Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Review: Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan

BLURB
The boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can't have…


Dig a little and you'll find photos of me in the bathtub with Ezra Stern.
Get your mind out of the gutter. We were six months old.
Pry and one of us might confess we saved our first kiss for each other. The most clumsy, wet, sloppy . . . spectacular thirty seconds of my adolescence.
Get into our business and you'll see two families, closer than blood, torn apart in an instant.
Twenty years later, my "awkward duckling" best friend from childhood, the boy no one noticed, is a man no one can ignore.
Finer. Fiercer. Smarter.
Taken.
Tell me it's wrong.
Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have.
When we find each other again, everything stands in our way--secrets, lies, promises.
But we didn't come this far to give up now.
And I know just the move to make if I want to make him mine.


MY REVIEW
Kimba Allen and Ezra Stern grew up across the street from each other. They became the kind of friends who could practically read each other's minds. But life happened and they lost touch. Sadly, those weren't the times of the Internet and social media, so it takes a family tragedy to bring them together again decades later. Their childhood love instantly resurfaces as hot very-adult attraction. But Ezra is taken.

Jump to another two years later. A situation has arisen that makes it possible for them to be together, but it's complicated. I was happy the story didn't fall into the traditional crazy ex-girlfriend trap, thought it kind of started out that way.

Kimba is a strong female character. We see a glimpse of this in The Rebel King, where she's a secondary character, and it was nice to see the consistency in her character. She's principled and shows incredible inner strength with her choices and the sacrifices she's willing to make to keep herself from compromising herself.

I love romance heroes who show unwavering desire for the heroine. Ezra is one of them. There's never a doubt about his love and his choice. Plus he's not a douche.

The story feels simple, but it's not. I like how it weaves in issues like racism, interracial relationships/marriages, infidelity, friendship, loyalty etc. without detracting from the romance. At the end of the story, we're left in no doubt that Kimba and Ezra are meant to be, and they HEA is well-earned.

The characters were interesting and well-developed. The romance was sweet. The sex scenes were hot. The story-telling was top-notch. If you like second chance romance stories and soulmates, the you'd definitely love this story.

Queen Move is a spin-off/sequel (standalone) of All the Kings Men duet, and I enjoyed seeing Lennix and Maxim. I also liked the honourable mentions of Lotus Ross from Hook Shot.

**I received an ARC of this book. My review is given voluntarily**

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Review: Indigo by Beverly Jenkins

Blurb
As a child Hester Wyatt escaped slavery, but now the dark skinned beauty is a dedicated member of Michigan's Underground railroad, offering other runaways a chance at the freedom she has learned to love. When one of her fellow conductors brings her an injured man to hide, Hester doesn't hesitate…even after she is told about the price on his head.

The man in question is the great conductor known as the "Black Daniel" a vital member of the North's Underground railroad network. But Hester finds him so rude and arrogant, she begins to question her vow to hide him.

When the injured and beaten Galen Vachon, aka, the Black Daniel awakens in Hester's cellar, he is unprepared for the feisty young conductor providing his care. As a member of one of the wealthiest free Black families in New Orleans, Galen has turned his back on the lavish living he is accustomed to in order to provide freedom to those enslaved in the South.

However, as he heals he cannot turn his back on Hester Wyatt. Her innocence fills him like a breath of fresh air and he is determined to make this gorgeous and intelligent woman his own…

Yet…there are traitors to be discovered, slave catchers to be evaded and Hester's heart to be won before she and Galen can find the freedom that only true love can bring.


My Review
Why would a free born African-American give up his freedom to become a slave? The answer is both simple and complicated: love. The beginning of the story saddened me incredibly - knowing there was a time that a person would have had to make such a sacrifice in the name of love. But this story isn't about that man. It is about his daughter, Hester Wyatt, who escaped slavery with the help of her aunt.

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

New Release: Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan | #QueenMove #KennedyRyan #HonMagPR

QUEEN MOVE BY KENNEDY RYAN

“This thoroughly modern soulmate story blew me away!” 
-- Talia Hibbert, USA Today bestselling author
 

Queen Move, an all-new passionate and unforgettable friends-to-lovers romance from RITA® Award-winning and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!

  

The boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can't have…

Dig a little and you'll find photos of me in the bathtub with Ezra Stern.

Get your mind out of the gutter. We were six months old.

Pry and one of us might confess we saved our first kiss for each other. 

The most clumsy, wet, sloppy . . . spectacular thirty seconds of my adolescence.

Get into our business and you'll see two families, closer than blood, torn apart in an instant.

Twenty years later, my "awkward duckling" best friend from childhood, the boy no one noticed, is a man no one can ignore.

 

Finer. Fiercer. Smarter. 

Taken.

Tell me it's wrong. 

Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have. 

When we find each other again, everything stands in our way--secrets, lies, promises.

But we didn't come this far to give up now. 

And I know just the move to make if I want to make him mine.

 

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EXCERPT

“You’re fucking brilliant.”

“Huh?” Ezra asks absentmindedly, paying more attention to the flame under his pan than to my compliment. “What’d you say?”