Reviews for Never Keeping Secrets
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Keesha Lands, Danielle Johnson, Monica Winters, and Latoya James have been tight friends since their Newark, NJ, high school days. They're all grown up, but each of them guards outlandish secrets threatening to destroy their careers and personal relationships. However, an opening scene lets us know that one of them is dead. Could it be the woman addicted to Oxycontin, the one who hires a gigolo, or the sexpot sleeping with her husband's cousin? Adding to the drama are mysterious emails stating, "I know your secrets." Wild sex scenes add naughty flair to the narratives. One of our girls second-guesses a hot tryst, realizing she "left behind her torn panties and a broken heart." VERDICT Four alternating stories make for juicy drama in Bryant's (Mistress, Inc.) latest tale of wickedness. Tension mounts during the climactic last 20 pages as readers are slammed with tantalizing cliffhangers. The author's skillful mix of hot sex, betrayal, heartbreak, and realistic characters is sure to please both soap opera and street lit fans. This one's a winner. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 April #4
Mean Girls gets an urban makeover in this bleak rags-to-riches tale from Bryant (Mistress, Inc.). Four high-school friends from hardscrabble Newark, N.J., drift apart as they elbow their way to success. Monica goes from ruthless mistress to savvy CEO of an investment firm with celebrity clients; hard-hearted Keesha sheds a drug habit, bad men, and an abusive mom to raise a caring daughter and become a promising author; Latoya survives her domineering religious family and promiscuous past only to get hooked on pills and endure a loveless marriage to an ambitious minister; and Danielle defies her foster-care upbringing to become a successful TV career woman, but loses her true love. Each woman guards an ugly secret that threatens her carefully calculated life. Then a mysterious stalker arranges a reunion as revenge for a cruel prank that the former friends have long-since forgotten. Each of Bryant's heroines loses her tenuous grip on fame and slips into rage and death--a bitter commentary on the group's single-minded climb from slum to success. But Bryant also gives these sexy, fearless women a razor-sharp edge that reveals admirable grit and honesty. (June) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC