Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Book Review: Be My Valentine: Volume Two | #ValentineRomance #Antho #SweetRomance

Life is beautiful especially when you're in love.
Dive into these hand-picked contemporary romance novellas and fall in love this Valentine's Day.
Featured stories
  • The Curse of Valentine by Glory Abah
  • She will be loved by Zee Monodee
  • When Love Happens by Rosemary Okafor
  • Until Morning by Mukami Ngari
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book, and this review is given voluntarily


Saturday, 7 March 2020

Book Review: The Alpha Bid by Ty Young | #DistinguishedGentlemenSeries

LIEUTENANT TAYLOR has spent his life haunted by the tragic loss of his mother. His babysitter, Mama Peaches, stepped in and filled the void. As loving and maternal as Peaches was, he never got over not being able to fix his mother. Subconsciously driven by the fact that he couldn’t save her, he has spent the last twenty years buying and fixing old houses. With more money than he can spend, he moves from Southlake Park to New York City, in search of a topnotch Investment Banker.

OCTAVIA WASHINGTON is a much sought-after Investment Banker. She has cultivated a semi-symbiotic workaholic relationship with Lieutenant. So much so that they are both unsuccessful in their personal love lives. Lieutenant’s nerves are rattled when he gets a call from Peaches about participating in a bachelor auction. He does not want to be sold like fresh meat, but he feels obligated. So, he comes up with a scheme in the name of Ms. Octavia Washington.

Will they be able to pull the wool over Mama Peaches’ eyes? Or will the wool finally be pulled off of their own...

My Review
After suffering a trauma in his childhood, Lieutenant (his name, not a title) is wary of noise, and stick to a strict routine. His investment banker appears to be the only one who can tolerate his 'brand' of weird. However, their relationship has remained business only. 

Monday, 2 March 2020

Book Review: The Birthday Bid by Suzette D. Harrison | #DistinguishedGentlemenSeries

The Birthday Bid: Distinguished Gentlemen SeriesThe Birthday Bid: Distinguished Gentlemen Series by Suzette D. Harrison

It’s blackmail, blindfolds, and her fortieth birthday. How else would beauty influencer, Senaé Dawson, wind up at a bachelor auction? Whisked away without a say, her besties treat her to a birthday bid at an auction featuring decadent Black men. Inevitably infected by the hype, Senaé’s excitement hits hyper drive until the blindfold’s removed from her eyes. She’s dumbstruck to discover she’s just “bought” her ex-husband.

Lexington “Lex” Ryde turned his love for cars into a multi-million dollar private transportation business serving Black Hollywood’s A-list. His line of work taught Lex to be prepared at a moment’s notice. But seeing his ex-wife face-to-face for the first time in twenty years leaves him feeling as if “sucker-punched by Tyson and Holyfield.” Thanks to their problematic past, neither is pleased with this bachelor auction “ridiculousness”, or the instant flare of hot, sexual attraction erupting between them. But being Mama Peaches’ first foster child, Lex can’t renege. He's stuck with the auction results...and the unpleasant truth that he's still in love with his ex.  

Take the ride with Senaé and Lex! They’ll confront a painful past, consider their present, and encounter an unwanted admirer who must be dealt with.

My Review

As a fortieth birthday gift, Sanae's well-meaning best friends drag her to a bachelor auction, intending to get their friend laid. As fate would have it, the bachelor they win turns out to be her ex husband, Lex Ryde. Neither of them is pleased, as there's too much pain in their past. Unfortunately, there are no returns and no refunds for the auction.

Friday, 28 February 2020

Book Review: The Rival Bid by Reese Ryan | #DistinguishedGentlemenSeries

The Rival BidThe Rival Bid by Reese Ryan

She’ll fight for what she wants...even if she has to make a deal with the devil.

Camilla Anthony painstakingly restores older Chicagoland homes to their former glory. So when the opportunity arises to acquire an abandoned block of homes and a school in her neighborhood of Southlake Park, she’s ready to take on the challenge. But she'll need the help of her former crush and frequent real estate rival.

