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Need a little more dark and gritty in your life? Urban ficton/street lit focuses on darker characters, and the socio-economic impacts and murky side of city living. If you like books with a little more edge, buckle up. You're in for a treat.


Kimberla Lawson Roby, Maria Howell, Peter Jay Fernandez
Description: "Two years ago, to everyone's surprise, Dillon Whitfield Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister and then founded a church right in the center of his living room. Today he's pastor of an 1000-plus-member congregation, and new members are joining weekly. Sadly, behind closed doors, Dillon is far from being a saint. Dillon has become more like the man his father was thirty years ago consumed with money, power and lots of women. His family may have forgiven him, but they continue to keep their distance. Not Alicia, though. This daughter of Curtis Black joins Dillon's congregation, leaving her father's church behind. The family has forgiven Alicia for marrying Levi Cunningham, the former drug dealer she had an affair with, but once Alicia realizes they will never fully accept Levi, she decides to see her family less and less. But when Raven decides she wants a higher position in the church and Alicia hides a devastating secret, the entire family is affected in ways they don't see coming. In the end, no one will be able to trust anyone and for very good reason."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Rob
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 22, 2016
Brenda (Brenda M.) author Hampton
Description: Born and raised on the rough streets of St. Louis, where he learned how to silence his enemies with knowledge and power, the new president of the United States uses his brash words and no-nonsense attitude to heat up Capitol Hill.
Call Number: FIC Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Nikki Turner
Description: "Charisma Bland was born and raised in the heart of Baltimore, where she learns that a moment's pleasure can sometimes lead to a life of pain. Against her better judgment, she has a one-night stand that changes her life forever. Turning over the family business to her cousin, she leaves behind her past. Charisma moves to Miami, where she meets Mr. Manny Manifesto, aka Mr. Baseball. Manny is coming off his best season ever, bringing with him a freshly inked 250-million-dollar-plus contract. After a chance meeting, Charisma sees an opportunity to start anew, and she and Manny attempt to build a relationship. The sex might be good, but will their omissions and the deeds of their past come back to haunt them?" -- back cover.
Call Number: FIC Tur
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
De'nesha Diamond
Description: When elite escort Abrianna Parker is framed for murder, she must evade the police, government agencies, and a lethal third party in order to clear her name, relying on a sexy ex-con to help her expose a web of corruption.
Call Number: FIC Dia
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Kiki Swinson, author Saundra, Kiki. Stay scheming Swinson, Saundra. Who can you trust?
Description: In Stay Scheming by Kiki Swinson, Karlie is running from a bounty on her head. With her lover and friends gone, she's forced to take refuge with her cold-hearted grandmother. But with enemies closing in, Karlie's last chance to flip a killer script is ticking down to zero. In Who Can You Trust by Saundra, struggling bank teller Porsha has no time for Cinderella fantasies. But her new boyfriend, Game, is smart, seductive - and sure-thing successful. So why not work his rock-solid plan to steal from her bank? All she's got to lose is more than she can possibly imagine.
Call Number: FIC Dir
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Carl Weber, La Jill Hunt
Description: Travel back to a small Southern town where, before there was Duncan Motors, there were the Duncan brothers and their tough-as-nails women. After a hard fought battle, they've vanquished their rivals and taken their place as the leaders of Waycross, Georgia's criminal enterprises. Their rise to the top is not without problems, though, as outside forces enter the scene and the Duncans are rocked by the murder of one of their own. No one knows who the killer is, but their secret adversary, only known as the Reaper of Georgia, won't be happy until all the Duncans are completely wiped off the face of the earth. Luckily, the Duncan brothers aren't alone, and when new and old friends are called in to help, an all-out war ensues.
Call Number: FIC Web
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
author K'wan
Description: All he ever wanted to be was a Good Son Shai Clark was an all-American basketball player with aspirations of one day making it to the NBA, but that all changed when his father was viciously murdered and he found himself thrust into the role of the new head of his family's criminal enterprise.After waging a war on the streets of New York that lasts nearly three years, it seems like peace is finally being restored to the land and Shai can get back to focusing on continuing his father's mission to legitimize the Clark family but little does he know it was only the calm before the storm. Not everyone respects his claim to the Clark empire, and when new and old enemies start to come out of the woodwork, Shai will find that inheriting the throne was one thing, but holding onto it will prove to be a far more difficult task.
Call Number: FIC Kwa
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
William Kowalski
Description: Sixteen-year-old Rasheed is smart, tough and a survivor. In his neighborhood, he has to be. The streets are run by a gang called the E Street Locals, and they've been trying to jump him in since he was a child. So far, he's managed to escape their clutches. But the gang is not his only problem. Rasheed's sister, Daneeka, was paralyzed in a drive-by shooting, and now she's confined to a wheelchair, mentally frozen at the age of nine. His mother is an addict. His father hasn't been heard from in years. High school is no safer than the streets, so Rasheed seeks solace at the local university campus. There he meets a young woman named Lanaia who takes an interest in him. He also bumps up against a police officer who he thinks at first is hassling him just because he's black. But eventually Rasheed realizes that the officer is only pushing him to become a better person. Though he can't escape his home life, or the gang, as easily as he'd like, Rasheed does learn some valuable lessons in his struggles: you and you alone are accountable for the decisions you make in life; even though the world is not a fair place, you can still accomplish whatever you set your mind to; and we all become stronger when we admit we need someone to lean on.
