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4+ Caitlyn Thompson was placed in foster care at the age of five after her mother died unexpectedly. She's recently relocated to Oakland, with the help of her friend Victoria (Vic), after escaping an abusive relationship. Her only concerns now are her safety and finding the money to help keep the neighborhood youth center she manages a float. Marcel Baptiste is a wealthy philanthropist who runs his family's automotive dealerships in and around the Oakland area. He is passionately intrigued when he is receives a proposal to fund a youth center. He is overwhelmed with feelings he can't explain when fate places him face to face with Caitlyn. Marcel then embarks on a campaign to make her his. As their romance begins to bloom, Marcel and Caitlyn must come to grips with secrets from their past, and one that threatens to tear them apart.

WHEN I'M WITH YOU is a story about the damage caused when someone is in an abusive relationship, and what happens when the person suffering the abuse is too scared to tell their loved ones what's going on. It showcases the difficulties one faces when learning to trust after having suffered the shame, embarrassment, and betrayal during the relationship, and the importance of being able to forgive and forget while moving forward with your life. There is also a lesson about why you should know your family history.

This is a fast-paced story with a plot that focuses on family, trust, and redemption. It was interesting to see the history of abuse and the similar reactions that the abused characters had. There were also parts that are heart-warming and funny.

WHEN I'M WITH YOU is a quick and enjoyable read, and Ms. Taylor-Jones handled a distasteful subject well. -- Romance in Color, August 11, 2007

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Marcel Baptiste is a wealthy entrepreneur and philanthropist. He meets Caitlyn Thompson, the head of a struggling youth center, when she appeals to his philanthropic foundation for funding. Marcel is smitten and begins wooing her, but she is a hard sell: she has relocated to Oakland after being beaten and raped by Cole, her controlling ex, and is very gun-shy when it comes to men. As Marcel falls more deeply under her spell, he decides that merely loving her isn't enough: he must also help her vanquish the ghosts of her past.

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Product Details

  • Series: Indigo
  • Mass Market Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Genesis Press (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585712507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585712502
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,864,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marcel Baptiste is a wealthy businessman with a heart of pure gold. Marcel helped his family's automotive business expand over the years. While it is no secret that he enjoys being a wealthy man it is a secret that he enjoys giving. His secret passion leads him to read each and every proposal that comes his way to make sure he is giving to a worthy cause. When he reads the latest round of proposals, one stands out and seems to speak directly to him. The proposal in question was written by Caitlyn Thompson. Something within Marcel tells him that he should definitely meet with this woman who seems to know him so well.

Caitlyn Thompson is a woman on the run from an ex-lover. Because of the things that he has done to her, Caitlyn wants to never be caught in a situation where she is helpless again. Her private life is something she guards as the most precious thing she owns. She keeps her life so private that it means there must be no cell phone registered in her name, no electronic transactions must ever occur, no bank account must represent her name and most importantly, money must be carried around with her at all times. So, when she meets the handsome philanthropist Marcel Baptiste and he expresses interest, Caitlyn denies his every advance. After he persists, she relents and gives the sexy businessman a chance knowing that at any moment, the person she has tried to avoid may find her to finish the destruction he started.

When I'm With You by Laconnie Taylor-Jones is an enduring love story. Readers will especially enjoy the dynamic and knight-in-shining-armor character, Marcel Baptiste. He is a man who would never harm the woman he cares for deeply but would do anything and everything in his power to protect her.
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When you've suffered atrocities such as being raped and then stalked, being in a committed relationship is the last thing on your mind, and understandably so. In When I'm With You by literary newcomer LaConnie Taylor-Jones, this is the situation her heroine, Caitlyn Thompson finds herself facing.

Marcel Baptiste has other ideas though. When Caitlyn comes to him with a proposal to provide funding to the youth center she heads up, the attraction is immediate. Caitlyn appeals to Marcel on every level - she's beautiful, smart, and caring. And even though she is skittish when it comes to affairs of the heart, Marcel will let nothing or no one deter him from breaking down Caitlyn's emotional barricades and claiming her as his own.

Being an avid romance reader, and a diehard romantic, I must say I could really feel the love between Caitlyn and Marcel. But at times, the cynic in me felt that it was a little too "perfect". All in all, though, I was impressed with Ms. Jones debut novel. I was also duly impressed by the way she effortlessly portrayed strong familial bonds and for tackling a very sensitive subject matter.

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this book has it all the damsel in distress the take no prisoners bff and we can't for get the man of the hour. Laconnie did a great job with these characters and did a wonderfull job setting up for the next 2 books. Well written and not overly drawn out every thing in this book was well planned.
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When I'm With You by LaConnie Taylor-Jones

Reviewed by Tavares S. Carney
Echelon Books: 8
Amazon: 4

Love Lost, Found and turned Upside Down

The storyline of When I'm With You centers on main characters, Caitlyn Thompson and Marcel Baptiste, an unlikely pair given their upbringing. While the two may be from opposite ends of the track, what they share in common is the very thing that brings them together - a heart for helping others. Caitlyn, being an executive director of a youth center and Marcel, the mystery philanthropist.

As circumstance would have it, Caitlyn stumbles into the auto dealer headed by none other than Marcel, who'd already reviewed a proposal for the youth center and, prior to their chance meeting, had already decided to fund youth center programming. Marcel knew who Caitlyn was, but she not he. After funding the youth center as the "mystery" philanthropist, Marcel quickly learns that Caitlyn's emotions are not to be played with. Suffering from a horrible experience from her past, Caitlyn drives a hard bargain in the "trust men" lane.

Smitten with Caitlyn, Marcel Baptiste is determined to make Caitlyn his one and only. This is a romance story; however, the dramatic subplots have thematic significance and draw the reader in. Caitlyn is avoiding a stalker/abuser ex and Marcel is in a business bidding-war, in addition to helping Caitlyn locate her biological father. Through various occurrences and as scenarios presented themselves, Marcel continuously proved himself and his love for and to Caitlyn, who eventually lets all guards down.

I especially enjoyed the fact that Marcel did not allow money to be his main priority or go to his head. Instead, his character displayed genuineness and sincerity.

The book contains topics such as philanthropy, family and marriage, as well as unhealthy and healthy male/female relationships.
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Philanthropist Marcel Baptiste is CEO of several BMW dealerships, he meets Caitlyn Thompson when her car breaks down and Marcel offers his assistance. Unbeknowing to Caitlyn, Marcel is the person she is requesting a grant from for the East Oakland Youth Center where she works. Marcel recognizes her name but does not let on that he knows who she is.

Though a feisty lady, Caitlyn has been on the run for three years from an abusive relationship with an ex-boyfriend; therefore, when she learns who Marcel is, she has trust issues while she also has feelings for him as he has for her. The play between Caitlyn and Marcel makes the story worth reading; Caitlyn considers Marcel to be fine but arrogant and Marcel considers her to be stubborn and hardheaded.

Ms Taylor-Jones has created a wonderful read and although the author covered domestic abuse, it was not enough to detract from Marcel and Caitlyn's story. The secondary characters made the story interesting as well especially Mama Z and Caitlyn's friend, Vic. One can almost picture the meal with all the family members' questions and arguing among the Baptiste siblings.

When I'm With You has a twist that one would not expect and I am hoping that Ms Taylor- Jones has more stories of the Baptiste friends and family to share especially Vic and AJ, Ray,Alex and the sisters, Brie and Aimee.
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