You Know How To Love Me: Book Three in The Lake Trilogy By Chicki Brown

Another great read...

Loved reading the story of Chelsea and Ike, but sad that this is the end of the Lake trilogy. Would love to see all the friends show up in another book. Great job!! Kindle Edition Absolutely amazing!

I loves the story of Ike and Chelsea. The background issues of race and faith made this couple believable. Definitely another good read💜 Kindle Edition


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Chelsea Olson has always been a rebel. Growing up as the daughter of a conservative southern preacher, she never accepted his narrow-minded views, especially those about interracial dating and marriage. In fact, since high school her preference has been black men. But she’s never had a serious relationship with anyone. Then she meets Isaac “Ike” Sloane.

Ike is handsome, successful and family-oriented, everything Chelsea has ever imagined in a man, and she wants him. Will outside forces and attitudes stop them from experiencing the love they have both wanted? You Know How To Love Me: Book Three in The Lake Trilogy

Torn : The writings too good to give less than four stars but my enjoyment was a disappointing three stars.

Torn : The writings too good to give less than four stars but my enjoyment was a disappointing three stars.
This ultimately was a VERY interesting story and in a lot of ways one of the most realistic and down to earth contemporary romance stories I have ever read.
But at around 80% way thru the book ,during chapter 14 out of 17 Chelsea lost my respect w/waffling spineless behavior ,suddenly questioning everything she’d supposedly wanted just days before ,instead of fighting for what I been lead to believe throughout the whole book she’d wanted.

( ⚠️ there might be spoilers ⚠️)

Now Ike and Chelsea ,had always felt kinda tentative. to me.
Feeling each other out one minute ,becoming rather passionate the next only to seem unsure again the next.
Honestly even before Chelsea started to waffle around more than your morning breakfast, I kept reading along waiting and hoping for the moment these to really turned up the passion ( I don’t just mean sexually ) and made me feel like they’d truly found something special and couldn’t live without each other.
Too often even before Chelsea became some I didn’t really like or respect and wanted to smack some sense into , I wanted to see the end of what felt like a slow and easy Hallmark movie.
Sans the racist parts of course.
I don’t know how to describe how they felt to me .
Kinda awkward and tentative one moment ,disagreeing and misunderstandings he next. Deep sigh . And while real life outside of books is definitely like that at times,neither character showed the passion I wanted for the other.
I wanted to ppl who couldn’t live w/out each other and I got two ppl who just as they seemed to be getting really close first couldn’t decide about where God and sex belonged in their relationship and what that meant individually and as a couple. And while that is surely another thing I could see being very realistic here in the south, it just seemed to be another divisive thing that had them at odds ,that felt like just another working to separate them. It was a “his” thing w/Chelsea not a “we” thing. She was forever pointing out how sex w/ out marriage was more his problem than hers
And at times I was left unsure what they really saw in each other .
When white ppl were giving Chelsea a hard time she seemed ready, willing and able to defend and protect her and Ike’s relationship .but when it was his family having bad/negative reaction to a mishandled situation. ( they had no clue Ike was seeing someone ,much less in love and engaged and that she had a much lighter skin tone) not only she roll over and play dead,she seems to suddenly start questioning everything about their relationship l
Suddenly is not only their racial differences and backgrounds too much to deal with but her new foray into the business world ,that was inspired by and encouraged and nurtured by Ike is under threat by their relationship and she’s unsure if she can handle both.
W. T. F ?
Girl,until Ike came along you were content to work your rear off at Wally World and leave the jewelry making as a hobby. The only reason it was becoming ANYTHING,anything at all,was thanks to Ike pushing and encouraging her. But now suddenly she can’t work at Wally World ,read up online on how to get started and have a man in life.
Seriously ?!?!?
This isn’t some medical drama . She’s not some med student working long hours trying to become a doctor or something .
B,either you love this man and he’s worth fighting for or he isn’t . Stop being soo damn wishy washy.
And what really ticked me off is you never see the ultimately spineless B go back and try to set things right w/Ike’s family .
By the end I just didn’t care for Chelsea much at all.
Been married for 20 years and felt like a married single . I’m white and my husband is English and though it NOT the same at all,up I was made to feel like I wasn’t good enough many many times my mother in law,and his sisters. Now I eventually learned/realized it really was their problem not mine but I did try to make things work w/them and win them other . Didn’t work but all any of us can ever do it try. I say this only to say,one you don’t need to have racial difference to be treated like your not good enough and Chelsea should have fought harder for what she wanted and not turned around looking for excuses to give it all away.
I don’t care who you are or what differences or backgrounds are,no relationship is easy. Compromises have to be made and negotiated and why the h seemed soo clueless to this I just don’t know. That plus after having grown up w/black friends and being in and around black culture for at least 1/2 her life I just didn’t understand how and why Chelsea was just soo damn dense towards the end.
And ps. Why the hell didn’t the ppl here think “white ppl” couldn’t make potato salad ? I grew up eating my Mama’s who made hers just like it was described in this book . The mustard, the eggs,the onions etc. That just didn’t make sense. That’s crazy.
Kindle Edition Chelsea is the BFF for Bree and great friends with Tangie from this series. She is a department head at Walmart. A new manager has arrives that sweeps her off her feet. Can this be her forever? As her friends have found the love of their lives could there actually be one for her?
Ike or Issac is a brother who is the new manager at her store. He finds her attractive and sweet at first glance. He has just moved to Eufalha but he is coming out of a BAD marriage. He is drawn to Chelsea and he doesn't care about her race. He cares because she is kind and loving towards him. She gives him something he never had in his marriage.
The mess begins when someone on his job threatens him because of his budding relationship. Next we see the racist attitude of Chelsea's family as she shows Ike around his new city.
Ike finds out Chelsea has some dreams and just like someone helped him , he helps her. However, they have a couple of obstacles that may derail what they have beginning.
This is a great read with social issues that are addressed and friends who rally to help a friend in a time of it Kindle Edition It's not often that we get an IR romance told from the POV of a white woman. There are a lot of reasons for that but I am glad that Chicki Brown decided to tell Chelsea and Ike's story chose this direction, especially since it's so relevant and topical given the current state of affairs in the US.

