Review: money can’t buy love by Connie Briscoe

Book: Money Can’t Buy Love

Author: Connie Broscoe

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 978-0446534840

Pages/Price: 304/$24.99

Category: Fiction/African-American

About money can’t buy love

Lenora Stone used to say if she didn’t have bad luck, she wouldn’t have any luck at all. At age thirty-eight, instead of socializing with Baltimore’s A-list, she photographs them for Baltimore Scene, a glossy magazine filled with beautiful people who, unlike Lenora, never have to worry about car trouble and overdue bills. As much as she’d love to slam the door on her overbearing boss, quitting isn’t an option. She’s
barely making her mortgage payments and, though her condo might not be a palace, it’s hers. Lately even things with her boyfriend Gerald haven’t been right. They’ve been together for three years yet he can’t seem to ask the one question she’s been waiting for.

But what Lenora doesn’t know is that her luck is about to change…

Just when she thinks things can’t get worse, Lenora wins the jackpot in the Maryland lottery. In a heartbeat, all her dreams become possible. She quits her job and indulges her every desire—starting with a shiny, silver BMW and a million-dollar mansion. Gerald is finally ready to put a ring on her finger, and the city’s most exclusive women’s group is dying for her to join, officially moving Lenora from behind the lens, into the limelight. But in Lenora’s lavish new world, all that glitters definitely isn’t gold. Her old friend’s are concerned about her sudden changes, and Ray, a sexy, young landscaper Lenora covered for the magazine is looking for more than a purely professional relationship.

As her life starts to come together, the things Lenora holds dear begin to fall apart. Has her world really changed for the better, or does fortune come with a heavy price?

My Thoughts on money can’t buy love

Ooooh – I couldn’t put it down. There’s drama – Lenora’s been dating her boyfriend for 3 years and he still won’t commit. Her 2 best friends don’t help – or maybe they do – since they keep telling her to find someone else who will. Lenora has a hard time making it to work on time and she’s in trouble with her boss. So when she goes from living paycheck to paycheck to being a multi-millionaire, she expects for all of her troubles to disappear – but they only seem to magnify. With her help.

We’re watching Lenora navigate the turbulent waters of post-millionaire status relationships, careers, and sense of self. She doesn’t always react the way we’d like to, and at times it’s like watching a train wreck – both the devastation and the voyeurism, but boy is this a compelling read.

I truly enjoyed the way Connie Briscoe puts the story together – the first chapter starts after Lenora has won the lottery, and one chapter is all it takes for make me begin fantasizing about how long I would have to spend at before winning enough to finally buy that mountain view cabin in Asheville. But before one can get too lost in envious fantasy, the second chapter begins and the reader is taken back to her life before the winnings. I think all the elements came together in this one, although I wasn’t sure how neatly it would be wrapped up in the end. But the characters were well-developed, the plot kept me guessing, although there were a few cliche scenes, and the dialogue was action-packed.

I haven’t read Connie Briscoe in several years and I’m glad I chose to pick up another of her books. I can see the maturity of the author in this one. I liked it a lot.

About the Author of money can’t buy love, Connie Briscoe

connie_briscoe_chris_hartlove-235x300 Connie Briscoe is the author of seven novels, one novella, and one nonfiction book.  Her third novel, A Long Way From Home, the story of her ancestors, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Her work has appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly.

Her nonfiction title, a photo-essay book featuring luminaries such as actress Ruby Dee and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, was coauthored with celebrated photographer Michael Cunningham. The collection of novellas was coauthored with Lolita Files and Anita Bunkley.

She currently lives in Maryland with her family.

Connect with Connie on her blog, Writer Revealed, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Thanks TLC Book Tours for adding me to this blog tour!

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  1. Thanks for taking the time to review my novel, Monique!

  2. If you couldn’t put it down…well, then I have to check it out.

  3. Money sure can make things complicated, huh? Sounds like a really interesting book!

  4. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks for being a part of the tour.