The Family Business by Carl Weber and Eric Pete

Title: The Family Business

Author: Carl Weber and Eric Pete

Rating: 3

Headline: Too Many Unanswered Questions

I do not know where to begin with this review. The Family Business is about the Duncan’s who seem to be an upstanding family with a legitimate business. Carl Weber and Eric Pete decide to turn this into a gangsta book which is uncharted territory for Weber. This book has more questions than answers.

There is no character development in The Family Business as we do not even know why the older brother is out of the picture and what was his role leading up to his disappearance. The first chapter, especially Trevor’s storyline, has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the book. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the questions as there were not any details about the mother’s illness, and there was no sense of reality that Rio would have received such great hospitality while in California, and to top it off, there’s a socialite who is really an assassin.

I am only giving this book 3 stars based on the reputation of Weber’s previous works but he really missed the mark with The Family Business.

Guilty Pleasures: Sugar Hill Saga by Niyah Moore

Title: Guilty Pleasures: Sugar Hill Saga

Author: Niyah Moore

Rating: 4

Headline: Pleasures Can Bring Pain

Niyah Moore centers Guilty Pleasures on Hassan Walker, a married man who frequents a strip club. Hassan makes a weekly visit to the club because he is infatuated with the dancer Cinnamon. His infatuation leads to fantasies while he is with his wife. Cinnamon is Hassan’s guilty pleasure.

The rollercoaster begins when the reader finds out that Hassan’s wife has a guilty pleasure of her own. The lives of those involved in Guilty Pleasures are much intermingled and at times it makes the storyline very unbelievable. There were a few grammatical errors but it did not distract from the content. Overall, Moore has written a fast-paced story that will keep the reader engaged and flipping the pages!

Running from Solace by Nakia Laushaul

Title: Running from Solace

Author: Nakia Laushaul

Rating: 5

Headline: Heartbreaking but Powerful!

As a young girl, Naomi has a life that none of us would like to experience. Her mother is a drug addict who often “lends” Naomi to her dealers to supply her habit. Even if you are not a child of abuse and/or neglect, the young girl’s pain can be understood as Nakia Laushaul’s writing technique pulls you in and forces you to feel as in your Naomi’s shoes. As an adult, Naomi’s demons still seem to haunt her and she is forced to face them when she meets a young boy by the name of Xavier. Will Naomi continue to run or will she finally find solace?

I kept hearing about this book, Running from Solace and I wanted to see for myself if it would live up to the hype. To say that it lived up to the hype would be a huge understatement because it is very rare that within one book I feel the range of emotions as I did while reading Nakia Laushaul’s words. I was literally drained at various times from being upset, disgusted, sad, gratified, and then feeling joy.  Any book that can make you genuinely feel this wide range of emotions sets itself apart from others that are currently on the market. Running from Solace is Nakia Laushaul’s debut novel but I am confident in saying that she will become a force within the literary world.