Wednesday, 10 July 2019

#Review: Hurricane Crimes (Disaster Crimes #1) by Chrys Fey

I received a free audiobook of Hurricane Crimes, making it my first ever audiobook download! (I know, I know). Listening to the book instead of reading it was interesting, and I'll be sharing my thoughts in a future post. 
 
BLURB
After her car breaks down, Beth Kennedy is forced to stay in Florida, the target of Hurricane Sabrina. She stocks up supplies, boards up windows, and hunkers down to wait out the storm, but her plan unravels when she witnesses a car accident. Risking her life, she braves the winds to save the driver. Just when she believes they are safe, she finds out the man she saved could possibly be more dangerous than the severe weather.

Donovan Goldwyn only wanted to hide from the police, but the hurricane shoved his car into a tree. Now he's trapped with a beautiful woman while the evidence that can prove his innocence to a brutal crime is out there for anyone to find.

As Hurricane Sabrina wreaks havoc, Beth has no other choice but to trust Donovan to stay alive. But will she survive, or will she become another hurricane crime?


MY REVIEW

This is a novella that introduces us to Beth Kennedy and Donovan Goldwyn who meet during a Hurricaine. She's stuck in her home because her car broke down and he wraps his car around a tree in front of her house.

This is a very short story that spans a period of twenty-four to forty-eight hours. A lot is packed into that time as Beth and Donovan try to weather the storm as well as the tension when Beth finds out Donovan is a murder suspect. There were a few places that made me laugh, especially when Beth asks Donovan how many fingers she's holding up.

Monday, 8 July 2019

#Review: Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan | #HoopsSeries #KennedyRyan




I decided to read this story after reading Hook Shot (book 3 of the series). I actually ended up buying both the ebook and the audiobook, because I wanted to be able to continue the story even if I wasn't in a situation to read the ebook (like when I was driving).

Here's the blurb:

FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA...
.
Think you know what it's like being a baller's girl?
You don't.
My fairy tale is upside down.
A happily never after.
I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud.
I was a fool, and his love - fool's gold.


Now there's a new player in the game, August West.
One of the NBA's brightest stars.
Fine. Forbidden.
He wants me. I want him.
But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won't let me go.

*Contains domestic/sexual abuse not involving the hero. Read reviews for guidance.

MY REVIEW

August and Iris meet a day before one of the most important games of August's career. They hit it off like a house on fire. However, Iris has a boyfriend and so they part ways and life happens.

This is a story that's going to be very difficult for many readers as it not only addresses the issue of domestic abuse, but actually shows it on the page. The only reason I kept going on was the knowledge that this story had a happy ending. I am not the biggest fan of stories that start with the main characters in a relationship with their soon-to-be-ex, which is the case here. Over half of Long Shot shows Iris in a relationship with her abusive boyfriend who puts her through some very gruesome stuff. More importantly, the story shows how it could happen to anyone and how hard it can be to just 'walk away'.

Friday, 5 July 2019

#BookReview: Can't Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

BLURB
Regina Hobbs is nerdy by nature, businesswoman by nurture. She's finally taking her pop culture-centered media enterprise, Girls with Glasses, to the next level, but the stress is forcing her to face a familiar supervillain: insomnia. The only thing that helps her sleep when things get this bad is the deep, soothing voice of puzzle-obsessed live streamer Gustave Nguyen. The problem? His archive has been deleted.

Gus has been tasked with creating an escape room themed around a romance anime…except he knows nothing about romance or anime. Then mega-nerd and anime expert Reggie comes calling, and they make a trade: his voice for her knowledge. But when their online friendship has IRL chemistry, will they be able to escape love?


MY REVIEW
Reggie is battling with a case of insomnia which is messing with her work. She can't have that so she decides to take care of it, and the only fail-safe cure is the soothing voice of a man she met online. I wondered why she didn't just take a pill, since nothing was said in the story about allergies or anything, but hey it's fiction. Anyway, Reggie's sister is able to track down the voice, whose name turns out to be Gustave (Gus). As it turns out, Gus has also not been able to forget about Reggie. Their interaction is quite sweet and had me smiling quite a bit as I read.

