Put a Ring on It

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From the bestselling author of Double Dippin’ and Big Juicy Lips—a story about three friends with three different paths to the same goal: a husband, despite the dismal odds.

Desperate to be married, Vangie, Nivea, and Harlow are all on a quest to get to the altar. Dumped by her economically challenged fiancé, Nivea begins a destructive course of action, as she begins to self medicate with excessive amounts of liquor.

When Vangie’s deadbeat baby...

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Overview

From the bestselling author of Double Dippin’ and Big Juicy Lips—a story about three friends with three different paths to the same goal: a husband, despite the dismal odds.

Desperate to be married, Vangie, Nivea, and Harlow are all on a quest to get to the altar. Dumped by her economically challenged fiancé, Nivea begins a destructive course of action, as she begins to self medicate with excessive amounts of liquor.

When Vangie’s deadbeat baby daddy resurfaces and begins courting her with unrestrained zeal and spending quality time with their young son, she thinks that they have finally healed their troubled relationship.

After a horrifying childhood, Harlow believes she has finally found true love when she becomes engaged to savvy businessman, Drake Morgan. But Drake may have a secret that will destroy Harlow’s only chance at happiness.

Though holding distinct views and relying on diverse strategies, will any of these women find love, happiness, and commitment or will they discover that happily ever after is an unattainable dream?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593093600
  • Publisher: Strebor Books
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 949,840
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Allison Hobbs is a national bestselling author of twenty-two novels and has been featured in such periodicals as Romantic Times and The Philadelphia Tribune. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visit the author at AllisonHobbs.com and Facebook.com/Allison Hobbs.

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CHAPTER 1

Call it a woman’s intuition. Call it a sixth sense, but instead of driving home after work, Nivea felt an urge to swing by her fiancé’s old apartment.

When she rolled up in front of the building where Eric used to live, she gave the place a smug look. Eric’s former apartment building was a dump. She had no idea why he’d been so resistant to the idea of moving into her upscale townhouse.

But that was water over the bridge. She had introduced Eric to a better lifestyle and she was proud of that fact.

Nivea did a double take when she noticed the Highlander parked at the curb. Her heart rate began to accelerate when she recognized Eric’s license plate. What’s he doing here? He’s supposed to be working overtime.

With the motor running, she jumped out of her Mazda and removed a couple of lawn chairs that were holding someone’s nicely shoveled parking spot. Brows joined together in bafflement, she parallel parked, cut the engine, and then got out.

Nivea peered up at the second floor apartment that Eric had left six months ago when he’d moved in with her. She could see the twinkling colored lights that adorned a Christmas tree. She frowned at the Christmas tree. It was the first day of December, too soon to put up a tree in Nivea’s opinion.

Eric had sublet the place to one of his unmarried friends. Which one? She couldn’t remember. Feeling a rush of uncomfortable heat, she unbuttoned her wool coat, allowing the frigid evening air to cool her.

There had to be a good explanation for Eric being here. Something really innocent. He didn’t have to work overtime after all, and decided to stop by and visit his buddy, she told herself.

Even though moving into Nivea’s townhouse was a step up for Eric, it had been hard convincing him to give up his crappy bachelor’s pad. She was so elated when she’d gotten him to agree to move in, that she hadn’t bothered to question him about the details of his rental transaction.

But she was concerned now.

Carefully, Nivea climbed the icy concrete steps that led to the front door. Inside the vestibule area, another door, this one locked, prevented her from forcing her way to Eric’s old apartment. She read the name that was centered above the doorbell of apartment number two: D. Alston.

Who the hell is D. Alston? She jabbed the doorbell twice, and then pressed the button without letting up.

She heard a door open on the second floor. “Stay right here. Let me handle this,” Eric said gruffly.

Who the hell is Eric talking to?

Eric thumped down the stairs, causing a vibration. At the bottom of the stairs, he looked at Nivea through the large windowpane that separated them. She expected a smile of surprise, but Eric gawked at her, displeasure wrinkling his forehead.

He turned the lock, cracked the door open, and poked his head out. “Whatchu doing here, Niv?”

“I should be asking that question. You’re supposed to be at work!”

“Yeah, um…” He scratched his head.

“Who’s renting the place now?”

“Uh…”

Refusing to give him time to gather his thoughts, she pushed the door open, and zipped past Eric.

“You can’t go up there, Niv.”

“Hell if I can’t!” Nivea took the stairs two at a time, the heels of her boots stomping against the wooden stairs. Eric was up to something, and she had to know what the hell was going on.

Eric raced behind her. He roughly grabbed her arm. “You outta pocket.”

She yanked her arm away and spun around. “Let me go, Eric!” Eric was a big, stocky man, but she gave him such a violent shove, he fell backward, stumbling down a couple of steps.

Motivated by a suspicious mind, Nivea bolted for Eric’s apartment, which was at the top of the stairs. The door was slightly ajar. She pushed it open.

