The question in Monroe's steamy but seedy shocker is who should suffer the most: the unreliable narrator or her BFF who commits murder on the night of their senior prom? Dolores Reese, a foster child, and her best friend, Valerie Proctor, get caught in a web of deadly secrets after "LoReese" witnesses Valerie killing her stepfather, Zeke Proctor, to protect her mother. The friends drift apart but stay in sporadic touch, and 16 years later, Lo, now married, confides her own secret: she's jailhouse married to her first love, Floyd Watson, who's been locked up for years on a bogus rape/murder charge. When Floyd is belatedly cleared of the charges, Lo's determined to stay married to both men, and Valerie agrees to help her. Monroe draws a bleak picture of how secrets can wreck friendships, but she fails to create much sympathy for either the sometimes sarcastic and conceited Lo or Valerie. Readers might find Lo's bigamy lifestyle a little too unbelievable and a late-breaking affair too out-of-left-field, but those who can sit back and go along with the chain of double-crosses and deception should enjoy the ride. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
She Had It Comingby Mary Monroe
"Monroe keeps the suspense high, and readers will draw a bated breath with the turn of each page." BooklistDolores Reese spent her childhood in foster care, like Floyd Watson, a local boy who intrigues her from the moment they meet. When one bad decision sends an innocent Floyd to prison for life, Dolores promises to stick by him. But while Floyd's/i>… See more details below
"Monroe keeps the suspense high, and readers will draw a bated breath with the turn of each page." BooklistDolores Reese spent her childhood in foster care, like Floyd Watson, a local boy who intrigues her from the moment they meet. When one bad decision sends an innocent Floyd to prison for life, Dolores promises to stick by him. But while Floyd's world stands still, Dolores meets a new man who promises her the kind of future she's always wantedthe kind she once imagined having with Floyd. But when Floyd is suddenly freed on new evidence, Dolores is torn and must make a fateful decision. And if she isn't careful, Dolores just might find out what happens when love, dishonesty, and dangerous jealousy collide. "Monroe serves up a tasty dish of murder, deception, lust, and just deserts." Library Journal "Full of all the drama and humor that Mary Monroe is known for." Urban Reviews
Best-selling author Monroe (Deliver Me from Evil) serves up a tasty dish of murder, deception, lust, and just deserts in her new novel. Delores Reese has had it hard all her life. She was born to a drug-addicted mother and raised in the foster-care system. Her high school sweetheart and fiancé, Floyd Watson, is wrongly convicted of rape and murder and sentenced to life in prison. Delores, aka Lo, resigns to her troubled life and decides to support Floyd while he does his time. In the interim, she meets Paul. They eventually marry, but Lo maintains her earlier engagement and continues visiting Floyd on the sly. But one day, she is blown away by Floyd's urgent news: he's been cleared by new evidence, and they can get married! Lo ends up with two husbands, both in the dark about her double life, and one big dilemma. Although the premise seems unbelievable, Monroe's fans will not be disappointed. Recommended for all public libraries and African American fiction collections.
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