Mekkai Arrington builds luxury homes in urban communities. Increasingly, he and preservationist Camilla Anthony clash over gentrification. But when Kai reluctantly agrees to participate in a charity bachelor auction, Camilla vies for him and wins. She proposes an alliance that will benefit both of their companies while salvaging a historic neighborhood in their childhood community. But will the fiery passion that erupts between them during their beach getaway blow up their deal?


Camilla and Mekkai are childhood friends who could have been more, but a rift between their fathers tears them apart. Years later, as rivals in the construction industry, they both have their eye on the same project, but neither wants to share. Although Camilla warms to the idea, Mekkai stands his ground. The only way to get his attention is to buy a date with him at the bachelor auction.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

New Release: Beautifully Scarred by H. P. Davenport


Beautifully Scarred by H.P. Davenport is LIVE! Don’t miss this emotional read which tells a story of two people destined to be more!


With her past firmly behind her where it belongs, Juliette has made a career out of turning her scars into art. She uses her skills to help others cover the evidence of their pain, too.

But some scars are too deep, too painful for anyone to hide completely.

Juliette has everything she could ever need--great parents, her dream job, the best friend a girl could ask for, and a new body to warm her bed whenever she wants. With her focus firmly on the here and now, she never expects a kiss from a stranger to throw a bomb in the middle of her carefully constructed life.

Every wound leaves a scar.

Every scar tells a story.

Her story left her beautifully scarred. 

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Reviews: Let it Shine by Alyssa Cole

Hello, Folks! Welcome to the first Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Review for 2020. It's the month of love, yes, but more importantly, it's Black History Month, which makes the book we read even more significant - Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole.

Here's the blurb:
Sofronia Wallis knows that proper Black women don’t court trouble by upending the status quo, but it’s 1961 and the Civil Rights movement is in full swing. Sofie’s spent half her life being prim, proper, and reserved—as if that could bring her mother back—but the nonviolent protests happening across the South bring out her inner agitator.

Ivan Friedman has devoted his life to boxing, loving the finesse of a well-delivered punch and the penance of receiving one. His family escaped from Europe before the horrors of WWII, and Ivan decides to help fight injustice in their new country, even if it goes against all his instincts as a fighter.

When Ivan and Sofie meet, they realize that their pasts are intertwined and—with the sparks that fly between them—perhaps their futures will be too. With everything in their society lined up against them, will Sofie and Ivan be able to beat the odds? Or will their chance at love be destroyed by the tumultuous times they live in?

**Let It Shine originally appeared in The Brightest Day: A Juneteenth Historical Romance Anthology. This version features the original story, as well as a bonus short story, No Valley Low.***

My Review
Let it Shine is a short, fast read about a forbidden love in 1961 between a Black woman and a Jew. It was time when such a relationship was illegal. I enjoyed this super sweet romance which started out as a childhood friendship when Sofie's mother used to work for Ivan's family. Through their eyes, we catch a glimpse of some of the realities of the Civil Right Era. I haven't read many books set in 1960s USA, and this was educational. 

What I enjoyed most about this story was the narration. I've read a few Alyssa Cole books, but this is the one that made me pause and think, "Alyssa can write!"

I recommend this book anytime, but especially now during Black History Month. 

Don't forget to head over to check out reviews by Prah and Constantine.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

BOOK SALE: Journey To Love Sale From Suzette Riddick | #99cents #ValentineSale


This Valentine's Day take a journey through the lives of five couples as they discover and get reacquainted with love.

New Release: Be My Valentine, Volume Two | #ValentineRomance #RomanceAnthology


Life is beautiful especially when you're in love.
Dive into these hand-picked contemporary romance novellas and fall in love this Valentine's Day.

Featured stories:
The Curse of Valentine by Glory Abah
She will be loved by Zee Monodee
When Love Happens by Rosemary Okafor
Until Morning by Mukami Ngari

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

New Release: Most Eligible Bachelor is here | #BillionaireRomance #ValentineRomance


Can their one-night stand turn into something more?

