Wednesday, January 23, 2019

New Year, New We by Katrina Jackson ARC Review: Can I Have a Glass or Water or Somethin'?

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New Year, New We (The Spies Who Loved Her) Interlude by Katrina Jackson
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Kierra has been in the honeymoon period with Monica and Lane for a few months. But as the year comes to a close she is confronted with questions she can't answer alone, because she's not an island anymore. Is this temporary? Do they love her as much as she loves them? Is there room for one more? In this New Year's interlude, check in on this polyamorous triad as they make their way carefully from lust to love. With still a lot of lust. 

New Year, New We is an interlude in The Spies Who Loved Her series. These erotic romantic suspense stories are about sexy secret agents and the civilians who bring them to their knees.
New Year's Eve is a night of figurative and orgasmic fireworks for Monica, Lane, and Kierra—as per their usual.
Kierra, Monica, and Lane have found a nice groove in their new spot. At least two of them have. Kierra has all she’s ever wanted. A good job, a high-paying promotion on the horizon and all the orgasms from two of her favorite people she could ever want.

But she’s beginning to wonder if this all, too good to be true? Do Monica and Lane really love her, or will these now constant sexcapades tire them of her? 

Kierra, we, sure enough, hope not. 

My faves are back and are up to full-on shenanigans. 

A mission that calls for them to be just as they are allows for them to explore sides of themselves and emotions they didn’t realize they had.

While this book is almost full on erotica (okay, Kat, heard you!) it does allow for the reader to see a more in-depth emotional side to the characters. Lane has always come off as the more caring of the three while Monica is the hard shell.

In New Year, New We, we see Monica as a woman with feelings, even if they are deeply attached to Kierra’s. We also get to see Kierra as less confident than she normally is which humanizes and softens her image in a good way. Don’t trip, she’s still the same sassy sexy kitten she’s been in books one and two.

I liked the way this story explored the depths of their relationship and what it really is outside of the sex though of course, it’s hot enough to singe your fingers. 

The spy stuff is exciting as usual, it’s actually allowed me to enjoy this type of story more. Though it acts as a catalyst for the true stars of the story, it’s just as exciting as the characters whom I hope I’ve convinced you to love by now.

Not to mention we’re introduced to two new characters and I can say with each new book I get more excited for where this series is going.

Kat brought her usual game—sarcastic but effective humor and sass. Sex that will make you blush, and a story that is both not lacking in emotion or excitement. It’s always a win-with with Jackson and as long as she keeps writing, I’ll keep supporting.

As always highly recommended. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Break Up Plan By Tia Kelly: Breakup Plan, Bih Where?


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The Break Up Plan by Tia Kelly
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A man without a plan is a shell without purpose.
Which is why when I sat down nine years ago and put pen to paper, mapping out a ten-year plan, I meant business. Everything that could set me up for a lifetime of joy had to go down on the list, and every day, I worked my ass off to fulfill it.
Open my own sports agency. Check.
Earn first million by my thirtieth birthday. I did that a week before I turned twenty-six.
Negotiate the most lucrative contract in Major League history. Did that, too. Then went and broke my own record. (Thanks, big bro!)
I could go on, but this isn’t about bragging. It’s me admitting that in the midst of drafting something that helps shape and mold much of my success, I still made a costly mistake.
One day I realized all those entries with corresponding checkmarks are pointless if I don’t factor into the equation the most important goal of all. Avery.
Perhaps way back then I wasn’t ready to see how much my best friend of fifteen years deserved that number one spot in my life. Maybe I was blind, since the whole “settle down and get married” scenario wasn’t my thing. But now that I’m aware of the role I need her to fill in my life, there’s no such thing as letting go until I can convince her to be mine.
Her being about to marry someone else does make winning her heart a little bit dicey. But if there’s anything you should know about me, it’s that I always play to win. And losing Avery is nonnegotiable.

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The “break up plan,” part of this book is as elusive to me as it was before I started reading the book as it is now that I’ve finished it. The synopsis and that little enticing paragraph on the front gave me an impression of something I never got.

What I expected to be a tale of a man dead set on snatching the woman that was meant to be his from the arms of a man that didn’t deserve her was actually a disconnected story that lacked the depth and emotion I expected it to have. 

