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Falling Hard
Falling Hard
Price: $2.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I've read this book before, March 23, 2012
This review is from: Falling Hard (Kindle Edition)
but it was called Secondhand Lover. Falling Hard is the EXACT same plot:

- set of brothers, of whom one is responsible and the other is a ne'er-do-well? Check.
- young, sweet and naive woman taken in by ne'er-do-well brother? Check.
- responsible brother forced to take in woman abandoned by loser brother? Check.
- responsible brother in love with woman, determined to be selfish and look to his own needs first for once but still racked by feelings of guilt for "stealing" his brother's woman? Check, check and check.

Then, at first glance it seems like a longer story but it turns out only half is Falling Hard and the rest is excerpts from other books. It's not a terrible story...but it's not long enough to justify the price AND its a rehash of another story.


Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
Price: $3.99

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What happens when you assume..., January 10, 2012
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So this story wasn't quite what I was expecting...which is not to say that it's a terrible story because it isn't; it's just not what I thought it would be. (It's probably my fault for missing the religious tipoff in the product description - that the hero and heroine are "actively involved in their church".)

I've read one of the author's other books "Have You Seen Her" and really liked it, especially the depiction of the heroine's journey from miserable and rich abused wife to satisfied, happy and loved working class woman. THIS book is, um ... hmmm. I'm not quite sure how to label it other than `inspirational' and unfortunately, not in a good way.

Based on the product description, I assumed that this would be a novel about a couple trying to put their marriage back together after the husband cheats and [***POSSIBLE JUST IN CASE SPOILERS but come on, you HAD to have picked this up from the summary***] that's exactly what it is. The husband cheats on his wife, the wife finds out about it and is devastated by the betrayal - and from there, the story takes a decided turn towards religion and there's quite a bit of dialogue about the Word and quoting of bible verses and getting forgiveness from the Lord, etc. What I absolutely HATED is that there's also lots of faith-based haranguing of the heroine (by her friends and family no less) along the lines of `what about the wedding vows you made before God' and `well, Jesus forgave the world so you should be able to forgive your cheating husband so just go to church and talk to the pastor and you'll feel better'. And the friends keep coming with the nonsense, even after the husband makes some of the most TSTL decisions ever. With friends like these...
I guess the bottom line is that if you're ok with a heaping side of Jesus in your HEA, then you may like this book. It didn't quite do it for me. Sorry Ms. Brown.

Update: As the author dinged my review for not seeing the non-existent 'inspirational' label...

Sorry Ms. Brown, but when I bought your book, there were about 7 or 8 tags and they were all the typical 'interracial bwwm', 'african-american romance', 'crime suspense', etc. In fact, your book has a 'christian living' tag on it now that I put there. If you're now writing solely Christian fiction, maybe the way to ensure this doesn't happen again is to take a page from authors like Jacquelin Thomas whose product descriptions make the religious slant of the books VERY obvious and whose biography CLEARLY states that she used to write romantic fiction but now writes Christian fiction. Also, perhaps amazon.com hasn't labeled your book as inspirational because it shows up in searches with other interracial erotic novels.
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Take Me Down
Take Me Down
Price: $4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it, November 11, 2011
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This review is from: Take Me Down (Kindle Edition)
I know romance novels sometimes go overboard in the 'love conquers all including common sense' vein but this is kind of ridiculous. It was like the liar vs. the silly shrew. The hero lies to the heroine about damn near everything, manipulates every situation he can find to get her to let down her guard and let him get close to her and their kid, [spoiler] blackmails her into marrying him by threatening to take custody and money away from her ... and then gets upset later when she doesn't trust anything he says. Even though he admits to being a lying liar that tells lies. Seriously dude? Then the heroine's daddy issues kinda made me want to slap her. One minute all men are no good lying so and sos, then the next minute she's ok with the hero even though he's done nothing but lie to her, THEN she's not ok with him and it just goes back and forth until everyone in the novel is sick of her too. I just don't get it.


