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We Take This Man
     

We Take This Man

3.8 21
by Candice Dow
 

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Dwight and Tracey Wilson are living the ideal life with their two children in a brand new home in Florida. They are both excited when Dwight is offered a promotion at work, but the downside is that the job is located in Maryland. After much discussion, Tracey decides that she does not want to leave their new house. Dwight makes the decision to accept the position

Overview

Dwight and Tracey Wilson are living the ideal life with their two children in a brand new home in Florida. They are both excited when Dwight is offered a promotion at work, but the downside is that the job is located in Maryland. After much discussion, Tracey decides that she does not want to leave their new house. Dwight makes the decision to accept the position and return home on weekends.


Alicia Dixon has spent her life hating and not trusting men after her father mistreated her mother, but she can't help but fall for the new guy in her company...Dwight. They both try to fight their attraction to one another, but it proves to be a losing battle-Alicia is everything that his southern wife is not.


When Alicia ends up pregnant, Dwight decides to end things with Tracey, but the process proves not to be as easy as Dwight had hoped.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Dwight and Tracey Wilson have two children and a committed marriage, until Dwight is offered a major promotion that will take him from Florida to Maryland and Tracey is unwilling to move. Dwight takes up with co-worker. Alicia Dixon at his new job, and when she gets pregnant, he marries her, not knowing that his divorce was never finalized. Alicia's excitement ("I had snagged an endangered species: a successful black man who loved me") is short-lived when Tracey arrives to reclaim Dwight. Wanting to do the right thing for both women and all his children, Dwight, Tracey and Alicia embark on an unconventional solution that forces them all together. Veteran authors Dow and Poole team up to tell this complicated story, but this tale of a weak man who can't or won't make a choice is less than compelling. Women will leave this book wondering how Dwight was able to land one of these women, let alone two, and will be mystified at what exactly the women are fighting so hard to keep. (Jan.)

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Library Journal

A long-distance marriage turns sour in this urban love tale from Dow (Caught in the Mix) and Poole (All I Want Is Everything). While living in Florida, Dwight and Tracey are happy together with their children, but when Dwight is offered a promotion and has to commute to Maryland, he meets and falls for another woman.


—Ann Burns

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440791963
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
05/20/2010

Meet the Author

Candice Dow is a native of Baltimore, MD and graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Johns Hopkins University. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a Software Engineer. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Rho Xi Omega Chapter in Baltimore, and enjoys mentoring teenage girls. Candice is the author of four novels: Caught In The Mix, Ain't No Sunshine, A Hire Love, and Tappin' On Thirty. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.

Daaimah S. Poole began writing in a black and white copybook and wrote every time she had the chance. After finishing her first novel, she got a deal with Kensington books. Her titles include: Yo Yo Love (12/03), Got A Man (07/03), What's Real (05/05), Ex-Girl to the Next Girl (05/06), and All I Want Is Everything (09/07).

