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Bad Blood

by Mary Monroe

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe delivers her most surprising and thought-provoking novel yet in this riveting tale of family loyalty, betrayal, and sweet revenge...For Seth Garrett, there's no such thing as too rich or too beautiful. His family taught him that anything less than the best simply isn't an option. Now he's out to prove he can be the most successful Garrett--and Rachel McNeal fits the bill. She's pretty, hard-working, good in bed--and willing to finance his dreams. He thinks she's perfect wife material--until he meets her relatives and discovers they're far from perfect. No problem, Seth's got a truly flawless replacement lined up to give him the good life he's entitled to...Steady and sensible, Rachel always believed the best about people. She thought Seth was the man of her dreams. But she can deal with the hurt and move on. Until she discovers the true reason Seth dumped her--and just how deep his contempt for her runs. She's done forgiving, much less forgetting. And taking his world apart piece by piece is only the beginning of her long-game payback...

Borrow Trouble

by Victor Mcglothin Mary Monroe

"A perfect blend of two amazing stories by two talented authors." --Books2Mention"Monroe and McGlothin share engaging tales of how one night changed the course of some unsuspecting individuals."--The RAWSISTAZ ReviewersA woman lets herself go and finally does something wrong. Down on his luck, a man tries to do something right. For both, the consequences are as surprising as they are rewarding. . ."Nightmare in Paradise" by Mary MonroeDutiful wife and devoted friend, Renee Webb always does the right thing. So when she gets a chance to let her hair down on a Caribbean vacation, she's more than ready to let go. But all is not as it seems, and Renee finds out that doing the wrong thing might cost her more than she ever imagined. . ."Bad Luck Shadow"by Victor McGlothinOn the run from some of Harlem's baddest hitmen, Baltimore Floyd's luck takes a turn for the worse after he murders a big-time businessman and gets thrown off a train in Kansas City. Now he's got only one shot to get out alive--the biggest heist in KC's history. Lucky for him, someone's got his back, and is willing to use every trick to save Baltimore from going down for good. . .

The Company We Keep

by Mary Monroe

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroes extraordinary novel celebrates life, love, and the power of sisterhood--proving that friends, like fine wine, only get better with age. . . Gorgeous, successful executive Teri Stewart spends her days working for L. A. s hottest record company--and her nights all alone. Her best friend Nicole is determined to find Teri a man, but she hasnt had much luck. . . because Teri wants more than Mr. Maybe. Shes holding out for Mr. Right and wont settle for anything less. Just when Teri is ready to give up, a man from her past returns to reignite their romance. With his sultry smile and easy-going charm, radio DJ Harrison Starr is one-of-a kind--and Teri cant deny shes fallen hard for him again. With her life finally falling into place, Teri thinks her dreams might come true after all. But Harrison may have a secret that could change everything. . .

The Company We Keep

by Mary Monroe

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe's extraordinary novel celebrates life, love, and the power of sisterhood--proving that friends, like fine wine, only get better with age. . . Gorgeous, successful executive Teri Stewart spends her days working for L.A.'s hottest record company--and her nights all alone. Her best friend Nicole is determined to find Teri a man, but she hasn't had much luck...because Teri wants more than Mr. Maybe. She's holding out for Mr. Right and won't settle for anything less. Just when Teri is ready to give up, a man from her past returns to reignite their romance. With his sultry smile and easy-going charm, radio DJ Harrison Starr is one-of-a kind--and Teri can't deny she's fallen hard for him again. With her life finally falling into place, Teri thinks her dreams might come true after all. But Harrison may have a secret that could change everything. . .

