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The Ugly Girlfriend

The Ugly Girlfriend

4.1 108
by Latrivia Nelson
LaToya Jenkins is the quintessential woman: smart, successful, grounded and determined. She only has one problem socially - she's overweight. As the "big one" of her girlfriends, she often faces rejection from the men of their social circle because of her size and/or her dark skin. And due to a painful past relationship, she gives up on love completely until, she


LaToya Jenkins is the quintessential woman: smart, successful, grounded and determined. She only has one problem socially - she's overweight. As the "big one" of her girlfriends, she often faces rejection from the men of their social circle because of her size and/or her dark skin. And due to a painful past relationship, she gives up on love completely until, she takes on Mitchell "Mitch" O'Keefe as a new client.

The Irish born architect needs a professional cleaning service to help him literrally clean up his life after a nasty divorce, but he winds up finding a true friend in LaToya, the owner of It's An Honor Cleaning Service.

While LaToya is handicapped emotionally by her baggage, Mitch thinks she's the strongest woman he's ever seen and a breath of fresh air in his hectic life. His only goal is to prove to her that his interest in her is more than lust sparked by curiosity.

Read the story of two beautiful people in totally opposite ways who help each other see that beauty is not skin deep but soul deep in the first book of Latrivia S. Nelson's Lonely Heart Series, The Ugly Girlfriend.


Editorial Reviews

Chaz Reviewer
The second book review is about The Ugly Girlfriend. I know I'm late in reviewing it, since this is the first book in The Lonely Heart Series, but I'm just glad that I finally read it. I happen to do things differently sometimes. I love that Mrs. Nelson always tackles a different topic in each of her books. How many times do we deny ourselves because of our own insecurities? Well, LaToya Jenkins is no exception. Compared to her friends, she is the odd one out, especially when it comes to men. Ev
Postcrd Princess Reviewer
I came across this book by accident, and I was glad I did. This book struck several personal cords with me. 1) It was about a black woman, 2) she was not your typical size 6; she was actually a size 14, and 3) she always felt like she did not fit in with her circle of friends. Because I was able to relate to LaToya on a personal level I was able to thoroughly enjoy the book.
This was an interracial romance, and I was glad the author didn’t take the typical path of black woman meets
SanNGa Reviewer
One of the reasons I love reading romance was depicted in this story.. inner beauty is what truly matters..

LaToya Jenkins is the quintessential woman: smart, successful, grounded and determined. She only has one problem socially - she's overweight. As the "big one" of her girlfriends, she often faces rejection from the men of their social circle because of her size and/or her dark skin. And due to a painful past relationship, she gives up on love completely until, she

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RiverHouse Publishing, LLC
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The Lonely Heart Series , #1
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Meet the Author

Latrivia S. Nelson is the author of Ivy'’s Twisted Vine (the largest modern interracial romance novel in its genre), the Medlov Crime Family Series including bestseller Dmitry's Closet and Dmitry's Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen. She is also a Public Relations Senior Specialist for the award-winning, highly-acclaimed firm, The Carter Malone Group (the largest female Public Relations firm in Memphis). Nelson's books are published by the Memphis-based company RiverHouse Publishing, LLC.

Nelson graduated from LeMoyne-Owen College (Memphis, TN) with honors obtaining a Bachelors Degree in business administration with a concentration in management (2003), Strayer University (Washington, DC) obtaining her MBA with a concentration in marketing (2007) and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Capella University.

As an observer of life, Nelson has enjoyed the numerous opportunities afforded her and writes about the wonderful and interesting people and places that she has encountered in her novels. She has been highlighted in Ebony Magazine, Elite Magazine (Memphis, TN), RSVP Magazine (Memphis, TN), the Commercial Appeal Newspaper (Memphis, TN) and numerous online publications.

Ivy’s Twisted Vine first debuted in February of 2008 and has since been featured by over 500 bookstores, book clubs, individual reviewers, online publications and blogs. It has sold thousands of copies in the states and has become very popular in Europe and Japan.

Nelson is the proud mother of two beautiful children (Jordan and Tierra) and the wife of decorated US Marine (Retired) Adam Nelson. They live in suburbs of Memphis.

