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If you’ve already read Damaged Girls I, then these emotions should be familiar. The Damaged Girls Family & Relationship Series began with an introduction to the complex love triangle of Steven Briggs, Jillian McConnell and Jessica Rodney. In the second book of the series, Damaged Girls II, get pulled deeper into the trauma and gain valuable knowledge of why Jillian and Jessica might be such easy targets for a womanizer such as Stevie. Jillian has to come to terms with the crumbling idea of love that she desperately needed to find in Stevie. And Jessica is forced to grow up and away from the man she so badly wanted to keep forever. Stevie even realizes that he needs to get a grip on the drama he created years back; while his decisions and behaviors continue to spiral deeper into selfishness. Unfortunately, Stevie’s insatiable appetite has not diminished, only causing him to become less likeable.
Will the three ever learn? As life progresses, we must confront our past, move into our present and plan sensibly for our future. How will Stevie, Jillian and Jessica cope, when life just can’t seem to smile in favor of their original desires? Damaged Girls is not a romance novel outlined in love. It is not pleasant and idealistic, but very cruel and extremely unsavory. In fact, it is deep and rather dark at times. The story focuses on emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and how easily its effects can cause some to own the title of Damaged Girls. 

 
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“Did you think seducing me would change that?” A smirk reclined across his gorgeous bronze face. “You are even more naïve than I thought.”He mocked her. Not only did she hear this, but she saw it. Her entire naked body turned crimson red from shame. She temporarily buried her head in the midst of several puffy golden pillows.

“Don’t get upset. You got what you wanted, didn’t you?” His mode was blatant and pompous. “I know I did. Thanks, Jessie.” He tapped her backside. She flipped over and lunged at him. Stevie was not surprised, so he was well prepared to fend her off with a sidestep. She crashed onto the carpeted floor with a light thump. Yet he stood over her, then reached down to offer a hand.

Dignity and false pride would not allow her to take it. She made it on her own. Jessica still had fight in her as she forced her strength. “I still own you.” The words were loud, as if volume proved their truth. Stevie’s only response was to walk towards the closet. She ran behind to pound on his back.

Upon hearing the footsteps, he spun around and captured her neck. “Didn’t you already get enough of me? Didn’t you?” Flames of hatred, and desire, reflected from his dangerous eyes. As he led her to the bed in a tight single-armed grip, he was the devil in disguise. “Leave me alone, Jessica.” He was calm, very calm. She saw this and seized on what little deceptive defense she had. Underneath his chokehold, and within her pipes, she gathered what little saliva she could and took part in a nasty trifling game. Though little shot into his face, the meaning sank in. Stevie let her go, and he stood before her, staring straight ahead.

Rather than run, hide, or cower, Jessica stood brave and tall. She took over his role and now mocked him. “You are nothing!” The words meant nothing to Jessica, but they were her only weapons at the moment. “You’re a piece of gar-bage.” The nastiness reappeared as she spat into his face. This time the liquid was potent and filled with the grime of a full day’s starvation. Satisfaction stood at the center of her skin. Her nipples stood erect—she was all too pleased with herself as she peppered him further. “Nothing!”

Jessica was fearless, and she did not expect Stevie’s next move. From far in the past, reaching through years of Spanish, Amerindian and African ancestors, Stevie called up his heritage. He reached into the heart of who he was, from his past, and presented the strength of every fight his nations had ever endured. Stevie not only slapped Jessica clear into the wall, he also placed the box of a lifetime on the right side of her beautiful face.

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About the Book

Be warned… Romance is not at the heart of Damaged Girls. This series revolves around contemporary issues in families and relationships.

