After seven years of marriage, Paris Simmons-Holyfield and her husband, Andrew, are still childless. Read more...
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After seven years of marriage, Paris Simmons-Holyfield and her husband, Andrew, are still childless. Now Paris is determined to adopt orphaned nine-year-old Jasmine Noble. Trouble is, Jasmine's in the custody of ex-stripper Gabrielle Mercedes. Worse, Andrew is vehemently against the idea--and he's not alone. Paris's father, Lawrence Simmons, a powerful politician, has vowed to shut his daughter down. The only man to even dare be on Paris's side is shady Darius Connors. Unemployed and not quite out of the dog house with his wife, Darius is more than happy to help the beautiful, vulnerable, yet undeterred Paris. . .
Paris has her suspicions about why her husband and her father are so opposed to the adoption. But the reality is far more scandalous than she imagines. To get to the bottom of it, she'll have to deal with blackmail from the last person she ever expected--and battle Gabrielle, who'll fight with everything she's got--including the truth. Soon, all involved will learn just what's on the other side of dare. . .
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-11-05
- Reviewer: Staff
The latest page-turning installment of Griggs's Blessed Trinity series (The Other Side of Goodness) centers around duplicitous Darius Connors, a troublemaking playboy looking to exact revenge against former stripper Gabrielle Mercedes Booker, to keep Booker from gaining custody of Jasmine Noble, who few people know is the child Booker long ago gave up for adoption. Connors plays on the animosity of Paris Simmons Holyfield, Booker's main adversary, to pit the women against each other while blackmailing Lawrence Rudolph Simmons, Paris's powerful father and an Alabama legislator up for re-election. Griggs crafts a fast-paced narrative with just enough characters to keep things interesting. Dare is Paris's nickname for Darius Connors, but because everyone but Connors's wife, Tiffany, seems to be able to see through his false proclamations as an upstanding or faithful Christian, the title doesn't quite fit. The other side of Darius is the same as the one readers expect to see throughout. Griggs's other characters are already redeemed in one way or another, so a full book dedicated to a less evolved villain is gratifying. (Jan.)