Welcome to the first annual Black History Month Hop hosted by Reflections of a Bookaholic and Mocha Girls Read a month long blogging event which focuses on giving black authors, books, and those who support them a month in the spotlight.
For the fourth week of the hop we have a few things planned for you. What’s a hop you ask? At the bottom of each post you will find a list of other sites participating in the hop. This way you can easily hop from one blog to another.
Weekly Topics for the Black History Month Hop
1st – 7th Black History Month Giveaway Hop
2nd – 4th Around Town
5th – 11th The Business of Black Books
12th – 18th Black Love
19th – 25th Black Books
26th – 29th The Best of…
We have a lot of giveaways going on right now from great Black authors. All winners will be announced on 2/29/2012.
Beverly Jenkins’s Book (2 winners) (Ends 2/21)
Delaney Diamond’s “The Temptation of a Good Man” (Ends 2/22)
Monda Webb’s “7:33am” (Ends 2/25)
This is the week we introduce you to books by Black authors or with Black character.
Review by Mocha Girl Wendy of Hardware
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing (November 1, 2011)
Camille Moyston has managed to put the nightmare of a violent attack behind her. Having forged a safe, predictable life, the last thing she needs is a cliché, an oversexed Jamaican male expressing interest.
For Quinn Mayhew, life is too good to waste time chasing a haughty, irritable woman who is too cautious to accept him for the man he is, but somehow she symbolizes everything he desires in his future.
When Camille’s inner fortress finally starts to crumble, Quinn is arrested for murder and everything changes…
I loved Quincy right off with his deceptively bad boy image. When at first we meet him, he is saving Camille from a savage rape and after seeing her safely back in her car he takes off and carries on with his life. A year later when we meet him again he’s a business client at lawfirm where Camille works. At the beginning he comes off brash and maybe arrogant. As we get to know him we see him just as someone who knows what he wants and is willing to do what he has to, to get it. He’s a really solid character.
The other aspect I fell in love with was how J.L builds her supporting characters and makes them distinct and believable individuals. One of them that made her way into my heart was Penny. She is the perfect example of some of those who are raised in environments with a degenerated moral fibre. She has no sense of self worth or love largely due to her over bearing, critical and domineering mother whom we never meet but hear much about. She develops into an insecure adult who overcompensates for her shortcomings by being fast, loose and loud. We never hear of her father and so I gather that her long string of unstable, short lived relationships is as much as search for love as they are for a father figure. The biggest problem is her lack of confidence in herself has her believing she doesn’t deserve better and leaves her unconsciously picking rotten to the bone men. This vicious cycle predictably becomes her undoing as it leads to a tragic end.
The MC on the other hand was really not to my liking but she did keep me turning those pages. She is a strong individual with strong values and an equally jaded view of any life that includes men. Although I could identify with some of her decisions, I found her very petty, full of grudges she wouldn’t let go off and exceedingly uppity.
Once again in Hardware J.L has put together a compelling story of love, and betrayal that’s not always followed by redemption. It’s a highly entertaining read and the pace will set your heart racing with the twists and turns in the plot. But of greater importance is that as only J.L does it, Hardware leaves you pondering the themes and lives of the characters long after you’ve finished reading the book.
I gave this a 5/5 rating.
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