Call Number: ER FIC Kow
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Victoria Christopher Murray
Description: "Tiffanie has lived a sheltered life in a very strict household with her pastor-grandfather and grandmother in Washington, DC. But when she meets Damon King, she falls for the successful entertainment business man despite his history as a drug dealer. Everyone sees nothing but the brightest future for the couple--but there's one person who wants to destroy them. Trey Johnson is Damon's childhood best friend with whom he built quite a successful drug business. But when the game got hot and Damon decided to leave, Trey stayed and continued to sell drugs, until he was arrested and spent seven years in prison. But now he's out and able to attend the wedding. While Damon is thrilled to have Trey back and hopes to bring his best friend into his business, Trey has other plans. He blames Damon for his demise and plans to ruin him, even if that means bringing Tiffanie down as well. Trey is sure he will succeed, but he doesn't know that there will be deadly consequences. And at the end, there will only be one man standing.."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mur
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Shelly Ellis
Description: Evan Murdoch is caught between two feuding women, and he's got a secret that could send him to jail for a long time. Terrence Murdoch is recovering from a car accident, and his relationship with his journalist girlfriend may not survive.
Call Number: FIC Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Carl Weber, Stephanie Covington
Description: Niles has just returned from eight years of serving his country as a Special Forces sniper. He's looking forward to a consulting job with Dynamic Defense and spending time with his family, including his bi-polar mother, Lorna, and his hard-drinking uncle, Willie. What Niles doesn't know is that Dynamic Defense is actually a CIA front. He's not interested in joining them, but they won't take no for an answer.
Call Number: FIC Web
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
author K'wan
Description: Every little girl dreams of a happy ending to her story; a home, children, and a man who loves her enough to share his life and last name. When Billy's longtime boyfriend Marcus finally pops the question, it's one of the happiest moments of her life. Billy calls on her childhood friends Reese and Yoshi to stand with her on her special day. Several years have passed since they'd last come together, and unresolved issues have driven a wedge between the women. Nevertheless, they agree to put their differences aside for the sake of Billy's wedding. But the truce is a short one when Billy has to decide on a maid of honor. Just when things seem to be coming together, they quickly begin to fall apart. At a time when Billy is supposed to be basking in the sunshine of her approaching wedding, she finds herself the target of shade being thrown from the most unlikely places.
Call Number: FIC Kwa
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Tyrone Bentley
Description: "With a drug addict mother and a drug lord father, Aphtan learns how to fend for herself at an early age. Being the princess of an empire has its perks—until her father gets arrested. From stealing clothes and food to committing fraud, Aphtan does what she has to do to take care of her mother and herself. But when her schemes prove problematic, she turns to a new hustle: dancing at Pearl Tongue, the most notorious strip club in Texas . For Aphtan, the job’s fast money means security. Addicted to the cash, she promises herself she’ll never stop—until her new man, Scooter, makes her. In love, Aphtan trades in the pole for the life of a housewife. But nothing lasts forever and Scooter’s past ultimately catches up with them—bringing secrets to the surface that destroy their relationship. Devastated, Aphtan needs a shoulder to cry on—and it belongs to Scooter’s brother, Cole. Now, between betrayal, lies, murder, and a robbery that may force her to leave town for good, Aphtan’s heart—and her life—are on the line." -- Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC ordered 092117
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Allison Hobbs
Description: In a society obsessed with fame and image, celebrity chef Cori Brown and her former NFL star husband Maverick are another power couple. When the media darling, Cori, finds herself embroiled in a sex scandal, she fears her loyal fans and tabloids will viciously turn on her. Even her pro football player husband isn't safe, and Maverick may be dragged through the mud along with her.
Call Number: FIC Hob
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Relentless Aaron
Description: Reginald “Push” Jackson was a good kid from Harlem. He never meant to do anyone any harm. His parents raised him better than that. But then they were murdered and he was left on his own. And that’s when the real trouble began. Street fights. Guns. Drugs. Push fought his way through the back alleys to become one of Harlem’s most powerful players. He made a name for himself for being tough. The law caught up with him, and he landed himself in a federal penitentiary. Fifteen years later, Push has paid his dues. Though he planned to leave the thug life behind once he got out of prison, he suddenly finds himself back in the game. But this time there are new players, and the rules are more dangerous—and deadly—than ever."--Excerpted from summary on book.
Call Number: FIC Rel
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Cydney Rax
Description: Thirty days into a marriage with a man she stole from his wife, Nicole is served with divorce papers, but she intends to avoid the situation by having her husband killed, but when someone beats her to the punch, she must deal with the ultimate betrayal.