Deliver Me From Evil

by Mary Monroe

What happens when the life you have is not the life you want?Christine Thurman and her husband, Jesse Ray, built a business worth millions and were once deeply in love. But lately J. R. has become obsessed with his empire and Christine feels taken for granted. . . until Wade Eddie Fisher, a bad boy with good looks from Christine's past, comes back to town. Even though Wade is penniless and undependable, he reignites something deep within Christine. Before long she's immersed in a sultry affair, and has devised a plan so risky that it promises to deliver all she could possibly want--or shatter the lives of everyone close to her. . . With its sexual triangle and triplecrossing plot, Deliver Me From Evil is modern noir. --Akron Beacon JournalHer wildest and most entertaining novel yet. --Publishers Weekly

Deliver Me From Evil

by Mary Monroe

What happens when the life you have is not the life you want?Christine Thurman and her husband, Jesse Ray, built a business worth millions and were once deeply in love. But lately J.R. has become obsessed with his empire and Christine feels taken for granted. . .until Wade Eddie Fisher, a bad boy with good looks from Christine's past, comes back to town. Even though Wade is penniless and undependable, he reignites something deep within Christine. Before long she's immersed in a sultry affair, and has devised a plan so risky that it promises to deliver all she could possibly want--or shatter the lives of everyone close to her... "With its sexual triangle and triplecrossing plot, Deliver Me From Evil is modern noir." --Akron Beacon Journal"Her wildest and most entertaining novel yet." --Publishers Weekly

Family of Lies

by Mary Monroe

"New York Times "bestselling author Mary Monroe weaves a stunning portrait of a family immersed in deceit . . . and the women whose happiness depends on the secrets they keep. . . After growing up poor in Texas, Vera Lomax used every gold-digging trick in the book to land a rich husband. Now living in the lap of luxury in San Francisco, her only job is to fawn over her much-older husband, so it's been easy for her to balance a life of shopping and affairs with younger men with a major secret: the sixteen-year bribery of one of her husband's mistresses to keep her pregnancy under wraps. Vera figures that a little hush money every month will ensure her husband's fortune is hers alone. . . Unfortunately for Vera, Sarah Cooper is the child Kenneth Lomax always wanted. When the father she never knew shows up at her mother's funeral to claim her, it's a fairy tale journey from the ghetto to a mansion on a hill. But Sarah's life is not as carefree as her father wants it to be . . . because Sarah knows from the start that her step-mother is as two-faced as they come. And after losing all the family she's ever known, she wants a life that's richer than what Vera's got planned for her. Neither woman can be sure who will win Kenneth's heart and fortune. But as Vera and Sarah scheme to get what they want, everyone they know will be choosing sides, taking chances, and gambling it all to come out on top. . . Praise for the novels of Mary Monroe"Once again, Monroe displays her gift as a marvel with this sensational novel. " --"RT Book Reviews "on "Lost Daughters""Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston, but the story has a bizarre, violent edge a la Stephen King. . . a candid portrayal of the cold-blooded yet fascinating Mama Ruby. " --"Publishers Weekly "on "The Upper Room""Monroe's style, like her characters, is no-holds-barred earthy. . . . Monroe's characters deal with their situations with a weary worldliness and fatalism that reveal their vulnerability as well as their flaws. " --"Booklist "on "Mama Ruby""Another witty and wise installment to her God series. . . If this raunchy and rambunctious book is any indication, Monroe's series has a lot of life left in it. " --"Publishers Weekly "on "God Ain't Through Yet""A fast-paced, sexy, tense story that will make readers think twice before getting tangled up in an affair. " -- "Booklist "on "God Ain't Blind""Readers are left on edge. . . Monroe once again skillfully delivers a crafty story wrapped around a host of heartwarming characters battling everyday struggles and obstacles, even as she entertains readers with spurts of unexpected comedy and tragedy. " --"Library Journal "on "God Don't Play""A highly satisfying page-turner--and one that will stand out. " --"Publishers Weekly "on "God Don't Like Ugly"