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.





The kiss intensified, the urgency of their unified desires racing through them. His hands swept down her body to cup her butt. Instinctively, she curved her arms around his nape rendering support as he lifted her, bringing her feminine mound up to meet the thick length of his arousal. She moaned, shivered. The mermaid cut of her evening gown halted her attempt to wrap her legs around his waist. With a whimper of frustration, she pulled back.

Friday, 7 February 2020

SPOTLIGHT: Sweet Briar Sweethearts series by Kathy Douglass


Forgiveness starts with a stolen kiss…

Chief of police Trent Knight had it all until an accident took his wife and he was left alone to raise two beautiful girls. Now the person he always blamed for his loss is back in town, and all bets are off. But soon his anger toward Carmen Shields gives way to a very different emotion — awareness of Carmen as a woman. On one hand, it feels like a betrayal of his late wife’s memory. On the other, it could be his second chance at life — and Carmen’s shot at redemption. Maybe she can go home again — with the help of a certain lawman.




Today’s Special: The Undercover Heiress!

On the run after a bad breakup, wealthy city girl Arden Wexford ends up stranded in small town  Sweet Briar. When hunky chef Brandon Danielson comes to her rescue, offering shelter and a waitressing job until her car is fixed, she reluctantly accepts. But, wanting Brandon to like her for her, not for her money, she doesn’t mention her rich roots. The closer they get, the harder it is to untell the lie.

Brandon came here to start over. Things were’t as they seemed with his ex-fiancee, and he got burned! But is it out of the frying pan, into the fire for Brandon as things heat up with a very special waitress?




From sworn enemies to soul mates? 

Wall Street hotshot Camille Parker is the last person rancher Jericho Jones expects to find on his doorstep. Ever since his late wife’s best friend interfered in his marriage, she’s persona non grata in Jericho’s book. But the situation is literally life-and-death for this damsel in distress, and he opens his home to her. The problem is, he opens his heart, too.

Camille has no choice but to seek help from her worst enemy. And as she lets her guard down in close quarters, unexpected feelings surge for him. But what will happen if Camille’s life goes back to normal and the city girl no longer needs to shelter in the reticent rancher’s arms?




When the man who left her at the altar moves in next door…

This could not be happening. Charlotte Shields had left both that heartbreaking day and this heartbreaking man behind. But here he is. Even worse, their mutual attraction is back to betray her. Especially as Dr. Rick Tyler works hard to make amends. He’s got to make this move to Sweet Briar work to give his son a second chance. Will he get a second chance with Charlotte in the bargain?




“That’s all you have to say? You’re back now?”

Ten years ago, the love of Raven Reynolds’s life disappeared without a trace. Now Donovan Cordero is back, standing on her doorstep. Along the way, Raven had the rancher’s child—though he didn’t know she was pregnant! Now her prayers have been answered, but happily-ever-after feels further away than ever. Because how can she rebuild a life with her child’s father if she’s engaged to another man?




They pretended to be lovers.

But there’s nothing make-believe about the baby on the way.

When Joni Danielson recruits her best friend, Sweet Briar mayor Lex Devlin, to be her fake boyfriend for a wedding, it’s a no-brainer. But their staged kisses lead to real passion—and heartbreak when Lex pulls away. Now Joni’s in a bigger bind: she’s pregnant. Can she and Lex once again fake it till they make it—to a real relationship?




Kathy is a born reader who as a child always had her nose in a book. That love of reading grew with her. She often would finish one book and immediately pick up another. She went from reading Bobbsey Twins to long, lush romance novels. One day she stumbled upon the Shining by Stephen King and was hooked. She turned her back on romance and became a serious Stephen King fan, reading every word he wrote. When she caught herself checking under the bed and looking in the closet for monsters or worse, she knew it was time to put down the horror stories and pick up the romance novels.