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The Ugly Girlfriend 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm something of a novelty to this genre. A white man who like books about white men and black women. LOL! You would think that there would be millions of us all with our own short list of favorite IR authors. Well, unbelievably so, I am a rarity, but I'm true to genre. I have a black wife and I have recently acquired a taste for these very SPECIFIC types of books. My wife introduced this author to me and I have recently purchased all of her books along with Stephanie Morris and Erosa Knowles. I'm told that these are best of the best. Time and patience will help me see if this is a correct statement or not. Off of my rant and my introduction into this world of faceless critics, I started off my journey with Latrivia Nelson with the first book of her popular series and I'm hooked. From a man's point of view, The Ugly Girlfriend was an easy, short read that got to the point, several points in fact. Her choice of situations, the underlying issues and overt modern racism gave it a relevancy in this society that can only be articulated by dark, dark black women and the men who love them. As the other half of a beautiful marriage to woman as midnight as midnight and as beautiful as the rising son, I am proud to have found an author who based upon her website is by all accounts HOT, write about women who have been forcefully and unfairly pushed into such an unfortunate category and sprinkled with nasty little stereotypes. Mrs. Nelson intrigues me. I've read the reviews. She's been called everything from promising, to the best in the genre to the worst author who ever wrote a damned book. In my opinion, she is a true artist who captures the world in these incredible little stories that evoke serious thought. That's what art is about, evoking thought. And she does it well. I'll be buying all of her books for a long time. By the way, The Ugly Girlfriend was a great story.
WINNIE_50 More than 1 year ago
I had a pretty lonely Christmas myself, but this book kept me wrapped up from front to finish. I saw it first on Amazon but since I bought myself a Nook, I took a chance here. It was well worth the $3. And it has amazing reviews all over the Internet. For those who might wonder, the book is actually 125 pages.
Libro_demonio More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I was able to relate to the main character LaToya Jenkins, as well being on the heavy side. This short story will draw you in hoping that you could one day meet and have a Mitchell "Mitch" O'Keefe in your life. Only 65 pages this book brings you into a world which most people have to face dealing with weigh, sex and relationship, family, and friendship.
eBookitude_DotCom More than 1 year ago
As always Latrivia brings the heat with well thought out plots and great charactors to fall in love with. Would give it a second read. Can't waite to see what's next in the series. Great job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story to read over and over, which I have. I didn't give it 5 stars because the story wasn't long enough. This story sends a good message that BBW women of a darker color can find love outside of their race. Some people are afraid to step outside of their race. I say do what makes you happy. I've been in an interracial marriage for over 10 years. Both our family and friends get along with no problems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was curious about the title but really offended by the basic concept even though I kinda liked the story. Marylin Monroe was a size 12/14..... never heard her described as fat or ugly. And ugly is a state of mind that comes from inside. Ugly girlfriend indeed!! What a rediculous notion . At size 14 women are hot! Ask the guys... and a natural size 38C is sexy. All in all good book .... change the title.... how about finding true love in all the right places? Then I'd rate it 5 stars.
Nook_AddictPL More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. There is someone out there that loves you for what and who you are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read. It held my attention and I finished reading it in one day. I will definitely buy other books from this author.
foxyTF More than 1 year ago
I've been reading Ms. Nelson Medlov Crime family saga and have enjoyed every book. She did not disappoint with venturing outside of the mafia element. This was an enjoyable short story. Keep up the good work Ms. Nelson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly loved this book.the fact that true love trancends everthing...... what a wonderful message. Thank you Latrivia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the only book i read from her and i loved it! I love the concept of the book. I cant for her other three books. :) You guys need to read this book. Im serious! Seriously!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by her and i cant wait for more! Get all three of them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actually she wasn't a big girl or I guess depending on what you call big girls. This was not what I expected given the title. You will have to read it to find out where the title originate from, want give that secret away. I recommend.
pattycakePF More than 1 year ago
I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK!!!! I found it to be very real... and the characters were great.. I loved LaToya's strength even in the mist of her insecurities... I loved the way the author developed the relationship, which was very refreshing... I wish we could have seen more now the relationship progressed between Mitch and LaToya as well as her relationship with her girlfriends.... I've read other books by Mrs. Nelson and they are all great reads...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
ShirleeSB More than 1 year ago
Great read!!
Niseydix More than 1 year ago
I ran across this book by chance, and I must admit it was truly a good read. I have to tell you that once I finished the book I order the rest of the author books on my nook. I am currently waiting for her next to books to come out!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love LaToya and Mitch's story. It was nicely written. This was my second time reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great characters were great....wanted the ook to go on so I could se where angela relatioshilp with byron went also the final outcome of elain I was not disappointed at all goinu to read the other books in the seris
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book, I just hate that it was so short! This book told the story of a young woman who was considered the bigger one of her friends, how she fell in love, overcame her insecurities, with the help of a man who saw her for herself....beautiful!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read. Plot seems unreal possibly because life has a way of making you expect the worse.
molly Bennett More than 1 year ago
Reaffirms love has no shape or color. It fluid like water. Make me hopeful for big girls like myself everywhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book, but I wish that it had been a little longer. You will not regret purchasing it!
HERSHEE25 More than 1 year ago
I can totally relate to this story... I am considered the largest of my friends & I know the feeling of rejection LaToya and Mitch prove that not what's you see on the outside it's what's on the inside that counts!!
Evangeline Fields More than 1 year ago
Throughly enjoyed this book. Started reading it and could not put it down, had to finish it. Look for more of the story. Big girls want to be loved too. Written with a lot of class, not showing the character as desperate to get anything thrown her way. Smart Black Voluptous Sister!