The Ugly Girlfriend (The Lonely Heart Series)

The Ugly Girlfriend Book Cover The Ugly Girlfriend
The Lonely Heart Series - Book 1
Latrivia Nelson
Interracial Romance
RiverHouse Publishing
December 16, 2010

LaToya Jenkins is the quintessential woman: smart, successful, grounded and determined. She only has one problem socially - she's overweight. As the "big one" of her girlfriends, she often faces rejection from the men of their social circle because of her size and/or her dark skin. And due to a painful past relationship, she gives up on love completely until, she takes on Mitchell "Mitch" O'Keefe as a new client.

The Irish born architect needs a professional cleaning service to help him literally clean up his life after a nasty divorce, but he winds up finding a true friend in LaToya, the owner of It's An Honor Cleaning Service.

While LaToya is handicapped emotionally by her baggage, Mitch thinks she's the strongest woman he's ever seen and a breath of fresh air in his hectic life. His only goal is to prove to her that his interest in her is more than lust sparked by curiosity.

Read the story of two beautiful people in totally opposite ways who help each other see that beauty is not skin deep but soul deep in the first book of Latrivia S. Nelson's Lonely Heart Series, The Ugly Girlfriend.

The ugly girlfriend is the first book in the lonely hearts series. I read The Grunt first and fell in love with the book so I decided I should read the rest of the series starting with this one.

The concept of the ugly girlfriend is very close to home for me. I am not fat but being a dark skinned girl most guys don’t view you as ‘beautiful’. Boys never ask you out and it hurts your self-esteem. I was excited about the book because I wanted to see how LaToya overcame all the emotional challenges I went through. I think I put too much pressure on the book because I felt a little let down. It was sweet but it could have been so much more.

Latriva is a great writer but the writing style in this book confused the hell out of me. One minute it’s from LaToya’s point of view, then it’s Mitch, then it’s Angela, Elaine… I was like why? It was not necessary. Mitch and LaToya’s viewpoints would have been enough.

The book was short and the romance between Mitch and LaToya didn’t sell to me. I didn’t believe their romance. I felt like they hardly spent any time together and all of a sudden they’re in love. In my opinion the emotions were not raw enough, there was so much hurt between the two of them that the book could have easily ripped me to pieces like they usually do. Which is a good thing because I wanted to feel their connection.

I liked and was a little disappointed at how self-assured and confident LaToya was from the beginning. She knew who she was and kinda accepted it in a way. I love seeing strong women, someone who is not afraid to show their emotions.

“I’m scared, Mitch” she whispered on his lips. “Me too,” he assured. “But I love you, LaToya.”

All that said I still really love Latriva’s books. I like that she tackles romance from an interracial point of view. I know that it is accepted in today’s time but we still have those people out there that would condemn people for falling in love with someone outside their race. #SameLove people, Get over it.

“Do you think that just because he’s screwing you suddenly he’s an honorary black man? Don’t be so blind. Most importantly sister, don’t be a sell-out.”

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