The Love Sisters Series by Christina C. Jones
Three novellas with hilarious banter and undeniable chemistry!
Great for folx who want Black love stories.
Book 1: I Think I Might Love You
Rating: 5 stars
Spice level: 3
Trope: Forced Proximity, Reformed Bad Girl
"Jaclyn Love is a magnet for trouble - it seems to follow her wherever she goes.
Unfortunately for Kadan Davenport, she also seems to be a magnet for him - even after a disastrous first impression that leaves him - literally - black and blue.
Jaclyn is busy trying to find some sort of balance, and Kadan is just trying not to get swept up in the chaos.
In a small city like Blakewood, it's hard to avoid each other... especially when each additional encounter makes them wonder if they really want to." - Amazon
Jaclyn is probably my favorite of the three sisters because she's so earnest and misunderstood. She's used to people seeing her as someone who will never amount to much because of her past but she doesn't let that stop her from trying. She's doing this for herself and I really love that. She and Kaden are effortless together and their chemistry makes it hard to put down this book. The audiobook is an added bonus thanks to the two narrators!
Book 2: I think I might need you
Rating: 5 stars
Spice level: 3
Trope: Pregnancy, Second-Chance
"Joia Love is all about… well, Joia. Her primary interests right now are how creative she can get with her video camera, how much weight she can bench press, and her social media brand.
A man doesn’t even factor into her top five.
Especially not Theodore Graham, the ex-boyfriend committed to becoming her next boyfriend. Teddy’s charm and funny demeanor aren’t limited to his videos, and he’s fully prepared to pull out all the stops to rekindle their college romance.
In the midst of a shocking revelation, Joia is just trying to process it all, while Teddy is trying to secure his place at her side.
She may not want a replay with Teddy, but as it turns out… she might need him after all."
I wasn't expecting to like this book very much because of the pregnancy trope, but I loved it. Joia is sweet, motivated, and tired of being taken for granted. That's relatable. She's worked very hard to get where she is and to love herself so it's understandable that she may not want to open up to folks from her past who showed her that they weren't worth it. What I love about this book is that it gave the characters a chance to show how people can change and great ways to prove it. Teddy is a good guy, despite his dumb decisions in the past. I also appreciate that he's not predatory like many ex-boyfriends can be when they don't really care about their supposed love interest's wants and needs. Another solid audiobook!
Book 3: I think I might want you
Rating: 4 stars
Spice level: 4
Trope: Single eldest sister, Traveler, Can't be controlled
"Jemma Love is beholden to no one, and wants nothing more than to keep it that way. She’s built a lifestyle around the things she enjoys most – traveling, good food , and good… company.
She doesn’t need anything else.
Except… Levi Anders throws a bit of a wrench in those plans. He just might be the perfect compliment to Jemma’s way of life, and he’s definitely not shy about making his intentions clear.
He wants a place in her world, and wants her in his.
Simple, right? Maybe.
It’s one thing to want something – and something else entirely to accept it."
Jemma's independence and sense of adventure is awesome. I know many people dream of a life like hers, but I could tell that there was something else making her feel like this was the best way to live. Her backstory clears that up but I feel like I didn't get to know her as much as Joia and Jaclyn. Jemma's vulnerability seemed entirely tied to a failed relationship and the rest of this book was about Jemma with Levi. I would have liked to connect with her more. The epilogue definitely gave me some of what I was hoping for, though. Jones got creative with the spicy scenes in this one!!