Unexpected Interruptionsby Trice Hickman
Trice Hickman is definitely ready to take the literary industry by storm. Urban Reviews
Smart, sexy Victoria Small has come to the end of her year offfrom men, that is. She's enjoyed her hiatus, the peace, quietand no unexpected interruptions. But now she's ready to have someone to come home to. And her timing is perfect, as not one, but two,
Trice Hickman is definitely ready to take the literary industry by storm. Urban Reviews
Smart, sexy Victoria Small has come to the end of her year offfrom men, that is. She's enjoyed her hiatus, the peace, quietand no unexpected interruptions. But now she's ready to have someone to come home to. And her timing is perfect, as not one, but two, handsome possibilities enter her life. . .
Ted, a powerful, blue-eyed CEO sends a thrill of excitement through her that shocks Victoria out of her comfort zone. Meanwhile, Parker, a talented surgeon, melts her defenses with his warmth and ebony good looks. The men are as different as can beinside and outbut they have one thing in common: they both want Victoria. And as she struggles to decide whatand whoshe really wants, Victoria will have to face her deepest fears, secrets, and desiresand decide if she's brave enough for true love, no matter what color it comes in. Her answer just may surprise everyone, including herself. . .
"Hickman hits all the high notes in this charming modern romance where love and loyalty trump race." Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Readers will love the heroine's integrity, love for her friends and desire to succeed using her wits instead of her body." Romantic Times
"I can't wait to see what Trice Hickman does next!" Mary Monroe
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Chapter OneNot Necessarily In That Order......
"Why is my life so damn complicated?" Victoria asked herself as she steered her car past her circular driveway, toward the car pad in the back. She turned off the engine and sat for a few minutes, reflecting on the last twelve hours of her day. Work and men, not necessarily in that order, had thoroughly wrecked her nerves.
She grabbed her handbag, leather attaché, and umbrella from the passenger seat, took a deep breath, and readied herself for the cold Atlanta rain that had been falling all day. Looking overhead at the evening sky, Victoria could see that it was just as unsettled as her mood. She stuck out one leg, planting her size-nine, black Ferragamo onto the cold, wet pavement. "Damnit, it's days like this that I wish I'd never turned the garage into a home gym," she cursed, quickly pushing her umbrella open as she made a mad dash for the door. She fumbled with her key until it slid into the lock.
"Home sweet home," she said out loud. Each time Victoria walked through her door she felt an immediate sense of comfort. After patiently saving money, buying high-end furniture, scouring antique stores, and then garnering her treasured finds in a storage unit she'd rented, Victoria had finally found her dream home. This month made one year since Sherry Smith, realtor extraordinaire, had led her to 1701 Summerset Lane.
"Sherry, this house is beautiful!" Victoria had marveled, pulling her long black hair behind her ear as she and Sherry approached the large Tudor-style house.
"I came by first thing this morning to check it out for myself," Sherry smiled, flashing her perfect, cosmetically whitened teeth. "This home is a lovely split level with three large bedrooms including a master suite. There's even an extra bonus room that'll be great for a home office. Victoria, I know you'll just adore the large living and dining room; they're perfect for entertaining. And wait 'til you see the hardwood floors, high ceilings and crown moldings throughout. Believe me, this house is you, dear," Sherry gushed, already calculating her sizeable commission.
Things had been very different twelve months ago when Victoria walked into her dream home—out of a recent nightmare. And as she replayed today's events in her mind, she had a funny feeling that her life was about to take an unpredictable turn. Her day began with an interesting twist when Ted Thornton knocked on her office door.
Warm Cinnamon Sugar ...
"Hi Ted, how are you?" Victoria smiled, startled to see him as she looked up from the stack of papers on her desk.
"I'm well, thank you," he smiled back, allowing his eyes to quickly dart over both Victoria and her office.