Family of Lies

by Mary Monroe

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe weaves a stunning portrait of a family immersed in deceit . . . and the women whose happiness depends on the secrets they keep. . . After growing up poor in Texas, Vera Lomax used every gold-digging trick in the book to land a rich husband. Now living in the lap of luxury in San Francisco, her only job is to fawn over her much-older husband, so it's been easy for her to balance a life of shopping and affairs with younger men with a major secret: the sixteen-year bribery of one of her husband's mistresses to keep her pregnancy under wraps. Vera figures that a little hush money every month will ensure her husband's fortune is hers alone. . . Unfortunately for Vera, Sarah Cooper is the child Kenneth Lomax always wanted. When the father she never knew shows up at her mother's funeral to claim her, it's a fairy tale journey from the ghetto to a mansion on a hill. But Sarah's life is not as carefree as her father wants it to be . . . because Sarah knows from the start that her step-mother is as two-faced as they come. And after losing all the family she's ever known, she wants a life that's richer than what Vera's got planned for her. Neither woman can be sure who will win Kenneth's heart and fortune. But as Vera and Sarah scheme to get what they want, everyone they know will be choosing sides, taking chances, and gambling it all to come out on top. . . Praise for the novels of Mary Monroe"Once again, Monroe displays her gift as a marvel with this sensational novel. " --RT Book Reviews on Lost Daughters"Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston, but the story has a bizarre, violent edge a la Stephen King. . . a candid portrayal of the cold-blooded yet fascinating Mama Ruby. " --Publishers Weekly on The Upper Room"Monroe's style, like her characters, is no-holds-barred earthy. . . . Monroe's characters deal with their situations with a weary worldliness and fatalism that reveal their vulnerability as well as their flaws. " --Booklist on Mama Ruby"Another witty and wise installment to her God series. . . If this raunchy and rambunctious book is any indication, Monroe's series has a lot of life left in it. " --Publishers Weekly on God Ain't Through Yet"A fast-paced, sexy, tense story that will make readers think twice before getting tangled up in an affair. " -- Booklist on God Ain't Blind"Readers are left on edge. . . Monroe once again skillfully delivers a crafty story wrapped around a host of heartwarming characters battling everyday struggles and obstacles, even as she entertains readers with spurts of unexpected comedy and tragedy. " --Library Journal on God Don't Play"A highly satisfying page-turner--and one that will stand out. " --Publishers Weekly on God Don't Like Ugly

Family of Lies

by Mary Monroe

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe weaves a stunning portrait of a family immersed in deceit . . .and the women whose happiness depends on the secrets they keep. . .After growing up poor in Texas, Vera Lomax used every gold-digging trick in the book to land a rich husband. Now living in the lap of luxury in San Francisco, her only job is to fawn over her much-older husband, so it's been easy for her to balance a life of shopping and affairs with younger men with a major secret: the sixteen-year bribery of one of her husband's mistresses to keep her pregnancy under wraps. Vera figures that a little hush money every month will ensure her husband's fortune is hers alone. . . Unfortunately for Vera, Sarah Cooper is the child Kenneth Lomax always wanted. When the father she never knew shows up at her mother's funeral to claim her, it's a fairy tale journey from the ghetto to a mansion on a hill. But Sarah's life is not as carefree as her father wants it to be . . .because Sarah knows from the start that her step-mother is as two-faced as they come. And after losing all the family she's ever known, she wants a life that's richer than what Vera's got planned for her. Neither woman can be sure who will win Kenneth's heart and fortune. But as Vera and Sarah scheme to get what they want, everyone they know will be choosing sides, taking chances, and gambling it all to come out on top. . . Praise for the novels of Mary Monroe"Once again, Monroe displays her gift as a marvel with this sensational novel." --RT Book Reviews on Lost Daughters"Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston, but the story has a bizarre, violent edge a la Stephen King. . .a candid portrayal of the cold-blooded yet fascinating Mama Ruby." --Publishers Weekly on The Upper Room"Monroe's style, like her characters, is no-holds-barred earthy. . .. Monroe's characters deal with their situations with a weary worldliness and fatalism that reveal their vulnerability as well as their flaws." --Booklist on Mama Ruby"Another witty and wise installment to her God series. . .If this raunchy and rambunctious book is any indication, Monroe's series has a lot of life left in it." --Publishers Weekly on God Ain't Through Yet"A fast-paced, sexy, tense story that will make readers think twice before getting tangled up in an affair." -- Booklist on God Ain't Blind"Readers are left on edge. . .Monroe once again skillfully delivers a crafty story wrapped around a host of heartwarming characters battling everyday struggles and obstacles, even as she entertains readers with spurts of unexpected comedy and tragedy." --Library Journal on God Don't Play"A highly satisfying page-turner--and one that will stand out." --Publishers Weekly on God Don't Like Ugly

