Taming Her Tycoon

Yahrah St. John I have cut back on reading Kimani romances as much as I used to because the formula started to get on my nerves. Most romances follow a formula, I know, but the editing was really starting to get in the way of plot development in a lot of cases. I can’t resist…

The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead It’s a known fact that I have inhaled and loved all of Colson Whitehead’s novels. Whenever a new book of his is announced, I immediately put it on my “to-read” list with no questions asked. The fascinating premise of the book that portrays the Underground Railroad as an actual railroad underground has been…

Aim True

Love Your Body, Eat Without Fear, Nourish Your Spirit, Discover True Balance! Kathryn Budig With 2016 rapidly coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about the new year ahead, new beginnings, and maybe resolutions (if that’s your thing).  Aim True is the perfect book to ease you into new healthy habits. Kathryn Budig’s…

In Her Kitchen

What a beautiful book. I’m always interested in how people live in other parts of the world, especially the everyday lives of women. One of the easiest ways to learn about other cultures is through their relationship with food. In Her Kitchen is a wonderful display of the comfort foods of the world. I learned…

Welcome…back

My name is Toni and I read. That’s the reasoning behind the new name of my blog, Toni Reads. When I first started blogging I was inspired by the renewed interest in sewing and all of the great blogs that popped up because of it. At the same time I was reading a boatload of…

Stay With Me Forever

by Farrah Rochon The sixth book in the Bayou Dreams series gives us its latest look at the proud residents of Gauthier, Louisiana. The town has grown and prospered since discovering its significant historical importance, but being in an area prone to hurricanes makes it vulnerable to flooding. Paxton Jones and Sawyer Robertson grew up in…

Dark Paradise

by Angie Sandro I had no idea that this was a “new-adult” mystery when I started it, but I’m glad that I picked it up. Mala Lacroix comes from a long line of women who are rumored to be “witches” in Paradise, Louisiana. The rumor is true, but Mala wants no part of it. When she…

Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore

by Walter Mosley If you read Walter Mosley for his gritty noir mysteries, don’t expect this book to be the same. While you get glimpses of that style of writing in some of the character’s development, Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore is one of Mosley’s departures from the genre is most known for. Debbie is a porn…

Cherry Lane: A Cavanaugh Island Novel

by Rochelle Alers We met Devon Gilmore in the last Cavanaugh Island book, Magnolia Drive, and I knew that she would get her own book one day. After visiting her friend Keaton on the island, Devon starts toying with the idea of moving there from the fast pace of New York City. Finding out that she’s…

For Your Love: A Blessings Novel

by Beverly Jenkins This latest book in the Blessings series by Beverly Jenkins is the one I didn’t know I needed and the one that I maybe enjoyed the most. So much of these books focus on the newer residents of Henry Adams, Kansas and all the changes that are happening there, that I forget…

Pleasantville

by Attica Locke Lawyer Jay Porter is back after his introduction in Locke’s first book, Black Water Rising, where he tackled a murder case that found him embroiled in environmental politics and changed his life. Pleasantville picks up a few years later and Jay has become somewhat of a go-to lawyer for citizens in their fight against the…

Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Cats

I decided to do sort of a weekly digest instead of a post for every book I read as a way to keep blogging fresh and interesting for me. I’m still tweaking it, but here goes: Just Finished: The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the studio, and in the streets with Ol’ Dirty Bastard  by Buddha…