BRIAR’S CHAMPION by Mahalia Levey
Description: When Briar’s famous boyfriend, not only marries someone else, but also kicks her out of the home they shared together, she thinks she’s done with love for good — that is, until Sloan Gutiérrez walks into her life.
The Good: I love a concept that involves a heroine forgetting one man by getting under another. Also, it’s been a while since I’ve seen a hero who just prefers to date black women.
The Bad: A great set-up is squandered by rushed and clumsy execution. The love story especially lacks craft: the initial attraction between Briar and Sloan is based purely on each thinking the other is really hot, and then they end up committing super fast for unconvincing reasons. Briar’s personality morphs from plot point to plot point, which makes for a really uneven and inconsistent main character. And there’s an unneeded plot point tacked on to end of the story. Other craft issues: stilted dialogue, long speeches, unnecessary interior thought.
The Naughty: Steamy. Sex at first meet. Explicit language.
Editing issues: 2 typos. Missing commas. Word misusage.
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Length: 49 pages
Final Grade: C
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Theodora Taylor writes and reviews interracial romance novels in Pittsburgh, PA.