summary from Goodreads:
Sheree, the outspoken teacher. Shaina, the unhappily married housewife and mother. Morgan, the career-driven attorney. Maven, the bonafide hood girl turned business owner. Best friends for over two decades.
Every Friday night you can find Sheree, Shaina, Morgan, and Maven sitting at their reserved VIP table at Rico’s, the most popular thirty plus lounge in the city. The girls enjoy exquisite cuisine and specialized cocktails while dishing about life, love, and relationships.
There’s usually no room for secrets among these friends because they’ve shared everything: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright scandalous and illegal. But that is all about to change.
Life has a way of bringing trouble right to your front door, and that is exactly what happens to these women. The past comes out to play and wreaks havoc on the present. Old flames burn out, new ones ignite, and everyone gets burned in the process.
When secrets and lies threaten the bond between these friends, will the loyalty and the love they have for each other be enough to see them through? Or will the reservation at Rico’s be put on hold forever?
Love, Lies & Loyalty has a lot of potential. The plot of the book centers around 4 friends – Sheree, Shaina, Maven and Morgan. They’re all in their late 30s. Shaina is married but is having marriage issues. Sheree is single but her long-time boyfriend is trifling. Maven is focused on her career but would like to have a man in her life. Morgan is career-driven and not focused on having a relationship.
I’m always down for a story about close-knit friends and the men they fall in love with. Love, Lies & Loyalty is a little different. The men that 2 of the women are with are trash. Straight basura. So there’s relationship chatter and drama and no one seems to be completely satisfied with where they are in life. That’s fine. But the amount of caca that Sheree and Shaina put with from their men was ridiculous. I guess just because you’re older that doesn’t necessarily mean you know better.
Each chapter focuses on one of the women and their story is told in 1st person POV. They meet up every Friday at Rico’s for cocktails, food and gossip. It’s a standing appointment and you get to see the dynamics of the friendships. Again, I’m always down with female friendships and #BlackGirlMagic. I start to lose some interest due to editing issues. It got to the point that it became distracting. I couldn’t tell what was part of a conversation or just internal thoughts because quotation marks would drop off. With each of the women having similar sounding names (Shaina/Sheree, Maven/Morgan), I sometimes would forget who’s chapter I was reading. A lot of outside characters were introduced and some of them I felt could have been left out. For example, the lazy hair braider that worked in Maven’s salon. That could have been left on the cutting room floor because for me it didn’t add anything to the story.
Characters outside of the 4 women were having their own drama going on and sometimes that took away from their story. But the piece de resistance that really had me roll my eyes and contemplate not finishing the book was what Morgan did. I would expect something like this from a periphery character but one of the main ones?!?!?!?! Ugh! How am I supposed to continue to read this story and be invested in the friendships knowing that Morgan has betrayed one of her friends?
Apparently there will be a book 2 and I’m not so sure that it should be written in the same format as this book. Introducing the 4 women and their relationships was a nice way to start the series (if it’s going to become one) but to continue writing with the focus being on all 4 and their relationships…it’s too much. They each have enough drama on their own to have their own separate books. That’s just my opinion.
Shelia Sewell is a new to me author and this is her first book. Hopefully the writing and editing will be tighter. It’ll be interesting to see where she takes this. It has a lot of potential. I don’t know HOW she’s going to fix Morgan or if she’s even fixable. Everyone is a hot ass mess. I am a lover of romance. I don’t know if this book categorizes as romance? But all I know is I expect the characters to get their HEA. I don’t know how it’s gonna happen with these people.
p.s. If there’s going to be a lot of sexing and cheating, can I get a little more detail and spice in the sex scenes please?!
Warning: This book contains cheating, shady boyfriend, shady husband, mama drama, family drama, and a backstabbing friend.