The rules of basketball are easy to tread on, the thin line between love and danger, not so much.
Seventeen-year-old Tyrese Winston is the son of an Arizona senator and a key player of the Lincoln High School's basketball team. He has it all, or at least he did. After his father has a fatal heart attack Tyrese is to live with his long-lost mother. The only issue is she's dead too.
Letica Martinez is all about family. She takes after her mother: strong, independent, and loving toward her siblings. However, she doesn’t like the family business, but who would when it means you help clean up dead bodies for a drug cartel? Love it or hate it, Letica can never disappoint her mother. Working for a notorious drug cartel isn’t her only problem, in South Phoenix the drama between gangs is heating up, adding to the body count.
When Tyrese is sent to live with his mother's best friend who turns out to be Letica's mother, things start going downhill pretty fast. Only Mrs. Martinez has welcoming arms for him, as the Martinez brothers don't want him around, and Letica doesn't want him anywhere near her or her sister.
Letica will do anything for her mother, including taking over the family business when the time comes, but deep down all she wants is a new life out of South Phoenix. New in town and completely out of his element, Tyrese needs to leave this morbid Wonderland of Horrors behind and just fast forward to dorm life. Yet, without being on a basketball team and without his father's money, Tyrese has no way out.
For these two teens, their worlds are about to collide. As Letica tells Tyrese more about the mother he lost, the two come to find out they are not too different. To Letica, family and loyalty are everything, but in a world of gang wars and looming drug cartels, there’s a choice to be made, for her freedom, and possibly even her life.
Complete at 63,000 words, ILLEGAL TENDER is a YA contemporary romance. It will appeal to readers of Simone Elkeles and Nicola Yoon.
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