Her return to romance novels was short lived. She'd started law school and soon her reading was limited to legal opinions. Then one happy day her younger sister handed her a Harlequin romance. They were just what the doctor ordered. The books were short enough to read in a week and still get her required reading done. Best of all she knew there would be a happy ending and she wouldn't have to search her room before she went to bed each night.

When her first child was born, she stopped practicing law to become a stay at home mom. Her second child followed nineteen months later. With two little ones in the house, reading suddenly became limited to Dr. Seuss and other children's books. Any free time was spent trying to catch up on sleep or laundry.

All too soon her kids were attending pre-school two hours a day. She spent those few precious renewing her relationship with romance novels. After a while she felt the urge to write a book of her own and she began writing the stories she wanted to read. She spent many years writing some really terrible books and learning her craft. In 2016, Kathy sold to Harlequin. Her first book, How to Steal the Lawman's Heart, was released in February, 2017. Several others soon followed with more to come.



Thursday, 30 January 2020

Cover Reveal: BEAUTIFULLY SCARRED by H.P. Davenport

Beautifully Scarred by H.P. Davenport is #ComingFeb20th! Don’t miss this emotional read which tells a story of two people destined to be more and experience their heartbreaking journey.

With her past firmly behind her where it belongs, Juliette has made a career out of turning her scars into art. She uses her skills to help others cover the evidence of their pain, too.

But some scars are too deep, too painful for anyone to hide completely.

Juliette has everything she could ever need--great parents, her dream job, the best friend a girl could ask for, and a new body to warm her bed whenever she wants. With her focus firmly on the here and now, she never expects a kiss from a stranger to throw a bomb in the middle of her carefully constructed life.

Every wound leaves a scar.

Every scar tells a story.

Her story left her beautifully scarred.

Cover Designed by: Shower of Schmidt Designs

Add to your Goodreads TBR: https://tinyurl.com/u9o9nb4


Jerry approaches with my drink, clearing his throat. “Here ya go, sweetheart.” Jerry eyes the man standing next to me. “What can I get you?”

Lifting the tumbler to my lips, I enjoy the satisfying burn from the mouthful I swallow.

“I’ll have what the beautiful lady is having.”

Feeling the weight of his stare, I look over at him. The black T-shirt molds to his body, revealing broad shoulders, a core of solid muscle, and a lean waist. If I look close enough, I may be able to count the number of abs he has. His deep blue eyes lock with mine for a long moment. Starting at my feet, he does a slow sweep over my body. My nipples harden while I watch his cobalt-colored eyes as he appraises my entire body.

He leans into me, and I get a strong whiff of his fresh scent, like warm laundry fresh out of the dryer. His head dips to whisper next to my ear. “You fucking the old guy?” His voice is hoarse and sexy as fuck. His breath against my skin causes a fire inside my body to burn. What the hell is the matter with me? I had sex the other day, I should be good for a little while. Although I crave the touch of a man, I have a full drawer of toys to serve their purpose when needed.

I pull back, putting some space between us, and I laugh. “Excuse me?” My eyes bore into him.

He shrugs nonchalantly. “He called you sweetheart when he delivered your drink. When I walked up, he looked at me as if he was staking his claim on you. I want to make sure I’m not poaching on another man’s territory.”

His flawless complexion alone would make anyone do a double-take. But it’s not his face that draws my attention as much as it is the artwork decorating his strong arms down to the tops of both hands. Parts of a back piece peek out above his shirt on the back of his neck. The rich outlines of his shoulders strain against the fabric. His dark hair is wild and mussed, looking like he just ran his fingers through it.

“Not that it’s any of your business, but no. I’m not with him, nor have I ever been.”

I trace the rim of my glass with my finger, trying not to focus on his beautiful face. I divert my eyes to the television mounted to the wall above the bar and attempt to ignore his presence.

“Has anyone ever told you your eyes are beautiful?”

Without taking my eyes off the game, I reply, “If you think that line is going to get you anywhere with me, you better try harder. I’m not that type of girl.”

