Unless you married the only person you ever dated in your life, chances are you have an ex. So how comfortable are you when you run into Mr. Ex-Husband or Dr. Ex-Boyfriend? Some women can remain friendly with The Ex. Others handle accidental run-ins with icy, barely-there grace. Some are embarrassed or flustered. Unless you married the only person you ever dated in your life, chances are you have an ex. So how comfortable are you when you run into Mr. Ex-Husband or Dr. Ex-Boyfriend?
Some women can remain friendly with The Ex. Others handle accidental run-ins with icy, barely-there grace. Some are embarrassed or flustered.
And then there's Venus Johnston. When a car accident sent Venus to the hospital with a nasty head bump, she didn't know she would be bumping into her handsome ex-boyfriend, Dr. Clint Fairchild, too. In the new book "Nappily Married" by Trisha R. Thomas, that chance meeting turned out to be something Venus wished she could rinse out of her life.
Back when she was a girl, Venus Johnston used to pray that she could grow up to marry a good man and have a houseful of babies.
She got what she wanted. Married to former-rapper-now-clothing-mogul Jake Parson, Venus is the mother of little Mya. Jake has been hinting about having another baby, but Venus isn't sure.
Taking care of Mya is work, and Venus has been remembering the days when she was a successful businesswoman. Now her suits hang, unused, in the closet and Venus is bored.
But the accident changed a lot of things. Jackson Memorial Hospital is the only hospital that caters to people in the 'hood, and it's been under fire lately.
Accidents have been happening at a frightful rate and the city wants to close the hospital's doors. When Venus is taken to Jackson and accidentally meets up with Dr. Ex-Lova, Clint tells her about a job in PR. It's a great fit: Jackson Memorial Hospital needs her help, and Venus needs a reason to get out of the house.
But, of course, nothing can ever be easily cut-and-dried like that. Jake is the jealous sort, and he hates that Venus is working with Dr. Ex-Lova.
Clint's wife, Kandi, is green-eyed at the idea of Clint's ex being in the same building as her husband. And then there are the problems with the hospital and with Jake's business. It just makes a girl want to curl up and dye.
Are you looking for a book that's going to solve the world's problems in 309 pages? Don't look here, coz you won't find it. You will, however, find a breezy, light book that's hard to stop reading and that will make you smile.
Author Trisha R. Thomas weaves her characters into a story of jealousy, young marriage, and a touch of intrigue to keep things interesting. Venus is a heroine for today's woman: she wants it all but realizes that some concessions need to be made to get it. And as for her marriage and Jake's jealousy, well, I won't tell you much except that things get a little hairy. You need to read the book.
If you're looking for something light to take on a late-year vacation or holiday visit, "Nappily Married" is just your style. When it comes to easy-to-read, fun books, this one is ex-ceptional.
"Nappily Married" by Trisha R. Thomas
c.2007, St. Martin's Griffin
$13.95 / $16.95 Canada, paperback