Review: Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren

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Scarred by poverty and life with a crackhead mother, Onika Lewis had a rough start. Still, thanks to her sharp mind, and hard work, she graduated with honors from a prestigious college. But her achievements weren’t enough to earn her the elite status she craved. So she leveraged her gorgeous looks to become a rich man’s trophy…and was eventually dumped her for a younger model. Now Onika is unemployed, broke—and homeless. She’s making a fresh start through a unique women’s shelter, but when she meets Graham, a kind-hearted commuter with whom she has an instant connection, she can’t bring herself to tell him her secret…

Suddenly Onika has someone who cares about who she is beyond her looks. Graham’s unselfish love gives her the kind of hope she’s never had. But when Onika’s wealthy ex wants her back, she plays one deception too many trying to have it all. Now present lies and past secrets are tearing her world apart. And Onika will need to educate herself once more—to learn what really matters, find faith, forgiveness—and build a life she truly deserves.

 

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“She seemed damaged and complicated, yet enlightened. She was insecure and maybe a little arrogant. She was modern and sophisticated, but the southern charm shone through. She was a series of beautiful contradictions.”

Aren’t we all just a bunch of contradictions?? Onika is the type of person that many of us, if we are being honest, would turn our noses up at if we met her in real life. Warren does an extremely excellent job of breaking down each of those contradictions and showing us why we are doing ourselves a disservice by judging folks simply based on face value. Her Secret Life reminds us that even though our current environment and/or situation might be less than ideal that we can rise above it.

“Yes, it does. You are like every other brother out here. Y’all want us to stand up for you, be down for you and have your back, and then when we need you, you’re running after the first biracial, light bright chick you see. What is your little friend? She’s Latina, isn’t she? Anything but black?”

This passage and the entire book is the truth!! Oh my, I can’t even put into words my initial reaction. It hits on so many different levels, issues, and emotions that you can’t help but feel connected to Onika’s story. Warren has written an almost perfect book with the only problem being that I wanted more. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy now. You’ll be happy you did and you’ll thank me later!

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Review: Giving My All To You by Sheryl Lister

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A hero’s touch 

Faith Alexander’s guardian angel has a body built for sin. Ever since she woke up in the hospital after a car crash, her rescuer, Brandon Gray, has been by her side—chivalrous, caring and oh-so-fine. Faith came to Los Angeles to find her long-lost father, only to learn that he’s a partner in Brandon’s family business. How can she reveal that her inheritance stands in the way of Brandon’s career dreams?

All Brandon’s focus is on his long-coveted role as CEO—until he stops to help a mysterious beauty. With chemistry this irresistible, he’s ready to share a future with Faith, but he feels beyond betrayed to discover what she’s been hiding. If desire and trust can overcome pride, he’ll realize he’s found the perfect partner in the boardroom and the bedroom…

 

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“When he started dating, his friend had drilled into his and his brother’s heads how they should treat a woman – always open doors, stand when she enters the room and never expect her to pay when you take her out. Brandon had taken those instructions to heart and didn’t see that changing anytime soon.”

BRANDON!!!! He was a supporting character in previous books in the Grays of Los Angeles series, but this was his time to shine and he definitely does!! He isn’t “broken” or hurt from a previous relationship. He is a strong, alpha male that simply believes in being single and is the love ’em and leave ’em type until he meets Faith.

There’s another storyline in this book outside of the romance and it completely tugs at your heartstrings so be prepared for that. Back to the romance, Lister writes a tale that is full of heat, passion, and love. The story is so well-written that you get completely lost in it and you’re at the final page before you’re ready for it to end. Giving My All to You is the perfect reminder that when you least expect it someone will come along and change your opinion about love!

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Review: The Art of Being by Danielle Allen

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The Art of Being is a collection of inspirational words and motivational messages designed to empower, inspire, and encourage. Whether you’re looking for a pick-me-up, a life coach, or a personal cheerleader, this nonfiction journey of life lessons, quotable messages, and poetry will hit the spot. While the premise is centered on the idea of being your best self in order to live your best life, the real power comes from what each point encourages you to reflect on in your life. Inspirational, motivational, and spiritual, The Art of Being is the perfect gift to yourself.

Fall in love with The Art of Being by falling in love with the art of being YOU.

 

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“I am a work in progress, but please believe the hype.”

The Art of Being is part self-help, part inspirational, and part devotional. If you add all of the parts of the book together then you realize that it has taken you on a journey to find your true and authentic self. The Art of Being isn’t your typical over the top self-help from a guru that makes you feel as if you’re being preached to and/or made to believe that everything will turn around as soon as you finish the book.

“There’s freedom in realizing that you don’t have to experience life the way you’ve been told to experience it. My journey is mine. Your journey is yours.”

This is the true beauty of The Art of Being. It is all about self; Self-discovery, self-acceptance, and most of all, self-love. It forces you to look deep in the mirror and analyze who you are, what you think about you, and then what you allow.

Some books come along right when you need them the most and The Art of Being is one of them. It is one that can be visited many times on your journey of becoming the you that you want to be. Your answers to some of the questions posed will change over time and this will document your growth. Danielle Allen is a prolific fiction writer so this was a risk. One can easily tell that she put her heart and soul into it and as a result she has produced a book that I truly believe every woman should read.

 

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