Pretty Girls in the VIP

Kensington. Feb. 2014. 308p. ISBN 9780758246257 $15. F
Three different women are connected to Belize, a high-roller club in Philly that begins serving drinks at $200 a bottle, and that's one of those small bottles. Adrienne Sheppard is the owner who's working hard to make Belize a success against the wishes of her live-in lover who would rather invest their money in his film-making career. Zakiya Lee reconnects with her former boyfriend Jabril, who is on the Oklahoma Thunder NBA roster. Jabril is like those sailors of old with a woman in every port, but in his case, it's one in every NBA city. This dude likes his sex fast and furious, with no strings attached. Shanice Whitaker, a 23 year old who turns tricks for cash, catches Jabril's eye and soon she's laying her freak all over him. Revenge is on everyone's mind as their paths cross in the club. Readers will hope these sheisty folks will get what's coming to them. Will they? Maybe, maybe not.
VERDICT Poole's pacing encounters some starts and stops that interrupt the flow. Still, readers will cheer for Adrienne, Shanice, and Zakiya who are empowered women getting what they want in spite of men who are lying dogs.
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