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Fresh out of college and stepping into adulthood, these ladies have got each other's backs—until one of them says yes to the ultimate no-no. . .

It's been almost four years since the Headmaster of Heartbreak, Troyon, dumped Dahlia. But she's still aching to give him a taste of his own lying, cheating, mind-twisting medicine. So she asks her girl, Nitrah, to do the unthinkable: get revenge by getting Troy to fall for her, then betraying him. Nitrah will do anything for a friend, ...

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Fresh out of college and stepping into adulthood, these ladies have got each other's backs—until one of them says yes to the ultimate no-no. . .

It's been almost four years since the Headmaster of Heartbreak, Troyon, dumped Dahlia. But she's still aching to give him a taste of his own lying, cheating, mind-twisting medicine. So she asks her girl, Nitrah, to do the unthinkable: get revenge by getting Troy to fall for her, then betraying him. Nitrah will do anything for a friend, and Troy is clearly into her, so she agrees. Everything goes as planned—until everything goes very wrong, and Dahlia's world falls apart. Because Dahlia hasn't been totally honest about why she's so on fire to get back at Troy. And her secrets are about to come back to haunt her—and everyone around her. . . .

"Lawd, I thought I knew all about drama, but Tamika Newhouse came with her 'A' game when she penned The Ultimate No-No. If you are looking for a story that keeps you spellbound, this is the one." — Tina Brooks McKinney, author of Snapped

"With insightful tales of delightfully messy relationships, Newhouse's The Ultimate No-No gets a 'yes' from me!" —Lutishia Lovely, author of All Up In My Business

"A page-turner with lots of drama." —APOOO Book Club

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  • ISBN-13: 9780758263216
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 1,460,513
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

First Chapter


By Tamika Newhouse


Copyright © 2009 Tamika Newhouse
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7582-6321-6

Chapter One

Troyon Washington

My high school days were over. I had my share of heartbreaks, and I had some good relationships too. My brother, Robert, was similar to me a little. He's a couple of years older than I am, but he doesn't mind being faithful. Tim was a heartbreaker. Don't get me wrong. I don't intentionally break hearts; I simply lose interest in a woman faster than usual, and a man does need a spark to keep the flame burning. I try to keep my options open, and the fact that I have a long line of women who hate me doesn't change the fact that I, too, am looking for love.

When I first met Nitrah, I had no idea what she would be to me, but she caught my eye. The fact that she wouldn't sweat me like all the others made me want to get closer to her. It was like she didn't care, and it made me want to achieve something, as if I needed her to run behind me and be at my beck and call.

Tim pointed her out to me when we saw her in Bennigan's, and he said Nitrah was out of my league and untouchable, which just made me want her more. Yeah, it was true. She was very cute and darker than those I normally dated. But I loved her style. Her figure was formed in all the right places, and her smile was so damn sexy. She was someone I had to have, but when she didn't give me her number, I figured I wouldn't have a chance to pull her. I was wrong, however, and didn't know what was in store for me. She did have Dahlia with her. I guess she never mentioned our past together, and I was hoping she wouldn't. I never thought I would see Dahlia again, and maybe I should have left Nitrah alone, because I knew that would resurface. But isn't everyone allowed a second chance?

I can still remember what I did to Dahlia as if it were yesterday. Sometimes I wished I'd never met her, or at least that I hadn't been that damn stupid. It really wasn't worth it. What real man would do such a thing? I would like a new start with Nitrah, but I knew my past would end up breaking me down and ruining my future relations with anyone.

Fort Worth, May 2002

"I already hit that girl, Tim, and she is something else, dog. I'm going to let y'all meet her," Robert told us. We were at Robert's house, and we had just finished playing basketball. We sat and drank juice as we discussed the different women in our lives.

"You are always falling in love, man. You are so weak when it comes to women," Michael joked. Michael had been a good friend for some years now. We were one and the same. Michael and I were the same age. We both graduated in 1997 from Southwest High, and I guess we never outgrew each other. We wore the same style, liked the same kind of women, and confided in each other on most things.

"So what's her name, bro?" I asked.

"Miranda, and she's working it. I'm telling you, man, she is going to be Mrs. Washington."

"Brother, why can't you be more like me and just quit them before they quit you?"

Robert laughed and responded, "Because, Troy, that's how you'll end up old and alone in a rocking chair."

I laughed, but I knew he might be right. I didn't want to be the way I was, but it had become the norm to me. I had a girl I liked once, maybe even loved, but she ended up hurting me, and my heart hadn't been the same since. I guess you can say my heart had never mended. Nevertheless, I was a man, and men don't show feelings like that. At least that was what I had been taught.