Ted Thornton had been hired at ViaTech seven months ago. Lamar Williams, the Founder and CEO of the company, had successfully wooed him from Asco Systems, one of their toughest competitors. Lamar was retiring next spring, and had handpicked Ted as his successor to run the company he'd built from a small storefront into a telecommunications powerhouse. Ted was well known and highly regarded throughout the telecom industry, which made Lamar confident in his choice of the man he both admired professionally and respected personally. It was even rumored that Ted had negotiated a deal with Lamar to become part owner of the privately held company once he assumed the permanent CEO position next spring.
For a man of forty-five, Ted looked younger than his years. He was very handsome ... one could even say outrageously so. His ocean blue eyes, tall, lean body and confident allure attracted all the women at ViaTech, many of whom boldly flaunted themselves at him. He could have his pick of women, but he was careful, never giving them so much as a second glance. His nonchalance served to make him even more intriguing to his many admirers, particularly since it was no secret that his marriage of over twenty years was about as sunny as London in the fall.
"Victoria, do you have a minute?" Ted asked.
"Sure, have a seat," she said, motioning to the chair in front of her desk. Victoria had only seen Ted twice in the seven months he'd been with ViaTech. Their first encounter had been during her department's senior management meeting. He'd only been with the company for less than a week, and no one had expected him to attend department meetings so soon, or without warning. He had come in, stayed for a few minutes, then left as suddenly as he'd entered.
The second time was two months later when he'd requested individual meetings with senior staff in the Atlanta headquarters office. Their meeting had gone well. They'd started out discussing business strategies and ViaTech's future, then shifted to a more casual conversation: his adjustment from L.A. to Atlanta and her preference of Atlanta over her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. They even touched on their personal lives. Nothing too deep. Just nice get-to-know-you questions—Where did you grow up? What are your hobbies and interests? Their meeting ran well over the scheduled thirty minutes, and even Jen, Ted's personal assistant, had said that was a good sign because Ted Thornton wasn't a man prone to wasting time on idle chatter. But up to this moment, Victoria hadn't heard from him since that day many months ago.
Now, he was standing in her office and her mind raced to figure out why the hell he was there. She knew it wasn't every day that the acting CEO just happened to pop in for a visit. Victoria watched as he pulled out one of the leather chairs in front of her desk, unbuttoned the jacket of his gray, custom-made suit and took a seat. Even though most telecom companies practiced a relaxed dress code, ViaTech employees, save for the engineers, dressed like Wall Street investment bankers. He's very handsome, Victoria thought to herself, watching him settle comfortably into the chair.
"You have an incredible office," Ted observed, surveying the room. "The way you've decorated with art on the walls and plants all around ... it feels more like a room in your home than an office at work. And it smells good too."
Victoria smiled. "It's my job to make our employees feel comfortable when they come to me with problems or concerns, and I believe a welcoming environment helps to foster that." Although she appreciated his discerning eye and obvious good taste, she thought it was an unusual observation to make, given that most of the men at ViaTech could care less about her office's décor and had never commented on the fragrant smell that filled the room. But she noticed that Ted had taken in every detail.
"I like your style, Victoria," Ted smiled.
"Warm cinnamon sugar," she spoke up.
"I beg your pardon?"
"That's what you smell, it's warm cinnamon sugar–scented potpourri."
"Ahh ... very nice." Ted paused, giving himself a moment before proceeding with the speech he'd been rehearsing for days. "Victoria, as you know, ViaTech is the number two telecom company in the region. But our goal, and my plan, is to make us number one. The only way to hit that target is through the strength of our human capital. Only the best and the brightest can lead this company forward."
Victoria nodded in agreement, but wondered where he was going with the conversation.
"Five years ago the executive management team developed a highly selective year-long mentoring program to identify individuals who show great leadership potential. You're familiar with the program, are you not?" he asked.
"Yes, I'm very familiar with the Executive Mentoring Program. Our department handles the announcements." Who doesn't know about EMP? Victoria thought, letting out a frustrated sigh—but only in her head.
