Every Woman's Got a Secret

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LIVIN' THE LIFE . . .

One of the hottest young veejays to hit music television, Caroline Isaacs is a prodigy at the top of her game. She hosts her own show where she interviews A-list celebs and dons threads from topshelf designers; she and her boyfriend, Julius, are head over heels in love; and she virtually has it all. At the suggestion of her new ambitious and friendly intern, Marì Colonada, they take the ...

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Overview

LIVIN' THE LIFE . . .

One of the hottest young veejays to hit music television, Caroline Isaacs is a prodigy at the top of her game. She hosts her own show where she interviews A-list celebs and dons threads from topshelf designers; she and her boyfriend, Julius, are head over heels in love; and she virtually has it all. At the suggestion of her new ambitious and friendly intern, Marì Colonada, they take the show on the road to boost summer ratings and spice it up.

. . . UNTIL LIFE GOT COMPLICATED.

Off and rolling in a motor mansion RV equipped with every imaginable gadget and luxury, Caroline is meeting fans, stirring up trouble in cities from Las Vegas to Philly, and hitting the hottest clubs on the party scene. Along the way, Caroline and Marì become close friends and the tour is a huge success . . . until the trip takes some unexpected turns that prove costly and life-altering for Caroline. Once Caroline realizes the source, she must delve into the past where she discovers a dark trail of lies, jealousy, and murder. Now that she knows, can Caroline expose the truth and get her life back before it's too late?

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"Brenda L. Thomas has a wonderful talent for mixing great erotica, sensual characters, and a bold storyline." — QBR The Black Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743497060
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 1/9/2007
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,348,026
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 0.80 (h) x 8.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda L. Thomas, a Philadelphia-based marketing professional, is the Essence bestselling author of three previous novels, Threesome: Where Seduction, Power & Basketball Collide; Fourplay: The Dance of Sexuality; and The Velvet Rope. She has also contributed short stories to the anthologies Four Degrees of Heat and Kiss the Year Goodbye. Visit her website at phillywriter.com.

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Prologue

August 2006

Caroline Y. Isaacs

I opened my eyes and took in my bedroom to be sure I was awake this time. Glancing around, I was relieved to see everything looked familiar. Once again I wondered how many bad dreams I'd have to awaken from only to realize that I wasn't dreaming at all. I brought my hands up to my face and squeezed them together in hopes of ceasing their trembling. I turned them over for yet another inspection. My poor nails, chewed down to the cuticles, leaving the skin ragged and tender.

I turned over and lay on my stomach, my face hidden in the pillow, allowing myself to revisit that night with my eyes closed, just barely awake. I saw her lying there, her eyes bulging out of their sockets, gagging for another breath that I wouldn't allow her to take.

I'd been back home in Beverly Hills for damn near two months and still the only communication I'd allowed myself had been with the pizza and Chinese food delivery people. In the last three weeks I hadn't even bothered to lift a finger to shower, wash my grimy hair, or clean my dust-covered condo. After all those court appearances and doctor's appointments to prove that I wasn't crazy, I just didn't have energy for anything.

I rolled over and kicked back the covers. Maybe today would be the day I got my ass up and at least made it to the shower. Maybe that would help me drown out the memories of her.

Good girl. You're up, I encouraged myself. Fifteen steps into the bathroom, and onto the only other place I'd been spending time, the toilet. And that's when I saw it again, the black orchid tattooed to my ankle. With my index finger I tapped at the skin and it still trickled with blood. I'd scraped at it so bad the other night with a nail file, trying to erase the memory. Like girlfriends we'd gotten the tattoos together, before I had a clue to who she was, before she began to whittle away at my life. How could I not have known, after spending an entire summer with her, that she could be so vindictive? With an unexpected teardrop splattering onto my thigh, I was content to accept that today was not the day. I climbed back in bed.

There had to be somewhere else for me to live, some way to forget, or at least, some way to learn to live with it. If only I'd caught on to her earlier, I could've held on to what had been mine. I could've held on to Julius.

But I couldn't change the past. It was over. Marí Colonado was dead and I'd killed her with my bare hands!

Marí Colonado

I'm not leaving the world like this, on the grounds of the Isaacs' estate. I have planned too long to redeem my family to lose this fight. With my eyes I plead for mercy, but my thoughts are cut short because she's strangling the words from my throat. No! I refuse. I've come too far to give up. This bitch doesn't deserve her life — doesn't appreciate how easy it came to her and at the expense of someone else.

I'd only been a teenager when every day I had to hear my father rave about pretty little Caroline Isaacs. It was always about what a good athlete she was, what a good student she was, and what a shame her parents had no time for her. Because she'd captured my father's attention, I had to compete with her every way I knew how. But no matter how much I tried, how many awards I received, good grades I made, it was always about Caroline. I may have been able to deal with that, but then she'd taken away my mother. For that I intended to exact revenge.

I'd done everything according to plan. I'd taken away the simple things she'd treasured: her health, her hair, her family — who I turned against her — and best of all, I'd taken her man. How funny when the tables are turned.

