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So, I really hate that I didn’t make my blog anonymous. There are times when I want to discuss things that are going on with me but j don’t necessarily want the whole world to know. So I thought, maybe I would do password protected post. But I’m still unsure if I want to share the story. 

Book Review: Stay

I know I’ve been gone a while but life sort of happened. That doesn’t mean I haven’t read a ton of books in the meanwhile! It’s no secret I enjoy books by author Ivy Symone, in fact I did an Author Review on all of her books I read at once. Well, she published a new book not too long ago, I thought I would review it while I’m completing another authors catalogue for another Author Review. 

Author: Ivy Symone (purchase here)

Genre: Urban Fiction/Romance


Frankee had everything a woman could desire. From the castle-like mansion she dwelled in to the fancy jewels she adorned; she had it all. She was the mother of two beautiful children whom she simply adored, and she was surrounded by a slew of servants who praised and worshipped her like she was royalty. Her fairytale life was every girl’s dream come true. But she never thought her shining knight in armor would come in the form of a megalomaniac! 
Zino Okonjo has been proclaimed by many to be a powerful and ruthless “street financier”. A man like Zino doesn’t sit back and play by the rules others make; it’s his way or no way. Exerting his dominance, he takes Frankee in exchange for a debt owed; it changes her life instantly. Four years later, Frankee still hasn’t accepted her fate and want to reconnect with the man she was taken from. An opportunity presents itself and she makes a dash for her freedom to reunite with her ex, Antwan. 

This was his chance to reclaim the woman that was rightfully his. Not only will Antwan get his woman back, but it’s time for him to exact revenge on the man he loathe the most: Zino. 


This book had an unique story line, at least it was a new one for me. You know I hate giving too much away but spoilers may be ahead! This is basically about a woman who was a bargaining piece. Now, I’m not saying I’ve never read a book when a woman was a bargaining piece but I’m saying this has a little twist, almost a silver lining. 

Frankee has a dream life for the most part and she honestly didn’t have to work hard to get it. But I completely understand why she was sad in the situation she was in. I can even understand her wanting to go back to her past, simple and less luxurious life. But what I can’t understand is how her friends wanted her to believe or find the goodness that came from the fucked up situation. 

This book definitely had some plot twists and I enjoyed it. It may have taken me a day or two to read. But what I absolutely enjoyed the most was that it was a stand alone novel! Amen! 

Per usual Ivy Symone books, it was well written and flowed nicely. It was well edited also. The character development was there and so was the drama. There was some action which was not so unbelievable as it is in some books. 

Bottom line:

I give this a 5-Star rating. I can’t find anything bad about this story. It was fresh and different. It wasn’t s series and it was well written. I would definitely recommend this book! 

Until next time….

About This Weight, PT. DEUX 

Hey Guys,
I’m back with a quick update about my weight loss journey. I started my journey on Feb 29, 2016 and I weighted roughly 235.6lbs at the time. At the beginning of the year I was around 240lbs so I had  lost almost 5lbs just from my attempt at cutting back. The rest of the weight was hard work. 

So here are some before pictures:

So, what did I do? I worked hard! Visit my previous post where I detailed exactly what I did. I stuck to what I discussed there. I drank tons of water and not only did I have no desire to drink anything that had empty carbs, it cleared my skin! 

I can’t say that I felt exhilarated after the gym. I never did. But, it was something that had to be done, so I did it. 

Over time, I was able to maintain self control. That meant that I didn’t have to be so strict. I was able to eat other things and not over do it and lose weight. 

So here are some after picture. You can tell mostly in my face. 

And here is a side by side from last year. I posted this picture last year in my post about being Plus Sized in 2015.  On the left was yesterday, June 7, 2016. And on the right was May 31, 2015, my birthday. 😊

How’s your weight loss coming? 

Until next time… 


So, if you’ve been following me on Twitter (and you should @WLoveTaniaBlog) then you know I’ve been talking about a new series! This new series is none other than the infamous Throwback Thursday. But, not in the sense you may be thinking. I started reading for my leisure maybe around age 13. I read all of the popular authors at that time including Omar Tyree, Eric Jerome Dickey, Zane and more. Back when books where long, well edited and had bomb story lines! But, have you ever re-watched something as an adult that you had watched as a child and  had a light bulb moment like “Ooooh, that’s what they meant” because as a child it completely flew over your head. Well, I want to see if I have that moment with a few of the books I read as a child. I know that for one, I had no damn business reading Zane at a tender 14, but I want to see how these books are holding up in the age of long series and self publishing! 

Over the next few weeks or months, I will occasionally revisit a few of my favorites and see if they still hold a spot in my heart as they did over 10 years ago. Books like, True to the Game, Liquid Dreams, The Coldest Winter Ever, Sisters of APF and maybe many more. So, with out further ado… let’s get right into it. 
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