Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Rapper's Delight by Kenya Goree Bell

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Rapper's Delight by Kenya Goree Bell
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Tragedy separated them for twelve years…

Can they finally have the love promised?

Or will betrayal be their undoing.

Welcome to the world of The Mogul Series where the Young, Gifted and Black are met with intrigue and passion. Where fame is no guarantee of happiness but love may hold all the possibilities.

Meet Delightful Howard and FADE Carrington as they embark on a journey that promises passion as they try to reclaim what they lost in RAPPER’S DELIGHT.

FADE is the biggest rap star in the world and he has everything he ever wanted but his best friend’s sister.

Delightful Howard is coming off the biggest win any writer can imagine but she will never rest until she knows all the secrets FADE holds.

Promises were made

Now it’s time to deliver.

STOP F*cking Running.

Enter the world of The Mogul Series where smart women and ruthless men collide...

First off, a special thank you to the author for this review copy.

Let’s talk about what I liked. I appreciated the overall theme of the novel. There aren’t a lot of contemporary books that have rap or hip hop as the theme. I also liked that women were at the helm of the businesses in the story. I love seeing that “girl power” front and center. I also liked that the story followed the Friends-to-enemies-to-lovers trope. I’ve grown an affinity for Friends-to-lovers and enemies-to-lovers will always be my jam. But it’s in this attempt at the trope that the story somewhat lost me.

What I didn’t like: Fade and Delightful were childhood friends because of her brother Justice’s relationship with Fade. They created music together, and as a result, the hero and heroine developed a “crush” type of relationship. That part is left off the page, but the heroine promises forever to our hero—and when tragedy strikes, she distances herself for twelve years. Twelve years later, they’re both operating in a place of hurt and anger. The reasoning behind their mutual anger is a little murky. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the reasoning behind Fade’s anger never felt right to me. However, considering they both lost someone dear to them, maybe rationality can't be an expected response. 

But the way he deals with Delightful because of this twelve years long anger rubbed me the wrong way, at least for a good chunk of the story. He was very curt, my way or no way—and I love a grumpy hero, but he came off more so rude than grumpy. 

The characters found themselves falling into each other’s beds more than into an exploration of their feelings, which left me feeling a bit outside of the story. I never got the chance to explore their emotional connection like I would have liked. There are anger and angst, but nothing remotely romantic, not until the very section of the book. I never fully got into their relationship dynamic, which was pretty toxic, to be honest. It felt obligatory more so than based on an emotional connection, but I think that’s because, again, they had a lot of sexual chemistry, but the feelings bit had them both flummoxed.

I wanted to love this story more than I did, but unfortunately, I did not. It had more to do with structure than writing talent, which I didn’t find lacking. However, I never deter another reader from giving a book a try. If you prefer romances that are angsty, and very heavy-handed on the sex, this will be the read for you. It lacked the emotional punch I craved.


  1. I started this book last night and felt the same way as you did. I would have liked to know more about their past and I didn't really like Fade for the reasons you've stated. :/

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