The EMP nominations for the upcoming year were due to be announced next week. Victoria was sure that Patricia Clark, the senior director of compliance, would be nominated from their department for the prestigious honor. But she couldn't figure out why Ted had come down to her office to share that information.
"Then all that's left to say is congratulations, Victoria. I'd like to personally nominate you for the program," Ted smiled.
Victoria sat in stunned silence. At thirty-three, she was one of the youngest senior directors in the company. She'd started in the marketing department when she came to ViaTech six years ago after leaving Queens Bank. But after working for a short time in the all-white, male-dominated department, the only upward mobility she saw available required a willing libido, which for her was out of the question. So when the HR department posted an internal search to replace the director of employee relations, Victoria seized the position. A few years later she was promoted to senior director. She excelled in her job, which was a piece of cake compared to the rigors of having worked for Queens Bank. In return for her hard work, ViaTech rewarded her with a handsome salary, bonuses, and perks.
But despite her corporate success, Victoria longed for something else entirely. Her plan was to leave ViaTech next summer and do what her heart had been calling her to do for as long as she could remember—open her own event-planning and catering business. She'd started Divine Occasions a year ago, shortly after she bought her house. Slowly, she'd begun to build a client roster and was putting plans into motion to run her business full-time. Being nominated for EMP was the last thing she'd expected, or wanted for that matter.
"Ted, I'm ... um ... honored. I really don't know what to say," Victoria stammered. She came from behind her desk as Ted rose to his feet on her approach. She sat down in the chair beside him, crossed her long legs, and quickly tried to organize her thoughts.
Ted carefully inspected her from the top of her head to the tip of her pointed toe shoes, all done so smoothly she didn't even notice. Her silk blouse, slim fitted skirt, and double strand pearls and matching earrings gave her a decidedly feminine look he loved. "Just say you'll accept my nomination," he encouraged.
"Well, it's just that I'm really shocked by this ... I wasn't expecting it at all." Victoria's mind raced. All she could think about were her plans to leave ViaTech.
She knew that start-up costs for her business would be high, so she'd decided to work until next June so she could stash extra money under her belt before fleeing the corporate dungeon. Victoria knew that her father would gladly give her as much financial backing as she needed, even without presenting the business plan she'd been working on for months. His guilt, if for nothing else, would dictate that. But this was something she wanted to do on her own. So instead of accepting his money, she planned to apply for a low-interest loan just like any other bank customer. Besides, she knew that her cousin, Jeremy, who was now helping to run Queens Bank, which her father owned, would probably demand a perusal of her business plan. In Victoria's opinion, Jeremy was a first-class asshole.
She knew she had to ease out of the EMP nomination without giving away her plans. Her father had taught her the golden rule of corporate America—never let them know all your business!
Ted sensed her trepidation. "Victoria, you seem a little hesitant?" He was trying to figure out why a go-getter like her wasn't jumping at the golden opportunity he'd just laid before her.
"Actually, I am. The truth is, I have a lot on my plate right now." She could see the surprise on Ted's face, but she continued. "It's just bad timing. I believe in giving one-hundred percent, and if I don't see that it's possible for me to do my best, I don't commit. That's why as much as I'm flattered by the nomination ..."
"Victoria," Ted interrupted, "I understand your concerns. And yes, committing yourself to this program will require extra hours and projects, in addition to your normal workload. But I'll see to it that you have the support and resources you'll need."
Ted hadn't planned on Victoria turning him down, and now he was scrambling to convince her to accept his nomination. He'd been looking for a way to spend time with her since the first day they met. But without a legitimate work-related project, the acting CEO couldn't spend leisure office time with one of his many employees unless there was a damn good reason.
Initially, Ted questioned his decision for choosing Victoria. Was it because he was attracted to her, or was it because she deserved to be in the program? In the end he realized it was both. Her outstanding reviews, high praise from the executive team, and her record of achievement made her a prime candidate. And an added bonus was that he would finally be able to spend time with the woman he'd been thinking about and desiring from afar.
