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From Publishers Weekly

Thomas's nicely-turned sequel to Nappily Ever After opens with Venus Johnston at a beauty salon, throwing around hundred dollar bills and requesting that her natural hair be straightened immediately. It's Venus's desperate reaction to catching her rich, handsome husband, ex-rapper and successful businessman Jake, in flagrante with his assistant. But Venus blames herself, and soon tells the other salon patrons the backstory. Despite a full life with Jake and daughter Mya (whom Jake accepts as his despite unclear paternity) Venus takes a public relations job at a troubled community hospital, which eats up her time and puts her in daily contact with ex-lover Dr. Clint Fairchild. What follows are enough misunderstandings for a daytime soap, and Thomas keeps the action flowing with short chapters, well-orchestrated subplots, steamy sex and root-forable characters.
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Venus Johnston is back, this time as wife to rapper turned entrepreneur Jake Parson and mother to Mya. Fed up with the stay-at-home mom routine, she is considering her next move when she crosses paths with Clint Fairchild, the one who got away. Clint is now a pediatrician at Jackson Memorial, the local hospital that serves the underprivileged. His invitation—and challenge—to Venus to help the failing hospital in its public relations efforts revives Venus' spirit of ambition, not to mention her continued attraction to her ex. But Clint's wife, Kandi Treboe, who spirited him away from her, also works at the hospital and is competing for the same job. On the home front, her husband isn't thrilled about the idea of her working so closely with Clint. To top it off, a saboteur is apparently behind the declining fortunes and image of the hospital. Fans will enjoy this latest installment of Venus' adventures and the pressures that send her back to the salon to ponder the state of her hair. Bush, Vanessa

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312361300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312361303
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,831,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Nappily series:


"Well-orchestrated...Thomas keeps the action flowing with short chapters...steamy sex, and root-forable characters."--Publishers Weekly

"Witty and endearing."--Spirit (Southwest Airlines) Magazine

"Lively and distinctive...Smartly paced, fast, and funny."--Kirkus Reviews

"Wonderfully entertaining."--Victoria Christopher Murray

"Great storytelling."--J.D. Mason

"Immensely enjoy[able]."--Kimberla Lawson Roby

"Wow."--Romantic Times BOOKreviews

"Just getting better and better..."--Francis Ray

"Brilliantly funny, black girl power, chick lit that gets at the big questions that still linger when the laughter quiets."--Hype Hair

"Emotionally charged and delightful."

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Coulee Eidos on August 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
Nappily Married, by Trisha R. Thomas, brings back Venus Johnston-Parson with the latest drama going on in her life. The book begins with a salon scene in which Venus is about to make a big transition to rid herself of the thick, natural mane she sports to a relaxer. Everyone in the salon is about to have a fit and asks her why she wants to do something like that and so begins the story.

Venus is now "nappily" married to her rich husband Jake, who was a one-hit rap wonder that turned his fortune into a multimillion dollar fashion empire. On top of that, they have a beautiful daughter, Mya, for whom Venus decided to stay home and care for as a full-time mom and wife. Lately, staying home playing wife and mother has not been cutting it for Venus and after a serious car accident and ending up in the hospital, she runs across her ex-fiancé Clint Fairchild unexpectedly. He tells her of an opening at the hospital and she contemplates leaving her at-home status to apply for it which starts a cyclone of events in her life.

Jake hires an old childhood friend, Trisha, to be their nanny and she begins to get close seemingly TOO close to Jake and Mya, and Venus begins to feel left out. Trouble is also brewing at the hospital. They are being sabotaged on the inside and the media is relentless with its reporting of it. The hospital is now faced with being closed and added to that drama is Venus is now in competition with Clint Fairchild's wife, Kandi Treboe, for the coveted PR position. On top of that, Jake is dealing with personal issues and insecurity concerning his wife working with her ex and also internal trouble with his fashion empire. He mostly keeps this to himself and shuts Venus out.

Will Venus survive this cyclone of events?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 5, 2007
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I read the first NAPPILY book because I indentified with the character's first major act of freedom -- cutting of the long, relaxed hair. As a professional black women, people look at the decision to go relaxer-free and think that you are out of your mind. But that was just a part of her complicated story about a professional black woman looking for and trying to believe in love.

I admit that I almost gave up before I even got to page 100. The idea of a grown woman competing with the rival(Kandi) who stole for ex (Clint), and for a job that she really does not need (hospital PR), really tried my patience. I thought to myself, "Why doesn't Venus peddle her skills somewhere else?" By 170, I actually put the book down!

But the last few chapters won me over again. The best thing about NAPPILY is that none of the books present a fairy tale. Venus learns that love, like black women and hair, is complex and requires bravery, patience, understanding, and forgiveness. The marriage was really tested, but they loved each other enough to get past the hurt and pride. NAPPILY MARRIED really had some twists and turns that really surprised me, and I am glad I followed through. For me, it has been the best book of the series.

And I can't cheer loudly enough for a book with a black heroine who has education, ambition, and good sense!! Go Venus!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on October 3, 2007
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I absolutely LOVED the Nappily series of books. I was in the bookstore a few weeks ago and picked up "Nappily Married." I could not put the book down and finished reading it in 2 days. I am an avid reader but I had not yet read "Nappily Ever After."

I immediately started looking for the book because I HAD to find out how the story of Venus, Clint, Airic, and Jake started out.

As I approached the end of the book, I realized that there was a 2nd book in the series, "Would I Lie to You."

I loved all three books, but "Would I Lie To You" was my favorite because I absolutely loved Jake's character. Venus is a character I think many women will connect with because they have been in her situation or felt the way that she does about hair, men, life, family, or workplace issues.

Excellent story and character development. Add this series to your must read list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on July 28, 2007
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Venus Johnston is happily married and a stay-at-home mother, but it's not as fulfilling as the time she spent in Corporate America. After injuring herself, her rapper-turned-entrepreneur husband encourages her to get a nanny to assist her until she's back on her feet. The arrangement is so convenient, she feels the nanny is capable of more control with her daughter and the household, so Venus decides to go back to work. Her husband owns a multi-million-dollar clothing company and wants to provide for his family, so he's against her going back into the workforce. When she sets her sights on a PR position at a hospital in a poor community across town, he pretty much demands she look for something else. He doesn't want her to work, and definitely not with her ex-boyfriend, who is a doctor at the hospital. Not to mention, the hospital is under fire because of recent mishaps and improper handling of patients. Venus is sure she can help turn things around and make a difference for the people who need the hospital to stay open. Amidst the disagreements going on with her husband and his new lack of interest in their marriage, she is thrown into working with a woman from her past.

NAPPILY MARRIED, Trisha Thomas' follow-up to Nappily Ever After, is a must read for those who enjoy relationship novels or who are in similar situations in regards to going back to work after having a child. It also allows fans of the previous books to catch up on Venus and friends, and how the title relates to growth and standing strong in the midst of chaos. NAPPILY MARRIED is a story many women will relate to and appreciate. Thomas also adds an extra dose of suspense that pulls the reader along to find out who is sabotaging the hospital and why. The characters are well-defined, the situations are realistic, and the plot is tightly woven, making it an intriguing read.

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