Call Number: FIC Rax
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Kimberla Lawson Roby
Description: "Raven Black is bouncing back after her very public divorce from Dillon. He's done everything he can to discredit her, but she's learned from her mistakes and him. In fact, she's become her ex-husband in more ways than one and is slowly but surely leading those connected to her down a terrible path of destruction. Playing with the lives of innocent people has dire consequences, the kind that Raven won't see coming"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Rob
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Nikki Turner
Description: "As the only two living Banks sisters remaining, Tallhya and Simone have hit rock bottom. Down on their luck and pressed for cash, the two are desperate, until a turn of events brings them both terrible and life-changing news. Not only does their situation seem to be turning around, but they are introduced to a sister they never knew they had. Rydah is the baddest car mechanic Miami has ever seen, with a totally different upbringing than the bank-robbing, trash-talking Banks sisters. Rydah's high-class, Christian lifestyle and sweet yet feisty persona, mixed with Tallhya and Simone's crazy selves, and some sheisty schemers trying to bring them all down, brings the drama to the third installment of The Banks sisters."--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Tur
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Aya (Novelist) De León
Description: After enduring brutal treatment as a sex worker, Tyesha becomes the director of a woman's health clinic and takes on mob bosses and strip club owners to stop women from being pressured into sex work.
Call Number: FIC DeL
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Kiki Swinson
Description: "Identity thief Lauren Kelly thought she was safe. The millions she stole from her double-crossing accomplice and ex-lover Matt Connors bought a quiet upscale life for her, her unsuspecting new husband Drake, and their precious baby. But betrayal was just the beginning. When both Drake and the baby go missing, it's courtesy of a vengeful Matt. Lauren has less than twenty-four hours to give him back the money. She's prepared for any payback--but nothing can keep this exchange from going all-the-way wrong."--book jacket.
Call Number: FIC Swi
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
1985- author Ashley Antoinette
Description: "Disaya finally has it all. The man she fought for is hers at last. Her name is Mrs. Indie Perkins and their daughter is safe. Leah is gone. Life is supposed to be good. So why isn't she satisfied? Why does life suddenly seem so bitter? YaYa's Prada Plan had worked but with the riches comes pain. She and Indie have grown apart, and with Parker now a permanent fixture in their lives, Indie is pressured to juggle it all. But YaYa's patience is running thin. Indie is loving her wrong. Her life isn't what she wants. Her Prada Plan has changed, and now, it's time to pursue a plan B in order to get what she really wants."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ash
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Kiki Swinson
Description: "Lauren Kelly looks to turn the tables on her lover and accomplice, Matt Connors, when she learns that Matt and their partner, Yancy, are preparing to stab her in the back to keep a multimillionaire tycoon's money to themselves. As Lauren plots to settle the score, the real threat closes in on all three of them." -- Publisher annotation.
Call Number: FIC Swi
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Teri Woods
Description: The crooked cops are searching for the money, Gena's family members are now the target for Gena who's hiding from everything and everyone, as the race is on for Gena's survival. Will she manage to keep the money, can she get out of town and make a new life for herself, and will her family survive the maniacal killer that is hell bent on tracking her down? Will Gena stay, True to the Game?
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
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A Sinful Calling [Audiobook]
Kimberla Lawson Roby, Maria Howell, Peter Jay Fernandez
FIC Rob
Pearl Tongue : A Dallas Diamonds Novel
Tyrone Bentley
FIC ordered 092117
Black President : The World Will Never Be The Same
Brenda (Brenda M.) author Hampton
FIC Ham
Power Couple : A Novel
Allison Hobbs
FIC Hob
Charisma : Baller's Wife
Nikki Turner
FIC Tur
Push
Relentless Aaron
FIC Rel
Conspiracy
De'nesha Diamond
FIC Dia
Revenge Of The Mistress
Cydney Rax
FIC Rax
Dirty Tricks
Kiki Swinson, author Saundra, Kiki. Stay scheming Swinson, Saundra. Who can you trust?
FIC Dir
Sin Of A Woman [Large Print]
Kimberla Lawson Roby
LP FIC Rob
Grand Opening 2
Carl Weber, La Jill Hunt
FIC Web
The Banks Sisters 3
Nikki Turner
FIC Tur
Hoodlum Ii : The Good Son
author K'wan
FIC Kwa
The Boss
Aya (Novelist) De León
FIC DeL
Jumped In
William Kowalski
ER FIC Kow
The Mark
Kiki Swinson
FIC Swi
Lust
Victoria Christopher Murray
FIC Mur
The Prada Plan 5
1985- author Ashley Antoinette
FIC Ash
Lust & Loyalty : A Chesterton Scandal Novel
Shelly Ellis
FIC Ell
The Score
Kiki Swinson
FIC Swi
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Carl Weber, Stephanie Covington
FIC Web
True To The Game Iii
Teri Woods
No Shade
author K'wan
FIC Kwa