Review: In Service to the Senator by Shakir Rashaan

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Sometimes, politics make the strangest of bedfellows…and enemies.

Terrell Warren is a rising star within the ranks of the Democratic Party. Buoyed his former heroic exploits in Desert Storm, the two-term senator has ascended quickly, currently being vetted as a part of the party’s presidential ticket in the upcoming election cycle, entering rarified air as an African-American politician. He’s charismatic, devilishly handsome, and possesses both the pedigree and the type of bipartisan support that could have him sitting in the Oval Office as Commander-in-Chief in the near future.

Even his unconventional marriage to the stunning Kianna Warren doesn’t seem to sway the public, as rumors from media circuits continue to swirl around their alternative proclivities. After all, who wouldn’t want to surrender and be in service to the powerful, irresistible statesman? He has managed to claim the American public’s imagination, providing the catalyst as the face of the wave of the future of the party.

Unfortunately, there are forces at work that wish to derail the inevitable, and they will stop at nothing to ensure that Senator Warren is discredited.

Kianna’s unexpected abduction takes him off the campaign trail, as the mysterious organization taking credit for her abduction has made one rather extraordinary demand—one that threatens to revert American foreign policy back to the previous century’s “Cold War” history. The ultimatum is clear—either comply with the demands, or his wife will be killed.

In Service to the Senator is the latest explosive tale from best-selling author Shakir Rashaan, where a race against the clock might mean the difference between life and death.

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Politics. Intrigue. Suspense. Drama. Sex.

You get all of that and some more in the newest release from Shakir Rashaan. I was not sure what to except because the material is quite different than what this author has written in the past. I would classify this book as political suspense with a hint of erotica. The synopsis clearly states what the book is about so there is no need to rehash that here. The race against time is filled with so much drama and imagery, that I could close my eyes and imagine how it would actually play out and to me that is the sign of some excellent storytelling skills.

I’ve been quite critical of Mr. Rashaan’s work in the past, but I can say without a doubt, that this was my favorite book of his to date. There was politics, suspense, drama, and of course his signature style of giving us some insight into the BDSM lifestyle. I sometimes wonder if certain folks have their current positions because of their intelligence and/or if they slept their way there and after reading this book I will be even more leery. One last thing, they say there’s nothing like a woman scorned and In Service to the Senator proves it!!

 

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Buy a copy of In Service to the Senator here!

 

SPOTLIGHT: After the Pain by Adrienne Thompson

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Barely grasping on to her sanity due to past trauma and unhappiness, LaVonda Ingram leaves her home in search of peace and finds it in the love of a beautiful man. But will she be able to hold on to the healing and peace his love provides?

This is book one of the Latter Rain series—stories of women over forty finding love.

Other books in the series:

Book 2: No Pain, No Gain

Book 3: Joy and Pain

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After another failed attempt to pay for my room, as the front desk was unmanned again that morning, I went to the dining room to find it empty except for the delicious-smelling food. I made my plate and was digging into half of a grapefruit when the unmistakable scents of grass and gasoline hit my nose. My first thought was that it was the lawn mower guy, my second thought was how rude it was of him to come into the guest dining area reeking of grass and gas, and my third thought—well, I’m not sure what my third thought was because I happened to look up and into the nicest pair of dark eyes I’d ever seen. Then my eyes scanned the rest of his face—strong nose, Darnell Williams-caliber thick lips that parted into a handsome smile, smooth coffee-with-no-creamer-colored skin. And when he said “Hi,” his voice was as rich as a thick slice of New York cheesecake. I mumbled hi in response and began to nervously mutilate my grapefruit with my spoon. He gave me a little nod as he slid his work gloves off his hands and shoved them into the back pockets of his jeans. Thankfully, he now had on a black V-neck t-shirt. Had he still been shirtless, I might have started drooling…

 

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Kindle and paperback: http://amzn.com/B01AHWOI6W

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01AHWOI6W

Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01AHWOI6W

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Adrienne Thompson has worn many titles in her lifetime–from teenage mother to teenage wife to divorcee to registered nurse to author. This mother of three young adults and author of 24 books currently resides in Arkansas in her newly empty nest where she writes and publishes her stories full time.

 

You can connect with her via:

Website: http://adriennethompsonwrites.webs.com

Blog: https://authoradriennethompson.blogspot.com/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/A_H_Thompson

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Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life. 

Wow, what a timely read!!! At this moment I can’t even adequately put into words how I feel about this book. I experienced anger, sadness, understanding, empathy, and so many other things. There’s no way it should have taken me a week to finish this book, but sometimes life gets in the way. 

In the spirit of Stand Your Ground by Victoria Christopher Murray and Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, The Hate U Give gives us a perspective into racism from a point of view we rarely see in the news. This time we hear from the eyewitness of a police shooting. The short premise is that Starr saw one of her childhood friends get murdered by a police officer and we see the media attempt to dehumanize/criminalize the friend so Starr wrestles with the decision of testifying and having her memories of the night turned around. My heart truly went out to her and I can totally see why this book is already being turned into a major motion picture. It is THAT good and it is a story worth telling. 

I could say so much more about this book, but I’ll simply end this with a passage:

“It’s about Oscar. 

Aiyana. 

Trayvon. 

Rekia. 

Michael. 

Eric. 

Tamir. 

John. 

Ezell. 

Sandra. 

Freddie. 

Alton. 

Philando. 

It’s even about that little boy in 1955 who nobody recognized at first – Emmett. 

The messed up part? There are so many more.”