God Ain't Blind

by Mary Monroe

In this gripping, unforgettable new novel by New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe, forever friends Annette Goode Davis and Rhoda O'Toole are about to learn that even the rockiest relationships can survive just about anything as long as you're there for each other when it matters most. . . Annette Goode Davis is a survivor, and while life's obstacles have often knocked her down, she's never let them keep her there for long. To Annette, life is all about family and old friends like Rhoda O'Toole. And right now, Annette needs all the friends she can get. . . because her marriage is in big trouble, and she has no idea why. . . Lately, her husband Pee Wee barely has the time of day for Annette and she suspects he may have fallen for another woman. Desperate to regain his affections, Annette goes on a crash diet, gets a total makeover, and looks hotter than she has for a long, long time. Everyone notices everyone except Pee Wee. Annette is ripe for the picking when she meets Louis Baines, a handsome young caterer who showers her with attention. Soon, Annette is embroiled in a full blown affair and spending money on Louis like there's no tomorrow. But when Annette learns a terrible secret about her new lover, she realizes she's in way over her head. Her life crumbling down around her, Annette turns to the only person she knows she can trust: Rhoda. With Rhoda by her side, Annette's determined to find a way out of this mess. But when the truth finally comes out, Annette must face the fact that she may have destroyed the life she loved and this time, not even Rhoda can help her make things right. . .

God Ain't Blind

by Mary Monroe

"Monroe is a masterful storyteller." --Philadelphia Inquirer There are some things even forever friends can't fix. . .Annette Goode Davis is a survivor. Life has often knocked her down, but she's never stayed there for long. To Annette, it's all about family and old friends like Rhoda O'Toole. And right now, Annette needs all the friends she can get. Because lately, her husband, Pee Wee, barely has the time of day for her. And she has no idea why. . .Desperate to regain Pee Wee's affections, Annette goes on a crash diet, gets a makeover, and looks hotter than she has in a long time. Everyone notices--except Pee Wee. So when handsome Louis Baines showers her with attention, Annette finds herself having an affair and spending money on Louis like there's no tomorrow. But when she learns a terrible secret about her new lover, she realizes she's in way over her head. Soon Annette must face the fact that she may have destroyed the life she loved--and this time, not even Rhoda can help her make things right... "A fast-paced, sexy, tense story that will make readers think twice before getting tangled up in an affair." --Booklist"Monroe's never better than when she's writing about Annette and Rhoda. . .who are always getting in trouble." --Publishers Weekly

God Ain't Through Yet

by Mary Monroe

From New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe comes a poignant and passionate new novel featuring lifelong friends Annette Goode Davis and Rhoda O'Toole-two women whose best intentions don't always yield the best results. This time around, Annette is devastated when one of her greatest fears comes true--and there may be nothing she can do about it. . .Even though her life has its ups and downs, Annette Goode Davis feels lucky to have a family who loves her and friends she can count on. Most of all, Annette is grateful that her husband Pee Wee took her back after he discovered she was having an affair. Now, she's determined to do whatever it takes to make her marriage work. The trouble is, while Pee Wee agreed to give Annette another chance, she's not sure his heart is really in it. Annette goes out of her way to keep Pee Wee as happy as pie, but it never seems to be enough. Rhoda is quick to point out that Annette got herself into this mess; now she has to be patient until Pee Wee forgives her. But time may be running out. Her suspicions are confirmed when Pee Wee moves out--and in with his new lady. Annette takes the news hard and so does her daughter Charlotte, who seems hell-bent on keeping her mother on edge by hanging out with a wild new crowd. Annette isn't going to let her family go without a fight. But she also knows she must prepare for the worst--because one lesson she's learned all too well is that when life kicks you in the teeth, you have to come out swinging. "Monroe is a masterful storyteller." --Philadelphia Inquirer

