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Monroe (God Don't Like Ugly) and McGlothin (Down on My Knees) each contribute a short novel to this curiously packaged product. Monroe's Nightmare in Paradise features 31-year-old Renee, a second grade teacher and self-proclaimed "Miss Goody Two-Shoes" who, with wild best friend Inez, goes to the Caribbean to "get loose." Frustration with her own meek nature and an admission by Inez—she slept with Renee's husband before they married—propel Renee into a one-night stand that results in her arrest for prostitution. When husband Leon won't pony up the fine, Renee is jailed for three months—plenty of time to decide who stays in her life. Monroe's earnest melodrama suffers, however, from its proximity to McGlothin's dazzling Bad Luck Shadow. Set in 1946, the story's hero is Baltimore Floyd, a dashing scoundrel with charisma to burn. Fleeing Harlem and a gambling debt, Baltimore steals into a neon-lit Kansas City, where he holes up in old love Franchetta's cathouse and plans the takedown of a high-stakes card game. McGlothin's tale is sophisticated and sexy, with the plotting and pacing of first-rate noir. If cross-promotion is the impetus for this project, Monroe may earn a few new readers, but McGlothin's fan base is sure to swell. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dafina (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758212224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758212221
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an avid reader of Mary Monroe.
SOOOKIE
I would not recommend this book to anyone b/c when she went back and told you everything I started to lose interest in the storyline.
It's me!
His characters were well developed in this short story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miss iNDy on February 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I thought this would be a story written together by both authors, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was 2 seperate stories. I really really enjoyed Victor's story. His characters were well developed in this short story. The writing style was excellent. Mary Monroe did a better job in this short story than she did in both "In Sheep's Clothing" & "Red Light Wives" put together!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Books2Mention Magazine on December 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Borrow Trouble is a perfect blend of two amazing stories by two talented authors."

"A Nightmare In Paris by Mary Monroe is just that for Renee Webb who dares to take a trip of a lifetime with her best friend Inez. Renee decides to take this trip to bring some change into her life. However, the change that comes about is not what she anticipated. Ultimately, Renee learns a secret and is devastated. She seeks solace but ends up in more trouble than she can get out of."

"Bad Luck Shadow by Victor McGlothin is just that for Baltimore Floyd. A debonair man that has a way with women and a reputation that tends to follow him. He also has a knack for getting into sticky situations, but manages to come out on top every time."

"With the help of some friends and acquaintances he plots a heist that could very well be the biggest he's ever pulled off."

"Nightmare In Paris and Bad Luck Shadow are both enticing reads that will engross readers."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. A Rippy on December 4, 2006
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Mary Monroe's story 'Nightmare in Paradise' will have you saying 'What looks good to you is not always good for you' and this story definitely fits that description! Great story but her stories always are!

Victor McGlothin's story 'Bad Luck Shadow' takes you back in time when pimps were pimps and hustlers were hustlers! You will fall in love with Baltimore Floyd because despite the hustles that he pulls, you will find that he has a kind heart. Victor took us in a different direction with this story if you have read his previous books and he did it in style! Another great story by Victor McGlothin!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CJCS Mom VINE VOICE on December 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Two popular authors Mary Monroe and Victor McGlothin have joined together to bring us, Borrow Trouble.

A Nightmare in Paradise by Mary Monroe is the story of Renee Webb. Renee is a happily married to Leon and mother of one. When the opportunity arises to take an Carribean vacation with her best friend Inez, Renee jumps at the chance to go. Once there, Renee is determined to have a good time and what happens in Paraiso stays in Paraiso. But after a fight with Inez where unexpected secrets and betrayals are revealed, Renee winds up sharing a night of passion with a stranger, a night that will forever change her life.

Bad Luck Shadow by Victor McGlothin is the story of Baltimore Floyd. A one-time professional baseball hopeful, Baltimore now works on the Transcontinental Steamer as an waiter. Along with his best friend Henry Taylor, they spend their time looking for the next big hustle. Already on the run from Harlem hitmen, Baltimore finds himself getting deeper into trouble after the murder of a white businessman. After being stranded in Kansas City, he finds himself once again, buried in trouble but this time, he may not make it out alive.

Borrow Trouble by Mary Monroe and Victor McGlothin are stories about loss and the character's journey to find redemption. Nightmare in Paradise in an engrossing story in true Mary Monroe style, it is what you come to expect after Monroe's previous works while Bad Luck Shadow is a story that while it starts off slow, once it picks it up, the reader is in for a enjoyable read. Reviewed by Shay C of PeoplewholoveGoodBooks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on March 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Nightmare In Paradise by Mary Monroe:

Thirty-one year old Renee has always played by the rules, and even though her best friend, Inez, seemingly did the opposite and broke the rules, they share a beautiful friendship. When Inez goes to the Caribbean to "get loose", Renee goes with her. But the friendship takes a nose dive when Inez admits she slept with Renee's husband, before they married. Renee, frustrated with her own meek nature and bothered by Inez's revelation, spends the night with a man she just met. By morning, she has been charged with prostitution and arrested. Renee's husband refuses to bail her out and she spends three months in jail on this remote island. There she learns a lot about her husband but more about herself and the magnitude of true friendship. The story was interesting and readers will be curious about Renee's outcome. But it was not captivating in that I never felt a part of her dilemma.

Bad Luck by Victor McGlothin:

In McGlothin's story the hero, Baltimore Floyd, is a dashing character with too much charisma and too much Tom-foolery. He vacates Harlem leaving a gambling debt unpaid, takes a job as a waiter on a steamer but jumps train in Denver. Baltimore steals into a neon-lit Kansas City, where he holes up in an old love's cathouse. Ever the hustler, he plans the takedown of a high-stakes card game. But Baltimore and his sidekick were involved an ill-timed murder which threatens to catch up with them. This time his gambling may cost him more than money. BAD LUCK, set in 1946, is something of a throw-back story, when times were less complicated. But, the story is worldly-wise and appealing, the characters are charismatic, and the pacing and plotting are good.
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