Out of the corner of my eye, I notice he arches a brow. My comment must have hit a nerve. “Trust me, you’d want to come home with me. Know that for sure.”

His remark sure as hell got my attention. My eyes widen, and I feel the heat of a blush on my cheeks. Every hair on my scalp stands at attention, every skin cell tingles, every neuron is on fire. What the hell is wrong with me?

I anchor my attention on the hot as fuck man standing next to me. For some reason, his comment makes me want to study him more. I lock eyes with him, wanting to ask what he wants from me. Instead, I lift my drink to my lips and take a deep mouthful, letting the liquid warm my throat.

My thoughts run away from me, fantasizing about how hard his body is beneath his fitted shirt, how his body would feel against mine, how good he would fuck me.

I shake myself from the spell this man has cast upon me. My heart beats erratically in my chest as I wrap my hand around the tumbler in front of me.

He’s attractive: his hard jaw, his sharp nose, his dark hair. There’s a twinkle in his eye; I’m not sure if it’s arrogance or self-assurance. I know from the way he stands, presents himself, he’s used to getting what he wants. This man surely has no issues attracting women.

I would fuck him. I want to take him home and have him fuck my brains out more than I’ve ever wanted to fuck anyone in my life. A shiver runs through my body just thinking about what those hands could do to me. What his mouth would do to me.

My eyes take in the man standing before me. He is something, that’s for sure. I bring my gaze back up to his, pausing briefly at his mouth.

He leans both forearms on the bar, studying me openly. He looks as if he belongs on the cover of Inked magazine. His dark unruly hair is perfect on him, shaved short on both sides, revealing his tattooed scalp. His jaw is rugged and chiseled with a hint of a five o’clock shadow that gives him an even more manly aura. Blue eyes the color of the ocean and dark lashes capture my attention.

I tip the rim of the glass flirtatiously against my lip, finishing my drink. He runs the tip of his finger over my left arm, and goosebumps cloak my inked skin. Leaning back, I put some distance between us. I don’t like men touching me unless they’re invited to. The fact that my body reacted to him the way it did infuriates me.

He is too good-looking for his own good as he smiles warmly at me. His teeth, even and white, contrast pleasingly with his olive skin. “Nice work.”


“You don’t see many girls with full sleeves.”

I smirk. “I’m not like most girls,” I reply, playing with my lip ring.

He smiles proudly. “I can tell.”

My brows furrow. “Really?” This is uncharted territory for me. One, a man never makes me feel uncomfortable around them. I can play the game. I’m always the player, never one to be played. But something about this guy has me uneasy.

He points to my empty glass. “Can I get you another drink?”

Swallowing the knot in my throat, I simply nod while I play with my tongue ring. This is my most beneficial piercing. I’m able to play with it by rolling it around in my mouth at times when I’m stressed, anxious, or nervous. Hence why I’m doing it now. It helps me relax. I can do it without being visible to other people. A better coping mechanism than what I used to resort to years ago, but that’s in the past.

He raises his hand in the air, gaining Jerry's attention. “Can I get two more?”

With his attention back on me, he lets out a low whistle, pointing to my left arm. “Your pieces are good. You can tell the artist knows the craft.”

“Do you think I’d let some half-assed artist work on me? Not gonna happen. Not on my dime.” Jerry places our second round of drinks in front of me.

“Any good shops in the area?”

“As a matter of fact, there is. A place not too far from here called Novocain. Best artists in the tri-state area.” Jerry inserts himself in our conversation before I can reply.

A knowing look moves over Jerry’s face, and I shake my head, chuckling at his comment.

“I’ll have to check it out.”

“You new in town?” I ask, compelled to find out more about him.

He lifts his drink to his mouth and takes a mouthful, then sets his glass down on the bar. “Yeah, moved here last week,” he replies with a dimpled grin.

Damn, this guy is good-looking.

“Do you have a name?” His deep voice does things to me.

“I do.” Biting my lip ring, I shift uncomfortably on my feet.

He leans in, shifting closer to me. “You gonna give it to me?”