Friday, 28 June 2019

SPOTLIGHT: Dawsk by Erhu Kome Yellow | #Dawsk #ErhuKomeYellow #LoveAfricaPress #HonMagPR


A demon hunter, a witch incarnate and a shape-shifter; a messed up trio in an even messier love triangle.
Hardworking nurse Simisola Oladeji is unlucky in love. 
When reclusive billionaire Aiden Essien walks into her life, she knows there will be no future with him and even more so when she stumbles upon his bloodthirsty secret.

She is safer reuniting with her long-lost boyfriend Femi, surely? 
Caught between the two, trouble is never far away as she discovers some disturbing truths about her past life. A dark force is rising and the messy trio is going to have to fight, together, to save lives.

 

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EXCERPT

From the east, the wind rose and whipped the trees, bending the branches and leaves. Dark clouds hovered over the Meje clan gathered in the forest clearing. The powers of the spirits they evoked with resonant voices surged in their midst.
The air reeked of a foul presence. Gusts of wind screamed, making the animals scamper in fright.
The hunters of Ori clan remained still and silent, hidden in the long grass, undeterred by the bloodcurdling sounds.
They had waited for this moment all their lives. This mission was the reason they existed, the reason they had been fiercely trained for years. 
As devout worshippers of Yemaja, the earth goddess had imbued them with the strength to rid the earth of the abomination that tarnished her order.
The demon hunters with their bodies painted black and white, the symbol of impending war, had in their hands, daggers with long thick horns for handles.
These daggers had been forged from the rocks in the hidden cave beneath Yemaja's waterfall—the only weapons capable of slaying the beasts short of taking their heads off from their bodies, which proved to be an almost impossible task.
The hunters waited for the opportune moment to strike, their bodies primed for action, eager for the victory to come.  
The Meje clan folk held hands firmly by the edge of the lake and chanted after their leader whose head was adorned with cowries and raffia palm.

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ABOUT ERHU KOME YELLOW

Erhu Kome Yellow is an urhobo author of fantastical stories where gods, mythological creatures and magic come together. 

She has been shortlisted for the Syncity Anthology prize, the Quramo writers prize and featured in Blaud Magazine. Dawsk is her first book, and is currently the Creative Freelance Writers Book of the year.

 

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

NEW RELEASE: Love At First Sound by Amaka Azie | #LoveAtFirstSound #AmakaAzie #LoveAfricaPress #HonMagPR

LOVE AT FIRST SOUND BY AMAKA AZIE


Heartbroken Emem moves away to start again. Can sexy younger Yomi rebuild her heart?
Heartbroken after discovering her fiancé’s double life, Emem Akpan ends the relationship and moves into an apartment at the other end of Lagos, determined to get her life back on track with no more diversions.

However, a massive dose of distraction bumps into her in the form of Yomi, a sexy younger man who has set his sights on her and will stop at nothing to get her attention. 

Yomi Oladipo has always harboured a crush on Sasha, the anchor of his favourite radio show …. who happens to be none other than Emem, his new downstairs neighbour. Enthralled, he wants to get to know her better, but just when she decides to give them a chance, a troubling secret about her shatters his heart.

After experiencing a savage betrayal by someone he once trusted, will Yomi be able to overcome Emem's devastating revelation?

 

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EXCERPT

“He seems like a friendly sort of neighbour,” Natalie mumbled, snagging back her attention. “And even if he is a fuck boy, so what? You may not even be his type. Did he toast you? He could have been interested in me. Or neither of us.”

Friday, 14 June 2019

My Hero gets the talk from his Dad | Most Eligible Bachelor by @empibaryeh | #FathersDay #LAPLoveNotes


Happy Father's Day! In commemoration of the day, I'm sharing a snippet from my debut novel Most Eligible Bachelor, which features a conversation between my hero and his father. This happens to be a scene that one of my readers really liked, so I hope you enjoy the snippet.