Steven Briggs is thirty-five, gorgeous and partially successful as an auto shop owner-wannabe. He loves women – young women to be exact. Moreover, he is not above manipulating any situation to have the women he wants. Independent twenty year old Jillian McConnell was once lucky to be a part of his world. Since Stevie was the only man to ever shatter her rough exterior, he knows that she would always keep coming back for more. But Jillian is only good enough some of the time. When the sensual Jessica Rodney comes of age, Stevie is enthralled. He shuns the older part time model, for the time being. But is Jessica’s liveliness enough to sustain Stevie? Or will he keep turning back to the sensible relationship of his past, since he can always make Jillian believe that she should readily be a willing participant in this triangle. Damaged Girls is a complicated novel about the choices and outcomes, associated with the mistakes we make over time.

Excerpt

Sadie still battled with ghastly memories of shame. These were constantly locked away but, when given the opportunity, their reign confounded her world. At times, her life was insufferable. But she did not want to make this about herself.

Sadie reasoned, “Baby, I can’t say that your father’s worry is baseless.” She paused to reflect. Jessica made an attempt to cut her off. Sadie scowled. “I’m nervous and unsure of what this man could possibly want with you. However . . . however, I also know you’re strong-headed. I even know that you’re not caving on this fight. Neither is your father.”

“But I’m old enough to make this decision.”

“We’re still responsible for you.”

Tears began to flow once more, by both women. Still, neither could muster up the courage to despise the other for her view or opposition. And although each motive was clear, this was a fight that Sadie and Jessica did not want to endure alone.

Trusting in the only insult capable of weakening her ally further, Jessica hammered once more: “You know I’m not above walking away, Sadie. When I’m finished with school, I’ll leave. Then you won’t have me in your life again. It’ll just be you and Roddy.”

She allowed the threat to fester. Sadie could never do without her—this she knew. And though the pitiless girl was laying the path for greater heartache, she cuddled her mother all the same.

Sadie sobbed.

Jessica reluctantly joined in.

Mother and daughter wept for more than fifteen minutes. Once the barrels were drained, Sadie finally spoke up, but this time for a different cause. “Don’t leave me, baby.”

“Then don’t ask me to give up on the only man that I have or will ever love.”

“You don’t know that, my child.”

“Did you know it when you fell for Roddy? Did you know he was the only man you would ever love?”

“Always have.” True to her every being, her response held conviction as the sobbing returned.

“Ma, I’ve never asked you for more than I deserved. You know that. I deserve Stevie. Your husband doesn’t deserve you. Your husband is irrational and selfish. I love Roddy because he’s my father, but I hate him for the disgrace he’s brought on you. Let me be your strength. Stand with me, Ma. Let’s make sure he never ruins my life.”

The elderly woman caught her child just as she was ready to crumble. Jessica collapsed in intense cries and allowed her mother to recapture her role once more.

Mixed emotions surged between the two. They did not want to fight. Jessica wanted what she wanted, while Sadie wanted the happiness that life should have always given her. She prayed for more than milk and honey, more than riches untold—in fact, she needed to feel treasured.

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Sunday Reading with “Loving Nate” by Janice Ross

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LOVING NATE

The Storyline of Loving Nate

Loving Nate is a story about a young woman who falls in love when she should’ve been standing in love. I open up this tale with an acknowledgement/dedication to someone named “Superman”. A bit of advice that I received from this man was to never fall in love – stand in love. Over the years, I’ve considered this lesson of sorts, even thinking back to when I was in a similar situation like Leah.

Leah meets the perfect man, when she literally runs into Nate. She is swept away and is beyond help. Sadly, Nate knows that Leah is weak for him. He takes advantage of his effect on her, as she allows him to drift in and out of her life. Nate is the type of man that knows how to carry himself with a confidence level of perfection. He is totally irresistible! Leah is easily led.

My personal experience was not as shameful as Leah; however, I’ve known a version of Nate. Like Leah, I marveled at how impressive his charms were and lusted for his excellence. Where my experiences part ways with Leah is that I eventually pulled away when I realized that this man might have a hidden life. I paid attention to the red flags, putting an end to a situation that was sure to rip out my soul.

