I have come to expect Mary B. Morrison’s style of over the top drama in her novels and I’d Rather Be With You was no different. This novel is the second installment in the If I Can’t Have You Series and although I didn’t read the first novel, Mary B. provided enough backstory to acquaint me with the characters and their situations.
Madison is a beauty who always gets what she wants. She thought she had hit the jackpot after marrying Roosevelt “Chicago” DuBois, a wealthy football Executive VP/GM. Little did she know that the marriage would be short lived after he was shot three times by Granville Washington (her stalker) at their wedding reception. She blames herself for Granville walking into her life but sleeping with him was a bet she made with Loretta, her Christian girlfriend, who dared her to sleep with her ex. This bet was scandalous and I know I couldn’t do it.
It gets even better – there’s a sex tape with her and Granville to prove she won the bet which Granville stole and uploaded online, she is pregnant and not sure who the father is, and she is battling breast cancer, all at the same time. She then decided to sign the papers that would take Chicago off life support and run off with his money. But she didn’t anticipate that he would make a full recovery. The drama kicks into high gear as Loretta tries to win Chicago’s love, Sindy Singleton, a new woman wants his attention and Madison wants her husband back.
The dialogue was realistic, the scenes were very descriptive and I was pulled in. However, this novel fell short for me as there were too many twists that didn’t make sense and too many unanswered questions. I guess I’ll have to read the third installment to see how things play out. Anyway, if you’re looking for a novel with scandalous characters who thrive on deceit, lies and craziness, then this one’s for you.
Some of my favorite lines:
She looked out the passenger window, back at me, and then said, “How long have you known?”
As long as I’ve been pregnant. The doctor said my having cheated with Granville might have saved my life. If I hadn’t had sex with him, I wouldn’t have had a reason to get a complete checkup.”
I went in for a Pap and came out a mother-to-be.”
“You’ve known for four months?
I nodded. “Don’t pretend you’re surprised. I know Loretta told you.”
Tisha shook her head. “It’s kind of hard for her to tell me anything. We don’t talk. But you’re going to beat this. You know our councilwoman is forty-five years cancer free.”
If attitude dictated the outcome, I’d live another thirty-five years, have a few grandkids, and die a billionaire.
Rating: 3 stars