See all of LJ’s 2013 Bests
G’Orge-Walker, Pat. Sister Betty Says I Do. Dafina: Kensington. ISBN 9780758289858. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780758289872..
There’s no drama like wedding planning drama, especially when Sister Betty Sarah Becton and trustee Freddie Noel decide to jump the broom. As the big event approaches, sinners and saints get into down-home humor, scripture readings, and outrageous trash talk. A wonderful and romantic laugh-out-loud romp. (African American Fiction and More, 6/19/13)
Grant, Michele. Losing To Win. Dafina: Kensington. ISBN 9780758289636. pap. $14; ebk. ISBN 9780758289650.
Fifteen years after her high school cheerleading days, Carissa Wayne is more fluffy than lean and her extended Louisiana family manipulates her into being a contestant on a weight-loss reality show. Carissa is a solid Southern woman with a lovely heart, and readers will cheer her campaign for a happily-ever-after life. (African American Fiction and More, 9/17/13)
Kim K. Rise of an American Gangstress. Pt. 2. Melodrama. ISBN 9781620780220. pap. $14.99.
Partnering with a Colombian drug cartel has boss-lady Fancy Lane nervous, but the rags-to-riches leader of her New York drug empire should pay attention to her lovers. All the allure of street lit is found in this wicked brew of hot sex, gruesome torture, and hard-hitting revenge. (African American Fiction and More, 10/16/13)
Noire. Dirty Rotten Liar: The Misadventures of Mink LaRue. Dafina: Kensington. ISBN 9780758266101. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780758289247.
Noire’s third series installment is as fresh and saucy as its predecessors (Natural Born Liar; Sexy Little Liar). Mink and sidekick Bunni know how to handle risky business in and out of the bedroom as they concoct a scam to fleece a wealthy Dallas family. (African American Fiction and More, 5/16/13)
Weber, Carl. The Man in 3B. Grand Central. ISBN 9781455505265. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781455505234.
A body burned beyond recognition is found in apartment 3B. Could it be sexy Daryl Graham? This closed-room mystery asks whodunit with an inner-city vibe as Weber balances street scenes, sex, and romantic relationships with a skilled hand. (African American Fiction and More, 2/21/13)