BLURB

Magazine columnist Chantelle Sah doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day—not since her fiancé’s betrayal three years ago. After botching her first assignment as a feature writer, she’s more than willing to put in a hard day’s work this Valentine’s Day; even if it means going on a date with gorgeous construction Tycoon, Lord McKenzie, and opening herself to an onslaught of all things love.

When Lord—his given name, not a title—sets his sights on Chantelle, it isn’t just work he has on his mind. But even he couldn’t have predicted the magnetic attraction between them when they meet, nor the evening ending with more than an interview. Now he has to convince Chantelle that their one-night stand wasn’t a mistake. Can he win her love without revealing a secret from their night of passion, which could prove fatal for both their hearts?






“I’m going to ask her to marry me.”
Brave words, considering she’d walked out of his life. At least, that was what she thought, but he intended to convince her to take him back.
Mr. McKenzie came to sit down again. “It’s the right thing to do.”
“I’m not doing it because it’s the right thing.” Confessing his feelings seemed to take a load off his shoulders. He wanted to rush out and yell it to the world, but for now he’d have to settle for an audience of one. “I love her.”
“She’s a lovely young woman, but,” Mr. McKenzie said, cautiously. “Are you sure about this?”
“I’ve never been more certain about anything in my life, Papa.”
“Son, marriage and babies are very different from bachelorhood. Your life isn’t yours anymore. Your family has to come before you every time.”
Great. Thirty-three years old and he was getting “the talk.”

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SPOTLIGHT: The Fire God by Michele Sims | #TheFireGodTour #MicheleSims #HonMagPR


BLURB

Miles Moore is obsessed with fire. He can’t help it—it’s in his genes. He’s also the famous performer Ari, an international hip-hop sensation. There are some negatives that come with fame—death threats and life on the road among them—but there’s also a lot of good: fast cars, fast women, international travel, and more money than he can handle. When Bella Wahlberg joins his team as the chief of marketing, she seems like the antithesis of what he’s looking for, so much so that Miles dubs her Belsa the Ice Queen. 

It would be unprofessional for them to get together, but more than that, she’s unavailable—and deathly afraid of fire. But as they prepare for The Fire God Tour, Miles can tell something is changing. Is he ready to commit himself to one woman? Can fire and ice come together?





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Monday, 10 June 2019

#Review: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa Cole

BLURB
While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.
When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was unceremoniously dumped, agrees. Tea and food soon leads to them exploring the city together, and their past, with Fab slowly revealing why she let Likotsi go, and both of them wondering if they can turn this second chance into a happily ever after.
MY REVIEW
I was thrilled to discover Likotsi had her own story, since she was my favourite character in A Princess in Theory. In that, we learn she met someone, fell in love and had her heart broken. (PS. You don't need to have read A Princess in Theory to understand or enjoy this, but you'll probably enjoy this more if you've already met Likotsi in book 1) 
Once Ghosted Twice Shy sort of picks up from there. Likotsi is back in NYC and has a systematic plan to help her forget about the woman who broke her heart - Fabiola (Fab). Here plans get altered when she runs into the very person she'd trying to forget. Through their journey of rediscovery, we learn about the events from their first meeting and the reason behind their break-up. Fab turned out to be a fun character, whose personality complemented Likotsi's well.
The story is told in two parts, switching between their first meeting "last Spring" (told in Fab's POV) and their present meeting in "Winter" (told in Likotsi's POV). Some readers might find this confusing or off-putting, but I thought it was a good way of showing what transpired before and how Likosti could have had her heart broken by someone she spent just a few days with - especially for those who read A Princess in Theory. I'd love to see more of them in their HEA in future books in the series.
As an African, one thing I've enjoyed about the series so far (with this book and A Princess in Theory) is that it isn't the Africans being 'rescued' as is often the case with books featuring African characters. 
An interesting piece of trivia I've learnt is that the cover models are a real-life couple. How cute is that!
When it comes to diversity, this book represents strongly, being an f/f romance between two WOC with one MC being bi-sexual. The story also deals with real-life issues facing immigrants in America as represented by Fab whose family are Haitian-American. 
This is my first f/f romance read (ever), and I have to admit I bought it mainly because it was part of the reluctant royals series. So I feel I should say this to fans of the series, who aren't necessarily readers of f/f romance: don't skip this one just because it's f/f.
I give this one 3.75 stars
I purchased my copy of this book from Amazon.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