"So what are you guys getting into tonight?" Michael asked.

"I'm just going to chill with my girl, Jasmine, and, boy, is she good for that," Tim said.

Tim was the most honest out of the group, but he was just as bad when it came to treating women right.

"Oh, you mean Jasmine Jones? You know this dude named Paul used to mess with her," Michael joked. He was always making jokes.

We were all eager to get the ladies, except for Robert. He was a sucker for love. I never really talked about all the women I had sex with, because I knew my brother would be on my ass, talking that same speech about "Be a man and step up." I have never been that type. I stayed focused on my job and myself, and that's all that mattered to me. I was a football coach at Everman Middle School, and I got to be around plenty of beautiful women all the time. I've enjoyed what I do because it feels like the only permanent thing in my life. I've been there for a couple of years, and I have struggled to win on and off the field. Not to say I can't get the ladies. It's just that I don't seem to want to keep them.

After I left my brother's house, I returned home, picked up my phone, and called one of my lady friends to come over. It did not take long for her to be right over. A typical weekend for me.

Chapter Two

Nitrah Hill

Dahlia came to me and said, "I want you to do something for me." Her tone set me off, and I knew something was wrong. "I can't hold it in anymore and just need to say it. I dated Troy before." We all looked at her as if she were delusional. I know she didn't just say she dated Troy. I knew everything about her and could not believe that she had withheld that from me.

"You and Troyon Washington?" Jazzaray asked.

"Okay, I know I should have told you all, but he broke my heart, and our relationship was really short."

Sitting on the couch, I turned to face her more directly to see if I was hearing her correctly. She has got to be kidding me.

"It was back in 1998," she continued. "I met him at this fast-food place. It wasn't even a week. I let him into my bed, and he dumped me."

"Dahlia, why didn't you say anything to us?" Charmaine asked, placing Dahlia's head on her shoulder and hugging her.

"I tried to get it out of my head, but I need to get back at that bastard to ease my mind."

Charmaine lifted Dahlia's head off her chest and asked, "Get him back how?"

"Well, I wanted to break his heart, you know. Let him know how it feels."

Jazzaray interjected, "How do you plan on doing that?"

That's when she told me her crazy plan, and to my surprise, Charmaine and Jazzaray thought it was a good idea. I still had not spoken, but I read her face and listened to her confess, and I could not believe it. Her crazy plan really only involved me. Why me? What the hell do I have to do with it?

"So, do you want to do it?" Dahlia asked me.

"Why are you pushing me, Dahlia? I'm just about ready to kick you out of my house."

She wanted me to get revenge for her. She told me that she and Troy went out once almost four years back, in 1998. He took her out, they had sex, and he never called her again. She said that he had done damage to her heart and that he told her that she was just something to do at the time. Don't get me wrong, I was mad about what happened to her, but she wanted me to get involved with him and to make him fall in love with me without having sex. This way of getting back at him didn't seem that serious. She could have thought about scratching up his car, burning his clothes, or even getting him fired. I knew it would be easy for me to do; I've done it before, but I just had a bad feeling about this. It was Troyon Washington we were talking about, and I was more afraid of Troy making me fall for him. This game she thought of made me suspicious, as if she were holding something back. Why choose me to do her dirty work? If I said no, would she be mad at me? I felt like I was in a no-win situation.

"All right, let me break it down," Jazzaray said. "While Nitrah is making Troy become a real man, we'll dish the dirt to his boys and Michael and let them believe that Nitrah truly is in love with Troy."

Just the thought of me getting into this situation gave me a headache, and I wanted the conversation to end. "How long am I supposed to pretend? I mean, what about my love life?" I asked.

"Have one but just not in public, you know?" Charmaine responded.

"Why can't either one of you do it?" I asked, pointing to Jazz and Charmaine.

Dahlia looked at me as if choosing them would be a complete joke and said, "Because, Nitrah, you're the best."

"So how are we supposed to start this?" I wanted the conversation to end, but my girls were too excited. I felt trapped, and I wanted to please them. This better be one of the last times they pull me into some mess like this.

"He will be at Arlington Lake on Sunday. I mean, it is the devil's playground, right?"

It was made official. The beginning of our scam on Troy had begun.

