Allure of the Game by Danielle Santiago
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A superstar in urban lit, Essence bestselling author Danielle Santiago concludes her gripping Harlem trilogy with a sizzling, streetwise novel about an all-female drug cartel.

Twenty-year-old Arnessa didn’t grow up on the streets. But when her mentally ill mother abandons her and her older brother is murdered, Arnessa has no choice but to hustle just to keep herself and her little sister alive.

Kisa “Kane” Montega, on the other hand, has a wonderful marriage, two beautiful children, and lives in a stunning home on the outskirts of Charlotte. Her cousin, Kennedy, has spent two years away from the volatile music industry, focusing on her children and building a solid foundation with her rap star fiancé, Chaz. But in spite of their success, both Kane and Kennedy are gravitating back to their old ways and the game they thought they’d left behind. After a chance meeting, Arnessa goes from being a low-level dealer to partner in their cartel. But the bigger their empire gets, the more haters they have to contend with—and the more each one of them stands to lose.

Sexy, suspenseful, and unflinching, Danielle Santiago’s Allure of the Game gives fans exactly what they’ve been hoping for—a deeply satisfying conclusion to an unforgettable trilogy, packed with insight into the mean streets she knows so well.

About Danielle Santiago

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Danielle Santiago is the author of Grindin' and founder of Mischievous Girl Foundation, which is dedicated to helping battered women and innercity girls. She lives in Harlem, New York, and Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and son.
Published May 24, 2011 by Atria Books. 292 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Inspired by true-life experiences, ‘Allure of the Game’ is the third novel in Santiago’s ‘gangsta-girl’ series, and this gritty urban tale won’t disappoint fans of her debut novels, ‘Little Ghetto Girl’ and ‘Grindin’.

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The streets are calling and players of the game must answer in Allure of the Game by Danielle Santiago.

Mar 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Allure of the Game: A Novel

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