Monday, November 26, 2012

Book Review: "THE MAN IN 3B" by CARL WEBER

Wow.  Wow.  Wow. 

That's all I can say after reading "The Man in 3B," Carl Weber's latest novel due out in January 2013.

The neighbors in this book made me want to find a stoop and go sit on it and wait for a fine man to walk past, or better yet, move into the neighborhood.  (I only have a porch so that will have to do)

Just when you think Carl Weber couldn't possibly have any more drama or mystery left in his imagination to capture the reader, he does it again.

The characters:  

Connie - the wife who has picked up a few pounds since her wedding day but is still in love with her man - but he's not in love with her now

Avery - the "low-down" dirty, no good husband who can't even appreciate a good woman like Connie.  But don't worry - he's going to get his 

Benny - the smart young college student who has been spoon-fed by his dad and doesn't trust his own decisions

Krystal - she is a hot mess - you just have to read about Ms. Krystal for yourself

And, the one and only, Mr. Daryl Graham - so fine he'll make you wanna hit your mama.  A "bad boy" with secrets.  What is it about bad boys that we love so much?

Plus a whole cast of characters that will keep you engaged.

I love urban fiction.  I really do.  I don't always want or need a Pulitzer Prize winner.  I like a book that's going to make me smile.  And laugh.   And roll my neck!

Sometimes, you just want to keep it real.  And ask the Lord to forgive you for reading some of the words on the page and smiling when you read them.

It's a guilty pleasure.   I do sometimes feel guilty when reading Weber's books.  But the only thing I can tell you is, just don't put them in the same tote bag with your bible.  You know what I'm saying?

About "The Man in 3B"

Darryl has just moved into a Jamaica, Queens, apartment building and his neighbors, both male and female alike, can't stop talking about him. From his down-to-earth personality to his extreme attractiveness to his undeniable swag, Darryl is the man every woman wants and every man wants to be. Darryl is quickly welcomed into the building and immediately becomes a part of each of the tenants' lives.

Connie, an overweight and unhappy wife, turns to Darryl for help losing weight, hoping to try and fix her crumbling marriage. But when Darryl starts making Connie feel beautiful again, she questions whether or not her marriage is worth saving. Benny, a spoiled teenager, looks up to Darryl as a role model. When an unexpected event occurs, Benny is left questioning everything he's ever known. Krystal, Darryl's first love, wants to make things work with her current boyfriend. Yet, having Darryl back in her life sends her happy home spiraling out of control. And, last but not least, Avery, Connie's husband, doesn't care about anyone or anything when a financial opportunity comes his way-that is, until he notices how much time his wife is spending with their new neighbor.

Everything seems to be going well, until someone is murdered, and everyone becomes a prime suspect.

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