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30 review for Grand Opening 2: A Family Business Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    I enjoyed most of this story, however, a tighter, more refined end would have would have resulted in a higher rating. 6 of 10 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl James

    This book is an extension of the Family Business series. This book is not a strong read as the actual books in the series are but what can I say I love the Duncans!! Now on to Family Business #4. Family Business book#5 comes out some time this year, YAY!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    More adventures of the Duncan family prior to moving the "family business" to New York City. Quite suspenseful with a surprise at the ending that really threw me for a loop. Love listening on audiobook as the author uses multiple narrators for the characters which adds enjoyment. Really liked this one -- 7 out of 10. More adventures of the Duncan family prior to moving the "family business" to New York City. Quite suspenseful with a surprise at the ending that really threw me for a loop. Love listening on audiobook as the author uses multiple narrators for the characters which adds enjoyment. Really liked this one -- 7 out of 10.

  4. 5 out of 5

    KaytheReader

    3.5 stars. Good story, but it had too many grammatical errors and/or typos.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maya B

    Nice continuation of the characters. I must admit I did not find this one as exciting or as entertaining as the first book. Overall, the story line did hold my attention.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This storyline just keep getting better and better! Wow are there secrets in the Duncan family! I was so glad of the outcome with Miss Bettie. Donna is interesting to say the least. It will be interesting to see where Mr. Weber takes us next because there is a lot more to this back story of how the Duncan's came to be. I hope we don't have to wait over a year again! There were a lot of grammatical errors, hence the 4 star rating but I look forward to much more in the future! This storyline just keep getting better and better! Wow are there secrets in the Duncan family! I was so glad of the outcome with Miss Bettie. Donna is interesting to say the least. It will be interesting to see where Mr. Weber takes us next because there is a lot more to this back story of how the Duncan's came to be. I hope we don't have to wait over a year again! There were a lot of grammatical errors, hence the 4 star rating but I look forward to much more in the future!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    I swear Carl Weber is going to kill me with these Duncans. I am going to have to go back and read the Family Business series from the beginning again. I thought LC's kids were a mess but I see he and his brothers and their women started this chaos. Now you add Miss Bettie to the mix. I really want to know why and how the hate started between LC and Larry. All the Duncan brothers seemed so close. I have a feeling there will be a book three coming soon. I swear Carl Weber is going to kill me with these Duncans. I am going to have to go back and read the Family Business series from the beginning again. I thought LC's kids were a mess but I see he and his brothers and their women started this chaos. Now you add Miss Bettie to the mix. I really want to know why and how the hate started between LC and Larry. All the Duncan brothers seemed so close. I have a feeling there will be a book three coming soon.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Diane Rembert

    Book number 9 in the Family Business series, introduces the reader to the matriarch of the family...Bettie Duncan. After serving nine years, she is catching up on lost time with hers kids and grandkids...until she is kidnapped and assumed dead. The brothers Duncan, led by Larry, are determined to find their mother’s killer(s), and make them pay. In their quest, a few unlikely characters are paired together, bonds are created and secrets are revealed. Questions such as, “How did the Duncans get so Book number 9 in the Family Business series, introduces the reader to the matriarch of the family...Bettie Duncan. After serving nine years, she is catching up on lost time with hers kids and grandkids...until she is kidnapped and assumed dead. The brothers Duncan, led by Larry, are determined to find their mother’s killer(s), and make them pay. In their quest, a few unlikely characters are paired together, bonds are created and secrets are revealed. Questions such as, “How did the Duncans get so powerful?...”Who are the women behind the Duncan men, and what role do they play?...”Is Ms. Betty really dead?”, are all answered by the 💎💎💎💎💎page-turner by New York Times bestselling author @iamcarlweber and @lacooljill. I’m definitely looking forward to Season 2 on @bet.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tynika

    Carl Weber never disappoints me. The storyline did drag a little which is probably why it took me a minute to finish reading it. How once I was determined to finish it the story quickly picked up towards the middle & I was completely surprised on how things unfolded. The Duncan family is more vicious than I thought & I like it!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    K2G

    This read is ok.....it seems like something is missing like many skipped parts but ok whatever🤷🏽‍♀️

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Fugate

    This is actually pretty good, considering the series. It’s less confusing with the characters if you’ve read its predecessor.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Carter

    Weber delivers again Carl Weber does for urban literature what Stephen King does for horror. Carl Weber is the new generation's Donald Goines, Iceberg Slim. Thrilling, hardcore yet classy and highly readable, no matter what your taste, the Duncan's just can't be put down. I've never read a sequel to a prequel. LOL. This one makes you want more. If you haven't yet, be sure to read all of the "Family Business" novels. You won't be disappointed. Weber delivers again Carl Weber does for urban literature what Stephen King does for horror. Carl Weber is the new generation's Donald Goines, Iceberg Slim. Thrilling, hardcore yet classy and highly readable, no matter what your taste, the Duncan's just can't be put down. I've never read a sequel to a prequel. LOL. This one makes you want more. If you haven't yet, be sure to read all of the "Family Business" novels. You won't be disappointed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shannan Harper

    The second story into the beginnings of The Duncan Family and why they act the way they do.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shaunda

    Ok so I'm a Carl Weber fan, and The Family Business Series & The Grand Opening Series are off the chain. With that being said, The Grand Opening Series are the pre-quels to the Family Business Series. It gives the history of how the Duncan's built their empire. Quite interesting history, I might add. I enjoyed the urban novel. Them Duncan men ain't to be [email protected] with, and the women ain't either. Especially Miss Bettie & Chippy. But don't just take my word for it, get your copy and leave your own revie Ok so I'm a Carl Weber fan, and The Family Business Series & The Grand Opening Series are off the chain. With that being said, The Grand Opening Series are the pre-quels to the Family Business Series. It gives the history of how the Duncan's built their empire. Quite interesting history, I might add. I enjoyed the urban novel. Them Duncan men ain't to be [email protected] with, and the women ain't either. Especially Miss Bettie & Chippy. But don't just take my word for it, get your copy and leave your own review. Now that I have the history behind the Duncan Empire, I can't wait for the next novel in the Family Business Series to be released. Yes, coming soon A FAMILY BUSINESS 4. All I'm going to say is, Don't sleep on this series. Thoroughly enjoyed & very entertaining. Until my next review, happy reading! Ciao!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lashawnda

    So, after reading a few heavy books, I really needed this read. I love the way his characters continue to devlop with each book. This was not my favorite book in the series, but much needed and enjoyed learning how LC got to be such a big man. Its like Carl is in my head answering questions as I ask him to tell me about the Duncans!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tynece

    I took my time with this one...Shirley was not one of my favorite characters in this book

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Thomas

    If I could, I would give this book 4.25 out of 5 stars. This book was almost as good as the first Grand Opening novel, but the ending felt rushed. Initially, I thought the new Mr Mohagany was the one behind Ms Bettie's disappearance but it was his wife after all. Mr Mahogany was a powerful figure, but even he didn't know the lengths his wife went through for their son and their business. Grand Opening 2 was set five years after the first Grand Opening book. LC has had a son with Chippy, Big Shirl If I could, I would give this book 4.25 out of 5 stars. This book was almost as good as the first Grand Opening novel, but the ending felt rushed. Initially, I thought the new Mr Mohagany was the one behind Ms Bettie's disappearance but it was his wife after all. Mr Mahogany was a powerful figure, but even he didn't know the lengths his wife went through for their son and their business. Grand Opening 2 was set five years after the first Grand Opening book. LC has had a son with Chippy, Big Shirley is pregnant with Levi's child, and we're introduced to the mysterious Black Council. A hidden organization working to keep black businesses in operation. The Duncan's family has history with the group. The Duncan brother's father was part of it. He eventually got killed and his wife, Ms Bettie, avenged him. Belinda Mahogany worked tirelessly throughout the book to get Ms Bettie to spit out the truth on information, documents, and records on the Black Council. She also loved her son, Eric aka EJ, dearly. Come to find out EJ is one of Shirley's oldest clients from Big Sam's. EJ and Big Sam were lovers. The first meeting between Mr Mohagany, EJ, and the Duncan's was not a pleasant sight. EJ despised them for killing Big Sam. LC eventually joined the Black Council by way of Mr Mohagany. Mr Mahogany saw LC's business acumen and he reminded him of not only his father, who sat on the council, but of himself. Shirley begins a short romance with EJ behind Levi's back. Come to find out, Levi is smarter than we ALL THINK. He actually followed them to the beach house, which is owned by the Mahogany family, and helps rescue her. He loses two of his precious dogs in the scuffle, but Shirley saves his life by killing Eric. Donna, yes that Donna, becomes an ally in finding Ms Bettie after she was kidnapped. Donna was hooked on drugs for a bit after LC left her at the alter. She also became pregnant with his baby. Chippy found out and saved both her life and the baby's. She got Donna to sign over papers relinquishing rights to the child. Larry and Nee Nee finally get married. He had to finally get those papers to make it official or lose her overall. Lou and Donna might have something in the future. They got very close as they tracked down Ms Bettie. Belinda finds out EJ is dead, shoots Mr Mohagany, and then herself. It was a tragic end to their story. Again: I'd have preferred a more extensive closing to the book. Overall, it was still VERY good.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nevada

