Review: Tones
TONES - Anita Davis
Set Apart Publishing
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November 2018
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING:  A
REVIEW: Talented author, Anita Davis is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. When I pick up one of her books, I know that I will be reading a well-written story that captures my attention from the first to the last page. TONES is such a story. TONES explores the love journey between Desmond Douglass, the owner of Tones, a nightclub in Manhattan and Simone Gadberry, a sought after MUA (make up artist). She is also the best friend of Phaedra Winters (Liv Summers), heroine of HUES, the first book of the Limelight series.

Desmond is actively pursuing Simone, but his “juvenile tactics” rub her the wrong way. She is neither amused nor open to his blatant moves of them getting together. Ironically, it is because of their mutual friends, Parker and Phaedra, that Simone and Desmond always find themselves in each other’s space. There is sizzling chemistry between them, but Simone is just not feeling Desmond’s player moves. The “tone” he sets just does not resonate with Simone. As you get into the story, the protagonists’ backstories will disclose some issues that give insight into their behavior. Not only does Simone have to deal with Desmond, but she also finds herself dealing with an insecure ex, who shows up after an eighteen-month separation. While Simone handles the ex from her past, Desmond is involved in retaining ownership of Tones, his club and legacy that Councilman Leonard Montgomery is threatening to take. I’ll let you discover how those conflicts work out. I love how the situation with the over-confident councilman is resolved. It’s a great scene!

One of the highlights of this book is the engagement and wedding of Parker and Phaedra from
HUES. It’s a wonderful connection to the two books of this series. I also caught the reference to Book Euphoria and #Black Girl Passion. Well played! If you follow the author, then you understand what those references refer to.

TONES is an engaging and entertaining story with a delightful HEA, and I recommend it. You can read it as a stand-alone, but you will be missing out on an equally engaging story if you choose not to read the first book, HUES.  Do yourself a favor and pick up both books. You can thank me later.

19th November 2018 | romcol@caribsurf.com