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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.

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Treasure Hernandez
Description: "Named for her beauty, Belle Dubois is as sweet as can be. Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, she is always given the best--until her world is turned upside down. When she is away in her second year of college, she receives a call informing her that her parents have been murdered. She soon finds out that they were broke, and subsequently, so is she. With no home and nowhere to go, Belle is whisked under the wing of a woman named Aria, better known by her stage name, Passion. Before she knows it, Belle becomes a part of an underground world that she knows nothing about--one filled with bright lights, sexy clothing, and shiny poles. The money starts to pour in, and soon Belle loses herself in the very same fantasy she gives every night. Her heart has a void that only money can fill, but when she meets a handsome brother named Kidd. He shows her that the sadness in her heart doesn't have to be there. But just when she is about to say goodbye to the fast life, her past comes knocking on the door, revealing the truth about her parents' murder. Soon, revenge becomes her temptress ... and murder is the only objective"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Her
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
Ashley Antoinette
Description: "After losing her first love, Morgan is terrified to love again. She's settled for a comfortable life with a respectable man. She has everything. She's living in the lap of luxury, and although she's comfortable, she's bored out of her mind. When a ghost from her past blows into town, she finds herself entangled in an illicit affair. It's wrong, but she can't fight the butterflies he gives her, and honestly, she doesn't want to. She can't hide the natural attraction she feels, and soon, she's so deeply involved that she can no longer tell where the boundary between right and wrong lies. Her heart is telling her one thing, but her head is saying another. Morgan has always been a spoiled girl and she tries to have it all, but when she's forced to choose between a good man and a bad boy, someone will end up hurt. Someone just may end up dead."-- amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Ash
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
Mary B. Morrison
Description: "For Jordan, Victoria, Kingston, and Chancelor, exciting, fast-paced Atlanta offers everything their hometowns couldn't. But career success is easy compared to the city's dating scene of users, losers, and gold diggers. So they decide online dating might just be the answer - as long as they take precautions, work their perfect odds-beating plan, and have each other's backs. With luck, and prayers, they'll fulfill their fantasies and find real love at the same time."--Publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
Carl Weber
Description: "Singing sensation Savannah Kirby has won thirteen Grammys and married the man of her dreams in superstar rapper/ actor Kyle Kirby. Together they are of one of the most dynamic and powerful couples in entertainment--until Kyle is found murdered and Savannah is arrested for the crime. Things don't look good for the singer when she can't keep her stories straight and her bloody fingerprints are found on the murder weapon. Even with famed attorney Bradley Hudson and his family of lawyers handling her case, it looks like Savannah is headed to jail. However, this isn't Bradley's first rodeo, and he's always got an ace up his sleeve."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Web
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
Gabriel Bump
Description: "In this alternately witty and heartbreaking debut novel, Gabriel Bump gives us an unforgettable protagonist, Claude McKay Love. Claude isn’t dangerous or brilliant—he’s an average kid coping with abandonment, violence, riots, failed love, and societal pressures as he steers his way past the signposts of youth: childhood friendships, basketball tryouts, first love, first heartbreak, picking a college, moving away from home. Claude just wants a place where he can fit. As a young black man born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his civil rights–era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change; yet when riots consume his neighborhood, he hesitates to take sides, unwilling to let race define his life. He decides to escape Chicago for another place, to go to college, to find a new identity, to leave the pressure cooker of his hometown behind. But as he discovers, he cannot; there is no safe haven for a young black man in this time and place called America." --amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Bum
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
Imani Black
Description: Detective Brice Simpson is torn between loyalties to his community and the NYPD when he investigates a murder in his own neighborhood involving a former drug kingpin's wife and some of the most dangerous individuals from his past.
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
La Jill Hunt
Description: Two sisters find their already strained bond tested by an affair that forces one to reconcile with her mistakes in the face of a heartbroken wife and a disappointed new love.
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
Raynesha Pittman
Description: With both parents in love with their addiction to freebasing cocaine, Ethan found it easier to pack up and leave his home city years ago. Crossing many miles, he landed in Tennessee, where his survival instincts and drive to succeed led him to become the deadliest kingpin in Memphis. He goes by the name of Minister, and he prefers to fly under the radar, making moves that can only be traced back to a ghost whose origin and location are a mystery.
Call Number: FIC Pit
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
Ashley Antoinette
Description: In the little city of Flint, MI, the good die young and the people left standing are the grimiest of characters. With reign over the city's drug trade, Benjamin Atkins made sure that his precious daughter, Raven, was secluded from the grit that the city had to offer. But when Raven's young heart gets claimed by Mizan, a stick-up kid in search of a come-up, there's nothing Benjamin can do about losing her to the streets. She chooses love over loyalty and runs off with Mizan, but her new role as wifey soon proves to be more than she can handle.
