Payback Is a Mutha (Payback Series #1)

Payback Is a Mutha (Payback Series #1)

by Wahida Clark

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In this gritty urban drama, New York Times bestselling author Wahida Clark tells the story of a woman who thinks she has everything, but who really has everything to lose—starting with her best friend, and ending with her life . . . 

Brianna and Shan couldn't be more different. From her $1,200 weave to her closet full of Gucci, Prada, and Chanel, Brianna believes that men were born to bankroll her lifestyle. Shan likes to make her own money by working for a living at a men's prison—and prefers Sean John, Baby Phat, and Fubu to Jimmy Choo. Still, despite appearances, Shan and B are sisters where it counts—or so they think . . . 

For B, lying is part of the hustle, and the hustle is what gets her sex, clothes, cars—pretty much whatever she wants. She couldn't care less who gets hurt along the way, as long as it isn't her. But it's one thing to hustle tricks, and quite another to betray the one person who really cares. When one of B's schemes goes too far, blood is spilled—and Shan is caught in the crossfire. Now, with friendship and lives on the line, Brianna's got one last chance to change her ways—or suffer the consequences . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758212542
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Series: Payback Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Wahida Clark was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey. She decided to write fiction while incarcerated at a women's federal prison camp in Lexington, Kentucky. Crowned the “Queen of Thug Love Fiction” by Nikki Turner, the “Queen of Hip Hop Fiction” herself, Wahida’s style of writing is the template for urban literature. When you read her novels, they are so real that you are convinced of one of three things: you know the characters, you want to know the characters, or you are one of the characters. Her bestselling novels include Thug Matrimony, Every Thug Needs a Lady, Thugs and the Women Who Love Them, Payback Is a Mutha, and the novella Enemy in My Bed in Sleeping with the Enemy, all published by Kensington/Dafina Books.

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Copyright © 2006

Wahida Clark
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7582-1254-2


"Gurrll, guess what?" Shan was almost jumping up and down as she shouted at her best friend Brianna through the phone.

"Why are you screaming?" Brianna asked with obvious agitation.

"I got the job, girl! I got the J-mutha fuckin'O-B!"

"Which one? You done interviewed with damn near fifty thousand people."

"The computer instructor for the prison, FCI Memphis. They just hung up."

Brianna sucked her teeth and rolled her eyes. "It took them long enough. I would have changed my mind. I don't see why you want to work for the prison system or work, period! All these niggas out here with money."

"Bitch, please! Everybody ain't a gold diggin' hoe like you. I need my own cash and I don't want to suck dicks to get it!"

"You better get with the program. What the fuck you think these niggas are for? There's absolutely no excuse for bitches like us to be broke!" Brianna shrieked in bewilderment. "And the last time I checked you were talking to two niggas! Where are they! You ditched them? Sometimes I don't understand your line of thinking." Then she frowned. "Working at a prison?"

"Bitch, just because you were in the BOP, and I choose to work for the BOP, don't hate. Congratulate! Plus, I've only been kickin' it with Calvin for a month. He likes me because he sees it ain't all about the cash with me. I'd rather get my own and have my own."

"Girlfriend, please! Do you hear yourself? Like I said, you better step up your game and get with the program. You can fall for that weak shit if you want. That nigga knows it's all about the cash. Niggas ain't nothin' but tricks."

"Do you, B, 'cause you know I'ma do me, so are you down to help me celebrate or what?"

"Like I said, if you were on top of your game-"

"Girl," Shan interrupted, "I bet you even hustle niggas in your sleep! Don't you?"

They both burst out laughing. Brianna knew for sure that Shan was telling the truth. "Let me make a few phone calls and I'll call you around nine. Dress to impress. You know I gotta kill two birds with one stone. I'ma celebrate with you and see who I can get with later." Brianna said.

"Yeah, I know how you do. But don't worry about me dressing to impress. You just make sure you are here by nine. Don't call at nine. Be here at nine! Peace out."

"Wait. What are you getting ready to do?" Brianna asked.

"Take a beauty nap. What you think?"

"Whatever, hoe. Do you."

"I'm trying. Peace."

After Brianna hung up the phone she dialed Yolanda, her hairdresser. "Landa, what's up? This is Brianna."

"I know who this is." She snapped. "What do you want? I have two bitches under the dryer, two at the sinks, the one in my chair and three waiting. You just came here two days ago, so no, I can't squeeze you in!" Yolanda rattled off.

Brianna sucked her teeth and rolled her eyes. "How do you know that's why I'm calling?"

Brianna was busted.

"Hoe, I know you, so stop playing games. I told you I'm busy."

"Too busy for an eight-pack on top of what I usually pay?" Yolanda was thinking. Her regular fee plus an eight ball of coke? "Yeah. That's what I thought." Brianna snapped back. "What's the best time to come?"

"Be here at two, Brianna. Not two fifteen, two thirty. And bring my shit!"

Brianna hung up without responding.

She stood in front of the mirror as she pinned up her $1,200 weave. "Where should we go tonight?" she asked the mirror. It was Friday night, and she wanted to take full advantage of it. Her girl, Shan, loved the hip-hop clubs, but B's first preference was anything where the real ballers hung, so she knew she had to choose the spot.

Her and Shan had been friends since the third grade. Everyone thought that they were family. Shan was closer to Brianna than her own blood sister. Unforeseen forces bound them closer together, like when Shan's parents were killed in that fatal car accident, and when Brianna got pregnant in the seventh grade and her mother put her out. They really leaned on one another. Even though Brianna lost the baby, her mother still wouldn't take her back. When social services came and took Shan and her brother, Peanut, away, Brianna was homeless. When a relative came and rescued them from the group home, that's when they took Brianna off the streets. Her mother didn't allow her back home until she went to the tenth grade.

Other than their copper complexions, they were night and day in just about every way. Brianna had those full pouty lips, while Shan had dainty sensuous ones. Brianna's nose was full; Shan's was a cute little button. Brianna's onion screamed, "Goddamn!" Shan's onion screamed, "Dayuum!" Brianna was tall and Shan was short. Brianna had to wear Gucci, Prada, and Chanel, while Shan preferred Sean John, Baby Phat, and FUBU. Brianna had the weave, fake nails, and boob job, while Shan had the locks, sported her real nails and refused to do the makeup thing. Brianna went to prison, while Shan now chose to work at a prison. Brianna lived large off the ballers, while Shan preferred the legit businessman or blue collar worker. Which is why everyone couldn't figure out how they remained so close over the years.

During Brianna's eighteen month prison bid the only three people who stuck by her was Shan, Peanut and one of her sugar daddys by the name of Nick. He kept money on her books and allowed her to run up his phone bill. She had mad love for Nick but she had been out now for almost a year and he felt like she still owed him. Brianna had recently told him that she gave him enough pussy to consider her debt paid in full.

Upon hearing the phone ring, Brianna snatched it up. "Hello."

"What up, B?"


"You don't even know who this is."

"Oh, I know who this is," she teased. "There is only one Shadee."

"Act like you know, girl! I thought I was gonna have to tap that ass. I need to swing by later on."

"Around what time? I got a hair appointment and me and my girl is going out. Can you come before six?"

"That'll work."

"Be on time, please."

"I got you."

She sucked her teeth. "Yeah, right." She hung up and immediately called Hook.

When Hook answered Brianna said, "Okay, nigga, I don't owe you nothing else. Your boy said he'll be here around six, which means eight. So handle yours."

"Handle mines?" he asked, sounding pissed off. "We straight as long as it's worth my while."

"Look nigga, that ain't got shit to do with me. I called you and it's on so now we are even. Ya heard?"

Hook didn't say anything for a minute. "Bitch, it's over when I say it's over! Ya heard?"

Brianna sighed as she slammed down the phone. "How in the fuck did I ever get involved with a sorry, punk ass nigga like that?" she said through clenched teeth.