    Banging my utensils on the table screaming, more more more!!! The characters are so vivid, so lively. Just when you think you know the entire story, they keep coming back with more, back story, and it is so stimulating. The Ms. Bettie, mama situation was super juicy, and unexpected, she is tough as nails. She is the mother of boys. My lingering question, is how Chippy, went from a working whore at Big Shirley’s to bourgeois wife of a car/drug dealer. I know how, but it was interesting. You know h Banging my utensils on the table screaming, more more more!!! The characters are so vivid, so lively. Just when you think you know the entire story, they keep coming back with more, back story, and it is so stimulating. The Ms. Bettie, mama situation was super juicy, and unexpected, she is tough as nails. She is the mother of boys. My lingering question, is how Chippy, went from a working whore at Big Shirley’s to bourgeois wife of a car/drug dealer. I know how, but it was interesting. You know how some authors go too far with sequels and they start to get monotonous, THESE AINT THOSE AUTHORS! The story is bold, consistent and maintains an awesome mental imagery (if that’s a thing). These reviews are hard, because you don’t want to spoil the body of work. I HIGHLY recommend. The evolution of the characters is amazing. Anxiously anticipating more!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jolie Lynette

    I finally finished #GrandOpening2 by @iamcarlweber. I just can't get enough of the Duncan family. The second installment of this timeless throwback had me on the edge of my seat with more and details and moments of omgs flying out of my mouth. I enjoyed getting to know more family members by blood and by wanna-be blood: especially the oh-so bougie Donna who has an extensive past with the Duncans, Shirley who had me guessing the whole time and Lil Mama putting her two cents in the mix. Overall, t I finally finished #GrandOpening2 by @iamcarlweber. I just can't get enough of the Duncan family. The second installment of this timeless throwback had me on the edge of my seat with more and details and moments of omgs flying out of my mouth. I enjoyed getting to know more family members by blood and by wanna-be blood: especially the oh-so bougie Donna who has an extensive past with the Duncans, Shirley who had me guessing the whole time and Lil Mama putting her two cents in the mix. Overall, the wonderful saga of the Duncans continues to compel me to pick up Family Business 4 to catch up the lifestyles of this entertaining power family. Great read!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amloid Mesa

    Excitement, from Beging to End. A must Read Most books start off slow with small hurdles the characters must get through in order to clime the staggering last up hill climb to the climax we have all been waiting for. G.O.2 Does non of this. The book swiftly moves from the slow opening paragraph to the hellacious, gripping all encompassing ending. The only complaint I have is it was way to short read it in two sittings, mostly a binge read. From the moment Lou calls Donna it's on. Well done. Also Excitement, from Beging to End. A must Read Most books start off slow with small hurdles the characters must get through in order to clime the staggering last up hill climb to the climax we have all been waiting for. G.O.2 Does non of this. The book swiftly moves from the slow opening paragraph to the hellacious, gripping all encompassing ending. The only complaint I have is it was way to short read it in two sittings, mostly a binge read. From the moment Lou calls Donna it's on. Well done. Also need to finish the story. We simple must have the rest of the 30 year story before "Family Business". Weber and Hunt makes us love each and every character.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shavonna

    Family Business Drama!!!! Two of my favorite authors got together and wrote one very good book. Grand Opening 2 takes you back to Way Cross Georgia to visit the Duncan's early years. There is a lot of omg moments, if you have been keeping up with The Family Business Series some questions are answered and some more questions have entered in your mind you will want answers to. I really hope we continue to get more background info to answer the many more questions I have. I really enjoyed this book. Family Business Drama!!!! Two of my favorite authors got together and wrote one very good book. Grand Opening 2 takes you back to Way Cross Georgia to visit the Duncan's early years. There is a lot of omg moments, if you have been keeping up with The Family Business Series some questions are answered and some more questions have entered in your mind you will want answers to. I really hope we continue to get more background info to answer the many more questions I have. I really enjoyed this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    reneeNaDaBomb

