Gettin' Caught Up Wit' Nina is P. Elaine Archie's follow up to The Weekend. Now that Nina De'Juan is seriously dating Omar, she's dealing with the baggage left over from a failed marriage with Taye and a devastating breakup with Si'Time. Omar is a triple threat: down-to-earth, established financially and well-verse in the art of sexual intercourse. Nina's past is affecting how she sees her future with Omar, and it could cost her the last shot she has a true love.
Archie does a wonderful job of adding the spice to the sex scenes. Beyond the coitus, there is little by way of plot progression and theme that hooks the reader into the 260+ book. The editing job on this book was minimal at best. This and made Gettin' Caught Up Wit' Nina very hard to read. There were too many grammar and punctuation errors. Many times, I had to re-read the sentences to figure out who said what. I normally can look past a couple of missteps here and there, but almost every page had some type of error on it.
Fact checking would have been another asset to shoo away a finicky reader like myself. Nina stated that one of her daughters went to "North Carolina University" in Durham, NC, when the correct name is North Carolina Central University. A parent might say the wrong name when stating a college that there child attends, but this is a book that will read by potentially millions of readers.
Another huge mistake was Nina stating that LL Cool J was "that rapper from California". Sure, he has a classic entitled "I'm Going Back to Cali". The fact remains that he's from New York. Nina, at 40 years old, may have not known that, but again this is a book that could be read by millions. Little mistakes like that take away from reading about the other things that could be potentially unknown like the hotels and beaches mentioned by Nina was in Jamaica.
Archie also let the narrator rattle on too long. The narrator told most of the story. Some of the stuff the narrator explained could have been easily set up by dialogue between characters or by the characters while they where interacting with their environment. Many times, I wanted to skip through the book to get back to what the characters were doing. It was like the narrator was holding an annoying conversation that I could not excuse myself from.
Gettin' Caught Up Wit' Nina would have been a much stronger follow up to The Weekend if it were shorter and had more plot twists.
2.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by J.Pink, book reviewer Bare Back Magazine