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Monday, April 4, 2011

Valentine by D.V. Hent

Title: Valentine
Author: D.V. Hent
Rating: 5
Headline: I Could Not Put This Book Down!
AWESOME, is the only word that describes the novel Valentine by D.V. Hent. From the very first sentence, I was addicted. The descriptive words and imagery used by Hent made me feel as if I was in the story myself.
The main character is a woman by the name of Sassia also known as Valentine. She is not your “normal” victim. She is a femme fatale, a woman on a mission. Hent is a breath of fresh air as this is not your typical “street lit” book, it is a fresh storyline still packed with emotion, violence, eroticism, and pain that makes this genre so popular.
Valentine is the definition of a page-turner. I completed it in less than twenty-four hours and it left me waiting for more. I do hope that D.V. Hent is considering a sequel. I would recommend this book to everyone that I know and I cannot wait to read more from Hent.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

You're All I Need by Karen White-Owens

Title: You’re All I Need
Author: Karen White-Owens
Rating: 3.5
Headline: Good Story but No Surprises
The book started off quite well as we are introduced Tia who is a young lady working as an assistant for an attorney. Tia is asked by her boss to help a new attorney from France get situated in their office. What was supposed to be a professional relationship turned into a romantic one once Tia realized her boyfriend was unfaithful a multiple number of times.
Tia’s new relationship is going quite well until her family meets the new boyfriend. Her grandmother and mother are against the interracial relationship and they do not hide their feelings. This creates one obstacle in the relationship but a much bigger one occurs when Christophe is offered a promotion back in his home country. He asked Tia to join him in France but her mother is a major hurdle.
The book was quite predictable as it did not have many twists and turns. You’re All I Need was a very quick read and enjoyable. The lovemaking scenes were quite HOT but were described in a respectable not raunchy manner. I would recommend this book to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Fighting the Blues as a Black Woman: How I Survived Suicidal Depression by Tanisha L. Herrin

Title: Fighting the Blues as a Black Woman: How I Survived Suicidal Depression
Author: Tanisha L. Herrin
Rating: 4
Headline: One Woman’s Journey to Healthy Living
One would think this book is a general self-help book to help guide a person work their way through depression but it is much deeper than that. Tanisha L. Herrin shares her personal journey of battling depression from her early teen years to her mid-twenties. She lets the reader experience pain that she felt as a child that did not fit into the “in” crowd during elementary and high school and to how the loss of her mother affected her mental state.
This book is not a clinical know-how on ways to overcome depression. It is a woman bluntly sharing her journey and the methods that she used to begin living a more positive lifestyle. While I have never battled depression, this was a great read to help me to notice the signs of depression and to have suggestions if I encounter someone that could be battling it. For that reason, I would recommend this book. I commend Tanisha L. Herrin for sharing so much of her person life with the public.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.