In fact, this book (Brick House 2) has been in my Kindle since January 6th collecting virtual dust. I attempted to read it twice before I was successful the third time. The first attempt I made it to the first page before I learned that another author released a book, and I had to stop and read that. The second time around, I was able to read several pages into the book. Korah and Brick (the main characters) were riding horses. This reminded me of Brenda Jackson’s Westmoreland Series, so I had to stop and check out Ms. Jackson’s website to see if Brisbane’s story was coming out soon. It’s not, but the 3rd book in her Granger’s Trilogy will be released in April instead of the formerly announced May. I had to mark that down on my calendar. My third and final attempt I forced myself to make a commitment to read and finish Brick House 2.
My reluctance to read Brick House 2 stems from my satisfaction with how its prequel Brick House, ended. I felt that the story of Korah Stewart and Brick Avery had reached a nice conclusion. I was so satisfied that I did not even noticed “TO BE CONTINUED” printed on the last page.
I know, I know, really Lily O.? You missed that? Yep! I sure did.
Brick House 2 begins where Brick House ended, with formerly competing Contractors Korah Stewart and Brick Avery basking in the glow of their new relationship. While they have overcome their differences and criminal mischief, they still have a lot to learn about mixing business and pleasure.
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Korah Stewart is portrayed as a strong woman, who has faced many challenges but has not become hardened by them. While she has accomplished much in her personal and professional life, she still encounters occasional bumpy roads. I particularly enjoyed the relationship she had with her children.
Arrogant, obnoxious, and flashy are all words that I would use to describe Brick. While I did not find his character annoying in Brick House, I did in Brick House 2. His inexperience with dealing with compromise and long-term relationships were more prevalent this time around.
The supporting characters are what gave Brick House 2 life. Korah’s son, Devin, and his struggle with anger and his personal relationships resonated with me. It is rare to see a person have an anger management problem in literature that they address. In Romance novels, aggressive males are labeled “Alpha Men” and their brutish tendencies ignored. With Devin, this wasn’t the case. Korah’s employees (Priscilla, Stephanie, and Yolanda) provided realistic side stories that completely held my attention.
*I would like to see a spin-off with Korah’s daughter Stephanie. At only 20, she is such a firecracker that I’d like to see how she develops into her adulthood.
After a slow start, Keith Thomas Walker lured me into a solid story about realistic conflicts in relationships with employee/employer, romantic and familial. The complex nature of the relationships provided a juicy storyline, but I felt as some of the resolutions occurred too quickly for the storyline to remain close to reality.
You know when your best friend and/or sibling gets into a fight with their significant other, and they tell you EVERYTHING that happened. You become enraged with their significant other and are upset that they mistreated someone you care for. You hold your loved one’s hand to help them heal, sing Kumbaya, burn pictures, and listen to some classic Mary J. Blige only for them to get back together as if nothing happened. That is what I felt like after reading Brick House 2. For a book with such a slow build up, it ended too quickly for me to be satisfied with where the main characters ended up. I felt as though a Band-Aid was placed over everything.
Overall, Brick House 2 was a nice continuation to where Brick House ended. It held a decent story and managed to hold my attention after a slow start. The quick conclusion and the lack of consequences for Brick are my only contentions with this book.
Would I Recommend?
I cannot in good conscience recommend this book as your introduction to Keith Thomas Walker’s writing. Walker is a dynamic author who dispels the myth that men cannot write Romance Novels. However, this book is not one that showcases that strength. I HIGHLY recommend reading his other works ( in particular Life After or The Realest Ever) before the Brick House Series. While I recommend reading Walker’s other books first, the Brick House Series is still a great addition to a rainy/snowy/beach/emergency day reading list. Although it is not Walker’s best work, it remains a solid light read.