As Kelli cleans up the kitchen, her thoughts are about the man who came to dinner. The last time she saw him was on her sister’s wedding day where she was the maid-of-honor and Derrick, the best man. Her mind doesn’t stay there for long, though. Before she can stop herself, she is revisiting one of the worst days of her life.
He’d been cordial; at least I think he had. I’d been under a lot of stress at the time and it had been a struggle to appear happy about my sister’s union to a great guy.
My marriage was over. Alonso had moved out and left me with everything days before the ceremony.
The house. The car. The bills.
The house we’d bought was in his name because at the time I was unemployed. I was listed as his spouse, but that was it. He threatened to let it go into foreclosure, then changed his mind, deciding to sell in order to wash his hands of the whole affair.
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About the novel….
When Derrick’s brother drives the family business into bankruptcy, Derrick is left without a job and only one choice: start over. With a new job waiting in Atlanta, the only other thing he’s looking for is a woman who’s willing to fit his no-strings-attached relationship policy. But then he runs into Kelli, a woman with a smart mouth who challenges him in every way. She’d be perfect … if it weren’t for the fact she had kids.
Shortly after giving birth to her son, Kelli’s husband announced that he wanted a divorce. Forced to move in with her newlywed sister, Kelli is faced with raising two young children on her own, finding affordable housing, and landing a job that will pay her bills. The last thing she needs or wants is a man in her life. But when her brother-in-law’s best friend shows up for dinner, it’s impossible to ignore the sexual attraction.
Fate and finances have another plan, though, forcing them into living under the same roof. Despite their differences, Derrick finds himself breaking his own relationship rules. But as his luck would have it, just when he thinks he’s ready to make a commitment, tragedy strikes close to home and, with it, issues from his past that force him to risk it all.
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