BREAKING ALL MY RULES

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Hickman’s latest moves like a stock car race of endurance with several contenders maneuvering toward the finish line under caution flags and pile-ups on the track of life. The author captures the euphoria, turbulence, ecstasy and pitfalls of love competing against racial and social class differences. She deftly builds to the suspenseful climax as Erica, a beautiful boutique owner from old money, falls for fellow juror Jerome, a blue-collar worker with a checkered past. This is a phenomenal read.

Erica’s pedigree makes her a good catch. Fortunately, before she marries him, she discovers her fiancé’s philandering, unscrupulous and narcissistic ways. Unfortunately, his ego refuses to accept that his place in her heart and bed is now coveted by a lowly sanitation worker. While Jerome proves to be a better man than his status would indicate, his baby-mama drama is a pebble compared to the boulder that rolls from the past to disrupt the future he and Erica yearn to make together. (DAFINA, Mar., 320 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Robin R. Pendleton