Early on, we learn about Chelsea's very conservative upbringing and background. We also learn how stifled she feels by it and how she has questioned a lot of what she was raised to believe. When she meets Ike, sparks fly and it's only a matter of time before their burgeoning relationship sets tongues wagging.

I really enjoyed reading You Know How to Love Me and liked that we got to see a white woman's perspective on dealing with the ups and downs of being in an interracial relationship. It was interesting getting to see her point of view about dealing with the pressure of people around her (and outsiders) regarding her relationship with a black man. So often, we don't get to see this perspective in romantic fiction, and Chicki's done a fabulous job of painting a compelling and realistic picture of Chelsea and Ike's story. Their love story comes across as honest and authentic without delving into too much melodrama.

Looking forward to Chicki's next release! I am sure it will be just as riveting! Kindle Edition Good

Book #3 of a 3 book series. A honest depiction of the myriad of issues that interracial couples deal with on a daily basis. I especially enjoyed the moments when the opponent and proponents used scripture to justify their positions on the matter. Like I always say, there ain't nothing wrong with being educated while being titillated, ya heard!!😁😁😁

Buy it, read it and enjoy!!👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥 Kindle Edition
Title: You Know How To Love Me
Author: Chicki Brown
Publisher: Chicki Brown
Series: The Lake Trilogy Book 3
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

You Know How To Love Me by Chicki Brown

My Thoughts.....

This was a good story that featured Chelsea Olson and Isaac 'Ike' Sloane. The story evolves around Chelsea who was white and had been raised by a 'conservative southern preacher' but never would she let that blind her to not only having black friends but to even interracial dating. Having friends who were black was who Chelsea was all about. However, never having 'a serious relationship with anyone' after meeting Ike Sloane who was her boss will that change? The story really plays out very well somewhat predictable at times in the story, however, still a good read. How will 'outside forces and attitudes that Chelsea will experience in this relationship with Ike turn out for her? I enjoyed how this author was able to give the reader some knowledge of how life can be in situations that Chelsea had to face. However, there will also be some things that will be an eye opener for Ike as he too had been through some things also in his life. Will these two be able to make it together as one? Will they both know how to love one another due to the pressure they are in? Well, this is where I say you will have to pick up this good read of You Know How to Love Me to see how this author will bring it all out to the reader. I will say I loved the ending of 'The Lake Trilogy' that brings the series all together so very well. If you haven't read this series please do so will enjoy them!

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