"Ted ... again, I appreciate the consideration and vote of confidence. But as I said, it's bad timing."
"I must say, I'm disappointed." Ted leaned back in his chair, quickly plotting his next move. "The nominations won't be finalized until next Friday. I'd like you to take a week and think it over," he asked, masking his desperation. He stood and buttoned his suit jacket, signaling that he was about to leave.
Victoria rose on cue. "All right, I'll think about it," she said, even though she knew her answer wouldn't change.
As she watched him walk out of her office, she could feel there was something arrestingly different about him. He wasn't like most executive types she knew. He seemed familiar, almost like she knew him, even though this was only their third encounter.
Just as she returned to her desk to finish her paperwork, Denise, her administrative assistant, walked through the door. She stood there, arms crossed and staring. "Girlfriend, what kind of excuse are you gonna come up with for not accepting that man's EMP nomination? Telling him you can't dedicate one-hundred percent is some bullshit that ain't gonna fly."
"Have you been out there listening?"
"Absolutely. You know I gotta get the 411," she grinned.
Victoria pictured Denise standing outside her door with a glass cupped to her ear like a detective in a 1960's spy movie. Denise called Victoria by her given name in the presence of their colleagues, but when they were alone she affectionately referred to her as "Girlfriend."
Denise was impeccably dressed, well-organized, and knew her job inside-out. She was an unabashed woman who could read you like last week's news, yet be gentle as a lamb when the occasion warranted. There were three things about Denise that were constant; she always smelled of Chanel No. 5, her pretty, apple-shaped face always boasted a smile, and she always shot straight from the hip, never sugar coating anything. She had an Associate's degree in Administrative Office Technology and a PhD in common sense. She was sharper than a J.A. Henckels carving knife, and Victoria relied heavily upon her insight.
"Denise, why didn't you tell me that Ted Thornton was coming to my office? I was completely caught off-guard."
"Sorry. He must've come by my desk while I was in the copy room," Denise said, handing Victoria a thick stack of papers. "When I came back your door was half-closed. I was going to come in and see what was going on, but then I heard you two talking, and well ... I listened because Mr. Thornton never comes down to anyone's office," she said, placing her hands on her ample hips.
"I'm shocked. I just knew that Patricia had the nomination in the bag, at least that's what she's been telling everyone. Can you imagine how embarrassing it's going to be for her when she finds out that she's not one of the ten nominees?"
"That's her problem. This is one time she can't throw her legs open to get what she wants. That woman is so shady, I wouldn't trust her with the keys to the shit house."
"Damn!" Victoria laughed. "You're right about that. But seriously, Ted Thornton can give me a week or even a month, I'm not going to change my mind."
"And you shouldn't. You've put your dream on hold long enough. You have to make yourself happy, Girlfriend."
"Tell me about it. I'm tired of running my business on the side and trying to maintain this job at the same time. It's really taken a toll over the last year. I just wish I'd had the courage to make this decision sooner," Victoria lamented.
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Trice Hickman is an award-winning and bestselling author. Prior to becoming a published author, Trice worked in management positions in higher education as well as corporate America. She holds a BA degree from Winston-Salem State University and an MA degree from Wake Forest University. Visit Trice online at www.tricehickman.com, or follow her on Twitter @TriceHickman.
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Ohmyfreakingosh!! I wish they both had left Victoria dumb confusing ass. She was too old to be so damn confused. Also the author spent too much time on wrong relationship. I'm too afraid to read the sequel because I'm sure the author continued this wrong focus. UGH! The supporting characters, the good & bad ones, were great. It's not a bad book, it's just that I'm waiting on authors to create a smart IR book with the black woman being an adult and not a 33 year old confused girl and not a whore trying to get her freak on. (VICTORIA WAS DEFINITELY NOT A WHORE IN THIS BOOK?) The book is 283 pages once you take away the plubishing, aknowledgements, and etc. Jakai
Trice walks you through victoria's business and personal life, at times you feel that victoria is a person that could be pushed over until she allows parker & Ted to take her emotion to places she did not want to go , you began to know that victoria does have a backbone she is not a spineless lady just DON'T push her buttons you will laugh and understand why as a women we get oursleves into so much man drama.
