Friday, November 19, 2010

November 2010 Reviews

Sacrifices in the Name of LoveSacrifices in the Name of Love by Vanessa Alexander Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vanessa Johnson starts out with the expectation I had in mind in correlation with the title, where we see young Tessa Phillips father’s verbal insults about black people when they relocate to the south for residency. Trey Martin, basketball player, accepted Tessa’s apology but was desensitized to this behavior from other racists in the south. Yet, the sexual attraction happened so quickly in the story that I didn’t feel they established a sincere relationship so early on. Then, after sexual acts continue and pregnancy is the ultimate question, now we see Trey praying to God and wish he never did it without using protection. Normally, we read the female’s side in the story having such an emotional-spiritual breakdown but we engulf in a man’s sentimental side. We hear this time and time again with people fulfilling the ‘lustful eyes’ and not what consequences come with it until it hits them dead-in-the-face.

I really enjoyed the writers’ style and voice in the novel; however, we read or hear this story about a woman getting pregnant and willing to eliminate the man out of the equation to fend for the child solo. This was Tessa’s idea but not the Trey’s. She's willing to tell an ambiguous lie: she was raped and got pregnant in the process to move far away where the man never sees his child. Will she really go forth with this story? Regardless of her plans, a young girl that doesn’t let those close to her know the truth instead has a web of lies, she doesn’t realize who she’s really destroying—the life that she gave. I really enjoyed the read.

Dream 4 More Firm received pdf (e-book) format from the author for review.

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Adrienna Turner
Wooed Me Dream.

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The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody BoxThe Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box by Valerie J Lewis Coleman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Debra fell for the wrong man, who she believed was her "forever". Vincent was caught in the act of fornication when Debra arrived home, seeing a familiar face with her man. Too many times we see women get cheated on--never see it coming or choose not to--and to know. Men need to stand and take their place to tell them face-to-face before engaging in the act. Luckily, she has her girls to cry to and get it together!

Rachel and Brian, the married couple, are having sexual issues in their marriage with their routine scheduled sexual duties and who wears the "pants" in the household. Rachel doesn't understand the beauty of sex and the importance of marriage as a whole due to emotional baggage. We see so many case-scenarios on relationships due to bringing the wrong baggage in the relationship and not willing to speak about it or clean up their act to get it right.

Sherry is seeking help from Doc Reid and tells Debra about him since she keeps getting involved in countless going-nowhere relationships. She needs to reprogram her whole outlook on men and relationships. Doc Reid breaks down the process of men: sees women with his eyes, his crotch, and then his heart. He can only get pass the visuals when his emotional, spiritual, and mental maturity happens. Use the goody box as a built-in power source to be emotionally connected to you.

Loved reading all this on p. 81. Ironically, we see the author, Christopher Reid put his name in the book also as Doc Reid. Overall, will ladies take the mental notes or brush it off and still open the goody box and end up in emotional disasters repeatedly. The man should "invest in you" not your goodies that are his ultimate focus (which is usually the case as visual-sex hunters).

This book is a tool for hopeless, countless relationships that go sour, and women who want to learn what their goody box is used for—(what is the main purpose). Some know the power of it, others use it for their own ill-gotten gains as most just use it and can't accept when men continue to hit it and leave you pitiless (or empty-handed).

Is the ending for a sequel? Cliff-hanger because you left me hanging?

*Goody Box was provided by the author-publisher (Valerie Coleman) for a review.

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Adrienna Turner

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Blended Families An AnthologyBlended Families An Anthology by Valerie J Lewis Coleman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The short stories speak about families in this book that were helpful because it uses experiences that can be related to families of today. To understand how others have combined families through faith, determination and persistence is something that I found personally useful.

Families that are combined should use this book as a reference for issues that they are currently and will face in the future.

I highly recommend that this book is a read for step parents and step children so that they can understand that they are not alone. This book will show these people that others have faced the same issues that they are facing.

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Emmanuel Brown
Wooed Me Dream (Amazingly Brilliant)

Blended Families (Anthology) was received by the author to provide a review.

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