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Book Review on Prophet and Endi by K.C. Mills

Updated: Jun 11, 2023

Death is inevitable when it comes to the streets, it's part of the G code, but nobody expects it to hit so close to home. And when it does, it will literally change the person that's left living for the rest of their lives. Which is precisely what happened to our main characters, Prophet and Endi. With so many losses on both of their sides, life is merely them existing. But when the universe gets involved, not even Prophet's ego, or Endi's stubbornness, can stop what's in store for them. "Because love is like the perfect sunny day. You feel all warm and excited about the possibilities then before you know it, a storm rolls in. The feeling never lasts. Ever."

Endi has loved and lost. With the loss of her parents and boyfriend, she lives life on the safe side these days. That's working and watching out for her sister, Nyelle. When Nyelle asks her to tag along to a basketball game, her interest is piqued by a handsome stranger. But the feeling quickly evades her because her past lives in her head rent free. “That man isn’t worried about me and even if he was, it wouldn’t matter. That’s the kind of trouble I don’t want or need. Shoot your shot, Nyelle.” Endi feels if you've dated one hood nigga, you've dated them all, and has no interest in the mystery that is named Prophet Otero. But with a sister that is adamant about getting the old Endi back, paired with a man that has never been rejected in his life, not even Endi's caution can stop what the universe has in store for her. “If I’m your friend then be clear on what that implies given how friendly we’ve been. There are a lot of females out there that consider me their friend. If you’re cool with me offering the same privileges you get then I’ll rock that title and not give a damn but you need to keep the same energy.”

Prophet is the leader of the 101 gang. His entire life has been full of challenges. With the life he lives, he's no stranger to death, but that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt when it hits close to home. His losses paired with his position has him moving more cautiously. All he has to offer is dick, his heart is no longer up for grabs, no matter how persuasive the woman thinks she can be. Because of his position, he's used to women throwing themselves at him. But that isn't the case with Endi, she cares nothing about his good looks or his position. "Endi wasn’t anything like the women Prophet fucked with. Most of them were carbon copies of the cliché known as a hood chick. Money and dick were the most important things on their agendas. Endi didn’t seem interested in either one, at least not from him, which was not necessarily a first but it damn sure wasn’t normal." Like that old saying goes, we always want what we can't have, and that's exactly the case when it came to Prophet. What started out as curiosity, developed into something he wasn't prepared for. But people like him don't deserve happy endings. They're just too many skeletons in his closet. "Prophet knew who he was and never made excuses for the life he chose, so he didn’t ask for much. He didn’t expect amazing things to exist or happen in his life but he did believe that he occasionally deserved grace."

The range of K.C.'s pen amazes me. This is the fourth book I've read by her this year, and they all fit in different genres, and read nothing like the other. I loved all the main characters, especially the guys. I had a hard time picking which one I wanted to add to my book bae list, but in the end, Prophet won. This wasn't a typical urban fiction read, because it did feature a gang, which was a pleasant surprise. I found myself trying to visualize their handshake because who doesn't love a cool handshake. Overall this was a great a read, definitely a five star. This book had me wanting to be down with 101.

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