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Thug Lovin' Paperback – August 10, 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 319 customer reviews
Book 4 of 6 in the Thug Series

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Back in the hood but movin' on up, Tasha and Trae Macklin have reformed somewhat but are still in urban grit mode. In Clark's latest street lit, her fourth novel in the Thug series, the couple's moved to L.A. although Trae briefly returns to the East Coast for some revenge killing after his cousin Shaheem's murdered. Three years later, Tasha has three children and it's all good except Trace opens up a flashy nightspot, Club New York. To do this, he makes a connection with Charles Li, a Chinese mobster, and his dangerous daughter, Charli. Then Sabeerah, a devious young witness to Trae's New Jersey crime, moves to L.A. and tries to blackmail Trae. In another plot line Det. Rick Bryant, the couple's neighbor, gets involved with Kyra, Tasha's old friend, whose hubby, Marvin, is using drugs. Clark, who started her writing career while incarcerated, depicts Tasha's travails and Kyra's problems with a brutally honest squint, but it's hard to care about extra thuggy Trae. (Aug.)
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About the Author

Wahida Clark was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey. She began writing fiction while incarcerated at a woman's federal camp in Lexington, Kentucky. Her first novel, Thugs and the Women Who Love Them, and the sequel, Every Thug Needs a Lady, appeared on the Essence bestsellers list. Since her release, Wahida has achieved much success with her follow-up of Thug Matrimony. Her most recent work, Payback With Ya Life, made its way onto the prestigious New York Times bestseller's list.

Wahida continues to amplify the urban landscape from her home and office in East Orange, New Jersey.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 Original edition (August 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446178098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446178099
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, let me say that I have been a "die hard" Wahida fan. I have read all of her books. However, "this &*#@) RIGHT HERE " was unbelievable (and not in a good way)! We fell in love with Trae, Tasha, Kaylin, Angel and the rest of the crew in books 1 - 3. Those characters are not recognizable in Thug Lovin' (book 4). I feel as though I have been lied to. At the end of Thug Lovin, I hated Trae, was disappointed in Tasha, disgusted by Marvin and saddened by Kyra. I can appreciate the need to "mix it up". But, this was a GRIMY tale. Trae's behavior was inconceivable. The fact that he cheated on Tasha was the LEAST of his foul behavior. What he did to Tasha at the end of the book is what we tell our daughters, sisters, girlfriends, etc to NEVER accept. It was inconceivable, unnecessary and not consistent with Trae's character. Why take such a loved character and have him beat his wife to the point where he doesn't know how she got on the floor? Are you kidding me? What is that and what was the point of reducing him (them) to that level? Don't devoted readers of the series deserve better than that? How is that possibly 5 stars? Furthermore, the Tasha that we know would NEVER accept that behavior from him. The real shame is that there are so few TRUE showcases of Black Love. The magic of books 1-3 is the message that our powerful connections do exist (contrary to what the media would say) and that they are to be celebrated. What Trae did to Tasha at the end of the book cheapened him and the story told about him and Tasha in books 2 and 3. It went far beyond "shock value". How can he possibly be redeemed? What's next? Does Kaylin shoot Angel? Is Faheem a cross-dresser? Does Jaz develop a crack addiction? We waited a year for THIS? I feel cheated.
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Ugh..where do I begin? I absolutely LOVE 'Thug Lovin'!! Alot of the other reviews talk about how Trae's character changed but I personally believe Tasha changed the most! I absolutely loved her in Every Thug Needs A Lady & Thug Matrimony but In Thug Lovin Tasha seemed like a classless whore who was too distracted by having sex then fixing her martial problems. As many bad decisions as Trae made I still loved his character..he almost lost me for a minute b/c the whole domestic abuse thing it was a bit excessive and unexpected. I wish Angel & Kaylin had a bigger role in this book. Maybe some of the mistakes between Trae & Tasha wouldn't have been made if they had Kay & Angel to talk them down. There were alot of ups and downs in this book but overrall I loved it!! Im impatiently waiting for the next installment. Hopefully Tasha isn't pregnant & if so hopefully its not by her new lover! I dont know maybe its the hopeless romantic in me but I want Trae & Tasha to work!!! Keep up the good work Ms Clark!!
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The characters fell victim to the pitfalls of greed and the author did what she was supposed to do. Show the "ugly" side of greed, infidelty and abuse. I know the physical abuse is what stood out for alot in this book. However, I thought Trae and Tasha had a warped/slightly verbally abusive relationship. I may think a bit different I'm sure. I know some don't see the use of the n-word and telling someone to shut up or the bullying the women to "obey" in the name of love or the biting of the cheek until a mark is left , all those things to some are not signs of abuse. Because Trae says he loves her, his heart is in the right place and he spoils her, it makes everything ok? I can honestly say I was not shocked when Trae put his hands on her. It just seemed like it had to happen with those two. I saw Tasha's infidelty as her acting out against the constant bullying she received from Trae. I say bullying, because while she had a hand in getting pregnant- Trae told her to not get the shot after they knew pills did not work for her. Trae told her that her dreams of a clinic needed to be put on hold a little bit longer yet again. So the progression of the abuse did not shock me, nor did the extreme way Tasha acted out. You know when women are fed up, we strike for blood. I know many won't agree with me. Trust my small book club had a lively debate over the things I pointed out as instances that could be considered abuse. I was more distracted by the narration of this book. Cary Hite has narrated the other books and the characters had individual personalities. The narration drew you in to the characters and the story. The narration of this book was extremely rough. It completely changed the way I looked at the characters as well.
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Trae and Tasha really disappointed me in this book. That bitch Charlie Li was a bold one. But whahida you pulled it off again. Trae messed up royally , but Tasha really went the extra mile. I have read all the Thug series book hard copy, I had to get every last one on kindle. They are ALL good. You want be able to sit the book down.
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Ms. Clark!!!!! Girl you killin me but I am enjoying it! Great, great book, I have been meaning to read the rest of the series but I always forgot about it. I am glad I got with it though because I was missing out. I love all of the characters but, from the first book to the rest, I have notice how the second to this book the story has been kind of focused on Roz and Angel. I miss hearing about Jaz, and Kyla and what going on with them (even though Kayla is more in this book). Great book!!! THUMPS UP!

P.S. check out her payback series, great as well.
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