From Publishers Weekly
Naja Rodgers has always wanted to be her own boss, so when she's laid off from her awful office job, she begins pursuing her dream in earnest. At the encouragement of her best friend Vlora, she attends First Fridays, a monthly networking meeting for St. Louis–area African-American business owners and investors. Naja is skeptical of the catty women and the shyster, scope-a-date men, but then she meets Russ, a handsome and successful real estate developer who wants to partner with Naja on her Internet cafe business plan. They become romantically involved, but, in an uncharacteristic turn of events, Naja quickly loses her sense of self and allows Russ to control her life. As his demands escalate, Naja's headaches and misery increase, but it isn't until Russ hands her a brochure on liposuction that she resists. She and Russ split, but how will this affect business? Though the uneven pacing slows to a crawl more than once and Naja's descent into submissiveness strains credibility (ditto the root of Russ's domineering attitude), her by-the-bootstraps story should garner for Michaels (Counting Raindrops Through a Stained Glass Window
) a loyal following. (Jan.)
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Naja Rodgers figures she can open her Internet cafe in just a few months, so in the meantime she'll continue to work at the job she disdains. But then she's let go. The misery of starting again from scratch is all she can think about when her best friend convinces her to attend the St. Louis chapter of First Fridays, an African American networking organization, in hope of meeting an investor. After a couple of duds, Naja meets Russ King, who is not only interested in her idea but also happens to be magnetic, dark, and handsome. Naja is hesitant to take him on as anything more than a business partner, but Russ soon overcomes her reluctance. Problem is, Russ soon overcomes Naja herself. Slowly but surely he isolates her from her friends and assumes control over her life. Michaels weaves an ever-increasing tension into her story to create a truly compelling read with a satisfying ending. Maria HattonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved