by Sheila P Miller
After too many years of being stuck in the marriage from hell , 38-year old Nicole 'Nikki' Kingston seeks happiness in a new career as a real estate developer and a steamy romance with Alex Knight - a younger man she met when he was just a lanky teen. Watching Nikki slip out of his clutches is a hard pill to swallow for her deacon husband, Jeff, whose sexual appetite borderlines perversion and who will use any means necessary to keep Nikki and Alex apart as well as take over her thriving business. Even if it means scandalizing her name and blackmail!
In love with Nikki from the first time Jeff introduced them, Alex - now a certified mechanic and everything a woman would want in a man- has two major goals. To make Nikki his wife and to do everything for her Jeff never did. It all sounds good when Nikki is lying in his arms and he is trying to love all of her troubles away but too many of Jeff's antics are done with a lot of help from her saved and sanctified mother, Leola, who still bears a sizzling torch for Nikki's two-timing - yet dead- father.
Set in Evanston, Illinois, animosity, jealousy, lies, lust, and scorn make up this dramatic saga of everything a marriage, family, and a growing relationship should never be. It also teaches a lesson in love, respect and how much it means to forgive - but never forget - especially when death and honor are involved.
Paperback: 282 pages