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Dwayne S. Joseph's talents shine in this compelling coming-of-age novel about seventeen-year-old Brian Moore, who seems to be a "bad kid" thanks to his friends, but who's also struggling to escape the streets. Despite the straight A's Brian gets in school, there's still plenty of trouble swirling around him all the time, threatening to drag him down into it. Brian has no father and his mother, Deahnna, works two jobs so she's never around. His teacher, Jawan White, came from the same streets as Brian, and he knows there's more in Brian's future than being a thug, but his constant lecturing isn't helping matters any. But when Jawan falls for Deahnna, and Brian's girlfriend learns she's pregnant--that's when the real drama begins.
Can the daughter of a notorious drug kingpin be just as bold and bad as her daddy was? Candice Hardaway is about to find out in this exciting street tale! When Candy arrives home from school to find her entire family murdered, she turns to the only one she trusts, her uncle, Joseph "Rock" Barton. Rock's a reclusive hitman and "cleaner" who's been in service to Candy's father for years. He takes her in, and together they vow to avenge the murders. When she turns eighteen, her plans go into effect as she knocks off all her father's enemies, one by one, going up against some of the most dangerous killers in the game. But has she put her trust in the right hands? Or is she destined to face the same grisly fate as the rest of her family?
Killing her grandmother was a choice Helena Hunter made all by herself, but she wasn't thinking about the consequences of her actions when she pulled the trigger. Back home after eight years in prison, she finds that the little girl she left behind is now a teenage stranger who thinks her mother might be a monster. The family members who labeled her the black sheep want her to forget the fact that they all played a part in her downfall. And the wonder of being free again is overshadowed by the fear of a future filled with uncertainty.
Kennedy Logan is gorgeous, talented and in love with Drake Collins. She thinks it's the real thing; he's in for the sex. But she's not going to give up winning him without a fight. Because Kennedy doesn't give up--after all, she hasn't quit searching for her biological mother who abandoned her at birth. But things get to a point where it all becomes too much, resulting in a failed suicide attempt. Her life then gets considerably worse when her overbearing mother, Dorothy Logan, moves in with her, bent on getting her daughter's life back in order. The first step is getting rid of Drake Collins once and for all, with a little help from Kennedy's best friend, Taylor. But that's easier said than done.... At her psychiatrist's advice, Kennedy uses writing as her therapy. She starts to keep a daily journal detailing the erotic circumstances and family drama that led up to her despair. But what's really going on between the pages will be a shocker for everyone involved....
Ashley Antoinette (of Ashley & JaQuavis fame) steps out on her own once again with the next installment of her scandalously sexy Prada Plan series! Infamous bad girl Leah Richards may have lost Indie to YaYa, but that doesn't mean she's out of the game. You can't cross a woman like Leah and not expect there to be consequences--and that's just what Indie and YaYa are about to face when Leah captures and kidnaps the couple's baby girl, Skylar. This is no ordinary game of cat and mouse. Everyone knows that Leah is nuts and there are no limits to what she will do to get her revenge. Now YaYa's world is falling apart as she and Indie desperately search for their daughter, praying she's still alive. YaYa thought her street days were behind her, but now that the old demons have surfaced, she'll need a new plan to come out on top. But when all truths turn out to be lies, it's almost too much to take. Will Leah really kill baby Skylar? Can Indie hold on to his reign over Houston without falling victim to the game? And as long as Leah lives, is there any hope of Indie and YaYa and Skylar living happily ever after? All these questions and more will be answered in this heart-pounding sequel!
In the scorching sequel to Yoshi's Taboo, Corrections Officer Sierra Howell is back and trying to put her past behind her. Her torrid affair with inmate Rasheed Gordon landed her in hot water with her supervisors--and also pregnant with Rasheed's child. Sierra's determined to move on and make a proper life for herself and her baby, but Rasheed's not letting go that easy. He insists that all he wants is to be a good father to Messiah, but Sierra's not so sure it's a good idea for him to hang around--especially as Lamont's been like a father to Messiah since day one.... But old flames die hard and this one is nearly raging out of control. Will Sierra follow her head and marry Lamont--or will her heart win out and betray her again?
Chase Hidalgo has a good life. He works as a paralegal in his buddy Jacobi's successful law firm and has a loving wife, Dawn. Yet he feels unsettled. Like he still has dreams left unfulfilled. When he meets Ava in a bar, she seems to know him, but he has no idea who she is. A spark ignites between them, but intrigued as he is, Chase stays true to his marital vows. But when Ava pursues him, the attraction is too powerful to resist, and a fiery romance ensues. How does this mysterious woman seem to know Chase better than he knows himself? As Ava and Chase spend more time together, his comfy life starts to unravel, and it's clear that Ava will soon ruin him. But how can he let her go before understanding their true connection?
Keithe and his wife of fifteen years, Michelle, have not had a good marriage by any stretch of the imagination. It's bad enough that she neglects him, but she's stepped out on him, bringing home STDs. At forty-one, the handsome Houston attorney needs some real love in his life, and he starts to seek it out. Except Michelle knows all too well what he's up to--and even knows things about his potential prospects he doesn't. And now all of a sudden she doesn't want to let go of him, and will smash anyone who tries to come between her and her man. But Michelle is soon left to realize that her own betrayals are much deeper than she would care to believe in this powerful story of righting wrongs and finding peace in the soul.
Essence Bestselling Author Brenda Hampton presents Don't Even Go There, the story of Chase Jenkins, a troublemaking, backstabbing diva, who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, even going after her boss's husband.
Thirty and fine, Samson Judges is preacher of the Peaceful Rest Missionary Baptist Church . He's beloved by his congregation, but temptation is about to strike in the form of divalicious beauty Delilah, and only the Good Lord knows if Samson will be able to keep his head on straight with her. Especially considering he's about to be married to Julia Rivers. Julia helped shape Samson into the man he is, but Delilah wants to knock him down. He doesn't know she's been hired to distract him by real estate developer William Trusts, who wants to acquire the land where Samson's church stands.... Samson feels like his relationship with God puts him above it all, but his weakness for Delilah may just cause him to lose everything.
Can all sins be erased by faith? Now saved, former bad-girl Amaryllis Price is about to find out...whether she's ready for it or not. Once a professional husband stealer, Amaryllis has now taken a personal vow to walk the straight and narrow. You can take the diva out of the drama...but can you ever truly take the drama out of the diva? Especially now that the irresistible Charles Walker is back in her life. Can she really remain celibate when he's trying so hard to woo her back to the bedroom? And Amaryllis's friend Bridgette has drama to spare. Her boss's nephew seems to be standing in the way of the promotion she's worked so hard to earn. But will her burning, uncontrollable rage end up burning her in the end?
Meet Donald "Lucky" Gibson, an African-America detective. He was considered one of the best, until he joined his last unit. He quickly became corrupted. Instead of catching criminals, these cops were acting like one. They were labeled legal thugs with guns. After years of abusing his badge which led to an out of control coke habit, losing his family and falling in love with a young runaway prostitute. Lucky had enough. One night after an innocent Blackman was killed by his white partners, he testified in court. He used the media to expose his dirty team including his Captain and the Commissioner. After that, he became a marked man. Even the Mayor wanted him dead, Welcome to Corrupt City This crime filled drama places you in the middle of the belly of the beast. Grab hold of your seat because this action packed, page-turner will have you falling off the edge with anticipation. Every twist is unexpected and every character is a suspect.
Charismatic young pastor Hezekiah Cleveland and his wife, the beautiful and ambitious Reverend Samantha, certainly have their hands full with managing their less-than-perfect marriage and their drama-prone congregation in this exciting debut! There's Danny St. John, who opens up Hezekiah to the underworld of being "on the down-low." Then there's Samantha's secret lover, Reverend Willie Mitchell, also Hezekiah's biggest nemesis, who's in cahoots with her to take over Hezekiah's New Testament Cathedral. When a shocking turn of events takes place the day Hezekiah decides to come clean about his double life, and catapults Samantha to position of the leader of the flock, how long will she be able to keep up her own charade?
