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Posted February 11, 2008
'A Box of White Chocolate', is the debut novel by Mr. Daamon Speller, and I purchased this novel because of the catchy title and the intriguing synopsis, unfortunately, it didn't meet my expectations. It is just an okay read. I thought the storyline had great potential, and the main character definitely had some deep issues, but I don't think the author pulled it together effectively. Bailey Gentry's witty dialogue and sometimes hilarious antics although, entertaining just wasn't enough to hold my interest. I also found this novel slow-paced and quite long. The BARELY existent romance between Bailey and Tony is lacking in any fire or heat, so despite the intriguing ups and downs of their budding relationship, it's not a very MEMORABLE romantic tale. While reading this novel, I often found myself desperately wanting to skip a head in order to get to the 'GOOD STUFF'. I would have to agree with the other reviewer this is definitely an 'unfulfilling' read!
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Posted September 14, 2009
I received this book as a gift from my boyfriend (who is white), ironic right? I didn't know what to except with this and boy...did I get a handful! I couldn't put this one down. I read the majority of it at work on breaks and laughed out loud at most of it. I loved it but I found myself wanting more. I went through every emotion you could think of while reading, and to me, the best fiction will make you happy, sad and angry all in one. This one definitely made me want to slap the crap out of Bailey for her attitude but in the end that's how some people think. Regardless of all that, I really did enjoy this and will be looking into talking my guy into buying me another Daamon Speller novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 19, 2009
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Author Daamon Speller has taken a sneak peak into the lives of single women and written a tell-all expose`. "A Box of White Chocolate" is a hillarious read, that will keep you flipping the pages to see what could possibly happen next. Thirty-Seven year old Bailey Gentry is a successful black attorney who seems to have her head on straight when it comes to everything except men. Like many single females, Bailey finds herself lowering her standards of dating, with the hopes of finding the right man. She willingly overlooks obvious flaws for the honor of having a man.
This book is a very easy read, and flows perfectly, as the author takes us on a journey through relationships past and present, with a woman who wants only what every woman wants: someone to love, and to love her in return. Bailey knows what she wants. She wants a successful man, who dresses nice, and holds the same interests and standards as herself. So she goes through men, moving them into her place, driving them around, doing the things she knows she shouldn't have to. I found this story very easy to relate to. Though this book was fiction, so many women put themselves out there like that. Loving the wrong type of men because they feel the right man, the man they truly want, just isn't there. So they settle for the man that has the car, but no job, or the job, but no car, knowing full well they want the man with both the job AND the car. Bailey, in search of that one, decides to give a white man a try, and the comedic drama really begins.
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It was so real to me, the things that Bailey went through. If you want to read a book that will yank at all of your emotions, then this is that book. I laughed, I cried, I hurt.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate this book a 5 because it's that good. Daamon Speller left nothing out in telling this story. Tremendous Job!
Sandra Peoples, Reviewer
Posted March 7, 2009
Enjoyed it,I found it well written kept me wanting more I read this book in 2 days because I just could not put it down. The author kept it real, and this topic is kept so hush hush and hardely ever spoken about in public because it is still considered taboo in today's society. I am one of those that strongly believe that love no matter what form or color or religion can hit you at anytime it's how the person treats you that really matters so never say never.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 27, 2008
I expected a different ride on this book. There is definitely talent exhibited by the writer. I struggled with liking the character from the beginning. She didn't seem to want to think outside the box. I can certainly understand your upbringing playing a major role in how you see life but sometimes we have to examine what we learned and discern whether it is fitting or appropriate. We often talk about how other races are so stringent about their thoughts and ways and yet we can be so short sighted. As many single women Africa American women that are out there wanting to a good man, they have to be willing to open their minds and not let color be a factor. Its all about how the man treats you. Honestly bailey got on my nerves most of the book but I did finish to see where the author would take her, whether she would grow or be inhibited by her close mindedness. The book serve the purpose for those who read to learn a lesson that love has no color and like her friend said , you can't say who you will love or what the package will be. If we don't want to be alone we have to be open,not settling but open to all there is out there. I feel the author does have a future in writing , this was a beginning .Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2008
This is a terrific book. I highly recommend this novel to all ladies. I found myself agreeing with several points throughout the book. At times, I laughed, cried and couldn¿t wait to go to the next chapter. This book had my attention from the beginning to the end. I¿m extremely impressed by Mr. Speller¿s work and look forward to reading his next novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2008
This book will make you examine your own motives as well as your prejudices, not just about people of other color, but about men in general. I found myself rooting for Bailey to find Mr. Right, as I know many girlfriends struggling with her same issues. I highly recommend it to all the single ladies, and for the married ladies, I think you'll enjoy the humor in this book. I'm looking forward to more from this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2008
Posted February 18, 2008
This is an intelligent, respectful and well-written book with heart. The writer addresses a great deal of racially charged issues respectfully and does a great job of presenting a bright and believable character in her search for the man of her dreams.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2008
A train ride into the city is a multitude of seconds to short! From the moment I started reading this book, I dreaded putting it down. I am a train rider into the city (Wash, D.C.) and itâ¿¿s been a while since I read a book where I dread my 45 minute ride ending! Great book and good twist to the ending!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2008
An excellent read, especially for us 'old schoolers'! Speller's debut novel blends humor and candor in regards to Bailey's professional and personal relationships, which at times become intertwined. Bailey's dating dilemma is a reality check for black women! I look forward to more of his work!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2008
i loved this book it is a wakeup call to black women that if we keep waiting for that 'black prince' we may miss out on love cause black men definitely arent waiting for us. it tells us this from a man point of view, that means listen ladies love can come in any color, shape or form. can't wait to see what else this author has in store for us.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2008
A Box of White Chocolate explores the possibilities of interracial relationships for African American women, a topic that has been increasingly in the forefront due to the significant numbers of single African-American women. I found the book to be a quick, enjoyable read, and very entertaining. I found the main character, Bailey, to be believable and a pretty accurate composite of the single woman trying to find love despite encountering disappointing outcomes. I also liked the fact that the story takes place in Washington D.C., an area known for its difficult dating scene. Hope the next book by Daamon Speller covers another controversial topic related to dating and relationships.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2010
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