On Sunday, we were all dressed and ready to start the war against Troy. I had on my gold shirt with a blue jean skirt trimmed with gold and brown, a brown hat, and golden brown sandals. Dahlia sported a halter top with capri pants and sandals. Jazzaray had new braids and big hoop earrings, her bug-eyed sunglasses with a silver star, a white backless shirt, and blue jean shorts. Charmaine was in a sundress with white sandals and a ponytail to show off her neck.

The lake was packed with a lot of people. There were plenty of men showing off their rides, as if it were a hip-hop video. One car had butterfly doors, and the driver was riding with them open. From looking at the scenery, one would assume an accident was just waiting to happen, all while the police were in their designated spots waiting for that accident to happen.

Denim was there with Sarah. How I hated to see them together. I knew I had to get over it, and soon. He looked very handsome with his white T-shirt, white kicks, jeans, and an ATL hat. He spotted me in the crowd and threw a smile and a wink my way, and I did the same. I had a feeling we would be back together soon.

As I turned away from Denim, Sarah spotted me and Denim smiling at each other and she slapped him so hard his hat fell off. The ladies and I started to laugh as we watched them argue. Denim looked up to see if I was still looking, and of course I was. I was nosy like that. He made a plea with his eyes for me to come and help him out. So I said to myself, What the hell and told my girls that I would be right back, but not before Dahlia said she was coming with me just in case Sarah wanted to fight. Fighting her was the last thing on my mind, but I agreed anyway.

Denim started to look relieved when he saw me coming his way. I told Dahlia, "Don't say anything, all right? I don't need your drama, girl."

As I approached Sarah from the back, I said, "Hey, Sarah, calm down, okay?"

"You want him, don't you? Just say it. I know your type."

"My type?" I echoed, laughing. "I was with him when you got with him, so you the sloppy seconds, sweetheart." I patted her shoulder.

Denim's eyes got so big when I said that, and I just knew that I was about to start a fire.

"Oh, so is it true, Denim? I'm your number two?"

"No, babe, Nitrah and I have been friends our whole lives, and we will be until I die, so just stop trippin' over her, all right?"

I felt good when Denim declared our relationship to Sarah. It was true. I had known Denim since grade school, and no one could change our friendship. At this point, I was sure that Dahlia would say something, but she didn't, and I was glad. Sarah looked at Denim like her heart was broken, and I started to feel for her, but she was the one who started their relationship off on the wrong page anyway. She had slept with him when he was my man. Who was I to feel sorry for her?

"So you love her more than me?"

Denim started to laugh and said, "Sarah, me and Nitrah have been broken up for one month, and you and I have been together for five months, and you're asking me if I love her more than you?"

I was silent to the world at this point. I could not believe Denim called her out like that, and the time frame kind of upset me, because I didn't know they had been having sex for four months while we were together.

Denim's friend Dalvin decided to step in to ease the mess that was about to come out.

"Hey, Denim, you all right, dog? Don't start no mess out here, and you either, Nitrah."

"I'm cool, Dalvin. I just came to see if your boy was all right."

"You don't love me—is that what you're saying?" Sarah asked Denim.

"Look, Sarah, you started your relationship sneaking and cheating, so what do you expect?" Dahlia added.

Denim looked at Sarah and said, "Dahlia has spoken."

Dalvin and I were stunned. Our mouths dropped at the same time, because it was so unlike Denim to be so mean to someone.

"Are you sleeping with Nitrah again?" Sarah asked, tears in her eyes.

I was tired of going in circles about this. It was clear that Sarah was a needy chick. "Look, Sarah, like Denim said, just be cool and don't sweat it. We're going to remain friends, so get used to my face," I said, and walked away, not wanting to be involved in Denim's drama anymore.

Denim yelled out to me, "I'll call you later."

I turned around to make sure he was talking to me, and when I realized he was, I said, "We'll talk later." I was going to have to speak to him about treating his girl like that. Even if she was my enemy, he had just completely embarrassed her.

Sarah looked at me and rolled her eyes. She was planning something. I could just feel it.

"Nitrah, I can see Denim wants you back," Dahlia said.

"You think he does?"

"Yeah, I do. Look at how he treats Sarah compared to you. You two are just trippin'."

We met back up with Jazzaray and Charmaine. "So, you and Denim?" Charmaine asked. "That's cool. I saw what happened."

We all laughed. The night was getting later, and the music from all the cars was just about to work my last nerve. We'd been there a couple of hours now, and we all had gotten a few phone numbers from some guys who occasionally passed our way. I was just about ready to go when Jazzaray spotted her on-again, offagain boyfriend, Terrence.

"Hold on, guys. I'll be right back. Let me go say hello to Terrence really quick."

