I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Once again Jessica Ingro has written a novel that is not your average cookie cutter story. She takes chances with her story lines and her characters. The emotions are raw, the connections deep, and the writing just draws you in. Urban Love Prophecy does not disappoint.
Jayson (Jay) Santiago grew up in a single parent home not in the best of neighborhoods. In other words, he grew up in the projects. He vowed to grow up, get out of his circumstances, and be nothing but successful. Now an adult, he is a successful mogul in the hip hop industry. Women has never been an issue for Jay. They come to him in droves. Victoria (Tori) Watson grew up on the other side. She was given everything she wanted. Until life happened and she was forced to make it on her own. When Tori and Jay's lives cross paths, nothing is ever the same.
"You go from zero to wild in sixty seconds flat whenever I touch you. This is inevitable. Life is too short to hold back."
Jay is your typical player. He does what he wants with women and that they should expect nothing more from him than a good time in bed. When he meets Tori she threatens to shatter that truth. Jay immediately senses that and tries to keep Tori at an arms length. But who can deny they sexual chemistry between these two? Jay can't seem to stay away, but he is not ready to give Tori what she needs. Tori knows what Jay can't do, yet she still craves him. These two drove me crazy with their want for each other! But the story goes deeper and you realize that giving into love can be harder than you think.
"I thought we were building something. Something that in my heart of hearts knew would be beautiful."
Jay and Tori's primal lust and need for each other definitely went beyond the bedroom. Their banter is unlike no other. I loved reading the way these two interacted. The inside jokes, the laughing, their sarcasm. I laughed a long with them. I swooned over Jay as he had a way with words. And when Tori got mad at Jay? I wanted to kick him. Ha. I was invested in their story. Why? They just simply belong together. It is fate. And nothing gets in the way of fate. But their love? It isn't easy. But what wants to read about easy love anyway? Love knows no boundaries and Tori and Jay are proof of that.
"Love sees only the heart and should of whom it belongs to..."
Urban Love Prophecy is so much more than good girl meets bad boy or rich girl meets boy from the projects. If you go in thinking that you are wrong. It's about love and that it doesn't come in a neat little package. That love doesn't see who you are, where you came from, or your past. Love knows where it belongs to and it lives there. It doesn't let go. There's no denying true love. Tori and Jay's story attests to that. This isn't your normal rainbows and butterflies romance story. Their love story hurts. It's raw. It's real.
Love isn't perfect. I love that Urban Love Prophecy showed that. Tori and Jay are flawed. Yet they can love. Mistakes happen. Lines are crossed. But their love went beyond where love is supposed to go. They fought for their love. It was dark at times. It was challenging. However love always preseveres. It hopes. It never gives up. Tori and Jay went through so much, but in the end everything was worth it. While this wasn't your typical love story by any means, I truly enjoyed it. It was gritty. It was real. The author held nothing back. And I am so glad she didn't.
Copyright © Jessica Ingro
“You do know you’re beautiful, right? And your mom would be proud to see what a special woman you’ve become,” he whispered in my ear. When he was done speaking, he pulled back fractionally and stared into my eyes. Blue meeting green in an effort to communicate how genuine that statement was for him.
My breath hitched, and I fought hard to swallow past the lump that was building in my throat. He said the most perfect things at just the right time. In that moment, I really wanted this man beyond just in my bedroom. I wanted him in my life.
He leaned away and settled on my side of the booth, propping his foot up on the opposite side and stretching his arm along the back of the seat.
“What other songs did you like? Or is it presumptuous of me to assume you liked more than one song on that CD?” I was grateful for the lighter topic, since the chemistry between us was starting to feel a bit combustible.
“Not at all. I liked most of them, but ‘The Struggle’ spoke to me. I felt like you gave me a glimpse inside you. It was humbling to be given that opportunity. To hear how you struggled to be the son your mother would be proud of and the man that a woman would want to spend her life with. The man a daughter would want to call father. It was really very beautiful.”
I watched as something passed over his face that was both breathtaking and raw. Before I had a chance to put my finger on what it was, it was gone. Replaced with a serious look that made me cringe a little. I wanted the playful Jay back. Not the one that appeared to be lost in thoughts, and not all of them good.
“Although I have to say the song about fucking your best friend’s girl one night and then hitting an entire sorority the next was just as inspirational,” I deadpanned. “How did you possibly fit them in all in one night? Inquiring minds want to know.” I winked and hoped that would break the mood. It worked when he threw a fry from my plate at me.
“Brat.” He laughed with a half grin on his face.
“Really, though, is that true? Did you really have sex with that many women in the span of one night?”
He looked uncomfortable for a split second before answering. “Maybe not all of them, but there were quite a few.”
“Huh. So you’re a stallion then?” Growing up with horses I knew that stallions were often bred more than once in a day. If this story was true, I could imagine him going all night like a real thoroughbred. That thought was a little too much for my brain to comprehend.
“I haven’t had any complaints. And I’m certainly hung like one.”
“You know, they say the men who brag the most are the ones that shouldn’t be bragging.”
“Oh, Tori. Now you’re testing me. If you want me to show you, baby, it can be arranged.”
Jessica is the author of the Love Square series. She grew up in Central New York, where she spends her days as a Security Analyst at an IT consulting company. In her free time, she enjoys reading books and developing ideas for her own stories. Writing is her secret passion that she's been fostering since elementary school, when she wrote her first book about a puppy. It has always been a dream of hers to be able to share her stories with the world.
Jessica currently lives in New York with her husband and three dogs.
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