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Georgia, 1995. A gentle push from her sister causes Francine Adams to agree to one date with the handsome, Jalal Dorsey. When his ex-girlfriend makes an appearance, a perfect evening takes a turn for the worse. Blinded by humiliation and desperate to put distance between herself and the drama, Francine flees the upscale eatery. Unfamiliar with Atlanta, she wanders down a dark side street and encounters a series of unfortunate events.

Troy Bryant has spent seven years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Upon his release, he realizes the man he was before prison is gone. Now, he’s everything he was wrongfully accused of. After witnessing a young woman running from a restaurant in the heart of Atlanta, Troy follows her hasty retreat down an unlit side street, forever changing the course of both their lives.

Troy decides to keep her - no matter the cost, and Francine is forced to need the man who stole her from her life. Two souls collide, and a dark romance begins to bloom. Unfortunately Francine spins an erotic tale of anger, love, and acceptance.

©2019 Joan Vassar (P)2021 Joan Vassar

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MAYBE ITS ME

I almost feel like I was reading a different book than everybody that reviewed this book was reading. Let me start off by saying that Jakobi and Nicole are two of my favorite narrators, and once again THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT!! They did an amazing job at telling this trash bag of a story.
This is truthfully one of the dumbest books I have ever listened to. I really tried to like it, but the plot is so idiotic and unrealistic, that it is ridiculous. There were just so many details given for no reason, the story just makes no sense it’s all over the place.

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Francine...Francine....Francine I"M SHOCKED!!!!

I am going to go back and listen for a second time shoot with all these twists and turns. I'm like who is he.... and where did she come from!! I will admit, I was a little upset at first as to why he did what he did to Francine and don't know if I will ever be okay with it, but what I do know is Jakobi Diem will make the damn alphabet sound like a wet dream. I didn't like the way it ended, so I can't wait for book 2. It definitely held my attention and had me up all through the night listening.

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<<Double Sigh>>

The only good thing I can say about this book is Jakobi and Nicole. Everything was exaggerated and unrealistic. I don't even want to waste time on a detailed review. I hesitate to read any more books by Joan Vassar.

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Sooo gooood!!!!

Unfortunately Francine Review
First let me say I’m a huge fan of Joan Vassar. I’ve read all of The Black Series. I fell in love with the characters and the novels in the whole series. So when she told me she was writing a dark romance I was a little skeptical. I said to myself, Lord what is she doing now!
After reading unfortunately Francine I must say that I am ready to dive into the world of Troy and the gang. This book was, as always, well written but thought-provoking. It made me rethink what it means to be a good guy and a bad guy in a novel. It made me think about the injustice of the justice system. Most importantly it open my eyes to how lucky I am as a black person in America that I didn’t find myself in the wrong place at the right time.
As always Joan Vassar delivered on a great novel and I’m so excited to have the narration of Jakobi Diem and Nicole Smalls. I love how the narrators provided to a duet between the female voice and the male voice. It provided a lot of interesting interplay as I listen to the book. More than anything I love Jakobi‘s voice. He could literally read a cereal box’s ingredients and I will give it five stars. Well done Ms. Vassar, Mr. Diem and Ms. Smalls.

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IT WAS A’IGHT

First of all, as per usual, Jakobi and Nicole killed the narration. I loved the way it was performed. Secondly, the plot was very unrealistic. Talk about Stockholm Syndrome! All those threats Troy gave Francine and never did nothing. He barely punished her with his D! The first chance I got I would have been gone. Thirdly, the book was entirely too long for it to end the way it did. This was two books in one. So I’m guessing there will be a second book. I’d listen IF Nicole and Jakobi narrate and that’s a big IF.

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PT2 PLEASEEEE!!!!!!

AS EXPECTED... FLAWLESS STORY LINE MATCHED WITH FLAWLESS NARRATION (WHICH DUH... ITS JAKOBI) THIS LEFT ME WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS AND ANTICIPATION FOR THE NEXT. JOAN VASSAR NEVER DISAPPOINTS.

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Great book

I loved the book. I love how both narrators read. But Nicole Small always narrator amazingly.

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outstanding

this author is phenomenal, nothing else needs to be said. being able to read a book and feel you're apart of the pages is breathtaking. Troy Bryant can take me captive anytime and anyplace. Great job Joan!!

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Was 5 Star... Until

This book had me on edge the entire 15+ hours, and just when I thought I knew who did it.. turns out I didn't. I was so torn for Francine the entire book, in such a way that I questioned my own sanity and what I would do in such a situation. Troy.. LAWD'A'MERCY! If ever there was a character that kept me up a night, it was him! But he both scared me and intrigued me. Their "love" was SUPER toxic, but seemingly true- if the two can coexist. The rest of the supporting cast equally evoked the same type of emotions. I was really all in with this book, like actually looked forward to listening to it for the 4 days that it took me to listen- and then the ending came and I completely felt let down. There are SO many lose ends with this book. So many unanswered questions. And unless there is a book 2, I almost feel like I wasted my time.

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Everything We Didn’t Know We Needed

This book is beautifully and masterfully written by Joan. Dark Romance is a hit or miss sometimes, but the author has made us a believer. We also appreciated the story behind the story of the silent activist and how Francine actually saved him. In fact, it seemed that Troy and Francine’s love saved or changed the entire band of unfortunate social misfits for the better. Speaking of, we were also enthralled by the cast of characters: Akil, Tyrell, Levi, Butch, Hassan, Monica, and Jennifer. Each one made you want to know more about them. The added joy was that this book gave us everything we didn’t know we needed… intertwined narration between Jakobi Diem and Nicole Small. We were already fans of the narrators, but now, we’re super fans because my goodness that did that! And listening to Jakobi during those sexual encounters nearly took us out! This book owes us nothing except a part 2. We’re hoping.

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