Young, sexually curious Serenity has always desired both men and women, so when she heads to college in Washington, D.C., she's excited to explore her own carnal limits when she hooks up with Sadie Smith. But soon her life will change forever. Brand new is this dangerous and exciting underworld Sadie initiates Serenity into, with all its sex and secrets, and Serenity can't help but become further entangled in Sadie's seductive web. But eventually, Sadie's obsession begins to fully envelop Serenity...and it looks like she'll never find a way to escape her lover's clutches. Well, there might be one way out. And as Serenity gets further pulled into Sadie's world of deceit, lies and danger, it may just be her only way out....
From the author of the action-packed Flint series comes the second book in a powerful new street series chronicling both sides of Baltimore's black market.
From the same author that brought you the Flint series comes a new town . . . a new drama. Treasure Hernandez is back with her second street series, chronicling both sides of Baltimore's black market. Derek Fuller is the head detective of a Baltimore narcotics unit. His team has been assigned to take down the biggest drug operation in the city. There's only one problem: the head of the operation is his brother, Scar Johnson. Separated in Baltimore's foster care system, they came from two different walks of life, but both met at the top on opposite sides of the law. With the Assistant District Attorney in their back pocket, this was a marriage made in heaven--until the drama and deceit enters. Delve into this treacherous story of love, deceit, lies, and murder. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and once one brother feels betrayed, the only retribution is death.
After doing a 5-year bid, all ex-drug dealer Breeze wants is a normal life with the love of his life and his children. Determined to stay on a straight and narrow path, he follows all the rules of his probation, and even works a full-time job as a janitor. But when the pressure becomes too much to handle, he reverts back to what he knows best. With everything under control, he's the happiest man alive--that is, until he realizes his happiness was achieved at the cost of another man's losses. This brings Breeze back to a part of his life he'd hoped never to relive. He puts his combat boots on and is ready for war, not knowing if the battle will land him back in lockdown. In order to keep his happiness, Breeze is willing to risk it all. Bestselling author Chunichi brings readers another engaging tale of life on the streets. The Streets Keep Calling will make you ask yourself, "How far would I be willing to go for survival?"
For those who have ever wondered what goes on at a men's retreat, author Dijorn Moss gives readers an in-depth look into the lives of four men who have looked for answers in all the wrong places . . . until now. Quincy is in the beginning stages of his divorce, but he still wants to know which church member had an affair with his wife. Jamal is on the verge of the promotion of a lifetime, but unresolved issues with his son, Jamir, threaten everything. Chauncey is a man who will go to great lengths for his church, but not for his terminally ill brother. Will is a young hustler who has been given a rare opportunity to make a choice that will change his life forever. These four men are all at a crossroads in their lives. Will they lay their burdens down at the cross, or will they choose paths that will cause more harm than good? It will all be revealed at the men's retreat, where they learn that they need God and his wisdom more than ever.
What should have been a normal day for Romia Smith turned into a life-changing chain of events. She was a high-heeled, leather wearing, skilled in the martial arts, and motorcycle riding bad-to-the-bone chick. The symbol of the Phoenix she has everywhere represents more than her strength. On that day someone frames her for the death of a man she does not even know and the worst part is...she is a cop. However, as the pieces began to fall into place, Romia was not sure about what was real and what was a lie. Her instincts told her to trust no one. Will her life ever be normal again? Or would she rise up out of the ashes like a Phoenix into a new and exciting life?
