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Posted March 28, 2010
Hard on the outside creamy on the inside is the best way to describe Cheetah in this street tale. Opening the book I didn't know what to expect, but I got a lot more than what I thought I'd get. Cheetah is the female version of a male drug lord. She hustles hard and loves hard. After being robbed and beaten half to death she was out for straight revenge. She was out to get who got her, but luckily her best friend and partner in crime Naj convinced her to lay low and get her head right before she went out and did something stupid. Cheetah listened and it was a wise decision.
Cheetah experiences it all; love, murder and all the madness that comes with the street life and you would think as a female she'd lose it, but she holds it all down. She takes care of her family and even though she had to deal with a dope fiend sister, she still took care of her and made sure she was okay. Just as she did for everyone she knew that needed her.
To say more would give away the ending and I recommend you read it for yourself because it is definitely a page turner. It took me a minute to get pass the lesbian lifestyle, but when I did the book delivered. I loved the way the story builds and I like the fact that Cheetah was so balanced. She had a hard side and a soft side so that kept me relating to her character. Overall Missy did an excellent job with telling this story. I am definitely looking forward to her next novel. Great job Missy and much more success to you.
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Posted November 7, 2010
Harriet Wilson's "Secret Betrayals" follows the lives of three women whose lives are intertwined by friendship and the betrayals that are ultimately revealed. First, there's Chante, who is married to a successful man and has two beautiful children. Yet, Chante has a special friend who may drive a wedge into her happy home. When her secret is revealed, will she allow her family to be destroyed?
Next, there's Latoya (Toya for short). She has lots of special friends and she uses them to get what she wants. But, what will happen when true love arrives but the special friend won't let go?
Finally, there is Jasmine. When her secret friend is announced to the world, will she be able to do what is right or continue with her ultimate betrayal?
"Secret Betrayals" is all about friendship, secret friendships, betrayals and the truth. The combination of all these elements leads to action that is steamy and volatile, sultry and explosive. Wilson's story is a very fast read. I found myself fully engaged in the novel from beginning to end. That aside, there were quite a few grammatical errors that proved distracting at times. Otherwise, it is a good read.
Reviewed by: Flashette