29 08, 2016

Review: DARKTOWN by Thomas Mullen

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Review: DARKTOWN by Thomas MullenDarktown by Thomas Mullen
Published by Simon and Schuster on September 13th 2016
Pages: 384
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Thrillers, Crime, African American
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In the tradition of our most acclaimed suspense writers, the author of The Last Town on Earth delivers a riveting and elegant police procedural set in Atlanta, a ripped-from-the-headlines depiction of a world on the cusp of great change involving race relations, city politics, and police corruption.

Responding from pressure on high, the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited: They can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a squad car; they can’t even use the police headquarters and must instead operate out of the basement of a gym.

When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up fatally beaten, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds. Pressured from all sides, they will risk their jobs, the trust the community has put in them, and even their own safety to investigate her death. Their efforts bring them up against an old-school cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood like his own, and Dunlow’s young partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines.

Set in the post-war, pre-civil rights South, and evoking the socially resonant and morally complex crime novels of Dennis Lehane, and Walter Mosley, Darktown is a vivid, smart, intricately plotted crime saga that explores the timely issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice.

This is such a moving piece of fictionalized American history. In 1948 the first black officers are hired in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Racial tensions are still very high and although the city appoints these officers to patrol over their own streets they have very little power; no patrol cars (no radios […]

1 08, 2014

Beyond the Velvet Rope by Tiffany Ashley

By | Friday, August 1, 2014|0 Comments

Beyond the Velvet Rope by Tiffany AshleyBeyond the Velvet Rope by Tiffany Ashley
Series: Club Babylon #1
Published by Harlequin on July 1st 2014
Pages: 304
Genres: African American, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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Welcome to Club Babylon: where the A-list VIPs come to play Scoring a gig at Miami's Club Babylon is a fantasy come true for New York promoter Thandie Shaw. The hottest club on the strip is a magnet for major South Beach movers and shakers. And Thandie's about to meet the biggest player of them all. Babylon owner Elliot Richards is macho, arrogant, sexist—everything Thandie doesn't want in a boss or lover. Elliot is also the most erotic man who's ever wanted to take her to bed. But Thandie's no fool. Even as he tries to seduce her into a world of intense and shocking passion, she knows it's too good to last…especially after she uncovers Elliot's explosive secrets. Thandie's going down a dangerous road, and she's risking a lot more than her career. Torn between doubt and desire, will she have to pay the ultimate price? Darkly sensual and deeply moving, Beyond the Velvet Rope takes you into a world of uncontrollable desire and unexpected consequences.

I starting reading this book thinking it would be a quick read. From my kindle I can barely tell how long a book is, especially advance review copies, because they are usually devoid of a table of contents. By chapter two, I was completely ensnared. I couldn’t put this book down. Beyond the […]

21 07, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Can’t Get Enough

By | Monday, July 21, 2014|8 Comments

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Can’t Get EnoughCan't Get Enough by Tenille Brown
Published by Cleis Press on July 21st 2014
Pages: 232
Genres: African American, Collections & Anthologies, Erotica, Fiction, Romance
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Picking up where Gotta Have It left off, Can't Get Enough captures the passion and intensity of quickies and nooners: those delicious times when the urge to merge takes over. Veteran erotica author and first-time editor Tenille Brown has collected stories for Can’t Get Enough that highlight the essence of insatiable desire. With contributions from familiar names like Rachel Kramer Bussel, Jacqueline Applebee and Giselle Renarde, along with newer faces like Monica Corwin and Beatrix Ellroy, this is a book full of diverse and dynamic characters who are bold and daring. The authors here knock the theme of Can’t Get Enough right out of the park with stories that will leave readers as breathless as the characters they’re reading about, dying for more.

Sexy summer fun fill this anthology about gotta have it now encounters. There are strangers, old friends, and new lovers in this book. Every story in Can’t Get Enough is intense sex. Tenille Brown picked out 27 brilliant stories to delight the reader. This book includes a Foreword by Cole Riley and stories […]

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