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Diverse Book Tours presents my review of Kenya Wright’s No Ordinary Love

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No Ordinary Love

Kenya Wright

ISBN: B00O92Q34C

Publisher: Swoon Romance

Pages: 280

Genre: Interracial Erotic Romance

Release Date: December 29th, 2014

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Plot Summary:

Debt-ridden author Nyomi must complete her book on Tokyo’s underground sex industry in order to revive her stalled career. But first, she needs to get

permission from Kenji, head of the Japanese mafia who controls the red light district under his father’s watchful eyes. With one meeting, Kenji traps Nyomi in his gaze

and locks her into a deal—spend time with him during her three-week stay, and she will earn the access she needs in order to make her book a best seller.

But Kenji’s plans for Nyomi not only include allowing her a look around, but also a first-hand taste of the kinds of things that go on behind closed doors. And if Nyomi

isn’t careful, she just might find herself falling for Kenji, a man with many demons and a passion so dark, it could change everything you think you know about love.

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No Ordinary Love is a dark erotic romance from bestselling erotica author Kenya Wright.

 

My Review

Can I just say right now that THIS BOOK RIGHT HERE, No Ordinary Love, put 50 shades of Grey to absolute SHAME! like this would actually make a fantastic movie. the scenery, the backdrop is all just so gothic, and glamorous. The dark underbelly of the sex industry and the organized crime are the darkly gothic aspects, yet the courtship and the whole city in Japan was enviable, and glittery. (I want that damned diamond dress like what? give that to me right now thankyou) the story of Kenji and Nyomi is infinitely more interesting as well as better written than anything that happened between the pages of 50 shades of Grey!  I mean talk about control freak and a silly, danger courting chick that needed someone to drag her away!

I’m not a huge fan of BDSM books nor even the alpha male hero of the book since I generally don’t consider them heroes and I find the whole controlling dude thing scary as hell. so on that front, I’d say they were both crazy as hell and I want them both to be locked up LOL Kenji is absolutely screwed in the head and Nyomi just as much even more so.  Her back and forthing was only half sane since the rest of the time she was just making me want to strangle her for real. Still I could see how their backgrounds could make two people with such tattered mentalities and that much I had to give to the author, Kenya Wright. Their chemistry was scorching hot and thoroughly believable. not once did I feel like I was reading an amateur sexy times novel. no frigging way! Kenya Moore has a gift. and its a very saucy one. I had to fan myself a couple of times in the book, and my eyes brows were raised in a very school marmish way for most of it. I’m pretty sure I clutched my pearls throughout the entire book. If you want steamy, complicated, messy, raunchy romance? then don’t bother looking at anyone else, Kenya Wright is definitely the one!

I nearly forget to thank the author for giving so much insight into Japanese culture that I didn’t have before including but not limited to the very private sex industry. WOW! what an eye opener.

 

Buy This Book Links

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Author Information

Biography

Writer. Lover. Foodie. Mother. Book Addict. Masturbator. Comedian. Super Hero. Blogger. Professional Adventurer.

Author Links

Official Site

Tweet her @KenyaWright77

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The Angie/AMB Ovation Awards nomination announcement

I’ve been announced as a finalist for

 Outstanding Debut Author

of Interracial Romance 2015

 in the 

The Angie Ovation Awards

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The Outstanding Debut Author Awards recognize an AA/IR/Multicultural romance author who has demonstrated strong literary potential and contributions to the genre. The award is designed to both recognize and further the recipient’s professional development activities.

–quoted from http://www.angelinembishop.com/2015-finalists.html

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The Trouble with Playing Cupid
by Tamara Philip

One New Year’s Eve, shy singer, December Brown drunkenly texts her talk show host pal, Trace Randall, about her long time crush on the aloof actor, Tom Elmswood. Thinking the two celebrities would make a cute couple, he unwisely decides to play matchmaker… in front of a live studio audience.

Things start to go downhill when Tom admits he’s never even heard of December before. Now what seemed like a sure fire hit quickly becomes a flop. Will these two lonely hearts ever make a love connection or has this cupid’s arrow missed its mark?

