September 14, 2014

Series Sunday: Strong Heat

(Strong Family #6)

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is Strong Heat, the sixth (final) book in the Strong Family series by Niobia Bryant. Every family has a love story and this is the sexy book where it all began and will end. I don't read books of a series out of order, but my bestie recommended I try this author so I figured why not start at the roots.

Lisha Rockman is a 25-year-old assistant physical therapist who wants a good man that respects her and family values. Most of the men in Holtsville, South Carolina want one thing—sex. Twenty-six-year-old cattle rancher Kael Strong is still nursing the wounds from his last relationship and is hesitant to get involved with the irresistible Lisha. But their attraction is hard to ignore. This is the love story that sets the stage for future generations of the Strong family.

"The heat. The chemistry." ~ pg. 18

Strong Heat is my introduction to author Niobia Bryant. She is a very descriptive author making it easy to visualize the characters and setting while reading. Long lashes. High cheekbones. Handsome features. Strong jaws. Caramel complexions. How could I not picture the main characters in my head with descriptions such as these? Chapters alternate from present day to way back in the day with Lisha preparing for a date, spraying her pulse points with Charlie perfume. Yes, Charlie! It continues with how Lisha met Kael, how the couple fell in love, and how 40 years later they are still very much happily married.

"Passion is the fire that burns from a heart in love." ~ pg. 71

The generational black love story and small populated town reminds me of series by Beverly Jenkins and Maureen Smith. Even though I started backward and spoiled myself on the love lives of the younger generations, I enjoyed little tidbits of the other characters within this awww-worthy story of fiery passion. Thanks to Niobia Bryant for considering readers who may be new to the series (reading the last book first) by highlighting the romance of the Strong Family siblings in the Interludes. Her writing in Strong Heat set a strong enough impression that I am interested in reading the series from the beginning.

Title: Strong Heat
Author: Niobia Bryant
Published: December 2013
Pages: 224
Edition: eBook
Rating: ♥♥♥♥


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