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Updated: Oct 1, 2020




Stand-Alone: yes Series: California Love, Book 2 Publisher: SDH Books Publication Date: June 2, 2020 Genre: Romance, Chick Lit, Inspirational, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Fiction, Sports Romance, Interracial Heat Level: Sensual

When the dance and the game are done, is there room for love?

Yazmeen Williams is a busy woman. The former professional dancer is a Church Administrative Assistant by day and the mother of three-year old twin boys, always. What she isn’t, is interested in love thanks to a monster of an ex-husband who’s a danger to the well-being of her children. When retired NBA player Tavares Alvarez enters her life looking “utterly orgasmic,” that disinterest is severely challenged as is her hold on celibacy. But he’ll need to gain her trust, or her phone number first. With Yazmeen, neither will come easily.

Tavares has had zero relationships, but more than his share of women. Now that he’s born-again, he’s no longer focused on the opposite sex. His attention is devoted to his five-year old daughter and being a venture capitalist. Meeting Yazmeen proves a delicious disruption. The attraction is instant, but clearly she’s disinterested. Tavares will need to work to secure her affection despite the drama caused by his unhinged “Baby Mama.”

Dive into this faith-filled, but sexy romance that will leave you rooting for Yazmeen and Tavares, laughing at their antics, and gasping at the actions of their questionably sane exes.



autographed copy of Basketball & Ballet


My Thoughts….🏀🏀💃🏽💃🏽🏀

Basketball & Ballet is book two of The California Love series. While this is part of a series, it can standalone. This couple had a lot in common; single parents, learning to forgive, born again Christians, and whew, enough baby momma-daddy drama to write another book.

Suzette Harrison created a beautiful Christian-filled romance highlighting real issues and relatable characters. Being single parents, Tavares and Yazmeen have enough to deal with and love just not on the to-do list. Having had their fair share of recklessness, mistakes, and life disappointments, they realized it is time to make a change. Choosing the path of faith and celibacy, they find themselves in an undeniable attraction and a wrestle with temptation.

What I loved most about this book; all the funny banter, testimonial nuggets, and host of secondary characters making this a page-turner that is shelf worthy. It took longer to finish this because of all the rereading of scenes.  

Memorable Quotes: Lord, You already know! I’m hardheaded and prone to miss it.” & “Hold your breath on that possibility and you’ll wake up jumping rope with Jesus.”

I recommend this for reading pleasure!




Suzette D. Harrison, a native Californian and the middle of three daughters, grew up in a home where reading was required, not requested. Her literary “career” began in junior high school with the publishing of her poetry. While Mrs. Harrison pays homage to Alex Haley, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, and Toni Morrison as literary legends who inspired her creativity, it was Dr. Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings that unleashed her writing. Literally. Not only is Harrison a multi-award-winning author, but she is an avid reader as well. “I’ve strayed away from the practice, but years ago I made a concerted effort to always read a book from the Harlem Renaissance writers every time I read a contemporary piece of fiction. It was my way of reaching back and balancing my literary indulgences.” Indulging her literary sweet tooth with works from her favorite authors Dianne McKinney Whetstone, Bernice McFadden, J.D. Mason, and Guy Johnson to name a few, Harrison is quick to proclaim McFadden’s Sugar as her all-time, absolute favorite novel. In addition to writing, Suzette’s career has afforded her opportunities to share her gifts through public speaking, as well as author-mentoring. A wife and mother who holds a culinary degree in Pastry & Baking, Suzette is currently cooking up her next novel…in between batches of cookies.


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