First read by this author and loved it!
I really enjoyed this book and was not ready for it to end. Great writing. She was not repetitive as many books are
Victoria Small took a year off from men in order to have some peace. She was hurt by a man in the past, and has been 'gun-shy' ever since. Feeling like she's back on track, Victoria is finally ready for the perfect mate. And, lucky for her, fate hears her request and presents her with two very different men to choose from. Ted is the boss at ViaTech where Victoria works. This telecommunications powerhouse is run by Ted - who not only exudes power and diplomacy, but also has the most beautiful ocean-blue eyes that every woman in the office wants focused on them. One morning, he arrives in Victoria's office to let her know that he is nominating her for the Executive Mentoring Program. He believes that Victoria has the 'chops' to be a huge part of ViaTech's management team. Sadly, Victoria turns him down. She is almost ready to quit her job and work full-time on her event-planning and catering business called Divine Occasions. This is the only thing she's wanted to do, and she's ready to achieve success. Now, Ted has never been turned down before - by anyone for anything - and this sparks his interest. Slowly, over time, he begins to open up to Victoria and wants with all his heart to become a bigger part of this amazing woman's life. While eating at The Cheesecake Factory - after a horrific workday that is filled with Patricia Clark, a horrible woman who not only wants the nomination to the executive program, but also wants to woo Ted, herself - Victoria stares at a table where a gorgeous man is dining. His ebony skin and stunning smile make Victoria want to leap out of her chair until, of course, a woman sits down beside him. The 'Gorgeous One' is Parker - a surgeon in Atlanta - who will soon become another huge part of Victoria's future. From a love triangle that will have readers completely intrigued, to a friendship that speaks volumes about caring and love, each and every scene locks readers to the page. This author has written a stunning story that not only spotlights the love factor, but brings to the forefront issues such as racism and biracial relationships. A well-layered novel. Enjoy!
I really enjoyed this book and hated for it to end. Trice Hickman is a new author to me but I am looking forward to reading more from her. This book could easily become a "series" with a devout fan base. The book was well written and funny with just the right mix of drama and mystery. The book was an easy read and enjoyable for the seasoned or novice reader!
Oh to be in LOVE. A young woman faces the obstacle of prejudice and is torn between right and wrong. Pay back is definitely what is needed. When people treat others impartial because of the color of one's skin, how do you remain focused? How do you do your job to the fullest, and remain focused on the legal side of the game? The average person might not be able to balance the two. Savvy business woman Victoria is capable of getting her job done, making those in the business industry who have wronged her pay her what she is due, and she also has the opportunity to nab two men. Here comes the twist. Most of us have been in the position where we have had to choose the man we will decide to make our lives with at one time or another. You have seen the ugly head of prejudice raise its head in the business industry, do you want to see prejudice in your everyday life? I encourage people of all colors and races to read this book, especially if you are dating or married to someone of another race. I also recommend that if you are truly having difficulties at your place of employment and you feel that race is involved, that you read this novel and gain strength from it. When you fall for two men, one of which is of another race, how would you handle it. Keep in mind that they both are very successful and handsome, you must rely on your heart to aid you in making the right decision.
