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New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey delivers his next delectable, erotic romance They call themselves the Blackbirds. Kwanzaa Browne, Indigo Abdulrahaman, Destiny Jones, and Ericka Stockwell are four best friends who are closer than sisters, and will go to the ends of the earth for one another. Yet even their deep bond can't heal all wounds from their individual pasts, as the collegiate and post-collegiate women struggle with their own demons, drama, and desires. Trying to forget her cheating ex-fiancé, Kwanzaa becomes entangled with a wicked one-night stand--a man who turns out to be one in five million. Indigo is in an endless on-again, off-again relationship with her footballer boyfriend, and in her time between dysfunctional relationships she purses other naughty desires. Destiny, readjusting to normal life, struggles to control her own anger after avenging a deep wrong landed her in juvi, while at the same time trying to have her first real relationship--one she has initiated using an alias to hide her past from her lover. Divorced Ericka is in remission from cancer and trying to deal with two decades of animosity with her radical mother, while keeping the desperate crush she has always had on Destiny's father a secret... a passion with an older man that just may be reciprocated. As the women try to overcome-- or give into-- their impulses, they find not only themselves tested, but the one thing they always considered unbreakable: their friendship.
Eric Jerome Dickey has a powerful command in the portrayal of relationships. This new story is no different then his other books. His characters was very relatable and the story was emotionally gripping. I laughed at some parts, shook my head sometimes and I cried at parts. This book was like Sex and the City or Girlfriends. This plot revolved around a sisterhood featuring Kwanzaa Browne, Destiny Jones, Ericka Stockwell and Indigo Abdulrahaman. These best friends have seen each other through various phases of their lives and now they have made a pact to celebrate each friend in a special way on their respective birthdays.
Kwanzaa is still reeling from the breakup of her six year relationship after he had given her an STD. She is torn between moving on and maybe listening to the pleas of her cheater fiancée.
Destiny has been going by the name “Kismet” to hide her identity because when she was a victim of a gang rape that was recorded and the video went viral. Since her name pulls up this traumatic and humiliating period of her life, Destiny actually avoids people all together.
Indigo, the Nigerian beauty is caught in a love triangle between two men and will need to make the decision between the one that she wants and the one she needs.
Erika was really the glue that held the friendship together but she was really coming to terms with dissolution of her marriage. She is a cancer survivor with a mother who treated her atrociously. She harbors a lot of pain from childhood but she tries to be strong for the Blackbirds.
This year is a pivotal year for the Blackbirds as they are trying to leave behind the pain and grab onto happy. They are doing things outside their comfort zone like sky diving and they are pledged to be rock if any of them are floundering. It was refreshing to see that were honest and real with each other, especially the sharped tongued Indigo. I felt like Indigo was the scene-stealer because she was hilarious. She was gave it verbally to the guys and girls equally. She was so entertaining.
The love the ladies had for each other really made this story endearing. The author writes really memorable characters and this one was no exception. I love the resolution in the conflicts each character was dealing with and felt each woman was in a much stronger place emotionally than they were at the beginning of the book. My only complaint, which is a consistent one with this author’s book, is the length. It was too long and it would have been even more powerful with a trim.
This story will still command your attention from page 1. If you want The Girlfriends experience, then pick up this book now.
*Special Thanks to Penguin via First to Read for the book given in exchange for an honest review.