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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

St. Louis, Here I Come

Who would've thought that the men in St. Louis were so irresistible?

Gavin "Gunz" Marciano heads the most successful and ruthless drug empire in St. Louis. He's undeniably handsome and packs enough sex appeal (literally) that would make a Nun "drop down to the...
Who would've thought that the men in St. Louis were so irresistible?

Gavin "Gunz" Marciano heads the most successful and ruthless drug empire in St. Louis. He's undeniably handsome and packs enough sex appeal (literally) that would make a Nun "drop down to the floor with it." Due to his father's abandonment and an unexpected death of a loved one, Gunz is somewhat detached from relationships until he catches the eye of the beautiful and chic, Gray Rose.

After being alone for over a year, Gray is looking for a man to rock her world. Gunz is everything she's looking for in a mate. Sadly, he's simply not ready to settle down with one woman. Deciding that she'd rather have a small piece of Gunz instead of nothing at all, Gray halfheartedly chooses to go with the flow. Their "relationship" is rocky from the start but they can't seem to get enough of each other.

Gunz and Roses possesses romance, drama and comedy as the author introduces colorful characters into the equation:

Gray's friend, Tee-Tee or Miss. Tee If Your Nasty, is a gay man who dresses in couture drag. "She's" always down for the crown when it comes to Gray and their two friends, Heidi and Kema. There's also Gunz's overzealous uncle, Clyde, who couldn't carry a tune if his life depended on it. They were both comical.

Truth, the best friend of Gray, brings the drama as he's secretly obsessed with Gray. Oblivious to Gray, he loathes the fact that she has chosen Gunz over him.

Gunz and Roses sparks a familiarity that I thoroughly enjoyed. The ending was slightly hurried although it didn't disparage the integrity of the story. I'm rating it five stars.

Well job done Keisha. It was certainly worth the wait.

posted by AndreaDenise on August 28, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

What's Love Got to Do with It?,

Let me start by saying, my expectations for this book were high. It's no secret I am totally, unequivocally, absolutely, and positively anti-TCP. As such, I haven't had a chance to sample the talent of one Keisha Ervin, with the exception of her novella FINDING FOREVER ...
Let me start by saying, my expectations for this book were high. It's no secret I am totally, unequivocally, absolutely, and positively anti-TCP. As such, I haven't had a chance to sample the talent of one Keisha Ervin, with the exception of her novella FINDING FOREVER published by Priority Books. But that's a novella; I need a full length story to see what an author is working with. I had heard here and there, over and over again readers raving about Keisha's novels. So, again, my expectations were high.

Ervin's new novel, "Gunz and Roses" chronicles the `relationship' of Gray Rose, a bi-racial beauty and fashion editor, and Gavin "Gunz" Marciano, a sinfully handsome drug kingpin. Gray is looking for love and her happily ever after while Gunz is living in the moment. For him, it is what it is. And what it isn't is a committed relationship. So here we have it. Boy meets girl. Girl likes boy. Boy likes girl. Boy and girl have sex. Boy and girl argue. Boy and girl have sex. Boy and girl argue. Boy and girl have sex. Boy and girl argue...It's a vicious cycle of dysfunction and foolishness.

"Gunz and Roses" is a "story of street love," according to the synopsis. However, if that is the case, this novel failed at its very premise. Gray and Gunz were not believable as a couple. The sense of a bond or chemistry that is imperative to make the plot convincing is never established. They had sex. They argued. That a relationship does not make, much less love. Instead, it leaves readers disconnected, removed from the feelings the novel hopes to evoke.

Also, sadly, Gunz and Gray fall into the pattern of stereotypical characters. I won't even get started on their designer clothes, Gray's looks (black and Korean with BLUE eyes and bootylicious) or Gunz's swagger (10-inch thang thang with a net worth of over 50 million). "Gunz and Roses" asks readers to believe the unbelievable, but then fails to provide any accompanying support.

In addition to being an avid reader, I'm a huge movie buff. So I was very disappointed to see the scene from one of my favorite movies literally play out on the pages of this novel. Are you serious? That wasn't cool at all. Be creative. Be original.

I wanted to like this novel. I really did. There were too many shortcomings. It's unfortunate that they mired the novel to a level of superficiality and predictability. In the end, "Gunz and Roses" was flat and unconvincing.


Reviewed by: Toni
2.5

posted by OOSABookClub on September 20, 2009

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

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    What's Love Got to Do with It?,

    Let me start by saying, my expectations for this book were high. It's no secret I am totally, unequivocally, absolutely, and positively anti-TCP. As such, I haven't had a chance to sample the talent of one Keisha Ervin, with the exception of her novella FINDING FOREVER published by Priority Books. But that's a novella; I need a full length story to see what an author is working with. I had heard here and there, over and over again readers raving about Keisha's novels. So, again, my expectations were high.

    Ervin's new novel, "Gunz and Roses" chronicles the `relationship' of Gray Rose, a bi-racial beauty and fashion editor, and Gavin "Gunz" Marciano, a sinfully handsome drug kingpin. Gray is looking for love and her happily ever after while Gunz is living in the moment. For him, it is what it is. And what it isn't is a committed relationship. So here we have it. Boy meets girl. Girl likes boy. Boy likes girl. Boy and girl have sex. Boy and girl argue. Boy and girl have sex. Boy and girl argue. Boy and girl have sex. Boy and girl argue...It's a vicious cycle of dysfunction and foolishness.

    "Gunz and Roses" is a "story of street love," according to the synopsis. However, if that is the case, this novel failed at its very premise. Gray and Gunz were not believable as a couple. The sense of a bond or chemistry that is imperative to make the plot convincing is never established. They had sex. They argued. That a relationship does not make, much less love. Instead, it leaves readers disconnected, removed from the feelings the novel hopes to evoke.

    Also, sadly, Gunz and Gray fall into the pattern of stereotypical characters. I won't even get started on their designer clothes, Gray's looks (black and Korean with BLUE eyes and bootylicious) or Gunz's swagger (10-inch thang thang with a net worth of over 50 million). "Gunz and Roses" asks readers to believe the unbelievable, but then fails to provide any accompanying support.

    In addition to being an avid reader, I'm a huge movie buff. So I was very disappointed to see the scene from one of my favorite movies literally play out on the pages of this novel. Are you serious? That wasn't cool at all. Be creative. Be original.

    I wanted to like this novel. I really did. There were too many shortcomings. It's unfortunate that they mired the novel to a level of superficiality and predictability. In the end, "Gunz and Roses" was flat and unconvincing.


    Reviewed by: Toni
    2.5

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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