I rarely bother with novels of this length, as they're normally too short to allow the story to develop fully.
But, if this serial was a TV series, I'd tune into every episode.
Liza is a radio personality and resident activist for Netherfield. A major project threatens the livelihood of the black and brown residents of Netherfield. The elderly stand to lose their homes, and for some, possibly their jobs. Not on Liza's watch.
Dorsey Fitzgerald is the money behind the gentrification projects, that threaten Netherfield.
To connect with the residents, they throw a gala, Dorsey and his partner, David.
Liza wasn't going, but she uses it as an opportunity to rally against them. At least that's the plan. Her mother, grandmother in her flashy tracksuits, and her sisters have a different plan.
This story is good! I loved the initial hate meeting between the two MC's. I liked the way the author played on their racial differences to create a barrier between them. This author deals with these racial disparities realistically and unabashedly.
As a black reader, I felt seen and heard. Liza is an echoed voice of problems a lot of us face in our everyday lives. In just that short space, I understood Liza's goal and I am fully ready to support and root for her.
I loved the family dynamic in this story. I am a sucker for a meddling mother and a flashy grandmother. Bring on the mothers that want to marry their daughters off to the richest man, and the grandmothers that wear polyester tracksuits. It feels like home. I feel like this is the family dynamic I would have if my life were set up different.
There are sisters, of course, you meet them briefly. The first book pays more attention to the initial meet up of Liza and Dorsey. They will set the tone for the story and the plot, so I understood why you get little of their story.
I have little to say good or bad. I really enjoyed the story. It's well written, it's relatable and entertaining. The family will be a riot—and the romance will be hard coming, but I can already tell it will be worth it. Enemies-to-lovers is truly my love language. I believe in the love that's worth fighting for. I can't wait to see how they engage in the war that began in the book's last lines.
This author gets black people, she gets the culture, and it is clear in the direction of her retelling. I expect her to handle this in a way I haven't seen done before. This is a series and an author to watch!
Again this is a serial, so each story is short, and set in serial form. According to the author, the installments will release on a monthly basis. The next installment releases October 1st.
In conjunction with Literally Black, Nikki Payne has set the price of her debut novel at $0.00 until September 4th STARTING tomorrow, August 31st. (If you do not see the offer, please be patient, it is in the works!)
Thanks, Nikki for teaming up with me to offer this deal to the readers!
Y'all pick up this book. You won't regret it. The link is at the top!
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