When I think friends to lovers or friends to enemies stories, I expect intense emotions. Shifts in relationships should be dramatic, at least in my lowly opinion.

There was some “fight” in the story but something was missing from it that I can’t quite put my finger on.

Something was missing in the story that I can’t specifically name—though I could pinpoint some areas where things remained unsolved or unexplained which is problematic for a story where the characters have known each other for so long. 

I was wholly pulled in from page one. I could tell right away that Kelly’s writing style is/was the kind that I like. It was straightforward and did not dally. But once I settled into about half of the book things started to get a little muddled. 

Things stopped making sense for me. I couldn’t quite get a handle on my feelings for Avery and Drew’s relationship professional or otherwise. It started with the loosely declared breakup plan—which was more of a passerby, “You’ve got something there idea,” as opposed to an actual plan which would have been something to see. 

I would have been completely enthused by a Dwayne Wayne Whitley style “baby please,” wedding crash moment, but what I got was a relationship that benefited from a breakup that I saw coming from a mile away.

Don’t get me wrong it’s not a half bad book, it just lacked a certain something. Like when you’re making something and you go in for the taste test (All good cooks taste test their food) and you feel like something is missing but you can’t figure out if it’s pepper or salt. That’s what this was like. All the makings of a good book just lacking something to take it over the edge. It felt incomplete and that’s unfortunate.




Monday, January 21, 2019

Cuffing Season by Danielle Allen

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Cuffing Season by Danielle Allen
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I wasn’t looking for a man. 
I was looking for a mentor. 

When renowned photographer Luca Romano returned home to teach a Photo Storytelling workshop, Hamilton University was buzzing. But a campus wide email warned us not to approach Luca if we weren’t selected to participate—and I wasn’t selected. 

I wasn’t looking to break the rules. 
I was looking to break into the industry. 

I knew getting photographed by Luca Romano would catapult my career. I hoped he’d call, but I had no expectations. I wanted to converse with him, pick his brain, expand my portfolio. That’s all. 

Listen… I wasn’t looking to be his muse. 
But I wasn’t going to tell him no. 

** Cuffing Season is a standalone spin-off of Sweatpants Season **

Coming off the high of Sweatpants Season, my expectations for Cuffing Season were high, unfortunately, they were not met.

Serena is a talented, fashion-designer with an eye for beauty. She works hard and she doesn’t waste a lot of her time dating. A chance encounter allows her to meet and sit with Luca Romano, the hot photographer with even hotter talent. Rumors swirl and threaten everything Serena’s worked for, and what we're left with, as a result, is a novel oppressed by a message bigger than the story, and a couple whose connection wasn't strong enough to carry them for a full novel.

I’m all about women, girl power, and smashing double standards—but this novel beat me over the head with its message of policing women’s bodies, and women being allowed to exert sexuality without being seen as a slut, so hard I walked away no more knowledgeable, a little bit overwhelmed and with a figurative black eye. 

Don’t get me wrong it’s well-written. Talent is not in question but this book focuses more on the outcome of slut-shaming and would’ve been a better ally in the fight by allowing the characters to do more than gently combat it.

Serena tried, but we're then tossed into her relationship with Luca and the focus switches there, while the rest gets lost, at least for a little while. The author makes good on swinging the story back around and ending it in a victorious sort of way. One that should leave you feeling accomplished but instead left me feeling like more could have been done. But I digress.

The romance here was satisfactory-ish but juvenile. There was a lot of playful back and forth but not much depth could be found.

I wanted to root for this story and its characters but I couldn't fall for Luca or get to know Serena in a way I would have liked. 

Not to mention if I have to hear, “Honestly? Always,” again, I might have a knee jerk reaction to punch someone in the throat.

I like Danielle’s work but this was a bit of a let down in comparison to Sweatpants Season--not to compare the two—but it’s what led me to try this book.

I wouldn’t recommend this one unless you’re really interested in hearing Serena and Luca’s story, or if you’re ready to settle in for what felt like a book long rant on women’s sexual inequality.

 
 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Snowflake (An 'Afterwards' Novel) by Nia Forrester: This is What Love Is


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Snowflake (An 'Afterwards' Novel) by Nia Forrester
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Running away from his feelings is the one race he'll never win ... 

