing to sacrifice for the happiness of the person that you love?

Shelley Jane Diggs is an independent woman.  She is a freelance writer, music reviewer, book reviewer and an author.  She lives in her modest one bedroom apartment and is pursuing her next novel.  Never in Shelley’s life did she imagine finding a wallet and returning it to its owner would change her life so drastically.  All of a sudden Shelley’s day-to-day life became complicated at best, she was no longer this blogger she was now the most important woman in the free world.  Is this how Shelley imagined her life?  Is this something that Shelley is willing to deal with?  Is this something that she ever thought would happen to her in her wildest dreams

Former First Lady is a book about commitment and loyalty.  It is about showing how far you are willing to go for love.  Shelley is the type of character that we all know.  She is a working woman who follows her own mind but gets caught up with following her heart.  Her life is like anyone that you meet on the street or in any coffeehouse, she is ordinary.  Being ordinary makes her relatable and being relatable makes her us.  She could be anyone reading this novel and that is why you continue to read so that you can live through her.  Her character is complex but not so much that we don’t like her.  The characters are you and me and we like reading about ourselves.  Ellis writes this novel with hope in her eyes and heart and an eye for hope.  I enjoyed reading this novel from Ellis and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

Former First Lady is available for purchase through Amazon.com in both Kindle edition and paperback.

  • File Size: 2238 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
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  • Publication Date: November 2, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07K5M2RMJ
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Frienemies by Janie De Coster

frienemiesIn these times, words have different meanings than what they used to have.  You can not use certain words with everyone because everyone is not deserving of the pure  definition.  Take the word friend, it used to mean something if you were called a friend.  It meant that another person trusted you enough to consider you like you were a part of their family.  With the way that society is now with everyone for themselves, the word friend is thrown around so loosely that you might as well be a stranger.  For that very reason, you have to choose your words and friends wisely or you might just end up with someone who you would consider an enemy rather than a friend.

Natasha is a beautiful, single, successful woman.  She should be every man’s dream but she seems to be striking out in the love department.  Just when she feels all hope is lost she meets Derrick Perkins.  He is a smooth brotha, easy on the eyes and Natasha is very attracted to Derrick.  Things look like they are going good between Natasha and Derrick.  Could Derrick be the one for Natasha?  Will this be her forever guy or is he going to be another one that got away?

Sloan is a very successful Marketing Director at Emerson & Stuckey.  He has worked there for years and his future is looking very bright.  Sloan just happens to works in the same office as Natasha.  Sloan and Natasha are best friends, have been since childhood.  They tell each other everything.  Sloan is protective over Natasha like she is over him and they will be friends to the end.  When Essence starts working there with them she takes a liking to Sloan.  Will this bring Sloan back to life or will he revert back to his old ways?  Is it possible to find love with Essence or will he just be alone?

Freinemies is a novel about love and trust.  The characters blend so well together that  you are engrossed in the book from the first page.  They make you want to grab and shake some of the characters and some you want to give a hug to.  De Coster captures you from early on in the novel and keeps you there until the end wishing and wanting to know more.  I look forward to reading more from this author.  Congratulations Janie on another successful novel!

  • File Size: 2426 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Major Key Publishing (January 22, 2019)
  • Publication Date: January 22, 2019
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07N1954FN
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Espresso Served With Love by Sharon Blount

espresso served with loveTwo things in the world are intense ~ love and coffee.  Love is something that everyone is looking for or if they already have it they want, no they need to keep it!  Love is an addiction, just like coffee.  Those who love coffee really love and they love what they love and are hard pressed to try something different.  I know you don’t see the similarity in these two things but love and coffee are both drugs, so to speak.  Everyone wants them, once they get them it is hard to kick it.  The good thing is when you get the love that you deserve it is soothing like a good cup of coffee and it makes you happy.

Avery Greenlace works at her family business Coffee Brat Brewery where she is basically running the place.  Her parents are in charge of the actual business but Avery is the one who does everything from finding new coffee beans to naming the newest brews at their multiple locations.  Avery is one of three Greenlace heirs but she is the most vested in the Brewery.  While Avery is content she is not happy, she really wants her own happiness and that doesn’t include Coffee Brat Brewery.  That is not where her heart is, but who can get her to follow her heart?  Will she follow her heart or go with the usual program?

Mykal Collier is a hometown hero.  He started in Java City, went to college then into the NBA where he was successful.  Mykal was happy in the NBA with all the fame and fortune, or so he thought.  Mykal was struggling with events that had happened in his life and that caused him to rethink life.  Returning to Java City, Mykal has an agenda.  He is coming back to be with his loved ones and to follow through on his dream.  The question is will everything that he loves be successful or with he be chasing ghosts for the rest of his life.

Espresso Served With Love is a book about hope and faith.  Blount is writing about redemption and the way that this is written makes you root for the underdog and the underdog is YOU!  She is showing that life affects everyone and it is about how you go about getting your happiness that will make you successful.  The book could be me, you  or anyone that we might know.  This book is very relatable and for a freshman novel Blount has hit the nail on the head.  I look forward to many more novels from this independent author, she has stories in her heart.  Congratulations on your first of many novels!

