Book Reviews

REVIEWS for RUTHLESS

“ Goss has an easy, flowing style with her prose that provided the perfect pace.” ~  reviewed by Michelle Monkou, USA TODAY
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“Ms. Goss captures you and keeps you reading, enjoying and hanging on until the very last word.” ~ reviewed by Angelia Vernon Menchan

REVIEWS for Montana’s Way

“Montana’s Way was suspenseful, action-packed and had its drama. The well-developed characters show more of their strength and their ability to stand by family. The interactions between Montana and Sean were thrilling.” ~ Teresa Beasley, A&RBC Reviews

“Montana’s Way is a well-written, romantic suspense/spy thriller full of action-packed twists that fans of Savannah’s Curse will definitely enjoy.” ~ Author Stacy DeAnne

REVIEWS for Delilah

5 Stars 4.78 out of 5 stars

Delilah deals with morals, temptations and judgment. I would definitely recommend this book. It is a fast easy read and it will keep you glued to the pages until the very end. How far would you go when temptations are calling your name? Delilah leaves you wanting more. ~ Reviewed by Janet Malcolm for Urban Christian Fiction Today

Ms. Goss kept me engaged within the world of Delilah and Samson. I talked aloud to the characters hoping to deter them from making the same mistakes over and over again. I enjoyed the main characters, however, I have to mention the spunk of Kelly Judges, Samson’s mother. She is a spitfire of a woman. I loved her. There were some twists I can honestly say I did not see coming. The biggest one left me with my mouth hanging wide open. Delilah is a book that will help people to become more familiar with the well-known Bible story. ~ Reviewed by Jennifer Coissiere – StreetLitClique’

Shelia M. Goss has a way with weaving a relatable, easy to read story that draws its readers in and leaves a lasting impression. Kudos to Ms. Goss on Delilah, another magnificent read! ~ Reviewed by Yolanda M, Johnson-Bryant- Literary Wonders!

Delilah is a story of trying to keep secrets hidden. The book is full of entertainment and suspense, which will keep readers on the edge of their seats. This book has an explosive ending that will have readers wanting to contact the author to ask her “Why?” Many stories that include preachers are over-the-top, but the author’s creative nature blends this topic along with deceit and betrayal into the story, making it just right. I definitely recommend this book to others. ~ Reviewed by Teresa Beasley for APOOO BookClub

REVIEWS for Hollywood Deception

5 Stars 4.78 out of 5 stars

If you are looking for an excellent romance novel, then I would highly recommend HOLLYWOOD DECEPTION. I recently started reading romance novel and HOLLYWOOD DECEPTION is a great one to add to your collection. Author Shelia Goss has me hooked! Great job and thanks for the excitement and creativity. ~ Reviewed by Barbara Morgan for The RAWSISTAZ(tm) Reviewers

Goss has clearly skyrocketed to the top of her craft. The storyline and unbelievable ending will keep you on the edge of your seat. The character development and amazing supporting characters (Mo, Caroline, and Jackie) makes HOLLYWOOD DECEPTION a one session read. The pages between the first stalker letter, passionate love story and fancy award show will keep you captivated from beginning to end. Goss is definitely one of our top notch African American authors.  ~ Deltareviewer - Reviewing for Real Page Turners

SEPTEMBER 2009 REVIEW OF My Invisible Husband

4 Stars

Nikki has everything a young professional could want. She is on her A game in all aspects. Everyone else is concerned with why she isn’t married or doesn’t have any children at the age of 34. She is a very private person to keep the wagging tongues at bay. She fakes her own whirlwind Las Vegas wedding which turns to be more of headache than the truth.

Upon the return from her “wedding” she bumps into the man of her dreams Byron.Byron wants to be the knight in shining armor and protect her from every harm including herself. Their secrets threaten to destroy everything they both hold dear. Now when Ms. Tara steps on the scene everything gets even crazier!

I enjoyed the book being a romance, but not erotica. It is a suitable read for many different age groups. I also enjoyed there were consequences for immoral acts, however it wasn’t preachy. It was a quick read and nice break to read a love story that deals with real life issues tactfully.

