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Book review: Black Sparkle Romance-Amara Nicole Okolo

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​Black Sparkle Romance is a 147 paged book published by Ankara Press in 2015.

Authour: Amara Nicole Okolo

Price: 750 Naira

Available for purchase on, Terra Kulture VI and Quintessence Ikoyi. 

The author, Amara is a Lawyer based in Abuja, and Black Sparkle Romance is her first novel.

Romance is not a genre I’ll typically read, but I had heard quite a lot about these African Romance books by Ankara Press for so long and I happened to stumble on one and I decided to try (since I was never going to use my money to buy a romance book).

No. I’m not against romance, in fact this book taught me a trick or 2. I just hate the way romance stories make everything seem rosy and glossy meanwhile in real life, people will actually hurt you, love will sting and it won’t all be hugs, kisses and cuddles all the way. It’s not always a ‘happily ever after’. But in most romance stories, it’s always boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, even if they have hurdles in between, it always ends up happy. Rather cliche if you ask me.

An excerpt:

“She became aware of how close she was sitting to him, and that made her nervous. His voice sent delicious chills down her spine”

Meet Mira Adure: an ambitious, creative twenty-something stuck working as PA to the ruthless editor of high fashion magazine Black Sparkle. Her work is tedious, but her love life is even worse – a string of disastrous dates is threatening to put Mira off men forever. And then she crashes her car into the flashy Mercedes of the gorgeous, tiger-eyed Dominic and the encounter leaves her fuming.

Mira’s luck begins to change when she is promoted to her dream job of assistant editor. But when Dominic turns up at Mira’s office a few days later, she is infuriated to discover he’s been hired as the photographer for her first edition in charge of Black Sparkle.

As they embark on a photo shoot by the swaying palms of Coconut Beach in Badagry, Mira and Dominic can’t stop arguing. Will it be too late before Mira realises that beneath the tension is smouldering desire? Sparks fly as the creative energy of two talented individuals fuels a heady mix of fear, passion and desire.

Black Sparkle Romance is not your everyday romance story, although not entirely far from typical romance stories, there’s some action towards the end which adds more spice to the story.

Mira is an independent workaholic single woman with little time for her love life. She’s perceived by her friends Sade and TJ as an uptight workaholic and their efforts to hook her up with people all proved futile.

Mira gets promoted to her dream position at work and while trying to prove herself worthy at her first big tasks, she fell in love with Dominic, a high class photographer but pride won’t allow her admit to her feelings for him.

Mira eventually loosens up and let’s her love for him take over. This love/relationship with Dominic, almost caused her her life. 

I didn’t like Mira because she I found her annoying all through the book, constantly stretching out Dominic’s patience.

My best part of this romance story was not the erotic part, it was the twist in the end and the eye opener to the extent to which people will go for love and how possessive people can be about people they “love”. How insensitive people can be even in their relationships.

But as every other romance stories,my worst part of this book was the happy ending. Not because I hate happy endings but because I wanted it to be more real.
Altogether, the book was not great, but not a bad read either. I’d recommend it for it’s genre.

Thinking about what book to spend your weekend with? This is the one and it’s an easy read too. 
Have you read the Black Sparkle Romance, what did you think about it? 

If you’ve read any of these African romance books, which other would you recommend I read next? 

Have a lit weekend ahead.


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