God Ain't Through Yet

by Mary Monroe

From New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe comes a poignant and passionate new novel featuring lifelong friends Annette Goode Davis and Rhoda OToole two women whose best intentions dont always yield the best results. Even though her life has its ups and downs, Annette Goode Davis feels lucky. Most of all, Annette is grateful that her husband, Pee Wee, took her back after he discovered she was having an affair. The trouble is, while Pee Wee agreed to give Annette another chance, shes not sure his heart is really in it. Rhoda is quick to point out that Annette got herself into this mess, so she has to be patient until Pee Wee forgives her. But time may be running out. Annettes suspicions are confirmed when Pee Wee moves out--and in with his new lady. She takes the news hard and so does her daughter, Charlotte. Annette wont let her family go without a fight, but she also knows she must prepare for the worst--because one lesson shes learned all too well is that when life kicks you in the teeth, you have to come out swinging. Praise for the novels of Mary Monroe "Another witty and wise installment to her God series. . . If this raunchy and rambunctious book is any indication, Monroes series has a lot of life left in it. " --Publishers Weekly on God Aint Through Yet"Swift, salty writing . . . will keep readers cheering for the couple, and a twisting plot will keep them turning pages. "--Publishers Weekly on The Company We Keep"Monroe is a masterful storyteller. " --Philadelphia Inquirer

God Don't Like Ugly

by Mary Monroe

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe sweeps readers back to the streets, porches, and parlors of civil rights-era Ohio to bring to life the first steps of an enduring friendship between two girls from opposite sides of the track. . .Annette Goode is a shy, awkward, overweight child with a terrible secret. Frightened and ashamed, Annette withdraws into a world of books and food. But the summer Annette turns thirteen, something incredible happens: Rhoda Nelson chooses her as a friend. Dazzling, generous Rhoda, who is everything Annette is not--gorgeous, slim, and worldly--welcomes Annette into the heart of her eccentric family, which includes her handsome and dignified father;her lovely, fragile "Muh'Dear;" her brooding, dangerous brother Jock;and her colorful white relatives--half-crazy Uncle Johnny, sultry Aunt Lola, and scary, surly Granny Goose. With Rhoda's help, Annette survives adolescence and blossoms as a woman. But when her beautiful best friend makes a stunning confession about a horrific childhood crime, Annette's world will never be the same."A coming-of-age journey depicted with wit, poignancy and bite." --Publishers Weekly

God Don't Make No Mistakes

by Mary Monroe

Annette Goode Davis has a full plate, although she's trying to reconcile with her husband, Pee Wee, she's still seeing other men. But the stress has her packing on the pounds along the way. Meanwhile Annette's best friend, Rhoda, has her hands full dealing with her wild child daughter. Jade's antics finally compel Rhoda to throw her out. But Jade soon finds a way to make Rhoda regret it. Annette is thankful that her own daughter has her head on straight. But when a terrible revelation rocks their worlds, Annette must battle to save those she loves.

God Don't Make No Mistakes

by Mary Monroe

In the sparkling conclusion to Mary Monroe's bestselling God series, two forever friends face their biggest betrayals yet and learn that putting your trust in the wrong hands can change your life forever. . .These days, Annette Goode Davis has a full plate--literally and figuratively. Although she's trying to reconcile with her husband, Pee Wee, she's still seeing other men on the side. A woman's got to cover her bases, right? With her love life hopping, Annette should be pleased as punch. Instead, the stress has her eating everything in sight and packing on the pounds. Meanwhile, Annette's best friend, Rhoda O'Toole, has her hands full dealing with her wild child daughter, Jade. When Jade's antics almost cost Rhoda her man, Rhoda throws her out. But Jade soon finds a way to make Rhoda regret her choice. . .Annette thanks her lucky stars that her daughter, Charlotte, has her head on straight. And she's doubly blessed to have a strait-laced neighbor look after Charlotte when she's caught up in Pee Wee and Rhoda's problems. But when Annette's world is rocked by a terrible revelation, she'll discover that appearances can be very, very deceiving--and she'll have to summon every ounce of strength to protect the ones she loves. "Monroe is a masterful storyteller." --Philadelphia Inquirer

