It was obvious to everyone but them they were all wrong for each other Riley is a free spirited boho writer and Shawn is a magnetic and charismatic rapper, riding the highest crest of his career She doesn t understand his world and he sure as hell doesn t understand hers And what s worse, while he s never committed to any woman before, she s committed to someone else Still, they can t stay away from each other Along with frequent clashes of their equally strong wills, Shawn and Riley will have to face down opposition from friends, family and one extremely motivated groupie, if they want to forge a commitment that will last the test of time


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  1. Alexis *Reality Bites* Alexis *Reality Bites* says:

    SPOILER FREE REVIEW mature content reader discretion is advised.4 STARS out of 5Genre Urban RomanceFULL REVIEW POSTED 4 6 13When I m with you, I m with you And what happens when I m not with you doesn t matterThat was their deal And it worked At firstBut you re right a lot of rap isn t poetic, but it isn t supposed to be Some of us aren t poets we re the town criers, putting out the word on what s going on in the streetsHe emptied his glass of the last of his beerDon t be so SPOILER FREE REVIEW mature content reader discretion is advised.4 STARS out of 5Genre Urban RomanceFULL REVIEW POSTED 4 6 13When I m with you, I m with you And what happens when I m not with you doesn t matterThat was their deal And it worked At firstBut you re right a lot of rap isn t poetic, but it isn t supposed to be Some of us aren t poets we re the town criers, putting out the word on what s going on in the streetsHe emptied his glass of the last of his beerDon t be so skeptical, Riley You might be surprised Which are youshe askedWhich Are you a poet or a town crier You ll just have to listen to my music and find out I have listened to your music No,he corrected herYou said you d heard it That s not the same as listening Twenty five year old independent Riley Terry is a writer for Power To The People a paper that prides itself on being the voice for African American community After seeing a Newsweek article written about a prominent well know rapper hip hop star her editor and chief, Greg, assigns her a new assignment He is aware that rapper K Smooth aka Shawn will be making an appearance at a club tonight and he has chosen Riley to interview him Of course she does not want the job This would be taking her out of her writing comfort zone and practically in to unknown territory Riley mainly wrote on Political topics so this was waaay off the beaten path For one, she is not a fan of rap and for two, she is not a fan of rap Grins Of course she has no clue that she is about to meet her future husband The scene at the nightclub made it clear that the fundamentals were the same Parties, women The usual crap Riley not only scores her interview with Shawn as he prefers her to call him she also scores a HOT and SWEATY one nightstand But when Riley walks away easily and leaves Shawn wantinghe finally gets to see what its like when the tables are turned He usually has to kick the groupies out after sex but not Riley This chick left on her own And without even looking back Weeks go by before Shawn makes the first move, he calls Riley wanting to see her This becomes the routine even though he knows Riley has a man Shawn can t help himself He has to have her any way he could get her He knew she was out of his league She was from the other Black America the one he had glimpsed when he was growing up in DC but had never been a part of The one that was populated by what seemed like mythical creatures straight out of the Cosby Show Shawn can t wrap his mind around Riley nor her motivation for continuing to see him She has a very care free I can take you or leave you type attitude Yet he himself can t seem to get enough of her Her being in a relationship starts to eat away at himI might as well be some guy climbing out of your window late at night What we do is no different from that And that bothers you all of a suddenshe demandedWhat bothers me is that every dude in here has as much right to step to you as I do No matter how many times we ve been together, that never changes You re with somebody else After months of seeing one another he decides to put it all on the line He buys a ring and asks her to marry him She accepts But these two soon learn that nothing is easy about married lifeIn both instances, it requires trust I have to trust that those random chicks don t interest you, and you have to trust thatshe looked him directly at him, I do not, could not, want anyone but you, Shawn GardnerTheir eyes locked and Shawn s irritation turned to mist Damn When she said shit like that, looking at him the way she was, it was game fucking over.This relationship did not exactly start in honesty Nothing is honest about seeing another man s woman or a woman sneaking around on her man.Shawn chose marriage because he loved Riley and wanted her to be his and his alone.Riley loves Shawn and is willing to do whatever it takes to make him happy as long as she does not loose herself in the process.One mistake can cost Shawn everything EVERYTHING ThoughtsI loved it I love these characters I think it s crazy how Shawn never thought through being married Yes, Riley would be his and off limits But he never considered his self off limits Um, come again Who does that Typical male and their damn egos Overall I loved Shawn, he loved Riley FIERCELY He was a total alpha male and would whoop dat ass if you so much as looked like you wanted his wife Riley was passionate I love how she carried her sexiness yet knew not of it s effect on men THAT WAS H O T I also loved her mother, Lorna Funny how her mother was a feminist well not just a feminist an extreme feminist Lorna was feisty he gave great advice I loved her honesty and eventual acceptance of Shawn she became a protective mother bear to him just like she is with Riley That s LOVE.I definitely will be reading book two in the series I am very curious about Tracy and Brendan s relationship and I can t wait to see what goes down between them Tracy gave it to Riley straight so I m interested to see if she can take just as much as she gave AWESOME book Nia Forrester You have a new fan My RatingsCharacters Lovable and CockyWriting Style StrongPlot Storyline Slowly pulls you in, will have emotionally tangledSteam Factor Medium Moderately SteamyOverall I loved it Now go forth and read Then come tell us about it on Goodreads Forreviews got to


  2. Michelle [Helen Geek] Michelle [Helen Geek] says:

    06 07 2015 Re readI think this is the third time I m reading this book Why It s just that good It does something for me I knew I had this business trip coming up and wanted to read the newest book in this series so I planned to start from the beginning.Shawn and Riley are interesting to me They are extraordinarily talented people who struggle with the normal relationship stuff we all struggle with The background may be a bit different, but on the inside, they have the same insecuriti06 07 2015 Re readI think this is the third time I m reading this book Why It s just that good It does something for me I knew I had this business trip coming up and wanted to read the newest book in this series so I planned to start from the beginning.Shawn and Riley are interesting to me They are extraordinarily talented people who struggle with the normal relationship stuff we all struggle with The background may be a bit different, but on the inside, they have the same insecurities as the rest of us In each other, they ve found their peace and their challenge.I happened on this author in 2013 I picked this book up as a Freebie onIt really appealed to me because I know nothing about Hip Hop and thought it d be a nice change of pace.What strikes you immediately is the talent this author has She develops a story with detail, nuance and rich characterization Read her bio and you ll be intrigued like I was.I liked this storythis third time than I have the first two times I ve read it Some books you read and enjoy but know you won t read again Others, they have a yearly place or so on your reading list These books are truly special for the reader This is book, this series, it like that for me.Happy Reading03 04 2013 Overall Rating 5 StarsBook Cover Book Blurb 3 4 3.5 StarsWriter s Voice 5 StarsCharacter Development 5 StarsStory Appreciation 5 StarsWorth the Chili 5 Stars 4.99Prime too BN Have you ever read a book that was so good you want to be able to express your thoughts so well that anyone reading the review will immediately NEED to read the book This is that book I actually read this series totally out of order Not a big issue, but I m pretty anal and it bothered me a bit at first No worries I don t think I could have enjoyed a bookthan I did this one I remember having this same feeling when I found Kristen Ashley These two writer s couldn t bedifferent, and by now you know KA has, to me, lost some of her luster Nia Forrester, THIS author I can t imagine this happening I m now reading my fourth book by her and she really is that good Seriously good.A few things I liked about this story 1 The whole rapper scene was interesting How hard these guys work How temptation is thrown in their path almost constantly How far they ve come from their previous experiences How poetry lives in their soul All these things I experienced as I read this story Shawn was magnificent He definitely isn t perfect, but you understood the guy He is so jaded that, when he finally has a chance meeting with a bit of perfect sunlight, he grabs with both hands He understand how fleeting opportunities are and he knows you either grab or not Ready or not He has made his mark being just that person Ready or not, here I come.2 Riley When you first meet her you aren t sure you re really going to warm up to her But you do You are firmly in her camp through the whole book She definitely goes through some travail s with Shawn, but at the heart of it, she knows he is her soul She puts pride and pressure of friends and family aside to learn to trust him again She has courage that we don t see often courage of the heart.3 The length of this story It was long and I just didn t want to see it end I loved the immersion into the lives of these two people, their family and friends This author pulls us in with deep and meaningful dialogue She paints people we would love to meet and know better She makes us laugh to ourselves, shake our heads at some of the situations, and read on even while tears flow down our cheeks, as these two find each again When the book was over, I wanted to immediately read it again I know I ll read it again before the year is out I ll recommend it until people get tired of me It will be a book I turn to time and again It makes me feel good It makes me remember the love of my life The looks The touches It makes us realize how precious it all is and if we throw it away It just may never come back.4 This book is anPrime book I was able to borrow it, but plan to buy it immediately and keep it in my library Why am I mentioning this I really like authors who offer us this opportunity Rather like the library If you are questioning a purchase, this is a great opportunity, if you are a Prime member and I am I m trying to think of something that makes people just so happy they want to laugh and dance and hug and yell loudly For me, thinking of a sweet baby s cheeks as they sit and chew their fingers You want to just hug and kiss and nibble on those cheeks and tell this baby how you love them Whisper sweet nothings and hum softly This is the way this book made me feel It was that warm, happy, loud inside, place This author has a treasured place on my FAVORITE author list This book, a favorite book I ll buy immediately anything she writes She has proven to me, she has skill and is not a fluke of a book or two The way she puts words together isn t kitschy or unique, but rather just well written and intelligent Something you don t find too often any words that paint a picture, completely Words that pull feelings out of you and onto the next sentence, onto the next paragraph like you are that pacman creature gobbling and gobbling You just can t get enough.I highly recommend this book I highly recommend anything this author writes I seriously hope you give her an opportunity to entertain you You will not be sorry.Happy Reading


  3. Jan Jan says:

    This is my third attempt to read this book, but I ve finally gotten through it, and, as with the other books in the series, really enjoyed it My problem was that I knew there was some angst coming up for Riley and Shawn, because I d already read some of the other books And as the angsty bits loomed, I kept putting the book aside for another day But this time I pushed through Yay.This is the first book in this terrific series, but obviously it doesn t have to be read first, because I got ho This is my third attempt to read this book, but I ve finally gotten through it, and, as with the other books in the series, really enjoyed it My problem was that I knew there was some angst coming up for Riley and Shawn, because I d already read some of the other books And as the angsty bits loomed, I kept putting the book aside for another day But this time I pushed through Yay.This is the first book in this terrific series, but obviously it doesn t have to be read first, because I got hooked when I read The Come Up and then discovered the other books later But, it is a sequential series, and it would probably beenjoyable if you read them in order, I guess This book also introduces some key secondary characters who feature in their own books later in the series.Riley is an intelligent, grounded young journalist who writes for Power To The People magazine With some reluctance, she heads off to an interview she has been allotted with a popular rap singer known as K Smooth , real name Shawn Gardner Riley thinks it s just going to be a puff piece, and she is annoyed to be given this dud assignment But Shawn is not what she expects For starters, she is taken aback by his incredible charisma His music is powerful and he seems intelligent, and sexy They have an instant connection, and this first meeting is a beautiful scene, masterfully written by Forrester.Somewhat to both of their surprise, they start a relationship Due to Shawn s touring commitments, they only get to see each other infrequently though But their attraction is deep and real, and they end up falling in love and marrying But Nia Forrester writes real characters who live in the real world And nothing is as easy as that Shawn is a superstar, incredibly rich and also very sexy Women almost literally throw themselves at him while he is on tour or working at the studio He is surrounded by temptation And when things get strained between himself and Riley while they are still learning to understand each other, Shawn is targeted by a very determined fan who wants a notch on her belt, and he strays from the path He immediately regrets it and knows he has been a total fool, but the fallout turns out to be huge But eventually Riley and Shawn work their way through it, and finally find their way back to each other, deeper and stronger than before.As a reader you are put through the wringer You know their relationship is going to survive especially if like me you ve already read the sequels LOL , but there s lots of tummy twisting pain along the way, and you want to shout out, no Don t do it And when you finally get to the end of the book, the warm satisfaction and relief are great.I love the depiction of the two colliding worlds of Riley and Shawn Riley s mother Lorna is a professor and a high profile, internationally respected writer and feminist, who raised Riley to be strong and independent and a deep thinker Shawn in his own way is also a deep thinker, but he was raised rough Now incredibly successful and living in the crazy world of music hip hop, his world is so different from hers, but thoughtfully and beautifully depicted by Forrester Fascinating.In this book we first meet some of the great characters from the other books e.g Lorna Riley, Chris Scaife, even Robyn Crandall briefly, and of course Brendan and Tracy, whose story is up next in Unsuitable Men I absolutely love the world created in this series Riley and Shawn are two of my fav characters, although I couldn t give five stars cos their journey was a bit too harrowing for me But still a terrific book Highly recommend this whole series


  4. Deloris Deloris says:

    When I opened this book I hoped it would be good I got just what I wanted because it really a good book This book is about what it takes to make a relationship work In this book Shawn and Riley meet fall in love and get married most books end at that point but this Book is about the commitment of being in a marriage that is the hard part The commitment part of the relationship is what makes this book good This is not a fairytale this is a real love story with real problems.Riley and Shawn f When I opened this book I hoped it would be good I got just what I wanted because it really a good book This book is about what it takes to make a relationship work In this book Shawn and Riley meet fall in love and get married most books end at that point but this Book is about the commitment of being in a marriage that is the hard part The commitment part of the relationship is what makes this book good This is not a fairytale this is a real love story with real problems.Riley and Shawn faced with problems that will make you or break you real love and commitment is what gets them through their problem


  5. Nicole Nicole says:

    DNF 66%I admit, it s my fault for not reading other reviews first butI can t believe I almost wasted my whole day on this I m going to apologise first if this whole review rant is not coherent because I m just so angry.For the safety gang, let s just say this book is not up your alley.The underlying premise involves cheating I m not going to label it as a spoiler because it s already stated in the synopsis because the H and h s relationship started out as an affair Riley already had a boyf DNF 66%I admit, it s my fault for not reading other reviews first butI can t believe I almost wasted my whole day on this I m going to apologise first if this whole review rant is not coherent because I m just so angry.For the safety gang, let s just say this book is not up your alley.The underlying premise involves cheating I m not going to label it as a spoiler because it s already stated in the synopsis because the H and h s relationship started out as an affair Riley already had a boyfriend, Brian, but still sees Shawn I m not saying what Riley did was right, view spoiler since the first time they had sex the H didn t know she was attached But after he knew, he still pursued her and went out with her So if anything, Shawn knew what he was getting into, and Brian was the one person I d sympathize with hide spoiler view spoiler I was not prepared that the H cheats on h after they got married And he had UNPROTECTED sex multiple times in one night with the girl he cheated with You know what s the best part of it all After he cheated, he wanted to hide and bury the incident, praying Riley never finds out He started out as super guilty and grovelling, Riley finds out anyway of course, otherwise we wouldn t have the angst and drama that he cheated But in the next moment, he started staring at some lady s derriere Yes, what in the ever loving fuck I got the excerpt right here They followed her, Shawn s eyes firmly on her derriere She had a little twitch when she walked, and he couldn t decide whether it was for their benefit, or the natural result of her too high spike heel boots Can I get you some coffee she asked, glancing over her shoulder No thanks, Brendan said automatically Yeah, Shawn said Coffee would be good He could feel Brendan looking at him curiously He knew he didn t drink coffee He didn t give a damn about the coffee, he just wanted to watch her walking away to fetch it.He wondered idly what she would say if he asked her out Even wearing his wedding ring He d never taken it off but it never ceased to amaze him how some women managed to just pretend it wasn t there, stepping to him like it didn t mean shit He felt reckless and for the moment, indifferent to consequences Riley was probably going to leave him anyway, so what the hell So basically, since he thought Riley was going to leave him so he could just hook up and ask someone out however he wants to To provide some context, this was basically right after Riley finds out he cheated and still didn t know what to do with the entire incident Brendan is Shawn s manager and the girl in the above excerpt is a stylist s assistant or something like that I was too angry to even comprehend anything On top of that, Shawn saw that the girl was about to leave and wanted to give her a ride home, let s just say he probably would have donethan that but it didn t happen because Brendan pulled him away And do you know how Shawn justified his actions You just love trouble Brendan said disgustedly I just want to be with someone who s uncomplicated for a change Someone who for just one fucking minute isn t making me feel like I m not good enough for her Oh, so now it s about what Riley made you feel Brendan shook his head in disbelief The one thing I don t have issues with was whether or not I want to be with her I still want to be with her But I m not sure she s supposed to be with me Brendan sucked his teeth You can t make her happy anyway, so what the hell, right Might as well fuck it up B, you don t understand, man Until you re in my situationhide spoiler It was at this moment I knew that I couldn t read any longer


  6. Kim Kim says:

    This story was unbelievable amazing from the first page to the last While I was reading it about 4% of the way through I thought wow, is this story really this good The answer to that was 100% yes, even at the very beginning Riley and Shawn just drew me in We get to read about the development of this relationship from the very first meeting, through their tumultuous courtship, through the good, and the very bad times If you like a long, thoroughly satisfying book this is for you Yes it is s This story was unbelievable amazing from the first page to the last While I was reading it about 4% of the way through I thought wow, is this story really this good The answer to that was 100% yes, even at the very beginning Riley and Shawn just drew me in We get to read about the development of this relationship from the very first meeting, through their tumultuous courtship, through the good, and the very bad times If you like a long, thoroughly satisfying book this is for you Yes it is super long, but there is not a dull moment So if you are not a fan of longer stories, this one will not feel like it to The supporting characters were something else, especially Lorna, Riley s mom She really bought something amazing to the story The relationship between Lorna and Shawn later on in the story was just something that always put a smile on my face It ll also be interesting to see how Brendan and Tracy fare I would say this book is in my top 5 read this year, and I m looking forward to readingfrom this author


