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 Love Grind by Shelly Ellis

She’s used to baring it all . . . but baring her heart is a whole different story
Down on her luck and broke, Jennifer Dudley long ago traded dancing in the chorus line for swinging from a stripper pole to make ends meet. She’s hoping an offer to come back home and teach dance at her old performance academy will be the opportunity she needs to fix her life. When she moves in with and falls for a software developer with brains, a boyish smile, and muscles, she decides she might be well on her way to a second chance at success—and love. But her X-rated past may come back to haunt her, compromising her newfound happiness and hurting the ones she loves the most.




Shelly Ellis is a NAACP Image Award-nominated women's fiction/romance author and creator of the Gibbons Gold Digger and Chesterton Scandal series. Her fiction writing career began when she became one of four finalists in a First-Time Writers Contest when she was 19 years old. The prize was a publishing contract and having her first short-story romance appear in an anthology. She has since published ten novels and was a finalist for 2015 NAACP Image Award in the Literary Fiction Category, a three-time finalist for the African American Literary Award in the romance category (2012, 2016, and 2017), and a finalist for the 2015 RT Reviewers' Choice Award in Multicultural Romance category.

She is married and lives in Prince George's County, Maryland with her husband and their daughter. Visit her at her web site





So finally we get Jennifer’s story. These three friends have been apart for years and their lives lead them on different paths. Jennifer didn’t achieve her dreams in Vegas and was happy to come back home to teach at the dance studio that taught her everything. Jen runs into trouble with the apartment she was supposed to rent and winds up meeting Blair.

I liked Jennifer. I liked that she wasn’t ashamed of where she came from and what she had to do to make ends meet. She only hid it because she didn’t want to be judged. I like Blair too. He was a little square but he was a really nice guy. I have always had trouble in novellas with new relationships in connecting with the romance between the two characters. I liked Jen and Blair together but they were just ok as a couple to me. I will admit they did have chemistry and steamed up those pages. Blair was a really good guy and Jennifer deserved every good thing in her life. I really liked how it ended with Jennifer using her skills in a new way. 

I would recommend this book but read book one, two and three. I enjoyed this series and the MacLaine Girls and I’m kind of sad to see them go.

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