#BookReview: His Captive Princess by Kiru Taye | #HisCaptivePrincess #RHOSaene @KiruTaye

His Captive Princess is Book 3 of the Royal House of Saene series from Love Africa Press. Before I continue, I should mention (especially those who are new to me of my blog) that I wrote book 2 of the series, His Inherited Princess. Aside from communication to ensure consistency in common aspects of the series, we had very little input in each other's stories, so just like you, I’d been eagerly awaiting the release of this book.



BLURB

Isha Saene has perfected the act of balancing her life—a celebrated corporate negotiator spearheading an international trade deal that could catapult her country to one of the fastest growing mid-sized economies in Africa, and a loyal First Princess of Bagumi Kingdom set to seal ties with a neighbouring nation through marriage.

Until one careless moment knocks her carefully choreographed life into chaos.

Zain Bassong has always fought for the underdog—a patriot dedicated to fighting against the oppression of his people by the country's elite. He believes the pen is mightier than the sword and chooses the diplomatic route, no matter how many times he is arrested by the repressive regime.

Until devastating news triggers a chain reaction.

Isha and Zain are thrown together and their lives change. For better or worse? They will have to figure that out before it’s too late.



MY REVIEW 

The story starts about ten years in the past where Isha Saene, an impressionable college freshman disguised as a commoner, falls head over heels in love with a man ten years her senior. Fortunately for her, the feelings are mutual, and she starts a relationship with him. The fact that he’s a commoner and she has a state marriage in her future does not matter - until it does. Sadly, the fairytale doesn’t last and both are left with scars.

Monday, 3 June 2019

#BookReview: Avoiding Matthew By Caroline Bell Foster | #AvoidingMatthew #CarolineBellFoster

BLURB

A kiss. A promise. A mistake.

Deaf, Special Operative Matthew Edwards, stumbled across Lacy where she wasn't supposed to be, while on an enforced vacation.

They’d never been able to stifle their sexual attraction and indulged every time their paths crossed. However, Matthew knew Lacy was working a dangerous mission outside of the bureau. But what? She was too soft and needed protecting from herself.

Lacy's secrets take her from America to Russia, to England, all the while with Matthew hot on her heels.

How could she avoid Matthew? Did she want to?

Lacy Dawson would rather spend her days experimenting with brownie recipes and trying on wedding dresses, than go on yet another secret mission to save her country. She needed a way out and found it.

MY REVIEW

I have mixed feelings about this review, because I embarked on the book expecting to really like it, but it was just okay for me. 

Is it well-written? Yes. Does it have twists and turns? Yes. Does it have sex? Yes, lots of it.

So what's the problem? 

Thursday, 30 May 2019

#BookReview: Impostor Alert by Uduak Akpabio Umoren


BLURB
Two women meet on a bus heading for Lagos – one to continue her poor-paying job as a prostitute, and the other to visit a long-distance boyfriend. Both women discover that they share an uncanny resemblance and become fast friends. But before the end of that day, there will be a fatal crash. One woman will die and the other – following a case of mistaken identity – will impersonate her.
Gently navigating the chasm between the lives of the oblivious rich and desperately poor, Impostor Alert! is a finely wrought tale about grief, forgiveness, and redemption.

MY REVIEW

The "impersonation" theme is one I enjoy quite a bit in fiction, so when I read the blurb, I was eager to read the book. Plus, I love the cover!

