I've read all of her Madaris books, and I'm realizing everything the author has written since those books is literally derived from those stories. This story is almost the EXACT same story as another book she wrote on the Steele series. So unimaginative.
The characters lack individuality and personality. All of the men are exactly the same. "Fiercely male" (which is a code word for misogynistic) and hoes while all the women stay untouched, pine over them and refuse to go out and find men who could love them because this ONE man is it. That might've worked in the 1990s. But in 2020? I think NOT! Lol The author is stuck in a different time period, and her characters don't relate to the Black women of today.
The writing is also lazy and remedial. There are moments when she doesn't even share pivotal moments that the characters had with us nor do we get to experience the characters speak in such moments. She just writes what happens in a 5 sentence daydream recap so that she doesn't have to go through the work of having her characters do it. It's lazy and took me completely out of the book. It's like having a narrator who doesn't care enough.
There's also no real conflict in this book AT ALL, so there really isn't even a climax. He thought she cheated, so for 10 years he hated her for it and she hated him for not trusting her. Sound familiar? Because that is definitely the exact same situation between Trevor and Regina's parents in Fire and Desire. And then some random man she doesn't know kidnaps her. I died laughing as soon as he poked her with the chloroform needle. Lol! It made no sense. It was so absurd. It also happens in so many of her books, and I'm over it.
And if I read the word "brazen" ONE MORE TIME!!