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Greed is defined as an excessive desire to possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially wealth and power. A gold-digger is defined as a person who dates someone simply to extract money from them. Twenty-six-year-old Chanel Franklin fits both definitions to a tee. Her 'Married to the Money' mentality leads her to make more than a few bad choices. On the road to riches, she gets caught up in a whirlwind affair with a certified baller. After losing her mind and common sense, she gives up a good job, a great man, and a comfy lifestyle just to live life in the fab lane. On Chanel's journey to obtain the finer things in life, she quickly realizes the grass isn't always greener on the other side. More money almost always means more problems! She's been betrayed by family, friends, and a few false admirers. She's also learned more lessons, both physical and mental, than she cares to remember. When she realizes money is the root of all evil, it may be too late. Everything comes at a price--hers just may be her life.Show more
He's rude, judgmental, intimidating and everything you don't want in a man, yet for some reason you find yourself enticed by a thug love - well that's what happens when three women cross paths with the Ramsey men. Kanada Alton is a twenty-six year old mother who finds herself homeless by the hands of her baby father. With her only hope to find her parents who moved to another State, she sets out for New York and in doing so she crosses paths with Alvaro 'Wrath' Ramsey - the King of New York. Their meeting is anything but pleasant when Kanada makes a mistake leaving Wrath believing she's an unfit mother. Still, he finds himself having to help the young mother and soon Kanada finds herself falling for the rude Wrath. But is her past really that? And can Wrath overlook what brought them together?A'Moya Morse is in the wrong place at the wrong time which leads her in the path of Pharaoh 'Legion' Ramsey - or was it destiny? Their worlds collide on that one night and despite Legion being a man that's carrying too many demons and believes he's too damaged to love, A'Moya finds herself drawn to him, even when he tries to push her away. However, eventually he gives in. But when he reveals a life changing secret to her, was he right when he said that he was too damaged for love? Nothing in life usually bothers Dior Alfred except drug dealers. She hates everything about them and what they do, for personal reasons. So when she meets Jashawn 'Surge' Ramsey he is the prime example of why she hates them so much. But soon Surge's life is in danger and the same person who hates him ends up helping him. And while doing so, Dior falls for the same person she grew to hate. Their connection is real and neither is willing to let the other go but their paths were connected long before they met, in a way they didn't expect. So what happens when they have no choice but to walk away? Come take a ride with Kanada, A'Moya and Dior whose lives are turned upside down when they find themselves enticed by a thug love.Show more
Urban bestseller Anna J and Honey bring the heat in this latest juicy installment of the Full Figured Series. 'Other Women's Husbands' by Anna J: Nobody wants a bone but a dog. That's been Zaria's motto for as long as she can remember. Gorgeous in the face and thick in the waist, she drapes every inch of her plus-size frame in nothing but designer if for no other reason than her own insecurities. She has to stay on point because in her world, she can't be fat and sloppy at the same time. She thinks she has met the love of her life in Tariq, but she soon finds out he's just like the rest of them--only with her for her clout, and still a cheater. Zaria makes the decision to play the same game everyone else is playing. No one's husband is off limits. Will Tariq learn from this flip in the script, or will he lose his wife forever? 'Whole Lotta Lovin'' by Honey: Thick in the waist with the most gorgeous face has always been the best description of Harmony Baxter. She has a pleasant personality and the IQ of a genius. Unbeknownst to most, Harmony also has the voice of a soulful angel. She's managed to keep her rich, velvet timbre a secret, simply blending in, until a handsome, sexy teddy bear of a choir director comes along. The brother has so much swagger that he makes Harmony want to sing seductive lullabies and rock him to sleep in her bed every night. After a sex scandal at his former church, Dorian Hendrix is blessed with a second chance with a new congregation in Atlanta. He still loves pretty women and 'grown folks' activities,' but he's vowed to be more careful this time around--until he accidentally discovers a secret about his most loyal choir member. Will Dorian's past as a hardcore player hinder his chances at making a love connection with Harmony? And will her insecurities stop her from lifting her voice in song and sharing all the love and passion in her heart with a brother who is ready to receive it?Show more
Neighborhood tensions reach a breaking point in the finale of New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe's captivating series that sweeps readers back to 1930's Alabama and into the lives of two neighboring couples whose deceitful friendships and imperfect marriages are just the beginning of their troubles... In this captivating Depression-era set novel by New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe, two couples find their grudges endangering more than their Alabama small town's deceptive peace . . . When good-time couple Milton and Yvonne Hamilton moved one house over from the respectable-but-restless Odell and Joyce Watson, it was a fast friendship of shared secrets--and secret jealousies and betrayals. Their alliance was bound to crash and burn, but the Hamiltons won't quite let the flame die out, even after scandalous accusations get them arrested... Odell would do anything to be free of his bootlegging, blackmailing, money extorting neighbors and recover the peaceful--and financially prosperous--life he and Joyce once had. But Milton and Yvonne seem to always bounce back from bad luck, and this time they've returned angrier, and greedier, than ever. Determined to get what Odell 'owes' them, the Hamiltons have a big surprise for Joyce too, one that shows how far they will go to get revenge . . . Now pushed past his breaking point, Odell is sure he's got a foolproof plan to end the scheming once and for all. But it soon spirals into lies, shattering violence, and permanent damage that will roil their tranquil community, and alter his and Joyce's world forever . . .Show more
