I'm Janelle Alexandria Elizabeth-Ann Pickney. The oldest of four girls. Graduate of New York Law School, two years earlier than expected, at the top of my class and apple of my father's eye. After years of hard work and dedication, I'm finally rewarded by being able to sit in on one of the biggest trials in the city, being handled by the district attorney himself. I'm excited and terrified about working with him. After all my years of dreaming, the time has finally come. But then I met him... Luke "Outlaw" Murray. The youngest of six boys. Graduate at the top of his class at hood university where he got his degree in the streets. Certified in Street Nigga-ology. He's rude. He's arrogant. He's abrasive and he's... did I say he was rude? He's everything I don't want in a man. Everything I shouldn't want... until I do. And this... this is a story about us. But beware, because it's not your average love story.
Jazmin always had the biggest crush on her childhood friend Sean since she could remember. Being that she was the "cute for a fat girl" and "like a little sister" type of girl, Sean never really gave Jazmin much attention. Now that they're older, things have changed. Sean has started seeing her in a different light and now they're caught up in a love affair that Jazmin has been waiting her whole life for.There's just one problem: Sean is married to Jazmin's sister's friend Rayven. To make matters worse, Jazmin has just given birth to Sean's love child.As Jazmin deals with the pain, hurt, and heartbreak of being the secret side chick to Sean, another person has entered the picture. Jah, also another childhood friend, is handsome but can be a little rude, straightforward and temperamental. He's the "bad boy" with a potty mouth that has always been everyone's least favorite; however he's attempting to be a stand-up guy despite his abrasiveness. And he's there for Jazmin in ways that she would have never expected. But Sean isn't happy about it at all.Will Sean sit back and lose his side-piece and love child to Jah, or will he be ready to let the cat out the bag to hold on to Jazmin?
Ever since Draylah Omari was sixteen years old, it seemed like life had only dealt her a bad hand. Tragedies and betrayal have taken the people she loved most, including her best friend of over a decade, Glory. After finding out her boyfriend Lue, who was once her savior, is nothing but a wolf in sheep's clothing, Draylah decides to lock her heart up and focus only on her half finished brow bar. She's no longer in the mood to weather any storms, especially ones that are brought on by a man. But little does Draylah know, a whirlwind is headed her way, it's named Ricky AK, and she's about to get caught up in it.
Robyn and Aries are two beautiful women with an ugly secret - they're murderers for hire. The Murder Mamas have relocated to the buzzing city of Los Angeles and it doesn't take them long to link up with Hollywood's biggest drug kingpin. He hires them to take out a snitch and a judge, but the plans backfire and they only complete half the job. When Robyn gets caught by the authorities, their world falls apart.
Aries is ready to bury her deadly past and live a normal life with her husband and son in Barbados. But Case has a score to settle with Macy, his former drug partner. And since Aries still has an unpaid debt with Case, he hunts her down to tell her he's willing to cancel the debt only if she completes the hit on Macy. Knowing that Case won't hesitate to kill her family, Aries has no choice but to take on the assignment.
Frankee had everything a woman could desire. From the castle-like mansion she dwelled in to the fancy jewels she adorned; she had it all. She was the mother of two beautiful children whom she simply adored, and she was surrounded by a slew of servants who praised and worshipped her like she was royalty. Her fairytale life was every girl's dream come true. But she never thought her shining knight in armor would come in the form of a megalomaniac!Zino Okonjo has been proclaimed by many to be a powerful and ruthless "street financier". A man like Zino doesn't sit back and play by the rules others make; it's his way or no way. Exerting his dominance, he takes Frankee in exchange for a debt owed; it changes her life instantly. Four years later, Frankee still hasn't accepted her fate and want to reconnect with the man she was taken from. An opportunity presents itself and she makes a dash for her freedom to reunite with her ex, Antwan. This was his chance to reclaim the woman that was rightfully his. Not only will Antwan get his woman back, but it's time for him to exact revenge on the man he loathe the most: Zino.
London is a beautiful immigrant from Trinidad - given to her husband by her father in order to settle a debt. Her life consists mainly of standing by her husband's side and making him the envy of his associates, but behind closed doors their relationship becomes cold and abusive - and she is looking for a way out. When she meets a young thug named Kalil, he opens her eyes to a world she never knew. Afriad of the repercussions of her actions she avoids Kalil at all costs - but his relentless pursuit makes their love inevitable.
In this sexy street saga, Yasmine, Tahja, and Amra meet through a modeling agency, where they are auctioned off to the highest bidder. When they decide to go into business on their own, their hustle starts a spiraling fall from grace--with an unpredictable ending that stands to leave readers speechless.
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