I swallow hard as a shiver runs down my neck. Putting a little distance between us, I lean back, looking into his eyes and extend my hand. “Mills.”

His face instantly shifts into a devilish grin. Something stirs in my chest.

He takes my hand in his. “It’s nice to meet you, Mills. I’m Lee.”

I chuckle, shaking my head. “You think you’re something, don’t you?” I examine him through curious gray eyes.

Lee smirks, running his hands through his ink-colored hair. “Not at all. What makes you think that?” he asks with a cocky smile on his face.

I scoff. “Just a vibe I get. I’m pretty good at reading people.”

A ghost of a smile touches his lips, making him even sexier. “Then read me.”

He rolls his glass between his palms then takes another drink, eyeing me thoughtfully.

Lifting my hand in the air, I raise my pointer finger in the air. “One, you’re good-looking, but I’m sure you already know.” I lift my middle finger to join the other. “You’ve got the bad boy vibe going for you, and I’m quite certain girls throw themselves at you, and I’m even more certain you catch each and every one of them.”

Every single female in this packed bar has their eyes on him and can’t look away. There’s something captivating about him.

He looks around the bar as if he can read my thoughts. He smiles, undoubtedly thinking about it.

With three fingers held up, I continue. “You’re not used to being turned down because it doesn’t happen often.” I lift my fourth and final finger. “You carry yourself with confidence, which you should. From the work I can see, your ink is remarkable. The artist who did them knows the art quite well. I’m even impressed, and that doesn’t happen easily.”

“You hit the nail on the head with a few, but not all,” he replies, his voice low and husky.

Leaning forward, we are now eye to eye; only our breaths separate our mouths. “Let me make one thing perfectly clear.”

My tongue slides out to flick my lip ring, drawing his attention to my mouth. His eyes travel to my lips, then meet my gaze again.

His gaze darkens, and his voice lowers intimately. “I’m picky with who I fuck.”



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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

New Release: Love and HipLife by Nana Prah | #LoveandHipLife #NanaPrah #HonMagPR


Lamisi Imoro will do anything to complete her PhD before the extension is up. It doesn’t matter who dies, leaves her high and dry, or hates her guts, she’s on fire. But, her supervisor wants to prove just how much he’d love to see her fail by throwing obstacles to thwart her from reaching her goal. Desperate for help and nowhere else to turn, she’s forced to ask for the assistance of the hiplife artist who once saved her from a nasty fall. She finds that their scorching attraction is a problem and is determined to tamp her rising emotions because nothing will stop her from getting what she set out to accomplish.

Blaise Ayoma is on the verge of taking African Francophone countries by storm with his new style of music. Learning how to sing in French without butchering the beautiful language is harder than he thought. Multi-linguist, Lamisi is the key to his success. When his presence in her life puts her in danger, will he end the budding relationship in order to keep her safe?





Nana Prah first discovered romance in a book from her eighth-grade summer reading list and has been obsessed with it ever since. Her fascination with love inspired her to write in her favorite genre where happily-ever-after is the rule. 

She is a published author of contemporary, multicultural romances. Her books are sweet with a touch of spice. When she’s not writing she’s reading, over-indulging in chocolate, and enjoying life with friends and family.

Monday, 30 December 2019

My Favourite Reads of 2019 | #FiveStarReviews

Season's Greetings, everyone! This time of year is usually action-packed for most regardless of whether you celebrate any of the many holidays in the season. So, thanks for stopping by my blog today. I officially began doing reading challenges two years ago (2017). I started small, because at some point, life and laziness happened and my reading habit took a hit. The reading challenge on Goodreads helped me keep up with reading since I had a tangible goal.

After three years of doing this, I've managed to exceed my target! Twice I'm thrilled to say, I've read over 37 books this year (not including beta reads). I know, this number is nowhere near what some of you über readers have clocked, but this is huge for me. I've actually had to update my target a couple of times just because I've read more than I'd expected.

