Instead of another "hip-hop" book filled with violence, sex and drugs, Bolton's latest surprises with the sweet story of Flex, a scrawny, preppy high school boy who becomes a sexy music mogul. Readers will root for him to reclaim his former love.
The excitement builds when after 12 years apart, Flex Towns demands that Deidre atone for the secret she's kept from him all those years. Deidre left hip-hop and Flex, but not the mike. She's a spoken-word poet, community college teacher and mother of 12-year-old Kayla. When Flex finds her, he has to convince her they need his protection. Deidre resists his offer until their rekindled love and his success set events in motion that threaten Kayla's life. (Indigo, Mar., 250 pp., $9.95)
Robin R. Pendleton