The story follows Inyene who has had to make sacrifices to earn money for her family to survive following the death of her father. She dreams of a better life, but it seems life just isn't going to work out that way for her. A chance encounter, a tragedy and an honest case of mistaken identity thrust her into the kind of life she dreams of.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

SPOTLIGHT: MindF*ck By Danyell A. Wallace | #MindF*ck #DanyellAWallace #HonMagPR

MINDF*CK BY DANYELL A. WALLACE


Clayton had it all: good looks, star soccer player, and the unlikeliest girl of his dreams. Life wasn't good. It was great. Until a family tragedy strikes and shatters Clayton's world as he knows it, along with his memory.

As Clayton struggles to put the pieces of his life back together, his beautiful, brown-skinned guardian angel with the wavy hair and soulful eyes is with him the entire way. But who is she? He may not know her name, but her face and the way she fills his heart are definitely unforgettable.

Find out what happens when life as you know it is turned inside out and you’re forced to put the pieces back together, one memory at a time.

Welcome to MindF*ck!

 

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ABOUT DANYELL A. WALLACE

Danyell A. Wallace was born in Alaska and is currently living in Alabama. She’s a mom to three awesome kids, and a wife to an incredibly supportive husband. When she’s not using her imagination to write very adult, very sexy books, she’s reading, spending time with family and friends, watching football, and catching up on TV shows that she has saved on the DVR.

 

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Monday, 27 May 2019

SPOTLIGHT: Avoiding Matthew By Caroline Bell Foster | #AvoidingMatthew #CarolineBellFoster #HonMagPR

AVOIDING MATTHEW BY CAROLINE BELL FOSTER


A kiss. A promise. A mistake. 

Deaf, Special Operative Matthew Edwards, stumbled across Lacy where she wasn't supposed to be, while on an enforced vacation.

They’d never been able to stifle their sexual attraction and indulged every time their paths crossed. However, Matthew knew Lacy was working a dangerous mission outside of the bureau. But what? She was too soft and needed protecting from herself.

Lacy's secrets take her from America to Russia, to England, all the while with Matthew hot on her heels.

How could she avoid Matthew? Did she want to?
Lacy Dawson would rather spend her days experimenting with brownie recipes and trying on wedding dresses, than go on yet another secret mission to save her country. She needed a way out and found it.

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EXCERPT

Lacy pressed the gas and the car surged forward. A powerful engine under the guise of a rusty exterior. With one hand she managed to button up three buttons on her shirt, before seeing Matthew in the middle of the road, pointing a gun at her.

No doubt it would be her gun, she thought, pursing her lips.

Frowning deeply and knowing he would move, she kept going. Flooring the gas pedal.
She did up another button.

Friday, 24 May 2019

#Review: Til I Overflow by B. Love | #BLoveTilIOverflow #BLove #HonMagPR

She tried to fill him with love and drowned in the overflow.

It was ironic. Poetic Justice, maybe? Whatever the case, Rakeem Owens escaped the streets, and at his retirement party, his home was raided, and he was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. After spending seven years in prison, he is given the opportunity of early release with two major stipulations – probation and volunteer work to give back to the community the Judge believed he took so much from. With no hesitation, Rakeem agrees, but when he finds out that he’ll be serving under Maliah Dixon… jail seems to be a better option.

It was karma. Fate, maybe? Whatever the case, Maliah Dixon is thrilled when she finds out Rakeem will be volunteering with her organization. She started it with her best friend before he went to jail, and it has been her main priority ever since. It was during a visit to see her best friend that she first set eyes on Rakeem, and now that he’s a free man, Maliah was sure there was nothing that would stand in the way of making Rakeem her man.

Rakeem’s heart has been closed and guarded for years, and it will take more than a pretty face and nice frame to soften him toward any woman. But Maliah is determined to not only fill him with her love but be cleansed in the overflow. There is one problem with both water and love, though. Both were soft enough to cleanse and give life yet hard enough to drown and destroy anyone or anything who stand in their way.


