Friday, September 30, 2016

Review 'Luxe' by Ashley Antoinette
From New York Times bestseller Ashley Antoinette, the first in a boldly fierce and strikingly dramatic new series.

Bleu Montclair knew as a young girl that she would one day escape the hard, unrelenting streets of Flint, Michigan, and when her desperate prayers are answered in the form of a scholarship to UCLA, she knows she's struck gold. But soon after she arrives there, all her beautiful dreams begin to fall apart.

Endless temptations abound in the form of cars, clothes, booze and drugs, and Bleu cannot keep up.

When her roommate gives her the opportunity to make a lot of money fast, Bleu goes all in - and heads straight down a path of violence and addiction that only her newest protector, Iman, can save her from.

Iman is used to the fast, unpredictable, high-rolling life, and it's always been enough . . . until he meets Bleu. He finally has something and someone to care for that means more to him than all the money and power he could ever command.

Love in the streets is never easy . . . and there is more than one way to get hurt.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
August 2th, 2016
Luxe #1
Urban Romance
eBook, Paperback, Audio
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My Review:

After I first read the book description of ‘Luxe’, I was immediately intrigued by this story. A book about a struggling young woman who worked hard to achieve her dreams, that’s definitely a story I love to read. And after I saw the beautiful cover, I was even more convinced this book needed to be read by me. LOL!! And as soon as I could I started reading.

‘Luxe’ was from the beginning a very gripping story. The author did a great job with making her readers want to keep on going, until the very end of the book. No slow start, no not at all! Right from the very first page this book hooked it’s claws in me and I just couldn’t stop until I read every single page.

But ‘Luxe’ isn’t a book I would tell you to read when you’re looking for a nice, feel-good, romantic story. Not at all. This book is hard, tough and main character Bleu Montclair’s life is just brutal a lot of the time. And honestly, I didn’t really expect that. Maybe that’s naive of me after reading so many Contemporary Romance stories lately.
But there were definitely a view moments when I just did not like reading this book because it was just so hard to read about Bleu’s life. I think that says a lot about this authors talent. It’s not often that I find the writing so good I just have to keep on going, but don’t really particular like what I’m reading.

At first I admired Bleu’s character for her strength and how hard she worked to get a better life. But Bleu made some very bad decisions that I just really didn’t understand. And after getting to know her character I just didn’t get how she could make those bad decisions. It just didn’t seem to fit her character. And I was really disappointed in Blue.

What I really did not like about this book was all the ‘street talk’. Although it fitted the story perfectly, I found it very irritating. For me this book would have been just as good without all the slang.

Overall, I give this book three stars. The writing was very good, but I just didn’t get the main character at all and I was just so disappointed in her. ‘Luxe’ is just such a dark read, definitely one of the darkest ones I read. But I still would like to read the next book in the series, because I really hope life will get better for Bleu. And I’m definitely a fan of Ashley Antoinette now.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Ashley Antoinette is one of the most successful female writers of her time. The feminine half of the popular married writing duo Ashley and JaQuavis, she has co-written more than forty novels. Several of her titles have hit the New York Times bestseller list, but she is most widely regarded for her racy four-book saga, The Prada Plan. Born in Flint, Michigan, she was bred with an innate street sense that she uses as motivation in her writing.
For more information about Ashley Antoinette please visit the website,  or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.
I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.


  1. It is so hard when you cannot connect or understand the protagonist. Great review Maureen!

    1. Definitely. Thanks for stopping by Kimberly! ;)


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