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Sleeping with the enemy
Wahida Clark and Kiki Swinson
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Two novellas from Clark and Swinson prove to be inaccessible to anyone not already familiar with street lit and will likely disappoint fans of the genre. In Clark's "Enemy in My Bed," Memphis weed dealer Kreesha is in love with Reign, even though he's locked up and married to someone else. When he gets out of prison, she sets him up with a dealing business. When he gets busted, he turns on Kreesha and her crew, but Kreesha doesn't plan on going down easy. Swinson's "Keeping My Enemies Close" follows Larissa Taylor, who smuggles drugs into prison for her boyfriend, Sean "Supreme" Miller. She gets caught, and a pregnant Larissa eventually gives custody of her son to her friend Tenisha. Turns out, though, that Tenisha set her up, and now Tenisha has Larissa's son and man. When Larissa gets out of prison, there's a bloody payback. Unfortunately, the dialect is heavy, the language coarse and the characters little more than vehicles for playing out revenge fantasies. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Verdict: Two of the genre's hottest female authors team up to deliver novellas about women whose men are messing up their game, but the results disappointingly lack sizzle. Clark is the more solid storyteller; purchasing one copy will suffice for most public libraries. Background: In Clark's "Enemy in My Bed," Kreesha falls for Reign, a married ex-con. Her street hustle falters as Reign's presences stirs tensions among the ranks of Kreesha's crew. Throw into the mix Reign's jealous wife, who gets pregnant at the same time as Kreesha, and major drama unfolds. Swinson's "Keeping My Enemies Close" features Norfolk, VA, damsel Larissa, who falls for the incarcerated Supreme and becomes his wifey. When Supreme gets out of jail, he and Larissa's best friend, Tanisha, become lovers. Betrayed by love and the game, Larissa pays the price by winding up in jail. After she's released, all bets are off, and in the name of reclaiming her son from Supreme and Tanisha, Larissa handles her business.--Vanessa J. Morris, Drexel Univ., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Kreesha
African American
Was in love with Reign until he betrayed her; determined to get revenge.
Drug dealer

African Amercian
Recently released from prison; turned Kreesha in to the Feds.
Drug dealer

Larissa Taylor
African American
Sent to prison for smuggling weed for her boyfriend, Sean; betrayed by her best friend who stole Sean and her baby.
Drug runner

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