Real love is in a class all its own…
Born into wealth, Erica Stanford has followed in her family's successful footsteps and now runs her own upscale boutique in an affluent Washington, D.C., neighborhood. But despite her good fortune, she's still missing someone special to share her life with—until a chance encounter changes everything...
Handsome, rugged Jerome Kimbrough is hard to miss among the fellow citizens serving jury duty with Erica. And as the two get know each other over the course of a two week trial, their relationship soon extends beyond the courtroom and into a full-on passionate romance. Although they come from opposite worlds—Jerome is a working class, city sanitation employee—they’re both hard working dreamers with big ambitions. Yet while their differences aren't an issue for them, their friends, family—and Erica's ex-fiancé—disagree. As all involved are forced to confront their hidden stereotypes, can Erica and Jerome endure the challenges in store for them—including a startling secret from their pasts?...
“I can't wait to see what Trice Hickman does next!” --Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author
Praise for Trice Hickman’s Playing the Hand You’re Dealt
“Unforgettable characters and a page-turning storyline.” –Lutishia Lovely
“Another wonderful, emotionally-charged page-turner by Trice Hickman.” –Urban Reviews
“Will keep you guessing straight through to the explosive ending.” –Victoria Christopher Murray
READING GROUP GUIDE
1. Erica and Jerome were born into different worlds and lived
different lifestyles, yet they found their way to each other. Although
they were seeming opposites, what were some of the
similarities they shared?
2. How likely do you think it is for well-established women/men
to date outside their comfort zone, i.e., outside their social/
economic class, race, age group, etc.?
3. Which do you think is more challenging—a relationship in
which the man is well-to-do and the woman is blue collar, or
the reverse? Explain how you arrived at your conclusion.
4. Ashley and Jason seemed to have the perfect relationship, yet
they began to struggle. Although there were obvious challenges,
what do you think were some of the more subtle problems
5. Both Erica’s and Jerome’s parents had turbulent marriages.
How do you think their parents’ relationships affected their
views on love and fidelity?
6. Erica witnessed a violent episode as a child, and Jerome struggled
with the absence of his father growing up. Can you point
to incidents in the story where each of these events affected
the characters’ actions?
7. Erica and Jerome were physically attracted to each other at
first sight. How important do you think physical attraction is
in a relationship?
8. Do you think it’s possible to have a successful relationship with
someone who treats you well, even though you are not physically
attracted to them?
9. Who was your favorite character and why? Who was your
least favorite character and why?
10. After the last page of the book, what do you see happening
next for the two main characters?