Call Number: FIC Ash
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
La Jill Hunt
Description: "Welcome to The Manors of Harrington Point; enter at your own risk. These mansions are home to the elite, the famous, the successful, and the eccentric. From the millionaire mega pastor and his wife to the former child star turned porn star, this neighborhood is filled with old money, new money, and everything and everyone in between"-- cover.
Call Number: FIC Hun
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
Kiki Swinson
Description: "She killed her abusive boyfriend in self-defense. But in jail, violent female gangs paid off by her enemies keep her fearing for her life--and land her in the hospital. From there, a medical testing facility is her one dubious hope for some kind of safety. But from the moment she hits the yard, she and other prisoners are victimized by illegal medical experiments. Injected with lethal diseases and made a test subject for experimental vaccines, she's clinging to determination by the slimmest thread--until she forms an alliance with a Corrections Officer." -- provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Swi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
Carl Weber, La Jill Hunt
Description: "From the time he was a boy in Georgia, LC Duncan, patriarch and leader of the Duncan clan, has battled racism. Even now that he and his family are truly successful, the racism can still be in-your-face. Maybe it's the political climate or perhaps it's just bad timing, but LC and the rest of the Duncans are being challenged by the ultimate power-hungry racist, Sheriff KD Shrugs. Nevada Duncan is at that age when girls and sex are always on his mind. His handsome face and superior intellect attract Kia, the beautiful 'Blasian' call girl who tempts him into running away to a place where the Duncans are definitely not wanted-El Paso, Texas, the home of KD Shrugs. What is the worst thing that can happen to a handsome, rich millennial? Rio Duncan would say it's mistaken identity after being beat down in a nightclub by someone who thinks he's Roman Johnson, a stickup kid who happens to be Rio's doppelganger. What happens next will open up the biggest can of worms the Duncans have ever had to deal with. Get ready for another roller coaster ride with the Duncan family" -- Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Web
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
Shelly Ellis
Description: "No matter how tough the odds, Ricky, Derrick, and Jamal learned to unite and fight during their time at the Branch Avenue Boys' Youth Institute. But their adult lives have driven them apart -- and set off a series of events their friendship may not survive. All Jamal's political achievements can't erase his bargain with DC's corrupt mayor. And when he finds himself the latest target on Mayor Johnson's hit list, he'll risk everything to end the mayor's deadly reign -- even if it's the last move he ever makes. Institute head Derrick refuses to cave to DC drug king pin Dolla Dolla and sell out all he believes in. But his courageous stand might cost him the Institute -- and the woman he loves.... With a pregnant girlfriend, Ricky can't stay on the run forever. Now he's making a dangerous play to win. But with Derrick and Jamal in Dolla's sights, Ricky and his friends must resolve the conflicts keeping them apart if they want to come back together -- even if that means none of the Branch Avenue Boys will be left standing" -- amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
Briana Cole
Description: "Kimera Davis thought she was finally free from marrying-for-money--and living way too many lies. Until her obsessed ex-husband ignited the ultimate dark hoax, a spectacularly malicious deception that's left her family, and her best friend, Adria, reeling. Now Kimera and her young son are prisoners at a remote estate, under the thumb of her ex's powerful father. And she has only one slender chance of escape." -- Publisher marketing.
Call Number: FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
Trice Hickman
Description: "After one too many failed relationships, businesswoman Bernadette Gibson is resigned to singlehood. Yet on the heels of her 50th birthday she meets Cooper "Coop" Dennis, a charismatic nightclub owner who literally sweeps her off her feet. But just as they're ready to make the ultimate commitment, a secret from Coop's past threatens to end their relationship... As her fortieth birthday approaches, bestselling novelist Testimony "Tess" Sinclair is hurting--especially since her ex-boyfriend got married. For a change of scenery he travels to the sleepy southern town of Bourbon, NC, to visit her cousin, Bernadette--and finds unexpected love. Yet as wedding bells promise to ring, Tess wrestles with a secret that could end their happily ever after before it begins... Up-and-coming makeup artist and single mom Arizona May is thrilled to be just a few months away from marrying the love of her life. Until then, she and her finacé are committed to celibacy. But on the eve of Arizona's thirtieth birthday, they surrender to passion--and she discovers something about her Prince Charming that leads her to rethink their plans... As Bernadette, Tess, and Arizona strive to find happiness, they develop a bond that strengthens and surprises them--and carries them through their struggles, to the other side."--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Hic
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
India
Description: Welcome to Detroit, Michigan -- home of the grittiest, illest, hardcore, crime-infested, poverty-stricken neighborhoods in the country. Detroit is home to many, but the streets belong to those in the underworld; addicts, dealers, and the women who help run the show from behind the scenes -- the real hoodwives of Detroit! You won't see these ladies on any television show, but you will see them make appearances in court for their mans' hearing, or at the county jail on visiting day. You might even catch them riding shotgun, waiting to pop off and protect their men at any cost. Follow Nikki, Tonya, Chloe, Mina, and Gucci as they ride you through Detroit, one city-block at a time. -- adapted from back cover.