    As usual, this book took us on one hell of a ride to find the abductors of Ms. Bettie. Remember she is the OG of the Duncan family. I laughed and cried at the 👦z strongarming eveybody in the small town of Way Cross, GA. Even going to Atlanta and shooting up people on their own property. Of course the Duncan's found what was needed to make their family whole again. Five***** rating for the entertaining story and because I finished in one day. Could not put this book down until I read every word. As usual, this book took us on one hell of a ride to find the abductors of Ms. Bettie. Remember she is the OG of the Duncan family. I laughed and cried at the 👦z strongarming eveybody in the small town of Way Cross, GA. Even going to Atlanta and shooting up people on their own property. Of course the Duncan's found what was needed to make their family whole again. Five***** rating for the entertaining story and because I finished in one day. Could not put this book down until I read every word. And every word was with my time. Carl Weber, keep 'em coming!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lakecia Allison

    Smooth transition to follow up the characters but the ending was too jumbled. What do I mean? So much was going on in this story and the ending was rushed with too many unanswered questions. Shirley cannot be trusted but she is amongst them at the end like nothing happened! Are they really trusting her with Levi again? Is her baby going to survive with all the bourbon drinking and smoking? Are Lou and Donna in love? I almost rated lower because the grammatical errors were getting on my nerves! D Smooth transition to follow up the characters but the ending was too jumbled. What do I mean? So much was going on in this story and the ending was rushed with too many unanswered questions. Shirley cannot be trusted but she is amongst them at the end like nothing happened! Are they really trusting her with Levi again? Is her baby going to survive with all the bourbon drinking and smoking? Are Lou and Donna in love? I almost rated lower because the grammatical errors were getting on my nerves! Did anyone Weber or Hunt proofread!? Geesh!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Monique Golden

    I am really enjoying the family business series and all the unexpected loving relationships that happen. I can only imagine what it is like to reconnect with a parent after a long time and then losing them again. This book shows you that everything that glitter is not gold. Some people who seem to have your best interest at heart are only out for themselves/revenge. During this read you'll see that family should stick together. I am really enjoying the family business series and all the unexpected loving relationships that happen. I can only imagine what it is like to reconnect with a parent after a long time and then losing them again. This book shows you that everything that glitter is not gold. Some people who seem to have your best interest at heart are only out for themselves/revenge. During this read you'll see that family should stick together.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    3.5 stars. Surprisingly this is one of the better novels I’ve read about the author. Even though the formula of having 8-10 characters and their individual POVs remains true here, they were all distinct enough to be memorable. Also I was pleasantly surprised when all of the dots actually connected for once!. Typically there is some random bubble that goes off in its own direction but in this case everything seemed to tie in to a pretty solid knot.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nichole Jones

    Another great installment I so enjoyed the storyline and characters, it was definitely a page turner with lots of creative twists and turns. I'm sure there will be a 3rd one, so I'm counting down until it comes out. Also, I'm so excited about Family Business 4 coming out in a couple days. Keep em coming Mr. Weber! Another great installment I so enjoyed the storyline and characters, it was definitely a page turner with lots of creative twists and turns. I'm sure there will be a 3rd one, so I'm counting down until it comes out. Also, I'm so excited about Family Business 4 coming out in a couple days. Keep em coming Mr. Weber!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patrese Hert

    Thank God After reading so many horrible horrible books.... FINALLY a REAL author. Develops characters. Has an actual plot. Everybody isn't selling drugs and disrespecting women like it's the coolest thing in the world. Very well written. Only like 4 typos. Actual editing. Not having sex in every single chapter. Such a breath of fresh air. Thank God After reading so many horrible horrible books.... FINALLY a REAL author. Develops characters. Has an actual plot. Everybody isn't selling drugs and disrespecting women like it's the coolest thing in the world. Very well written. Only like 4 typos. Actual editing. Not having sex in every single chapter. Such a breath of fresh air.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jay Williams

    REALLY Good book..Now I want to start over with the Family Business..gives a lot of insight to the Family. I gave it 4 instead of 5 because the last several chapters seemed rushed to finish instead of the consistent pace the rest of the book was going for. But worth a read if you read the first one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    Loving this ‘70s feel storyline. Shocking surprises as character’s developments unfold. The Duncans are truly an amazing family, that I enjoyed reading about. It is fun to read the back story of LC & Chippy, and I eagerly anticipate reading more about them. I enjoyed this five star read, recommend to any searching for a great book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Denise West

    Couldn't Put It Down I thoroughly love LC and Chippy's storyline. From the first page, I didn't want to put it down; and till the last page I didn't want it to end. So worth the wait. I look forward to the next installment of LC, Chippy and the backstory on the Duncan clan! Couldn't Put It Down I thoroughly love LC and Chippy's storyline. From the first page, I didn't want to put it down; and till the last page I didn't want it to end. So worth the wait. I look forward to the next installment of LC, Chippy and the backstory on the Duncan clan!

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