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I’D RATHER BE WITH YOU
Genre: Mainstream, Multicultural
The sequel to If I Can’t Have You has just as much drama, fighting and lying as its predecessor. And like its predecessor, this novel also shows no growth of its characters. They have not evolved in any way, and in some cases they sink lower than ever. Any fans of the reality TV Housewives shows will enjoy the frequent cat fights and conniving schemes that make up this book. But with no growth and no real conclusion, other readers may see this as a waste of time.
After her husband, football general manager Roosevelt “Chicago” DuBois is shot on their wedding day and slips into a coma, Madison chooses to take him off life support. She then leaves the country to have a double mastectomy, and to quietly give birth to her baby.
Though Madison has given up on him, her longtime friend Loretta never leaves Roosevelt’s side. She hopes her devotion will convince Roosevelt to fall in love with her when he awakens. Meanwhile, Granville, who shot Roosevelt, is preparing to defend himself at his trial. Believing Madison’s baby to be his, he stops at nothing to prove himself innocent so he can be with his family. (DAFINA, Aug., 320 pp., $24.00)
Reviewed By: B. Nakia Garner
Published: August 2013