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Urban Books' popular Girls From da Hood series is back, bringing readers more dramatic tales about the lives of some tough, resourceful women who can hold their own when things get rough on the streets. This time, family bonds are put to the test.Jakki and School Boy are more than first cousins; they're best friends and partners in crime with a reputation for getting theirs by any means necessary. The pair are ultimately forced to defend not only their family name but their loyalty to each other. With both wanting to stand at the head of the table, Jakki and School Boy feud, proving that there's definitely no honor amongst thieves-family or not. Sani, a well-known female gambling house owner, is at the top of her game, but after she decides to inject phony currency into her business, all hell breaks loose. Guns are drawn and opposing forces take sides. Luckily for Sani, her father and her brothers are well versed in the operations of the underworld. With millions of dollars still to be claimed, all the wolves come out, and the hunting season begins. Will the love of that mean green shatter families and friends, or will the players prove that money can't buy everything?Show more
In the third installment of the runaway hit series Girls from da Hood, street-fiction veterans KaShamba Williams and Mark Anthony are joined by newcomer MadameK as they turn up the heat with fiery stories that will leave the reader breathless. KaShamba Williams returns with those feisty Brooklyn gals Fire and Marcy as they find out what life in Miami has to offer them. It couldn't have been easy for them as they watched their mother's heroin abuse take her to a near-death experience. No matter what others thought of their mother, Fire and Marcy loved her to death, loved her enough to put their own lives on the line to stand up against the men that committed such a gruesome act. Miami's heat won't be enough to stop "Brooklyn's Finest" from getting revenge the sweet and simple way.Stripping in one of the hottest clubs in the country affords you a nice "hood rich" living. Well, that's how it is for Latisha Lovely and her roommate, Lexi. With nothing but money on their minds, the two agree to take part in a more lucrative hustle than stripping. But when things start to turn bad, Latisha and Lexi must decide their own future in "Snakes or Snitches."In "Star Quality," R&B diva Star Marshall is the envy of every woman and the desire of every man. However, her superstar status doesn't come without problems. Onstage and in the studio, she is a puppet, controlled by her record company, manager, and the whims of her fans. But behind closed doors, Star turns the tables, engaging in a secret life that, if exposed, could cost her everything-including her sanity.Show more
Veteran authors Ashley and JaQuavis offer up their first solo efforts, and they're hotter than ever! Along with Ayana Ellis, they introduce listeners to some "real sistas" who know how to get what they want at all costs. For these women, if it's dangerous it just means the payout will be that much sweeter.Offering up their trademark mix of sex, drama, and intrigue, Ashley and JaQuavis' stories will leave you guessing until the shocking endings. Add that to Ayana Ellis' intense story of lies, betrayal, and deceit, and you get Girls from da Hood 4, a collection you won't be able to put down.Show more
You've seen them in print before, and their books are hot, hot, hot! Now see what Edd McNair, Keisha Ervin, and Brenda Hampton can do when they join forces to bring you three stories in the latest installment of Girls From da Hood.Being married to notorious gangsta rapper Sean Pynn isn't as glamorous as it appears to be. Behind closed doors, Queen is dealing with knock-down drag-out fights, verbal abuse, and neglect. When her bodyguard, Ahsim, comes into the picture, things change in a hurry.When a man thinks his woman is cheating, he keeps tabs on her. When a woman thinks her man is cheating, she calls Jakki. Rochel "Jakki" Thomas' way of catching a man in the act is a little risky, but she's worth every penny.Niecy Brickhouse and her twin sister Naquel are living the glamorous life-until Naquel is shot by their older sister's boyfriend. Everyone is calling it a suicide, but Niecy knows the painful truth about her sister's death, and it sets her on a dangerous, self-destructive path. Will she be able to overcome her depression, or will her new life on the streets be the death of Niecy?Show more
The year is 1978. The Duncan brothers and their tough-as-nails women have vanquished their rivals and taken their place as the leaders of Waycross, Georgia's criminal enterprises. However, their rise to power has not gone unnoticed, and the family is rocked when their mother, Miss Bettie, is kidnapped and her body is found in a swamp. No one knows who the killers are, but instead of drawing closer, the family is split when their grief-stricken leader, LC, is offered membership in the South's most powerful black organization, the Council. Membership has its privileges, but they do not include his brothers. LC packs up his growing family and moves to Atlanta to open his first car dealership. Unable to deal with their mother's death, Lou Duncan searches for her killers with the help of an unlikely ally-LC's ex-fiancée. Her presence may cost him his relationship with his brothers, but Lou is resigned to that fact because Donna's help is instrumental in finding Ms. Bettie's abductors. What he will soon learn is that his search for the truth will also lead him to discover a long-buried Duncan family secret.Show more