REVIEWS

I laughed and cried along with the characters. I fell in love with the story line and the Characters. I Love Tom! He was the most down to earth man with a heart of Gold! December AKA Dee banter and sweet talk had me on a emotional roller coaster.I would love to have friends like Clarissa and Terrence. This book (genre) is a book that I have never read. Tamara wove magic when writing this and also has made me become a fan of Romantic Comedies. Awesome!!! …April Nichols Baker

Despite having placed the book down due to being busy, as soon as I picked it up again, I had no problem being wrapped back up into the story. The characters are able to be connected with and each have their own quirks that give them life. The tone of the book is so casual that it feels as if you’re right in the thicket of the story’s environment. Additionally, the tone complements the characters very well as it emphasizes the thoughts of each of them that makes their situations feel real. Anytime a book can make me use my imagination to paint the picture, it’s doing a darn good job…. Kelsey

Who doesn’t like a gritty love story. The romance plays out to be true to imagination with a real flare for an intimate setting and flawless character portrayals, the character ‘Trace’, being my favorite. The authors writing style sucks you in to the pages and I found I couldn’t put it down.

I was actually late for an appointment yesterday as I was so engrossed reading this book on the train that I missed my stop lol. I hope Tamara brings a lot more romance to our lives, and I will definitely be watching out for more books to come by this talented new author…. Pennie Mae Cartawick, Author of the Sherlock Holmes book series

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 Tamara Philip

Tamara Philip

After spending most of her life in New York City, Tamara Philip decided to let love lead her on an international adventure, where she’s met many amazing people and ate entirely too much. Tamara and her English-born fiance, Chris, now split their time between the United Kingdom and The Caribbean.

The Trouble with Playing Cupid is her debut novel, and writing has been her secret passion since childhood. Quirky female leads are her trademark.
On any given day you can find Tamara telling people what to do, dodging wedding planning, and working hard on her second novel.

 

 

Congratulations, Tamara!

Where to find Tamara Philip online

Website: http://www.tamaraphilipwrites.wordpress.com
Twitter: @MsTamaraPhilip
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TamaraPhilipwrites

Book Website: http://www.thetroublewithplayingcupid.com

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The Trouble with Playing Cupid by Tamara Philip Now in Print and All Ebook Editions!

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The Trouble with Playing Cupid

by Tamara Philip

Now Available in Print and All Electronic Editions!

One New Year’s Eve, shy singer, December Brown drunkenly texts her talk show host pal, Trace Randall, about her long time crush on the aloof actor, Tom Elmswood. Thinking the two celebrities would make a cute couple, he unwisely decides to play matchmaker… in front of a live studio audience.

Things start to go downhill when Tom admits he’s never even heard of December before. Now what seemed like a sure fire hit quickly becomes a flop. Will these two lonely hearts ever make a love connection or has this cupid’s arrow missed its mark?

REVIEWS

Despite having placed the book down due to being busy, as soon as I picked it up again, I had no problem being wrapped back up into the story. The characters are able to be connected with and…

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Perfect for Book Clubs- The Trouble with Playing Cupid (with book club starter packet)

Remember falling in love for the first time? The highs and lows? The butterflies in your tummy? Then that sweet, sweet relief when you finally got to be with the object of your affection? Feel that feeling all over again… Then The Trouble with Playing Cupid is the book for you.

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One New Year’s Eve, shy singer, December Brown drunkenly texts her talk show host pal, Trace Randall, about her long time crush on the aloof actor, Tom Elmswood. Thinking the two celebrities would make a cute couple, he unwisely decides to play matchmaker… in front of a live studio audience. 

Things start to go downhill when Tom admits he’s never even heard of December before. Now what seemed like a sure fire hit quickly becomes a flop. Will these two lonely hearts ever make a love connection or has this cupid’s arrow missed its mark? 

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Authors with Flair…Adrienne Ruvalcaba interview

Adrienne Ruvalcaba‘s The Prostitute’s Daughter is a gripping, intense, edgy and yet sweet novel. How does one book accomplish all of that? Perhaps it’s a reflection of its author and all the layers of her personality?  Luckily for me, she allowed me to interview her in all her mysterious glory…

 In less than 30 words, tell us about The Prostitute’s Daughter?

The Prostitute’s Daughter is the story of a man who loves a woman who doesn’t believe in love. He loves her even when she isn’t capable of loving herself.