I always wondered what would’ve happened if I had remained in Leah’s situation. Therefore, Leah’s journey is a hypothetical journey. I also considered something that many women might contemplate – what ifs. After taking Leah on a roller coaster romance, I offer an alternative ending for reflection sakes – walk away or fight for love. After you’ve given your all to a relationship, do you ever consider the pros and cons of leaving, especially if total heartbreak seems inevitable? That is at the heart of Loving Nate.

About the Book2

Loving Nate is Leah’s story of falling in love with Mr. Perfect. Leah falls fast and hard, losing all sense of reasoning. Love can do that to a gal, especially when the guy is as smooth as Nathan Moore. Loving Nate is about Leah’s journey of falling in love, when she should have been standing in love.

 Author’s Note

I’ve decided to provide two very different endings to this novella. Have you ever made a decision and wondered whether or not it was the right choice? Or perhaps you made the right choice because you knew that the alternative would’ve been disastrous? This is my gift to readers. Regardless of Leah’s final choice, I wanted readers to be able to reflect on the possibilities.

*****

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I was the one waiting around, hoping that this time Nate wouldn’t leave. I spent so many hours staring at him, while he slept. Wondering if tomorrow would be the day he’d disappear, once again. Crying and desperately wanting Nate to stick around forever.

When you love someone, there’s no switch that can be turned off and on. The fire doesn’t disintegrate and ignite so easily. Nate is capable of this, but I’m not. Chloe still warns me—calls me a fool, tells me that I’m an idiot to stick around. Nate gave me one small dosage and I became addicted. Now I just don’t know how to walk away. But I do know that I have to. And even if I am able to leave, I can’t imagine that it’s humanly possible to ever stop loving Nate.

This time, I’m going to make the effort. I don’t know that I’ll be able to stay away or avoid him if he does try to track me down. As easy as it might be, maybe this will give him the initiative to leave me too. Losing him and leaving him go hand in hand. After all, this is the man that I’ve loved. My devotion to him has been unconditional.

I think he senses what I’m preparing to do. His hands are squeezing my sides, reaching behind my back, staking claim. But I know that if I don’t leave now, there’s a real possibility that I’ll be alone again. Isn’t it better to be alone by choice, than alone and rejected?

Eventually I’m hoping to sneak out of the bed, move out of his grip. God, it hurts. If my tears could only wash away the shame I feel when he disappears, maybe it would be easier to cope. But they only remind me that I miss him, need him, crave him . . . And he’s squeezing tighter, pressing against my nakedness. Is he gonna start this again? I can’t let him feel the moisture on my cheeks. Oh my gosh, it’s dripping down his arms.

The clock is blinking. I have less than thirty minutes before his alarm goes off. I wanna be out of his apartment within the next fifteen minutes, out of his life, and out of his control. And, as I strain to flex my back, without calling attention to my escape, I cringe.

There should be more difficult choices in life. I’ve been able to conquer mountains, pound down adversity, extinguish flames, and say no when everyone else says yes. When it comes to Nathan Moore, however, I’m spineless.

*****

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Review: His Substitute Wife by Sylvia Hubbard

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About the Book2

Life has never been worth living for Charisse before her father died. After three attempts to kill herself were unsuccessful, she makes a deal for release from hell on earth, with one of the people who made her life what it was.

It wasn’t until Chyna finds out that her husband, Parker Mills, was having an affair with her twin sister, Cheyenne, that she realizes she’s losing the best thing she’s ever had. Feeling the ultimate betrayal by her own sibling, Chyna knows she has to do whatever it takes to keep her husband and give him what he longs for – a baby. Knowing that she’s unable to have children and Cheyenne is afflicted with the same condition, she decides to go to the only person that can help her save her marriage – her younger sister, Charisse.

In the end, one sister will die, another will lose everything and one will get everything that she wants.