A star athlete and Olympic prospect, Kal Carter is bound for greatness. Everyone says it, only he's not sure he entirely believes it. Because he’s lost something he can’t replace, and most days feels like he’s holding up the sky; and doing it all on his own. 

To maintain focus, he never lets anyone close except in the most superficial ways and he’s become very good at it. Until a long, cold week when the solitary girl next-door who never speaks, smiles or makes eye-contact barges into his life and seems poised to upend the whole doggone thing. 

Review 
 5 out of 5 stars
Sometimes I read a book, and sometimes it reads me. They don't always have to be self-help books, but some books, even fiction books have the ability to see you. I feel seen. 

Snowflake caught me by surprise. I wasn't sure about this one as I got about halfway through but as the story progressed, and the characters grew (you know figuratively), I was totally entranced and I am warm inside, like an ooey-gooey brownie or something.

Asha is shy. She hides behind her locs and her gentle demeanor. She doesn't socialize or go out unless it's to class and back to the apartment where she lives across from the school's star athlete--and resident playboy.

Kaleem whose name will now always bring a reminder of good feelings--is a runner--hence the cover of this book, which I love by the way. It's actually what convinced me to pick it up. He's a ladies man but he's a respectable ladies man. He gets his rocks off and he moves on, but he's always respectful.

He noticed Asha, but not for any spectacular reason. But when they find themselves stranded on campus--alone, with a snowstorm on the horizon. A chance stranding brings about one of my now favorite fictional relationships.

I don't even know how to talk about this, though I would say I've written quite a bit before I had the nerve to say that. So, I'm trying.

I was afraid for Asha, afraid of her character and what it would mean for the story. She was painfully shy, and I thought her character would get lost in Kaleem's presence--and the very idea of it almost turned me off.

But as the story progressed, I found out how alike we are. For a long time (settle in for a short story time) I was afraid and shy. Afraid of nothing and everything all at once. Shy to any social situation that would require I show parts of myself I wasn't prepared to show, parts I thought would be judged and have been judged. But the core of me was so much stronger and bolder than that--and I'm still growing into that person and so is Asha. She was just a woman with a not-so-great upbringing that is just trying to figure out where she fits, coming from a place where she never fit. Hell, Asha is me, and how could I ever think I didn't understand her? She is me and I am her.

Kaleem, I feel like even the inside of my head where I'm pulling this from is sighing in satisfaction. I loved his character. Kaleem is suffering from the absence of his father--and the relationship he is trying to maintain with his mother. 

He's a runner and an all around good guy. He just doesn't know that yet. Nothing like seeing a man becoming a man, even if it is fictional.

The relationship that grows between Asha and Kaleem is the thing of storybooks, not the kind with princesses and princes that kiss you awake and make your life better. Okay, maybe that's a bad analogy--because a kiss from the right man can wake you up. At least that's what I hear/believe. This is not a fairytale. Things get hard, feelings get hurt, and none of it is easy--but it's worth it, reading this book was worth it. So worth it.

The story itself is so layered, it's an onion, every part unveiled something else in the story, something about the characters, something about their life. It was like wow, okay, Nia. I see you, Queen.

Guys, this story is just so good, I can't even articulate it in a way that I want to. 

This story really touched me--and I already know when I compile a list of authors and stories that stood out to me this year, this will be on it, right at the top.

I don't want to say too much because I want to gush, and rant and rave--but I would never spoil this for you guys. Please read this book. The relationships are so realistic and worth reading. The romance is a slow burn, slow, and I loved every delicious, delirium-inducing second. Every character, every moment built up this story right to where it needs to be, and I am so, so pleased and so in love with this piece of literature and how it made me feel. 

Thank you for this, Nia. Thank you for writing about girls like me and giving them their well-deserved happy ending. 