Shadee didn't show up until a quarter after eight. When Brianna opened the door he grabbed her by her hair and gave her a big sloppy kiss. "What up, B?" he asked while squeezing her ass. His six foot two inch rich chocolate frame filled up the doorway. His white du rag was tied so tight it was making his already chinky eyes looked closed.

"I'm on my way out. My girl is waiting on me. When it comes to me you never have a concept of the time, do you?"

"Time is always on our side, B. And it's time to break me off a little sumthin' sumthin'." He grinned, causing that left dimple to wink.

"I don't think so. If you would have come a little earlier time would have been on your side. But, I'm dressed, ready to go and my girl is waiting on me."

"So, B, it's like that?"

"Right this minute? Yeah!" She tried to move his hands off her ass. "You always puttin' me on the back burner."

"Let me break you off, then," he whispered into her ear. "You can spare a few minutes for that, can't you?"

Brianna really didn't have to think that one over because Shadee could give tha bomb head. It felt like he had two tongues and like he put his nose in it.

"That got your attention, huh?" He laughed, sucked on her luscious lips some more, then picked her up and took her to the bedroom. "When are you gonna settle down for me?"

She slipped off her dress as soon as he put her down. "When can you settle down for me?" She flipped it.

"Why you gotta always answer my question with a question?" He slapped her on the ass.

"Oowww! Why'd you do that?" She rolled her eyes at him.

"Answer my question." He watched her nipples stick out as he played with them.

"That feels good." She slid back onto the bed, spread her thighs and ran her feet across his chest. "Can I answer you later?" She moaned as he licked the inside of her thighs.

"Yeah, I guess you can do that," he said as he spread her swollen pussy lips, smiled at the sight of her clit sticking straight out and sucked one of his favorite juicy pussies until he couldn't suck anymore.

As Brianna washed up, Shadee packed in a bag six kilos of powder, 8Gs, and he took two of those and threw them on the coffee table for Brianna. "Yo, B!" he called. Brianna's apartment was one of the spots he used as a stash spot.

As Hook and his boy Rob sat in the car waiting for Shadee and watching his Benz, Shadee was kissing B on the lips. "Can I come by later?"

"Call me, okay?"

"Give me another kiss." He leaned over and kissed her, then headed out the door.

"Here comes our boy." Rob was anxious as hell as he grabbed his pipe and they sprang from the car. As Shadee went to unlock the car door Rob smashed him over the head with the pipe, causing Shadee to let out a loud grunt as he fell over. Hook grabbed the black duffel bag, then him and Rob stuffed Shadee's limp body onto the backseat. Hook started the car and as soon as he got it out of park a forest green Hummer blocked him in and out jumped five of Shadee's boys.

Chapter Two SHAN

"Who is it?"

"Who you expecting?"

A smile lit up Shan's face as she opened the door for her brother Peanut and his boy Nick who used to be Brianna's sugar daddy. "I wasn't expecting you." She pushed up on her tippy toes and kissed him on the cheek. "So, to what do I owe the pleasure of this visit?"

"What you trying to say?" he asked as he walked in, inspecting her apartment with Nick right behind him.

"Boy, don't even try it. I ain't trying to say nothing-I said it! Why you walking through my house like you the social worker or somebody?" She teased him as she followed behind him. "Have a seat, Nick."

Even though he wouldn't say it, Peanut liked the gray and mauve color scheme she had going on throughout the entire apartment. But when you got to the bedroom it was full of black lacquer, red, yellow, light blue, and purple. It was weird. It was as if you had stepped into another apartment.

"What? You tryna hide something or somebody?" He closed her bedroom door.

"Not from you." She pushed him into the living room onto the sofa. She plopped down beside him. Peanut had been her mother, father, brother, and best friend since their parents were killed. Which caused them to have a very tight bond. "I don't know why you tryna front. Just say it. 'Baby sis, I just love your beautiful apartment. It's better and cleaner than what all my hoes got.'"

Peanut just smiled at her and Nick burst out laughing. "Oh, so you got jokes? It's not better than mines."

"Yeah, right. But guess what?" She could barely contain herself.


"I got the job and guess which one?" She was now off of the couch and hopping up and down.

"You making me dizzy. Sit your happy ass down."

"C'mon, Peanut. Guess which one?"

"I give up Shan, so tell me."

"You ain't no fun no more. The prison job. I got the computer instructor job I was telling you about." Shan plopped back down next to Peanut once she saw the look on his face.

"You know I don't want you working at a men's prison. What if a riot or something breaks out? You the police Sis. You ain't gonna get no special treatment," concern evident in his voice.

"Don't start." She jumped up again and headed out of the living room. "You know how much I wanted this one."

"Well, don't expect me to be happy for you. I don't feel right with my baby sister working around a bunch of crazy ass niggas, Shan." He heard the bedroom door slam. "Shan! Shan!"

"What?" She snatched the door open.

"Fix me something to eat."

"Fix it yourself! I'm getting ready to shower and get dressed. Me and Brianna will be going out tonight to celebrate; at least she's happy for me."

"Yeah, right! Brianna ain't never had no job; of course she's happy."


"What time y'all leaving and where are y'all going?"

Shan sucked her teeth. "I told her to be here at nine."

"Where y'all going?"

"You getting on my nerves now."

"Girl, you better tell me where you going," he warned as he stretched out onto the sofa.

"I don't know where we're going. It's her treat."

"Well, I suggest you find out."

"Nick, get your boy."

"Don't get me caught up in the middle of y'alls sibling rivalry."

Nick wasn't getting involved.

"Oh, a'ight, then. I see how you do. When B comes let her in. I gotta go get ready."

"Shan, I'm serious; where y'all goin'?" Peanut pressed.

"I told you I don't know. Ask her when she comes." Shan kept it moving and left Peanut and Nick sitting in the living room.

"Yo, what's up, man? You know I don't need to be here when that bitch gets here. I'ma bust that thirsty bitch in her fuckin' mouth if I see her."

"Man, chill. I told you, you can't turn a hoe into a housewife. I'ma kick it here for a while. Go pick up that money from Darnell and come back."

Nick raised his six foot four inch frame up, gave Peanut a pound and headed for the door. "A'ight, man. I'll swing back by."

"Later." Peanut kicked back and grabbed the remote. He knew that Nick's pride was hurt. Brianna got all she wanted to get outta his man and dumped him. Peanut realized Nick was still sprung over her.

Brianna came out of her East Memphis town house and went in the opposite direction, missing the activity behind her. She jumped into her champagne colored Lexus and headed Orange bound to Shan's house.

Ten minutes later Brianna was knocking on the door.

"It's open," Peanut yelled.

Brianna stepped inside, smiled and licked her lips when she saw Peanut sitting on the couch. "Why is the door open?"

"Your boy Nick just left. You just missed him."

"Nigga, please." She put her Chanel bag down and stood directly in front of Peanut. "Where's your sister?"

"She's in the room getting dressed."

Brianna got down on her knees and began kissing Peanut as she unzipped his pants. "Did I ever tell you, you look like Michael Jackson when he was black and oh so fine?" She was planting kisses all around his neck. "Did I?"

"All the time," he said seductively. She kept kissing him, causing his body to heat up.

"A'ight now. You gonna get us busted. Shan can come out the room any minute now and your man said he'd be right back," Peanut said as he slid his hand up her dress.

"So what are you saying?" She began slurping on the head of his dick.

"You playing with fire, that's what I'm saying." He opened his legs wider and got in a better position. "Do you B, but make it quick." Peanut hit the mute button so that he could hear Shan, Nick, and the slurping sounds she made on his dick. "Damn ... girl. Ssssshit ..." He grabbed the back of her head. "Whoaa, girl, why you stop?" His dick was hard as ten bricks and was sticking straight out.

"You got a condom?"

"C'mon, B." He grabbed her head. "What you need a condom for? You was almost done!"

"I want some dick, nigga."

"Girl, stop playing." His dick was throbbing so hard that he was ready to grab it and finish his self off.