After a hurricane of events, so many lies and secrets are left undisclosed between the Borrego brothers and their leading ladies. As Micah fights to regain Risas trust, she battles against her past with Zo, as well as for her future as a lawyer. Shortly after Dre discovers Romis baby is his, he takes another life-changing blow that could ruin him and Romi indefinitely. Even though Dame and Raina are the youngest in the pack, they work hard to get their relationship in a good place. But will Dame have the self-control it takes to win Raina over for good or will there be someone else waiting to sweep her off her feet? And while Melo continues to break down Raquels tough exterior, she finds out some devastating news that could be detrimental to the entire Borrego family. Melo has an extremely difficult time processing it all. But will it come in between the two of them or bring them closer together? Find out in this second and final feature of Loving a Borrego Brother.Show more
Anna J is back with her tenth novel, and she's coming out the door blazing hot! Get ready for the ride of your life. Two is company, but three is definitely a crowd, especially when we all want the same man. Who does a man love more: the woman he lies to or the woman he feeds the truth? In the game of love and war, it's so easy to get sidetracked when you're the most sought after guy in your city, but for Chase Warren, he wants more. Bedding chicks is light work for him, but finding a forever queen proves to be a little more challenging. That is, until he lays eyes on Selah. She has everything he's looking for and more, but one mistake could cost him everything. Will Chase tell Selah the truth to save his relationship, or will he slip up before he gets the chance to save face? Men will be men, but with a woman like Selah, being reckless comes with consequences that could truly be the end of him.Show more
New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber and Essence bestseller La Jill Hunt return with a story of love, betrayal and racism in the next addition to the wildly popular Family Business series. From the time he was a boy in Georgia, LC Duncan, patriarch and leader of the Duncan clan, has battled racism. Even now that he and his family are truly successful, the racism can still be in-your-face. Maybe its the political climate or perhaps its just bad timing, but LC and the rest of the Duncans are being challenged by the ultimate power-hungry racist, Sheriff KD Shrugs. Nevada Duncan is at that age when girls and sex are always on his mind. His handsome face and superior intellect attract Kia, the beautiful Blasian call girl who tempts him into running away to a place where the Duncans are definitely not wantedEl Paso, Texas, the home of KD Shrugs. What is the worst thing that can happen to a handsome, rich millennial? Rio Duncan would say its mistaken identity after being beat down in a nightclub by someone who thinks hes Roman Johnson, a stickup kid who happens to be Rios doppelganger. What happens next will open up the biggest can of worms the Duncans have ever had to deal with. Get ready for another roller coaster ride with the Duncan family.Show more
'Sometimes you have to give people a taste of their own medicine!' ~ Unknown Everyone has at least one secret they will carry with them to the grave. Some secrets have the power to destroy everything within their path. What happens when a secret has deadly consequences? Do you ignore it to escape the pain you have caused? Are you able to resist its grip on your life that would prevent any sign of progress? Dr. Binet, your favorite doctor from Latoya Chandler's The Case Manager, returns in The Therapist to remind you that even therapists need therapy. After hearing so many painful stories from her patients, Dr. Binet finds her mind consumed in ways that drive her to action. The purpose of counseling is to heal open wounds, yet it can fuel the urge for revenge. Discover how Dr. Binet's dark secrets and unhealed wounds spill over into her daily decisions. A vow to confront her skeletons brings out an unfamiliar side that scares her. Her need for revenge intensifies and rouses Dr. Binet's urge to inflict pain. How long will she be able to function as a therapist and heal from the secrets held deep inside? Join Dr. Binet, Candice, and numerous other characters from The Case Manager as they strive to heal once and for all.Show more
Welcome to Detroit, Michigan, home of the grittiest, illest, most hardcore, crime-infested, poverty-stricken neighborhoods in the country. It's sometimes referred to as the Murder Capital because of the huge murder rate that never ceases to surprise us, the Murder Mitten, or the Dirty Glove because of the state's shape on the U.S. map. Detroit is home to many scholars, rappers, athletes, and concerned citizens, but the streets belong to those in the underworld-addicts, dealers, and the women who help run the show from behind the scenes . . . The Real Hoodwives of Detroit! No, you won't see these ladies on any television show, but you will see them make appearances in court for their mans' hearing, or at the county jail on visiting day. You might even catch them riding shotgun, with a nine tucked in their Fendi bag, waiting to pop off and protect their men at any cost. And of course, they make appearances in the hood, twenty-four seven, three hundred and sixty-five days of the year. Follow Nikki, Tonya, Chloe, Mina, and Gucci as they ride you through Detroit, one city block at a time. Watch as the tales of the black and dangerous unfold right before your eyes. In Detroit, only the raw and real survive living to see another day. These streets are known for breaking the weak and leaving them helpless. They aren't made for everybody. Scared? You should be . . . WELCOME TO DETROIT!Show more
