Thug Lovin by Wahida ClarkThug Lovin
by Wahida Clark
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Reviewed by: Delonya Conyers
August 2009


In the fourth installment of the Thug Series, Thug Lovin’, author Wahida Clark focuses on Tasha and Trae who have gotten out of the game and relocated to California. Fresh off the heels of beating the case that would have sent him and Kaylin away for a long time Trae is determined to start over promising Tasha and their growing family peace of mind far away from the drama of New York. The first four years in Cali go by without a hitch with Tasha taking care of their three sons while Trae is busy managing several legal investments with Marvin and Tasha’s cousin Stephon. The drama ensues when Trae decides to open up a nightclub.

Club New York is a joint venture between Trae and Charles Li, a Chinese mobster. Partnering up with the infamous Charles Li is exactly the type of thing that Trae promised Tasha he would avoid in order to not jeopardize his family. But it’s Charles Li’s aggressive daughter, Charli that proves to be the cause of Trae’s family’s turmoil. Especially once Tasha suspects that Charli is pursuing Trae. Tasha’s suspicions grow worse once Charli begins major tricking in order to entice Trae. And instead of checking Charli for her disrespectful behavior Trae just keeps trying to convince Tasha that it’s just business between him and Charli.

Eventually Tasha tires of the blatant disrespect, her dreams being deferred and sexual needs not being met so she decides to “do her” with a close family friend. The drama literally erupts when Trae suspects that Tasha is out there creeping. But the game goes onto an entirely new level when Trae discovers who the person is. Trouble is also brewing in Marvin and Kyra’s marriage which provides another subplot or opportunity for another relationship to go astray. Add that to Tasha and Trae’s problems and the book could have been aptly titled Thug Buggin’ instead of Thug Lovin’ cause that’s exactly what occurred in this installment. So much so that I’m afraid to whether it can all be rectified in part five!

What did you like about the book?
Wahida Clark is an excellent storyteller and although I was appalled by the characters’ uncharacteristic behaviors I was still wrapped up in the read.

What did you dislike about the book?
The characters that Ms. Clark endeared readers to over the years became very unfamiliar. The adultery wasn’t their worst attributes either.  Readers will find themselves shaking their heads saying Tasha, Trae, Marvin or Kyra would have never done that!

What could the author do to improve the book?
The need to keep the drama going in a series is understandable and all marriages experience pitfalls.  But at the same time Ms. Clark has to stay true to the characters’ personality traits, if not the book becomes unbelievable and even unlikable. 


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