Sharon’s review ~ Ravaged by Naima Simone

Posted November 16, 2022 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments

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Sharon’s review ~ Ravaged by Naima SimoneRavaged by Naima Simone
Published by Amazon Publishing on November 15, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
Pages: 252
Format: ARC, eBook, Kindle Unlimited
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4 Stars

From USA Today bestselling author Naima Simone comes an electrifying romance about a pro basketball player and a graphic novelist who can't seem to stay in the friend zone.

Miriam

It's no coincidence that my family's breakup service is called BURNED Inc. I know what it's like to be dumped. I've been there.

Long story short, I've got a rule when it comes to my love life: no athletes. As it happens, my best friend, Jordan, is a professional basketball player. He also has a delicious body and sexy tattoos.

But rules are rules.

Jordan

Miriam is my best friend. She's also the love of my life, the woman I've been dreaming about since we met. But she doesn't do athletes.

I get it. I really do. And I just want Miriam to be happy. Which is why I set her up with a teammate to help her find the man she deserves--even though I can tell she's into me from that one hot-as-hell night we shared months ago. Still, rules are rules.

But here's the thing: I'm a competitor.

And sometimes you have to break the rules to win.

This has been a strong series from Naima Simone; she has a unique voice as an author, one I really love reading and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for the last unattached sibling, Levi, who remains a bit of a mystery. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books

 

Ravaged is the second book in Naima Simone’s Burned series; a series about three siblings who own and operate a “break-up” service to ease the sting of a relationship that isn’t going to continue. Ravaged was very good, I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as the first book but I think that’s because there wasn’t the excitement of finding out about the business and the background on the three siblings and why they do what they do. I did love Miriam and Jordan, they seem like such an opposites attract couple and while they are to some extent they are also very much alike in other ways.

When Miriam’s sister falls for Jordan’s best friend, they form a bit of a bond that leads to a one night stand which they immediately shove aside and become great friends and above all Miriam and Jordan are friends. The problem is they both still want one another with abandon, so much so that it messes with their heads, their hearts, and well…other parts of their bodies.

Jordan is an NBA player with an injury and is climbing the walls to get back on his team and Miriam, ahhhh Mensa Card carrying Miriam, she has a big secret that no one knows about and it is wonderful and amazing and so her. They make some missteps along the way like Jordan asking Miriam to go out with his widowed teammate, but it all falls back on their friendship, their mutual respect for one another, and the connection they can’t deny. With alternate points of view the reader is privy to every thought, the pining for one another, even the hurt they feel sometimes when the other one does something insensitive. I really felt I got to know and understand these characters well.

Friends to lovers, opposites attract, slow burn (if you don’t count that one instance before <wink>); Ravaged was equal parts sweet and sexy with a few surprises thrown in to make it even more interesting. This has been a strong series from Naima Simone; she has a unique voice as an author, one I really love reading and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for the last unattached sibling, Levi, who remains a bit of a mystery.

 

4 Stars

About Naima Simone

Published since 2009, USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone loves writing sizzling romances with heart, a touch of humor and snark. Her books have been featured in The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly, and described as balancing “crackling, electric love scenes with exquisitely rendered characters caught in emotional turmoil.”

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

Posted November 16, 2022 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments