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30 review for Taking Care of Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    A pretty predictable and meh romance. Considering when this novel was written, the heroine's handwringing over being in an interracial relationship was just implausible to me. I felt like I was reading about an interracial relationship from the 1970s or 1980s as opposed to an IR relationship from the mid 2000s. The romance itself was also predictable and formulaic. I finished it quickly and it held my attention, so I gave it two stars. A pretty predictable and meh romance. Considering when this novel was written, the heroine's handwringing over being in an interracial relationship was just implausible to me. I felt like I was reading about an interracial relationship from the 1970s or 1980s as opposed to an IR relationship from the mid 2000s. The romance itself was also predictable and formulaic. I finished it quickly and it held my attention, so I gave it two stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Clorie

    I wanted to read a story by this author because she is well known. With a Harlequin romance of this nature It is exactly what you would expect. A little minor controversy but wrapped up in a nice little HEA bow by the end. I don't need to read more like this but it was a quick, very easy read. Very predictable, and unrealistic while trying to have a realistic plot. I wanted to read a story by this author because she is well known. With a Harlequin romance of this nature It is exactly what you would expect. A little minor controversy but wrapped up in a nice little HEA bow by the end. I don't need to read more like this but it was a quick, very easy read. Very predictable, and unrealistic while trying to have a realistic plot.

  3. 4 out of 5

    MsKingsPens

    3.5 stars... I was apprehensive about TCoB and put off reading it for several years, but I saw it on sale and scooped it up. Glad I did, it was cute. I needed a nice, predictable romance -not a criticism, Harlequin is HEA land after all-and Brenda Jackson obliged me. Tag was adorable but a tad naive. Renee was sweet but a bit too cautious. It was warranted but Jackson was too heavy handed with the caricature (Diane and Pamela were unnecessary, Tom and the grandfather would have sufficed). Their rom 3.5 stars... I was apprehensive about TCoB and put off reading it for several years, but I saw it on sale and scooped it up. Glad I did, it was cute. I needed a nice, predictable romance -not a criticism, Harlequin is HEA land after all-and Brenda Jackson obliged me. Tag was adorable but a tad naive. Renee was sweet but a bit too cautious. It was warranted but Jackson was too heavy handed with the caricature (Diane and Pamela were unnecessary, Tom and the grandfather would have sufficed). Their romance was a whirlwind and too much happens off stage so to speak, but they had chemistry. Add to that, they actually talked to one another like adults and there were no big misunderstanding. And they had real jobs that they went to and prepared for! In a Harlequin that is practically unheard of, lol. I don't think I would have been as understanding of Renee's misgivings when this was first released. However, in 2017, I couldn't really be annoyed with her. Washington, D.C. is a clown car full of bigots, we are only a few years removed from the Charleston massacre, and a quick perusal of the news will remind you that we haven't come anywhere near far enough (just a few months ago an IR couple was attacked on the street in Oregon). That isn't to say hate or fear should ever be a guiding force, just that "ignore it because love is all we need" is a mentality that only someone living in a cloud of privilege could get away with. I would have liked this more if class had been played up and prejudice had been secondary (a conversation about it, deal with micro aggressions and acknowledge that it will always be a thing. Move along.) because I think that would have a been a more nuanced conflict. Either way this was a nice read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    karen

    I admired Tag and Renee to follow their love and not listen to others. Renee had too much hate and racism against her heart from jealous, ignorant, racist people trying to stomp her down. She was finally able to love herself for who she is, what she has accomplished and the person she was deep inside. Tag certainly had his head and heart in control of what he wanted. This was thanks to his grandparents and parents love for their soulmate that was passed on to their children and grandparents. Mon I admired Tag and Renee to follow their love and not listen to others. Renee had too much hate and racism against her heart from jealous, ignorant, racist people trying to stomp her down. She was finally able to love herself for who she is, what she has accomplished and the person she was deep inside. Tag certainly had his head and heart in control of what he wanted. This was thanks to his grandparents and parents love for their soulmate that was passed on to their children and grandparents. Money and power did not mean more to the Elliotts than their family. They are a very good example for everyone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I love Brenda Jackson, and most of the time I get just what I expect -- a HEA with a little drama and a lot of love between intelligent and sophisticated couples. However, I have to agree with some others reviewing the book. The story is just too outdated for having been written in 2006! I've been in an interracial relationship and marriage for 38 years, I find it a little hard to believe the author spoke to as many similar couples and still concluded Renee's character would be so conflicted. Th I love Brenda Jackson, and most of the time I get just what I expect -- a HEA with a little drama and a lot of love between intelligent and sophisticated couples. However, I have to agree with some others reviewing the book. The story is just too outdated for having been written in 2006! I've been in an interracial relationship and marriage for 38 years, I find it a little hard to believe the author spoke to as many similar couples and still concluded Renee's character would be so conflicted. The character just didn't ring true for me. Three stars for the heat and the backstory.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Evelyne Lafalaise

    Captivating I have read several by this author Brenda Jackson, and I have loved everyone in the series of the westmoreland family, but this interracial one is my favorite because it captivated me from beginning to end. The story line is believable and that made me want to keep reading which I did until I was finished. This was my second time reading the book especially for the love scenes. Thank you.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deborah R.

    Tons of magic Delaney's Desert Sheik has always been my favorite work by this author. Now I have found my second favorite book. I am so glad that Renee stopped running from the love Tag was offering. A love like this is so rare. You don't run from it, you run to it. Loved it. Tons of magic Delaney's Desert Sheik has always been my favorite work by this author. Now I have found my second favorite book. I am so glad that Renee stopped running from the love Tag was offering. A love like this is so rare. You don't run from it, you run to it. Loved it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Deborah C. Fidderman

    Taking Care of Business I loved the story of Renee and Tag. It proves that love can endure even though prejudices still exist. I recommend this book to everyone who loves romance novels.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mariann

    My first BJ interracial read and it was stagnate in some places. Predictable as well as out of date. Took me more than a couple of days to read it. It was handwringing and heart wrenching all at the same time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    I'm a total Aries in that I've never ever cared what people thought about how I live my life so I don't understand people who do for that reason this heroine was getting on my nerves, It is a really goods story though I recommend it. I'm a total Aries in that I've never ever cared what people thought about how I live my life so I don't understand people who do for that reason this heroine was getting on my nerves, It is a really goods story though I recommend it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debra Outlaw

    Love is color blind It is a good thing we feel with our hearts and not our eyes. I loved this sweet story. I wanted to see Renee with a rock on her finger just for Diane sake.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Priscilla Ferrell beeks

    Loved this story! I thought it was a believable story. In the end love triumphs regardless of color and what other people think.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    I wanted to know how it ended! Did the mom die? Did the wedding move forward?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Fast read This was a very fast read for me. Good story, but saw a lot of happened coming. Still enjoyed the story

  15. 5 out of 5

    Betty Jo Mitchell

    Good Another page turner...loved it,and I would recommend it all. Took me 6 hours to read.... I really enjoyed it. Thanks

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shelia

    A very good read I like the way the book was written. The sex scence were hot and sexy. I love happy ending. I could it put this book down.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angelique Calloway

    Fun!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tigger

    Enjoyed! I know this is my second time reading this book

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mele

    I haven't read Brenda Jackson in a while and "Taking Care of Business" was a good reintroduction to her work. This is part of a series, and I admit that I didn't read the first book. This is part of "The Elliotts" series that includes several books by different authors. In "Taking Care of Business," we meet Teagan "Tag" Elliott, magazine publisher, rich, handsome, debonair, and Renee Williams. Renee is the hospital social worker hired to manage Tag's mother Karen's care during her breast cancer t I haven't read Brenda Jackson in a while and "Taking Care of Business" was a good reintroduction to her work. This is part of a series, and I admit that I didn't read the first book. This is part of "The Elliotts" series that includes several books by different authors. In "Taking Care of Business," we meet Teagan "Tag" Elliott, magazine publisher, rich, handsome, debonair, and Renee Williams. Renee is the hospital social worker hired to manage Tag's mother Karen's care during her breast cancer treatment. It is instant attraction between these two the minute Tag walks into Renee's office. I liked the attraction, and I liked this couple. I know this book is several years old, so I won't judge the manner in which the interracial relationship is managed. It was a bit much for current time, but I could understand Renee's concerns. This book has definitely ignited my interest in what happens with the contest for the control of the Elliotts conglomerate, and I hope to visit with Tag and Renee again in future books. 3-1/2 stars.

  20. 5 out of 5

    PT

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another winner by Brenda Jackson. She's my go-to authur when I have lost my reading mojo or have read something pretty awful. I haven't read many of her books because I save them for these special occassions. As for the book itself, I liked the chemistry between Tag and Renee and the overall story arc. They meet while Renee is the SW assigned to Tag's mother, who is in the hospital awaiting a bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer. Tag is instantly attracted to Renee and with very little reservat Another winner by Brenda Jackson. She's my go-to authur when I have lost my reading mojo or have read something pretty awful. I haven't read many of her books because I save them for these special occassions. As for the book itself, I liked the chemistry between Tag and Renee and the overall story arc. They meet while Renee is the SW assigned to Tag's mother, who is in the hospital awaiting a bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer. Tag is instantly attracted to Renee and with very little reservation begins to pursue a relationship with her. Renee, on the other hand, is very heisitant to pursue a realtionship because of his wealth, family connections, and skin color. Renee's hesistation is quite unstandable as she is gun-shy about attention. Tag, despite his wealth, was very down to earth and unafraid to go after what he wanted. I really liked that about him and the support his family provided. They really are a good couple.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    The book was ok. I was hoping to get more out of Ms. Jackson's writing than what I have on the past. It could have been a fabulous story, but it was SO predictable that it was boring. Yes I want to be with you but we can't because of our skin differences yada, yada, yada. I got a great feel about Renee's character, but Tag was a little flat. We understood that Renee was warm and caring, but I didn't get that like him or hate him vibe from the story. I just wish that Ms. Jackson would offer the r The book was ok. I was hoping to get more out of Ms. Jackson's writing than what I have on the past. It could have been a fabulous story, but it was SO predictable that it was boring. Yes I want to be with you but we can't because of our skin differences yada, yada, yada. I got a great feel about Renee's character, but Tag was a little flat. We understood that Renee was warm and caring, but I didn't get that like him or hate him vibe from the story. I just wish that Ms. Jackson would offer the readers more depth.

  22. 4 out of 5

    SassyMama

    Suprisingly Disappointing I love Brenda Jackson, unfortunately this romance novel didn't do it for me. Not the best romance I've read, but it was okay. The characters were not very memorable. The story just didn't grab me. The romance and intimacy lacked it's usual spicy, heat that Mrs. Jackson usually gives us. It just didn't have enough depth to pull you and get you caught up in the main characters. But it was a cute idea, that just fell short between the pages. Suprisingly Disappointing I love Brenda Jackson, unfortunately this romance novel didn't do it for me. Not the best romance I've read, but it was okay. The characters were not very memorable. The story just didn't grab me. The romance and intimacy lacked it's usual spicy, heat that Mrs. Jackson usually gives us. It just didn't have enough depth to pull you and get you caught up in the main characters. But it was a cute idea, that just fell short between the pages.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Merve

    I didnt like this book very much. she is black and a working girl he is white and rich. She did care too much about gossip, what will they tell about them that she almost let her love go. By the way, Gallon made me crazy again, he is the one who let his unsecurities ruin his love and now he gives love advice to his brother. Like he knows much about relationships. Good god. Just wanna kill him.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexis-Morgan Roark

    Such a sweet story. I wa a bit shocked with the blatant comment made by one person, but other than that she was pretty spot on when it comes to the stares and whispers of interracial couples. Just wait till they have children. Oy! I could tell YOU stories! Good, fast, sexy read. I want to read more about this great couple!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lynetta

    COLOR CODED Interracial dating has its own battles yet to be overcome. Taking care of business is an introduction to the these battles but does not offer a thorough view into understanding personality formation and environmental influences on the choices individuals make. The premise is good but authenticity that stems from real life experiences is lacking.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    A nice, not too heavy, not too light look at a romantic relationship between a rich white man and a middle-class black woman in present-day New York City. I appreciated that not everybody in his family was all "this is awesome!", and that the flack they did encounter didn't come primarily from other black people, as I often see in these books. A nice, not too heavy, not too light look at a romantic relationship between a rich white man and a middle-class black woman in present-day New York City. I appreciated that not everybody in his family was all "this is awesome!", and that the flack they did encounter didn't come primarily from other black people, as I often see in these books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Didichan

    Loved this book... loved the authors writing but really the issue of race in the story took to much importance.. i mean every other sentence and there it was again .... it turned me off ... were it not for the issue of race i liked the book and it could have being a great read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    Another romance read. I liked it just not enough to read the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kace | The Booknerd

    My favorite so far! I loved Tag and Renee!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Felice Foster

    Such a wonderful book. This story proves that love does conquer all.

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