Debut novelist Michele Grant pens a juicy tale in Heard It All Before. Best friends Jewellen and Renee think they know Dallas men like the backs of their hands. But that’s before Jewellen unexpectedly falls for a guy from the wrong side of the tracks, and Renee gets lured away from her own man by a hard-bodied hottie.
©2010 Michele Grant (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
"Grant depicts their dilemmas with a pitch-perfect voice, delivering funny yet believable stories embellished with a gusto that readers who enjoy Carl Weber and Mary Monroe will relish." (Publishers Weekly)
Bought the book based on the ratings and description (a lesson!) and was sorely disappointed by the excessive descriptives (do I REALLY need to know the details of what you're wearing and thinking EVERYTIME!?!) and overused idiomatic language (to substantiate the "downness", I suppose) that seemed to be a cover for telling a good story. I found myself rolling my eyes at the characters because I didn't like them and couldn't fit them into any reality. An urban tale spun by the ever so good looking, great job, hood to riches, quick witted (not really), got-it-all-together characters left me wanting. There was absolutely NO depth or sincerity. I'd advise the author to look at the writings of Diane McKinney-Whetstone or JD Mason to see how soulful love stories are spun. Black love is a beautiful thing and deserves a good telling.
Despite some other reviews, I thought this was pretty good. It kept my attention and some parts were even comical. I enjoyed it.
cute, entertaining, just really good
I liked how we got both male and female perspectives to show how they both think about a situation and can look at it very differently
It really did the story justice, i liked all the back and forth
This is a very fun listen
This book does rank fairly high in my library. The implementing of four narrators to assume the role of each character does allow a better comprehension of their mind set, especially the male mindset since it is reflecting their POV.
A bit more spice and it could hold its own to a Zane manuscript. (just a little)
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