Brenda Jackson is back with another first-rate tale of her beloved Madaris family. This time around, we meet Jacob Madaris, uncle to Justin, Dex and Clayton.

Unbeknownst to his family, Jake has been married to Diamond McSwain, Hollywoods most sought after African-American actress, for a year and a half.

After a whirlwind courtship when Diamond spent three weeks at his ranch, the couple secretly married. Diamond believes that by not letting the public know about her marriage, she can protect Jake from her adoring fans and legions of reporters. She vows they will only keep their marriage a secret for a year, but a year stretches into 18 months.

Loving Diamond as he does, Jake goes along with her plan, rearranging his ranching schedule for romantic interludes with his beautiful wife. When an intruder breaks into Diamonds California home, she is forced to accept that her secrecy has cost her many months of shouting her love to the world.

After the story of their marriage breaks, Diamond and Jake have their share of hardshipssome crazed fan is determined to protect Diamond from her husbandbut like any good team, they work through their problems together.

Ms. Jackson has done it again. Fantastic. (Jan., 320 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Chandra Y. Sparks