Sunday, April 23, 2023

#Sexy #Nerd #Review...Blind Ambition...#Sisterhood #Friendship #Family #BlackLove #Siblings


Since childhood, Chantel has idolized her older sister, Jett, a superstar performer. But she’s seldom seen her Hollywood-based sibling. More on the shy side, Chantel is perfectly happy with her own modest singing career and quiet Missouri hometown life. But when their mother dies and Chantel's world is upended, she hopes that moving to Los Angeles will give her a fresh start—and a chance to know Jett better. Yet the truth is, she doesn’t know Jett at all.

When Jett rebuffs her efforts to bond, Chantel learns a devastating secret she never could have imagined. Reeling and angry, Chantel soon comes up with the perfect vengeful weapon: a bestselling tell-all book that will reveal Jett's stormy past—and wreak havoc on the stardom she prizes more than anything or anyone. But Jett guards her private life for a reason, and will stop at nothing to stop the past from being exposed. Now, between hard hidden truths and bitter new revelations, Chantel must decide how much payback is too much—and if the reward is worth the life-altering price.


The Sexy Nerd's Review. . .

This is the first time I’ve read this author, and I must say when I read the synopsis, I couldn’t wait to sink my eyes into the read.  But something weird happened.  The synopsis and the actual story are two different stories, and I didn’t like nor appreciate that.  I’m not sure if this was an oversight from the publisher and/or the author?  Or was this a trick to get people to read?  I’m not sure which is correct, but what I do know is I was a bit disappointed to say the least.

So, ignore the synopsis and read my review to get a true sense of what this story was about.
  Chantel was a young woman newly divorced and beginning life as a single mom with her son, Artani.  Her husband decided drugs, drinking, gambling and other women were more his speed, so Chantel sent him on his merrily way.  As she’s settling into single-mom mode, her mother, Anna, had taken ill and suddenly passed away.  Even though Chantel had two very good friends, the person she needed the most was her big sister, Jett. 

Jett was a famous singer and entertainer.  Much like her sister, Chantel had singing chops as well, but wasn’t as fortunate to get discovered.  Hmm, one would think Jett would have put her on, but Jett being the narcissist she was, that spotlight couldn’t be shared by anyone other than herself.  Chantel did everything she could to reach out to her sister to advise her that their mother had passed, but Jett was too busy living the dream with her boy toy of the month and couldn’t have bothered to return Chantel’s calls.

That is, until finally she listened to the voice messages and called Chantel right away.  Of course, Chantel was distraught and grief-stricken, and Jett advised she’d be home on the first red eye to join her.  What Chantel didn’t know at the time of their mother’s death was how much debt she was in.  The bank was about to foreclose on their mother’s house, and she didn’t have enough money to pay for it as well as all the debt she racked up from her ex-husband’s gambling addiction.  She advised Jett of her financial situation and Jett wasn’t thinking about lending her sister a dime to help her with jack. 

The two siblings butted heads quite a bit and couldn’t seem to come to any terms.  Eventually, they work some of their mother’s affairs out and she invites her sister and nephew to come out to Los Angeles and spend some time with her and to see how she lives.  Artani was ecstatic over Jett’s current living arrangements, but Chantel wasn’t all that impressed.  But what she didn’t know was Jett wasn’t doing as well financially as she would have everyone believe. Jett’s career was pretty much over, and she was about to get her second wind with becoming a judge for a singing competition.  Things were finally looking up for Jett and she and Chantel's sisterly relationship was somewhat coming together.

But, right as things were starting to coast along, Chantel began cleaning out their mother’s house when she discovered a photograph that changed the course of her life and threatened the comeback Jett was so hoping for.  So, readers, you’ll have to read to find out the rest.

As you can clearly see, what I just explained is vastly different than what the synopsis states.  I kept waiting for Chantel to write this tell-all book, which is what hooked me into reading this in the first place, only to discover that narrative never happened.  In fact, don’t pay the synopsis any attention because this story has nothing to do with what the author wrote.  And what I found most disappointing is I was really hoping the story did go the way it was promoted.  This story is not bad by any means.  I did like the story and the characters were well thought out and planned, but I didn’t care for the ending because it didn’t match where the story was taking the reader.  It’s not a bad ending, but again, you’ll have to read to decide for yourself.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad read.  You will not struggle to get through it.  In fact, the opposite is true.  It’s quite engaging and has some really touching moments.  I did enjoy the authenticity of the location of the story, as well as the integrity and interaction with the characters.  Lovely wrote a decent book, but it’s too bad what she originally was going to go with isn’t what the story ended up being.  That’s too bad because I ended up deducting a couple of stars for it.  I don’t like being lied to about what a book is about.  I absolutely hate that.  If she would have gone with what the story was about, my review may have been different.  But I keep it 100 with my readers.

The Sexy Nerd gives Blind Ambition three pairs of eyes to further the cause.  Nerds, I'll reiterate this isn’t a bad book.  It’s written well, but just know going in what you’re told the book is about, isn’t what you’re going to read.  If that suits you, I’m cool with it too.  Until next time, you know what to do.

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