The highlight of my reading year was the discovery of Kennedy Ryan when I read Hook Shot. Less than halfway through the book, I knew it would be my favourite read of the year and the author would make it to my auto-buy authors. It came as no surprise when, later in the year, her book, Long Shot, won a RITA award, though I hadn't read the book at the time. I've since read that and three other books by her (four, if you count anthologies).

Anyway, so for the first time, I feel like I've read enough books to write this post. This is a compilation of my absolute favourite reads of 2019 (in the order I read them):

Monday, 23 December 2019

#BookReview: The Governor’s Wife by Amaka Azie


Newly separated Ogonna Moneke has come to Abuja to open a safe house for abused women. Luck is on her side when the perfect site falls into her lap...until she learns who owns it. The chances of Philip Adamu renting to her are slim to none. Why would he when she dropped her financially struggling college sweetheart like a hot potato to marry someone else?


Philip is dumped by his sweetheart, Ogonna, after 14 years (or so) of being together. Weeks later, she’s married to a governor. Heart-broken, he moves on professionally, but his heart never heals. Skip to seven years later - Ogonna has left an abusive marriage, and her search for a piece of property for a new project brings her face to face with Philip.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

#BookReview: Love’s Legacy by Feyi Aina

Anjola's boyfriend, Jimi, dies unexpectedly during their NYSC year. When his mother comes for the body, she warns Anjola not to darken the doorstep of their family house with a pregnancy she is not even sure is her son's own.

After parents throw her out of the house, Anjola is determined to raise her daughter, Simisola, by herself. She does so for five years, till one of Jimi's brothers tracks her down. He convinces her to bring Simisola to meet their family. 

Anjola is unsure what Jimi's mothers reaction will be, especially when the unofficial head of the family, Folarin, Jimi's older brother, hates her guts on sight.

My Review
The story starts with a scene where a pregnant Anjola is rejected by the mother of her unborn child’s father, who has recently died. Jump to five years later. Anjola has raised her daughter on her own when she’s found by her baby daddy’s family who now want to be involved in her daughter’s life. Naturally, she’s anxious and angry, but eventually agrees to let her daughter meet her other family. She unexpectedly finds herself attracted to here dead baby daddy’s older brother, Folarin, who hates her on sight.

Friday, 20 December 2019

#BookReview: The Lekki Club by L. Leigh

A closet male sexual submissive. An unexpected encounter. Can he embrace what he truly is in Nigeria.

Remi Olapade is a Nigerian bachelor enjoying his time mingling with his multiple casual hookups, after the unfortunate end of his engagement to the society girl Janet.

An unexpected invitation to the ultra-secretive ‘Lekki Club’ leads him to a summons to Room 3, where he meets the mysterious Mistress Eve.

Eve strips and chips away at the walls Remi has put up to fool others. Slowly she gets him to admit who he truly is and embrace what he truly wants.

Can Remi be brave enough to accept what he has been hiding from his previous sexual relationships? Can he convince Mistress Eve to leave Room 3 and take their relationship into the real world?

Is Remi ready to stop pretending and give up his other women for her?
If you enjoy sizzling sex scenes, raw emotions and bondage, then The Lekki Club is for you.

The Lekki Club is an erotic story of love, loss, the supernatural, life changing mistakes, and redemption.

Two things drew me to this book - the idea of a BDSM club and a male submissive looking for a mistress in a West African setting. Ms Leigh handled this so well, I found myself engrossed in Remi’s, journey from desire to pursuance and acceptance.

I normally shy away from BDSM romance, but the sex scenes in this story were handled exquisitely.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

#BookReview: Miss Kane’s Christmas by Caroline Mickelson

With Christmas only three days away, Carol Claus agrees to her father's request that she leave the North Pole on a mission to help save Christmas. Joining single father Ben Hanson and his children for the holidays seems an easy enough task until Santa informs her that Ben is the man behind the disturbing new book Beyond Bah Humbug: Why Lying to Your Children about Santa Claus Is a Bad Idea.