MY REVIEW

Maliah and Rakeem are like that high school couple everyone expects to stay together forever, because they have a once in a lifetime love that doesn't quit. Rakeem is a proud man, the kind who has certain ideas of what a man should do/be in relation to his woman. They both made some mistakes and life happened to them, which robbed them of so much time together. In the end, things worked, out and they finally accepted the happiness that was always theirs to take.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Reviews: Maggie for Hire by Kate Danley | #PCBReviews

Hey, everyone. It's time for another 3-in-1 review from the review team of Prah, Constantine and Baryeh! (drumroll). We took a trip down paranormal lane with Maggie for Hire (Maggie MacKay Magical Tracker Book 1) by Kate Danley.

Here's the blurb
My name is Maggie MacKay. When monsters show up in Los Angeles, I get the call to haul 'em back to the dimension where they belong.

It's a living.

But I just got word my uncle has teamed up with the forces of darkness to ruin my life. Actually, everyone's lives. Everyone's gonna die if don't find a magical object before the coming apocalypse. This is going to make the next family reunion a little awkward.

Come along with me, my sidekick elf Killian, and my crazy family for a snarky urban fantasy adventure with attitude.

WARNING: This book contains cussing, brawling, and unladylike behavior. Proceed with caution.

My Review
I am not the biggest fan of urban fantasy, and I prefer to consume paranormals as movies or TV shows. However, this book did a good job of making the story relatable by keeping things lighthearted with a spattering of wisecracks and dry humour that will garner a laugh from some readers (wisecracks and dry humour aren't my thing, but I did recognise that some of my friends would find their use in this book funny).

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

#BlogTour: Ere's Secret, 223 Bonny Street, Queer and Sexy Collection | #FiriKamson #Eniitan #LoveAfricaPress #HonMagPR

ERE'S SECRET AND 223 BONNY STREET (ANTHOLOGY) BY FIRI KAMSON

Two enchanting stories about loss and love:
In Ere’s Secret, Ere has a life-changing decision to make.
In 223 Bonny Street, Ikenna wakes to the joys and challenges of being a woman.

ERE’S SECRET
I have a secret. In three days, I'll be turning forty, and I'm in love for the first time. Decades ago, I sacrificed my life for the good of my family. But tragedy struck too close to home, reminding me of the brevity of life. Now, I have a choice to make: continue living in the shadows, or allow my true self to emerge.

223 BONNY STREET
After an accident, waking up in another person's body seems like a dream until Ikenna realizes that he is faced with the stark reality of Nkechi’s life, the woman whose body he occupies. He experiences the pains and joys, the strengths and sacrifices of a woman.

The two of them make a connection beyond the physical, but matters of the heart are delicate. When secrets from the past are revealed, will their connection be strong enough to survive?

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Monday, 13 May 2019

COVER REVEAL: Cherishing The Goddess by Lucy Eden | #CherishingTheGoddess #LucyEden #HonMagPR #CoverReveal


CHERISHING THE GODDESS BY LUCY EDEN

Billionaire CEO Alexander Wolfe has spent years putting in 120-hour weeks in the office and adding zeroes to his net worth. But lately, work has left him feeling burnt out and uninspired. Then he is given the chance to go head-to-head with a legendary corporate raider and the man he’d idolized his entire career. He seizes the opportunity, immediately jumping on a plane for Barbados to close the deal in person. If he’s successful, it’ll be the biggest win of his career.

He had no way of knowing that meeting a mesmerizing beauty would have the power to derail everything...

Calypso Sterling has no time for men who value her beauty over her intellect. Instead, she focuses all her energy on her studies and career aspirations. But when her home—and a closely guarded family secret—is threatened, she’s ready to defend all she holds dear.

She had no way of knowing a handsome stranger had the power to take away everything she’d ever loved...

This standalone, workplace/ enemies to lovers romance features characters from Everything’s Better With Kimberly, is full of alphas and steam and has NO cheating.

This is the novelized, extended version of the previously published novella of the same name.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT

“Yes,” I replied curtly, “I’m his daughter. May we resume the meeting?”

“But you’re so,” he was mumbling under his breath, but I heard the sound of a “b” in the offing.

