Shades of Jade

Shades of Jade

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by Gloria Mallette
     
 

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Terrance. Louis. Wayne. Eric. Marissa had been warned: One of these days you're gonna mess with the wrong woman's husband. But she doesn't care. Aside from an occasional bout of guilt, she feels no shame, because after all, if their wives were doing what they were supposed to, then their husbands would not be seeking her company. See more details below

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Terrance. Louis. Wayne. Eric. Marissa had been warned: One of these days you're gonna mess with the wrong woman's husband. But she doesn't care. Aside from an occasional bout of guilt, she feels no shame, because after all, if their wives were doing what they were supposed to, then their husbands would not be seeking her company.

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Kirkus Reviews
A previously self-published novel, the latest from Strivers Row, a new African-American trade paperback imprint. Marissa just isn't the marrying kind-she prefers other women's husbands. Currently, she's dating four: true love Terrence, who won't leave his kids; supersexy Louis; Wayne, who's impotent but does his manly best to make it up to her; and Eric, a young dentist. Her nagging girlfriend Charmaine criticizes her morally questionable ways, but Marissa doesn't care. She likes being single, and with an MBA, a Lexus, and all that, this African-American princess is not about to compromise her independence by taking up cooking, cleaning, or any other form of domestic slavery in the name of love. In Marissa's not-so-humble opinion, Charmaine is old-fashioned. She can just go ahead and marry Gregory, that boring prison guard she thinks is so fine, even though everybody knows she cheats on him. But Charmaine might as well stop trying to fix her friend up. Her latest recommendation, a hunky contractor named Levi, is a No Sale: Marissa doesn't date men who do dirty work. Gay pal Brandon wrings his carefully manicured hands over her pickiness and advises Marissa to stop telling Charmaine about her affairs, but she insists that her love life is her business. Then an anonymous caller warns Marissa to "stay away from her man." The question is: Which man? Other threatening calls follow, but the speaker never identifies herself. Brandon, concerned for Marissa's safety, decides to get her together with Levi, who's remodeling his apartment. And what do you know? Marissa is attracted to him, even if he is single. And when her phone stalker shows up in person-luckily, on the other side ofa strong door-it's tall, dark, and handsome Levi that Marissa turns to for help. Briskly paced suspense short on characterization and setting, though some unexpected twists and turns keep things hopping. Author tour
The Washington Post
"Part love story, part mystery novel--complete with a surprising plot twist and a lift lesson learned...clever and suspenseful."
AALBC .com - Thumper AALBC
"All hail the new quees of mystery/suspense,Gloria Mallette. Mallette has written the best, THE BEST, mystery/suspense novel that I have read in years."
Today's Black Woman
"A Juicy, captivating read."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375757433
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Series:
Strivers Row Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

Gloria Mallette lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York. This is her second novel.

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Chapter 1

Spent, she lay on her side, her knees drawn up to her stomach, her arms crisscrossed gently cradling her tender breasts, humbly licking her wounds, quietly comforting herself. Holding her eyes closed, she tried to will away the ache between her thighs, though she knew it would eventually subside. Always the pain of being with Louis lingered longer than the pleasure of his passion; and always he stayed longer than he needed to—or rather, longer than she wanted him to. Telling him that she had a busy day tomorrow and needed her rest didn’t move him along any faster, but telling him that it was 9:15 did—he had an hour’s drive ahead of him out to Long Island. Yet it wasn’t the lateness of the hour that motivated him, it was not wanting to be made to lie about where he was coming from. He cheated on his wife with a clear conscience, he just didn’t like lying about it—he prided himself on not being a liar. As far as she knew, cheating and lying were one and the same, but that wasn’t any concern of hers; she just wanted him to go.

At the door, “Just one more kiss” turned into three more long, deep kisses. “I always hate leaving you,” he said.

“You know what they say about all good things.”

“And you’re certainly a good thing.”

Riiiing!

“I’d better get that,” she said, trying to pull herself out of his smothering embrace.

He held her tighter. “They’ll call back.”

Riiiing!

Her neck and face were suddenly hot. “Let me get that.”

“Let it ring,” he said, nibbling on her left earlobe.

Riiiing!

“Louis,” she said, pulling her head away so that her earlobe slipped out of his mouth. She was repulsed by his refusal to let go of her.

He pecked her on the lips. “I wish there were two of me.”

Riiiing!

Feigning a syrupy smile, she planted her hands firmly but gently on his chest and pushed him out the door into the hallway. “Sorry, you’re just one man,” she said, pushing the door up.

“See how you treat me?”

The telephone rang no more.

“Go home. You made me miss my call.”

“If it’s important . . .”

“They may not call back. Louis, please go home before . . .”

Riiiing!

“I’m answering that. I’ll talk to you tomorrow.” She closed the door and locked it. She could hear him laughing on the other side of the door. “Go home!”

Riiiing!

“See you, baby love,” he said through the door.

She dashed for the telephone in the living room. “Hello?”

“Slut.”

Click.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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