Love Finally

Love Finally

by Nakiesia Reid
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Reviewed by: Delonya Conyers
May 2010


In Love Finally author Nakiesia Reid delves readers into the life of Carla Milford. Carla is a successful Atlanta attorney navigating the dating scene. While having brunch with her best friend Tamika, Carla begins flirting with their sexy waiter, Tony, eventually slipping him her phone number. The chemistry between Carla and Tony is undeniable however Carla has no interest in pursuing a committed relationship with Tony due to his modest occupation. Totally satisfied with a purely physical relationship it takes a near fatal event for Carla to surrender to the feelings that she has for Tony.

Admitting her love for Tony is just the tip of the iceberg for the couple. The relationship has to endure opposition from Carla’s mother and an obsessed client, Sergio that Carla unknowingly takes on. The turmoil the couple endures illuminates Tony’s upstanding characteristics and further illustrates how a man should not be judged by the size of his wallet. Ms. Reid exemplifies this effortlessly throughout the novel as Tony outshines Carla whose self-destructive behavior jeopardizes the relationship on several occasions.

Love Finally utilizes a typical formula found in contemporary literature. That being when a woman is too caught up in society’s standards to notice the good man that’s right in front of her face. Many times alienating him and destroying her opportunity to find true love. The story as told by Ms. Reid takes on no new challenges to this theory and at many points becomes run of the mill. This lack of innovativeness makes Love Finally a decent read instead of an exemplary one.

What did you like best about this book?
It reiterates an excellent lesson about how some people tend to miss out on love due to pretentiousness.

What did you dislike about the book?
The book never strayed far enough away from the tried and true formula, this lack of originality made for a blasé read at several points throughout the book.

How can the author improve the book?
An innovative story line would help the novel to stand out against other books in this genre with similar plots. Even providing Tony with a voice so that readers could see why he continued to fight for the relationship and forgive what to some would be considered unforgivable.


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