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Private Eye (The Spies Who Loved Her, Book #2) by Katrina Jackson


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Private Eye (The Spies Who Loved Her, Book # 2) by Katrina Jackson
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Every Thursday night Kenny logs into Maya's cam room for a private, steamy session that leaves them both giddy, breathless and hungry for more. Their online relationship is complicated. She's a sex worker and he's her client. He's a spy and she was once his surveillance subject. Technically there are only two degrees of separation between them, but only Kenny knows that. What works online could never work in the real world, right? That's why they have to hide - even from each other - that their feelings run much deeper than they should. 
When Kenny finally gets the chance to train under Monica, this career-defining opportunity comes with a catch: he has to tell Maya who he is and confess his deception because the spies need her help to bring down an international arms ring. 
Maya is heartbroken to find out that Kenny has been deceiving her for months. She struggles to reconcile the man she used to fantasize about and the one in front of her. But she agrees to help him for one reason: she needs the money. Or at least that's what she tells herself. 
The entire mission hinges on the two being a believable couple in Maya's cam room to lure an Albanian mobster into a trap. In the process, they find that their online connection is even stronger offline. But is it strong enough to keep them alive when they have to walk into the mobster's lair and put on the performance of their lives? 

Private Eye is the second book in The Spies Who Loved Her series. These erotic romantic suspense novels are about sexy secret agents and the civilians who bring them to their knees.
Review 
 4.5 out of 5 stars
One of the things I love about Katrina Jackson as a writer is that she doesn’t even know how good she is. Humbled writers tend to write the best books and they don’t even know it.

This addition to the series was just as fun as the first book if not more fun. It was also just as sexy if not *ahem* *clears throat* sexier. Think Fifty Shades of James Bond--but classier and way less misogynistic (I'm referring to Fifty Shades when I say that, of course.)

I don’t know what it is but these books have drawn me in like a siren—and I don’t want to be set free. Serenade me, sweet siren, serenade me.

Maya is a feisty BBW in love with her body and her life. She’s a cam girl with plans to take over streaming, become one of the top girls and pay off the damn bills that won’t seem to go away.

She’s uninhibited and open to do just about anything but her favorite part of the job is MasquerAsiaN—the faceless charmer that she adores spending her Thursday’s with. She’s never seen him but she’s low key into him more than she lets on.

That is until she finds out he’s been lying about who he is and what he does for a living. He works under her best friend and roommate’s bosses—and they need Maya to complete their next mission.

With money on the table, Maya agrees but that’s the only reason why the only reason. At least that’s what she tells herself.

But MasquerAsiaN’s looks are all that she’s imagined and then some, and if he keeps looking at her like that—they were going to have more problems than the Albanian mobster on their hands.

I love Kierra, Monica, and Lane but I loved Maya and Kenny just as much.

These characters are so easy to like and even easier to get invested in. Their stories are solid and hold up well throughout the story alongside the others and outside of them—which is no easy feat. It’s often likely for stories that have multiple main characters that one or two characters stand out more so than the others while the rest kind of fade into the background. That is not the case here. I cared about all of them and could and would read any of their stories.

Not only that, outside of the tumultuous relationships, the real story, and the plot never get lost underneath the pressure of the budding relationships or the hot sex scenes—and Chile though there aren’t many actual sex scenes the sexy moments pack enough punch to not miss them where they don’t exist. 

*fans self* Is it hot in here, or is just this book?

Kat knows exactly what she’s doing here—and I’m convinced that she could do no wrong.

There is action and intrigue weaved throughout the story playing at the forefront but not overtaking the story completely—so you care about the characters and the mission’s resolution. It’s well-written and perfectly paced. It’s funny and the dialogue is utterly engaging. 

I couldn’t imagine this story going any differently. It’s perfectly perfect as it is.

Jackson never disappoints and her novels are a total mood. You’ll love these characters and this series—and you’ll be left pining for more—as am I.

This series has a lot more coming to it and I honestly can’t wait. I highly recommend this, but do yourself a favor and read book one first, your enjoyment will be heightened for the coming books and you’ll thank me later. 

I’ll be waiting for you. ;)


Other books in the series:(Click on the books to be taken to their Goodreads pages!)

Check out my review for book one, Pink Slip HERE


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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Secret Notte and The Royal Secret: The Secret Royals Series Dual Review



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Secret Notte (The Secret Royals #1) by Marie Long

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In celebration of her newly acquired Fine Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, twenty-two-year-old Claudia Gray takes the vacation of a lifetime to the exclusive country of Bellacigna, which the media has recently deemed the newest, hottest tourist spot in Europe. 

Claudia takes in the country’s beautiful scenery while also working on enhancing her job portfolio. But an accident during an evening outing brings Claudia’s celebrations to a halt, and a stranger’s selfless gesture adds a new level of flavor to her Bellacignan experience. 