How long did it take you to write it?

It took me five years to write this book. I wrote it in my spare time while I was dealing with a things, including the end of an abusive marriage, going to engineering school full time while single parenting two small children, working, and coming to grips with serious health issues and a subsequent diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Why did you write it? or better yet where did the plot idea come from?

The plot idea came from my intimate experience with survivors of abuse. At a young age, I witnessed a very dear loved one go through unspeakable abuse. I also witnessed this person’s metamorphosis into a completely different person. This person never received the love they needed and deserved, and, as a result, they never healed properly. I too am a survivor of abuse, but I was able to find peace and healing through love and support. The redeeming power of love is sometimes the only way to drive out certain kinds of darkness in one’s soul. The Prostitute’s Daughter is a story that captures that concept and gives it an emotionally fulfilling little fairytale twist.

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

I’m definitely more of a doer than a talker. I’m a person of few spoken words, but I’m very good at plodding along like a machine and accomplishing one small, manageable task after another. I’m all about the daily grind.

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Diverse Book Tours…We need more Diversity in books..ALL books!

Representation Matters!! I’ll say again and again until the day I die. It matters so much to see a character in a movie, on tv, in a book, in cartoons etc that looks like you, in some shape or form.

When I was growing up, I loved to read. I mean, I really, really loved to read but I always seemed to steer away from YA novels and romance novels because I couldn’t connect to them. None of the heroines were  described to look anything like me, or any of the other characters for that matter. I was a teenager looking to read about teenage things and I wanted representation but there weren’t very many options (Hell even as an adult it still gets a little dicey depending on the genre). That’s why the We Need Diverse Books movement is important. It means that another little girl or boy will be able to find a book with characters that they can truly relate too. 

and Diverse Book Tours puts that plan into action. Writing and reading go hand in hand. By making writers accountable for bringing diversity into the literary world, we can ensure future generations of readers have characters that represent them to fall in love with. From People of color, to the physically challenged and everyone in between, we all deserve to be seen and heard.

I’m not a book blogger usually, but I’m joining this revolution and I think you should too. If you’re a blogger, reviewer or author, you can sign up to be part of the Diverse Book Tours that’s that happening on September 1st 2014. Check them out at their website http://diversebooktours.com/ for more info on how to be a Book Tour host!

I’m in! Are you?

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Being an Interracial romance writer

As an interracial romance writer and a woman in an interracial relationship, I find myself in a bit of a pickle. Do I want to make race a plot point or not? If I did I could possibly race awareness to different issues or situations that someone in an interracial relationship may face. and I would absolutely love to do that because that is beyond relevant and intensely important to me, now and in the future. Alas, so far, (I’m new to the literary world) I haven’t been that kind of writer.

Trust me when I say it is not a choice I make on purpose, I just let the story flow through me the way it does. In future books it could happen but in this particular book, The Trouble with playing Cupid  it just honestly never came up. just like how it being non-erotic wasn’t premeditated.

That being said when I read interracial romance novels, which happens to be the kind I favor, I like reading how the authors address the issue. I like this because for some people race has always been a huge issue in their lives and it deserves, no it NEEDS to be talked about.

Not everyone has been as lucky as I have been to not have it shoved down their throats as if being black or being in an interracial relationship is a bad thing. I’ve only had to deal with it since being with Chris, my fiance. and only on rare occasions. Family and friends and strangers on the street have had their say but it has been so far apart that I can still count it on both hands. We’re surrounded by people who accept us, for which I am eternally grateful.

I was  also fortunate enough that when I was on the dating scene, I never had to have the awkward race conversations. I’m black all day every day, and the guys who liked me (of varying non-black races) and who I liked back obviously knew this and we just carried on, and that’s how I envision the romance between my characters. Personally that is the reason why I am light on character’s physical descriptions.

I know I’m in the minority in this case, just like I’m in the minority for writing books with no sex in them. It doesn’t mean that I think sex or race is irrelevant,  it just means that I suck at being a mature writer!

Either way, I applaud and appreciate the authors who address how people react to interracial couples or how it affects the people within the relationship, with candor. I wish I could be like them and maybe I will be as each book progresses.