Hold Me in Contempt, Wendy Williams (Review)

Cover(1)Hold Me in Contempt, Wendy Williams

Book Description (provided) Move over 50 Shades, there’s a new romance in town. Superstar Wendy Williams brings on the heat in her first ever, no-holds-barred, down and dirty, romance novel.
Kimberly Kind is trying to get beyond her roots. A successful, beautiful, smart lawyer, she’s finally finding direction in her life and getting out of the streets. But a terrible accident threatens to throw her carefully laid plans off course. Now Kim’s hiding a huge secret… one that could threaten everything.
Enter King. A perfect mix of Justin Timberlake and David Beckham, the man oozes sex and has more swagger than anyone Kim’s ever met. Their chemistry is off the charts. But after passion-filled nights, the intensity of their emotions takes both of them by surprise.
Love was not supposed to be an option. Now it’s the only thing holding them together. When their pasts come back with a vengeance, can love possibly be enough?

Bookswagger Marcia: Four Crowns, good read, on the way to swagger. Hold Me in Contempt was an interesting read, more cultural headlines and taboo subjects were dropped in this one book alone than any fiction multicultural book I have read this year. She knows the culture for sure. Some things you have to live or be around to know, the things that are brought up talking with friends like your cousin being a five percenter (aka in the five percent nation) for example where descriptions that kept me in the story. This is not a romance book, meaning I do not think this one will appeal to romance readers. Kimberly Kind is a mix of something sweet and hateful, she has layers. Layers that her drinking has not allowed her to see, you really do not get a sense of who she is until you see her letting her guard down with King her love interest in the title. I say love interest because he is not truly a hero in the sense romance readers recognize as heroes.

I caution lovers of the romance genre to not pick up this title expecting a romance read, this is not that book. Instead we have another entry, a good one mind you in the urban fiction-street lit genre. Lovers of the urban street lit genre will enjoy this non perfect heroine who finally recognizes her faults and makes the changes to resolve her issues. Her love interest Rig “King” McDonnell brings in the sexy. He is street smart, has impressive swag and although he has issues of his own (ohhh I wish I could tell you, let’s just say he knows the struggle but a punk he is not) provides the perfect set of arms to hold her while she is trying to figure out who the real bad guy is. Turns out the story has a bit of a suspenseful plot due to some of the bridges the heroine did not know she had burned.

Straight to the Swagger: Pick this one up if you like urban street fiction and sexy Irish descendants with street swagger because King has all that. A heroine you wouldn’t want to be but would love to read about. I hope there will be a second book because I would like to know what happens to Kimberly and King. I thought I was reading a romance and expected a HEA or HFN which I did not get. I got a big ol fat Mob style cliff hanger. If I were rating this as a romance it would not have been a four crown read. But hey I have read this genre enough to recognize it when I see it.

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Posted on March 30, 2014, in Bookswagger, Swagger Book Reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

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  2. Interesting. I haven’t read a urban street lit book in like forever…better yet, I haven’t read any of W. Williams books. May have to give this one a go.

    Awesome spotlight and review 😀

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    • It is not my fav genre I would never be able to read enough books to blog about the genre, I LOVE my HEA and HFN. I am not sure why Hold Me in Contempt is being publicized as a romance because it is not. But I know my book club group would love this, they usually hate my sappy romance picks not enough drama they say, not realistic blah, blah.

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  3. I am soooo glad I stopped here before I read this book. I was going in expecting a romance and would have been waaaay ticked off if I hadn’t been prepared. Thanks for the heads up.

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    • You are so welcome, I was expecting a romance to and I had to switch gears in order to give it a fair rating because if I rated this based off my romance expectation it would not have ranked the four crowns. The hero is a non factor almost, we see her side piece more than King. I cannot wait to see what you think:)

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  4. Oh interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of urban street lit before. Might have to try that. I do prefer romance most of the time but it’s fun to step outside of that now and again to try something different. Especially if the author really nails it. Love reading ones where you know the author has actual connections or involvement with what they’re writing about.

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    • Me to Romance is King, I prefer my drama with a heroine I can like and would like to be friends with and a hero who I would like as a person. Street lit, No way. It has never happened for me. The best day in the world is when I discovered the romance genre.

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