October 6, 2017

Review: Lover’s Life by AlTonya Washington

Review: Lover’s Life by AlTonya WashingtonLover's Life: A Tesano Story by AlTonya Washington
(Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Also by this author: Embrace My Heart, Lover's Origin: Black Island (Ramsey Tesano), Treasure My Heart, Provocative Attraction, In the Midst of Passion
Published by Al Tonya Washington on September 16, 2017
Genres: African American, Contemporary, Love & Romance, Multicultural & Interracial, Romance
Pages: 102
Format: eBook
Goodreads
five-stars
Marcella Cannon had always felt like a fish out of water-the oddball girl in a family of men. The girl who preferred reading to shopping…for a while anyway. When her address changed to Black Island, the girl she had been changed too.

Brogue Tesano didn’t feel that his life exactly changed upon his move to Black Island. Instead, it had merely shifted into its rightful lane. He wasn’t a nice man-didn’t come from a family of nice people. The island- the horrors he’d witnessed and been a part of had done nothing to discourage the choices he’d made- the choices he’d would’ve continued to make until by chance he met an angel in the midst of hell.

I have never clicked the buy button so fast on Amazon as I did when I saw that AlTonya Washington released Lover’s Life: A Tesano Story. She surely got my $1.85 with a quickness and it was money well spent.

I don’t normally review novellas as longtime readers may be aware but when it comes to my favorite authors (and my FAVORITE series), I simply cannot resist.

Lover’s Life is the prequel of sorts to Brogue Tesano and Marcella Cannon’s love story, which we first got a small glimpse into with A Lover’s Return. For those of you who have never read any of Washington’s Ramsey/Tesano novels, stop right here, go back and start from the beginning of the series.  If not, you’ll be confused about what I’m about to say next.

Lover’s Life was really short but it laid the groundwork for these two characters and the next Tesano rollercoaster ride, as more secrets and skullduggery (island word for those not familiar lol) are unraveling. If we thought that this world of corruption was close to an end, we were sorely mistaken.

Lover’s Life had all the signature traits of Washington’s beloved series; it was a sensual and mysterious page-turner. I really liked the character development which I didn’t expect, given how short this was, but we saw glimpses into both Brogue and Marcella’s lives both when they first met each other and after they escaped hell together.  When I tell you Brogue and Marcella have a chemistry that simply jumps off the pages, THEY HAVE CHEMISTRY!

Brogue seems to be in the market for some redemption, and with the full-length novel aptly titled A Lover’s Redemption due out in fall of 2018, looks like he will be getting it. I love a good comeback story and if this novella was any indication, I may have to move Brogue from near the bottom of my Tesano list.

I, for one, will be first in line for the book. While I am having a mini-tantrum at the thought of having to wait so long for the follow-up, I know it will definitely be worth the wait.

About AlTonya Washington

AlTonya Washington has been a romance novelist for 12 years. She’s the winner of two Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Awards and recently won the Romance Slam Jam EMMA Award for Best Steamy Romance of 2014. She lives in North Carolina and works as a College Reference Librarian.

She began her writing career with BET’s Arabesque imprint and now writes traditionally for Harlequin’s Kimani Romance line. Under the pen name T. Onyx she crafts erotica and plans to release a new title in the genre next year. In 2015 AlTonya will begin to conclude her popular Ramsey/Tesano Series with the release of “Lover’s Origin: Black Island”, “A Lover’s Return”, and “Book of Scandal: The Tesano Elders”.

When she’s not writing, she can be found with a good book, a good movie, or a good movie based on a good book!

AlTonya wears many hats, but being a mom is her favorite job.

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