She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta: An AK Christmas by Shvonne Latrice made me realize how much I missed everyone, even begrudgingly, Qamar. The realization hit me as soon as I I read that first page.
Usually when I read this series, no matter the number of times this has occurred, I always focused on Draylah and Ricky because their chemistry on each page was infectious and I couldn’t help but want to know more about them. This time around, though, I actually enjoyed reading about everyone’s little slice of life. I think since it’s been a minute since a Latrice story was released it was nice to read about where everyone ended up since the final installment of the series…just with a Christmas flare to it.
One thing I was nervous about with She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta: An AK Christmas was the men’s ability to resist temptation now that everything has pretty much quieted down and things in their relationships have somewhat settled. Plus, while I love me some drama in my stories I don’t like having a balanced and well put together vibe within a series being disrupted for the sake of continuity of a storyline. With that said I loved that each man, even Qamar, stayed true to their significant other and family in the face of many, many, temptations. Wait let me back up, all but one almost had a slip up but his lady love was sure to set down the law and let him know what he was in risk of losing if he didn’t get his act together.
This mini installment was really a glimpse of each character on some “Where Are They Now?” tip, but I’m hoping for some generational stories some time soon. I’m mostly thinking of Lily AK and the twins, Frederick and Camilla, when I say that I’m hoping for some generational stories. Yes, the children named are both Draylah and Ricky’s offspring, and yes I’m hoping that if Latrice chooses to go this route we will have some more Draylah and Ricky interactions. I love them I can’t help how I feel lol.
When I was nearing the end of She Got It Bad for a Heartless Gangsta: An AK Christmas I didn’t want it to end, but the realization hit that there’s literally nothing more that Latrice can do for these characters and their storylines and not ruin the mark this series has left on her readers. To me it wouldn’t be worth it to continue, and as much as I would love a generational spin-off I am okay with things ending completely for all characters within this series with this installment.
I am glad we got the final send off for these characters.