The cement pebbles of the patio dig into my back. Reaching up, I slap at her face and am even able to land a few punches. Faintly, I hear Maurice screaming at her to let me go. I knew he'd choose me over his sister; he loves me because I'd proved to him and to everyone else that I'm better than Caroline Isaacs.

Caroline's nails gouge deep into my neck, breaking the skin. I gaze at her face, covered with sweat, her eyes so wide that the lashes touch her eyebrows.

I feel myself fading. It would be easy to let go now, into that peacefulness called death. As her grip tightens, my body stops squirming, and that's when I know that death won't be so bad after all. No more scheming, plotting, or risk of being discovered.

Straining, I open my eyes for the last time and pray that somehow they reveal to her that despite everything, I'd actually grown to love her. With that I give up the fight, satisfied that she'll never forget me.

Copyright © 2007 by Brenda L. Thomas

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    BE CAREFUL OF THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. IT WAS EXCELLENT!!!!!!! CAROLINE/LINNEY GOT MORE THAN SHE BARGAINED FOR WITH HER NEW ASSISTANT MARI. NEVER BE SO QUICK TO ATTACH YOURSELF TO SOMEONE, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS THEY ARE HIDING. I DID NOT EXPECT THE BOOK TO GO IN THE DIRECTION THAT IT DID. MARI WAS HARBORING JEALOUSY AND HATE FROM THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DAYS, AND DECIDED THAT SHE WOULD HATCH A PLAN TO GET EVEN. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT CAROLINE/LINNEY WAS FEELING DURING THE SLIDE SHOW AT HER PARENTS HOUSE. AND HOW COULD YOU CAROLINE/LINNEY DO THAT IN THAT DIRTY BATHROOM WITH VIN? SCANDALOUS TO THE 10TH DEGREE. YOU HAVE TO READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. SO GO GET YOUR READ ON.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2007

    Loved this book

    This book was awesome. It was funny, emontial and all. It told a very good story of how you can get too close to someone you don't really know. I loved how she worked the characters in the story!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2007

    The Road Trip

    Linney is a typical black 24 year old female spoiled in her ways with more than she can handle. She thought she had it all and had the perfect life. Her man, Julius, is handsome, smart, and most important, wealthy. Linney is the host of a hot hip-hop show 'Off Da Charts' where she engages in meeting hot new stars and rating the hottest music videos. In need of a spark for ratings and to make more money for her company, she hires Mari, her intern for the summer, to bring new ideas and assist her throughout the summer. For promotional purposes, Linney decides to take her show on the road for the summer. She then sees and does things that she never imagined. Will she be able to maintain her reputation for her viewers? We know every woman's got a secret, but will Linney's secrets be revealed during this road trip? I give Brenda three stars for this book. I think it could have been a little bit more exciting in addition to some twists to spice up the end. I will continue to read Brenda's books, because she has the ability to create some awesome books. Threesome, Fourplay, and The Velvet Rope were great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong suspense thriller

    In Los Angeles, Caroline Isaacs hosts the popular urban music show Top of Da Charts. She also needs an assistant so she hires a summer intern Mari Colonada, whose can do outlook makes her perfect for the hip hop world just before the popular Deejay goes on a summer tour. Initially Mari seems perfect, but soon Caroline begins to see a dark side though her entourage, her family, and her boyfriend Julius notice only a sweet upbeat soul. As her brother falls in love with her intern, Caroline¿s boyfriend dies in a freak accident that only makes her wonder if Mari was involved. As they reach her parents¿ home in Philadelphia, Caroline needs to know the truth because she believes Mari wants to hurt her one person at a time before destroying her, but no motive seems apparent while her loved ones think she is the one losing it. --- Ironically the readers know from the start that Mari hates Caroline though her motive seems weak for someone willing to kill if it furthers her goals. The support cast is solid as each enhances the relationship between the two lead females by making Mari look like the kindhearted norm and Caroline jealous of the newcomer. Fans will appreciate this strong suspense thriller while wondering just who will be the last woman standing. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2007

    Watch Your Back!

    Caroline ¿Linney¿ Isaacs is one of the hottest young veejays ever to hit VMT. She is riding high on the verge of superstardom with her boyfriend Julius at her side. Caroline¿s popularity is about to soar as she heads out on a summer cross country RV road trip to boost ratings at the urging of her new intern Mari Colonada. Mari and Caroline become best friends as they tour the country¿s hottest clubs, rub elbows with the music industry elite, and meet fans nationwide. But this smooth road trip becomes a rocky one when a series of wrong turns and events threatens to destroy Caroline¿s career and life. Who is trying to sabotage her career and why? When Caroline finds the source of her problems, she is thrown into a world of dark secrets, lies, and murder. Will she be able to put her life back together before it¿s too late? Every Woman¿s Got a Secret is an electrifying novel by Brenda Thomas. Thomas gives readers a glimpse into the crazy world of a music television show. I really enjoyed the interesting plot and the unexpected twists of this novel. I was truly shocked by the outcome of this story especially when the truth comes out about who is responsible for Caroline¿s problems. Readers of this author¿s previous novels will be pleasantly surprised when Tiffany and Sasha make appearances in this story. Every Woman¿s Got a Secret takes readers on an exhilarating journey that is definitely worth the trip.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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