Review: Family First
FAMILY FIRST - Various Authors
Garden Avenue Press
February 2021
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell  RATING:  A
REVIEW: This Black Romance Box Set of eight stories by eight amazing and talented writers is a must have for anyone who is a fan of Black love. The central theme that ties them together is the focus on family.

INVESTED by Iris Bolling is the first book of The Dunning Family Trilogy. The hero, Myles Dunning and the heroine, Chrystina Price fight for love and family. This story concentrates on the integrity of the family, and the importance of investing in love. It is a alluring mixture of mystery, romance and suspense.

Author Sharon C. Cooper introduces two families in her
LOVE UNDER CONTRACT, Jenkins & Sons Construction, Book #1.  Sumeera Robinson, is a woman who is self-assured, ready for marriage and ready to start her own family. However, her father has his own plans for Sumeera to take over the family business. Nicolas Jenkins-Moore of Jenkins & Sons Construction is on a quest for a second chance with Sumeera. I love second chance stories, and this one does not disappoint.

UNFORGETTABLE, Johnson Family Book #1, by Delaney Diamond is just that, an unforgettable love story that chronicles the story of Lucas Baylor and Ivy Johnson, of the dynamic Johnson family. It’s an engaging story of love, forgiveness and second chances.

#BLESSED BY MALAKAI by Sherelle Green is an adventure into the world of trending, hashtags, and social media. Malakai Madden, a prolific painter and sculptor is caught up in a Twitter craze, and hires image consultant, Avery Nightingale to get him out of the tweeting-retweeting nightmare so that he can concentrate on finding a wife and starting a family, an important element in this story.

Tina Martin’s
EVENINGS WITH BRYSON is Book #1 of The Blackstone Family novels. It features Bryson Blackstone and Kalina Cooper. Ms. Martin’s story of two damaged people who find solace in each other will resonate with you.

Stephanie Nicole Norris’
SAFE WITH ME highlights the romance of Jonas Rose and Samiyah Manhattan. The Rose family of Chicago, Illinois is one of the premier families of Contemporary Romance, and I am sure you will enjoy the first book that introduces this Rose family scion and the woman he loves.

Speaking of premier families,
COOKING UP LOVE by Candace Shaw introduces the Arrington family of Memphis, Tennessee through Shelbi Arrington, who forfeits her medical career to become a food critic. This engaging story centers around the romantic journey between Shelbi and chef, Justin Richardson.

Last but certainly not least is Kiru Taye’s
KEEPING SECRETS. You are going to love this story that presents an intriguing look at the temporary ‘fake’ marriage arrangement. I love that the setting is Lagos. It gives the reader an African perspective of the family dynamic. Felix and Ebony Essien are the featured couple caught up in a ruse of their own making.

There you have it! I highly recommend
FAMILY FIRST, eight entertaining and engaging stories in one box set for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

1st February 2021 |