  7. Lauren Lauren says:

    I had to give this book five stars just for the surprise factor Nia Forrester was a new name to me, and I read this book on a whim I am so glad I did I cannot even explain The description of the story left a lot to question I was, and still am, so surprised by the depth of this story I fell in love with all of the characters, now matter how much I didn t want to I was worried that the entirety of the story would be based around a love triangle, but it was at about 10% that the love triangl I had to give this book five stars just for the surprise factor Nia Forrester was a new name to me, and I read this book on a whim I am so glad I did I cannot even explain The description of the story left a lot to question I was, and still am, so surprised by the depth of this story I fell in love with all of the characters, now matter how much I didn t want to I was worried that the entirety of the story would be based around a love triangle, but it was at about 10% that the love triangle was over Each of the characters were so multi layered I cannot begin to explain their depth The book is a great length and allows the reader to build an emotional connection with the characters I am especially excited because there is a follow up book using some of the supporting characters I was skeptical about reading this book, but I am so very happy I did I very highly recommend this


  8. Angelia Angelia says:

    This was a freebie and also the first novel that I have read by Ms Forrester, and all I can say is WOW The chemistry between Riley and Shawn was so powerful from the very beginning, they came from totally different worlds and had so many different views or at least that s what they thought..What was supposed to be a interview with a Rapper turned into one of the best nights of Riley s life LOVE AND HIP HOP IN IT S FINEST This is a must read so if you are looking for a new author PLEAS This was a freebie and also the first novel that I have read by Ms Forrester, and all I can say is WOW The chemistry between Riley and Shawn was so powerful from the very beginning, they came from totally different worlds and had so many different views or at least that s what they thought..What was supposed to be a interview with a Rapper turned into one of the best nights of Riley s life LOVE AND HIP HOP IN IT S FINEST This is a must read so if you are looking for a new author PLEASE give Ms Forrester a try I can honestly say I was NOT disappointed


  9. Teresa Mcmillian Teresa Mcmillian says:

    Committed I am not sure why I am just now diving into this series This book was everything I enjoyed it and was reading at every available moment I had.


  10. Angeline Bishop Angeline Bishop says:

    There are very few new authors that can weave a story that examines the complexities of black love and stereotypes, with such candor and depth as Ms Forrester Her versatility and emotional range appear limitless as she illustrates many aspects of black devotion, while illuminating the madness of K Smooth s chaotic media frenzied world.The love story of Hip Hop rap star Kendall Shawn K Smooth Gardner and writer Riley Terry gives readers a deep look into the budding love of an A List media per There are very few new authors that can weave a story that examines the complexities of black love and stereotypes, with such candor and depth as Ms Forrester Her versatility and emotional range appear limitless as she illustrates many aspects of black devotion, while illuminating the madness of K Smooth s chaotic media frenzied world.The love story of Hip Hop rap star Kendall Shawn K Smooth Gardner and writer Riley Terry gives readers a deep look into the budding love of an A List media personality They are complete opposites but each time they connect their bond is strengthen and the decision to make a lasting commitment or go their separate ways becomes paramount I enjoyed how Commitment reminds readers how many Hip Hop artists have forgotten that authentic Hip Hop music originally provided an awareness of cultural and societal issues through meaningful messages of inclusion, equity, justice, and political consciousness The commercialization of the music genre today is being deluded by images of violence, wealth, and sex to entertain instead of educate It s a wonderful story thread demonstrated in the views of Lorna Terry Riley s mother and the newest Hip Hop group Glock.Most romance stories end at the happily ever after but Commitment proves the real love story is shown in the trials and uncertainties the couple endures together If you want a novel that takes you deep into the psyche of a man trying to become the man his woman deserves and a woman learning to navigate love with her own inner compass, then you MUST read Commitment.Overall theme of love, forgiveness and dedication might seem simple but the ramifications of betrayal under media scrutiny are not Raw emotions run deep and sometimes acrimonious in Ms Forrester s fiction but readers will be captivated by a powerful, flawed, and genuinely creative couple trying to stay anchored to each other When you read the last words of this novel, you ll know it s an interpretation of black love at its best.Angeline M BishopAuthor of North Star