Qua loves Wynner. Wynner loves Qua. Easy enough, right? But Wynner came with two brothers who couldn't stand Qua with their baby sister. Qua couldn't stand not having Wynner with him, even if he didn't have his life together. With faith, his word and love, he grabs his love's hand and marries her at the court house. Flash forward five years, and all the promises that Qua has made Wynner he has come through on them. To stay true, secure the bag & be her ace through all her pain. With Wynner always being sick, everyone babies her and is always worried about her. As a wife, she supposed to nurture and cater to her husband, but always being sick, she feels less than a wife. When Qua's childhood friend comes to the city, she's sure to shake things up between the couple. Will they take their vows to heart? Or will Uzi be making his baby sister a widow? Uzi is feared by everything with a beating heart in New York. He and his brother's name ring bells in the New York City streets. If you and the Mcknight brother's name are mentioned in the same breath, you know you won't live to speak about it. With no time for a woman, Uzi usually slides in women and dip after. But, when a smart talking bartender at his favorite strip club catches his eyes he chases her like a lion does an antelope. Remi is so over men wasting her time & spitting game that she doesn't want to play. Working two jobs, she doesn't have time for games. When Uzi approaches her at work, both their words collide at full force. In a situationship, she continues to ignore Uzi until it becomes too much to handle. Will Uzi eventually shoot a arrow in her heart? Girl, take it all off cause I know you extra, Future's words couldn't ring truer for Remi's younger sister, Tweeti. Being the heavier of the two, she's was always overlooked as a child. Until now, where all the boys that played her for being plus sized, are same men chasing her. Tweeti doesn't know what she wants to do with her life. One week she wants to save lives then the next she wants to take them. When Jahquel rolls into her life, she's taken back. Never being with a man in a wheel chair, she shuts him down. What happens when Jah eventually captures her heart? Jahquel used to run the same streets his older brother now owns. A gun shot to the back stopped that, but it didn't stop his ruthless and rude demeanor. Being paralyzed limits some things, but when he runs into Tweeti, he feels like the sky is the limit. Tweeti couldn't be less interested than being just friends. Never being one to give up, he continues to pursue Tweeti. Will he eventually wear her down? In New York where you gotta go hard, these kings need to reign with an iron fist, but will they do it with or without queens?Show more
The Brimmage sisters have an unbreakable bond. Trust and loyalty are at the forefront of their sisterhood. But when the girls' hearts are captivated by the Borrego brothers, several secrets are kept, and many lies are told. Risa is a college student who's been trapped in a four-year abusive relationship. After a particularly brutal attack, Risa finally decides she's had enough and leaves for good. When she meets the smart and sexy businessman Micah Borrego, they hit it off almost immediately. Unbeknownst to Risa, Micah battles with a serious sex addiction, and true commitment might be impossible for him. ?Romi is still trying to figure out life after high school. After Dre Borrego tells her that he doesn't want to be in a relationship, she finds herself running through one man after another, attempting to mend her broken heart. Raina, whom they affectionately call Baby Girl, experiences both love and heartbreak for the very first time at the hands of Damien Borrego. Damien finds himself struggling to hold out for this young girl, but the convenient sex that comes along with his popularity and family name gets him every time. Raquel, the feistiest sister of them all, is a talented musician with a non-existent social life. Melo Borrego takes on the difficult challenge of trying to break down the iron-clad walls she has built up around her heart. Find out what happens in this roller coaster love story when secrets and lies unravel and the hearts of sisters are put on the line for the infamous Borrego brothers.Show more
For some, the allure and power of the streets are elusive but yet, a wonder to behold. Some engage in this lifestyle of self-destructive criminal behavior, knowing one day it might cost them their family, freedom, or something even far more valuable . . . their lives. Four-Times New York Times Besting-Selling Author Wahida Clark is no stranger to the streets. She served nine-and-a-half years in federal prison. The Bronx's very own Shannon Holmes, author of the National Best-Seller B-More Careful, is no stranger to 'Street Lit or the Streets.' He served five years himself. Together, they handpicked a select group of authors, each with his or her style and unique flavor of urban literature. So, take a walk on the wild side with us through a hood near you, into sticky situations, where everything is not always what it seems. For the characters in this book, the money stakes are high, and lives are up for grabs. Respect is earned-and power is taken. In Street Tales, you'll read stories of survival and redemption, as well as tales of greed, lies, betrayal, and street justice. You will come face-to-face with life-altering choices and circumstances beyond your control. What would you do in the same situation? These are Street Tales. Around the clock, life and death stare you in the face. There are no second chances-the streets play for keeps. Many learn the hard way that the streets are undefeated. Authors of Street Tales: An Anthology: Shannon Holmes ,Wahida Clark, Victor L. Martin, Sa'id Salaam, Reds Johnson, Hood Chronicles, Joe Awsum, and Vance PhillipsShow more
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