Lust by Victoria Christopher Murray

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From the NAACP Image award winner and national bestselling author Victoria Christopher Murray, a novel inspired by the seven deadly sins about a woman caught between an entertainment mogul with a shady past and his childhood friend who is out for revenge.

Tiffanie has lived a sheltered life in a very strict household with her pastor-grandfather and grandmother in Washington, DC. But when she meets Damon King, she falls for the successful entertainment business man despite his history as a drug dealer. Everyone sees nothing but the brightest future for the couple—but there’s one person who wants to destroy them.

Trey Johnson is Damon’s childhood best friend with whom he built quite a successful drug business. But when the game got hot and Damon decided to leave, Trey stayed and continued to sell drugs, until he was arrested and spent seven years in prison.

But now he’s out and able to attend the wedding. While Damon is thrilled to have Trey back and hopes to bring his best friend into his business, Trey has other plans. He blames Damon for his demise and plans to ruin him, even if that means bringing Tiffanie down as well.

Trey is sure he will succeed, but he doesn’t know that there will be deadly consequences. And at the end, there will only be one man standing…

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Whew, where to start?!?! Obviously I had an idea of what the content would probably entail because of the title, but this story was told in a way that kept me interested and that I think almost everyone will be able relate to. Lust. Desire. Taboo. If folks are being honest then we will admit there was at least one time in our lives that we wanted something and/or someone we shouldn’t.

“God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. And if you can bear it, you can get out of it.”

The main character Tiffanie finds herself in an unexpected position and at times she made it hard for me to root for her and her well-being. Not only does this story focus on Tiff’s dilemma but it also has very important lessons in regards to loyalty, friendship, and forgiveness. Murray weaves a seamless storyline that delivers a valuable message on how it is imperative that we turn to God when fighting a battle instead of trying to do it on our own. As always, Ms. Murray delivers on all of the elements that I enjoy in a book: fully developed characters, there’s an emotional connection, and it makes you stop and reflect on your own life.

Today is its release day and I’d highly recommend you visit your favorite online or in-store retailer and grab a copy!!

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Buy your copy of Lust here!

Fighting for Glory by Rickey Teems II Review

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They say we’re living in the last days. Wars, rumors of wars, disease and poverty are at all time highs as religious radicals, The Movement, have sparked a deadly war on American soil to oppose Christian prominence. Their plight to disrupt the United Nations worldwide may soon be recognized as they build an evil alliance of their own. But when Glory takes a surprise vacation to clear her head of personal and political turmoil, she finds herself in the middle of one of the greatest religious discoveries to ever shed light on who Jesus Christ really was, and an unexpected love triangle that may either prevent or provoke World War 3, and one of the deadliest pandemics in Unites States history. Whether for religion or love, everyone is: Fighting for Glory.

Two words. Ten letters. It does not seem like enough to change lives but when a Persian woman yells “Allah Akbar!” and sets off a bomb it is more than enough. Do I have your attention now? Well, those two words definitely caught mine and that is how Rickey Teems II begins his latest novel, Fighting for Glory.

Fighting for Glory is like reading a book about current events: foreign and domestic terrorism, arguments in the Holy Land over which religion is the most authentic, and individuals curious if religion is even necessary. The story is mesmerizing and one that will have you on the edge of your seat with suspense as you try to figure out everyone’s connection to one another. Teems was quite imaginative yet authentic when writing about the mystery of the beginning of religion.

The topic of religion plays a major role in Fighting for Glory but it is not a preachy, faith-deciding book. Yes, it will make you think and possibly challenge some of your beliefs but that is what an excellent book is supposed to do. All of Teems’ previous books have done an exemplary job of intertwining entertainment, social issues, and religion but it is my belief that Fighting for Glory will be a game changer for this up and coming author!