Call Number: FIC Ind
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
Briana Cole
Description: "Kimera Davis had a plan to jump start her life and land on easy street. But a disastrous marriage has her making amends and picking up the pieces. It's a struggle to balance her new responsibilities and her ex, who keeps pressuring her for another chance. All of this has her family scandalized, and with her minister father's health suffering, trying to do the right thing is pulling Kimera and the only man she's ever really loved further and further apart ... But as Kimera's bad luck piles up, she senses there's something more than faulty decisions at play. Someone's playing a desperate, dangerous game with her life ... and she'll have to win if she wants to survive."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
John Vercher
Description: "Pittsburgh, 1995. The son of a black father he's never known, and a white mother he sometimes wishes he didn't, twenty-two year-old Bobby Saraceno has passed for white his entire life. Raised by his bigoted maternal grandfather, Bobby has hidden the truth about his identity from everyone, even his best friend and fellow comic-book geek, Aaron, who has just returned home from prison a newly radicalized white supremacist. Bobby's disparate worlds crash when, during the night of their reunion, Bobby witnesses Aaron mercilessly assault a young black man with a brick. Fearing for his safety and his freedom, Bobby must keep the secret of his mixed race from Aaron and conceal his unwitting involvement in the crime from the police. But Bobby's delicate house of cards crumbles when his father enters his life after more than twenty years, forcing his past to collide with his present."--Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Ver
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Carl Weber, M. T. Pope
Description: "Rio Duncan is one of the youngest children of the Duncan clan. With no solid position in the family business like his other siblings, he has been feeling out of place and decides to disappear. Rio leaves his Duncan identity behind and goes on a search for friends and family who can relate to him. His destination is Baltimore, and he is sure to find what he is looking for in the city with a community like no other. There, he also finds unexpected trouble. Corey Grant is making a name for himself in Baltimore with an inherited drug empire and a complicated relationship with his incarcerated father, and secret desires that could make him appear weak to his enemies. Diana Black is Corey's girlfriend-for-hire, and she has a taste for bad boys. She is loyal to Corey's cause, but how long will that last? Rio's personality and flair instantly gains him entrance into Corey's circle. Rio says he's looking for friends, but Corey is sure that other motives are on the table. When Rio has a change of heart about his newfound crew, he needs an escape plan. There is one problem: his family doesn't know where he is. Did he inherit any of the ruthless traits he observed in his father and brothers? Can the most colorful Duncan son get out of Baltimore and back home safe and sound now that he's on his own?" -- From publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Web
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
Tracy Brown
Description: Celeste Styles is starting over. After losing her cherished salon in a suspicious fire, she has finally left her adulterous relationship and her drama-filled life in Brooklyn for the peace and tranquility of Atlanta, Georgia. But when Rah-Lo heads down south after deciding to leave his wife Asia, Celeste is floored and isn't quite sure if she wants to rekindle their affair. Meanwhile, Asia is hell bent on revenge. Vowing not to let Celeste get away with her man that easily, she, too, heads to Atlanta. But just on her heels is Ishmael Wright, ready to save the day and to warn his best friend Rah-Lo about his vengeful wife. Though Ishmael also has something else up his sleeve. Secret betrayals are exposed, bitter rivalries explode, love is lost and found. Life will never be the same on the streets of "Hotlanta" in Tracy Brown's epic new urban drama.
Call Number: FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
K'wan
Description: In the history of New York City's underworld, there have been a host of criminal figures whose exploits have gone on to inspire. One of them is Jonas Rafferty, known among friends and enemies alike as Wrath, whose life changes when he crosses paths with rogue homicide detective Louis "Lou" Ceavers and offered a bargain that will change the course of his life.
Call Number: FIC Kwa
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2020
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Belle
Treasure Hernandez
FIC Her
The Family Business 5
Carl Weber, La Jill Hunt
FIC Web
Butterfly
Ashley Antoinette
FIC Ash
The Final Play
Shelly Ellis
FIC Ell
Careful What You Click For
Mary B. Morrison
FIC Mor
The Hearts We Burn : An Unconditional Novel
Briana Cole
FIC Col
Death On The Beach
Carl Weber
FIC Web
The Other Side
Trice Hickman
FIC Hic
Everywhere You Don't Belong
Gabriel Bump
FIC Bum
The Real Hoodwives Of Detroit
India
FIC Ind
Friend Or Foe
Imani Black
The Vows We Break
Briana Cole
FIC Col
Imitation Of Wife
La Jill Hunt
Three-fifths : A Novel
John Vercher
FIC Ver
Memphis
Raynesha Pittman
FIC Pit
Trouble In Rio : A Family Business Novel
Carl Weber, M. T. Pope
FIC Web
Moth To A Flame
Ashley Antoinette
FIC Ash
Twisted
Tracy Brown
FIC Bro
Private Property
La Jill Hunt
FIC Hun
Wrath
K'wan
FIC Kwa
Property Of The State
Kiki Swinson
FIC Swi