Posing as Miss Kane, the children's new nanny, Carol pulls out all the stops to show Ben how fun Christmas can be, all the while struggling to understand how one man could hate the holidays so much. How could she, Santa's only daughter, be so attracted to a man who refuses to believe her father exists?


I enjoyed this story about Santa’s daughter, Carol Claus aka Kandy Kane being sent to help save Christmas by making a believer out of a man who doesn’t believe in Santa. I had a good laugh at the hero’s expense as Carol literally brings Christmas into his life.

#BookReview: Not Broken by Meka James

Not Broken
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger...

Calida Jokobi doesn’t see it that way. Surviving an abusive relationship with a sadistic, manipulative man changed her. She has spent the last two years carefully constructing her new persona with two goals in mind: to keep the remaining pieces of her heart safe and her deepest secrets buried. One man puts it all at risk.

Malcolm has been a part of Calida’s life for as long as she can remember. A friend. Her first teenage crush. Now he's asking for something she swore she'd never give again: her heart.

Calida must decide if she should risk the fragile façade she’s created and give Malcolm the chance he’s asking for.

They say love can heal all wounds…

Malcolm Frankel wants to prove to Calida it’s true. She survived a hell most people couldn’t fathom. He’s been by her side fulfilling whatever role she needs him to play. All except the one he wants most. It took nearly losing her to make Malcolm realize he couldn’t keep denying his feelings.

He knows no one goes through an ordeal like that and comes out unscathed, but the closer they get, the more he learns just how deep Calida’s wounds go.

She’s the only woman he’s ever loved, and Malcolm is ready to put his own heart at risk for a chance at mending hers.

My Review
Two years after surviving an abusive marriage, Calida is still a mental prisoner to her past. However, her best friend's brother, Malcolm, who has been by her side all this time, is determined to show her the kind of unconditional love she deserves.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

#BookReview: The Undercover Billionaire by Sandra Becker

What if a Billionaire is forced to clean toilets?

"Kept me on the edge of my seat." - Pat W
"Sweet, sweet story. Loved the characters... Can't get enough of sweet, clean romances." - Jo Ann Thompson
"Original and super fun to read. I highly recommend picking out your favorite bottle of wine and curling up with this one!" - Hanna M

Billionaire Damien Randall and his friend are on vacation aboard a luxury cruise ship. When Damien asserts his arrogant ‘can-do-everything’ attitude in front of his friend, his exasperated friend dares him to a challenge.

The bet: Pinch a crew uniform and become a crew member for a day.

The stakes: One million dollars.

Damien knows better than to succumb to the challenge, but his elephant-sized ego wants to put his friend in his place and so he agrees. The only problem standing in his way: Kelly.

Kelly Messina is the new Chief Steward aboard the ship. On her first day at the job, she wants to stamp her authority and discipline on the housekeeping staff.
And what better way to do it than to give an earful to a sloppy and incompetent Damien?

Will Damien be able to survive an entire day working under the harridan Kelly?
And what will happen when Kelly finds out that the person she was bossing around is rich enough to buy the entire ship?

This is a standalone clean billionaire romance with no cliffhangers and a happily ever after perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Nancy Thayer, Elin Hilderbrand, Susan Wiggs, Brenda Novak, etc.

This book is a perfect way to immerse yourself in a cruise vacation enjoying the sights from Rome to Venice with an adorable love story that will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling.

My Review
Damien is young, rich and fool of himself. Tired of his arrogance, his best friend challenges him to live as a crew member on his (friend’s) ship. With One million dollars at stake, Damien can’t resist.
Life as a servant sees him becoming a subordinate to the most beautiful woman he’s ever met. Unfortunately, he can’t rely on his money, and his usual charms don’t work when he finds himself struggling with his new job and unable to impress his new boss.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

#Excerpt: Unwrapping Hanie Featured on The Hive by Honey Magnolia

I'm thrilled to announce that Unwrapping Hanie was featured on The Hive podcast this week with three chapters narrated by author, Lucy Eden. She did such a great job of it, I think I need to do an audiobook.


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