REVIEW: Falling For Autumn by Sherelle Green

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She may be the co-owner of an elite lingerie boutique that caters to women’s intimate fantasies, but Autumn Dupree doesn’t believe in happy endings. Although determined to keep her own romantic yearnings under wraps, she reluctantly agrees to be her sister’s maid of honor. Worse, she has to share the nuptial festivities with Chicago’s most irresistible bachelor…

Best man Ajay Reed arouses a passion Autumn longs to fulfill. The entrepreneurial nightclub owner has his own reasons for guarding his heart. But the alluring temptress is awakening new feelings he cannot deny. Can Ajay convince Autumn that they both need to take a leap of faith? As well as trust in the promise of a love that could give them everything they ever dreamed of?

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It has been quite awhile since I’ve felt so connected to a character as I did with Autumn from this book. She’s an introvert, a self-proclaimed nerd, and not really a big fan of love because of her past experience and that pretty much sums me up. But, then the unexpected happens and he goes by the name of Ajay. Ajay also doesn’t believe in love and basically doesn’t think there is one woman that could tame him for an extended period of time.

“Everyone had his or her own definition of what it meant to fall in love, but for Autumn, falling in love meant entrusting that person with every single part of you. Knowing that once someone learned details about your past that impacted the person you are, the individual would stay with you and love you that much harder.”


Falling For Autumn isn’t your typical romance. The main characters have flaws, baggage from their childhoods and past relationships, and vulnerabilities which made them seem realistic and relatable. Green does an excellent job in setting up the storyline, in using the secondary characters, and there’s just enough sensuality and heat (wait until the alley scene) which balances out the love and romance. Fighting For Autumn has set the bar high for the rest of the books in the romance genre that I will read this year!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Fighting For Autumn for review purposes.

 

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REVIEW: Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake

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Jill Lassiter’s three-year-old daughter disappears from a playground only to return after 40 frantic minutes, but her mother’s relief is short-lived–there’s a tiny puncture mark on Sophia’s arm. When doctors can find no trace of drugs in her system, Jill accepts she’ll never know what happened, but at least her child is safe.

Except Sophia isn’t. Someone is watching the Lassiter home in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb, infiltrating the family’s personal and professional lives. While Jill struggles to balance building her photography business with parenting high-spirited Sophia, and David is distracted by pressure to make partner at his law firm, both of them are holding on in a marriage that’s already been rocked by loss.

Three months after the incident at the park, Sophia disappears again, but this time Jill and David become the focus of police and media scrutiny and suspicion. Facing every parent’s worst nightmare a second time, Jill discovers that someone doesn’t just want Sophia for her own, she wants to
destroy the entire family.

 

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Based on the synopsis, I thought this book would blow me away but something was a little off. I’m not sure how to explain it and I can’t particularly put my finger on it because even though the storyline was a little predictable it kept my attention yet it still lacked the “wow” factor. The main takeaway from this book in which Drake illustrated in a very fascinating yet disturbing fashion is that even though one thinks they have gotten away with being deceitful eventually everything done in the dark will come to light.

Rating: 3.5

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Only Ever You in exchange for an honest review.

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REVIEW: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

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“As the United States celebrates the nation’s “triumph over race” with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status — much like their grandparents before them.”

In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community — and all of us – -to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

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Sometimes we simply have to call a spade a spade and The New Jim Crow does exactly that in being bold in its argument about mass incarceration and how our criminal justice system is unfair to brown and black people. I don’t even know where to begin or even how to process all of the thoughts that are going through my brain right now. There was so much information presented in this book and each page was more fascinating than the previous one. I am thoroughly impressed that this is Alexander’s debut because it is concise, detailed, and very impactful. The New Jim Crow is necessary if we are ever going to have a brutally honest dialogue about race and if folks want to see in plain language with very specific reasons and examples of how minorities are held to a different standard when it comes to the justice system. After reading the final page, I closed the book and thought I want to do whatever I can to demand change when it comes to mass incarceration and criminal justice reform. And, I believe the “call to action” is the greatest gift given by The New Jim Crow. It makes you want to get off the sideline, educate yourself, and join the civil rights movement.

 

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