She ran off before I could protest, because we all knew that those two did not mix. I was about to walk to the car to rest when Troy appeared in my view. My heart sank, and I looked at Dahlia in hopes that she did not see him, but of course she did. She had been looking for him all night. He saw me almost instantly and smiled my way. I put on my game face and smiled back. I knew then that it was time to start this scam, and I wanted to get it over with as soon as possible. He turned around to the friends he was with, and I'm sure he told them he would be right back.

Dahlia, seeing this, said, "Okay, that's our cue to go. Nitrah, call us on the cell phone when you are done, okay?"

I wanted to yell out, Stay your ass right here, but she was walking too fast for me to blurt that out. When I looked back to locate Troy again, I couldn't see him. I turned around to see if he went somewhere else, and then I heard him say, "I guess it was fate, then, Nitrah, am I right?"

I smiled, looking at him face-to-face. "So you remember me?"

"I haven't really stopped thinking about you in two weeks. It was really kind of messed up how you left me hanging."

"What's your name again?"

Troy laughed as if he couldn't believe I didn't remember his name. "Troyon, but everyone calls me Troy."

I extended my hand to his. "Nice to finally meet you, Troy."

"It's nice to meet you again, Miss Hill."

"So what's up? What are you doing here tonight?"

He ignored my question and said, "Don't act like you don't remember fate. If we meet again, then it's fate. Those are your words, right? So I think you owe me your number."

I laughed a little to myself and looked away, searching the park for familiar faces. I wanted him to see that he didn't have my full attention. I was not going to be an easy one to win over. I saw Denim watching me, and Sarah wasn't with him. He looked pretty jealous and mad to see me talking to Troy.


Excerpted from THE ULTIMATE NO-NO by Tamika Newhouse Copyright © 2009 by Tamika Newhouse. Excerpted by permission of DAFINA BOOKS. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted November 15, 2012

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

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    Drama Is Her Middle Name

    Imagine this...your best friend asks you to do her a favor. Simple enough, right? Your friend wants you to befriend a certain man. He's fine so no problem with that. Here's the kicker - you are to make this man fall in love with you and then...dump him! Why? Because this man did your friend dirty. But what happens when you find yourself falling for him?

    Imagine've met her, as in the one. She's the woman that makes you want to give up your doggish ways. She's got you ready to consider the dreaded - monogamy. Now imagine this, she's the best friend of a woman that you did the unthinkable to, but it's obvious that the woman of your dreams doesn't know. Do you just hope and pray that your past isn't brought to light?

    Meet Nitrah and Troyon. It's gone beyond imagination to reality. And the reality is they both have secrets they don't want the other to discover. Add to the already volatile mix opinionated friends, lies, love and lust and you have "The Ultimate No No."

    In her readable, sometimes surprising story, Tamika Newhouse examines the lives of two cliques of friends coming to terms with maturity and love. Newhouse knows one thing - drama! I really liked that her characters were practical and relatable. They fell in love a little too quickly for my taste, but to each, its own.

    "The Ultimate No No," a captivating snapshot of emotional struggles, packs a lot. But it shows no sign of an editor. While I do wish that the story had been wrapped up completely, with no need for a sequel, Newhouse's debut can hold its own. I look forward to more from this talent.

    Reviewed by: Toni

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    The ultimate story

    I fell in love with the characters in this book from the first few chapters. I was taken on a journey of a few relationships and hookups that gave way to the ultimate no no. Great read. Yiu wont be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    One of the Best books I've read in a long time!

    This book was amazing! i enjoyed every minute of it. Their was never a dull moment. All of the characters in this book each have a different story,or certain situation they are having to overcome. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a book dealing with love and the drama that comes with it. This was a GREAT read :). I really cant wait to read the next book in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2011

    great read

    This was a definitely a page turner. When i thought i was getting the book, the author threw some new twists and turns which had my jaw dropping. This book had drama, deception, lust, and jealousy. This story will take you on a ride, and i can't wait till i read the sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

    I liked the story. I just hated that the folks in the book were

    I liked the story. I just hated that the folks in the book were so childish. Then, I had to remind myself that they were in their early 20s..some of the foolishness in the book was just that...FOOLISHNESS! I think I'm mad with myself for being so into it...because NOW, I HAVE to read the next one! I like drama filled books but this was a little much for me...Some things I never saw coming...well..most of it I never saw coming! Good now, I'm putting the next one in line to be read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Okay book

    It took too long too get too the good part. It was draged out. Too much . It started getting good in the middle.and the end of the book was a shocker. I was mad. But its a free book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Great read

    Boy so much drama in this book,what goes around comes around.glad that the friends stayed friends but never play with someones heart!!!