My Review

His Substitute Wife is a fitting title for this controversial read. The author takes readers on a harsh journey of mental and family issues. When we first meet Charisse, she is pitiful in her attempts to end her life. She’s such a heavy burden to her family, but then we learn that there is a deeper purpose to her tale. Her sisters Chyna & Cheyenne, are both involved with Chyna’s husband Parker. Oh, and did I forget to mention that they are twins? Take a moment to let it register…Okay.  To make matters worse, a scheme is concocted to bring Charisse into their mess by using her as a pawn in their morally void lives! Chyna wants to preserve her superficial lifestyle and is unable to give Parker a child. Neither of the twin sisters can carry a child, so the obvious choice is…Charisse. It’s bad enough when two sisters are involved with the same man, but another having sexual relations too. What I’ve mentioned is only the beginning!

The characters were difficult for me to connect with because I was disgusted by their behaviors. Parker’s involvement with all three ladies left my spirit perplexed.

With that being said, Sylvia Hubbard knows how to weave a drama-filled story with strong characters.

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“Spending fifty thousand dollars to produce off spring is crazy. Do you know what I could have done with that money? By this time, I’d have hundred college funds set up for you to donate to some third world child you could have adopted.”

Frustrated, Parker sunk down in the chair in front of Jaelen’s desk. “Yeah, but it’s not the same and you know it, Jae. Look at you. Five kids. Five damn kids.”

“Two are from my wife’s first dead husband.”

“But you’re still a family. You have off spring. You have someone to carry on your bloodline and you’re sharing these moments with the woman you first fell in love with and married. I want that. I want to be you… well not all ornery and mean, but you know what I mean. I’ve been married ten years to Chyna and you weren’t even married to Kim before you were bopping out twins.”

“Well, she raped me to get mine.”

“Let’s not even go into that. I think you just harbor that over her just so you can take advantage of her.”

Jaelen smirked wickedly. “It does make the mundane marriage very exciting when you can tie up your wife and make her beg for you. You should try it sometime.”

“Chyna says it might mess up her hair and hands.”

“If you can spend fifty on a baby, you can spend a couple of hundred– “

“Let’s not go into this.” Parker really didn’t want to expand upon his wife’s shallow behavior.

Jaelen took the hint, understanding in advance this was a sore subject for Parker. “So, this crazy sister-in-law, what’s her story?”

“Nothing I haven’t already told you. Chyna says her sister is so pathetic she can’t even kill herself.”

“How many times has she tried?”

“This last time makes three.”

Jaelen stopped what he was doing and frowned. “I’m not religious and all that, but she ever thought that it just wasn’t her time, and that she had a purpose in life.”

“You ever thought you’re just saying that shit because you’re an ass and you’re trying to find some hilarity out of a bad situation?” He stood up.

“So I take it you haven’t told Chyna about the boat?”

Parker didn’t answer because he knew Jaelen already knew the answer. He was saving it for the moment when Chyna announced that they were going to have a baby. Knowing that they were going to dedicate eighteen more years together deserved an award and “the boat” was the key.

Yet that moment hadn’t come and he was starting to think it never would. The majority of Parker’s friends were married and those that were had children, vibrant healthy off spring. Their blood running through small versions of themselves.

*****

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About the Author

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Sylvia Hubbard knew she’d wanted to be a writer of romance long before she knew there were black writers in the world. Weaving stories magically as a summer past time to writing stories to get through the humdrum of school, she was able to create something from nothing.

Today, she has independently published over 28 books, is the founder of Motown Writers Network and The AA Electronic Literary Network, CEO of HubBooks Literary Services, runs over five blogs on a variety of subjects, host The Michigan Literary Network Radio Show and is a happily divorced mother of three children in Detroit, Michigan.

“I’m no superwoman,” she states with a smile that seems infinite on her lips. “I’m just being an asset in the world instead of a liability.”

Considered an addicted blogger by HoneyTechblog.com, nominated and recognized for her literary work in the Metro Detroit area, referred to as “A Literary Diva” by Detroit City Council and donned “Cliffhanger Queen” by her readers, she finds solace in speaking and educating on a variety of topics.

Author’s Website: www.sylviahubbard.com

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