"Black," I said matter-of-factly. "Well spotted, Mr. Wolfe." I often got this type of reaction when I was out with Dad. I’d been mistaken for his girlfriend or mistress more times than I could count. It made him furious, but I always thought it was funny. I got a big kick out of calling him Daddy in public and watching people squirm uncomfortably.

“No!" Mr. Wolfe almost shouted. "I wasn't going to say that at all," he continued, stammering. "I was going to say… beautiful." His mouth snapped shut, and it was obvious that he couldn’t believe what he’d just said. Judging by the looks on everyone else's faces, they couldn’t believe it either. My father's face grew stern. His eyes narrowed into slits and he leaned forward—clearly not amused. The man sitting next to Mr. Wolfe wasn’t amused either. He also narrowed his eyes at him and gave him a confused, angry look.

I found myself slightly flushing at his declaration, and I was getting the feeling that maybe Alexander Wolfe didn’t know who I was when we met in the elevator. It tickled me that I might have had the upper hand after all. I decided to twist the knife.

“Okay.” I began. “We’ve established that I’m the daughter of Barnabas Sterling, I’m Black and, apparently, I’m also beautiful. Are we all caught up?” I looked around the room for effect, finally locking eyes with Alexander Wolfe himself and raising my eyebrows. He didn’t respond as I knew he wouldn’t. Our legal team was stifling smiles, and one of the opposing counsel coughed loudly to mask a titter of laughter.

“Wonderful.” I paused for dramatic effect. “We’re gathered here to satisfy an agreement. If one Barnabas Sterling,” I patted Dad’s hand, “agreed to meet in person with one Alexander Wolfe, then Wolfe Industries would abandon all pursuit of ownership of the property, The Sterling Beachfront Paradise and Resort, henceforth during these negotiations to be referred to as The Sterling. Are all parties in agreement with the terms of this meeting?” I scanned the room before settling on Mr. Wolfe’s face. He was staring at me as though I’d grown two heads. Finally, the pale blonde man sitting next to him nudged him which caused him to nod.

“We’ll need a verbal confirmation, Mr. Wolfe.” I smiled at him.

He cleared his throat. “Yeah. Yes.” He nodded again. The blonde man shook his head, his lips forming a thin tight line.

“Great, let the record show that all parties are in agreement.” I nodded again. “Mr. Wolfe, we’re listening.” I interlaced my fingers on the desk, tilted my head and jutted my chin forward in the universal I’m listening pose. He was still staring at me dumbfounded. The man sitting next to him that I now recognized as Matthew Widnicki, the head of the real estate division of Wolfe Industries, leaned forward, clearly annoyed by Wolfe's bizarre behavior.

"We're prepared to offer you twenty percent above the last offer with three years occupancy. During those three years, you will retain full rights as well as fifty percent of the profits.”
Our faces remained impassive.

"And," he added quickly, "we will retain all of The Sterling’s staff during the transition. You’re not going to get a better deal than that. That’s it. That’s our final offer.” He leaned back in his chair.
Dad and I turned to face each other. He gave me a small smile. I returned it. We turned to Mr. Widnicki with our game faces.

"We are rejecting that offer. Thanks for coming in, gentlemen." I gave them a warm, closed mouth smile. "Travel safe."

“What?” Mr. Widnicki said, his voice seething with anger. “That’s it?”

“I believe we’ve satisfied the terms of the agreement.”

“That agreement wasn’t in writing,” he countered. Matthew’s face, while pale compared to Alex’s tanned cast when the meeting began, was reddening with every passing second.

“You’re right. It wasn’t.” I whipped a file out of my portfolio and tossed it across the table along with a small black zip drive. “It was a verbal agreement entered into by my father’s personal secretary, Susan Jones and a…” I paused scanning my copy, “Margaret Watson, acting on behalf of your corporation. That’s the full transcript and an audio recording. I’m sure I don't have to tell you that it is legal and binding. I should also remind you that I reiterated the conditions of the meeting and Mr. Wolfe agreed. Shall I have the stenographer read them back to you?”

I indicated a person sitting in the corner in front of a small black stenotype. Mr. Widnicki looked at them in mild shock as if they’d just appeared in a puff of smoke.