The author takes a risk by stepping out to what some would suggest to be an unrealistic position however after our discussion with the author it is evident that some people really do go through this. One of our members stated sometimes one must step outside of themselves and read a book for the entertainment purpose that a book is meant to be and not necessarily what they would do in that situation. There was a lot of debate on this book at our meeting but we all agreed we had to step out and read the book with a fresh mind. The book was very well written and interesting enough to hold the readers attention to find out what the…is going on with this lying main character.

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Courtney

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REVIEWS for His Invisible Wife

Average: 4 1/2 Stars

“…I found the full cast of characters LIVELY and memorable…and the very subtle intimate scenes are quite REFRESHING…the UNEXPECTED twists and turns will keep you turning the pages and also give you an opportunity to see what has been going on with Byron and Nikki Matthews from “My Invisible Husband”” ~ Shawnette

“I was CAUGHT UP from the beginning…Brianna Mayfield is DEFINITELY a handful…and Jake Banks is an AMAZING man, who will CAPTURE your heart as he attempts to woo Brianna despite her “Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde” personality…” ~ Malaika

“Jake was the most appealing hero I have read about in a long time” ~ D. Lee
 
“Ms. Goss’ writing captures you and locks you in and you don’t want to put the book down.” ~ An Island Leo
 
“An excellent read on a rainy day, a sunny day, or any day.” ~ P.T. Love
 
“Pick up all her books if you really want to know what good cozy reading is all about.” ~ Author Michelle McGriff

REVIEWS for Double Platinum

5 Stars 4.78 out of 5 stars

Double Platinum by Shelia Goss is a great read; with a mix of everyday personalities and a look inside singers’ lives where we find that every thing that glitters is not gold.” ~ Cheryl H, APOOO BookClub

“Double Platinum moves at break neck speed and is a thoroughly enjoyable read. If you’re looking for a novel that successfully combines glamour, suspense and intrigue with a highly charged love affair then this is the novel for you.” ~ Janice Spence, Freelance Music Journalist (Gossip/News columnist -Str8hiphop.com and former BET.com contributor and Don Diva UK , etc.)

An evocative look at the music industry from the inside. Double Platinum is a gripping portrayal of one woman’s quest to climb back to the top of the charts while overcoming personal obstacles”. ~ Vonnie Woods – HoneySoul.com

DOUBLE PLATINUM is a hit…The Heat Level for DOUBLE PLATINUM is mildly Sensual and very well done.” ~ Kimber An, Enduring Romance

Romance in Color Rating: 4 Stars

DOUBLE PLATINUM, is excellent reading for the up and coming artist. The story lets you see what can happen if you put your trust in someone who will tell you what you want to hear and when you want to hear it to gain your trust. They turn you against the people who worked hard to get you where you are and then they commit the ultimate act of betrayal and take all of you money and your self-esteem. It makes the job of people who you can trust difficult because you feel that everyone is out to use you for your fame and your fortune. Sheila Goss does a great job and DOUBLE PLATINUM should be on the required reading list for new music artists.  ~ Dianthia Lemons, Romance in Color

REVIEWS for Paige’s Web

5 Hearts

Essence Bestselling Author Shelia M. Goss’ has tackled the subject of commitment that most attractive women go through on a day – to – day basis in her third novel Paige’s Web. She has captured the overall message very well and its very well written from beginning to end…  Congratulations Shelia on a job well done!  ~ Afrika Midnight Asha Abney, Love Romances

5 Stars 4.78 out of 5 stars “Shelia Goss has done a wonderful job on her latest novel ‘Paige’s Web’…I truly enjoyed reading it. A novel to add to your collection! “ ~ Mashawn, SBS Book Club

This book had me laughing from the first chapter. Poor Paige tries so hard but botches everything in a way that makes you chuckle. The characters are so real they could actually be people you know.” ~ Wendy Hines, Armchair Interviews. . .Connecting Authors to Their Readers

MY INVISIBLE HUSBAND REVIEWS

Romantic Times Book Reviews

My Invisible Husband

RT Rating: 4 Stars
Category: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Publisher: Urban
Published: December 2006
Type: Contemporary Romance (African-American)

Overall, the story is interesting and entertaining…

This novel creates emotionally and sensually charged scenes between  Nikki and Byron without using excessive expletives and lewdness, which is refreshing. There’s a lot of action in between the conniving, conspiring and courting. The characters are dynamic and vividly portrayed, and the secondary players add extra spice.