Twenty-four-year-old Stefano Trevisani, future Duke of Cittàcigni by day and the hottest Bellacignan deejay sensation by night, is swept up in the woman he saved, but realizes there is something familiar about her that he recalls from the past. 

Stefano wants to get close to Claudia, but she believes their lifestyles are too different for a relationship to ever work. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to second-guess those feelings. Will Claudia return to her familiar, safe, and secure lifestyle back home? Or will she decide to give a relationship with Stefano a chance? 

This book was formerly published in the Royals of Monterra Kindle World. This is a new, updated/edited version and has no connection with the Royals of Monterra world.
 

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Royal Secret (The Secret Royals, #2) by Marie Long

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A BWWM Romance 

Twenty-three-year-old Trina Mauer never thought she would be lucky enough to win a vacation to the beautiful and luxurious country of Bellacigna. But luck is not the only thing that finds her—so does her love of music and the interest of a cute drummer in a popular jazz band. 

Twenty-three-year-old Samuele Trevisani aspires for his band to get noticed and signed for a professional deal. But balancing life as a musician and his responsibilities as a Trevisani royal can be difficult at times, especially when a certain attractive bassist catches his eye. 

Because she shares his interests in music, Samuele thinks Trina would be a perfect addition to his band—and an even more perfect girl he would love to get to know—but first, he needs to convince her to stay in Bellacigna.
Review + Rating
Series Rating: 3 and a half out of five stars
Book one: Secret Notte—a story of a woman on a self-imposed artist’s retreat, falls quickly and heedlessly in love with the future Duke of a beautiful country of Bellacigna. 

This novel is pretty straightforward. Claudia has just acquired her fine arts degree and in celebration of that takes a vacation in Bellacigna an up and coming country known for its lush lands, and budding tourists spots.

Stefano Trevisani, future Duke by day, unknown DJ by night by happenstances meets Claudia by a slight freak accident and it’s in this meeting that he realizes there’s more to her than meets the eye.

It’s your typical romance with the same inner workings just without the sex—which is no big thing. The story works without it—for all you freaks out there. LOL.

Claudia and Stefano play a quick-ish game of cat and mouse for about half of the book and slowly meld together for the later half—allowing the reader a swift happily ever after, that leaves little to question.

Book Two: Instant attraction is fine, and insta-love can be fine as well, as long as the love is less love and more strong like. Love moved in a little too quickly in the second part of this series—and instead of simply ignoring it, this time, it rubbed me the wrong way.

Book number two is pretty much the same. However, the insta-love just did not work for me here. There was not enough buildup or time spent between the characters before declarations of love were shared.

However, you get what you expect—chance meetings, flirtatious conversations, hot kisses, and a nicely wrapped up HEA.

The musical connection between the main characters is the saving grace--it gave the character's relationship a depth I found lacking throughout.

The author is pretty good at giving us this type of story—one that’s quick and to the point with a  nicely wrapped ending. This was not my favorite of hers, but I wouldn't call it the worst. 

Recommended for those that like their love quick and royal. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Power (An Urban Fairytale Series, #2) by Bella Jay Aladdin Meets The Streets




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Power (An Urban Fairytale Series, #2) by Bella Jay
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What if Aladdin was an above average thief in the hood, Princess Jasmine was the daughter of a crime boss, and Jafar was still the snake he always was? Welcome to Power.

For The Sultan Empire (TSE) nothing is more important than being and staying on top. The business and family come first.

Jolee Cullen was instilled this all her life and though she accepted it, all she wanted at her age was a chance at a regular life. But as the daughter of crime boss - Samuel Cullen -, and the heir to his throne, a regular life is never something she'd have. She was born with all the power she could want... but she wanted freedom. And once she meets Amare, she'll have to decide between him and her empire.

Amare Thomas, a skilled thief, has spent the better part of his life trying to stay afloat for himself and his younger brother. When the consequences of a bad decision lands him on TSE's payroll, he has no idea of the turn his life will take. Or that he'll fall for his boss' off limits daughter. For Amare having power is the furthest thing from his mind until he gets a taste.