Now that Deborah has finally let go of the past that haunted her for so many years, is she ready to grab hold of love? The handsome Lynox Chase certainly hopes so, as he tries everything to win Deborah's heart. Even though she believes in her heart that Lynox is the husband God has for her, there still seems to be a barrier separating the two. The ringing of the wedding bells between Paige and Blake can still be heard echoing, but will the roar of temptation rear its ugly head when Paige begins to find comfort in the least-expected old friend? Just when Tamarra manages to put out one fire, yet another one sparks. When a relative of the person who committed an unspeakable act against Tamarra tries to strike up a relationship with her, what really strikes up is the largest blaze imaginable. Tamarra doesn't even have faith that God can get this one under control. Love, Honor or Stray is the most compelling book of the New Day Divas Series yet.
When a set-up goes wrong and Six finds herself sleeping with the enemy, who will she choose, the man she loves, or the man she's supposed to hate? Detroit hustlers Free and Six have been together seven years, but their relationship has been nothing but drama. Free hasn't been faithful and Six has taken out her hurt by physically hurting the other women. Free ends up in jail for three years, and when he's sprung, he's not happy to learn that Six has been living the high-life on his dime and blown through $100,000! Then Six gets entangled in one of Free's schemes and finds herself in a role almost too good to be true--posing as the woman of another man who actually treats her with respect. Though you can bet there won't be a "happily ever after" for anyone involved....
When Mecca's parents are killed in front of her by a family friend, she learns that true friends are few and far between. She is taken in by her aunt, and soon finds out who is really riding for her and who is just around because they fear the wrath of Aunt Ruby. Making a deal with the devil doesn't seem all that bad when you're sitting on top of the world, with endless amounts of money and designer everything, but it's not long before her beloved Aunt Ruby is snatched away from her. Mecca is forced to fend for herself. She learns to play with the hand she was dealt, but who will be left standing in the end? In Mecca's world, everyone is suspect, and no one can be trusted, not even family. When the truth is revealed to her, it is up to Mecca to decide if she'll do the right thing and lead a life of righteousness, or continue to walk down the same dark path as her aunt.
Lisette, the flawless beauty with the take-no-prisoners attitude is back! Along with her partners, Marlene and Aida, Lisette ruins marriages at the request of desperate, wealthy wives willing to pay large sums to stick it to their husbands. Control is what it's all about, and that's just what they give back to the wives. Enter Shante Hunt and Vivian Steele. Shante wants Lisette to set up her brother-in-law to prove to her sister that the man she married is no good. Vivian wants Aida to trap her husband, not so she can get a divorce, but to force him to realize how good he has it at home. It's business as usual, until Lisette's past comes back to wreak havoc in a major way. Someone is out for revenge, and when Lisette finds out who and why, things for both her and Aida will never be the same. Sex, suspense, intense drama, and murder . . . Eye for an Eye is an explosive sequel that will leave you with your mouth hanging wide open. This is Dwayne S. Joseph at his best!
Ten years after their home was almost torn apart by infidelity, Mona and Shawn Black are just getting back to normal . . . or so it seems. Both Shawn and Mona are still keeping secrets from each other and their immediate family. Back to his old tricks, James Parks exits prison older but not wiser, and his bitter rage seeks revenge. He again manipulates the lives of the Black family with knowledge of secrets that they hold locked away. He uses any and everyone in his path to get his payback; that is, until he stumbles onto someone who offers him something he vowed to do away with forever: love. Will Mona and Shawn learn that it is best not to keep secrets and just let the chips fall where they may? Will James bury the hatchet to try his hand at love once again? Is there still hope for these wayward souls, or will they be swallowed up by their lies and secrets once again? Secrets, lies, deception, murder, lust, and revenge rule the pages of this sophisticated drama. Let's see what happens when the gates of their lives swing wide open once again.
Broken-hearted, scorned Ceazia is home back in Virginia up to her old ways. With her road dawg, Diamond, by her side she's unstoppable, until the attention she's used to falls on the new booty and envy rears its ugly head. Trust no one without knowing their agenda in the scheme of things or be ready to find out who's game is tighter??
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