God Don't Play

by Mary Monroe

From New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe comes the story of two lifelong friends, their secrets and lies, and the new challenge that may divide them once and for all. . . With a lovely home and family, Annette Goode finally has it all. Heaven knows she paid her dues--from an abusive childhood to a rocky start as an adult. Annettes friend Rhoda knows too, for Rhoda has been both her savior and her greatest fear. Their relationship has survived some serious shake-ups. But now that things are good, someone apparently thinks theyre a little too good. . . When Annette receives an anonymous--and menacing--birthday gift, its just the beginning of a slew of hostile letters, vicious phone calls, and vile packages from a female who is obviously disguising her voice. Comforted by Rhoda and Rhodas teenage daughter, Jade, Annette hopes the problem will somehow disappear. But when the threats extend to her child, Annette realizes the situation is dire. For soon her tormentor reveals exactly what she wants--and how it could destroy everything Annette has built. . . Praise for Mary Monroe "Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston. " --Publishers Weekly"Watch out Toni Morrison, there is a new sister in town. " --Rapport

God Don't Play

by Mary Monroe

From New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe comes the story of two lifelong friends, their secrets and lies, and the new challenge that may divide them once and for all. . . With a lovely home and family, Annette Goode finally has it all. Heaven knows she paid her dues--from an abusive childhood to a rocky start as an adult. Annette's friend Rhoda knows too, for Rhoda has been both her savior and her greatest fear. Their relationship has survived some serious shake-ups. But now that things are good, someone apparently thinks they're a little too good. . . When Annette receives an anonymous--and menacing--birthday gift, it's just the beginning of a slew of hostile letters, vicious phone calls, and vile packages from a female who is obviously disguising her voice. Comforted by Rhoda and Rhoda's teenage daughter, Jade, Annette hopes the problem will somehow disappear. But when the threats extend to her child, Annette realizes the situation is dire. For soon her tormentor reveals exactly what she wants--and how it could destroy everything Annette has built. . .Praise for Mary Monroe"Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston." --Publishers Weekly"Watch out Toni Morrison, there is a new sister in town." --Rapport

God Still Don't Like Ugly

by Mary Monroe

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroes heart-stopping tale about a woman whos suffered too much to give up on herself, even if everyone else has. . . Growing up, Annette Goode thought all men were as low-down as the father who abandoned her, including the boarder who abused her for years and the men she slept with to earn the money she needed to run away from her life. Now, after decades of heartache and severing ties with her dangerously unstable friend Rhoda, Annettes real life has started to take shape. . . But her dark past wont let her go. When an old secret scares away her fiancé, Annette settles with Pee Wee Davis, her on-again, off-again sweetheart since childhood. Then her ex-friend Rhoda suddenly walks back into her life, forcing Annette to decide what she should believe--and what she can forgive--as she tries to salvage the one relationship she just cant seem to let go. . . Praise for Mary Monroe "Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston. " --Publishers Weekly "Watch out Toni Morrison, there is a new sister in town. " --Rapport

God Still Don't Like Ugly

by Mary Monroe

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe's heart-stopping tale about a woman who's suffered too much to give up on herself, even if everyone else has... Growing up, Annette Goode thought all men were as low-down as the father who abandoned her, including the boarder who abused her for years and the men she slept with to earn the money she needed to run away from her life. Now, after decades of heartache and severing ties with her dangerously unstable friend Rhoda, Annette's real life has started to take shape. . . But her dark past won't let her go. When an old secret scares away her fiancé, Annette settles with Pee Wee Davis, her on-again, off-again sweetheart since childhood. Then her ex-friend Rhoda suddenly walks back into her life, forcing Annette to decide what she should believe--and what she can forgive--as she tries to salvage the one relationship she just can't seem to let go. . .Praise for Mary Monroe "Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston." --Publishers Weekly "Watch out Toni Morrison, there is a new sister in town." --Rapport

Gonna Lay Down My Burdens

by Mary Monroe

Bestselling author Mary Monroe won rave reviews from critics and readers alike with her first two novels, God Don't Like Ugly and The Upper Room, both Main Selections of the Black Expressions Book Club. Now she returns with the masterful Gonna Lay Down My Burdens--that rare novel that inspires laughter, tears, and repeat readings. In the sweltering little town of Belle Helene, Alabama, Carmen Taylor keeps her weaknesses, her frustrations, and her tears to herself. She's too busy shouldering the burdens of her troubled friends, like Desiree Lucienne, the petite, pampered daughter of a doctor who tries to beat the wildness out of her. But it doesn't stop Desiree from trawling for men whenever she can, and trying to drag Carmen along with her. It's not that Carmen hasn't had her share of boozy pick-ups. She has, but they just can't compare to the one steamy night she spent with the man she's loved since they were both kids. Now a local cop, Chester Sheffield, with his Barry White voice and his all-too-fine body, keeps showing up in Carmen's life, wanting to do something about the feelings they obviously have for each other. But that would mean abandoning her "boyfriend" Burl Tupper and that's something Carmen just can't do. Ever since Burl ended up in a wheelchair because of a foolish teenage prank she played on him, Carmen's promised herself that she'd spend the rest of her life making it up to him. When Carmen doesn't take her chance with Chester, Desiree does, and when she learns that she's pregnant with Chester's child, it's almost more than Carmen can bear. Still, her loyalty to Desiree goes back a long way, and she's not about to let a man get in the way of their friendship--even when Desiree starts stepping out on Chester. Then, on a sultry, reckless moonlit night, Carmen commits a desperate crime of passion, and, with Desiree, hits the road running. But she can't run from the truth she's avoided for years--and in a seedy hotel in the middle of nowhere, she confronts her demons head-on. Now Carmen has two choices--a life on the lam, or a full circle return to Belle Helene, the place where it all began. . .and the only place in the world she can lay down her burdens and seize her one true chance at love and redemption.

In Sheep's Clothing

by Mary Monroe

A restless young woman thinks she's found a free ride to happiness and adventure. But it's a trip that may land her in prison-or worse. . . When Trudy Bell lands a job at a travel agency, she feels like a new woman. And her friendly personality soon wins her the adoration of her colleagues-with one exception. Ann Oliver, the only other African American employee, a high-level manager who despises Trudy's low-income background. But no one is going to ruin Trudy's new life. In fact, she's found a way to make it even better. As a secretary, Trudy has easy access to company credit cards. Including Ann's. . . Before long Trudy's leading a double-life-Ann's life-complete with a secret apartment where she entertains the men she meets at upscale bars. But their worlds collide the night Trudy brings home the wrong man-one who has an angry score to settle. With Ann. Now, unless Trudy can convince him she's not the woman he's after, she may pay the highest price of all. . . "Monroe serves up a tasty dish of murder, deception, lust, and just desserts. "-Library Journal on She Had it Coming"Monroe's richly drawn characters will stay with readers long after the book is finished. "-Booklist

In Sheep's Clothing

by Mary Monroe

A restless young woman thinks she's found a free ride to happiness and adventure. But it's a trip that may land her in prison--or worse. . . When Trudy Bell lands a job at a travel agency, she feels like a new woman. And her friendly personality soon wins her the adoration of her colleagues--with one exception. Ann Oliver, the only other African American employee, a high-level manager who despises Trudy's low-income background. But no one is going to ruin Trudy's new life. In fact, she's found a way to make it even better. As a secretary, Trudy has easy access to company credit cards. Including Ann's...Before long Trudy's leading a double-life--Ann's life--complete with a secret apartment where she entertains the men she meets at upscale bars. But their worlds collide the night Trudy brings home the wrong man--one who has an angry score to settle. With Ann. Now, unless Trudy can convince him she's not the woman he's after, she may pay the highest price of all..."Monroe serves up a tasty dish of murder, deception, lust, and just desserts."--Library Journal on She Had it Coming"Monroe's richly drawn characters will stay with readers long after the book is finished."--Booklist

Lost Daughters

by Mary Monroe

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe brings to life her most provocative and daring characters yet in this emotional and sometimes shocking tale of daughters lost and found, and the ways in which the past still haunts them. . . . After years of living under Mama Ruby's commanding presence, Maureen Montgomery is finally taking charge of her own life. With her beautiful teenage daughter, Loretta, by her side, she returns to Florida after Mama Ruby's death and settles into a routine that any other woman would consider bland. But for Maureen and her older brother Virgil, who grew up with Mama Ruby's hair-trigger temper and murderous ways, bland is good. But Loretta has other ideas. Set on becoming rich and famous, she convinces Maureen to let her start a modeling career. And Loretta thinks Miami photographer Melvin Ross is just the man to make her a star. But even with Mel by their side, taking Maureen and Loretta's lives in new directions, they can't escape Mama Ruby. Neither can Virgil, who's concealed one of Mama Ruby's most shocking acts for most of his life. . . and is now living with the guilt of his deceit. Yet, as much as Virgil knows, he could never imagine the depth of Mama Ruby's yearning for her daughter, or how much Maureen wants her own daughter to feel free to live on her own terms. For them, Mama Ruby will never die. . . and it's not until Maureen takes on a bit of Mama Ruby's strength to face down the past and forge new bonds that she's able to make a future that is truly hers. "Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston, but the story has a bizarre, violent edge a la Stephen King. . . a candid portrayal of the cold-blooded yet fascinating Mama Ruby. " --Publishers Weeklyon The Upper Room"Magnificent, coarse, funny and terrifying. " --The San Francisco Chronicle on The Upper Room"Warm, energetic, and charming. " --The Houston Poston The Upper Room"Monroe's literary canvas is painted with broad strokes, with verve and humor and passion. " --Christian Science Monitoron The Upper Room"Mama Ruby fans, this is The Upper Room prequel you've been waiting for!" --RT Book Reviews on Mama Ruby"Monroe's style, like her characters, is no-holds-barred earthy. . . . Monroe's characters deal with their situations with a weary worldliness and fatalism that reveal their vulnerability as well as their flaws. " --Bookliston Mama Ruby

Lost Daughters

by Mary Monroe

Everyone from Louisiana to Florida knows Mama Ruby--a small-town girl who became one of the South's most notorious and volatile women. Now New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe reveals how Mama Ruby's past haunts the family she's left behind. . .Mama Ruby has died and Maureen Montgomery is finally taking charge of her own life. With her beautiful teenage daughter, Loretta, by her side, she returns to Florida and settles into a routine any other woman would consider bland. But for Maureen and her brother Virgil, after Mama Ruby's hair-trigger temper and murderous ways, bland is good. Yet Loretta has other ideas. . .Set on becoming rich and famous, Loretta convinces Maureen to let her start a modeling career with the help of a Miami photographer. But even as they move in promising new directions, they can't escape Mama Ruby--including Virgil, who's concealed one of her most shocking acts for most of his life. To make a future that's truly hers, Maureen will have to take on a bit of Mama Ruby's strength, forge new bonds--and face down the past. Praise for the Mama Ruby series"Magnificent, coarse, funny and terrifying." --The San Francisco Chronicle on The Upper Room"Monroe's style, like her characters, is no-holds-barred earthy. . .Monroe's characters deal with their situations with a weary worldliness and fatalism that reveal their vulnerability as well as their flaws." --Booklist on Mama Ruby

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