Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Book Review: Keyshia and Clyde by Treasure E. Blue

Jan 15, 2012

Book Review: Keyshia and Clyde by Treasure E. Blue

Description from Goodreads:
Treasure E. Blue–acclaimed author of Harlem Girl Lost and A Street Girl Named Desire–is back with a heartbreaking urban love story of two star-crossed lovers up against the dirtiest dealer Harlem has ever seen.

Knocked up by a Southern preacher, Keyshia is sent to live with her aunt in New York, but after a horrific act of violence, the timid young woman becomes ice-cold–turning tricks and finding comfort in a crack vial.

Clyde and his two brothers find themselves living with a family friend after their mother is shot by their own father–leaving her institutionalized and unable to communicate, and him behind bars. Clyde’s older brother leads a decent life, working as a bank manager and trying to keep Clyde off the streets, but Clyde’s younger bro is the coldest killer in Harlem and takes every opportunity to involve Clyde in his infamous robberies-turned-blood baths.

When Keyshia and Clyde meet, they are instantly drawn to each other. Forced to pay back a large sum of cash to one nasty Harlem kingpin or risk the lethal consequences, Keyshia and Clyde use their tight game and their loyalty to pull off the impossible. And when Clyde is falsely accused of a bank hit, Keyshia vows to stick by her man–no matter the cost.

My Thoughts:
This is my first book by Treasure E. Blue. I have to say I am very impressed with the storyline and the quality writing. I am going to be reading his other books very soon. Keyshia was an amazing character, with amazing strength, and did whatever she had to do to survive. She made it through sexual abuse by a pastor, pregnancy, physical and mental abuse by an aunt, as well as drug addiction all within her early teenage years. Clyde is also a great character. I loved the way he treated Keyshia. He was also put through crazy circumstances as a child and teenager and tried to live a good, honest life despite that. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys urban books, or if you like a good drama. 

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars


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