Neighborly & Xeni – Black authors are the gift that keeps on giving

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Today I’m bringing you two speedy reviews of one erotica and one romance book written by Black authors that were an absolute treat to read and couldn’t recommend enough if you read either genre and are looking for quick fun reads. I don’t think I have whole ton to say about either besides GOOD! FUN! So let’s get on with these reviews.

Title: NeighborlyKatrina Jackson - (Erotic Accomodations #1) Neighborly

Author: Katrina Jackson

Publication date : November 19th, 2019

Publisher : self-published

Genre : Adult | Erotica

Page Count: 127goodreads

Synopsis : Heaven has been in love with her boyfriend Calvin since the day they met. The amateur boxer is perfect; kind, supportive and loving, the body of a god and sex so good she’s willing to follow him any and everywhere. That’s how they end up in a new town, renting half a duplex and ready to start their lives together.
Their new apartment is perfect. Big enough to lay down roots, a backyard studio for her to work on her art, and a neighbor who inspires the naughtiest fantasies.

Tasha and Stephen have a great life. They go to work, they come home, Stephen cooks and Tasha does the dishes. It’s domestic bliss. And if there’s something better than bliss, it’s whatever Tasha feels the first time she lays eyes on her new tenant next door and the way Stephen’s eyes glaze over in lust when she shares her fantasies.
What are two taken women to do when the attraction is mutual, the wall between their bedrooms seems paper thin, and the men they love only want them to be happy?

*I received a copy from the author in exchange of an honest review*

CW: explicit sex scenes, violence in the context of boxing matches.

(No spoilers)

I picked this up one rainy night of November from my kindle on a whim when I wasn’t feeling great and just needed a mindless read to get my mind off of life and into something that I know is guaranteed fun and very different from anything I was hyperfocusing on and I WAS RIGHT. Neighborly by Katrina Jackson was exactly what I wanted it to be, no more, no less. A super steamy story about two women in relationships who can’t get their eyes (and hands) off of each other.

This book made me sweat. Simple as that. This was so hot it got me dehydrated. The writing isn’t the best thing I’ve ever read but it gets the job done, Katrina Jackson writes erotica like it’s the only thing that can save the world and she has no choice but to succeed at it, and succeed she does. She doesn’t only make it about the sex, but she also makes it about the feeling, the yearning and lusting, the fantasizing about a moment long before it happens, so she makes you anticipate the two women, Tasha and Heaven, getting together so much that when they do it feels like a treat and she does not disappoint.

I also liked the fact that in parallel with the budding attraction between Heaven and Tasha, there’s a lot of attention given to the relationships both women have with their respective boyfriend and husband. They’re both so different but very similar at their core. Even though Tasha and Stephen have prior experience with being polyamorous and Heaven and Calvin do not, at the end of the day both relationships are based on communication, respect and unconditional love. So much so that there was no baseless drama, and they all enjoy teasing each other and even the cattiness that comes out from time to time.

I enjoyed seeing the contrast between a couple who knew exactly what they were getting themselves into and one that was just diving into polyamory and LOVED seeing them as they grew more comfortable with it.

Do I recommend? 

Like I said above, YES! Pick this up for a quick steamy fun read.

Title: XeniRebekah Weatherspoon - Loose Ends #2 Xeni

Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon

Publication date : October 4th, 2019

Publisher : Self-published

Genre : Adult | Romance

Page Count: 263goodreads

Synopsis : She just wanted to claim her inheritance. What she got was a husband…

Xeni Everly-Wilkins has ten days to clean out her recently departed aunt’s massive colonial in Upstate New York. With the feud between her mom and her sisters still raging even in death, she knows this will be no easy task, but when the will is read Xeni quickly discovers the decades old drama between the former R&B singers is just the tip of the iceberg.
The Secrets, lies, and a crap ton of cash spilled on her lawyer’s conference room table all come with terms and conditions. Xeni must marry before she can claim the estate that will set her up for life and her aunt has just the groom in mind. The ruggedly handsome and deliciously thicc Scotsman who showed up at her aunt’s memorial, bagpipes at the ready.

When his dear friend and mentor Sable Everly passed away, Mason McInroy knew she would leave a sizable hole in his heart. He never imagined she’d leave him more than enough money to settle the debt that’s keeping him from returning home to Scotland. He also never imagined that Sable would use her dying breaths to play match-maker, trapping Mason and her beautiful niece in a marriage scheme that comes with more complications than either of them need.
With no choice but to say I do, the unlikely pair try to make the best of a messy situation. They had no plans to actually fall in love.

*I received a copy from the author in exchange of an honest review*

CW: explicit sex scenes, death of a loved one, grief, talk of past abortion and past miscarriage, parental abuse, parental rejection of queerness, serious parental illness.

(No spoilers)

The first word that comes to mind when I think of Xeni is Delightful. That’s it. That’s the review. Okay, but in all seriousness, Xeni meshes lighthearted funny romance, and emotionally heavy moments so well that you love it all the more for it.

So the whole premise of this book is based on a marriage of convenience between Xeni and Mason by her aunt so she can get her inheritance, and you know what I loved and found refreshing about this book? It’s the fact that neither of them was reticent and instead of getting married and trying to keep their distance, they decided to get the most out of their arrangement before getting a divorce, and that goes SUPREMELY WELL. As per the romance genre’s conventions the two of them have the time of their lives together and get intimate not only physically but also emotionally. The tenderness and vulnerability the two of them show each other, peeling back each other’s layers little by little until they’re naked (hehe, get it) and too far gone to backtrack.

All of this happens in a little less than two weeks by the way. But they spend so much time with each other and it’s so well done and organically done that it felt to me like a lot longer, and it made perfect sense. I loved how eventhough it was a marriage of convenience, the two of them slipped into the husband and wife roles so naturally, like it was meant to be *wink* *wink*, they quickly had adorable nicknames for each other and a semblance of a routine. The sex is also great and very VERY hot, which also helps the book’s case.

The one issue I had with the book is that when we get to the conflict part, like in every other romance, this one felt so…unnecessary? and unneeded that it made me dislike the book for a bit. It didn’t make sense and it took for Xeni and Mason to be a bit out of characters to make it happen, because a lot of communication that was their forte in most of the book just disappeared in this part and it was really frustrating. The rest of the conflict, which was with Xeni’s family, on the other hand made a lot of sense and I like following it and the themes that were explored through it, like grief and forgiveness. The exploration of grief was amazing, especially when it comes to losing loved ones whose secrets get uncovered in the aftermath and you find yourself with a lot that’s left unsaid. 

Did I mention that both of them are bi? Because they are and I loved how it showed that there’s no one way of being bi. Good stuff.

Do I recommend? 

Um? Hello? Have you been following? OF COURSE! This is in my top 3 Rebekah Weatherspoon romances.

That’s it until next time.

Did you read either of these books? If so, what did you think?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.


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