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We Take This Man 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
drecake More than 1 year ago
wow this is what i see in the news! - like 3company on tv,? i feel sad for the man in the middle but talking abount haveing your cake & eatting it too! ( this is every man dream come true!) liveing with 2 women ?
Kaileigh More than 1 year ago
This was a decent book. Not something I can see happening, but anything is possible. Two of the characters got on my nerves big time, especially one of them, but I am happy with the ending.
Chapters More than 1 year ago
At first I thought this was a typical book about a man who is cheating on his wife. After reading the 2nd chapter, I had to change my thought process, this is not just another typical book. As you read the book you can see why Dwight did what he did and how both the woman in his life gave him something different. You grow to love Alicia and hate Tracey then as you read on your feelings start to change for these two woman. Candice and Daaimah did a great job in keeping the reader's attention. I found it very hard to put this book down. This is my firt time reading something from these two ladies and I look forward to reading more of their books.
tan49 More than 1 year ago
the book i thought was going to be really good but kind of make me sick with all this sharing of dwight, at first i it started to get good but then i got bored with them staying in the same house... I love daaiah poole books but this i wouldn't read again but it was a good spin the book i would of like the end to be a little better like dwight leaving his wife for all the crazy stuff she did.
Avid_readerDJ More than 1 year ago
This novel puts different spin on extramarital affairs. Good writing style& it's great for a rainy day read.
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I did not like this story at all. It was too far fetched for my taste. If you can, get it from the library!
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Arlisia Caldwell More than 1 year ago
The book ws good but left you guesing at the end. Maybe they did this in the event that they wrote a sequel. I would love to know what became of the characters in this story.
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Jamaica:I have to say I was somewhat skeptical when I picked up this book. First, I'm usually not a fan of books that are tag-team written by two authors. In my experience, books that have multiple authors are usually a muddle of different voices working against each other. Plus, book is about a three-way marriage----and the book's cover makes no secret about its subject matter, with a tuxedoed groom with a white-gowned bride on each arm. I'm not usually a fan of the love-triangle story, so I went into this book waving a lot of red flags around. But Dow and Poole's tight, focused writing, along with their very original take on the old love-triangle theme, make this book well worth a read. The plot centers around Dwight Wilson, a successful software executive, his longtime wife Tracey, and his newfound love Alicia, whom he meets when he has to move away from his home in Jacksonville, Florida to Washington DC as part of a job transfer. Tracey is settled into her life in Florida and refuses to move to Washington, forcing Dwight to enter into a long-distance marriage. The marriage begins to fall apart, and Dwight begins romancing Alicia Dixon on the side. Dwight files for divorce, and he marries Alicia when his divorce is final so they can both begin a new life in Washington---or so he thinks. But unbeknownst to him, back in Florida Tracey contests the divorce at the last possible second and it doesn't go through---making Dwight a bigamist. All manner of shenanigans occur, to the point that when Tracey and Dwight find out that their "husband" is simultaneously married to two different women, they decide to try out a "three-way" marriage arrangement so they can both keep their man. But guess what? It doesn't work. The whole arrangement falls apart in the most catastrophic way possible. Dow and Poole made clever use of their different writing styles and author voices by having the narrative switch back and forth between the two women in the love triangle. This works very well. Each chapter is dedicated either to Tracey---the longtime, settled wife and mother----or Alicia, the "other woman" who becomes a wife and mother herself---offering the reader a chance to get inside both women's heads. Though the plot becomes more and more implausible---almost soap-opera-like at times----Dow and Poole's unique voices and strong characterizations keep the reader hooked at all times. Perhaps the book's greatest strength is its snapshot-like ability to capture the nuances of upper-class African-American society, along with its biting social commentary on some of that segment of society's traditions, taboos, and unspoken rules of love and marriage. We Take This Man is a complex-yet-satisfying tale that asks a lot of tough moral questions, and resolves those questions in ways that you probably won't expect. Authors Dow and Poole make up a unique and memorable writing team. Definitely pick this one up---you won't regret it!
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AlltheBuzz More than 1 year ago
Dwight Wilson has received a wonderful job promotion, one that will net him tens of thousands more per year in his annual salary. There are two drawbacks, however. First, his promotion requires a move to another city. Secondly, his wife Tracey refuses to move because not only will it uproot her two young children, she will also have to give up her dream home which she has spent months decorating and getting just right. Refusing to give up on this once in a lifetime opportunity, Dwight makes the move on his own. Try as he might, the long distance marriage just isn't working. Unfortunately divorce from Tracey becomes a reality. Determined to move on with his life, Dwight falls in love with his co-worker Alicia and they eventually marry. Little does Dwight know, Tracey never filed the divorce papers which leaves Dwight facing an improbable situation. When I saw the title, We Take This Man and read the synopsis of the story, I expected a book full of drama, such as cat-fighting, back-stabbing, and vindictive, jealous rages. Instead, what I encountered was a timid read that progressed and ended in such a way that even I, "Ms. Non-controversy", couldn't imagine or allow if faced with such a predicament. The plot was weak in that it never really exploded into the jaw dropping, "oh no they didn't", tumultuous storyline that it could have been. The female characters came off as being petty and selfish instead of the in your face, finger waving, neck rolling and vindictive women you would expect in a scenario such as this. Despite my misgivings with this book, it was a quick, easy read and I commend the authors for their collaborative efforts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RT-Lover-of-Urban-Romance More than 1 year ago
I love me some Candice Dow! This is the first book that I've read by Daaimah, but it won't be the last. I really enjoyed this all-out-drama between Dwight, Tracey and Alicia. This book had me laughing out loud and saying throughout: "Are You Kidding me"? Tracey was a better woman than me with some of her decisions. I guess she brought it on herself when she chose to just let her man move to Maryland without his family. Dwight tried to tell her A double S to move, but, Nooooooooooo! She wasn't have it! Well, guess what? Alicia had some answers for my girl! The drama in this book was a trip! The ending was not predictable. I didn't know how this story was going to end and I liked the ending. It was a fast paced, page-turner! I throughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by these two authors. Good job with this collaboration ladies!
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
Dwight and Tracey were high school sweethearts now married ten years. Life for them is picture-perfect - two daughters, a nice home filled with love. While Florida may be where the heart is, Dwight's job has changed the address. Tracey is adamant about staying put. Unable to convince Tracey to make the move, it's decided that Dwight will be acquiring plenty of frequent flyer miles.

