Book Review: A Wedding One Christmas by Therese Beharrie

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Title – A Wedding One Christmas

Author – Therese Beharrie

Publication – November 19th, 2018.

Publisher – Carina Press

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Of all the weddings in all the world, Angie Roux had to be mistaken for a bridesmaid in this one.

Caledon, South Africa, is supposed to be just a stop on the way to Christmas in Cape Town, part of Angie’s long-avoided homecoming. She never expected to star in a bizarre comedy of errors, but here she is: convincing a handsome stranger to be her fake boyfriend for the day.

Ezra Johnson, the handsome stranger in question, turns out to be a pleasant distraction from both the wedding and thoughts of her first family Christmas without her father. And he seems to loathe weddings just as much as she does. He’s the perfect temporary companion.

But a lot can happen in twenty-four hours. Including a connection so strong it tempts them both into thinking of something more permanent…

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This book is approximately 70,000 words

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Book Review

First and foremost. I had an inkling that there was something off about this book.

“What were the chances she’d slide into a booth opposite a man who looks like he’d jumped straight out of her fantasies?

Smooth brown skin stretched over the angular features of his face.”

So why am I seeing a white man on the cover? I’m not even being offensive but the male character read like a white man, so it makes sense if it hadn’t been stated that he had smooth brown skin.

In my most honest opinion, it’s as if the book was first written in a non-African nation before the author decided, why not change it to South-Africa, it’s Africa but we can work it, because basically a few names of places where mentioned but nothing substantial enough to give me that feeling that it was South-Africa, and then I mean come on, not a single South-African name was in this book, all the names where English, where’s the authenticity there? *Disclaimer I have never been to South-Africa so I don’t know if I’m just being prickly.*

I was interested in this novel because I am a romance junkie. But this novel is such a slow burn and I felt it dragging in a lot of instances, a lot of instances that I felt were unnecessary because the pacing became too slow and the conversations dragging because a great amount of time was spent on detailing scenes that didn’t have to be that long.

Despite all these issues, I found myself laughing at the female main character Angie’s antics and all the cute moments but she and Ezra the main male character shared. I saw and felt the genuine feelings they shared for each other. Which was what made this book enjoyable, but honestly, this book still needs some serious adjustments.

3

Lara Kareem

Book Review: Smile, my Beloved Country by Emeka Onwusorom

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Title – Smile, my Beloved Country

Author – Emeka Onwusorom

Publication – September 2018.

Publisher – Origami, Parrésia Publishers Ltd.

Genre – Fiction, Politics.

Smile, my Beloved Country is the story of a young Nigerian, Ayo Musa Okeke, who on a visit to Nigeria witnesses the assassination of a presidential candidate, Boni Konida, during a transition to civil rule programme. Within a broken country where civic obligations are ignored as corruption runs rampant, suspicions begin to point to Ayo who is saved by the friendship of a conscientious cop. From his base in New York where he is a tenured Agricultural Science professor, Ayo unwittingly sets in motion events that will lead him to face off the ruthless Chief Wewe Jumanji in an electoral battle for Aso Rock and Nigeria’s future.

Smile my Beloved Country, is a book with big dreams when it comes to Nigeria. It’s a book which aim is to inspire hope as well as paint a different picture about how Nigeria should be as it also notes many of the issues politics in present Nigeria has.

It’s about Ayo Musa Okeke, an American Nigerian man, who was given a scholarship by the government for his undergraduate program in America and used the opportunity to make a name of himself in the agricultural sector.

Ayo was finally ready to go home after twelve years of being away, and from the start, this book already started to criticize the people of power in Nigeria, such as how the infrastructures and amenities provided were run poorly.

Ayo is really a JJC, because of how ignorant he is to how things in his own country are, didn’t he follow the news, or have Nigerian friends prior to his visit? A series of events quickly follow that paints the dangers in Nigeria, that leave Ayo with a bad taste for the country where everyone he has encountered is either corrupt or too scared to voice what’s right and ask for justice.

Unknowingly to Ayo this paths leads him into the bed of Nigerian politics and puts his life in danger, but by some miracle, he was always lucky to escape with other people getting hurt in place of him.

This builds a fire within him and he decides enough is enough, so he begins fights corruption and the average Nigerian mentality, by challenging and provoking people to think and hope for a better society, the only way he can, which eventually makes him a presidential candidate and puts him up against a political opponent that is corrupt and dirty to his core.

This story is a good one, especially because of the message it’s trying to pass in the political climate in present Nigeria right now. Yet I found it very long like the story was dragging on too much because from the onset I knew in which direction this story would take and what sort of ending I would get, I didn’t even need to go far into the story before I knew what I would be seeing with each turn of the pages, because it’s a story many of us already know, I for one can see this book doing well as a movie.

Another fault with this book is highlighting and another issue at large, the way many male authors write romance is so lacklustre and unbelievable, remember that Ayo hasn’t been to Nigeria in the twelve years since he left, but he’s in love with a woman he once admired, who he watched from afar but didn’t contact and immediately asks her to marry him, because they are just right for each other, and some of the scenes between the two of them made me roll my eyes, just didn’t like the scenes of apparent romance in this book, I found it unnecessary as it didn’t add or take from the story itself.

Would I recommend people to read this book? Yes. It’s written well and has a strong message anyone can take from, as it reminds people to do what’s right, even in the face of adversity.

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Blog Tour: A Blade So Black by LL McKinney| Book Review & A Giveaway!

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Title – A Blade So Black

Author – L.L. McKinney

Publication – September 25th, 2018.

Publisher – Imprint

Genres – Young Adult, Fantasy &  Retellings 

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

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Book Review: In Tune by JN Welsh [A Contemporary Black Romance Novel]

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Author – J.N. Welsh

Publication – October 1st, 2018.

Publisher – Carina Press

Genres – Contemporary Romance

Luke Anderson needs a manager—fast. His last one quit, leaving his tour and his future in jeopardy. Now instead of focusing on his career, he’s forced to concentrate on damage control. Powerhouse manager Leona Sable is the full package—smart and talented, not to mention sexy as hell—but her past makes her impossible to trust.

When opportunity knocks in the form of talented EDM DJ Luke “The Musical Prophet” Anderson, Leona is ready to answer. But salvation doesn’t come cheap. Luke won’t sign until Leona agrees to his outrageous terms—including a no-sex-while-on-tour clause.

Dictating what she does in her personal life crosses a line. But Leona’s never been one to back down from a challenge.

One thing is for sure: if she has to suffer, so will he.

Let the tour begin…

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Blog Tour: I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz| Book Review & Excerpt.

 

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Title – I Do Not Trust You

Authors – Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz

Publication – September 11th, 2018.

Publisher – Wednesday Books

Genres – Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult & Romance

Memphis “M” Engle is stubborn to a fault, graced with an almost absurd knowledge of long lost languages and cultures, and a heck of an opponent in a fight. In short: she’s awesome.

Ashwin Sood is a little too posh for her tastes, a member of an ancient cult (which she’s pretty sure counts for more than one strike against him), and has just informed Memphis that her father who she thought was dead isn’t and needs her help.

From the catacombs of Paris to lost temples in the sacred forests, together they crisscross the globe, searching for the pieces of the one thing that might save her father. But the closer they come to saving him—and the more they fall for one another—the closer they get to destroying the world.

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