Love is so abstract. You must be attracted to the person in some way first, right? Well, Victoria Small has establishing her event planning business as number one thing to do on her list. Even though she has prayed for God to send her a soul mate she isn¿t holding her breath for him to come knocking on her door. In a series of `unexpected interruptions¿ Victoria gets more men in her life than she ever expected. Enter Ted Thornton, a power CEO who has his eye set on Victoria. His loveless marriage, business concerns, and inability to get Victoria to see him as more than her boss can make a man do strange things. Ted manages to get Victoria interested in several major projects at work but can he get her to overlook the fact that he¿s white? Enter Mr. Gorgeous AKA Parker Brightwood, dedicated surgeon and super sexy black man. Parker is a ladies man that works his magic on the most unsuspecting females. Victoria is putty in his hands but will she allow her trust issues to put the kibosh on their relationship? Hickman tackles some difficult issues in this chronicle of love. Be ready to ponder these issues: feelings on interracial dating, the age old debate of light vs dark African Americans, when to leave the corporate world and start your own business, and who do you trust in the workplace. It is refreshing to read a novel that discusses underlying issues with meaning. Hickman is one of the few serious writers that will bring respect back to African American literature. I look forward to reading more from this new up and coming literary star.
Victoria Small is a beautiful, confident, thirty-something-year-old female on the fast track to success. She's a Senior Director in HR, has her dream home, a loving family and wonderful friends. The icing on the cake would be the love of a good man. After a one-year man hiatus, Victoria is ready to get her feet wet again. One night she lay in bed and said a prayer. 'God, please send me a good man...please send him fast! Amen.' Another night she lay in bed and said a prayer. 'Lord, if it's not too much to ask again, can you send me a good man...and send him fast?' I guess both prayers were heard, literally, because Victoria quickly finds herself with not one, but two men vying for her affection. Candidate number one...Parker Brightwood, aka Mr. Gorgeous, is a surgeon. He's just what Victoria asked for - kind, gentle, handsome, educated and knows how to treat a lady. And then there's candidate number two...Ted Thornton is the very handsome (outrageously so) CEO of a Fortune 500 company. He's just what Victoria asked for - patient, understanding, respectful to others, honest and loves her despite her flaws. Decision, decisions, decisions! What's a girl to do? How do you choose? Did I mention one of the eligible bachelors is white? Does it matter? Well, it may matter a little more than Victoria would like to think. Trice Hickman's debut, 'Unexpected Interruptions,' is entertaining, engaging and enjoyable throughout. This novel not only deals with the drama, pains and joys of love, but also touches on dark underlying issues of race. Trice Hickman is a refreshing new voice and I look forward to reading more of her work.
Victoria is flat and indecisive shes stupid. If race was such a freakin issue then dont date the whiteboy. The whole race issue was huge and trumped up but there really wasnt a reason why. Parker the perfect brother was hated on for no real reason. So hes a bit self obsorbed big freakin deal! Now after all that im a black chick with a white guy and i didnt choose him by default unlike victoria. So boo this book its not bad but i could have never read it and not missed a thing in fact i cant remember the name of this book now.
The writing was not bad but the female lead annoyed me. I started to wonder if she was capable of making a decision.
Loved this book and the characters. I am looking forward to the sequel.
Just the right mix of love and drama. I'm definately reading the sequel next!
The story kept me entertained. I really enjoyed this book and it was my first time reading from this author :)
I enjoyed this book now im ready to read the sequel!
Trice has a very special writing style, takes you right into her books, this book is a definite winner! Loved it!
This book had me hooked from the very being! Think this is one of the best books I've read this summer.
Love is a special thing , when the right person is loving you . I rooted for Ted from the beginning . All of us have to face some type of racism with in ourselves.
great easy quick read. can't wait to read the next chapter in mrs v life.
Unexpected Interruptions follows the life of Victoria Small, an intelligent, professional sister who has recently decided to end her year long hiatus from men and dating. She soon find herself getting more than she bargains for when she finds herself choosing between Ted Thornton, the CEO and boss she works for who happens to be white, and Parker Brighwood, the Black man that sweeps her off her feet and helps to mend her broken heart. Victoria finds herself in a struggle between the man who is the safe bet and fits her image of the type of man she should be dating, and the man who makes her heart skip a beat and whose friendship she has come to rely on. Trice Hickman has created a wonderful story of three dimensional characters in a story that will not let you put it down! She crafts a story that is humourous, yet talks about serious subjects that may affect all of us who are looking for love! This book is a must have for your personal library!
