Un-Nappily in Love

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Venus is ecstatic about her husband’s new career as a movie star thanks to a role in a searing romantic drama with co-star Sirena Lassiter. Jake and Sirena’s relationship, Venus quickly learns, goes back further than Jake wants to admit. Venus isn’t happy when the new “it” team’s hectic promotion schedule takes them to exotic locations while Venus must stay behind with a business to run and a daughter to raise. However, it’s not long before Venus senses danger. When she receives advice from her one time arch ...

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Overview

Venus is ecstatic about her husband’s new career as a movie star thanks to a role in a searing romantic drama with co-star Sirena Lassiter. Jake and Sirena’s relationship, Venus quickly learns, goes back further than Jake wants to admit. Venus isn’t happy when the new “it” team’s hectic promotion schedule takes them to exotic locations while Venus must stay behind with a business to run and a daughter to raise. However, it’s not long before Venus senses danger. When she receives advice from her one time arch enemy, Trevelle Doval the queen of late night evangelical TV, Venus, in her trademark style, decides to save her marriage by any means necessary. But when the paparazzi get involved, all hell breaks loose. Will Venus be able to keep her man or has she lost Jake forever?

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Publishers Weekly
In this latest entry in the juicy Nappily series (Nappily in Bloom, etc.), the unflappable and always proudly nappy-haired Atlanta florist, Venus Johnston Parson, discovers once again that life with former rap artist, Jake, can't always be a bed of roses. When Jake becomes a budding film star, appearing with his first love, Sirena Lassiter, in their hit movie, True Beauty, the thorns are unusually sharp. Venus, the mother of cute five-year-old Mya, fears Sirena is after Jake even though she's engaged to Earl Benning, CEO of Rise Records. As the co-stars create a media frenzy, Venus, home in Atlanta, tries to enjoy a visit from Pauletta, her mother, who's still fighting cancer, and be supportive of her friend, Miriam, whose husband's having an affair. Venus realizes she's going to have to fight for her man when the gossip escalates and Sirena reveals a shocker from the past. Thomas portrays a believable young family tested by real-life concerns and enhanced by the shiny celebrity angle, but it's her wry humor that keeps this delightful series blooming. (June)
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"In this latest entry in the juicy Nappily series (Nappily in Bloom, etc.), the unflappable and always proudly nappy-haired Atlanta florist, Venus Johnston Parson, discovers once again that life with former rap artist, Jake, can't always be a bed of roses. When Jake becomes a budding film star, appearing with his first love, Sirena Lassiter, in their hit movie, True Beauty, the thorns are unusually sharp. Venus, the mother of cute five-year-old Mya, fears Sirena is after Jake even though she's engaged to Earl Benning, CEO of Rise Records. As the co-stars create a media frenzy, Venus, home in Atlanta, tries to enjoy a visit from Pauletta, her mother, who's still fighting cancer, and be supportive of her friend, Miriam, whose husband's having an affair. Venus realizes she's going to have to fight for her man when the gossip escalates and Sirena reveals a shocker from the past. Thomas portrays a believable young family tested by real-life concerns and enhanced by the shiny celebrity angle, but it's her wry humor that keeps this delightful series blooming." —Publisher's Weekly on Un-Nappily in Love

 

"This is a riveting story about Venus and Jake, her movie-star husband. It's a hairy ride to see if love and trust can survive one scandal and surprise after another. thomas does it again with a fantastic read." -Romantic Times

Kirkus Reviews
In the fifth "Nappily" novel from Thomas (Nappily in Bloom, 2009, etc.), heroine Venus struggles to trust her husband, whose career throws him into the arms of a former love. Having been together six years, Venus and husband Jake are happily ensconced in a gated community in Atlanta. Venus's flower shop is a success and they can even afford private school for Venus's daughter Mya (by her old beau Airic) now that ex-rap star and clothing designer Jake's new career as an actor has taken off. But his career turns into a problem when Jake is cast in a movie back in California with his old flame, rising star Sirena. Wanting the public to think there's genuine heat between the screen lovers, the movie's PR people keep Venus in the background. Though resentful, she tries not to be jealous, reminding herself she can trust loyal Jake completely. But Sirena, a self-serving and conniving beauty, wants Jake back. Although Jake is tempted by her undeniable charms, he truly loves Venus and resists. But Sirena has a powerful secret up her sleeve. When she and Jake broke up nine years ago-he dumped her when he caught her in flagrante with another man-she was pregnant. The boy Christopher is now being raised by her father as if he is Sirena's brother, but she's ready to claim him as her and Jake's son since she knows Jake would love a child, especially a son, of his own. Meanwhile Venus, the object of her own flirtatious attention from the father of Mya's best friend, receives advice from both her mother, who is having her own marital issues, and Venus's former nemesis Trevelle. Repetitiousness dulls the tension of the temptations Jake faces. Trevelle, who has become romantically involved in a genuinely sweet romance with Venus's white employee Vince, ends up being the real scene-stealer. Run-of-the-mill romantic escapism in which the characters happen to be African-American.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312557638
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,452,152
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

TRISHA R. THOMAS is the author of Nappily in Bloom, Nappily Faithful, Nappily Married, Roadrunner, Would I Lie To You and the top selling Nappily Ever After, which was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Her debut novel was optioned by Halle Berry and Universal Pictures for adaptation to film. Trisha lives in Riverside, California.

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

    Wonderful

    Just when you think there's nothing else that could possibly happen to the characters, the author finds a way to write such a wonderful, exciting, & interesting plot. I couldn't put the book down. I can't wait for another one.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Venus is DRAMA!

    Despite my heading, I really enjoyed the book, but Venus always attracts drama wherever she goes. Trisha Thomas does a good job at bringing a variety of characters into our homes, but I would really enjoy to see Venus mature. I have read all of the books in this series and I have done so to see if Venus does in fact grow, unfortunately, she has yet to do so. If I were rating Venus, she would have received 2 stars!

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