A woman, who appeared to be in her early twenties, stood in the kitchen, clutching a baby. One glance told Nivea that the woman was street tough. Hardcore. She was not cute at all. Light-skinned, reed-thin with a narrow, ferret-like face. The Kool Aid red-colored weave she was rocking looked a hot Halloween mess. Anger flickered across the woman’s mean, sharp-featured face.

“Who are you?” Nivea asked, hoping to hear, I’m Eric’s cousin. Hell, she was willing to accept childhood friend, or even long lost sister. She’d happily go along with any relationship, except jumpoff. She stole a glance at the baby that was buried beneath blankets.

The skinny chick looked at Nivea like she had sprouted a second head. “How you gon’ bust in here axin’ me who da hell I am?” Her bad grammar and attitude confirmed Nivea’s suspicion that the chick was a hood rat.

Nivea scanned the kitchen quickly. The appliances were as outdated as Nivea remembered, and the cabinetry was still old and chipped, but the room was spotlessly clean and somewhat better furnished than when Eric had lived there. Nivea took in the rather new, but cheap-looking kitchen set that had replaced Eric’s old one.

The female tenant had tried to brighten up the dismal kitchen. Matching potholders and dishtowels were on display. The former dusty mini blinds that had once hung at the kitchen window had been replaced with ruffled curtains.

What is Eric doing here with this ghettofied heifer and her child?

As if she’d read Nivea’s mind, the thuggish chick turned toward Nivea. Holding the baby upright, she gave Nivea a full view of the infant’s face. Nivea felt her heart stop. The little boy, who looked to be around four or five months old, was a miniature replica of Eric.

“Oh, my God!” Nivea squeaked out. She grimaced at the child who was Eric’s spitting image.

Okay, I’m imagining things. That child can’t possibly be Eric’s baby!

© 2011 Allison Hobbs

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    Another exceptional book. Nivea and the rest of the newly introd

    Another exceptional book. Nivea and the rest of the newly introduced characters are heart -warming. You will either hate them or love them, either way your emotions will come out in this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Not too bad...

    This was a pretty good read, but the ending did throw me off a little.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    How I feel

    I love this book I swear it touch so many real life problems people have

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    Great Read

    I met Allison Hobbs @ a book conference in Columbia, SC, she was very down to earth and loved her personality purchased this book while I was there and could not put it down. I am already looking for another one of hers books. I am NOW a fan. I think the ending was on point to lead into another book. I also love when authors are flexible and not all their books start and end the same way. Allison keep doing your thing much love from South Carolina WEBB!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Ok read!

    It was ok I didn't like the ending.

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  • Posted December 25, 2011

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    Going to Chapel

    Harlow, Nivea and Vangie are friends with the same goal - to walk down the aisle; by any means necessary. Harlow, a beautiful woman, is engaged to her dream guy. Her only concern is if he will still want to make the trip to the altar if he finds out about her sordid past. When she gets a glimpse into some of his business dealings, she has to ask herself if he really is a dream.

    Nivea, a successful businesswoman, is planning an extravagant wedding to her blue-collar fiancé, Eric. She has paid for everything, including her ring, when she discovers he has a secret life. She has to decide to accept this revelation or be upstaged by her younger sister.

    Vangie, a single mother, is lonely and slightly jealous of her friends¿ pending nuptials. She wishes Shawn, her son¿s father, would get his act together and help her raise their son. It seems Vangie¿s wish comes true when Shawn starts contributing more and rekindles their relationship. The only problem is he doesn¿t believe in marriage. Vangie has to decide if playing house is enough.

    ¿Put a Ring On It¿ is well-written and flows nicely. However, it is another story about desperate, middle aged, funny named black woman who seem to think they will be made whole if they have a man. I was not impressed. I enjoyed Harlow¿s side story better than the woes of the woman trying to get down the aisle. I give it a three.

    Reviewed by: Alicia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Just OK

    This book was just OK!!!! I really expected more but was disappointed due to the fact that the author was all over the place with the characters and the ending wasn't all that great. I will give the author another chance and I will read another book by her but from this point on, I will be skeptical in the future.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    okkkkaayyyyy

    I LOVE ALLISON BUT I GUESS YOU CAN'T ALWAYS HIT THE BALL OUT OF THE PARK ---I WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT HER BUT THIS IS NOT IN THE SAME LEAGUE AS INSATIBLE OR DOUBLE DIPPING.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    OK but not GREAT!

    This is definitely not the usual Allison Hobbs read. I don't know how the 3 main characters could be friends. Their personalities & stories just weren't cohesive. After reading this (which took a week, I had to make myself continue reading), I felt this book was rushed & contained numerous grammatical errors. It started off good, which got my attention, but shortly after it went all downhill. At times the storyline was just boring & I found myself skipping pages here & there. Maybe there wasn't enough drama but something was definitely missing. I'm a huge fan of Allison Hobbs & will continue to read her books. I suggest reading this book if you don't have any other books to read.

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