Urban-Reviews.com Reviews My Invisible Husband

4 Stars - “…My Invisible Husband is delightful and uproariously funny.”

Nikki Montana is a single 34-year-old account executive that is tired of her family pressuring her about getting married. Nikki decides to fake a Las Vegas wedding to please her family. On her return trip to Dallas, Nikki meets the sexy Byron Matthews on the plane. She is already too caught up in her web of deceit and now everyone wants to actually meet this mysterious new husband. Not having any other options, Nikki enlists the help of Byron to play as her husband. Will Byron go along with Nikki’s crazy plan or will he just walk away?

My Invisible Husband is a widely entertaining novel by Shelia M. Goss. Goss brought a unique and fast-paced storyline. I loved the drama and the humor in this novel. Some of the dialogue had me laughing out loud. This story will definitely have readers flipping the pages. My Invisible Husband is delightful and uproariously funny.

Armchair Interviews. . .Connecting Authors to Their Readers

Love this book!
My Invisible Husband, by talented author Sheila M. Goss, is one of the best books I have read this year!

Our heroine, Nikki Montana, has painted herself into a corner with little means of escape. Frustrated with the tiresome remarks from family and friends regarding her single lifestyle, she concocts a bogus wedding and marriage. Thus, enters her “black knight” in shining armor, the handsome Byron Matthews. He falls for Nikki and agrees to keep the masquerade going. Round and round these two go, as their love and their lies grow deeper and deeper.

I found this book hard to put down. In fact, I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. It was a story that I never wanted to end. The author takes her readers on a wild ride that is both fun and exciting! I never knew what to expect next.

As Nikki begins to realize her feelings for Byron, she is then faced with accepting his hidden past. It’s a tangled web that the reader almost enjoys at the expense of the characters involved. I am still waiting for the other shoe to fall. You will, too, believe me!

Sheila M. Goss knows how to keep her audience on the edge of its seat. This is a book that I highly recommend. Let the games begin!

Armchair Interviews says: Wow, what a great book.

BOOK-REMARKS.COM BOOK REVIEW

Has the pressure to get married by family and friends ever driven you crazy? Nikki Montana is tired of being badgered constantly about this topic, so she concocts a plan that will fool everyone. She’ll run off to Las Vegas, tell them she’s getting married and then get a divorce. Nikki even goes as far as purchasing a wedding band to make her story more credible. TO READ MORE OF SIMONE A HAWKS REVIEW, CLICK HERE.

FLAVAH REVIEWERS CREAM OF THE CROP REVIEW

What do you do when everyone in your life is telling you, you need a husband?  You go out and you get one; even if he doesn’t really exist.  For Nikki Montana, beautiful and successful career woman, life never seems to let up, especially in the department of her love life.  At 30 plus years, Nikki has beauty, a successful career, her own home, and is content in her life; until family and friends stress their opinions regarding their need for her to find a husband.   Tired of the pressure and longing to simply be left alone, Nikki does the unthinkable – she invents a husband. TO READ MORE OF COLLIER LUNN’S REVIEW, CLICK HERE.

