This story was two cups of “Hot ghetto mess.” One stick of “Are you serious right now?” A dash of “Unreal” and a smidgen of “Whackness“. Let that cook down for an hour and then you’ll have a bowl of “Glad it’s over.”
I became so disengaged reading this that I had to read the book in reverse to add my own flare to it. Wasn’t like I was going to spoil anything by doing so. That happened on the first page!
A glimpse into the characters…
Jai. Hands down was stupid. Word on the streets where I’m from is “You find a sucker, you lick it.”Random, Jai’s husband knew this obviously.
The story opens up with a pointless conversation between Jai and Random’s creeper, Tay. No one showed their verbal gangsta. It was silly banter between two broads that lasted longer than any real telephone beef between two women. “Call Random’s cell phone, you got the number,” was something Jai said. “Ummm, why you gon’ call me by my government name?” was something that Tay said. Blah, blah, blah. A real woman would have squashed the whole ordeal by changing her number and her man but I’m guessing since Jai has referred to herself as a bitch, she’d let the drama continue.
Jai and Random were weak and since likenesses attract it wasn’t hard to tell why they stayed with each other. The dynamics between them wasn’t strong enough to have the character of Jai stay with him. She owned the house, she had the money, the education and let’s not forget the picture perfect body. Now the title is Something In Your Backstroke, however, the sex wasn’t a good enough reason for her to stay because nowhere, not once, did the description of the watered down sex scream “I can’t leave him alone!” A few aahs and oohs don’t contribute to being caught up. Soooo why did she tolerate it? Ahh, she wouldn’t have but since the author didn’t want to change the title of the book, she just figured that her audience wouldn’t identify that the story and the name had nothing to do with each other.
Jai had been knowing that her spineless husband was cheating and right after confronting him, they would make love? I know a little something about women and what I know is that the only way she would submit to a man after he has hurt her to those degrees is if she was dependent upon him for something. Sex (which wasn’t the case in this story), Money, Status, Keeping Appearances, Low Self Esteem, etc. But when you have it all like Jai, the question again is why did she stay?
Going on to Adel, Random’s mother. She’s jealous of Jai so she in turn wants her beloved son to be with the “hood rat” Tay? Ok, I have met some over protective mothers and none of them would want their child to downgrade. They may want them to leave while making a lateral move but never downgrade which is what the Tay deal would have been. Adel makes an attempt to ruin not only her daughter in law but her son by calling child protection to get Jai in trouble. Newsflash. She didn’t have problems with her son. So why would she risk hurting him? And there was no grounds for CPS to remove him in the first place. A bogus threat! A scene, hell a character that didn’t need to be created. The author was reaching to create drama that just spelled mess. This character Adel, hell all of them were a FAIL!
Tay and Random are at a show called DNA LIVE to do a paternity test. It’s a carbon copy of Maury. It’s not just that appearing on this show is outside of the personalities of The Bowers (Jai and Random) but what killed it was what Jai wore…This is how it is written to the tee. She wore an outfit Kimora Lee Simpson would be proud of. Her Baby Phat jeans… It’s Simmons! When you talk of someone, spell their names right! Mine is
Jai gets a text message, which she assumed correctly when she stated that it was a woman he slept with playing on her cell. How did she get that number too? I don’t know. It wasn’t explained. Random asks about it and without seeing his phone, she tells him to check his messages. Like she just somehow knew he got the same text. But surprise he did. This story must have been written in Magic Land because things just happened without reason.
The whole book had kill scenes. I won’t murder it by pointing more out.
But I do have 2 questions…Does Jai know how to do more than “growl” when she speaks in anger and is the phrase “beat the brakes off of you” the only battle call she knows? Just wondering.
I have a GET or SH*T list to all potential readers.
This is on my SH*T list.
Book rating (1 Torch)
Tysha. Your book has just been blazed!!! Your book has no sparks.