NO MORE MISS B. HAVIN
by Lydia M. Lacy

July 2004
ISBN: 1-4184-1142-6
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Bianca (B.) Havin is smart and beautiful, but she’s also a player. If her boyfriend Chauncey wasn’t enough, there’s also Steve on Friday nights, Darryl on Saturday nights, and Ronnie on Sundays. When she receives a sexually transmitted disease and realizes that anyone can be a player, Bianca decides to slow down a bit.


On a night out on the town with Sarah, her roommate, Bianca encounters one of the handsomest men she has ever seen in her life, Kyle Sinclair. Kyle feels the attraction as well and believes Bianca is the woman he’s waited for all his life, but as a born again Christian, he has different beliefs than Bianca. He wants to be friends first while she wants to jump straight into bed. Will their differences keep them apart? A bird and a fish can fall in love, but where will they live? Even if they manage to find an agreeable answer to that question, they still have to deal with Bianca’s stalker and Kyle’s baby’s momma drama.


Lydia Lacy’s No More Miss. B. Havin is a title that hints at a wild, satisfying journey. Unfortunately, that satisfying journey never occurs. What exists is merely a broken promise destroyed by weak editing, poor character development, and excessively choppy writing.


If a book has shoddy writing and exceptional characters, then it still stands a chance at being a decent book. If the writing is phenomenal and the characters are badly drawn, there’s still a chance of a good read. Without either of those, a book is not really worth the read. Unfortunately, No More Miss. B. Havin falls into the latter category. Characterized by improper word and verb tense use (for instance, you’re is used when it should be your), misspelled words, and weak sentence structure, the editing and writing are both mediocre at best.


Bianca is totally unlikable as a female lead. Not only is she narcissistic and stupid, but she’s also basically a slut. She’s the type of woman who goes to a man’s house for a private meeting when she doesn’t even know him. She mentions sleeping with some guy in high school just to get back at other people. Even though she falls in love with Kyle, there is no convincing evidence of any growth in her character. Her death could have only made the story better.


Kyle is not nearly as one-dimensional as Bianca, but his actions aren’t consistent with his beliefs. His attempt to be overly religious does not stop him from using foul language and having sex with Bianca. In many instances, he comes across as a wimp, hardly fitting the image of an attractive male lead.


For these reasons, I can only recommend this book with a great deal of warning: titles can be deceiving. I won’t be havin this one on my shelf.


Reviewed in September 2004 by Natasha.

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