When Candice "Candy" Hardaway, the daughter of deceased New York drug kingpin Eric "Easy" Hardaway, set out to get revenge on the people who killed her entire family, she positioned herself knee-deep in the game. While getting close to her father's alleged enemies, Candy uncovered some long-buried secrets that were never meant for her to find out. These secrets also destroyed the only family member she had left-her uncle Rock. With Uncle Rock dead, Candy is back to find out more about her father's buried past; but this time Candy quickly goes from being the hunter to the hunted, and more than one bounty is put on her head. Who will fulfill their need for revenge first-the people who really destroyed her family, or the hustlers that Candy wrongfully targeted? Will Candy be able to use her skills as a "cleaner" to stay alive, or will someone have to ultimately save her from her enemies?Show more
Midori Hunter has it all, including a midnight-black Aston Martin Vanquish S parked in the driveway of the minimansion she shares with her husband, Dr. Ray Hunter. On the outside looking in, one would think Midori is happy, but it's another story when you don't marry for love, but rather for financial gain.Tired of her cheating husband and fed up with being lonely, Midori takes a liking to Jaydah B., the sassy, sometimes cranky bestselling author who has drama of her own that she hasn't quite figured out how to deal with. They appear to be a match made in heaven, but when the lies that both women have told threaten to be exposed, who decides who stays and who goes? Midori and Jaydah have a lot on the line, and both could lose everything they've worked for. That's why their love affair has to remain their little secret.Show more
Jaylin Jerome Rogers, an investment broker worth millions, lives a high-class life with plenty of women to share it with. Nestled in his lavishing home in Chesterfield, Missouri, he captures women with his wealth, charm, nine-plus inches of goodness, and amazingly good looks. Although his bed is never empty, his heart is. He feels nothing for the women who love him dearly and continues his search for the "perfect" one.When Scorpio Valentino, an attractive, seductive, and charming woman saunters into his view, she offers Jaylin a life of altering changes. Her intention is to make his life a living hell; however, Jaylin is not about to take the fall. Surprisingly, soon, love presents itself. Not for the women in Jaylin's life, but he experiences love through becoming a father to Scorpio's five-year-old daughter, Mackenzie. She's his guardian angel and is there for Jaylin through the tough times he's bound to face.Show more
Reesa's a savvy financial planner with one goal-to have a baby before thirty-five. But to do that, she's got to do one of two things: dump her current man, Simon, and find another man more suitable to be husband and father, or settle with Simon and work overtime trying to train him for the starring role. At thirty-three, getting rid of Simon to find Mr. Right is a chance Reesa's not willing to take. But when she's had enough of Simon's antics and kicks him to the curb, will her goal change?Carmen's been with her man, Anthony, for over three years and has never hesitated to cater to his needs and wants no matter how chauvinistic, insensitive, and rude he can be. Not even Anthony's mother is enough to make her call the relationship quits-even though she thinks about it every day. Then along comes Jordan. Smooth, fine, older, and yearning to be hers, Jordan is ready to give Carmen everything she wants. Carmen can only fight the temptation for so long before she finally gives in. But will an unexpected pregnancy ruin everything?Erica wants a real man to satisfy her soul, but she's not looking for one. Tired of dealing with brothers who think that the key to a woman's heart is bling-bling, and fed up with the brothers who want a lighter shade on their arm, Erica gives up on looking for love and settles for occasional dates and one-night stands. But just when she's found her groove, her ex comes barreling back into her life in a major way, taking Erica through the emotional wringer.Reesa, Carmen, and Erica know that life and love isn't easy, but they never expected the drama in between these pages.Show more
For best friends Mike, Max, and Ahmad, the bonds of friendship, love, and respect are put to the ultimate test as each one of them is forced to take a long, hard look at themselves and the women they love. They all said their "I dos," but did they really understand what it meant?Mike's a bona fide ladies man. He's smooth, sexy, and he's got all the right moves. There's just one problem: his wife, Mya. She knew what she was getting into when she slipped his ring on her finger, but she'd always hoped that her love would be enough to quench his desire. But now that she's finally admitted that Mike can never be tamed, who will she turn to for comfort? And how will Mike handle it?Max is a music mogul in the making, and with the support of his wife, Trina, he's bound to succeed. Of course that all depends on what happens with Sharon, who could write a book and give seminars on what it is to be a true ghetto queen.Ahmad is a born-again virgin, only he can't figure out why. No matter what he does or says, his wife, Shay, refuses to be intimate with him. But what happens when her decision to confide in him is too late?Show more
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