Special Forces
Special Forces
Price: $3.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story: 3 stars. Other elements: 12 gold stars!, September 12, 2011
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This review is from: Special Forces (Kindle Edition)
I agree with a lot of the reviews - the story wasn't the best in the world but it was entertaining at least. Definitely not Shakespeare but hey, sometimes highbrow isn't really necessary. Based on the story itself, I would give it 2.5 or maybe 3 stars at best. That being said, there are a few supremely awesome things that happen that bump my rating up quite a bit. (Insert River Song cooing "spoilers!" here)

So of COURSE the hero has issues with trusting women because they're all dirty cheating hhooooeeeerrrrrssss just like his mama, blah blah whinycakes, which issues prompt a major blowout break-up fight between the hero and the heroine towards the end. (Although in defense of the hero, it's not like a normal romance situation where the hero sees the heroine laughing with the mail carrier, jumps to the conclusion that they're sleeping together and then throws her out and tries to destroy her life in retaliation. Nope, in this case there are actual dirty PICTURES! They're faked pictures but still - there's actual proof!)

Anyway, the hero realizes almost right away that he's stupid and goes about the groveling portion of the story. Typical territory in any romance novel. What makes this one so awesome? EVERYONE reams the hero out for being an untrusting doofus including his co-workers and his family. The best comes courtesy of his aunt who tells him that his issues ended up hurting others besides the heroine (like her son that he adopted) AND lets him know that his apology isn't good enough. When he finally gets his grovel on with the heroine, she tells him that he isn't the only one with honor and integrity and that it's really f-ed up that he expected her to trust him completely without him being willing to do the same. Frickin AWESOMEsauce! Oh, but it gets even better: the hero agrees to go to therapy to deal with his issues with women. That's right people, the alpha male hero agrees that he has issues and takes steps to resolve them on his own without recourse to the heroine's magic hoohoo. Just that one thing made me a lifelong fan of the author.

But then, the pièce de résistance: when the heroine finally agrees to give the hero another chance, there's none of that typical `yay-I-love-you-and-forgive-you-immediately-let's-have-sex-now' nonsense. No, the heroine lets the hero know in no uncertain terms that he hurt her and broke her trust and that she's not sure that he can earn it back but he's welcome to try. And THEN she tells him that if he ever kicks her out again or calls her out of her name, she will be gone so fast that all he'll see is the dust from her boots when she leaves his ass for good. I actually found myself fist pumping the air and chanting `you go girl' when I read that part. I know I'm damn tired of reading romance novels where the jealous untrusting hero and the ditzy heroine live happily ever after - when it's pretty obvious that about 15 minutes after the marriage, the hero probably became jealous and vindictive again when he saw the heroine talking to a priest (or the baker or the candle stick maker or her cousin or whoever). This novel made it obvious that the hero was wrong, knew he was wrong and was willing to work to fix his mistake and that the heroine would not just roll over and take whatever crap the hero felt he could dish out and for that reasoning alone, this novel is my official favorite IR romance. Yay Erosa.


Ghost Ship
Ghost Ship

5.0 out of 5 stars Alien! Now with android sex!, July 14, 2011
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This review is from: Ghost Ship (Kindle Edition)
Ok, so it's a bit derivative of the Alien movies - but who cares. It was a pretty great story nonetheless.


Blindsided
Blindsided

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shoot me please..., July 13, 2011
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This review is from: Blindsided (Kindle Edition)
WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY BE MILDLY SPOILERIFIC...

I've been on a IR romance novel bender for a bit. A few are great, some are good, most are craptastically awful but they're all in good trashy fun, like having ice cream and chips for dinner. But this book? Oh. My. HolyChristOnACracker. This book was bad enough to break through my apathy and laziness and force me to write a review.

First off, the heroine Daria. Holy Dinky Dumba** Batman! If you were to look up "Heroine, Too Stupid To Live" in the dictionary, there would be an entire page dedicated solely to this woman, complete with moving pictures of her crying, stamping her foot and brandishing her pepper spray and her law degree. The woman spends the entire book being assaulted, held at gunpoint and nearly raped by gangsters who FIND HER EVEN IN WITNESS PROTECTION. So she does what any sane person would do. She ditches her lustful police escort (the hero) at every turn, puts on her big girl Nancy Drew panties, walks right to the trouble, gets assaulted AGAIN and blames it on everyone else. Why the hero is so enamored of this woman, I have no idea. By the by, the hero is sort of a face-less, personality-less hunk of a cop that exists solely to chase around after Dumba** Daria.

Also - and this bothers the crap out of me - the characters spend a lot of time walking around and speaking their thoughts aloud, which the writer uses as a method of advancing the plot. (Many IR writers tend to do this and, unfortunately, Marie Rochelle or whoever does it a lot) Writers, if you can't figure out how to show and not tell, then please get thee to a workshop or a class and upgrade your craft.


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