Review: Black Love
BLACK LOVE - D. Camille
Sable SiStars Publishing
BUY

June 2019
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING:  A
REVIEW: Leave it up to creative writer, D Camille, to revisit one of my favorite, all Black fictional towns, Grayling, Michigan, and at the same time produce a new series that not only reacquaints us with familiar characters, but also introduces us to new ones. Grayling is a town where excellence lives. From the first look at a Grayling in The Sable Inn Series and The Book Club Series, readers are well aware that Grayling wears the badge of excellence well by showcasing flourishing businesses like suppliers of organic fruits and vegetables, a renovated restaurant that feeds the town and displays its history, a doctor who takes care of the citizens’ health needs, a legacy inn that caters to visitors and the recreational needs of the citizens, a medicinal marijuana industry, and a fierce town manager who takes care of business. In this new series, the town and its thriving businesses and institutions are being threatened by those who want the town and seek to get it by any means necessary.

In the midst of the town leaders fighting an unknown power to stop the gentrification of Grayling, the story also focuses on the growing romance between Dr. Angel Myers and Dr. Bryce Anderson. These two are destined to “catch the wave” that has brought so many couples together. They have their issues, however, and one of the plot points deal with them overcoming them. If you are familiar with the ingenious writing of D Camille, then you know that there is much more to this story. On one hand, the featured couple celebrates Black Love by finding their HEA, and on the other hand, the people who want Grayling, the Gentrifiers, are using all kinds of detrimental tactics to take over. Bryce becomes the first victim as you will discover when you read the book. There are three unforgettable scenes in the book that I highlighted. One, is the day a fleet of black SUVS arrived in Grayling carrying 20 men agents and one woman agent, large and in charge, Agent Keisha Baker. You’ll get that when you read the book. The second scene highlighted reveals the family of Dr. Bryce. If you are a follower of D Camille then the name, Patrice Dansby, should have you clutching your pearls. The third scene renders a chilling account of how gentrification works. It’s an eye-opener for sure.

The side characters are comprised mostly of the eclectic citizens of Grayling who appeared in
The Sable Inn and Book Club Series. New characters like Bryson’s cousin Quentin, Agent Baker, and Detective Vaughn Johnson just might appear again because I have a feeling that the attempt to gentrify Grayling is not over.

BLACK LOVE, a Contemporary Romance, is an engaging read, and I recommend it. I look forward to reading the next book in this summer series.

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