“Shelia M. Goss makes reading fiction a joy. She has a knack for creating characters that are entertaining and fit perfectly into the world of her strikingly unique premises. My Invisible Husband is wonderful escapism and Nikki Montana is an unforgettable heroine; definitely not a novel to be missed!” – Linda Dominique Grosvenor, Author of The Hamptons “Shelia Goss has done it again… “My Invisible Husband” is a page-turner that will have you on a roller-coaster ride with the antics of the character Nikki Montana!” – Toschia, Author of “You Wrong For That”“Shelia Goss does an outstanding job of delivering a romantically clever story…the characters are well developed and allows the reader to really identify with them.” – Lavelle J. Lemonier, Sr., Author of Southerland Strength and Reviewer for Shades of Romance Magazine“The story had a nice flow to it…it’s guaranteed to keep you reading.” – T. Belinda Williams of The RAWSISTAZTM Reviewers

REVIEWS for ROSES ARE THORNS, VIOLETS ARE TRUE

4.78 out of 5 stars Am I my sister’s keeper?

Reviewer: The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers (see more about me) from RAWSISTAZ Book Club

Being a part of a set of twins has got to be one the hardest situations for children as they grow into adulthood. In ROSES ARE THORNS VIOLETS ARE TRUE, Shelia Goss takes a very in-depth look at the lives of twins, Rose and Violet. They are identical twins and that’s where the similarities end. They are as different as night and day. Rose is very self-centered, jealous and devious. Violet, on the other hand, is sweet natured, attentive and cares very deeply for others. Even as little children, Rose was allowed to cast Violet in an unpleasant light using childish pranks that only twins can play. Violet, however, was always expected to forgive Rose and move on. Their parents and Rose expected her to always have her sister’s back no matter the circumstances. As they grew into adults it was easy to see that Rose coveted everything that Violet was and had. But, there are some lines that sisters just don’t cross. Once that line is crossed, forgiveness becomes a little too hard to carry out.

… Ms. Goss weaves a fascinating tale that had me reading well into the night. This was sibling rivalry at its worst. The ending was not what I was expecting. Instead, I received a lesson in familial love and forgiveness. It left me rooting for both sisters to find that elusive happiness they both craved and a way back to each other. This was a great read and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Reviewed by Brenda M. Lisbon
of the RAWSISTAZ Reviewers4.78 out of 5 stars A Discussion Novel
Reviewer: Angelique Henderson (see more about me) from North Attleboro, MA United States

What happens when the person that is supposed to be the closest to you winds up being the one that hurts you the most? Shelia Goss gives us the answer in her debut novel, Roses are Thorns Violets are True.

Sibling rivalry is an understatement for the feelings that Rose and Violet have towards one another. All of their lives Rose has made it her mission to get what she wants; usually at the expense of her sister. Her constant need for attention has driven a wedge between the two sisters. She is a true drama queen that is why she is a very successful actress. At the other end of the spectrum you have her twin, Violet. Violet is very bright woman. Her “girl next door” demeanor makes people want to be in her presence. She shuns any form attention, which is hard when your twin is a megastar. Throughout their lives Violet has been able to forgive Rose for all her indiscretions; that is up until now. Has Rose finally gone past the point of no return or is she finally looking out for her sister’s best interest. Their relationship has finally reached a crossroad. It is now time for them to decide if they will finish the journey together or forever walk separate paths.

Ms. Goss has the makings of a master storyteller. Her attention to detail allows her novel to span a period of years without you feeling as if you have missed something. She grabs her readers’ attention and doesn’t let go. This is definitely one that will give the bookclubs something to discuss.

Angie Pickett-Henderson
Moderator/Reviewer
Readincolor Bookclub4.78 out of 5 stars Sister,Sister
Reviewer: Cheryl Cooper (see more about me) from Sharonville, OH United States

Even though this was a story about twins, anyone with siblings could relate to the relationships in Roses are Thorns, Violets are True. Often times childhood resentments between siblings, cousins, and even childhood friends can carry over into adulthood and plague our lives forever. That’s exactly what it can do, unless we learn as adults to forgive. Roses are Thorns shows us how forgiveness can be a hard thing, but how good it can be once we free ourselves of such burden.

Shelia Goss does a wonderful job breaking rules and doing it perfectly as she uses third and first person fluidly throughout the story. It is craftily told in alternating and non-repetitive voices between the sisters and you are able to understand their innermost thoughts as situations arise. The refreshing new voice explored in Roses are Thorns, Violets are True will definitely entertain you.