Espresso Served With Love is available for purchase through Amazon.com (Kindle edition only).

  • File Size: 1525 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
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  • Publisher: Sharon Blount (November 6, 2018)
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07JQDV7KT
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Kiss Me Before You Say Goodnight by Keith Kareem Williams

KMBYSGObsession or infatuation, is there a difference?  When you are obsessed you are preoccupied with someone but when you are infatuated you are admiring that person.  But truly is there a major difference?  If all feels the same, right?  The main objective is that your attention is held by a certain person.  What happens when it turns extreme?  Are you capable of walking away or do you have to follow the feeling through?

Omari is a regular guy.  He goes to work and comes home.  There is nothing that stands out in his routine.  Until one day when he goes into a bar to have a drink and realizes that there is a beautiful woman sitting alone.  Being the gentleman that he is he approaches her but what he doesn’t realize is this is probably the worst idea in his entire life.  Omari’s life is turned upside down and trying to figure out how to upright it is going to be the most drastic time in his life.  What should Omari do, he is too deep to turn back?  Will life ever seem normal again or will he be on this whirlwind indefinitely?

Andressa is a beautiful woman, any man can see that if he isn’t vision impaired.  Her physical qualities are enough to make a room full of men pause.  Andressa has a different agenda on her mind but no one would ever have guessed her plan.  Andressa is a very cunning player in this game we call life but while she plays, how many will get hurt?  Is she the best player at this game or will she lose in the end?

Kiss Me Before Saying Goodnight is a romantic suspense novel.  You have two strangers who have a chance meeting and before long they are partners in crime.  They characters are intense and compliment each other which makes the story flow nicely.  It is a short read but it has you reading and watching for more.  Williams is an excellent storyteller and he keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for what is coming next.  Great job once again, you don’t disappoint.

Kiss Me Before Saying Goodnight is available to be purchased from Amazon.com (Paperback), Barnes and Noble ( Paperback) and the author’s website:  http://reemafterdark.wixsite.com/reemafterdark/books.

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 17, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1723153761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1723153761
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces

Dreams Thrown Away ~ The Sperling Chronicles by Dilsa Saunders Bailey

dream_thrown_6x9-perfectebookDreams.  Dreams are a series of thoughts, images or emotions that occur while sleeping.  Having daydreams is something that is pleasurable for you while you are awake.  Most of us dream about what our lives would be like when we get older or what we want to be/want to do in life.  Whenever you hear someone say “I’m living the dream”, the things they thought about when they were younger is happening for them now.  Is it possible to live the dream or is the best we can do is hope for the best?

Kalina Denise Harris is a young girl with a lot of big dreams.  Kalina comes from a small town but she has big city dreams, and she can’t wait to leave this small town behind!  Kalina has dreams of going to a big college and leaving all of the sadness that she has to endure living in that smal town.  One day Kalina world is rocked to the core and now she doesn’t want to leave this small town that she calls home but she has no other choice.  What is she to do?  Where will she go?  How will she make it not being at home around people that she knows?

Dreams Thrown Away is a book about decisions.  Do we make the decision to follow our dreams, do we decide to fall in love and live happily ever after or do we decide to just make it through one day at a time?  This book has you on the edge of your seat with some of the situations that are happening.  You might be happy, you might be sad or you might just be in awe but whatever you are feeling you know that something in this book is causing you to feel that way.  I enjoyed the character interaction and the flow of this book, it is an emotional rollercoaster.  Bailey has written this book to make you want to read more.  This is my first time reading one of her books but not the last, I will gladly continue this series.

Dreams Thrown Away ~ The Sperling Chronicles can be purchased through Amazon.com (Kindle and paperback), Barnes and Noble (Paperback) and the author’s website: https://simplydilsa.com/home/.

  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Good Show Publications,LLC; 3 edition (December 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RTIYQK
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Appearances by K. Reshay

63306637_Kindle Ready Front Cover JPEG_7070994Appear ~ to be or to come into sight.  When you appear somewhere, you are able to be seen or at the very least your presence is known.  Some people make a grand appearance because they like to be seen while others just are barely noticeable.  However you appear to a person it will be a lasting impression, that’s why when you show your true self you are never forgotten.

Toni and Maya met on the first day of college.  Their first time being away from home they developed a quick bond.  To them, they were the sisters that the other never had.  As they get older and hopefully a little bit wiser, they start to discover things about each other that is not very favorable.  What should they do?  How should they go about addressing these issues and is it even worth speaking about?  Can and will the friendship survive or will they go their separate ways?

Appearances is a book about realization.  When you meet a person you are seeing what they want you to see, not the real and true them.  As time goes along, you start to get comfortable and the real them makes an appearance.  That is what is happening in this story, it is about friends who eyes aren’t totally open towards each other.  The story line flows and the book makes you take another look at the characters.  You are trying to decide if you really like that person or were you tricked.

The excitement that occurs in this freshman novel is the beginning to a very long writing career and I look forward to reading more from Reshay.  Congratulations to a very good start!

Appearances can be purchased through Amazon.com (Kindle and paperback) and BarnesandNoble.com (Paperback).

  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 119 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1545192820
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071HXKHTC
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