She sucked her teeth, got up and pulled a condom out of her Chanel bag. She ripped it open with her teeth and began putting it on a pissed-off Peanut.

"How you know I wanna fuck?" He watched her roll it down seductively on his dick with skill. "How bout I just want my dick sucked."

Brianna turned around, pulled her dress up above her waist, bent over, grabbed onto the coffee table and spread her legs. "Daddy, don't do me like this. C'mon, please," she purred.

Peanut stood up and rammed his dick in Brianna's hot wet pussy. They both moaned out loud at the same time. Peanut thought his dick was going to explode. "Oh, shit, Daddy! That's right! Give me that dick!"

"Keep it down, B." Peanut was ramming her so hard his balls were making slapping sounds. "Aaah, bitch!" He went to cumming and so did Brianna.


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Dani11 More than 1 year ago
I am 51, and for some reason I never thought I would read a book like this! Nver picked one up in the bookstore. I was out of reading material, and saw "Thugs Lovin" at a friends house. She told me it wsa excellent and I had to read it. I am hooked, I went two days later and bought every Wahida Clark book!! I now read Ashley & Jaquavis, Nikki and anything else I can get my hands on! Wahida, please write faster!!!
diyaamber More than 1 year ago
Huuuuge fan. I have read them all in order. I get so mad because I read them so fast and then I have to wait for the next one. Ms. Clark knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. This needs to be a movie or a show on showtime. She has enough material.
Meka1 More than 1 year ago
It took me a minute to get ALL the characters down, but once I did O BOY; it was on......never a dull moment in the book. as they said EVERYONE had a HUSTLE!!! You must get this book. i wanted to throw my NOOK across the room a few times LOL!!!! it was some parts that made you scream! Wahida i give you a high 5, now on to the sequel, Payback with Ya Life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know why there is a feeling that you must go to terrible extremes to get the reader's attention. I have visuals in my brain that I just can't erase. I guess that is something to say for the author, I will never forget this book, for all the wrong reasons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book I have all her books I can't believed how Brianna played the game she was so triffling
Snicker More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, keeps your attention once you start reading it and it is very graphic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little skeptical at first, i thought it would be tired up consumating scenes and what not. When reading this book i was completely engrossed! some people may not like it because it gets a little graphic but in reality things like this happen everyday! This book takes drama to another level! There is no way you can not love this book!
iamslim More than 1 year ago
Wow this book was really good I finish listening to this in one day . it was funny and had a lot of surprises . specially what happened to Briana even though she was shady was a mug I didn't think she deserve that.if she would've lived long enough she woulve realized that Shan was still her friend. I definilty enjoyed this book and I can't wait to listen to part 2 .I was rooting for Shan and Kelvin. Oh well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read!
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Chicagoan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hated this book - I guess I am just not a Clark fan.
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I am an avid reader. I love my books. I never liked the urban or thug love books but Wahida made me a believer. I started with her Thug series and wanted more. The twist and turns in this book had my jaw dropping plenty. The "brothas on the down low" part made me a little sick. I guess more so because it actually exists. Whoever said "what you don't know won't hurt you" they damn sure lied. Take Brianna for example. What she didn't know about the man she was sleeping with took her to an inevitable doom she didn't see coming and damn sure wasn't prepared for. The entire time I read the book I heard TLC singing don't go chasing waterfalls. Damn shame.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love wahida Clark! Her books are always so good. I would recommend her any day! Both of these series were off the chain...I just wondered tho, if peanut or skye ever found out if they had HIV or not...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Watch the way you treat others
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Highly recommend give Wahida "Props" love the writing style couldn't get enough usually don't read street hood drugs thugs type of novels but this story grabs your attention beginning to end I will buy more Wahida books has it all drama suspense excitment you just crave more get a rush entertaining even the graphic language was in appropriate places funny at times you won't be disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i loved this book its so real an hood had me suprised an ready to turn the page absolutely a must read for everybody!!!
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It's a must read
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This book is a good read ....away to escape
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krenadd More than 1 year ago
I got this book and couldn't put it down. What a good book!!