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Goal - First Lady,
This review is from: Bad Girls Finish First (Paperback)
Bad girl Raven Holloway from Illegal Affairs by Shelia Dansby Harvey returns in BAD GIRLS FINISH FIRST, as Raven Holloway Joseph. Married to Senator Michael Joseph of Texas, Raven is up to her old tricks. When Illegal Affairs closed it appeared Raven, then a law school student, was responsible for the disappearance or as some assumed, murder of a lover.
As this story opens Michael is deciding whether or not to run for the Texas governorship and with Raven's browbeating and forcefulness, the decision is not a difficult one to make. Always wanting to be the center of attention, Raven plots, schemes and beds influential men in her quest to be the first lady of Texas. Unbeknownst to her, her past stands in the way as more and more people have heard about Raven and her exploits while in law school and the scandal that unfolded when Michael left his wife for her.
The African American women of Texas are an unforgiving lot, casting their relationship baggage and pain upon the couple as Michael fights an uphill battle trying to secure their votes. By his side is his trusty aid Dudley and friend in the form of David, pastor of a Dallas, Texas mega-church who is as charismatic as he is troubled. Realizing David's power with the African American women through the spoken word, Michael employs him to trot around the state attending speaking engagements. When it appears that Michael has the votes and the endorsements of several powerful companies, organizations and newspapers, everything starts to unravel and no one knows who the culprit is. Understand, Michael's position on gun control is something he will not bend on and with Raven's meddling and his refusal to be quiet, a very powerful and wealthy woman shows her hand and all bets are off for the governorship.
BAD GIRLS FINISH FIRST is a fast-paced book that begs you to continue reading to see how all parties end up. However, the plot appears convoluted and unrealistic; drama for drama's sake. The characters' behavior remains intact throughout with some being very endearing, while others were off the beaten path. The story was one incident after another of Raven's exploits which are drawn and tiresome. Finally, there is no conclusion, but a set up for a continuation. Dansby Harvey shows the affects divorce can have on children and the offended spouse; she showcases an array of political machinations and the psych of an insecure and dysfunctional villain.
Reviewed by Dawn R. Reeves
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers