Upon starting this story, I was immediately hooked. Although it did take me a couple of re-reads to get my mind used to the books unashamed use of “industrial language” (as my Gran would call it) and colourful urban slang but once I understood (and had the accent in my head) it transported me directly into Alexandria’s world and psyche.
The book is told from Alexandria’s (Dria) perspective. She is a confident lesbian businesswoman who is initially resistant to men, for obvious reasons, but upon meeting Benz Tate, a NBA superstar, she becomes smitten and is drawn in by his charm, intellect and bedroom gymnastics!
As with all thing’s celebrity, cracks begin to appear when their individual relationship goals diverge. Benz seeks a more open relationship whereas Alexandria finds she wants commitment and faithfulness.
Ultimately, an unexpected scare forces Alexandria to face some harsh realities and hard choices. Choosing to walk away from her relationship with Benz and his lavish lifestyle though their undeniable bond remains creating difficulties for both in future relationships.
The language and vivid descriptions in this book were a new experience, though I must admit that the constant profanity became a little off-putting and felt unnecessary at times. This is a very minor criticism of what was an incredibly powerful story.
I would absolutely recommend this book to readers who appreciate complex characters and an unfiltered slice of life and are OK with colourful language and colloquialisms. The story contains vibrant, multi-dimensional characters, like Alexandria’s longtime lover Kiki and Benz’s college sweetheart Annie, that add intrigue and move the plot forward. 5 stars from me