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: 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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REVIEW: Seduced By The Mogul by Pamela Yaye

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Winning is a way of life for Dante Morretti, and he’s got the real estate empire to prove it. With custody of his four-year-old son, Matteo, at stake, Dante intends to win that, too. Marrying his best friend, Jordana Sharpe, is a vital step in his plan. But when the alluring actress takes Matteo and Dante sightseeing around Los Angeles, he’s waking up to a world beyond boardrooms and billion-dollar deals.

Jordana is as committed to her acting as Dante is to his business. She doesn’t envision feeling that passion for anything else, until her no-strings arrangement with the gorgeous Italian magnate takes a detour…right into Dante’s bed. Suddenly everything is at stake—her career, his custody fight and a fake marriage that could very well lead to the real family they both secretly crave…

 

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Dante is tall, dark, handsome, an alpha male, and the main character of this book. He’s fresh from a divorce and has absolutely no plans to go down the marriage road again until the welfare of his son becomes an issue. Enter his friend Jordana. Yaye does an excellent job of ensuring that the readers feel connected to both characters.

“He desired her, sure, but some rules weren’t meant to be broken.”

The writing is on the wall about Dante and Jordana’s feelings for one another, but there are some obstacles such as pride and baggage from previous relationships that get in the way. The story has its fair amount of drama, lessons in forgiveness and understanding, and of course there is romance. Seduced By The Mogul is precisely how a friends-to-lovers story should be written!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Seduced By The Mogul in exchange for an honest review.

 

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