Welcome Victoria Small, an accomplished, successful white-collar employee who is dedicated, beautiful and independent 'and she's own a house in the famous Buckhead in the ATL' but wants a relationship so she can spend her success with the right man. Career wise, I like the fact that the author shows a successful black lady who comes from a strong-willed, tight knight househould 'a far cry from the rearing of urban streets'. I also admire that Victoria is an entreprenuer because she hopes to resign from her job to focus on her catering, event planning business, Divine Occasions. Victoria is shown with her different shade of friends 'ranging from French Vanilla to cafe au lait' because she cherishes the quality of friendship than thinking about through black and white mentality. Victoria is usually the loner when she goes out with her friends because everyone else is either married or is in an relationship 'it's a tough world for single people'. At work, the sexual, mutual attraction between Ted Thornton, the big boss of ViaTech has only one goal in mind and that is to win Victoria's heart because of her good qualities, not the color of her skin. I think she knows throughout in the book that Ted really likes her but she 'ignores' the attention and treats him like a good friend because, unconsciously, her mentality is engraved to think 'white is not right'. But after that, she realizes her attraction for him is undeniable. Enter Parker Bridgewood,a successful heart surgeon who is a descendant of the black, elite class in Washington DC 'can I say drama, ten thousand times because you know there is always something hidden underneath these sexy, successful, suave brothas'. Parker is handsome,educated, caring,a great conversationalist and most of all, he's black---the type of guy Victoria wants and unfortunately, Victoria feels that black men are rare gems so Parker immediately wins Victoria's heart. The story spirals into a situation where it speaks about racism among blacks 'dark-skin versus light-skin concept', the stigma of the black family, interracial opinions and the choices we make based on our skin color. The story reveals love has no color boundaries and this is how it should be in reality. But unfortunately, people use interracial romance as a way to negatively seperate themselves from their own race and disqualifying the black men and woman because of their subjective, unconsiderate prejudicial views.
Victoria Small is a beautiful, smart and accomplished African American Woman. A member of Atlanta's black elite. After her fiance's ultimate betrayal leaves her heartbroken and distrustful of men, Victoria decides to take a break from dating altogether and focus on her career. One year later, we find Victoria earning a six figure salary on her corporate job, living in her dream home and making plans to grow her event planning business. All she needs is someone to come home to. Victoria decides she is ready for love and prays to God (twice) to send her a good man. Well, God hears and answers her prayers and send not one... but two good men! First there's Parker, the smooth, sinfully sexy, cardiothoracic surgeon who comes a prominent African American family much like hers. Then there is Ted, the rich, powerful and devastatingly handsome CEO who just happens to be her boss and white. Both men want Victoria but have a completely different approach. Most of the book focuses on her relationship with one of the men while she struggles with her feelings for the other. While trying to envision what life would look like with each man, she often wavers in deciding who and what she wants. This is not hard to do considering everyone (friends, family, work colleagues) has an opinion. In the end she decides to sit still and listen to her heart. I really enjoyed this book. Issues of fidelity, trust, racism, family and societal influence as well as cultural matters are examined in a tasteful way. The balance of drama, romance and humor was perfect. I was happy with the outcome but there is a sequel, "Keeping Secrets & Telling Lies", so I guess there's more to this story. 4.5 stars
My first time reading this author, but certainly not my last. I have since read the other three books in this series: Keeping Secrets & Telling Lies; Looking for Trouble, and Trouble Maker. I give all four titles a five star rating and look forward to reading more by Ms. Hickman.
Loved it. The guy was so crazy that I gothooled instantly