Displeased with her husband, the money is plentiful. Unfortunately, she learns that being a single mother is hard work on a daily. Day by day her loathe for her husband grows. She decides that he'll come home and sets out to force his hand.

Alicia Dixon is not pleased with her work situation. Instead of promoting her, they've hired an outsider and she's not looking forward to having to go through the steps of teaching someone the job she already knows. Reluctantly, she gives her new boss a chance. Quickly she learns that he is a good guy, who's just as efficient, if not more. It's not long before the two make a bond.

Dwight's loneliness is piling up. Tracey's all about the plotting. Alicia appears to be in the right place at the right time. When emotions go into overload, the two become three. Will it be the best of both worlds? Or will the epidemic of infidelity corrode their lives?

WE TAKE THIS MAN, co-written by Dow and Poole, tackles a taboo relationship. Though I was captivated by the idea, I had serious concerns. I agree that the book is well written, drama filled and makes you laugh easily, but it's also very inconceivable, especially when we're speaking about two strong-minded women. I'm certain like my own, curiosity is definitely going to not only get people to read the book, but incite plenty. WE TAKE THIS MAN is without doubt a conversation piece.

Reviewed by: Crystal
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Florida Dwight and Tracey Wilson seem to have the perfect marriage as they raise their two children in their new home. They are euphoric when Dwight has a chance for a major promotion, but Tracey changes her mind when she learns the job is in Maryland. They talk and argue over relocating until Dwight takes the position and leaves on own with plans to return to Florida on weekends; while Tracey remains behind with the kids. That arrangement fails.

Dwight ends his marriage with Tracey and soon afterward has an affair with his work peer Alicia Dixon. When she becomes pregnant, Dwight marries her, but he is unaware that his divorce from Tracey is not finalized. Instead his legal wife arrives in Maryland hoping to save their marriage.

This is a well written entertaining extended family drama starring three people with personal issues that make each struggle with relationships. However, most readers will have a problem with the basic premise that each of the two women wants Dwight as their mate to help them raise their kids although he comes across as emotionally feeble and unable to cope with one family let alone raising two. Fans will enjoy this intriguing tale of a bigamist caught between two women, three children, and his inability to decide what to do; leaving it up to Tracey and Alicia to come up with an alternative family arrangement if the two strong women can stop their bickering and compromise.

Harriet Klausner