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  • Posted March 18, 2013

    I really enjoy this series. The story was made very visual, and

    I really enjoy this series. The story was made very visual, and for a moment it seemed as if your were right there as each character told their part of the story. Definitely a page turner...all 3 books. I am very curious to see what Tamika comes up with for the 4th book. I'm super excited.
    I would recommend this series to those who like a storyline that has MANY twist and turns (that darn Troy!) it will leave you guessing and shaking your head at the same time. Tamika thanks for sharing your wonderful talent. Enjoy guys!

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    Not worth the hype

    I purchased this book based upong past reviews and I was disappointed. I tried to start the book several times and kept stopping to find some parts that would grab my attention. After I remembered what I paid for it I decided that I didn't want my money to be totally wasted so I tried to finish it. This was like an episode of Jerry Springer- it is hard to believe grown, educated folk are entertaining all the bull that went on in this book. If that is your cup of tea, more power to you. If stimulating characters and situations is what you are looking for- please seek it elsewhere!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012


    Love this book! couldn't put it down'

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

    Don't do the Ultimate No No...leave well enough alone!!!

    Tamika Newhouse penned a drama story that many of us see daily. It's the story of tested friendships, devotion, adoration, lust, deception, trust and mounds of secrets. The combination of those characteristics leave room for nothing but a big ole' pot of disaster soup. Someone once said there is a thin line between love and lust ask Troy, Nitrah, Dahlia, Jazzaray, Charmaine who entangle themselves in this nasty web of deceit. Rule #1 in the Ladies Book state that you should never "deal" with your girlfriends current or past men. For whatever the reason may be, if broken you risk losing a friendship or simply not finding true love.

    Tamika Newhouse has done an awesome job painting a very realistic picture of what can happen when you don't think before you act. Feelings get involved, emotions surface and it becomes harder to break away. This book allows you to be drawn in and captivated by the characters, some you pity, some you love, and some you would love to hate as they draw you into their bona fide lives. I found myself saying "OMG" and "lord what else" throughout the entire book as the snowball was getting bigger and bigger. Overall, Mrs. Newhouse did a good job with her debut novel, however in the future additional time should be spent on editing although it did not really take away form the storyline. This is definitely a page turner filled with lots and lots of drama and I humbly await the sequel-The Ultimate Moment: No Regrets.

    4 Star Review

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  • Posted February 14, 2009

    The Ultimate No No Delivers

    Betrayal, families torn apart, friendships tested. The Ultimate No, No has all of this to offer and more. Author Tamika Newhouse has done an incredible job of penning a relatable, drama filled story. <BR/><BR/> You¿ll cry with, root for, sympathize with, and understand her characters. There¿s enough drama, romance, and comedy to keep you entertained. The reader has lots of surprises in store. <BR/><BR/>I give it four and a half out of five kisses.

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  • Posted February 7, 2009

    The Price of Love

    Drama, lies, and revenge¿oh my! It¿s what fills Tamika Newhouse¿s recently released novel The Ultimate No No. <BR/><BR/>In an attempt to get even, Nitrah, with the help of her more than willing girlfriends, devise a plan called ¿The Scam.¿ It seems harmful enough, at least for the players. The mission is to get Troy. Trap Troy. Then crush his heart. If only the best laid plans went so well. <BR/><BR/>What I appreciated about Tamika¿s writing is her knack for creating memorable characters that I felt were friends of my own. Each person had his or her own distinct style and issues that made him or her believable. Between the club fights, tears, and pain Tamika was able to include social issues such as prejudice in The Ultimate No No. She also purposely strayed from creating the typical book characters. To add to her credit as an author Tamika did not disappoint with the ending of her book. She kept it real by abandoning the fairytale, which I am sure will be the debate between readers everywhere. <BR/><BR/>So, when it comes to love what is The Ultimate No No? The only way to find out is to get a copy of this book!<BR/><BR/>Tifany Jones<BR/>Founder and Radio Show Host<BR/>Sistah Confessions Book Club

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    " In my line of work I read several books a year and I can honestly say this is the best book I have read all year, including what I read personally. The characters kind of have a new millennium "Waiting to Exhale Feeling" but with more drama and suspense. I became lost in the story and I would love to see a sequel to find out what happens next. This is a must read for 2009!" <BR/><BR/>Mittie Stephens<BR/>Business Support by Mittie<BR/>

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