Thug Lovin' was an eye-opening novel for me; an introduction to a hip-hop world of
crime and drugs. Tasha and Trae are a couple from the "hood" who have made their way through to the
world of wealth and prestige. Trae's insane stash of drug money will buy them anything. Life is good.
Tasha is expecting twins, and is busy decorating their new Hollywood home. Trae plans to open a night
club, but it's hard to stay away from the life in the hood as they knew it, and even though they live
in Los Angeles, and everything is going their way, Trae Macklin is compelled to return to the East
Coast to perform a revenge killing after his cousin Shaheem is murdered.
Once open, The Club New York is a West Coast hot spot that comes complete with a Chinese mobster
and his daughter, Charli. Trae is attracted to Charli, and Charli is trouble that he doesn't need.
Then when a witness to Trae's New Jersey crime moves to L.A. and tries to blackmail him, the action
goes into high gear. In a milieu of sex, crime, and drugs, these are dangerous people in a dangerous
Filled with ethnic ideas and language, the multi-level, fast action plot opens up a whole new world
that an elderly, white granny like me would never even guess existed, but that is definitely Wahida
Clark's territory. She started writing this series while incarcerated in a federal prison. This is
the fourth novel in the Thug series, and I think it would be better—the concepts more
relevant—if the novels were read in order, since starting with number four leaves a lot of
Tasha and Trae history to try to piece together. It is, nevertheless, a mesmerizing read with a
shocking ending that I didn't see coming.