Real Wifeys: Hustle Hard: An Urban Tale

Real Wifeys: Hustle Hard: An Urban Tale

by Meesha Mink


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The final novel in the racy Real Wifeys series teems with crime, sex, and betrayal as Sophie “Suga” Alvarez confronts the demons of her past and gets pulled into a dangerous criminal lifestyle.


Sophie “Suga” Alvarez is all about two things: loving her man and making her money.

Suga is the wifey of Dane, a man whose criminal lifestyle as a loan shark is in total contrast to her successful career in business. Dane swears he will go legit before they get married, but when their house is raided, Suga has to decide to avoid jail time by turning on him or standing by the man she loves. Things get more complicated when she steps in to run Dane’s business and has to use her book and street smarts to stay ahead of the game and out of the line of fire.

Meanwhile, when Suga learns the terrible truth about her father’s criminal past, she uncovers a secret that will change her relationship with her former best friend, Luscious, forever. Real Wifeys: Hustle Hard is the third and most explosive installment in a fierce and gritty series from one of today’s boldest voices in street lit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451688979
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Edition description: Original
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 865,536
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Meesha Mink is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books written under three names, including the Real Wifeys series and co-authoring the explosive Hoodwives trilogy. She was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, and lives in South Carolina. For more information, please visit

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Real Wifeys: Hustle Hard

  • I am all about my business. Be it my career or my man, I go hard for mine. I put in work like I’m starving and I love him like a drug that has me fucked all the way up. I hustle with the same intensity of any hip-hop entertainer or dope boy.

    I’ve busted my ass for the last six years climbing the corporate ladder. Good grades in high school. Better grades in college. Dean’s List. Internships. Graduating magna cum laude with a job offer that I was too smart to even think about turning down. I was on track to become a chief financial officer at the same firm and then my income would damn near triple.

    Yes, this little mixed African American and Puerto Rican girl from Newark, New Jersey, was one of those “success stories” that the press makes you think is so damn rare in this “inner” city, “ghetto,” or “hood.” Don’t let the news fool you into thinking nothing good grows in Newark. That’s bullshit. I know plenty of people who thrived: graduated college, worked hard every day, owned homes and paid rent with no problems, but those stories were outshined by the bad elements that every city has—even whitewashed middle America. I rep just as hard for my hometown as I rep for myself.

    Growing up in this city, I am that mix of common sense, street smarts, and book smarts. Humph. Fuck with me. Don’t get it twisted. When pushed, I am not a bitch you want to try lightly. I mean, I can’t front like I’m the kind of chick to hide a razor blade under my tongue ready for a fight but I go hard for mine, “25/8,” like Mary J. Blige: “Every minute of every hour, Still it ain’t enough time . . . ” I have the skills, brains, and the class to broker a seven-figure deal and the right hook to straight knock a bitch out if she make the mistake of thinking I’m too bougie to fight.

    I float between two worlds and although I’m comfortable in both, I am ready for some changes. The man I love doesn’t live within the law. Not slinging dope or gang banging or some shit like that; but nothing about his job is nine-to-five. Nothing about his hustle is safe or easy. See, living in fear of your man getting killed or arrested is torture.

    When he is out in those streets, deep into the world that he keeps from me, I can’t sleep or eat right. When he’s not by me, where I can lay eyes on him and feel him, I live life on the edge of sanity. I have fear that the wrong move on his part will lead to the feds taking him from me or some nigga on the come-up taking his life. And then where will I be?

    And on some real shit, the thought of losing him in any way scares me so much that I stay on the move. I stay busy. I’m a hamster on a fucking wheel. Going. Going. Going. Going. Going.

    Trying like hell to keep my fear from making my sanity completely . . . gone.

    Because I care about him. I love that motherfucker for real. I love to say it and think it and feel it. Emphasize it. Declare my shit.

    But our worlds are different and there ain’t shit about it that’s easy.

    All I need—all we need—is to make our shit legit. Professionally and personally.

    I sit down in front of my dressing table and use my brush to work the tangles from my hair. I do my makeup. I almost get by without really looking into my own eyes. Almost.

    The sadness I see in the chocolate depths has been there for such a long time.

    I glance at the clock. It’s just after midnight. Dane wasn’t home and the house felt empty as hell.

    My mind wasn’t on dumb shit like another bitch or nothing like that. His tricking and treating whores isn’t our issue at all. I just wanted him safe.

    For a second I look at myself. I mean really sit back and take a hard-core look at me. But I don’t see the pretty face people always tell me about. Or the hair a lot of women groan about me cutting. Or the curvy body my man loves. Or the smarts that were certified by Rutgers University.

    No, I don’t see any of that shit.

    All I see is a woman afraid of being left alone by a game I don’t even understand or have any part in.

    Somehow, I gotta figure out how to convince my man to get out the game before the game get us completely fucked up, because losing him isn’t a fucking option.

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    Real Wifeys 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Was a good read. Not so much a page turner but it keeps u interested. I dont like the way it ended, other than that all in all its a good read. Goldie is truly a hustler out there trying to get her money by any means necessary
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Very good book. I loved it.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I enjoyed her hoodwives series waaaay more. I recommend that series to anyone ! But this book just didn't set it off for me. It was an okay book. The profanity &&sex didn't bother me one bit. Its just the plot &&storyline was kinda everywhere.
    BeauutiLovve More than 1 year ago
    This is the first book i read from her and I will be reading more. I really liked this book. It was funny a little to me. Good book
    CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
    “Suga”, Sophie Alvarez’s world is about to take a severe turn.  She is the wifey of loan shark Dane.  All she wants is for Dane to go legit so they can marry and start a family.  When the house is raided, Suga has to make some tough decisions.  Her life gets even crazier when she tries to run Dane’s business. Suga also learns some information about her father and his past that changes her perception of her father and her relationships with friends of her past. Not having read the first two books in this series, I did not know the background of Suga and Dane.  But I was easily able to follow along and enjoy Real Wifey’s Hustle Hard.  Once I got past the profanity and an understanding of the “street talk” I was hooked. I enjoyed Sophie.  She stayed strong to who she is not giving in to marry Dane until he goes legal and also not letting her education go to waste and go for the “easy life”.   Sophie also showed her smarts, not just book smarts but street smarts.  When she has to be self-sufficient she proved she could.  She was also loyal.  Loyal to those who were loyal to her, a friend you could count on.  She will also call you out if she doesn’t believe in what they are doing. There was a lot of profanity, which does nothing for me, but it was necessary due to the settings of the book.  The sex was rather graphic and sometimes did not add much to the plot, but again I understand some of it was necessary due to the settings. I did enjoy the book, but probably will not read the first two in this series.  If profanity and sex does not bother you, the you will enjoy Real Wifey’s Hustle Hard.  This is definitely not a book for everyone, but it does have great characters and a catching plot, some will truly enjoy it. 
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Seem very unteresting
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The storyline is not bad but way too much profanity. It really turned me off. I wont recommend this book.
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    LadySilhouette More than 1 year ago
    This book was a good quick read. The plot was, what's become the "norm" for a lot of Urban Female writers (great bodies, unique looks, street smarts, buying up the malls and name brands galore), living "hood fabulous" and all that goes with it. This book did leave the door open for a lot more.
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    sdc1029 More than 1 year ago
    This is a great book to read. The author always does a great job with her books and I can't wait for the next one to come out. It took me 2 days to read this book.
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