Jareem Blackwood, the current right-hand man to Samuel, wants what he believes he deserves, and that's to be Samuel's successor. Jareem already has it all, but he doesn't think he has enough. His pockets are deep but sometimes it's not about the money, loyalty, or respect. It's about the power. To him, you can never have enough and nothing or no one was going to stop him from getting the throne.

The Urban Fairytale Series is a series of standalone fairytale retellings and each book can be read as its own entity. Power, the second book in the series, is inspired by the classic fairytale, Aladdin.
 
Review 
4 out of 5 stars
Bella Jay, let me get up out my seat and applaud you, sis, because you did that.

Y’all know I’m like a broken record when it comes to my complaints about urban fiction, but I’m nothing if consistent.

Urban fiction just doesn’t do it for me anymore but when Ms. Jay approached me with her urban fiction retelling of Aladdin, I couldn’t help but say yes, and I’m glad I did.

Amare is all rags and no riches. His life is a mess but he’s holding all together, by being a thieving “street rat.” Taking care of himself and his brother hasn’t been easy and it’s not about to get easier.

Jolee is in training to take over her father’s empire someday, and though she doesn’t want it, she wants her freedom even more. Her father basically has her locked in the proverbial castle like a disgruntled princess waiting for her Prince Charming—though no one will ever be good enough for her.

Jareem is our Jafar, calculated and salivating for the throne.

All of their lives will intertwine, lies will be told, lives will be threatened, love will blossom—and the reader will experience a whole new world, in this street fancy Aladdin influenced novel.

This book was clever. I am impressed. While this book is not Aladdin to a tee, the references were perfectly weaved throughout the story in such a way that I smiled every time I picked up on it,

In an ingenious way, Jay re-wrote Aladdin in a street relatable manner. Though it’s core is the Urban Fiction I’ve grown used to, it is glaringly unique and fun in a way I didn’t anticipate.

I actually stayed up well into the night (I’m writing this review after 2:30 am) because I didn’t want to stop reading and this is a rarity.

Without giving too much of the actual story away, this novel is well-written, perfectly paced, and does justice to the movie it was influenced by.

The characters were solid and fleshed out, the novel’s length was appropriate and fitting. No parts were dull or lagging and I thoroughly had a good time with this one.

It was sexy and funny in places I wasn’t expecting and I actually squealed a bit in some parts and that’s usually reserved for strictly romance titles.

A solid novel with its stuff together.

I look forward to more from this author—sooner rather than later.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden


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In a searing historical novel, Tonya Bolden illuminates post-Reconstruction America in an intimate portrait of a determined young woman who dares to seize the opportunity of a lifetime.

As a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, Essie's dreams are very much at odds with her reality. Ashamed of her beginnings, but unwilling to accept the path currently available to her, Essie is trapped between the life she has and the life she wants.

Until she meets a lady named Dorcas Vashon, the richest and most cultured black woman she's ever encountered. When Dorcas makes Essie an offer she can't refuse, she becomes Victoria. Transformed by a fine wardrobe, a classic education, and the rules of etiquette, Victoria is soon welcomed in the upper echelons of black society in Washington, D. C. But when the life she desires is finally within her grasp, Victoria must decide how much of herself she is truly willing to surrender.
Review 
3 out of 5 stars
I wanted to love this one, I really truly did. It gave me upper-class post-slavery, moving on up vibes--while it delivered that, in a languid pace--it left me wanting.

I'm just going to start right off when the things I didn't like. The story itself seemed on a path to something that by the end it didn't quite meet. It was aimless and plot-less if I can say so.

The writing itself is magnificent--engaging and truly believable for the time it was set in. From the dress and the language, it read like a Langston Hughes--Harlem Renaissance era novel. But as far as the intentions and the direction, it was a little muddled.

What I did enjoy however was the rags-to-riches side of the story. The main character did not allow a less than stellar upbringing deter her from creating the life she felt she deserved--and I am all for a heroine pulling herself up by the bootstraps and going for it.

I also rather enjoyed the look into post-slavery. It felt very realistic--and was easy to follow. The colorism and the ever-present distaste for black people, in general, was fitting for the time it was written in and was all too real for right now.

This author clearly has something. Her writing is on point but the story itself though again beautifully written was lacking a certain something to take it over. I'm definitely open to more--but there's more to be said here.