Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thirst Kills...WRI After Dark Reviews: Secrets of a Side Bitch by Jessica N. Watkins

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Secrets of a Side Bitch
by Jessica N. Watkins
File Size: 2740 KB
Print Length: 264 pages
Publisher: SBR Publications; 1 edition (November 19, 2013)
Rating: 4 stars

He’s beautiful with gray eyes, tall, chocolate… and he’s worth fighting for.

Meet Omari a gorgeous, hard working, twenty-eight year old man from the Southside of Chicago. No matter how hard he works at his job at UPS, it is never enough to take care of himself and his long-term girlfriend. After continuous pressure from his older cousin, Ching, Omari finally traded in busting his ass for working under Ching hustling three major blocks on the Westside. All is good as Omari juggles work and the drug game. That is, until Ching involves him in the murder of, who ends up being, the Governor’s nephew. As he dodges homicide detectives, Omari is also trying to dodge getting caught between two loves. He’s been committed to Aeysha for seven years, but is falling each day for Simone, an older more established woman who is at his every beck and call. After years of playing the side chick, Simone finally finds love that she thinks is all her own. Just as she settles into loving Omari, she finds out about Aeysha and her desperate mind begins to plot on how to finally win her man. Simone’s best friend, Tammy, thinks Simone is crazy as she herself is running from an obsessed ex-boyfriend who is persistent in trying to kill her. Tammy lives in hiding for months as she asks herself this burning question; how can a man love a woman with the same hands that he is willing to kill her with?

As the murder investigation leads to arrests, the walls come down on these lovers. Murder, sex, and indictments lead to unforeseen tragedy and unexpected love.

My Review:
Okay so let's get into this. Omari is good looking. He's so good looking that his family calls him pretty boy. Not liking the name he tried to make himself look more "hard". His looks is definitely why he pulls so many women. He has one night stands and then he has his dips (women he see on a more regular basis).

Ayesha has been with Omari for years. She loves him though she knows he cheats. She is also insecure. Her insecurity becomes worse when she loses her job and finds out that she has fertility problems.

Tammy has broken up with her boyfriend. Tired of him not being able to take care of her she thinks it's the best thing to do. He had been physically abusive during the relationship and now that she left he is homicidal. After suffering a grazing shot to the head, Tammy now lives in fear.

Ching is a drug dealer and Omari cousin. Being older Omari looks up to Ching as more of an uncle than a cousin. Not being able to carry the load of bills he often borrows money from Ching. Omari soon begins to work for Ching not realize that he is putting in work and has become deep into the game. After get picked up by the cops Ching and Omari relationship is not the same.

Simone looks like she has it together on the outside. Educated and employed she is a success story. Well, she would be if it wasn't for the fact that she is insecure. She sees the accomplishment that she has made and even brags about them but she still envies other women. Simone doesn't realize that she is what she is because she allows it.

So there you have it. A quick breakdown of the characters. As for the story, it is a urban hood drama. Omari claims to love and respect Ayesha his long time love while disrespecting her with his infidelities. I mean really, how can you love someone and knowingly do them dirty. Love isn't just what you do for me it is also what you want do to me.

Ayesha is like many women from around-the-way. She got herself a decent job. She has a man that many women would love to have. Deep down she is insecure because she isn't who she thinks she can be. Losing her job makes her feel useless and her fertility issues make her feel worthless. When things start looking up for her so does her self-esteem. She never got the chance to understand that going back to school to get the education she lacked would have helped her insecurity problem.

Simone is batshit crazy and hella thirsty. She has never had a boyfriend of her own. She is an example of a 80/20 woman. A man cheats with her because she is what the girlfriends/wives are not when in reality she one dimensional. All along her woman was the 80 and you went jeopardized that for a 20. Simone has it going on on paper. Beautiful, sexy, educated and mad sex skills. However, she is emotionally desperate. She hides it well until eventually the man has enough of her and ends things. That when the cray-cray comes out. The lesson Simone hasn't learned is that if he knows that you are okay with being second string you'll never be varsity in his mind.

Secret of a Side Bitch is full of drama. It has sex. It has crazy stalkers. And it has murder. This is book 1 so it ends with a cliffhanger.

Should you read it? Yes. Who should read it? Fan of street/urban lit. You know, those of you who like Love and Hip Hop.


Author Info

Jessica N. Watkins was born April 1st in Chicago, Illinois. She obtained a Bachelors of Arts with Focus in Psychology from DePaul University and Masters of Applied Professional Studies with focus in Business Administration from the like institution. Working in Hospital Administration for the majority of her career, Watkins has also been an author of fiction literature since the young age of nine. Eventually, she used writing as an outlet during her freshmen year of high school, after giving birth to her son. At the age of thirty-two, Watkins’ chronicles have matured into steamy, humorous, and gritty tales of urban and women’s fiction.

Jessica's debut novel Jane Doe  spiraled into an engrossing, drama filled, and highly entertaining series. In August 2013, she signed to SBR publications, which ignited her writing career with the Secrets of a Side Bitch series. Click the buttons to the right to view each book in detail!

In 2014, Jessica began to give other inspiring authors the opportunity to become published by lauching Jessica Watkins Presents.

Jessica also speaks to youth concerning topics such as overcoming obstacles, teen pregnancy, being a teenage mom, etc.

Jessica N. Watkins is available for talks, workshops, and book signings. For bookings, please send a request to

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