"If you continue to pursue ownership of The Sterling, we would have to add breach of contract in addition to harassment." I took a deep breath and pushed myself up from my chair. "If there's nothing else, I think this meeting has officially ended. I'll leave you the room."

I quickly gathered my things and walked out. Dad and our lawyers were following closely behind. Alexander Wolfe’s eyes burned holes in me as I forced myself to take slow, deliberate steps because if I dared to look at him, I was sure I’d fall over. We turned the corner and entered the office of Dad's lead counsel. As soon as I heard the lock click, I began shaking from the adrenaline and sucking in deep breaths.

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Friday, 10 May 2019

When girls get together | #LAPLoveNotes #ExpectingTysBaby #WeekendReads


Happy Friday! I hope you've had a wonderful week and are gearing up for a fun or relaxing weekend. You probably have plans of hanging out with your girls/buddies and just letting loose. Let me start you off with a  #LoveNotes post.


In this snippet, my heroine, Patricia, meets up with her best friend, Naaki, and well...you know what happens when girl meet.

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While surveying the selection, Patricia couldn’t hold it in any longer. “Ty stayed over last night.”
Naaki grinned as though she’d expected that.

“Aw, shut up,” Patricia said, which earned an even bigger grin from Naaki.

“Did you two…you know?”

“Is sex the only thing you think about these days?” Patricia rolled her eyes. “Yes, we ended up in bed together.”

Naaki chuckled as she went for the salad. “And?” She looked at Patricia. “Come on, you’re usually more forthcoming with details.”

Patricia hesitated before blurting out, “This morning he asked me to marry him.”

“Ooh, that good, huh?”
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Friday, 3 May 2019

I’m not in the habit of following strangers | #LAPLoveNotes #Romance #MenOfDistinction #MostEligibleBachelor



Hello folks! Welcome to another #LoveNotes post. Today, I'm sharing a snippet (unedited) from a Work In Progress, a billionaire romance - the sequel to Most Eligible Bachelor.

Let me know what you think!
Abrafi looked up and encountered a sharply dressed man. Early-twenties. Probably fresh out of university. He had a smoothness that reminded her of a sales man.
“Please come with me,” he said and turned.
“Who are you, and where are you taking me?” she asked. “I’m not in the habit of following strangers to unknown places.”
“Oh, I’m sorry,” he said, sounding slightly irritated and not convincingly apologetic about his lapse in social etiquette. “I’m Joojo Kwarshie. I’m taking you upstairs.”
The boarding gates where upstairs, so this had to be good news. Right?
“Where exactly?”
“Look, all I know is your boss called mine, and now my boss has summoned you. I’m not in the habit of questioning his orders.”
Summoned? She frowned. “Who’s your boss?”
“A very busy man,” Joojo answered.
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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan is now in Audio! | @kennedyrwrites #HoopsSeries #honmagpr

Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan
Narrated by Jakobi Diem and Mia Ellis


A deeply emotional standalone romance set in the worlds of professional basketball and high fashion.


Divorced. Single dad. Traded to a losing squad.
Cheated on, betrayed, exposed.
My perfect life blew up in my face and I'm still picking up the pieces.
The last thing I need is her.
A wildflower. A storm. A woman I can't resist.
Lotus DuPree is a kick to my gut and a wrench in my plans
from the moment our eyes meet.
I promised myself I wouldn't trust a woman again,
but I've never wanted anyone the way I want Lo.
She's not the plan I made, but she's the risk I have to take.

A warrior. A baller. The one they call Gladiator.
Kenan Ross charged into my life smelling all good, looking even better and snatching my breath from the moment we met. The last thing I need is him.
I’m working on me. Facing my pain and conquering my demons.
I've seen what trusting a man gets you.
I. Don't. Have. Time. For. This.
But he just keeps coming for me.
Keeps knocking down my defenses and stealing my excuses
one by one.
He never gives up, and now...I'm not sure I want him to.

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A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy's writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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