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"Betrayal in the City" by Em Woodz
From the back cover:
Starting in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, Betrayal in the City is the beginning of an urban soap opera, chronicling the lives of successful airport owners—Karter and Khristian Taylor. Betrayal in the City is a gritty and wild ride into a world full of jealousy, envy, love, sex, drugs, and violence as these brothers try to navigate through life the best way they know how. But only one question remains...will they survive being thrown into the fire?
Let me just start off by saying...
This book was good as hell.
I also have to apologize because I am a reader that judge's books by their covers. I haven't really been a fan of Urban fiction since Winter Santiaga walked the streets of New York City.
And if you don't understand my reference, why are you even here???
The truth is, this book's cover didn't cause me to want to add it to my TBR pile, but the reviews were 5 star so I gave it a try.
And my gosh. It was a great read.
First of all, Karter Taylor owns an airport. A whole, ENTIRE airport. If that doesn't scream #BlackExcellence I don't know what does. And yes, he and his brother do participate in some extra curricular activities, but this just proves that even airport owners need a side hustle.
This story revolves around Karter and his brother Khristian and their family, friends and employees. While Karter is focused on his bottom line, his wife Savannah is stuck at home babysitting his outside children and longing for something more. Khristian is also involved in some extracurricular activities of his own while dealing with the loss of his son, and is falling in love with his ride-or-die side chick Gizelle, who has some activities of her own. Then we meet Mia, who works for Karter but is new in town and making herself comfortable with Gizelle's cousin Tremaine.
I know that this seems like a lot of people and, Lord knows it is. But the great things about this book is that the author she weaves all of the characters together in the most flawless fashion. All involved have their own tale to be told, but they are all connected in one way or another. Each story would be equally interesting on it's own, but the fact that they all blend together is even better. And even though I will probably never own an airport, each character is super relatable.
Money doesn't cure all problems. Even some of the most financially stable individuals still suffer from heartbreak and infidelity, as well as grief and greed.
The only complaint that I do have is that the ending was abrupt. It was kind of like the author just stopped the story. There were a lot of loose ends and i feel like it was just... over. I didn't feel as if it was finished, so maybe a Book 2? I would definitely be interested.
Betrayal in the City was very much a great read. I got lost in the pages, for real. You will not be disappointed. It's available on Amazon in paperback as well as Kindle download and free to read if you have an Kindle Unlimited subscription or just click here.