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Jaded Paperback – July 29, 2014
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Author: Rhonda Sheree
Publisher: Reason Enterprises
Reviewed by Michele Tater for Review the Book
"jaded: The end result of having a steady flow of negative experiences, disappointment, and unfulfillment fed into a person where they get to the point where their anger circuits just sort of burn out and they accept disillusionment." Urban Dictionary
After three years of dedicated work at a seemingly prestigious law firm, Syeesha Green is dismissed. To say that she was in a state of shock is an understatement. Syeesha planned on finishing law school and working her way up the firm ladder. Now she must find work else where or be evicted, that is if her room mate from hell hasn't already done that.
Jade McCann is a congressman's wife, but she fears he is starting to go back to his cheating ways. She goes to an attorney to find out what her options are and much to her dismay she finds she is bonded to the prenup. One provision stands out though, if Jade can prove her husband is cheating, she will get everything she wants. But how can she prove it? Jade devises a plot to entrap her husband in the arms of another woman and that woman is Syeesha. Syeesha is under the impression she is being hired as Jade's assistant, but of course Jade has other plans. Will Syeesha give in to the enticement of money or will she stand on her morals?
What a juicy plot, no? I was really intrigued by the web that the author has weaved in this book. Even though it is a story of two women from "different sides of town" they are placed in the same space to work out their personal baggage for all the readers to see. It also shows how, just because someone has it all doesn't mean they are happy and content. No matter what our background, race or financial situation, we are all women with our share of problems. I would highly recommend this book to all the "sisters" out there. Oh and wait until you read the ending; you won't believe what happens.
New Yorkers will love Jaded. It's a New York story, chock full of the sights, the odors, the ways that are unique to that unique city. Non-New Yorkers will feel the rhythm of the city. The author knows her subject. She leads us down Eighth Avenue, out to East Flatbush, and into cramped apartments like a seasoned guide. The confrontations are so real they'll quicken your pulse, as if that landlord is threatening to throw YOU out. We peek at menus inside restaurants we don't dare enter. We're in a diner eating pancakes and drinking hot chocolate when most of America is going to bed, then we're going to dance where the real people get down. Syeesha's city comes alive thanks to the sharp eye and skillful writing of Rhonda Sheree. She's a fine storyteller. I expect we'll hear from her and Syeesha again.
The title of this book is a double entendre/play on words. We all know what Jaded means, but in this case a main character has the name Jade, as well. So, the set up is something like this…
Syeesha has been working hard to get through law school. She has been laid off at the law firm she was working for and so at loose ends she accepts a job making a large sum of money being the assistant to Jade, a woman in the entertainment industry who has become very attached to the lifestyle her husband, a former actor and now a politician, has provided for her. But, Jade’s marriage is on the rocks and her husband has her in a bind due to the prenuptial agreement. Jade could wind up with virtually nothing if they divorce and her husband is making noises to that effect. Jade hatches a diabolical scheme to come out of her marriage with all she feels she deserves… and that’s where her new assistant comes into to picture.
What a wild story. Syeesha is just at the right place in her life to feel tempted by the lifestyle she sees Jade and her husband living. So, she is also at the right place and time to feel tempted by an incredible proposal Jade makes. Up until now Syseesha has been a good girl, doing what is expected of her. This is mainly because of her upbringing, having been raised by a strict and controlling military father. Syeesha is resentful of her father, but up until now she has stayed on a certain well disciplined path. But, if she agrees to help Jade she could find herself without any financial worries for a long time to come. With no other source of income, law school is out of the question, and she has the roommate from hell. The only positive thing in her life is the guy she is seeing, Christian. But, will she sacrifice Christian, and her moral code, for riches?
A tale of greed, the lure of easy money, the lengths people will go to in order to maintain their wealthy lifestyle, and how it can take over your life until you have nothing left of your soul. This was a very entertaining read and a bit of a cautionary tale too. The ladies will love super sexy and principled Christian, and the ending is a little bit of a surprise. If you like a book that will keep you guessing all the way until the end, steamy romance, and ….. sexy red shoes- don’t miss this one.
originally posted at long and short reviews
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Syeesha was bold